Saints’ Mia to appear in Idol Time PriPara

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It has been announced on August 19th that Mia, the legendary Kami idol and part of the group Saints, will appear at some point in Idol Time PriPara. Just like Mia in DMF, she will be voiced by Ookubo Rumi. I don’t know how her family name is read, but it’s 華園, different from Ageha.

They updated the official Idoltime PP anime site too with Mia. Her description doesn’t say anything different than above though.

Like the cool kids on the net say these days: ITS HAPPENING

MY GOD I WAS NOT EXPECTING THIS

So, I remember back when the first PP movie was released, the one with the Pretty Rhythm routes. Back then, PR Director Hishida Masakazu said in a very long interview I translated that the Pretty Rhythm characters who appear in the movie aren’t real, that they’re just data made from the matrix thing existing and accumulating data from both Pretty Rhythm universes and PriPara universe. And so, the Saints aren’t real too. But he added that it’s just his own explanation, and that one day they might use Saints in the PriPara TV anime and give another explanation or say something competently different about them.

I’m extremely excited for this, but at the same time I’m not expecting anything, because PriPara already disappointed me so many times now. S1 was boring 90% of the time and felt like it was written on the clock(remember how Prism Voice was never ever mentioned again?) and S2 was much better but still had tons of wasted potential. So much that I still haven’t got around to watch season 3. (if you’re interested about what was wrong with S2 you can read my older posts like this one)
I don’t know what they’ll do with Mia, but I know it won’t be good enough. PriPara is wasted potential:the anime. At least I’m mature enough to not care, and won’t get angry or say stuff like they’re ruining the lore or retroactively ruining Mia if they write her in a real dumb way. I can expect this seeing what they already did for so many characters in PP so far.

IIRC in PP episode 1, they say Saints has been retired for 4 years. And IIRC at least two years have passed in PriPara since the beginning, which explains why she looks older. She slightly looks a bit like her future self shown at the end of Grateful Symphonia in DMF episode 50.

This probably means Saints version of Aira and Naru will appear soon as well. Now, I’m wondering if they’ll introduce more Pretty Rhythm characters or if it’ll only be those three. If they introduce more, it could be a good basis to make a full crossover. They already teased a tenth anniversary project for 2020 and 2021. 2020  will be the game’s 10th anniversary, and 2021 the anime’s( Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream to be exact). I wish they make a AD DMF RL Kinpri Idol Time PP all series crossover.

In any case, now I really need to watch PriPara season3 and catch up all the way to season 4/Idol Time.

Oh and they’re also adding a new girl called Shuuka.(probaly pun on shuukan/week and the characters all have time related names). And she has the same family name as Mia, 華園, so she’s probably her sister.

IRL Mia wonders if it’ll be the same Mia as in DMF or will she be different. (Laughed at the first reply saying”I stopped watching PP but now I’ll restart watching it”)

http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv304789718?ref=sharetw

Speaking of Mia, I posted it on twitter but maybe you haven’t seen it: On August 20, 2000 JP time, there’s a show airing with Rizumu and So Min’s seiyuus, and the guests will be Mia and Karin’s seiyuus, and they’ll play the DMF board game.

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KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm to be screened in USA on September 15 2017

Kinpri 1 will be screened for the 1st time in USA, at Los Angeles Anime Film Festival aka LA-AFF, on September 15 2017.

Kinpri’s USA invasion finally begins. Would be nice if a licencing/streaming company would get the rights for Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream, Pretty Rhythm Dear My Future and Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live, and stream them outside Japan, so people can watch past seasons. Kinpri 1 & 2 are actual sequels to Rainbow Live, not just spinoffes. And there’s a lot of things you only get in Kinpri 2 if you’ve watched all the past seasons.

Watching Kinpri 1 without knowing Rainbow Live’s story is extremely interesting as well, but would be cool if all the world could get how best anime of the decade Pretty Rhythm is.

I wish I was hired at some French or English speaking online magazine/anime site to write about Pretty Rhythm and tons of other things. It’s a bit frustrating. Would be nice if they show it in France now, along with the past seasons and Kinpri 2. Pretty Rhythm is the best sports shoujo story since Ace wo Nerae! or Attacker You!, every otaku that’s 30+ years old would love it here. I wish I could participate in licencing and bringing it over here. Or helping so it gets a screening at a con or something. But then I guess it’s partially my fault for only engaging in English speaking communities and never really being part of a French one despite watching anime for 20 years.

