Everything You Should Know About KING OF PRISM And Pretty Series in 90 Seconds

Unlike saying Madoka Magica revolutionized the Mahou Shoujo genre, it’s not far-fetched to say KING OF PRISM revolutionized Japanese cinema. Here’s everything you should know about the Pretty Series franchise, which includes Pretty Rhythm, KING OF PRISM*Kinpri, PriPara, Prichan and Pretty All Friends.

Edit: Temporary note, as I changed the layout of my blog, the post’s layout ended up getting screwed up, even though I tested it beforehand. Please be patient until I have the time to fix it.

Everyone and their cat knows how Shinkai Makoto’s Your Name revolutionized anime cinema in 2016, breaking through Spirited Away‘s records. What few knows however, is that another movie made anime history the same year: KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm.

As you may know, the KING OF PRISM movies are spin-offs of the Pretty Rhythm franchise. The first movie, KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm (shortened as Kinpri) was initially released in 14 theaters on January 9th 2016. Three weeks after release, it was only screening in 9 cinemas, and the staff was preparing for the worst. However, the movie ended up earning more than 800 million yen, and by May 2016 it was in over 100 cinemas across Japan. All thanks to dedicated fans’ word to mouth and the movie’s “Cheer Screenings” (応援上映 in Japanese), screenings where you can come in cosplay, use glowsticks, scream and sing along during the movie, or dub lines during subtitled scenes specifically made for it. The movie had a nine months run in cinemas, and its final screening was at Shinjuku Wald 9, on September 2nd 2016, even though the movie was already out on DVD/BD since June 17th. KING OF PRISM was a huge success in South Korea as well. The first movie released there on August 11th 2016, and broke the record of longest screening period for an anime film, a record previously held by Love Live! The School Idol Movie!
The sequel movie, KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO-, ended up releasing simultaneously in Japan and South Korea on June 10th 2017.

However, the Kinpri movies has a hidden history unrecorded even on Japanese anime sites. In the first place, how did a kids franchise spawn movies geared towards adults? Why are the movies gayer than actual Boys Love anime? Why does what seems to be a Yuri on Ice! ripoff with Shinji and Kaworu clones is a big enough deal to be screened at Los Angeles Anime Film Festival???

Note: While similar, I’ve added a lot of things compared to the French version of this article I published back in May.  This is basically the XX+ Reloaded Definitive edition of the “Pretty Series History”.

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Prism☆Afureko/Prism Dubbing screenings announced for KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO-

On August 29 the male/female separated Kinpri2 screenings were held, with Kato Emiri/Naru and Gotou Saori/Otoha doing the stage greetings, along with Avex producer Nishi Hiroko who was acting as MC like she often does. They announced that starting September 2, KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO-/Kinpri2/Kinpra will have Prism☆Afureko/Prism Dubbing screenings. These screenings follow the same rules as ouenjouei/cheer screening(cosplay OK, cyalume OK, screaming OK etc), but all the characters’ lines are muted and subtitles are displayed, so the audience can dub the movie themselves.

From September 2 to 8, theaters across Japan will show a sample version, made by the female characters’ voice actresses. Confirmed so far are Kato Emiri/Naru, Uchida Maaya/Wakana and Mikako komatsu/Ito. Moreover they confirmed this sample dubbing will be included as bonus in the KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO- Bluray. There’ still no release date for it though.

More things about the event: According to both news site and fans’ reports on Twitter, the audience’s reaction was tremendous when they announced the female seiyuu’s dubbed version, and Kato san Gotou san and Nishi san all got moved to tears.
When Nishi san asked them who’s they’re favorite character in Kinpri 2, Gotou Saori said Kakeru and Kato Emiri said George. When asked about how they felt when dubbing Kinpri 2, they said that instead of thinking that the boys became girls, they just voiced out their feelings naturally. They think people will do the same when attending Prism Dubbings screenings, and they even made a Twitter hastag for it: , which can be translated as “Kinpra the way you feel it”.

During the male only screenings, seems Wald9 9 had some kind of technical trouble, so the audience started cheering for the staff, and someone screamed “get back uuuup!! Waaald 9!!!” Like Kouji does to Hiro in the movie(not a spoiler since you can see it in a PV)

This is pretty cool news so making a post specifically for it instead of simply reporting it on Twitter. I’m already extremely hyped to watch the movie. And now I’m ever more hyped to watch thegirl’s dubbed version. Can’t wait to hear Naru wakana and Ito voice Alexander.

