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Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live Anime Official Guide Book: Hishida Masakazu and Tsubota Fumi interview

My (late) Eid present for everyone.

It’s 8 pages long. As much as I like Pretty Rhythm and think it’s the best series of the current decade so far, I don’t want to spend all my summer translating Chinese little girl cartoons. so I summarized it.  There’s some funny parts which I translated word by word though.
Some things were already said on twitter, events etc which I translated. If there’s contradictions with what I translated before (iirc I don’t think there is), consider what’s in this post as correct, as my Japanese is better compared to back then. Also, if there’s a point that was in my twitter posts that isn’t here, either it’s in other interviews, either I made it up when translating and I was wrong.
WARNING! SPOILERS FOR EVERY SEASON!!

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Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live Anime Official Guide Book: Kato Emiri Naru interview

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Notes:
Not gonna translate the entire book. Not gonna scan the entire book either.
This book was released when Rainbow Live was still airing, 21st December 2013, the day episode 39 aired.

Q: Naru is an unusual type of main character, how did you feel about voicing her?

When I took the audition, I thought she’s a girl that stand out because of her airheadness. After hearing more, I understood she’s a girl that leads to happiness. The difficulty is how to express that happiness. Even when bad things happen, Naru tries her best to make the people around her happy using her own happiness, so I was anxious about if I will be able to make the others seiyuus around me feel like how Naru would make them feel.

Q:The happy naru phrase was something there from the start ?

Yes. But it didn’t have any specifications set in stone. They told me “please say it the way you see fit”. When I asked them “What does happy naru means?” They said “It’s a catchphrase, so it would be good if it leaves an impression”. They’re the words that come out naturally when Naru feels happy, so they have to not feel weird and fit in with the lines said before and after. I also had to say it while thinking it. The sensation of believing the words you’re acting genuinely come from your consciousness. Doing this made me close to Naru I think. I’m actually the type of person that live by “nantoka na~ru” just like Naru. I live trying to be positive. I do feel depressed when bad things happen but at those times I try to get back on my feet as much as possible, and try my best to remain positive. My friends as well often tell me I get back up on my feet amazingly fast, so much that they want me to teach them how I do it. Learning from Naru, I’ve also been trying to be even more positive, both with work and private matters.

Q:Did you receive any particular instructions in addition to your acting ?

Most of the time I was told my acting alone is fine. But for gag scenes there were indications on the script telling me to go “fugya!” and I was told to do it exactly like that. For crying scenes too it was written to not do a normal crying sound but a “fueeen” like crying sound. There were a lot of times when I was asked to do momentarily reactions like these exactly as it said on the script.

Q:Speaking of crying scenes…

You mean the scene where she gets rejected by Kouji kun right. I had to redo the “fueen” crying of that scene countless times. I’d cry normally instead of the “fueen” sound Naru does. Also, conveying how “She doesn’t know why she’s crying, so it’s different from how she’d cry normally” was the most difficult part. I had to draw from within myself the sensation of being rejected, while not being fully aware of your own feelings.

Q :It was a very painful scene to watch.

Naru chan didn’t have the self awareness of getting rejected then. Even now. The fact that she could speak normally with Kouji kun and Ito chan right after was impressive. Kouji kun isn’t the type of boy to show his emotions. Was he interested in Naru chan? Is he interested in Ito chan? Areee? Suddenly Ito Chan? I was surprised by the sudden development. Certainly he wasn’t thinking of Naru in a romantic way, but more like a little sister, wanting to save her, do something for her… Kouji kun also has a timid side to him, so he needs someone strong to push him.

Q:How do you think the romance element will go from now on?

I don’t want Naru chan to get hurt, so I think it’d be best she doesn’t get involved in love for a bit. Couples are appearing one after another, but I think Naru chan and Otoha chan aren’t suited for love struggles like that. I’d like it if they lived their lives peacefully until they naturally find someone.

Q:Is there any line of dialogue or scene that left you a big impression?

