They show her in the new CM
Tweeted a Jun like story about it to show my excitement
They show her in the new CM
Tweeted a Jun like story about it to show my excitement
Described as a love comedy in its official summary, Devil-chi is one of the few where it’s actually funny and with actual love elements. It’s similar to Seto no Hanayome, where the male main character is in love with a non human girl, but instead of going for comedy it goes for more serious themes and feelings. Like with most manga with “angels” and “devils” they’re more like aliens than religious related, with their own world and cultural differences. As such, after a few chapters it starts focusing on societal themes like poverty, racism, bullying etc. Unlike the usual where the main character ends up getting a harem of girls, here each character has a lot of focus on them and their feelings, which aren’t necessarily love. With currently 82 chapters out, the manga quickly goes out of the rabucome mold and doesn’t really fit in anywhere. You’ve got some slice of life chapters, some shoujo like love stories and misunderstandings(while never making you angry at the characters) and shounen like fights. The strong selling point is definitely the characters, which will all make you feel empathy for them with their backstory and problems.
Currently weekly published on Ganma!. There’s no furigana for the kanji but it’s fairly easy to read. I recommend reading on your smartphone as the reader sadly doesn’t have a zoom function. Ganma! leave all the chapters online even when volumes releases, which is great. Instead of making you pay to read older chapters, you can pay to read the newest chapter earlier, which I think is pretty clever. Too bad we’ll never see the site’s sales numbers because I bet this works better than other paywall forms. If I get in a manga company or something one day and they want to start a online reader I’d definitely suggest this system.
PriPara official twitter announced on February 27 a new movie: Gekijouban PriPara&Kiratto Pri☆Chan ～Kirakira Memorial Live～. This will be last PP focused movie before Prichan takes over. It’s interesting they call it a “Pretty Series” movie and not just a “PriPara movie”, I guess it’s to show that similar to the 1st PP movie, it’ll also have Pretty Rhythm characters in it, but also Kiratto Pri☆Chan characters. I think even if PriPara ends, it’s possible future Prichan movies that are CG compilations with no real story will still have PR and PP characters in them.
They published a 1st teaser which is just PP scenes so nothing new. Maybe some of this won’t even be in the actual movie too since it’s just a teaser. Prichan would already have 5 episodes aired by the movie’s release, so the movie will probably focus on Prichan stuff and then feature PP and some bits of PR, so you shouldn’t get your hopes up too much if you want more of the PR or PP girls.
There will surely be stage greetings events with i☆Ris. Their lastest song is titled Memorial too and its MV is like a farewell to PP with all the PP costumes they used in the past appearing in it. There might be events with the seiyuu too. And there will definitely be Cheer Screenings . Even before Kinpri revolutionized Japanese cinemas and made Cheer Screening ultra popular, they already did them in 2014 with the final screenings of the Pretty Rhythm movie for example, so there’s no reason they wouldn’t do it for this too.
They haven’t announced it yet, but similar to past movies there will definitely be a part that changes depending of the screening too. It would be funny if they do multiple routes like the 1st PP movie and include a boys route with WITH and PR males.
I’m not sure if this movie is supposed to be the Pretty All Friends project. What’s really weird is that for the PAF key visual, they bothered making new clothes and art, but for this PPxPrichan movie, the key visual just recycles art from each seasons’ key visual. Canamaji san also pointed out how the source code for the official site doesn’t mention “Pretty All friends” at all, and the summary seems to point out Prichan will be the main focus of the movie, so it’s still possible PAF will turn out to be yet another thing announced at a later date. In any case I was expecting PAF to be a CG compilation movie anyway, so if it’s indeed this, I’m not really surprised or disappointed. But I still hope Pretty All Friends will be something and an actual crossover with plot.
This movie will be directed by Nobutaka Yoda, who did Tobidasu PriPara ~Miina de Mezase! Idol Grand Prix(the 2nd PP movie which used 3D and afaik doesn’t have a DVD/Bluray release, so no one outside Japan has actually seen it). Script is by Fukuda Hiroko. It seems it’ll just be a compilation of CG scenes with no particular story like all the movies except the 3rd PP movie(the PriParis one which was the only “real” movie). There will probably be a baton touch like scene at the end with Aira Mia Naru Laala Yui Mirai Emo doing a live together.
They also announced the name of the OP for Prichan.