Kinpri got into anime history in 2016 and made Cheer Screenings popular. Tons of other movies are doing it now. These new Prism Dubbing are interesting, as it shows they know Kinpri was ahead of it’s time with the cheer screening (though technically speaking it wasn’t the first movie who did it) and so they want to keep their lead. Like a technology race. Prism Dubbing is pretty much the next step after Cheer Screenings, allowing you to dub the whole movie. Surely this will become popular as well. Pretty Rhythm is such an exciting series. I wish I’d be able to write about it in some official news site or magazine.

There hasn’t been an official announcement yet, but Amazon started listing a KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO- setting book to be released on October 25 2017.  This is basically the guidebook of Kinpri 2. It’ll definitely have new information, along with all the background information the director and staff talked about at various stage greetings since the movie’s release. I have that info already, thanks to fans on twitter always writing reports, but I haven’t read it yet to avoid spoiling myself, and waiting for the DVD/BD release. If God wills, I’ll definitely get  this new book and translate the interviews in it, like I’m doing with the others guidebooks. I’m kinda busy these days so I haven’t got the time to translate a new interview in a while though. I still haven’t finished translating the ones in the PRASS guidebook.

Edit from 26 October 2017

After asking a fan(Thank you Sakuramochi san), I realized I got this all wrong, I’m terribly sorry. Actually the Prism Afureko thing is much simpler than that. You know how Kinpri 1 had scenes which were subbed, and the audience would dub them during Cheer Screenings. Needless to say there’s scenes like this in KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO- too, and these Prism Afureko screenings has the girls seiyuus dubbing these scenes instead of the audience. They didn’t redub the whole movie with the girls, nor do you get to dub the whole movie yourself.  You dont’ get to see stuff like Naru voicing Alec for a scene. Again I’m sorry. Not the first time I get something wrong but it’s been a while since it last happened.

KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm to be screened in USA on September 16 2017

Kinpri 1 will be screened for the 1st time in USA, at Los Angeles Anime Film Festival aka LA-AFF, on September 15 2017.

Kinpri’s USA invasion finally begins. Would be nice if a licencing/streaming company would get the rights for Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream, Pretty Rhythm Dear My Future and Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live, and stream them outside Japan, so people can watch past seasons. Kinpri 1 & 2 are actual sequels to Rainbow Live, not just spinoffes. And there’s a lot of things you only get in Kinpri 2 if you’ve watched all the past seasons.

Watching Kinpri 1 without knowing Rainbow Live’s story is extremely interesting as well, but would be cool if all the world could get how best anime of the decade Pretty Rhythm is.

I wish I was hired at some French or English speaking online magazine/anime site to write about Pretty Rhythm and tons of other things. It’s a bit frustrating. Would be nice if they show it in France now, along with the past seasons and Kinpri 2. Pretty Rhythm is the best sports shoujo story since Ace wo Nerae! or Attacker You!, every otaku that’s 30+ years old would love it here. I wish I could participate in licencing and bringing it over here. Or helping so it gets a screening at a con or something. But then I guess it’s partially my fault for only engaging in English speaking communities and never really being part of a French one despite watching anime for 20 years.

Kinpri stageplay announced: KING OF PRISM -Over the Sunshine!-

Official site

There’s a “movie” tab which gives an error for now, I guess they’ll release a PV soon.

Official twitter

Twitter hashtag:  

Anime News Network post about it

Script is by Aoba Jou, aka Pretty Rhythm&Kinpri Director Hishida Masakazu (aka Riru Riru Fairilu Director Gojou Sakura)

The actual director of the stage play is someone called 宇治川まさなり (not sure how his name is read). Seems he directed many other stage plays in the past like the Yowamushi Pedal stage play, or the Sengoku BASARA vs Devil May Cry stage play (yeah, I didn’t know this existed either, I want to see that).

They haven’t said for now whether it’ll be a completely new story or using the story from the movies. I don’t think it’ll be a new story. I think it’ll mostly be the first movie, with maybe a few changes.

When it was announced, director tweeted “please support Butakin”. He’s abbreviating the stage play as butai + Kinpri = Butakin. In the past he’s also the one who coined the “Kinpri” abbreviation for KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm and the “Kinpra” abbreviation for KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO-, though I mostly use Kinpri2 instead of Kinpra, so it’s easier to get for people not familiar with Pretty Rhythm.
Some people told him to change the abbreviation but I hope it’ll stay this way. In any case I’ll keep calling it Butakin myself because this is so funny.

Sound Director Nagasaki Yukio said it’s been a while he’s been this surprised about an announcement.

