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King of Prism Playstation VR game project announced at Tokyo Game Show 2016

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Source

Official site

It was announced the 15th September, first day of TGS2016. Game is titled “VRフォトセッション from KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm” and a demo is currently playable at the VR game corner of TGS2016. It will release next spring (early 2017) on Playstation VR, and this winter(2016) on iOS and Android.

Seems it’s being developed by a company called CS-REPORTERS.INC.

The game’s story is about how a pro cameraman (the player) was commissioned by Edel Rose to take pictures of Over The Rainbow for a photo collection of the group. It’ll be released at the same time as a photo collection of Schwarz Rose, and you must help Edel Rose sell more than it’s rival. The Prism Star cadet Shin also joins in. You must guide Over The Rainbow to victory with your photography skills!
This is pretty funny and sounds like something PR director would write.

Currently confirmed characters in the game are Hiro Kouji Kazuki and Shin.

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They also announced a handshake&photo meet event to celebrate the game’s announcement. The event is titled “握手会&撮影会 from KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm” and this is the logo. Event will be this fall, they haven’t given out an actual date yet.

“Either Hiro, Kouji, Kazuki or Shin will gently escort you on stage, just the two of you, and do a Prism Jump! This is real?! You will also be able to take a photo together thanks to Chroma Key synthesis, it will be a handshake event of a new era”
Judging from this, seems they won’t add any other character but not loosing hope.

They’ll use the VR game and tech to try and do a handshake event with the characters themselves, the seiyuus won’t be present. I guess this will be another thing the Pretty Rhythm franchise is the 1st to do? Or at least to popularize. Ouenjoueis weren’t invented by Pretty Rhythm, and some of the staff said they may have been inspired by Nanoha movie screening concerts, but I’m sure tons of other movies will do ouenjoueis too after seeing how Kinpri became a social phenomenon partly thanks to them. If this VR handshake event is successful I’m sure other franchise will start doing it too.

Gotta say I definitely didn’t see this coming. I haven’t seen this in any english written news sites, so when I saw pics of it on twitter, I didn’t bother reading about it. Just thought it was some kind of VR tech demo collab with Kinpri at TGS.  It’s an actual game project!!!

It’s kinda weird Crunchyroll or ANN haven’t reported about it yet. But I guess if PR related things were covered enough in English speaking media to satisfy me, I wouldn’t do these posts in the 1st place. Crunchyroll especially has been keeping good track of Pretty Rhythm news ever since Kinpri started and the franchise getting much more popular, so it’s weird. I kinda wish some English news site would report about it because I have trouble believing what I’m reading and wondering if I may be wrong. We’re getting an actual Pretty Rhythm console game!!! This is super big news!!!  Even if it’ll probably turn out to be a take pictures game with minimal gameplay. If they add more characters, or even the girls too it’ll be really great. Really looking forward to how this will turn out.

I don’t think I’ll spend hundreds for a Playstation VR just for one game though. Kinpri VR is the only game I 100% want to try so far. There’s stuff like Summer Lesson and Argyle Shift that seems interesting to me, but I’m waiting to see how they’ll turn out at release. I don’t really believe in Playstation VR or Oculus Rift stuff, and everything I’ve seen of it so far doesn’t interest me. Waiting to see if it’ll get any genuinely interesting games and how the games will be gameplay wise etc.

Game footage.

You can find more pics of the game here.

 

KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO- movie announced for June 2017

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Was announced at the end of the KING OF PRISM Over The Rainbow SPECIAL THANKS PARTY on September 11 2016. It’ scheduled for June 2017, no specified day yet. It’ll premiere in Wald 9, the same cinema Kinpri 1 debuted at.

Announcement on the official site is here. It doesn’t say anything else. There’s no preview video yet either.

I’m super happy and really hyped, but also kinda disappointed because I definitely thought they would first do a 1 cour late night TV anime for January 2017, and then a movie for June 2017. Guess I was too optimistic. And maybe director is too busy with Fairuru.

Because unless the movie is 2hours long I don’t think they’ll have the time to put in CG performances for each Edel Rose boy with their personal song, so that’s why I thought they’d make a TV anime at first to show them.

Every Pretty Rhythm series has their time based on real life time. They don’t necessarily happen in the same year, but time flows the same. For example, AD, DMF and RL each take place over a year, and they all aired for a year. Kinpri takes places one year and a half after the end of RL, and it was released one year and a half after RL ended.

