Sakura Taisen 20th anniversary

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1st Sakura Taisen was released on Saturn on 27 September 1996

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They’re releasing stamps for LINE

Still waiting for the day it gets into SRW

This is probably the game franchise I like the most I actually never played one of the main games of. Only watched the animes, played Hanagumi Taisen Columns and watched siblings play some of 3.
I’ve also always been a big fan of Team Shinobi/AM7/Overwork/Sega Wow ever since I was a kid and probably the first video game development studio I learned of. The team’s staff changed over the decades and I honestly can’t tell who worked on what, but they always made masterpieces. From Alex Kidd&Shinobi&Bare Knuckle to Eternal Aracdia&Senjou no Valkyria.

Still one of the funniest scenes ever.

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King of Prism Playstation VR game project announced at Tokyo Game Show 2016

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It was announced the 15th September, first day of TGS2016. Game is titled “VRフォトセッション from KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm” and a demo is currently playable at the VR game corner of TGS2016. It will release next spring (early 2017) on Playstation VR, and this winter(2016) on iOS and Android.

Seems it’s being developed by a company called CS-REPORTERS.INC.

The game’s story is about how a pro cameraman (the player) was commissioned by Edel Rose to take pictures of Over The Rainbow for a photo collection of the group. It’ll be released at the same time as a photo collection of Schwarz Rose, and you must help Edel Rose sell more than it’s rival. The Prism Star cadet Shin also joins in. You must guide Over The Rainbow to victory with your photography skills!
This is pretty funny and sounds like something PR director would write.

Currently confirmed characters in the game are Hiro Kouji Kazuki and Shin.

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They also announced a handshake&photo meet event to celebrate the game’s announcement. The event is titled “握手会&撮影会 from KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm” and this is the logo. Event will be this fall, they haven’t given out an actual date yet.

“Either Hiro, Kouji, Kazuki or Shin will gently escort you on stage, just the two of you, and do a Prism Jump! This is real?! You will also be able to take a photo together thanks to Chroma Key synthesis, it will be a handshake event of a new era”
Judging from this, seems they won’t add any other character but not loosing hope.

They’ll use the VR game and tech to try and do a handshake event with the characters themselves, the seiyuus won’t be present. I guess this will be another thing the Pretty Rhythm franchise is the 1st to do? Or at least to popularize. Ouenjoueis weren’t invented by Pretty Rhythm, and some of the staff said they may have been inspired by Nanoha movie screening concerts, but I’m sure tons of other movies will do ouenjoueis too after seeing how Kinpri became a social phenomenon partly thanks to them. If this VR handshake event is successful I’m sure other franchise will start doing it too.

Gotta say I definitely didn’t see this coming. I haven’t seen this in any english written news sites, so when I saw pics of it on twitter, I didn’t bother reading about it. Just thought it was some kind of VR tech demo collab with Kinpri at TGS.  It’s an actual game project!!!

It’s kinda weird Crunchyroll or ANN haven’t reported about it yet. But I guess if PR related things were covered enough in English speaking media to satisfy me, I wouldn’t do these posts in the 1st place. Crunchyroll especially has been keeping good track of Pretty Rhythm news ever since Kinpri started and the franchise getting much more popular, so it’s weird. I kinda wish some English news site would report about it because I have trouble believing what I’m reading and wondering if I may be wrong. We’re getting an actual Pretty Rhythm console game!!! This is super big news!!!  Even if it’ll probably turn out to be a take pictures game with minimal gameplay. If they add more characters, or even the girls too it’ll be really great. Really looking forward to how this will turn out.

I don’t think I’ll spend hundreds for a Playstation VR just for one game though. Kinpri VR is the only game I 100% want to try so far. There’s stuff like Summer Lesson and Argyle Shift that seems interesting to me, but I’m waiting to see how they’ll turn out at release. I don’t really believe in Playstation VR or Oculus Rift stuff, and everything I’ve seen of it so far doesn’t interest me. Waiting to see if it’ll get any genuinely interesting games and how the games will be gameplay wise etc.

Game footage.

You can find more pics of the game here.

 

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KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO- movie announced for June 2017

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Was announced at the end of the KING OF PRISM Over The Rainbow SPECIAL THANKS PARTY on September 11 2016. It’ scheduled for June 2017, no specified day yet. It’ll premiere in Wald 9, the same cinema Kinpri 1 debuted at.

Announcement on the official site is here. It doesn’t say anything else. There’s no preview video yet either.

I’m super happy and really hyped, but also kinda disappointed because I definitely thought they would first do a 1 cour late night TV anime for January 2017, and then a movie for June 2017. Guess I was too optimistic. And maybe director is too busy with Fairuru.

Because unless the movie is 2hours long I don’t think they’ll have the time to put in CG performances for each Edel Rose boy with their personal song, so that’s why I thought they’d make a TV anime at first to show them.

Every Pretty Rhythm series has their time based on real life time. They don’t necessarily happen in the same year, but time flows the same. For example, AD, DMF and RL each take place over a year, and they all aired for a year. Kinpri takes places one year and a half after the end of RL, and it was released one year and a half after RL ended.

So if they had made a tv series in January 2017, normally it should take place one year after Kinpri’s story ended. But by then it would be too far away and maybe Prism King Cup would have already happened since it’s supposed to be soon. So I thought the TV series could have been about flashbacks about what each character did since the end of Kinpri. It would have complemented all the various stories written by Director in magazines. That way they wouldn’t have had to worry about how each episode leads to the next too. It would have been episodic. Maybe we could have even got an episode about Kouji in America. But yeah that’s not happening sadly.