Old time Pretty Rhythm fanartist Siokya san explained it’s because Director loves it when everyone uses an unique abbreviation so it sticks out during searches, so it’s easier for him to see people’s reactions. So Siokya said he’ll purposely use the emotes

🐷🈲 buta/pig and the emote for the kanji 禁/kin

to talk about the stage play,  to make it harder for director to search for it haha. Some other old times fans really like the Butakin abbreviation as well and will keep using it alongside with the emote version.

Marusaka san said “I hope the cast don’t fall into the dark side when training for Prism Jumps” (referencing AD and DMF)

Long time Pretty Rhythm fanartist Emu san said they should get the real DJ Koo to play DJ Coo.

Minako san saying it’s possible well’ get a Stage play with the girls one day and a DMF Grateful Symphonia stage play.

Another fan: “I always said Kinpri is a 2.5D movie, so if we’re getting a 2.5D stageplay of a 2.5D movie, it’ll be 2.5*2.5 and become a 6.25Dimension stage play.”

 

All the characters are played by different people than their seiyuu.

A fan made a listof the age and height of the actors, to compare it with the characters’

Except for Minato, who will be played by his seiyuu Igarashi Masashi. As you can see on his profile, he did many stage play roles in the past so he’ll definitely do a great job.

Soon after the announcement, Igarashi tweeted “If not for Kinpri, I wouldn’t have got the opportunity to be in such a stage play again”, that he’ll try to spread the prism sparkle with this stage play which can be considered in a sense 2.5D. And he said “The only one who can act Minato, IS ME!!” referencing Hiro’s line in Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live episode 18. Made me laugh a lot.

Enoki Azusa/Mion tweeted she’s happy Kinpri is getting a stage play, and that she knows Shin’s actor, she did the Bakumatsu Ookami Kick stage play with him.

It seems Tsubota Fumi isn’t working on Kinbuta. Would have been perfect if she helped with the scripts, as before writing for Pretty Rhythm, she used to write theater pieces, hence why she greatly contributed to making the Grateful Symphonia theater like episodes at the end of DMF.

Also, if you’ve been reading my blog for at least a year, you should already know that Koreans fans made their own fan stage play of Kinpri 1 at a convention. Director even retweeted it back when they put it on Youtube. I hope the official one will be at least as good as this.

In other news, Yamamoto Nozomi (Cosmo, Ai jozenji(Naru and Ito’s classmate),Ito’s pair tomo Kurun) finally saw Kinpri 2 today. She says she likes Street Style the best and wants to see the movie again.

Lastly, as always, I’m still saving info from the ongoing stage greetings, eagerly waiting for the KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO- DVD release so I’ll finally be able to read all the new background info and translate&publish it.

KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO- is out in Japan and South Korea

Kinpri2/KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO- released in Japan and South Korea on June 10. You can easily find spoilers from english speaking people in Japan on Tumblrs blogs, Twitter, etc. I’m not planning to read spoilers but will probably inevitably see some.

Most Japanese fans on Twitter,especially all the Pretty Rhythm Yakuzas, are really considerate, and only talk about the movie in MP, or made specific new accounts, or are using apps to hide their tweets. They’re really nice.

Tweeted by Director, him and all the Edel Rose characters’ seiyuu.

Stage greeting on June 11 with Director, Terashima/Shin and Nagatsuka/Leo at Kinecitta cinema in Kawasaki.

They did another one at Ion Cinema in Tama Center in Tama City. Decorations was done by the cinema’s staff, signs and messages were left by fans.

Director did another stage greeting at Cineplex Makuhari cinema in Chiba but with Nagatsuka/Leo alone. It was the first time they did an event with only the two of them.
All of this reminds me of when Kinpri1 got out and when it started getting popular starting end of February 2016, and Director was going all over Japan everyday for the stage greetings and even went to Okinawa.

As I reported in the previous post, during the stage greeting and first public premiere of the movie at Wald9,Tokyo on June 10, they announced a new live event for October 21. It seems very similar to the OTR Special Thanks Party held on September 11 2016. They were both announced very early, and they both happen twice the same day so more people can attend. And the September 11 event was when KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO- was announced, so they might announce something new there again.

In my case, I think they might announce a Kinpri TV anime.

I don’t consider KING OF PRISM a spinoff to Rainbow Live but a direct sequel, I’ve often seen english news site refers it to as a”older females audience oriented spinoff of the little girls oriented series Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live”. KING OF PRISM is a sequel, not a spinoff. It’s true Naru and her friends aren’t the main characters anymore and it now focuses on Hiro Kouji Kazuki and their juniors, but Hiro Kouji and Kazuki were already main characters in Rainbow Live, and the villain is still the same. While I remember the staff may have used the word “spinoff “in some interviews to describe KING OF PRISM, it’s definitely considered as a sequel by the staff as well.