So if they had made a tv series in January 2017, normally it should take place one year after Kinpri’s story ended. But by then it would be too far away and maybe Prism King Cup would have already happened since it’s supposed to be soon. So I thought the TV series could have been about flashbacks about what each character did since the end of Kinpri. It would have complemented all the various stories written by Director in magazines. That way they wouldn’t have had to worry about how each episode leads to the next too. It would have been episodic. Maybe we could have even got an episode about Kouji in America. But yeah that’s not happening sadly.

In any case, if the new movie still follow that rule, since it’s releasing in June 2017, one year and a half after Kinpri was released, it means the new movie’s story should also take place one year and a half after Kinpri ended. Which means that it would be even far away so maybe Prism King Cup would have happened already, so I guess they won’t make it happen that far away in time. Or maybe they’ll just say the Prism King Cup still haven’t happened then. If there is indeed a timeskip, maybe some of the characters will change designs again. Maybe they’ll skip the qualifications tournaments for the Prism King Cup and only show the cup itself. Maybe Kouji already came back by then etc.  Lotsof different things can happen. Really excited.

In any case seeing the movie’s subtitle, seems Hiro will play a big part in the story. I still think he’ll sing Happy Naru since he won’t be able to sing Pride at first and want to sing a Kouji song at all costs. Still think Shin will play a big role in making Jin make up with hijiri too.

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Quick summary of the KING OF PRISM Over The Rainbow SPECIAL THANKS PARTY September 11 event: (I’m very busy now so this is just a quick list of what happened. Hopefully if God wills I’ll do a detailed summary with what they said during the talk show in detail, and what the girls’ messages said)

Event was at  Tokyo International Forum, Hall C. They did it twice the same day so more people can go. First at 14:30, called “noon division”, then at 19:00, called “evening division”.

Even was in two halves. First half of the event was an ouenjouei. Second half was a talk show with Over The Rainbow’s seiyuus Kakihara Tetsuya, Maeno Tomoaki and Masuda Toshiki. The Kinpri sequel announcement was at the end of the “noon division”. They probably announced it again at night too. I’m not sure if they said the exact same things during the talk show at noon and at night.

The hall can hold 3000 people and was sold out. Furthermore it was streamed live in 82 cinemas across Japan, and 3 cinemas in Korea. What they call “live viewing”.
Around 20000 people watched the event in total.

Like all the different messages at the previous ouenjoueis, before the movie started there was a new message from the characters at the beginning.

Once the ouenjouei ended, the talk show started. During it they also showed scenes from the movie, with the seiyuus doing them on stage. For example they showed the Tokimeki Cycling jump and the seiyuus appeared on bicycle on stage as well.

In the corner “With love from Obare: cheering message” the 3 seiyuus acting as their characters, gave message of thanks to the audience for supporting them until now etc. It was particularly impressive when Masuda Toshiki screamed BURNING and all the audience screamed BURNING too.

There was also a message from some of the female main characters: Naru/Kato Emiri, An/Serizawa Yuu, Oto/Gotou Saori, Wakana/Uchida Maaya, Rinne/Sakura Ayane. They appeared on screen while the recorded conversation played.(Rinne momentarily came back or something?)

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Edi: I found this fanart of their message. They were in their Kinpri designs, meaning the message in universe was during/after Kinpri, so yeah seems Rinne really did come back momentarily.

Then the announcement corner started.

Kinpri will participate in the event Anime JAM 2016 the 10th and 11th of December 2016. Announcement on the event’s official site.

Kinpri seiyuus will appear the 10th only, during the “Rock stage”. The five participating seiyuus will be Terashima Junta/Shin, Hatanaka Tasuku/Taiga, Igarashi Masahi/Minato, Nagatsuka Takuma/Leo and Takeuchi Shunsuke/Alec.
Tickets for the event are on sale until 13th September at 23:59 (it kinda sucks for PR fans, they won’t have much time to buy them. It’s a bit weird they announced Kinpri will be at the event 2 days before the ticket sales ends. Maybe it was decided at the last minute.)

Kinpri will get its own web radio show. The podcasts will be published on Hibiki Radio.  Further details like who the radio hosts are will be published later.

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After these announcements, the seiyuus acted on stage a story written by PR director called “Over the Rainbow mune kyun Jump from backstage”. Basically a drama CD live.

After that they showed a message from Ito/Komatsu Mikako to Kouji. She appeared on screen while the recorded message played. Ito was acting shy and cute and there was warm cheers from the audience (That’s really nice they don’t care about insane fujoshis and did stuff like that. The only girl who didn’t appear is Bell. I guess they didn’t have enough money to pay Tomatsu Haruka too, or maybe she was simply too busy and didn’t have the time to record something.)