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Looking forward to Yoru no Nai Kuni 2

I really liked 1’s story so this is the part I’m awaiting the most here. I hope they did a good job. While I never wrote a post about it, Yoru no Nai Kuni 1 really pleasantly surprised me with how it wasn’t just a random yuri story or a “gotta sacrifice someone to save the world” story that you’ve already seen in the first part of ToS or FF10.

I’m a bit disappointed there’s no male characters this time, as Simon, Arukado and Lloyd were all great characters in 1, and especially really funny. Speaking of that, I guess the monocle+rifle girl called Camilla Arukado is Arukado’s daughter? Because the magazines articles before 1’s release actually spoiled quite a bit of the game’s story, I refrained from watching anything this time, except a few PVs like the one above, as I wanted to check how the game runs on Switch. If Camilla is Arukado’s daughter, it’s pretty amazing he actually managed to get married, considering his personality. I hope Arukado 2 is as fun as her possible father. And I hope all the characters are well written and not just there to make a Yuri harem for Aloushe. Hoping we’ll get to play again as Arnath too.

One thing I’m looking forward to as well is the battle system. From what I’ve seen of it, I’m not too reassured about the changes they made compared to 1, but I’ll have to wait until actually playing the game before judging. One thing sure is I don’t like the “button mashing for more damage” thing during special attacks. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I loved YNNK1’s battle system, since it’s mostly the same as a Musou game, with its good and bad points, but I really liked how Arnath herself can’t deal good damage (at least until you unlock the bonus sword or at least the hammer) and how you really need to use your Servans well to defeat enemies. I really like battle systems where you indirectly control characters like that. Like in The Last Remnant or Ogre Battle March of The Black Queen. I need a good balance though, I’m not fan of having partial or no control when it’s coupled with elements which makes it a real chore, like getting a game over if the main character dies (Persona 3).
And judging from the PVs, it looks like Aroushe can do lotsof damage and has a lot more of attack possibilities, thanks to the girl you can tag along with. Seems using and manipulating your Servans isn’t the focus anymore. But I guess the girl you can bring along with you in battle is basically a Servan as well.
Planning to get the game in Japanese like 1, so looking forward to the release on August 31.

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SRW OGMD GET

Finally got this after a year. Can’t buy too many games at release when you’re a poorfag.

Bought the PS3 Japanese version since I don’t have a PS4. From what I’ve seen, the English translation of the PS4 SEA version is very bad grammatically speaking, but they managed to get most plot information correctly and there’s no misinterpretation.
Thanks to this if there’s something I don’t understand while playing the game in Japanese I’ll check people’s videos of the English version.

I heard some months ago they patched the game, translating the summaries of the past OG games too. I hope they did a good job. That way it’ll contribute to having better accurate info of SRW OG story in English.

Feels weird I’ll finally get to see how Raftclanz looks like in 3d animation.Well, unless I die before playing the stage where EKUSUTORAKUTA, MAKISHIMAMU! happens. Though if I die and manage to go to paradise I’ll see it anyway. Waited so long for this. I purposely didn’t watch most of the new units appearing in OGMD’s animations on Youtube so I can discover while playing.

It’s also the first time a SRW game I already played and finished is getting into OG. I played 4 and Alpha 1 on Alpha 1 on Dreamcast but didn’t finish them before playing OG1 on GBA.

SRW J got a special place in my game related memories since it’s what also made me discover a show that joined my list of favorites shows ever: Tekkaman Blade. (though technically I played W before, and saw it first in W, not J).

Also looking forward to Haken being in. Haven’t played Project X Zone 1 so haven’t him for years. Speaking  of which, I wonder if there will ever be another “Namco X Capcom”-like now that the games’ director, Morizumi, left Monolith Soft. I haven’t played PxZ 1 nor 2, but I guess Reiji and Xiamu’s story is over now. Starting with Namco x Capcom, then Mugen no Frontier, Mugen no Frontier EXCEED, and then PxZ 1&2. That’s 5 games in total.  Would be nice if the other Mugen no Frontier characters got in OG as well. And the Masoukishin ones too. (Especially Circuit kun and Elisha, I’m sure they’ll put int at least those two)

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Kinpri stageplay announced: KING OF PRISM -Over the Sunshine!-

Official site

There’s a “movie” tab which gives an error for now, I guess they’ll release a PV soon.

