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Episode 5: The Best Friends’ Promise on a Rainy Day
Everyone and their cat knows how Shinkai Makoto’s Your Name revolutionized anime cinema in 2016, breaking through Spirited Away‘s records. What few know, 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 9 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 have 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 2018. This is basically the XX+ Reloaded Definitive edition of the “Pretty Series History”.
Edit: I fixed the post’s layout, as it got screwed up after I changed the blog’s theme, even though it was fine beforehand during preview.
Note: I wrote this article in a hurry, so there’s a lot of typos and sentences I need to rewrite properly when I have the time.
The Pretty Series history article explaining everything from Pretty Rhythm to Prichan is finished now. You can read it here. It explains the series relationships with Oshamajo, Love Live, Aikatsu, and the KING OF PRISM spin-offs. It’s quite a long read, but I strongly recommend reading it first to get a much better understanding of this controversy.
On August 3rd 2018, the official Prichan twitter RTed how there’s swimsuit dakimakura among the Pretty All Friends(PAF) official goods to be sold by Icrea at C94 (August 10-12 2018). It created a controversy among the Pretty Series fans. This is natural as the fan community is pretty massive now after PriPara and Kinpri’s successes, and includes people from different countries (mostly Japan and South Korea) so obviously everyone has different opinions and sensibilities. There’s people saying the dakimakuras are bad because they’re sexualizing underage characters from children oriented anime, and making hashtags protesting about it.
On August 3-4, the Japanese tags for PriPara and Pretty Series were trending. The Korean tags for “dakimakura” , “children anime” and “pripara” were trending too. There’s also a currently trending tag with thousands of tweets used by people to protest against the goods: #プリティーシリーズ_女の子キャラクター_性商品化_もいい加減にしろ, meaning “Stop making official goods sexualizing the Pretty Series girls characters”
And a korean equivalent:
I’m not making this post to repost some of the tweets in those tags, and write/translate things like
“look how low the Pretty Series franchise has fallen”
“wow Japan is so cool and redpilled, they NEVER PUT POLITICS IN ANIME, those Koreans complaining about the swimsuit dakis are just dumb SJW!!”
and get views like the crap Yaraon already did. (I’ll explain later why I mention Korea. Not linking the yaraon post on purpose to not give them views. And I hope ANN won’t write a post on this issue with yaraon as only source, because unlike what they said it’s not only Korean fans that are displeased about it)
I’m not interested either in trying to figure out if there’s a consensus, or counting the heads on each multiple sides of the argument. Rather, I wanna try to talk about the incident as a whole and explain what led to this. And in case it a becomes an even bigger controversy, it would be good to have a post for future reference to know what happened.
Also, I’m not going to voice my own opinion much. Which is that basically I don’t think the dakis are a good thing, but I don’t agree with 100% the arguments against it I’ve seen. Explaining my opinion would require me to write about things personal and I don’t feel like it nowadays. Usually, I always voice my opinion because I don’t believe 100% objectivity is a good thing. (Like how most people saying they’re apolitical or don’t care about politics and don’t want to see politics in cultural works pretty much means they voluntarily support the wrong politics by not caring, and has never been forced to care because they’re rich or white or never experienced stuff like racism)
On August 1st 2018, the Prichan official account published a tweet signed by Ageha Mia revealing the birthday dates of DMF Prizmmy☆. I’ve been waiting for this for 6 years.
Ageha Mia’s birthday is on August 8th and she’s Aiolia
Miyama Reina’s birthday is on October 30th and she’s Milo
Ooruri Ayami’s birthday is on January 6th and she’s Shura
Shijimi Karin’s birthday is on May 5th and she’s Aldebaran
The Pretty Rhythm All Star Selection guidebook that released in 2014 only revealed the month and astrological sign of Prizmmy. But not the day. And they didn’t reveal anything for PURETTY. I hope they’ll reveal PURETTY birthdays next.
Also Reina was listed as Virgo in the guidebook, but now the day they choose for the bday makes her a Scorpio for some reason. So I guess the unpublished birthday day they decided on before is different than the one they published now.
This is awesome because now on these days, we’ll get 葉みあ生誕祭, 深山れいな生誕祭,志々美かりん生誕祭, 大瑠璃あやみ生誕祭 hashtags on twitter, and DMF will finally get more fanart. I really hope more people watch AD and DMF.
