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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.
Watched 5&6 soon after they aired, but then stuff happened like PC dying. Gonna try to catch up soon. And yeah I saw who appears at the end of episode 13.