The scene where Kouji sings to save Naru. How Naru trying her best to do her Prism Live feels the taste of failure for the first time. She’s usually so happy, but couldn’t bear it anymore, and started crying. It was the first time in the show she brought forth that sort of negative emotion. It was very surprising to see her like that compared to her usual self, I was wondering if she could overcome it. She couldn’t and started crying, that sort of thing is very girly and cute, but I wanted to comfort and help her.

Q:After that point in the show Naru definitely started growing. Is that change reflected in your acting?

The way I say the jumps’ names during Prism Live changes a bit. The most noticeable thing are the songs though. Naru’s my song was made before her development, but Happy Rain’s was made after and reflects how she settled her feelings, and tries to have fun with Prism Lives and make everyone enjoy it. The duo song too, as Naru evolved even more then. Being able to do a show with the person she admires Bell sama, I thought it surely must have been fun for Naru but also a challenge.

Q:Besides your own, which one is your favorite character ?

I think everyone likes Hiro sama. His lines are always super funny, and his gestures always makes you go “Why is he doing this?” lol. For example how he always bite his glasses, or how he was spying on Kouji during the Ito x Kouji kiss scene. Or his Prism Show with how he was on a bed and his ‘good morning” and “I belong to everyone” lines. That one was definitely the most intense. In a lot of ways, I went “Hiro sama kyaaaaaaa” lol. As for the girls, it’s difficult to choose, Wakana is fine, but I like Otoha the most. I think she’s girly, loves everyone in Bell Rose, and she’s genuinely thoughtful of the people around her. It feels like she can heal you with her overflowing love. She’s nice, but will scold you if there’s the need to. I really like her. After that, I’m interested if Hiro sama and Bell sama will end up together or not. Hiro sama likes Kouji but he likes Bell too, which will he pick. Bell also shows signs of caring about HIro, and gets worried about him, will they end up together, or will it stay like this.
(I like Otoha but clearly Wakana >Otoha)

Q:How do you think the story will go from now on?

Right now Rinne’s chan emotions are coming back bit by bit, how she will have to return to the Prism World is what piques my interest. When Rinne chan goes back to the Prism World, what will happen to the Pair Tomos? Naru and the others won’t be able to do Prism Lives anymore lol. Just like Hijiri san, I’m thinking a lot about the future of the Prism Show scene lol.

Q: A word to the readers to wrap things up ?

Contrary to the expectations you can have of a show aimed at children, there’s a lot of details adults can greatly enjoy too. Like dealing with frustration, discouragement, relationships between fiends, gloomy family environments… each character’s drama is expended upon, yet there’s not a character overshadowed by another, I think this is one of the nice things about this series.
I don’t know myself either how things will go from now on, so I look forward to discovering it together with everyone.

Pretty Rhythm All Star Selection guidebook get

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Pretty much like with the Rainbow Live guidebook, there’s way more stuff that I expected. There’s an illustration gallery, with illustrations by Watanabe Akio and Matsuura Mai, all the DVD covers of Aurora Dream and Dear My Future, and some of the CD covers of Rainbow Live.

After that,  there’s a summary of each season, with an introduction of the characters and the key moments. The Rainbow Live Guidebook covers 3/4th of the show. So this Guidebook covers what the Rainbow Live Guidebook didn’t: the end of the show. Apparently there’s some clarifications on some events too, like the Juné flashback in episode 48. There’s also a part about Hijiri Jin and Rei’s rivalry, Lucky Star, the penguins etc. It seems just like summaries of the events but maybe there’s also new details, haven’t read everything yet. What I did read though are the small parts about what every character did at the end, and they don’t say anything new. It’s just a summary of the stuff you see in the ending. For example: there’s a part about how Wakana and Ann confess to Kazuki at the end, but it doesn’t say anything more than the show, it doesn’t say if he accepted one of them or not.

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Of all the pics of Wataru they could have picked!!!
Then there’s Aurora Dream and Rainbow Live parts. These are also just global summaries of the shows. There’s also stuff on some of the side characters who played a big role, like Furea or Togashi Karina.

