PriPara – 11

noir best mireille

The best Mireille.

I have Noir on my mind as Nolife started airing the show today. If I had to describe quickly the channel I’d say it’s one of the very few things that makes me proud of being French. I’m not sure if I ever brought up Nolife on my blog, so here’s the engilsh wikipedia page of the channel. The channel exists for seven years now and that page is outdated, but it does the job at explaining what it is. I watched City Hunter as a kid and then tons of times in the course of my life, the latest time being when some of the show aired on Nolife in 2008.  So I always liked anime with guns. I’m not into guns themselves though. I’ve seen some of Noir when it aired in 2001. “I’ve seen some” because back then was the start of what I call my elitism period. I used to judge stuff by the cover and call a loooot of shows crap. Including things I saw recently then like Cowboy Beebop or Escaflowne. I did like them a bit but though it was crap. Basically my sense of rating was messed up. Think of a show of the current season that you’re watching, but doesn’t think it’s anything great, just barely mediocre. That’s how I used to think about them. That’s the brain of a twelve years old for you. Anyway, back then I didn’t watch Noir properly. I’d skip episodes etc. My bros watched it but I didn’t.  I only did when it first aired in France in 2004. Because of that too, I actually never watched all the episodes of Madlax and El Cazador de La Bruja properly. Anyway you should watch Noir. And maybe I should watch those two properly.

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PriPara – 07 & 08 & 09 & 10

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By きい-ponpon

Someone pointed out some time ago that my late Rainbow Live posts are way better compared to the first ones. I didn’t really get better, it’s the show. There was tons of interesting things to say about Rainbow Live in the second half, compared to the first. I hope it’ll be the same for PriPara too, because not much happened in these episodes so I don’t really have many interesting things to say in this post.

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Pretty Rhythm news 08/09/2014 edition

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By Odeco/Matsuura Mai. She’s a fan of Yowamushi Pedal.

(Like always all pics are from the official twitters etc. In case you don’t have them, wanna check yourself or if I suddenly die and you wanna pick up publishing Pretty Rhythm news in English: Director’s Twitter, official goods twitter, CG Director Twitter, Matsuura Mai twitter, Yamahara Kazuhiro’s twitter (I think)
Protip: you can just check the director’s twitter as he retweets any important announcement from the others)

Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream Blurays announced

It was announced on September 6th. It’s two BD boxes, 30 000 Yen each(around 220€). First one will be released on December 12th, with episodes 1-26 on 4 discs. Second one will be released on March 13th 2015 with episodes 27-51 on another 4 discs.
I really like the blurays’ description on online shops:
“Naritai jibun ni Prism Jump!! Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream, after three years, is finally on bluray!! With this you can now enjoy Aira and everyone’s story in high quality as many times as you want!! It’s an anime for little girls but it even makes adults cry!! The story will remain deeply in your heart!! You can learn about the important things in life with Pretty Rhythm!!
It’ll also have the Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream Laugh Theater/Specials from the DVDs. Those are super hilarious and you should totally watch them if you haven’t yet. They’re funnier than every other ~3minute comedy anime ever since 3min anime became something common. Maybe except for Senyuu. Too bad they didn’t do ones for DMF and RL.
The BDs will also have audio commentaries of the staff and seiyuus on each episode. Also seems If you preorder the 1st box you can get a free ticket for the second christmas event(see below), along with different covers for the 3 smaller boxes containing each BD. Doesn’t seem like it has any bonuses in particular besides that.
They’ll reveal the boxart later. It’ll probably be new illustrations. Looking forward to them.

I was right about how they’d announce BDs soon. They’ll probably announce DMF BDs sometimes later too, in the same 2 boxes format. I’m not planning to buy them because I’m not rich and crazy. If someone ever rips them it would be cool if they include the audio commentaries. However, with everything they already said on Twitter, at the various events and in the three books, I don’t really think they have anything new left to say; Most of those audio commentaries will probably be just jokes and everyone reacting to the scenes. I’d still love to hear them anyway.