Lastly the fact that this movie exists confirms what we all already knew anyway, Prichan will still use CG for its live scenes.
Edit: They also revealed Prichan starts airing on April 8 at 1000JP time, first time Pretty Series uses this timeslot, and info about two more characters, Anna and Sara.
Akagi Anna(red hair one): Middle school 1st year at Kirari, a popular Pri☆Chan Idol. She looks like an oujou sama and her self produced channel reeks of celebrity, but she’s actually very childish and selfish. She doesn’t get along well with Mirai and Emo.
Midorikawa Sara: (green hair one.lol as expected someone called Midorikawa) Same year same school. She’s Anna’s best friend. She’s cool and has a rock and boyish fashion style. She refers to herself with “boku”.She follows Anna like her shadow, often restraining her when she goes out of control.
And it seems the Prism Jump/Making Drama equivalent in Prichan is called “Yatte Mitta”.
In other news in case you haven’t seen it on Twitter, PR director Hishida Masakazu storyboarded episode 8 of Hugtto Purikyua. He posted about it on Insta. He said it’s the first time he worked with Tsubota Fumi since Rainbow Live ended and it was tons of fun, and he didn’t think he’d get to work on a Toei show one day so he’s really happy. I’d like to watch the show but don’t really have the time, I’m trying to catch up on PriPara so I’m using all my anime time on it and not watching anything else. I want to watch IPP before Prichan starts and do episodic blogging for it.
I still haven’t watched Kinpri2, maybe next weekend. It seems besides the new Yanpri goods each month, and Prichan’s launch with more info a tAnimeJapan2018, there won’t be any big news these next months. Kinpri will probably get a new thing announced at the June 10 2018 concert event. Until then, I’d like to finish translating the interviews in the PR All Star Selection guidebook, and then start the Kinpri books and bonus material like the stuff in the kinpri 2 Hiro special edition(stage greetings, events, etc), plus all the fan reports and other interviews on the net I have saved. Honestly there’s so much stuff I’m not sure when I’ll ever finish translating everything though.
Official abbreviation is “Prichan”.
Crunchyroll’s article is pretty complete, like always Japanese sites ilke Animate had more details which I added though. I also included some staff reactions and some of the thoughts of my Pretty Rhythm Yakuzas comrades so it took me a while to go through everything, plus I had other things to do IRL, hence why the post is a bit late.
Already wrote about it on twitter, see above tweets, but this is awesome so I should make a blog post about it too.
Remember how in May 2017 , KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO- (Kinpri 2) had a few pre release screenings? The first one was on May 17th, with a stage greeting with Director Hishida, Terashima, Takeuchi and Niconico personality Iwai Yuuki. I wrote about it here. After that there were a few other pre screenings until the actual movie release on June 10th. And then, someone ill-intended made a bot account with Kinpri 2 spoilers in its name and summary and would follow/favorite Pretty Rhythm fans to spoil them. So some of the fans made an app to block those accounts. There’s 2 fans I follow who both had the same idea at the same time and each made an app, Sakuramochi san and Chupacabra san.
You’ve probably heard about this: since the start of 2018, there’s been bot accounts on Twitter spamming gore/mutilated bodies/SM and such kind of gruesome photos to popular tweets related to franchises like Azur Lane, Kancolle, Granblue, Fate, etc. It’s been going on for like 2 weeks and Twitter hasn’t done anything to stop it afaik.
Most fandoms have started to take measures against it, using the hashtag
#グロ画像テロ事件 ,making lists of the bot accounts, and even specifically making Twitter accounts to counter it, like @Guro_police. Warning: don’t try your luck and check the blocked accounts’ pages, some have gruesome photos even on their header.
Everything changed when a few days ago, Chupacabra san reworked his old app that was used to block the Kinpri2 spoilers accounts, to block the guro accounts. His app went viral and tons of people are using it, and the problem seems to have been contained for now.