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One thing nice is that the two shows’ section are separated, so for the characters returning in DMF, you have their AD profile and their DMF profile.

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Shi Yoon best.

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Each season also has a complete episode list, with a short summary of the episodes and the main staff who worked on it. It makes it much more easier to compare staff. Even for one of my favorite shows ever like Pretty Rhythm, I never felt like doing it because it’s too much of a hassle, but it’s really easy with this. For example, I could easily check that like they said at the After Party Event, all the last episodes of Dear My Future had scripts by Tsubota Fumi.

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After that there’s one of the funniest sections, a complete listing of all the Prism Jumps in all three seasons. It’s super complete. It’s listed in categories: the Splash jumps, the Shower jumps, the Spiral jumps,  the Fresh jumps, duo jumps, trio jumps, and individual jumps. It even tells who did what and in each season, and the variants. There’s even the ones that were only done once, like the special halloween ones etc. There’s also a list of all the Prism Acts in DMF. There’s even the “fake” Prism Jumps that were in the specials DVD shorts of Aurora Dream. That’s really cool that they included a section like that. Pure fanservice.

After that comes the interviews:
5 pages long interview of the seiyuus of Hiro Kouji and Kazuki.
3 pages interview of Shishido Rumi, who voiced Juné. All the RL girls had an interview in the RL Guidebook except her, so they gave her an interview too.
3 pages interview of Itou Kanae, who did young Sonata, Kaname, Hye In and Akaii Meganee.

I’m not a seiyuu fan but I’m really interested on what they say on each of the characters, it must be fun. Especially Itou Kanae, since she voices so many characters. I think it’s one of the few shows I know where one seiyuu voiced so many characters, I’m sure she must say at least one interesting thing about it.

Then there’s an interview of Hishida Masakazu, Iuchi Shuji and Tsubota Fumi. From the pics featured, it seems they talk about some of my favorite parts the shows, like Bell’s character development, Hiro’s obsession with Kouji, Mia and Hye In, Kyouko, etc etc so it should be super interesting. I hope there’s tons of new things that wasn’t already said in Twitter or the events.

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After that there’s an interview of Matsuura Mai. First two pages are about the girls, with pics of early animation purpose designs of NaruItoAnn she drew, so they’re different but a bit similar from the original chara designs drafts by Okama in the RL Guidebook. Okama did the original chara design while Matsuura Mai adapted them. Then the two next pages are about the boys. It has the early RL boys designs they already showed at the After Party event. That’s why I don’t think there’s a lot of new things in this part because it seems to go over some of the stuff they said about the RL boys chara design at the After Party event.

After that there’s a two pages interview of Mieno Hitomi, on how she wrote the lyrics of the songs in RL and her impressions on some of the songs/performances in RL .

Right after, there’s a two pages interview of Akao Deko, on her job at series composition for AD and DMF. (Yes, this is actually separated. Mieno Hitomi=Akao Deko, but she’s credited as two different persons. I guess she wants to separate her scriptwriter career from her songwriter/singer career)

After that there’s a 4 pages interview of Watanabe Akio, the original character designer of AD and DMF. Watanabe Akio is a pretty good chara designer. Bakemonogatari is a great example. Too bad all the seasons after the original look totally uninteresting.
Back in 2011 when Aurora Dream was about to start, when seeing it on Random Curiosity’s season preview, one of the things that made me write it down on my watchlist is that the girls look cute. I actually don’t really watch shows just because of cute girls, but I still decided to check it out. I don’t regret my decision.

There’s the early designs of Mion, Aira and Rizumu. Rizumu doesn’t change much between designs as he didn’t design her from scratch as she was already in the game. There’s also how Mion was first called Mai then Rion, then they changed it to Mion. Aira was called Mii at first. The AD early designs in the book were published already. I remember seeing them a long time ago. I think from the Akio Watanabe Animation Design Works book which was scanned and that you can find everywhere.

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Kaname’s early design and clothes look super cute. And Aira’s mom was fat from the start hahaha.

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Kyouko used to have a more glamour look. Jun looks 100% awesome just like his final design.The Prizmmy girls all look much younger except for Ayami.