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They did a small event the 7th of September for the release of the Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live Prism Boys Collection

Album got released the 3rd of September. Rapidly checked on Oricon and it seems to be selling well. It was on 23rd place the day of it’s release but then went up to 7th place the 4th of September, before falling the next day. Weekly ranking isn’t out yet.

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Ad at Machida’s Tower Record.

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Apparently some of the people who preordered it won a signed version with this poster. It was a lottery.

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Maeno Tomoaki (Hiro), Kakihara Tetsuya (Kouji), and  Masuda Toshiki (Kazuki) at the event.

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That’s a bouquet offered to the staff by fans. Director also received this bag on the right. They put the bouquet at the entrance of Tatsunoko studio.

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Some fan present at the event’s homemade bag.

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Matsuura Mai(I almost wrote Matsuura Aya) selfmade a Jin and a Hiro tshirt. She gave the Jin one to the director,  and gave the Hiro one to Yamahara Kazuhiro for his birthday. She hand painted them, so if they wash them it’ll wash away. They’re one of a kind in the world masterpiece so they said they won’t wear them.

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Ito x Kouji postcard by ioko offered to the director. ioko is a huge fan of Rainbow Live and has been drawing tons of Ito x Kouji. You can find it here. There’s also some on his/her twitter but it’s locked so you’ll have to follow it.

prad3 otr hiro kouji kazuki poster from otomedia october 2014

UUUWOOOOOOH MY BODY WAS NOT READY FOR THIS. Just how gay OTR can get. It’s like the Prism Jumps. Right when you think they can’t outdo themselves, they still manage to do something even more amazing.
That poster will be included in this month’s Otomedia magazine, gets released the 10th of September. It’ll also have yet another interview of OTR. That’s like the fourth one now, not counting the guidebooks. They’re milking them so much. My theory that they decided to milk a boys band for RL because the female groups from AD and DMF didn’t sell seems more and more probable. Also they keep calling the album “OTR’s debut album” so there’s probably more to come. I really want a OTR special OVA with all three of them hanging together.
Also CG Director joked saying that their clothes was supposed to be in CG at first. I guess cuz it’s so fabulous you can’t hand draw it simply.

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A dedicated(and really rich) fan on twitter posted his collection of all the Rainbow Live CDs along with their normal and special/limited/preorder covers.

New info about the PriPara christmas event

It’ll be the 13th of December at the Makuhari Messe international exhibition hall. They’re actually doing two events, lasting all day:

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The PriPara Fest in Christmas which will be from 11am to 4pm at hall number 4. It’s something for little girls to enjoy, with a makeup corner, a costume rental corner, a karaoke corner, a goodies corner and a photo shoot corner. Basically a event for your cute little girl to become an idol the time of a day. It’ll also have an i☆Ris and Prizmmy live. Tickets need to be bought in advance. Pricing is 800 yen for children and 1800 yen for adults. So if parents and their two children go, it’ll be a total of 5200 yen, around 38€. I guess it’s not too pricey. Children also get to get a limited Purichike. Not that all of this matters since it’s not like the majority of the people reading this, myself included, can actually attend. If you’re reading my blog for a while you should know I like mentioning stuff like that anyway.

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The second event is the PriPara & Pretty Rhythm Christmas Party, from 6pm to 7pm, in hall 5. Notice how the name went from PriPara chirstmas event to PriPara & Pretty Rhythm chirstmas event, so I’m getting even more hyped now about possible Pretty Rhythm OVA with PriPara CG or that the PriPara movie will be an actual crossover, or at least Saints focused. Tickets are 7800 yen each, around 60€. Just wow. Sasuga Avex san. Everyone attending gets a special Purichike(not just kids).
Along with Pretty Rhythm and PriPara staff, Seiyuus and singers people confirmed present so far are i☆Ris and Prizmmy☆ members, Hara Sayuri(Rizumu), Enoki Azusa (Mion), Yonezawa Madoka (Serena/Jae Eun), Akesaka Satomi (Kanon/Chae Kyoung), Ookubo Rumi(Mia) Katou Emiri(Naru), Uchida Maaya(Wakana), Shishido Rumi(Juné) and Itou Kanae (SonaKanaHyeNee). i☆Ris and Prizmmy☆ will do lives and the seiyuus and staff will do a talk show. The event is only one hour so the talk show will probably be short.
Enoki Azusa posted on her blog saying she’s looking forward to the event.