Back when Hanazono Mia was revealed and added in Idoltime PriPara, they revealed her birthday to be September 3rd, the same as IRL Mia’s real bday. So now Ageha Mia and Hanazono Mia have different birthdays. Meaning they’ll be able to merchandise Mia twice in a year.
They probably revealed them now because Reina Karin and Ayami will appear in Pretty All Friends, and that way they’ll be able to merchandise PAF goods of them on their birthdays. I really hope the boys and PURETTY will appear in PAF too.
After the Happy Rain and Bell Rose Rainbow Live collabs, Dash Store also announced they’re doing a Pretty All Friends goods collab. It’s Mion Aira Rizumu, Mia, Naru, Laala and Yui in maid café like costumes. It will last from September 15th to October 11th. Judging from the previous ones, it’ll probably be badges, posters, t-shirts etc.
And if you buy for a certain amount they should do speical thigns again. Like a raffle to participate in an event with a seiyuu, and another raffle to win the cardboard stands they’ll use to decorate the shop.
For the Happy Rain one the event was with Serizawa Yuu. For the Bell Rose one the event was with Goto Saori. This time it’ll be either Asumi Kana/Aira, Hara Sayuri/Rizumu, Enoki Azusa/Mion, Ookubo Rumi/Mia, Kato Emiri/Naru, Akaneya Himika/Laala or Date Arisa/Yui will appear for an event. I’m betting on Hara Sayuri.
Similar to what they did with the Bell Rose announcement, they’ll reveal new info every Wednesdays. Be sure to follow my Twitter as I’ll try to cover it there.
IRL Mia is happy they revealed a bday for Ageha Mia and notes how it’s different from her own and Hanazono’s bday.
Edit, adding more things. Thanks to an online friend I found and added the mysterious silhouettes they only showed during the announcement at the event but haven’t published elsewhere.
(Note: for my convenience, I tag Pretty All Friends related pictures on my blog as “prad7”, please don’t pay it any mind)
Pretty All friend is a “project” announced during the PP live event on Dec 10, and on the PriPara official Twitter.
My tweets about it:
I don’t have anything to add to the ANN post except how when Idol Time PriPara was announced, they already said they would do something for the 10th anniversary of the arcade game in 2020 and the 10th anniversary of the anime in 2021.
Director haven’t tweeted anything regarding the announcement besides RTing some people’s reactions.
Sound Director haven’t said anything either last time I checked. I haven’t checked every seiyuu and staff yet and will try to ad more reactions later.
CG director tweeted basically “Pretty All Friend means anything is possible!!” and “When you have the budget you can do anything!! Let’s do it do it do it do it do it do it” and other similar things about how they have money now, made me laugh a lot. (I don’t watch ITPP yet so I didn’t get it at first, that’s a reference to Muri girl, whose catchphrase changes from murimurimurimurimurimuri to dekirudekirudekirudekirudekirudekiru when she transforms).
Asumi Kana/Aira twitted “eh!! what is this! everyone is so cute!!” and also twitted one of the AD DVD she owns and pointed out how the dvd cover illustrations were so nice.
Serizawa Yuu wonders if she’ll voice both Mireille and Ann together.
Fans pointed out where the clothes used in the key visual comes from:
Not everyone is actually hyped about PAF, like long time fanartist Akasaka san (one of the first people who did Pretty Rhythm fanart and who still does today along with Emu san) who said she doesn’t feel it too much, though haven’t read all her tweets yet so not sure why.
Everything below is speculation, like things pointing out it could be a TV anime etc. Just throwing out ideas of mine and what Prism Yakuzas said on Twitter. We won’t have more info until end of January.
(At times like these I almost regret I’m not a cool youtuber doing dumb EXPLAINED videos beacuse it would probably take less time speaking than writing all this. Though making a video with ll the cuts etc takes a lot of time and work)
CG director recently tweeted they upgraded their motion capture “making one of his dreams finally come true”, so it may be about PAF.
Back in October, CG Director and producer Ohba Shin were talking about some new motion capture that would make a dream come true, possibly new mocap for PAF, as I already pointed out in the past they do the motion capture for future performances pretty early.
Usually in late December or January, that’s when they announce the new season that will start in April the following year. So this means this would be the new anime starting in April, but it feels weird to stop ITPP now when they bothered to add so many new characters. A lot of fans and myself also think it’s weird they’re announcing something part of the 10th anniversary so soon.
