Previous episodes can be found on this page. Just ctrl+ f Pretty All Friends.
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.
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.
You can find all previous posts and translations on this page.
It’s been so long since the last post that even if I bookmark and write down and save everything I want to talk about, there may be things I forgot to put in this post.
I also didn’t go through all of director tweets from June 2016 to now. I check his tweets almost daily, but I usually check everything he tweeted between each post I did, in case I missed anything important. Didn’t do it this time, it’ll take me too much time.
From June to September 2016, nothing too big happened except the announcement of KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO-. From September to December 2016, I was playing Persona 5 during my free time. Since January 2017 I’ve also been busy with others things. That’s why it’s been almost a year since the last general news post, and there’s some things I wrote in this post which are almost one year old. However, from September 2016 to now, I did write posts whenever something big happened, on here and on twitter, so I’ll just link these. This means there’s a lot of embedded tweets in this post. It’s the first time I do this, there’s some tweets that don’t display and I don’t know how to resize embedded tweets. Hopefully it doesn’t turn out weird and people with toasters can still read this post.
You can find my Twitter here. I try to report Pretty Rhythm news as soon as I can on twitter. A Wordpress blog like this isn’t the best way to be “popular” in 2017, and it would be “better” to post all the news on Twitter or another social media. I don’t want to do it though, as twitter is bad for writing good things and keeping track of information. I prefer my current way of doing things, with these news posts.
Nowadays, there’s multiple blogs, Tumblr pages like this one that covers a lot of Pretty Rhythm things, some of which I also cover in this post. It even has translations too. For example, if you’re keeping track of magazine releases, it’s much better than my blog since with the tumblr system they can make a new post whenever a magazine containing Pretty Rhythm material is announced, without clogging their post history.
Edit: There’s this tumblr too that posts new Pretty Rhythm news very fast and sometimes posts summaries of stuff in magazines as well, forgot to include it.
If you want to know magazines releases with Pretty Rhythm material ASAP, you should follow that tumblr or follow those magazines directly on twitter. I’m only interested in the magazines for the interviews and short stories.The magazine release list I do in my post is primarily for myself so I’ll easily know what to buy if I ever have tons of money to spend.
I’m not anymore the only person regularly reporting Pretty Rhythm news in English, but it won’t change my way of doing things. I won’t try to be more “competitive” because in the first place, I’m looking for news and reporting them because I want to know them myself, not because ANN or other sites didn’t report them. So I’ll naturally post about things I haven’t seen on other sites, at least the ones I check. While I do jokingly say “hey look, ANN didn’t report this” from time to time, pointing fingers at them isn’t actually my goal. If there’s something Pretty Rhythm related which is unreported in ANN or Crunchyroll or other blogs, I’l try my best to find it, because I’m doing it for myself first, and put it here to share. So in the end it’s not like I’ll be putting in more effort or try to do some competition. I hope what I’m saying isn’t too confusing and my point is getting across.
I’m happy more people are into Pretty Rhythm now. I hope one day there will be a very reliable and complete source of Pretty Rhythm info in English, that way I’ll be able to stop doing these posts.
Thinking about it now, when I started covering Pretty Rhythm, if I was evil and a 12 years old kid I could have even made money out of this. By starting a forum and monopolizing the Pretty Rhythm English fandom, writing rants on social media about how any other forum or fandom is “illegitimate”, swindling people into paying me for translations, swindling kids with tons of free time and with Japanese knowledge into helping me(Japanese Americans from Hawaii for example), etc. I’m not sure how to explain it but you should get what I mean if you’ve been on the internet for a few years. I’m very happy I didn’t turn like that and none of this happened, as it would mean I’d be a scumbag.
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.