Some tweets talking about it went viral too. “The guro block appli, it was originaly used to block Kinpri spoilers. It’s like war technology being used for peace”
It’s awesome because some big news site even reported about it and interviewed Chupacabra san. He asked them if possible to mention the whole story and how it was initially for Kinpri spoilers, and they did, so it made some publicity to Kinpri 2 and the Pretty Series fandom too. (Pretty Series=Pretty Rhythm, Kinpri, PriPara). I’m really proud of the Japanese fandom and especially the older fans aka Pretty Rhythm yakuzas. This case reminded me of tons of cool things they did in the past. All the fan events, all the promotion, all the effort they provided to make KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm (Kinpri1) popular. One thing I remember writing about was when a few days after Kinpri 1, released and some theaters were empty, they’d make maps and itineraries to go there and post it on twitter. Like, “Theater xxx is only 40 minutes from station xxx, if you don’t live too far you should go!!”. And stuff like that. I’ve been kinda busy these past weeks and I still haven’t got time to finish the “Pretty Rhythm&PriPara&Kinpri history” post I’m making to summarize and explain the franchise and how KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm became hugely popular. And seeing stuff like that really motivates me to finish it to show all the things the fans did. It’s really awesome.
There’s no spoilers for KING OF PRISM- PRIDE the HERO- , except for one fact about George they had revealed in interviews prior the movie release, so if you’ve read my previous posts you should know it already.
This is a summary of the Kinpri related production info and jokes they said on Anigera episodes 271 and 272. Similarly to my other radio shows summary, it’s written in a very crude&fast way.
Sugita Tomokazu voices Takadanobaba George in KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO-. (aka Kinpra or Kinpri 2)
Kobayashi Tatsuyuki voices George when he’s singing, he’s his ghost singer.
Furuya Yamato is George’s actor in the stage play, KING OF PRISM-Over the Sunshine!- (aka Butakin)
Anigera Didoooon!! is Sugita’s radio show. He hosts it with his friends game journalist Mafia Kajita, Kedouin Makoto(yes, Corpse Party’s author) and Asakura, an animator. On episodes 271 and 272, Kobayashi and Furuya were present as guests.
When Kinpri 2 was in production the staff called Aoni, Sugita’s agency, and he got the role for George without even passing an audition. Director Hishida also said he made George around the same time they called Sugita and it’s a bit like if he made the character for him. Sugita advertised Kinpri 1 a lot on every radio show he appeared in in mid 2016.
Kobayashi Tatsuyuki voices George when he’s singing, he’s his ghost singer. He’s also Asahi in Idol Time PriPara. He also sang OP2 of Saikyou Ginga Ultimate Zero Battle Spirits(Batosupi6), which was a pretty good show you should watch. It’s fine to watch it even if you haven’t seen past Batosupi seasons. Director Hishida was also the episode director for episode 44 and also did its storyboard. The most appealing thing about Batosupi6 is definitely the original, refreshing, hard lined chara design by Ishikawa Tetsuya. Ishikawa actually worked on the Kinpri movies as an animator, and is also among the many personalities, mangaka, singers etc who advertised the first Kinpri movie on Twitter and part of why it became popular. But I digress, and you should be able to read about all this in detail very soon if I manage to finish my “Everything you should know about Pretty Rhythm and the KING OF PRISM phenomenon” thing.
Episode 271 starts with a sketch, something they often do on Anigera. It’s a pretty funny Getter Robo parody with Sugita, Furuya and Kobayashi each acting George.
After introducing themselves, they talk about how the “Butakin” nickname for the stage play is super funny. They also talk how Kinpri was the first movie to use ouenjouei/cheer screenings profusely and popularize it, showing it can be a mean to success. And how a lot of other movies are doing it too now.
The three of them had already contacted each other on Twitter DM saying they need to meet up one day, but Sugita couldn’t go to that meeting, so he decided to talk with his radio staff to see if they could invite them.
Both Furuya and Kobayashi knew Sugita before Kinpri happened, but never met him in person. Furuya says he doesn’t watch much anime but he knew about Sugita since he’s in very popular shows. When he was chosen to act George in Butakin, he was super nervous, wondering if he’ll be able to portray a Sugita voiced character properly. He felt a lot of pressure. Then he went to watch the movie, and got even more confused when it turns out it’s not Sugita when George is singing. Plus he wanted to get an idea of the character, but George has very few lines in it, so it didn’t give him enough info at all. So then he went to see Kinpri 1, but George doesn’t even appear in it as he’s a character made for Kinpri 2. So Furuya was really lost. In the end, he inspired himself with Gintoki in Gintama and even listened to tons of Anigera past episodes. Sugita says it reminds him of the Blazblue stage play, Ragna’s actor had the same problem and was super worried if he’d be able to portray Sugita’s character correctly. He was really happy when Sugita praised him about it, saying ‘it’s fine yo be yourself, your Ragna was great’.
