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PRAD is ending soon

Pic by 佐奈丸

And it’s getting more and more awesome. I’m so happy I’m watching this. Since episode 39, the show went into it’s last phase, everything is coming together, the girls must each participate to various  prism show championships to be qualified for the Prism Queen Cup. I TOTALLY CRIED in ep 41 when Kyouko san broke into tears after telling her story. And then Aira hugged her, telling she will fulfill her dreams she couldn’t accomplish.  It was so DAAAAAAAAWW,  I haven’t felt so emotional since when I watched Tekkaman Blade last summer.
Now Aira is set, she has the eye of the tiger, she’s not the typical “everyone got their dreams and all, I still don’t know what to do in life, I’m so insecure” heroine anymore now. NOW SHE WILL FLY THE AURORA RISING FOR KYOUKO. YEEEEEEEEEEEES.

Pic by キクチ

And then that Valentines ep, Shou hugging aira KYAAAAAAAAA.
I like how Aira is surprised when Shou gave her chocos for valentines, he shatters one of the japanese beliefs and tell her that overseas, during Valentine’s day you can give gifts regardless of genders, as in it’s not only the girls giving choco.

Then there’s episode 45, Mion’s training in Brazil. Getting to see Mion’s parents was just icing on the cake. We got to see the parents of the three girls, they all have really good roles and character development. I hate to say things like this but: HOW MANY YEARS HAS IT BEEN SINCE I LAST SAW PARENTS DOING THEIR JOB IN ANIME??? I remember when at first it was Aira’s dad who wouldn’t let her do Prism Shows and was totally opposed to it, but now in ep 44 he’s the one who agreed to let her aim for the Prism Queen title and jump the Aurora Rising while her mom was strictly against it, after what happened to her friend Sona chan, who flew it too and lost her memories or something like that. That’s pretty much the only plot part left they have to explain now.

One more thing, they still pulled out new solo songs for Kanon, Serena and Chris when there was only 7 episode left!! They could have well just kept their money for the sequel. It’s really considerate of the staff. Now with this, every girl has her own song along their team songs. All of them along with the ops and eds will be released on a 3 CD compilation the 16th of March, there’s even a limited edition with a dvd containing the performances of each song. I’m actually thinking of buying a copy.

Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream is ending soon, I’ll be so sad when it does, I’m actually planning to watch the sequel Pretty Rhythm Dear My Future if it turns out as great as this. PRAD definitely is one of my favorite sports anime now along with Captain Tsubasa and some others, I’m not even kidding. I’m eagerly waiting for the ending.

Why you should watch PRAD (Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream)

After writing an introduction post about it, I thought I should try to make more people watch it or something (well not like much people will read this anyway). I honestly think it deserves it, it’s getting very good and no one watches it (at least in the English speaking anime community, it’s actually pretty popular in Japan, will talk more about it below), and that’s such a waste. I would blog it or something like in an anime blog if had the time.

Well all these things may be pros or cons judging from your point of view… They’re all pros for me. Let’s start!

The only thing it has similar with a Magical Girls show is the name. Pretty Rhythm and Pretty Cure may look similar but they don’t have much in common really, don’t judge while you don’t know anything about it. PRAD is a sports anime.

The story follows the usual tropes of sports anime, so at least the story writers knows exactly what they’re doing, every episode have a meaning (Unlike say, Hanasaku Iroha, I should really finish watching it with my sis someday so I can properly bash it.)
The fact that it’s predictable yet very well written also makes it fairly understandable, I watch it raw since the subs are like, 13 episodes behind. If you watch anime since at least five years and if you already watched a sports anime, without thinking that they’re all too long/boring then you’ll be in known territory.

The sport in question is doing prism shows, which is dancing and singing while skating… Yeah. Also note that all the dance scenes are in CG so there’s not much animation especially in the first eps. They’re pretty well choreographed though. Starting episode 12 or so they fired the koreans animators and took even better koreans for animation or something, because starting then the animation keeps getting better and better, I’m at ep 30 now and you could almost not tell it doesn’t have much budget/is aimed at kids. It pretty much got standard animation now, as in the least you can expect from a cartoon airing saturday morning on Tv Tokyo.

There’s almost no sexual fanservice in it… Not even rice bowl censored panties like in K-on! I say almost because there was a swimsuit episode(episode 27), and even then, it wasn’t very fanservicey.

It may not be very popular (well at least on the English speaking anime community) but it’s very popular among little girls in Japan. They all watch it.  In fact I know someone who teaches lolis in Japan and he told me they’re all over it. If you’re what some people call a “weaboo” these days you need to watch it if you wanna get a Japanese imouto or something.

Rizumu and her total lack of fashion sense.

It’s very funny, I admit I laugh more watching it than when watching Kimi to Boku, Ika Musume s2, or Working!!2. It’s really the show I enjoy the most right now.

Last but not least, the insert songs are truly great. I love them.  Even Callings’ ones (the boys band) are nice.
Just listen to this: