Pretty Rhythm is a critically acclaimed 80s shoujo sports anime made in the 2010s, featuring girls and boys figureskate-jumping to Mars and riding lions. I consider it the best TV anime of the decade so far. The arcade game which originated everything was released in 2010. The TV anime started in 2011 with Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream, and ended in 2014 with the third season, Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live. A fourth season was aired right after: Pretty Rhythm All Star Selection, but was mostly made of reair of past episodes. In July 2014 the Pretty Rhythm franchise was succeeded by PriPara.
However, thanks to the staff’s tremendous effort and the fans’ support, in January 2016, a movie sequel to Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live was released, titled KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm. This sequel focuses on the male characters from Rainbow Live, as one of Pretty Rhythm’s themes is solving the past generation’s mistakes, and the past generation in Rainbow Live was made out of men. While commercially the targeted demographic switched from little girls to older girls, similar to Pretty Rhythm, it was still “made for everyone” and keeps the same elements which makes Pretty Rhythm a masterpiece. The “Kinpri” movie was completed with many hardships and the staff putting their jobs on the line. Three weeks after release when it was about to be deprogrammed from theaters’ schedule, the movie miraculously became a phenomenon. Long story short, it’s thanks to extremely dedicated fans on social media, advertising from various famous people, and ouenjouei/cheer screenings of the movie, where it was possible to cosplay, scream&cheer and use glowsticks. Similar to Your Name, Kinpri changed the history of Japanese cinemas in 2016 and revolutionized them, by making cheer screenings popular. Almost every anime movie are doing cheer screenings now. Kinpri also reached an unprecedented success in South Korea and became the anime movie with the longest theater scheduled period in the country.
A sequel titled KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO- was released in Japan and South Korea on June 10 2017.
There’s a talk show and live concert event planned for June 10 2018, where the next developments for Kinpri might be announced. As of 2018, the term “Pretty Series” is officially used to describe Pretty Rhythm, PriPara, Kiratto Pri☆chan and Pretty All Friends.
Pretty Series history: the relationships with Oshare Majo Love&Berry, Love Live and Aikatsu. What exactly happened between Pretty Rhythm’s death in 2014 and it’s revival with Kinpri in 2016. Why did the 1st Kinpri movie turn out the way it is: so rushed and with 10m of recap. How did it become so popular,etc
English version with even more info
Pretty Series news, background info, events (Some posts contain spoilers)
Pretty Rhythm After Party event (10 May 2014)
KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm announcement (November 2015)
January 2016 (Kinpri’s 1st live stream and director’s speech about the movie)
KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm release (January 2016 part 2)
KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm, 2nd Prism Elite Event (27 April 2016)
KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm, 3rd Prism Elite Event (June 16 2016, post is published but incomplete for now, I wrote it as I was watching the event’s live stream to try my hand at live reporting. I have a recording of the event, but I haven’t got the time yet to get back to it and complete this post. )
KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm out on DVD/BD (Note:as of February 2017, Avex is now prohibiting online shops from selling their products outside Japan. If you want to buy the movie you need to use a proxy service)
KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO- /Kinpri2 announcement (11 September 2016)
Kinpri Playstation VR/iOS/Android game announcement at TGS 2016 (September 2016)
Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live Blu-ray Box release commemoration event (9 October 2016)
Iuchi Shuji, one of the writers for Pretty Rhythm, passed away (December 2016)
KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO- releases June 10, new PV (January 2017)
KING OF PRISM -Pride the Hero- PV2 released (April 2017)
KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm to be screened in USA on September 15 2017 (Also in Hong Kong with 4DX screenings starting August 26, same day the 4DX screenings launched in Japan, and in Taiwan starting September 1, with 4DX as well)
Pretty All Friends Episode 4 translation (August 2018)
Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live episodic blogging as it aired(April 2013-April 2014)&staff commentary from twitter
Notes: twitter stuff is from episode 12’s post onwards. If there’s no separate twitter post, it means the twitter stuff is directly in the episode post. Pretty Rhythm director used to delete his older tweets at least once a year, so all the tweets source links are now dead.
Episode 7 (there’s no episode 6 post)
Pretty Series Guidebooks interviews translations (contain spoilers)
(I sometimes merge some questions together when translating so the question numbering may be different than in the actual books)
What I am planning to translate next if God wills:
All Star Selection Guidebook CG interview Director Hishida Masakazu&CG Director Otobe Yoshihiro&Kyougoku Takahiko interview
All Star Selection Guidebook Character Designer Matsuura Mai interview
All Star Selection Guidebook Series Composition Akao Deko interview
Pretty Rhythm Visual Book Director’s interview
Pretty Rhythm Visual Book Asumi Kana&Ookubo Rumi&Katou Emiri 3 main heroines seiyuu interview
Interviews in the KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm books (KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm Official Setting Book, KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm Ouen book)
Interviews in KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO- official setting book
Talk shows, events, tv interviews etc that happened since Kinpri 2’s release (I saved it all in a folder without reading them to not spoil myself before seeing the movie. Some of the stuff said at those events might be repeated again in the Kinpri 2 guidebook)
stuff in this list: Inexhaustive list of Pretty Rhythm related content in anime magazines
The Kinpri official novel (I genuinely wanna do it but probably will never happen, at least not in a few years)
Over The Rainbow preview (Rainbow Live ending spoilers)
See end of this post: Takara Tomy explicitly said at a shares holders meeting “Bandai ripped off our Pretty Rhythm with their Aikatsu” and that PriPara is a counter attack to that.
If you like Pretty Rhythm, shows I suggest watching:
Hikari no Densetsu (Only 19 eps, as it got cancelled, I need to try reading the manga one day)
Glass no Kamen
(This is where Kyouko’s mom Kei is from)
If you especially liked the suffering in Pretty Rhythm but how things always end happily, and how it’s a particular kind of suffering that doesn’t use characters death or sexual assault in a way to say “look how serious my story is” you should check out those masterpieces:
Ie Naki Ko (1977 anime adapted from a French novel published in 1878. There’s a more recent anime where Rémi is a girl but I never watched it)
Princess Sarah (1985 anime adapted from a British novel published in 1888)
Les Malheurs De Sophie (Can be translated as “Sophie’s misfortunes”. It’s a 1997 French anime adapted from a French novel published in 1858. Only a french dub exists afaik. This is only if you know French or if you’re learning it. I also suggest reading the novel and making kids in your family read it.)
Lastly, stuff I haven’t seen myself yet but that other Pretty Rhythm fans like:
If you ever checked my pictures in old Pretty Rhythm posts, you may have noticed how I tag them prad+number. Back when Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream was airing, when I saved pics related to it, I’d tag them “prad”, which is the show’s initials. When Dear My Future started, I started tagging things related to it as “prad2”. Etc. Basically “prad” became my general tag for anything Pretty Rhythm related. It’s much easier to use the search function that way. So I name files that way:
prad= Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream
prad2= Dear My Future
prad3= Rainbow Live
prad4= All Star Selection
One more thing. I used to have an obsolete version of MPC, and I couldn’t take screenshots with it. So all my screencaps in old Pretty Rhythm posts are copypasted on paint, and are in 1080p instead of the show’s actual 720p. I’m warning you in case you’re a meticulous about screencaps person who feels like wasting hours of your life about them. I updated MPC when PriPara started so starting PriPara posts, the screencaps are the in the show’s actual resolution.