Kobayashi talks about the recording of George singing the Love Mix song in Kinpri 2. At first he was really lost, because he thought he had to sing in a way that sounds like Sugita’s voice. But then the staff explained to him that even in the story, George does use a ghost singer, so it’s totally fine even if the 2 voices sound completely different. They told him it’s fine to just sing like a “sparkling normal idol”. So then it was much easier.
The name Takadanobaba comes from the train station with the same name. They don’t actually talk about it so that’s just info from past posts I’m repeating: in the past Hishida director said he often passes near Hirokouji station during walks. Then it became a private joke between him and the fans, because of Hiro and Kouji. That’s why he decided to name George after a station. But Hiro and Kouji weren’t named after Hirokouji as far as I know. It was a coincidence.
Sugita says the cheer screenings are definitely one of the big appeals of the Kinpri movies. And you can actually do it at home, just not too loud to not bother neighbors.
As he already said many times back in 2016, Sugita went to see Kinpri 1 twice when it released. The first time, it was right after seeing the movie Doukyusei which he though was a movie adapted from the bishoujo game Doukyusei. Turns out it was adapted from a yaoi manga with the same name. He was the only guy in the theater. But the movie was pretty good, so then when getting out, he saw the ad for Kinpri1 and was like, “might as well go watch this other yaoi looking movie, maybe it’ll be good too”.And he was absolutely amazed by it. So he invited one of his friends to go watch the movie again. He had already seen some if not all of Pretty Rhythm before seeing the movie too. Anyway back to Anigera, Sugita says he’d actually like to go to the events etc as a simple fan but can’t. Like the Wrap Up Party events in Tokyo and Osaka which he then promotes.
They talked about a lot of random things in this episode, but less about Kinpri.
Furuya had to improvise a lot of George’s lines in Butakin. I guess this means each representation was different. Stage play George talks a whole lot more compared to anime George. Furuya says that he thought “if it was Sugita san, he’d go overboard and say tons of stuff”, so that’s why it turned out like this.
Tatsuyuki was named like that by his parents to evoke a dragon soaring into the skies, and to reflect how they wanted to see him grow up well.
Summarized in a very crude way.
During the radio for the Star Ocean mobage episodes 102/13th december 2017 and episode 103/20th december 2017 :
Rather than for recording the radio, Kajita feels like he went to the studio to ask Nakamura how to play Xenoblade 2, the game is great but the battle system takes a while to understand and to master to have fun with it.For now Kajita’s at chapter 3 and still doesn’t know how he manages to win sometimes. Nakamura tells him at that point it’s still the tutorial. They talk about how it can feel like an offline MMO but not like its a bad thing. Nakamura was really into xenoblade 1, so he’s currently playing 2, slowly and taking his time, he thinks it’s a really well polished game. Kajita didn’t play 1 and will start with 2, Nakamura tells him its fine.
They also talk about the gacha and how it autosaves so you can’t restart. Nakamura says he actually heard some people would uninstall to reroll farm the first common blade gacha in the game, Kajita says it’s crazy as its like in chap 2 and 5hours in even if you skip everything. One of Kajita’s favorite character is Hana chan, it’s fun how she looks like a female Tetsuawan Atom, she just got a girl face and everything else looks mechanic, even her hair looks hard. There’s “JS” written on Hana’s 1st form, so Kajita thinks maybe it’ll evolve into JS JC JK. Nakamura tells him it actually changes like that. Also Kajita likes the 1st form the most compared to the other seen in PV so he hopes you’re not forced to evolve her,they’re both not far in the game so they dunno. Kajita doesn’t like it how you need to play “kusoge tiger tiger” to upgrade her. Nakamura tells him that’s literally the only way to do it so he’s in despair.
Kajita likes Hana but doesn’t like Tora and call him “the kuso round thing”. Nakamura thinks Tora’s probably the only chara who can tank good in the game, and you’ll always use him so Kajita isn’t happy about it. Kajita doesn’t hate Tora that much but hates Nopons in general, he thought they were mascots-like so he’s pretty surprised they aren’t. The real mascot is Chiba Shigeru grandad dragon, who actually speaks normally&seriously most of the time.