Official twitter

Twitter hashtag:  

Anime News Network post about it

Script is by Aoba Jou, aka Pretty Rhythm&Kinpri Director Hishida Masakazu (aka Riru Riru Fairilu Director Gojou Sakura)

The actual director of the stage play is someone called 宇治川まさなり (not sure how his name is read). Seems he directed many other stage plays in the past like the Yowamushi Pedal stage play, or the Sengoku BASARA vs Devil May Cry stage play (yeah, I didn’t know this existed either, I want to see that).

They haven’t said for now whether it’ll be a completely new story or using the story from the movies. I don’t think it’ll be a new story. I think it’ll mostly be the first movie, with maybe a few changes.

When it was announced, director tweeted “please support Butakin”. He’s abbreviating the stage play as butai + Kinpri = Butakin. In the past he’s also the one who coined the “Kinpri” abbreviation for KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm and the “Kinpra” abbreviation for KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO-, though I mostly use Kinpri2 instead of Kinpra, so it’s easier to get for people not familiar with Pretty Rhythm.
Some people told him to change the abbreviation but I hope it’ll stay this way. In any case I’ll keep calling it Butakin myself because this is so funny.

Sound Director Nagasaki Yukio said it’s been a while he’s been this surprised about an announcement.

Old time Pretty Rhythm fanartist Siokya san explained it’s because Director loves it when everyone uses an unique abbreviation so it sticks out during searches, so it’s easier for him to see people’s reactions. So Siokya said he’ll purposely use the emotes

🐷🈲 buta/pig and the emote for the kanji 禁/kin

to talk about the stage play,  to make it harder for director to search for it haha. Some other old times fans really like the Butakin abbreviation as well and will keep using it alongside with the emote version.

Marusaka san said “I hope the cast don’t fall into the dark side when training for Prism Jumps” (referencing AD and DMF)

Long time Pretty Rhythm fanartist Emu san said they should get the real DJ Koo to play DJ Coo.

Minako san saying it’s possible well’ get a Stage play with the girls one day and a DMF Grateful Symphonia stage play.

Another fan: “I always said Kinpri is a 2.5D movie, so if we’re getting a 2.5D stageplay of a 2.5D movie, it’ll be 2.5*2.5 and become a 6.25Dimension stage play.”

 

All the characters are played by different people than their seiyuu.

A fan made a listof the age and height of the actors, to compare it with the characters’

Except for Minato, who will be played by his seiyuu Igarashi Masashi. As you can see on his profile, he did many stage play roles in the past so he’ll definitely do a great job.

Soon after the announcement, Igarashi tweeted “If not for Kinpri, I wouldn’t have got the opportunity to be in such a stage play again”, that he’ll try to spread the prism sparkle with this stage play which can be considered in a sense 2.5D. And he said “The only one who can act Minato, IS ME!!” referencing Hiro’s line in Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live episode 18. Made me laugh a lot.

Enoki Azusa/Mion tweeted she’s happy Kinpri is getting a stage play, and that she knows Shin’s actor, she did the Bakumatsu Ookami Kick stage play with him.

It seems Tsubota Fumi isn’t working on Kinbuta. Would have been perfect if she helped with the scripts, as before writing for Pretty Rhythm, she used to write theater pieces, hence why she greatly contributed to making the Grateful Symphonia theater like episodes at the end of DMF.

Also, if you’ve been reading my blog for at least a year, you should already know that Koreans fans made their own fan stage play of Kinpri 1 at a convention. Director even retweeted it back when they put it on Youtube. I hope the official one will be at least as good as this.

In other news, Yamamoto Nozomi (Cosmo, Ai jozenji(Naru and Ito’s classmate),Ito’s pair tomo Kurun) finally saw Kinpri 2 today. She says she likes Street Style the best and wants to see the movie again.

