Posted by: Leek | August 14, 2018

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 4 – Week 49

I told you things would be different when I’m not busy.

This is getting out hand. Now there are two of them!

As if we needed two nuts who both think they’re from the moon.

Previous Standings

1) Kiratto Pri☆Chan – 360 Points
2) HUGtto! Precure – 336 Points
3) Aikatsu Friends! – 274 Points

I won’t stop you from looking here for the remaining weeks, but nothing will change.

Weekly Point Distribution

1) Aikatsu Friends! – +9 Points
2) Kiratto Pri☆Chan – +6 Points
3) HUGtto! Precure – +3 Points

A Word From the Big Man
Another well rounded week.

And here come the tourists.

PriChan did exactly what I wanted it to do, just a week late. I kind of wish we could go back in time and prevent last week from happening and jump exactly into the kind of material we got this week. But at least they appear to have temporarily learned their lesson.

Otherwise, this week was around for the fluff and the swimsuits. PriChan has been in a position where it can slack off for awhile now, and summer is generally a season that provides a lot of outlets to do so. And, despite the fluff nature, they still kept the episode lively and on course. And it was the general execution and lack of any real issues that kept it at least ahead of Precure this week.

Roughly the size of a barge.

This was one of those rare weeks on Precure where they steer the bulk of the content towards parents rather than kids. There’s still a lot of goof for kids to laugh at, but the core subject matter is more for the parents that might be in the same room (whether they’re actively viewing or not).

I don’t think there was anything wrong with the general direction of the episode, but the turn midway was a little too abrupt. The episode went from a slightly gag filled but heartfelt look at preparing for a newborn, yet somehow transitioned into, “let’s try and do something new with Saaya’s character”. While I feel including the whole labor to childbirth segment wasn’t exactly necessary, it could have worked out had they not attempted to force Saaya into the heart of the storm.

Precure doesn’t have too much to do right now, and it would have been perfectly fine to break this into two episodes to focus more closely on both sides. Especially because if anyone should have been the one to witness the pains of childbirth, it should have been Hana. I know that all three are taking part in child raising, but wanting to become a mother is kind of Hana’s thing. And it is definitely strange to bench your main character when they have an opportunity to have a key experience.

I can’t wait for the artificial gravity chamber.

It might have taken a bit, but Maika and Ema finally got an episode that did some justice for their individual characters. The real charm of a lot of the Aine and Mio episodes are often the, “You have my back, I have yours,” kinds of moments, but Maika and Ema haven’t really shared any. But this episode finally created a proper scenario so the two could really shine as a unique pair.

Aikatsu managed to hit high points all around the board all while giving us the next big landmarks we should expect going forward. While we’re taking the first big step towards it currently, we now know when to expect the next big story point in the series. And it will be interesting to see where Aikatsu goes from here now that it’s finally escaping pure foundation and progressing forward.

However, I’m still not sure what to make of the mini-bit with Sakuya during the episode. The biggest questions that arose from her introduction is if she would be forming a friends pair later in the season and who it would be with. If she does happen to have an identical twin, then it does offer a possible answer to that second question. But this is also an episode that confirmed the existence of ghosts in the Aikatsu world, so maybe we’re not actually seeing double moon people.

The variety across shows this week was really something.

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