Previous translations (These past weeks I reread my older translations a bit. IIRC the only thing I corrected is in Itou Kanae’s interview, I didn’t get at first that she says she was told Akaii Meganee is an AI. Not sure if it was about Pretty Rhythm’s Akaii Meganee or PriPara’s Akaii Meganee though, as the one in Pretty Rhythm doesn’t feel like an AI. While it’s true she never gets out of Prism World, she makes her own decisions like purposely avoiding telling Shou and Yun Su things about Symphonia designs in DMF, or getting angry at Momo for forgetting things in RL)
My one month late Eid present for everyone. I finished translating this some weeks ago, but I’m really busy these days so I didn’t have the time to finish proofreading and editing till now.
(It took me 10h40minutes to translate this interview. Plus 7h30 of editing,proofreading, googling information and watching episodes again to better remember what they’re talking about and take screenshots. It’s 8 pages and around 13 700 characters. I did a quick comparison with an example: Madan no Ou volume 13 got an average of 297 characters per page and is around 480 pages without counting the illustrations and titles. This means it has around 142 560 characters. Meaning it’d take me 104 hours to translate it all. Let’s say 70 hours because it won’t be as complicated as translating a dialogue between 3 people. I don’t feel like getting money by picking a new LN that’s popular and ask donations to translate it, but even if I wanted to, it’d still take me too much time. I still have a long way to go. I’m not saying all this to complain btw, the main reason I do these translations is for myself.)You should read Madan no Ou it’s very good.
This time Iuchi san is here too compared to the interview in the Rainbow Live Guidebook. So it’s a dialogue with 4 people if you count the interviewer. I had to reformulate a lot so it makes sense in English, as the Japanese way of speaking is different. And I needed to be careful to keep the original nuances, and to not make confusing sentences.
I wouldn’t have this problem if I just summarized things instead of translating the dialogue itself, but I think it’s much more fun reading a dialogue. And it has it’s advantages too, when they have fun chatting, I can just show it directly, instead of writing things like “then, when they talked about Rinne at this point, they laughed because xx said that, and xx answered that, and xx also said that”
I tried putting colors, thinking it may be easier to read that way. If it isn’t, I’m genuinely sorry. Copypaste it on word and remove formatting. I won’t spend time removing the colors now that I’ve added them. (I edited in colors in some of the old interviews posts too)
I put red for Tsubota Fumi because she’s the one who wrote most of Bell, and purple for Iuchi Shuji because he’s the one who wrote most of Ito and Kouji.
The big titles are the titles of each part of the interview. Those are in every interviews, but I usually don’t include them because they just paraphrase what they say. Here, I included them to indicate they will change subjects. Unlike other interviews, they change topics without the interviewer prompting them.
Staff presentation: (I’ve never been good with staff titles and such so sorry if I got something wrong. I checked multiple times so it should be alright though.)
Hishida Masakazu is Pretty Rhythm’s director.
Iuchi Shuji worked as scriptwriter on all three seasons, and on series composition in DMF and RL. Meaning he wrote the core of the story/scripts with the director, Akao Deko and Tsubota Fumi. Akao Deko was the main series compositor above Iuchi Shuji on Aurora Dream and Dear My Future. But for Rainbow Live, she only wrote the songs’ lyrics, and Tsubota Fumi did series composition with him instead.
Tsubota Fumi worked as scriptwriter on Aurora Dream and Dear My Future and as series composition on Rainbow Live. Tsubota Fumi used to be in a theater troupe, writing theater pieces before starting to work as an anime script writer. It’s thanks to her they got the idea to make Grateful Symphonia into a theater piece, and she wrote all the scripts of Dear My Future from episode 47 to 51. She still works on theater pieces, drama and live action shows from time to time.
I also included the small storyboard excerpts present in the interview, the photos of the trio, and the same episode screenshots as the ones in the interview,+ a few more. I tried to put them in the same locations as in the book too.
My own comments are under parenthesis.
Inexhaustive list of the magazines with Pretty Rhythm related content, just copypasted them from my news posts. It’s just so if I ever have the money to buy them I won’t have to read each one of my posts again to find which magazine had what. Then I thought I’d share it.I try to update this list whenever making a new Pretty Rhythm news post.