Then at the end Kakihara san said “Thank you for supporting Kinpri for such a long time. I hope you will keep cheering us. and they left the stage as if the event ended. But then when they left, a video started on the scren, showing scenes of Kouji Hiro Kazuki from the TV series and how they joined together and made OTR, and scenes from Kinpri and how they separated. And at the end of the movie it said “King Of Prism, New production decided!” KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO-“! Debuts nationwide on June 2017.”

The video they showed got uploaded on Youtube by Avex.

EDIT: The article I translated described the video, so I didn’t actually watch the video until now. There’s some quotes at the end. Some were already in the preview at the end of Kinpri 1. Some are pretty interesting:
“I won’t be able to sing Kouji’s songs anymore?” Obviously said by Hiro.
“I thought he had statuses” The kanji used there is 格/Kaku, so this is definitely Jin speaking. My bet is that’s what he’ll say describing Louis when revealing to the characters he works with him. He’ll say Louis is a bishonene that reminds him of himself when younger and he’s a man of statuses, unlike commoners like Hijiri, Hiro or Kouji.
“This is Norizuki Jin’s way of doing things”. Probably Hiro or Hijiri, commenting on how Jin stole Pride for Louis to use.
“The way you are right now, I don’t want you to sing Pride!” The way the sentence is phrased makes me think this is Kouji speaking. Kouji ends his negative phrases like that. He’s probably speaking to Hiro. Meaning Hiro will do something bad? Maybe Kouji will say he’s disappointed that Hiro’s depressed for not singing Pride and that even if Hiro had the rights to sing it, Kouji wouldn’t like it.
“Hijiri! I have gotten hold of everything!” This is obviously Jin speaking to Hijiri.
“I respected my big brother. I wanted to become like my big brother one day” This is obviously Hijiri speaking about Jin. They’ll finally show a flashback of Hijiri and Jin’s childhood, when Maria died and Hijiri started living with Jin and Kou. This may mean Hijiri started doing Prism Shows competitively because Jin was doing it. This would mean Jin’s inferiority complex toward Hijiri is something he accidentally started up himself. Also this means Jin was nice toward Hijiri when they were kids.

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Then OTR got back on stage with Athletic Core starting to play for the 1st time in the event. They sang together with the audience, doing calls to the audience to sing.

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Then Kakihara san said “‘The next movie will be even more powered up, it’ll be a movie worth of even more encouragements, so please keep supporting us”
Maeno san said “Whether you’ve been supporting us since Pretty Rhythm, or whether you started with Kinpri, I will be happy if you keep supporting us”.
Masuda san said: “If I was to talk with Kazuki’s feelings, it would be that he has hot feelings about the new movie, and how he’ll definitely won’t loose, so please keep supporting us”
And the event ended.

After the event, the official site also announced a new Kinpri Fan Festival, similar to the one that happened some months ago. This time instead of a weekend, it’ll last 6 days, from October 5th to October 10th. It’s called “KING OF PRISM Kinpri Fan Fes Kansha sai in Autumn.”

Washizaki Takeshi who I think was MC’ing the event. Tweeted this pic with the 3 seiyuus once the event ended.

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Kinpri Character designer Odeco/Matsuura Mai drew this

CG Director said “look forward to more mind boggling Prism Shows”.

Kato Emiri/Naru tweeted she was happy to see the other Rainbow Live seiyuus again when they recorded the message together.

She also congratulated everyone for the new movie and said she’s looking forward to it.

https://twitter.com/Masuda_Toshiki/status/774958336982691841

Masuda Toshiki/Kazuki posted on his blog how the event was 2hours long of fun, HE GOT TO BURNING,  for the first time in a while, FREEDOM, etc.

Komatsu Mikako/Ito said she was very happy recording the message and Ito was super dere dere cute, and she wonders if Ito’s hair will get even longer in the new movie.

Serizawa Yuu/An hopes An will get screentime in the new movie

This person who often does papercraft of the characters went to the event with a Rinne paper.

https://twitter.com/aobajo/status/774981251610447872

After the event, Director tweeted how they announced the 1st Kinpri movie last year in a room with 200 people and now they announced the sequel in a room with 20 000 people and a miracle really happened.
Also the pamphlet distributed at the event had him saying that if you like Kinpri please also watch the rest of Pretty Rhythm starting with Aurora Dream.