Nakamura says Chiba Shigeru was actually sound director for the game. Their schedule didn’t meet though so when it was Nakamura’s dubbing session(s), director Takahashi was there instead of Chiba Shigeru. When voicing for the game, Nakamura only had an early design of his chara and the whole script, which included other characters’ lines, but nothing else. He didn’t know who he was talking with in each scene, he knew there’s a person always with his character called Shin, but not only he didn’t know it was Sakurai voicing Shin, he didn’t even know if it was a man or a woman. Shin’s way of speaking is very calm too, and isn’t particularly manly or feminine, so he couldn’t tell from just the lines. It was the same for other characters, like Yoshitsune or Byakko. Nakamura was like “I wonder what kind of person Byakko is”, and then turns out it’s a tiger, he didn’t think it’d be this obvious. He adds that this isn’t particular to Xenoblade 2, and happens with most games’ dubbing. Personally he likes it more when he knows everything, down to who is voicing which character. For example if he knew Jin was a man voiced by Sakurai he could’ve known better what the staff had in mind and may have voiced his dialogues with him a bit differently.
They say there was also a time Sugita voiced the main character in a COD game, and during all of the game he talks to just one person called Raidy, and Sugita didn’t have any info on the game and who Raidy is, so he just voiced his character as best as possible and all. And then it turned out Raidy is a buddy dog, so it became a tragedy where Sugita was talking super seriously to a dog. And there’s also a scene where Raidy’s hurt and Sugita’s character is like “RAIDYYYYYYYYYY PLEASE HELP RAIDY” when talking with the medics. But in a sense it made the game better and shows the soldier’s attachment to his buddy dog.
Then they talk about Homura is super cute, and how they made her chest and butt easily noticeable on purpose. And how her chest being too big it sometimes clips into her arm, and how they feel really big during the lap pillow scene too. Nakamura tells Kajita to keep playing as there’s actually another heroine later too. Kajita thought it was a 100% “dignified” RPG but unexpectedly he had some “sinful faps” playing it. Nakamura said he looked at some reactions online and matome sites a bit after the game released, and the funniest comment he saw is “both the heroine and hero are too sexual” and “Rex’s outfit is too sexy” and calling him “”sekkusu” instead of “rekkusu”. After thinking about it, they actually agree. And Kajita adds the game appeals a lot to people who like oneeshota coupling.
At the end of one of the episodes, they talk about if they ever got into a series manga/anime etc after seeing or buying a figure/goods about it. Kajita says it doesn’t happen to him often, he mostly only buys things of stuff he already knows. He bought a figure of Girlfriend Kari ‘s Tange Sakura character but he never played the game. In a sense it doesn’t count, because he bought the figure because he knew it was Tange san’s character, not just because he saw it and thought he should buy it without knowing anything.
Nakamura said when he 1st saw an ironman figure he thought it was lame but then he saw the 1st ironman movie and liked it a lot and bought tons of them. He thinks it’s one of those works that makes you like the design with their stories.He probably didn’t like it at first because it’s very different from Japanese gundam-like designs. Also recently while looking at random toys on the net, he found a figure of the main character’s mecha in Megazone 23 and bought it for about 30 000 yen, he thought it’s really cool, he never watched it though.
At the end of the other episode, they talk about game openings they never skip. Nakamura would always watch xenogears and chrono cross opening when playing. And also wild arms 2 because it was cool, and also how in CD2 the opening changed,felt like the 2nd cour of an anime and was super cool. Kajita tells him to watch Symphogear as it’s written by Wild Arms’s writer Kaneko. Nakamura didn’t know (They often mention Symphogear so I didn’t know Nakamura actually isn’t watching it yet)
Last small note
Nakamura says in episode 104/27th December 2017 that he was at chapter 4 with 60 hours in and how the game is super long. They record episodes at least two weeks before they air so he got to 60 hours pretty fast after release actually.
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.
When working on PriPara’s arcade game and recalculating the budget, they realized it wasn’t enough for the number of characters they had to make. Especially, they would be one character short in comparison to their business rivals.(Aikatsu! etc)
So they decided to recycle Faaruru’s old model and palette swap it to make a new character, who would be either her clone or sister, they didn’t decide yet.
Faaruru during PP s1, Gaaruru with Mikan and Aroma as Garomagedon, Faaruru post S1.