Lastly, as always, I’m still saving info from the ongoing stage greetings, eagerly waiting for the KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO- DVD release so I’ll finally be able to read all the new background info and translate&publish it.

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Japan Expo 2017, Sunday report

I only went there on Sunday.

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私が望むスパロボ

I think they might announce a new SRW later today so I thought I’d write about the SRW games I’d like to have one day.
Edit: Welp, they didn’t announce a new SRW game during the stream. But just like May’s stream, Terada said at the end that there will be something next stream. So I hope next livestream at the end of July will have a new game announcement.

The series lists are in Japanese as it’s easy to get the english names, and that way, if a japanese SRW fan stumbles into this, they’ll understand easily.

私の理想のスパロボゲームは二つあります。一つはファンタジーメカとホビー/おもちゃメカのくみあわせ。もう一つは宇宙とスパースオペラっぽいなスパロボ、すなわちスパーバトルシップ大戦。

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KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO- earned 183,433,400 yen as of June 20 with 110,329 tickets sold

These days I’m trying to save all the info I see from stage greetings with the seiyuus, interviews post movie release which contain spoilers, the Kinpri radio(the episode scheduled for June 23 will have Director Hishida Masakazu answering fanmail questions on the movie, next episode will have Kakihara so I think they’ll keep inviting seiyuus) etc etc. I’m waiting until seeing the movie before I read&publish all this, to not spoil myself. If God wills, when the movie is out on DVD, I’ll first do an impressions post without reading these to not “contaminate” my own impressions, then I’ll do another post with all the info I gathered.

I’m gathering everything in a folder. I remember that a lot of the info director was tweeting during Pretty Rhythm’s run on TV from 2011 to 2014, and info from the RL After Party and such events, ended being reworded/compiled in the Rainbow Live Guidebook and the All Star Selection Guidebook. So I’m pretty sure all that Kinpri2 info from stage greetings, prism elite meeting events, etc will probably be compiled in a new KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO-  Official Guidebook. But I’m saving it anyway just in case. If a KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO-  Official Guidebook happens, I’ll try to buy it and translate it like I’m doing with the others.

Source Director also said at one of the stage greetings that after finishing Kinpri2, his inspiration ran out, but by going to the various stage greetings and events with the seiyuus, hanging out&eating with them, he can feel the characters are still growing, and they might do another new sequel. He said that for now though, the second movie’s screenings and cheer screenings need to do well.

Gonna sound like a teen youtuber, but as I won’t make a post for every threshold, if you want news asap remember to follow my Twitter, which I linked above.

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KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO- is out in Japan and South Korea

Kinpri2/KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO- released in Japan and South Korea on June 10. You can easily find spoilers from english speaking people in Japan on Tumblrs blogs, Twitter, etc. I’m not planning to read spoilers but will probably inevitably see some.

Most Japanese fans on Twitter,especially all the Pretty Rhythm Yakuzas, are really considerate, and only talk about the movie in MP, or made specific new accounts, or are using apps to hide their tweets. They’re really nice.

Tweeted by Director, him and all the Edel Rose characters’ seiyuu.

Stage greeting on June 11 with Director, Terashima/Shin and Nagatsuka/Leo at Kinecitta cinema in Kawasaki.

They did another one at Ion Cinema in Tama Center in Tama City. Decorations was done by the cinema’s staff, signs and messages were left by fans.

Director did another stage greeting at Cineplex Makuhari cinema in Chiba but with Nagatsuka/Leo alone. It was the first time they did an event with only the two of them.
All of this reminds me of when Kinpri1 got out and when it started getting popular starting end of February 2016, and Director was going all over Japan everyday for the stage greetings and even went to Okinawa.

As I reported in the previous post, during the stage greeting and first public premiere of the movie at Wald9,Tokyo on June 10, they announced a new live event for October 21. It seems very similar to the OTR Special Thanks Party held on September 11 2016. They were both announced very early, and they both happen twice the same day so more people can attend. And the September 11 event was when KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO- was announced, so they might announce something new there again.

In my case, I think they might announce a Kinpri TV anime.