Pretty Rhythm All Star Selection Anime Official Guide Book: Watanabe Akio interview

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Previous posts and translations.

Remainder this book was released 31st of July 2014.
I finished translating this around 5 days ago, but some IRL things happened. I was also engrossed into Persona 5 things and translating people’s impressions from the demo events.
This is a design related interview, so I scanned all 4 pages of it so you can see the designs. Instead of directly uploading the pages here, I uploaded them on my puush to save space on this blog. Except for the 1st page.
My own comments or explanations are under parenthesis.

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KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm, 3rd Prism Elite Meeting summary

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This post is unfinished and in a weird state because I wrote it as I was watching the event’s live stream. I have a recording of the event, but I haven’t got the time to get back to it and complete this post.

The KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm 3rd Prism Elite Meeting was the event to celebrate the release of the dvd/bd on June 17. I mentioned it last news post.
On June 16 they announced the event would be streamed. So I watched it.
Here’s a summary:
Have important stuff to do so the post is currently unfinished.

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KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm, 2nd Prism Elite Event

This is just a preview post. Full length summary is here.

part 1

part 2

part 2 comments if you want the comments. You need some nico viewer program to read them directly on the video like on nico.

Event was the 27th april. Didn’t actually watch the event yet, couldn’t watch it live. Too busy and tired to do it now.

Part 2 is the actual event. Part1 is just a black screen, included for completion sake because people may ask where’s part 1. It actually lasted for almost 10 minutes but kakoroku only downloaded the first 2 minutes. I can see all the downtime on the timeshift. Seems they had some kind of technical problem, the event started while the nico live froze on black screen, people in the comments were like “the prism sparkle is disappearing”, “systemu desu kara”, “nikunikuniku! I want to eat niku!” “koujiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii”, and other PR memes. Only those present at the event saw the starting 7~8 minutes, which are probably unimportant anyway.

About why previous post is called part 1 but part 2 never happened: I was busy so I removed unfinished parts of the previous news post, to cut it in two. Initial plan was to finish everything I wanted to put in part 2, then wait till this event the 27th April, summarize it, then publish the summary in part2 with the rest. I couldn’t make it in time. And I can’t even watch this right now. If God wills it in a few days it I’ll do a full summary and finish the post later, and translate some new guidebook interview too. Speaking of that there’s a Kinpri guidebook that got announced too.

For now here’s the most important things they announced at that event from what I read:

Prism King Cup Next Generation Prism Star Grand Election final results:

5th Yukinojou
4th Shin
3rd Kakeru
2nd Alexander
1st Taiga

Special anime thing in the limited edition of the movies BD/DVD is around 20 minutes long.

They announced the Over The Rainbow Special Event. September 11. With OTR seiyuus Masuda Toshiki, Kakihara Tetsuya and  Maeno Tomoaki.  Tickets are 6800 yen. Very expensive. They’ll probably do a live and others things and it’ll be super long or something. And they’ll probably announce Kinpri 2 there.

Edit: Only noticed now thanks to ANN that after the event ended, jp news site like mantanweb reported the movie now earned 500 million yen.

Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live Anime Official Guide Book: Kato Emiri Naru interview

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Notes:
Not gonna translate the entire book. Not gonna scan the entire book either.
This book was released when Rainbow Live was still airing, 21st December 2013, the day episode 39 aired.

Q: Naru is an unusual type of main character, how did you feel about voicing her?

When I took the audition, I thought she’s a girl that stand out because of her airheadness. After hearing more, I understood she’s a girl that leads to happiness. The difficulty is how to express that happiness. Even when bad things happen, Naru tries her best to make the people around her happy using her own happiness, so I was anxious about if I will be able to make the others seiyuus around me feel like how Naru would make them feel.

Q:The happy naru phrase was something there from the start ?

Yes. But it didn’t have any specifications set in stone. They told me “please say it the way you see fit”. When I asked them “What does happy naru means?” They said “It’s a catchphrase, so it would be good if it leaves an impression”. They’re the words that come out naturally when Naru feels happy, so they have to not feel weird and fit in with the lines said before and after. I also had to say it while thinking it. The sensation of believing the words you’re acting genuinely come from your consciousness. Doing this made me close to Naru I think. I’m actually the type of person that live by “nantoka na~ru” just like Naru. I live trying to be positive. I do feel depressed when bad things happen but at those times I try to get back on my feet as much as possible, and try my best to remain positive. My friends as well often tell me I get back up on my feet amazingly fast, so much that they want me to teach them how I do it. Learning from Naru, I’ve also been trying to be even more positive, both with work and private matters.