I think it’s bad to be hung up over these kind of things, and it’s just anime, just a hobby, so I’m not gonna push it further. It’s a similar case to how people call Pretty Rhythm an “idol anime” when it isn’t and what I already wrote about this in the past. It’s fine to call it one, but it’s slightly misguiding to do so. And the staff themselves have already used the words “idol anime” to describe it, but also say it isn’t, just like when Director said during Kinpri’s announcement1 “You’d think it’s bad business wise to do another male idol anime as this market is crowaded. However, we aren’t making anime about idols, we’re making anime about Prism Stars”.

Now what would be a spinoff would be if in 2019-2020 for the 10 anniversary of the Pretty Rhythm series they do a new project crossover with PriPara and past seasons.

Enoki Azusa san(Mion) tweeted she appears in KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO-, reprising her role as Hiro’s mother. Unsurprising since this is Pretty Rhythm and parents characters are important.
She also went to see the movie on release day June 10. (on the premiere at Wald 9 I think)She says it was fun watching it with everyone, she wants to see it again and support her son. It seems Mion also appears voiced in some way as she said so herself, and she also RTed/subtweeted and answered a lot of people talking about it on twitter saying stuff like how “Mion appears in Kinpri2”. (I could look into it but I try to avoid spoilers)

Kinpri1 DVD was announced on March 21 2016 for a June 17 release. So I guess DVD for Kinpri2 should be announced in August, for a October 2017 release.

Similar to the KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm Prism Elite Meeting events they did last year, they announced the second KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO- Prism Elite Meeting event for June 17. (The first one was the June 7 event with Director, Nishi san and Kato san). I hope it’ll be streamed online. Last year I didn’t care about spoilers, so I could watch these live when they were streamed and write reports about it, but I want to avoid spoilers as much as possible this time, so I will just save the stream if it’s streamed and keep it for later. At worst if it’s not streamed, there will always be Kunieda5gogo’s blog where I could check what happened after seeing the movie myself.

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/vod/imagine/20170613/

On June 13, NHK world broadcasted Imagine Nation, featuring  KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO-.  It features an interview of Pretty Rhythm director Hishida Masakazu, Avex Producer Nishi Hiroko and Pretty Rhythm CG Director Otobe Yoshihiro.
I haven’t watched it yet as I’m really busy, and it shows a lot of the Prism Show scenes of Kinpri2, and I want to avoid spoilers anyway. I think I’ll only “listen” to it, since they dubbed the interviews in English. They talk about how Kinpri was made, it’s surprising popularity, how it became a cultural phenomenon in Japan changing the way cinema is enjoyed, being the first movie to do Cheer Screenings, etc.
Technically, there were others who did it before it, like the first Pretty Rhythm movie. I’m currently writing a post that would basically be this video, but ultra complete and detailed, regrouping all the background info about Kinpri’s making history and how it became a huge thing. Basically I’m doing a “everything you should know about the KING OF PRISM phenomenon” post. I hope I manage to finish it soon.

Pretty Rhythm/KING OF PRISM watching order guide

Edit: When I have the time I’ll try to write another guide, as after quickly updating it on March 2018 I’ve grown dissatisfied with it.

To celebrate how it’s been 7 years since May 2010 when I started this blog, I’m publishing a “‘how to get into the Pretty Rhythm franchise” guide.(that’s pretty much just a pretext, I don’t care about anniversaries)
I see a lot of Japanese fans writing guides like this on Twitter so I thought I’d do one too.  If you only saw the Kinpri movie and want to see more
if you watch PriPara and want to know what was the series that originated it
if you like Bakemonogatari and want to watch more things with Watanabe Akio designed characters
If you like Love Live or Shortpants no Kuni, and wondering how the director learned to make good CG scenes
if you like Aikatsu! and a friend just taunted you saying “Pfff, Aikatsu! copied everything from Pretty Rhythm”
If you want to watch Pretty Rhythm and don’t know where to start, this is the thing you need, perhaps.

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Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live Blu-ray Box release commemoration event (9oct2016)

Sources are twitter and Kunieda5gogo’s blog: a very dedicated and cool jp fan going to as many Pretty Rhythm official events and talk shows as possible and writing down what was said. I think I already linked it in the past.

On October 9 2016, there was an event to celebrate the release of the first Rainbow Live BD box. IIRC tickets for the events were in the preorders of the 1st bdbox. People present were Avex Producer Nishi Hiroko who was asking the questions, Katou Emiri/Naru, Serizawa Yuu/Ann, Komatsu Mikako/Ito and Sakura Ayane/Rinne.

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