I don’t consider KING OF PRISM a spinoff to Rainbow Live but a direct sequel, I’ve often seen english news site refers it to as a”older females audience oriented spinoff of the little girls oriented series Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live”. KING OF PRISM is a sequel, not a spinoff. It’s true Naru and her friends aren’t the main characters anymore and it now focuses on Hiro Kouji Kazuki and their juniors, but Hiro Kouji and Kazuki were already main characters in Rainbow Live, and the villain is still the same. While I remember the staff may have used the word “spinoff “in some interviews to describe KING OF PRISM, it’s definitely considered as a sequel by the staff as well.

I think it’s bad to be hung up over these kind of things, and it’s just anime, just a hobby, so I’m not gonna push it further. It’s a similar case to how people call Pretty Rhythm an “idol anime” when it isn’t and what I already wrote about this in the past. It’s fine to call it one, but it’s slightly misguiding to do so. And the staff themselves have already used the words “idol anime” to describe it, but also say it isn’t, just like when Director said during Kinpri’s announcement1 “You’d think it’s bad business wise to do another male idol anime as this market is crowaded. However, we aren’t making anime about idols, we’re making anime about Prism Stars”.

Now what would be a spinoff would be if in 2019-2020 for the 10 anniversary of the Pretty Rhythm series they do a new project crossover with PriPara and past seasons.

Enoki Azusa san(Mion) tweeted she appears in KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO-, reprising her role as Hiro’s mother. Unsurprising since this is Pretty Rhythm and parents characters are important.
She also went to see the movie on release day June 10. (on the premiere at Wald 9 I think)She says it was fun watching it with everyone, she wants to see it again and support her son. It seems Mion also appears voiced in some way as she said so herself, and she also RTed/subtweeted and answered a lot of people talking about it on twitter saying stuff like how “Mion appears in Kinpri2”. (I could look into it but I try to avoid spoilers)

Kinpri1 DVD was announced on March 21 2016 for a June 17 release. So I guess DVD for Kinpri2 should be announced in August, for a October 2017 release.

Similar to the KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm Prism Elite Meeting events they did last year, they announced the second KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO- Prism Elite Meeting event for June 17. (The first one was the June 7 event with Director, Nishi san and Kato san). I hope it’ll be streamed online. Last year I didn’t care about spoilers, so I could watch these live when they were streamed and write reports about it, but I want to avoid spoilers as much as possible this time, so I will just save the stream if it’s streamed and keep it for later. At worst if it’s not streamed, there will always be Kunieda5gogo’s blog where I could check what happened after seeing the movie myself.

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/vod/imagine/20170613/

On June 13, NHK world broadcasted Imagine Nation, featuring  KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO-.  It features an interview of Pretty Rhythm director Hishida Masakazu, Avex Producer Nishi Hiroko and Pretty Rhythm CG Director Otobe Yoshihiro.
I haven’t watched it yet as I’m really busy, and it shows a lot of the Prism Show scenes of Kinpri2, and I want to avoid spoilers anyway. I think I’ll only “listen” to it, since they dubbed the interviews in English. They talk about how Kinpri was made, it’s surprising popularity, how it became a cultural phenomenon in Japan changing the way cinema is enjoyed, being the first movie to do Cheer Screenings, etc.
Technically, there were others who did it before it, like the first Pretty Rhythm movie. I’m currently writing a post that would basically be this video, but ultra complete and detailed, regrouping all the background info about Kinpri’s making history and how it became a huge thing. Basically I’m doing a “everything you should know about the KING OF PRISM phenomenon” post. I hope I manage to finish it soon.

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KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO- info&interviews prior to the movie’s release on June 10

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This post covers the first preview screening event of the movie, interviews prior to the movie’s release, and many miscellaneous info.  Director Hishida Masakzu and Avex Producer Nishi Hiroko have been doing lots of interviews the days before June 10 to promote the movie. The characters’ seiyuu too. I’ve included promotional screenshots of the movie published before release day on June 10. Lastly, I also included the translation of the letter Director posted on twitter shortly before the movie released.

Kinpri1=KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm
Kinpri2=KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO-
Ouenjouei=screenings of the movie when you can come cosplayed, dub over lines, scream&cheer and use glowsticks. I sometimes translate it as “cheer screenings”.

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