Q:Did you receive any particular instructions in addition to your acting ?

Most of the time I was told my acting alone is fine. But for gag scenes there were indications on the script telling me to go “fugya!” and I was told to do it exactly like that. For crying scenes too it was written to not do a normal crying sound but a “fueeen” like crying sound. There were a lot of times when I was asked to do momentarily reactions like these exactly as it said on the script.

Q:Speaking of crying scenes…

You mean the scene where she gets rejected by Kouji kun right. I had to redo the “fueen” crying of that scene countless times. I’d cry normally instead of the “fueen” sound Naru does. Also, conveying how “She doesn’t know why she’s crying, so it’s different from how she’d cry normally” was the most difficult part. I had to draw from within myself the sensation of being rejected, while not being fully aware of your own feelings.

Q :It was a very painful scene to watch.

Naru chan didn’t have the self awareness of getting rejected then. Even now. The fact that she could speak normally with Kouji kun and Ito chan right after was impressive. Kouji kun isn’t the type of boy to show his emotions. Was he interested in Naru chan? Is he interested in Ito chan? Areee? Suddenly Ito Chan? I was surprised by the sudden development. Certainly he wasn’t thinking of Naru in a romantic way, but more like a little sister, wanting to save her, do something for her… Kouji kun also has a timid side to him, so he needs someone strong to push him.

Q:How do you think the romance element will go from now on?

I don’t want Naru chan to get hurt, so I think it’d be best she doesn’t get involved in love for a bit. Couples are appearing one after another, but I think Naru chan and Otoha chan aren’t suited for love struggles like that. I’d like it if they lived their lives peacefully until they naturally find someone.

Q:Is there any line of dialogue or scene that left you a big impression?

The scene where Kouji sings to save Naru. How Naru trying her best to do her Prism Live feels the taste of failure for the first time. She’s usually so happy, but couldn’t bear it anymore, and started crying. It was the first time in the show she brought forth that sort of negative emotion. It was very surprising to see her like that compared to her usual self, I was wondering if she could overcome it. She couldn’t and started crying, that sort of thing is very girly and cute, but I wanted to comfort and help her.

Q:After that point in the show Naru definitely started growing. Is that change reflected in your acting?

The way I say the jumps’ names during Prism Live changes a bit. The most noticeable thing are the songs though. Naru’s my song was made before her development, but Happy Rain’s was made after and reflects how she settled her feelings, and tries to have fun with Prism Lives and make everyone enjoy it. The duo song too, as Naru evolved even more then. Being able to do a show with the person she admires Bell sama, I thought it surely must have been fun for Naru but also a challenge.

Q:Besides your own, which one is your favorite character ?

I think everyone likes Hiro sama. His lines are always super funny, and his gestures always makes you go “Why is he doing this?” lol. For example how he always bite his glasses, or how he was spying on Kouji during the Ito x Kouji kiss scene. Or his Prism Show with how he was on a bed and his ‘good morning” and “I belong to everyone” lines. That one was definitely the most intense. In a lot of ways, I went “Hiro sama kyaaaaaaa” lol. As for the girls, it’s difficult to choose, Wakana is fine, but I like Otoha the most. I think she’s girly, loves everyone in Bell Rose, and she’s genuinely thoughtful of the people around her. It feels like she can heal you with her overflowing love. She’s nice, but will scold you if there’s the need to. I really like her. After that, I’m interested if Hiro sama and Bell sama will end up together or not. Hiro sama likes Kouji but he likes Bell too, which will he pick. Bell also shows signs of caring about HIro, and gets worried about him, will they end up together, or will it stay like this.
(I like Otoha but clearly Wakana >Otoha)

Q:How do you think the story will go from now on?

Right now Rinne’s chan emotions are coming back bit by bit, how she will have to return to the Prism World is what piques my interest. When Rinne chan goes back to the Prism World, what will happen to the Pair Tomos? Naru and the others won’t be able to do Prism Lives anymore lol. Just like Hijiri san, I’m thinking a lot about the future of the Prism Show scene lol.

Q: A word to the readers to wrap things up ?

Contrary to the expectations you can have of a show aimed at children, there’s a lot of details adults can greatly enjoy too. Like dealing with frustration, discouragement, relationships between fiends, gloomy family environments… each character’s drama is expended upon, yet there’s not a character overshadowed by another, I think this is one of the nice things about this series.
I don’t know myself either how things will go from now on, so I look forward to discovering it together with everyone.