If they do an arcade game too, since they always try to be a step ahead from competitors and add a new gimmick, like the print your own photo and become a real idol for pritickets, there should be some new gimmick too for PAF. There’s a Prism Stone on the logo, there wasn’t one on PriPara or Idol Time PriPara’s logos. So it could mean Prism Stones will be back, or something that looks like Prism Stones will be used. The logo’s design, color and font is a mix of Pretty Rhythm and PriPara’s , and there’s Laala’s ribbon on top like with PP logos.
They don’t have skates but we don’t know yet if this means there won’t be Prism Shows or not, if they’re “idols” or “Prism Stars” or both or something new. The announcement definitely avoided using these words on purpose to make us wait for more info. I definitly hope there will be Prism Jumps and Acts or even a new thing again.
I don’t think it’ll be a movie. They wouldn’t have made a new name if it was just a a movie.
2018 is the date the next Prism Queen Cup should take place in the Rainbow Live universe, though we don’t know if this will take place in a previous or new universe, if the Aira Mia Naru are the Saints or their original versions or some other new parallel versions, etc.
If there’s an anime, we don’t know who the director will be. Either Moriwaki or Hishida or someone else. PR Director Hishida is busy with being Fairilu’s director, which should get a third 51 episodes season, so it may not be him. I don’t think he’d accept working on two anime as director at the same time. Plus there’s Kinpri, though I don’t think a new Kinpri thing will get out anytime soon. They recently did the staff only “wrap up party for the successful completion of the Kinpri project” too.(If you aren’t following my Twitter, btw Enoki Azusa said Director told her info about Hiro’s dad, and only him and her know about it, but that this might change someday) The earliest announcement of something new would be at the Prism King Cup Wrap up Party events in Febraury and March. I haven’t seen Kinpri2 yet nor spoiled myself, but Dierctor said before the movie was even out that it wouldn’t explain everything about Shin and Louis, so maybe they’ll do a new thing explaining it one day, but it won’t be now.
I don’t mind Moriwaki as director and I actually like PriPara, but I just hope if they do a new thing it’ll be less inconsistent and deciding when to care about the plot or not on the fly. Even if you watch PriPara with your brain turned off sometimes its so bad its irritating.
Fans on twitter pointed out the latest PriPara official fanbook (Idol Time PriPara Official Fan Book 2017 SEASON5, released on December 7 2017) lists an 6th upgrade(Time n°6) for the arcade game planned for February 2018, that will add Mia and Garuru, and a 7th update is listed as well(not visible on this photo). That update will go well after April 2018, so the Idol Time PP game isn’t ending soon. Unless they published this without having info on PAF. Moreover, in the same conference where they announced ITPP and teased the anniversary project I mentioned at the beginning, they also said ITPP would continue till 2020, until the anniversary, so there’s a lot of weird points about all this.
We don’t know if this is something that will be more like Pretty Rhythm and Kinpri or more like PriPara, or something mixing both. I think the latter would be the best, because that’s basically what Pretty Rhythm was. Mixing PP and the PR/Kinpri atmosphere can work since PR actually already had a lot of dumb things like in PP, except done better.
They added male idol characters too since Idol Time PriPara started, and they reintroduced Aira Mia Naru, so the new little girls watching ITPP learn about them, probably for this project, so I think we can expect something good, instead of worrying if this or this character will appear.
Lastly, I’ll try to update this post later because I’ve read people mentioning something about 7 characters in total, the five on the key visual plus two mysterious silhouettes being either two new characters or returning characters. Haven’t managed to find more details. Not sure if it’s something they only showed at the live or something. I need to ask other fans like Sakuramochi san about it.
Edit: These are the two silhouettes. They must be new characters for PAF. I really hope they’re good characters. Wondering who will voice them too. Will be funny if one of them is voiced by M.A.O. They don’t wear skates either but still hoping for more Prism Shows and tournaments and romance and everything that made Pretty Rhythm such a masterpiece.
During the event, there was also a survey asking people which one they like the most between AD, DMF, RL, PPs1, s2, s3, Kinpri 1, Kinpri 2, and ITPP, so its possible they’re still deciding if PAF will be more like PR or more like PP.
A lot of fans said to trust the franchise and that they’ll definitely do something good, whatever it’ll be. Some people even think it might be a fighting game because of the name sounding like one. In my case, I hope we get a RPG with all of the Pretty series one day.