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Jae Eun, Chae Kyoung, So Min, Shi Yoon, Hye In
Listing them in case you don’t recognize them as they look so different.

Meanwhile for the Korean girls, Hye In had twintails.  I like these early designs more than the final ones except for and Hye In and Shi Yoon. Chae Kyoung, Jae Eun and So Min look older and way better than in the show.

The last thing is a 6 pages interview of Hishida Masakazu, Yoshihiro Otobe, and Kyogoku Takahiko, calling them “the team behind the CG of Pretty Rhythm”. It’s definitely the funniest looking interview, as they talk about what kind of illegal weed did they smoke to get the idea for Mion’s ultimate jump Eternal Big Bang Beautiful World, or Hiro’s super gay jumps like Jounetsu Neppu Starlight Kiss. Jokes aside, they do talk about these two jumps in particular. Also about the evolution of the CG in Rainbow Live,  how they get the ideas for jumps and how they make them etc, so it’s by far the most interesting thing in the book in my opinion. If there’s one thing in the book I’m sure I’m gonna read translate and post about it here, it’s this interview.

Pretty Rhythm isn’t really popular so that’s the main reason I bought the book, I highly doubt anyone ever gonna scan it, or even make a small summary about the info in it. I won’t scan it either, way too much effort. It seems like a good opportunity to read stuff about seiyuu work, chara design, how people at series composition or directors work,  and tons of little details on how to make an anime in general so I’m pretty happy I bought this. It’ll also help me study Japanese.
Unless I die or something big happens, I’ll try to read it and post some summaries of the info&interviews in the next months. Yeah I’m not really in a hurry. And if someone already did it in the meanwhile I’ll just link it here. I’m also trying to do the same with the interviews in the Rainbow Live guidebook.
I also bought the movie BD. Speaking of which someone ripped it and it’s up on the net. That sure was unexpected. I got a Akaii Meganee postcard with it.

I think the only thing missing is a page dedicated to Beef Or Chicken.

Pretty Rhythm After Party event info

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Sources:
Otoha
Wakana
Bell one of my favorite irua san
Naru MMM37 san, veteran drawing puririzu fanart since Aurora Dream.
Ann
江ノ内愛 san, another favorite.
Ito chan
『Coo san?! いや、あれわ。。。 KUROKAWA REI!!』
Kazuki senpai
JUNÉ SAMAAA 赤坂 択 san, another artist who’s been doing great fanart since AD
Rinne chan
HIRO SAMAAA
Kouji kun
Pair tomo
Penguin sensei&Tanaka:じろ様, no Pixiv account

Fanart poster made by artists fans of Pretty Rhythm. It was displayed at the event along other fan creations.

Pretty Rhythm’s anime is over. Arcade game machines too will start to be replaced by Pri Para machines this July. It’s way more abrupt than I predicted. When they announced Pri Para in March I thought they would remove them progressively. Like the article says, some Prism Stone shops will keep the game though, but they’ll stop selling memory passes, (so if I ever go back to Japan and want to play it I’ll probably have to buy one from someone)
Pretty Rhythm is done, completed, dead. So there was this event to commemorate it’s three years of service (four if you count from when the arcade game was launched)

I’m not living in Japan, so I didn’t attend.  I really wanted to go though, and am really interested about what happened there, so just like with the xmas event, I looked around 2ch about it. Someone nice wrote a report of the talk show part, and they also published something about the event on Animate.
Been a while I wrote a long post like that. I read it because I’m interested in it myself and I know no one gonna translate it anytime soon. As it takes me some time to translate, writing things down is easier, so posts like these just come in naturally sorta. I’m reading and writing this first for myself. And more importantly, it’s fun.

Needless to say there’s spoilers for all three seasons so I wouldn’t recommend reading if you haven’t seen them all. It doesn’t spoil things too major, so I guess it’s still safe to read even if you haven’t seen Dear My Future as it’s not fully subbed yet. (Besides the horrible quality ones on youtube. I wonder if they’re still online)

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