In contrast to Faaruru, they decided to make her into a Vocal Doll born from negatives feelings like frustrations and complexes (This is the final setting kept, and it’s indeed the case in the anime). They started thinking on how to introduce her, as just randomly bringing her in wouldn’t make her a sympathetic character. They did a bold move, (temporarily) removing Faaruru from the anime and arcade game at the end of s1, and as it was around the time of the summer vacation battles among them and their competitors, it was a great occasion to introduce the small and rampaging Gaaruru. (Is this part of the real reason why Faaruru left the show at the end of PP S1? Because she had no reason to leave and that was incredibly stupid. Then again, that level of stupidity was nothing compared to some of the stuff in S2 ).
Starting with her live debut, she’d develop and slowly earn the audience and players’ affection. They wanted her to be an idol who can only do one tenth of another idol, by trying ten times harder. That it’d be very difficult for her to keep up, but that she wouldn’t give up, and evolve at her own pace. They wanted to teach little girls to never give up, to give their best and to never forget having fun. She’s introduced in s2 of the anime/game as compared to Laala and co’s developments at that time, Gaaruru’s perspectives are much smaller, making it easier for little girls to relate to her. (this is all pretty ironic, as I consider S2’s plot a mess, especially the hard work vs genius thing which completely failed to illustrate these themes)
The way Gaaruru lies, is rebellious and bites people is used as gags, but it’s also a way to demonstrate she yearns for attention and human contact. (It almost pisses me off reading all that because it’s gonna trick me into thinking they actually care about the plot in PP)
The rest of the story is as you’ve seen in the anime and game, and they managed to trigger Gaaruru’s debut at the best possible moment, after 6 months of planning. The only error they did was actually giving Gaaruru all this background, which made them actually use money. After that was how she ends up joining Garumaggedon. He says that similar to this Gaaruru story, he’ll try to write about how he thinks Garumagedon was made and his personal anecdotes about it.
This is pretty interesting, because while I haven’t caught up on Idol Time PriPara yet, I knows there’s that girl called Faarara who looks like Faaruru. And Faarara also has a clone with dark hair called Gaarara. Maybe Gaarara is a palette swap made because of budget reasons as well.
Finally a release date for Kinpri 2’s bluray!!
It was announced during the “KING OF PRISM SUPER LIVE MUSIC READY SPARKING！”event on October 21.
Be careful if you want to order it, as there’s two different preorder limited editions. The first limited edition is called the 速水ヒロ プリズムキング王位戴冠記念BOX/Hayami Hiro Prism King Crowning Ceremony Commemoration BOX. The second one is just called “preorder limited edition”, is cheaper and has less things.
The Hayami Hiro Prism King Crowning Ceremony Commemoration BOX is 19940 Yen, tax included. (18360 yen for the DVD version) It’ll have:
A new drawing of Hiro enclosed in a case, a mini version of the movie’s script, a booklet, and unspecified other goods.
A first dvd/bd disc will have the movie and a collection of the ads and trailers.
A second dvd/bd disc will have videos of:
The OTR SPECIAL THANKS PARTY, (the September 11 2016 event where Kinpri2 was announced.)
The stage greeting with Over The Rainbow from July 15 2017(the one where they said to not forget Kinpri exists thanks to the girls, and they’d like to do an event together again with the girls characters’ seiyuu)
The “THUNDER STORM SESSION After Party!!!” medley video which is still currently shown after the movie in some cinemas
The first stage greeting when the movie was released on June 10 2017
Footage from ouenjouei/cheer screenings(this should include the ones with Prism Afureko samples where some lines in the movie were voiced by some of the girls seiyuus like Kato Emiri/Naru, Goto Saori/Oto)
Lastly it’ll have 2 CDs with
a new recorded message from Hiro,
a new episode of the Kinpri Radio Secret Rose Time specially made for this, along with a collection of all the previous episodes
the song 「EZ DO DANCE -THUNDER STORM ver.-」
the song「FREEDOM -THUNDER STORM ver.-」
The “preorder limited edition” is 12960 yen (11880 yen for the dvd version) and has:
The movie, ads and trailers, the movie’s script& booklet, footage of the OTR SPECIAL THANKS PARTY, The “THUNDER STORM SESSION After Party!!!” medley video, the first stage greeting and footage from cheer screenings, the two songs 「EZ DO DANCE -THUNDER STORM ver.-」&「FREEDOM -THUNDER STORM ver.-」
Depending on which shop you preoder either version, you also get a different bonus goods. They’re listed on the official site article linked in the tweet.
Lastly it has also been announced the movie has now earned 600 million yen.