This sounds like so much 100%fun guaranteed. I wanna go so much. I really hope some guys on 2ch write a report about it like with the 1st xmas event.

Random

Seems Matsuura Mai is also a fan of Kinnikuman. I need to watch that someday.

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A fan on twitter is doing a Pretty Rhythm cafe with her/his class for her/his school festival the 20th and 21st of September.

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Lastly, Pretty Rhythm pics Matsuura Mai drew since the last time I did a post.

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サイバスターわ俺の嫁

>AKASHIC BUSTERING A COSMO NOVA
MY BODY WAS NOT READY

Man I think I haven’t been this excited since when 2 got out. Feels so weird that Masoukishin is actually over now. Didn’t think I’d get to see it ending in my lifetime really. No sequel for like 15 years and then 3 games in three years.  I didn’t play LOE snes version when I was a kid but I always liked Cybuster since it looked so cool in SRW4. Was around the time I saw Escaflowne too. Dat knight design, dat bird transformation. Dat Akashic Buster. It’s been one of my favorite mechas ever since. I played the DS remake some years ago but actually haven’t touched 2&3 yet. What I’m the most interested in is the story so I want to get a bit more better at Japanese first. Serves as both motivation and practice.

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Pretty Rhythm news 27/08/2014 edition

Samples of the Boys Collection

They decided to do a Hiro x Kouji Pride CG prism show sequence for the DVD because the CG director said it’s a waste they made the Kouji CG model and only used it once in the anime. I’m looking forward to it.

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Kouji special cover they now revealed.

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The 15th of September there’s going to be a talk show with Ookubo Rumi(Mia’s seiyuu) and some staff(probably director san and others) in Tokyo, to commemorate the release of the visual book(28th of August). apparently it’s limited to 100 people. If I find a summary of the event then I’ll try posting about it.

I like Ookubo Rumi her voice is so funny. Mia , Mori in Chokkyuu Hyoudai Robot Anime: Straight Title, and Nobunaga in Sengoku Collection are all so much fun.

Something PriPara related, putting it here since I haven’t posted about the new eps yet and it’s not something major anyway: Tetsuya Komuro will compose the third ED of PriPara.
(If anyone cares, I haven’t posted about PriPara 7&8 yet since I haven’t watched them yet. Can’t blog something you haven’t watched. And as of why, well the show is funny, but not really interesting. It’s just cute girls doing cute stuff with literally no overarching story, so I don’t really have any drive to watch the next episode to see what happens next, since nothing happens. It’s not like I’ll stop blogging it though. Right now it’s just not high in my priority list. Gonna sort my bookmarks and clean my room first. Maybe I’ll post about them before episode 9 airs.)

prad mia dj cool puriken by pagrin88 twitter

By this person

I wish they’d put Pretty Rhythm in SRW but this would be cool too.

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Pretty Rhythm news&twitter 21/08/2014 edition

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Pretty Rhythm related news and random background info stuff the director tweeted since the last time I made a post like that in April. If you don’t wanna spoil yourself the best twists in Dear My Future, I recommend not reading the DMF part.

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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.
The part about the Korean girls made me realize they didn’t give them birthday dates. Not even astrological signs/month of birth. The Prizmmy girls at least have those.

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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 designs of NaruItoAnn, different but a bit similar from the ones in the RL Guidebook. The Okama interview in the RL guidebook has stuff too but about the earlier stages of chara design, since he 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.

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