In any case, if the new movie still follow that rule, since it’s releasing in June 2017, one year and a half after Kinpri was released, it means the new movie’s story should also take place one year and a half after Kinpri ended. Which means that it would be even far away so maybe Prism King Cup would have happened already, so I guess they won’t make it happen that far away in time. Or maybe they’ll just say the Prism King Cup still haven’t happened then. If there is indeed a timeskip, maybe some of the characters will change designs again. Maybe they’ll skip the qualifications tournaments for the Prism King Cup and only show the cup itself. Maybe Kouji already came back by then etc.  Lotsof different things can happen. Really excited.

In any case seeing the movie’s subtitle, seems Hiro will play a big part in the story. I still think he’ll sing Happy Naru since he won’t be able to sing Pride at first and want to sing a Kouji song at all costs. Still think Shin will play a big role in making Jin make up with hijiri too.

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Quick summary of the KING OF PRISM Over The Rainbow SPECIAL THANKS PARTY September 11 event: (I’m very busy now so this is just a quick list of what happened. Hopefully if God wills I’ll do a detailed summary with what they said during the talk show in detail, and what the girls’ messages said)

Event was at  Tokyo International Forum, Hall C. They did it twice the same day so more people can go. First at 14:30, called “noon division”, then at 19:00, called “evening division”.

Even was in two halves. First half of the event was an ouenjouei. Second half was a talk show with Over The Rainbow’s seiyuus Kakihara Tetsuya, Maeno Tomoaki and Masuda Toshiki. The Kinpri sequel announcement was at the end of the “noon division”. They probably announced it again at night too. I’m not sure if they said the exact same things during the talk show at noon and at night.

The hall can hold 3000 people and was sold out. Furthermore it was streamed live in 82 cinemas across Japan, and 3 cinemas in Korea. What they call “live viewing”.
Around 20000 people watched the event in total.

Like all the different messages at the previous ouenjoueis, before the movie started there was a new message from the characters at the beginning.

Once the ouenjouei ended, the talk show started. During it they also showed scenes from the movie, with the seiyuus doing them on stage. For example they showed the Tokimeki Cycling jump and the seiyuus appeared on bicycle on stage as well.

In the corner “With love from Obare: cheering message” the 3 seiyuus acting as their characters, gave message of thanks to the audience for supporting them until now etc. It was particularly impressive when Masuda Toshiki screamed BURNING and all the audience screamed BURNING too.

There was also a message from some of the female main characters: Naru/Kato Emiri, An/Serizawa Yuu, Oto/Gotou Saori, Wakana/Uchida Maaya, Rinne/Sakura Ayane. They appeared on screen while the recorded conversation played.(Rinne momentarily came back or something?)

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Edi: I found this fanart of their message. They were in their Kinpri designs, meaning the message in universe was during/after Kinpri, so yeah seems Rinne really did come back momentarily.

Then the announcement corner started.

Kinpri will participate in the event Anime JAM 2016 the 10th and 11th of December 2016. Announcement on the event’s official site.

Kinpri seiyuus will appear the 10th only, during the “Rock stage”. The five participating seiyuus will be Terashima Junta/Shin, Hatanaka Tasuku/Taiga, Igarashi Masahi/Minato, Nagatsuka Takuma/Leo and Takeuchi Shunsuke/Alec.
Tickets for the event are on sale until 13th September at 23:59 (it kinda sucks for PR fans, they won’t have much time to buy them. It’s a bit weird they announced Kinpri will be at the event 2 days before the ticket sales ends. Maybe it was decided at the last minute.)

Kinpri will get its own web radio show. The podcasts will be published on Hibiki Radio.  Further details like who the radio hosts are will be published later.

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After these announcements, the seiyuus acted on stage a story written by PR director called “Over the Rainbow mune kyun Jump from backstage”. Basically a drama CD live.

After that they showed a message from Ito/Komatsu Mikako to Kouji. She appeared on screen while the recorded message played. Ito was acting shy and cute and there was warm cheers from the audience (That’s really nice they don’t care about insane fujoshis and did stuff like that. The only girl who didn’t appear is Bell. I guess they didn’t have enough money to pay Tomatsu Haruka too, or maybe she was simply too busy and didn’t have the time to record something.)

Then at the end Kakihara san said “Thank you for supporting Kinpri for such a long time. I hope you will keep cheering us. and they left the stage as if the event ended. But then when they left, a video started on the scren, showing scenes of Kouji Hiro Kazuki from the TV series and how they joined together and made OTR, and scenes from Kinpri and how they separated. And at the end of the movie it said “King Of Prism, New production decided!” KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO-“! Debuts nationwide on June 2017.”

The video they showed got uploaded on Youtube by Avex.

EDIT: The article I translated described the video, so I didn’t actually watch the video until now. There’s some quotes at the end. Some were already in the preview at the end of Kinpri 1. Some are pretty interesting:
“I won’t be able to sing Kouji’s songs anymore?” Obviously said by Hiro.
“I thought he had statuses” The kanji used there is 格/Kaku, so this is definitely Jin speaking. My bet is that’s what he’ll say describing Louis when revealing to the characters he works with him. He’ll say Louis is a bishonene that reminds him of himself when younger and he’s a man of statuses, unlike commoners like Hijiri, Hiro or Kouji.
“This is Norizuki Jin’s way of doing things”. Probably Hiro or Hijiri, commenting on how Jin stole Pride for Louis to use.
“The way you are right now, I don’t want you to sing Pride!” The way the sentence is phrased makes me think this is Kouji speaking. Kouji ends his negative phrases like that. He’s probably speaking to Hiro. Meaning Hiro will do something bad? Maybe Kouji will say he’s disappointed that Hiro’s depressed for not singing Pride and that even if Hiro had the rights to sing it, Kouji wouldn’t like it.
“Hijiri! I have gotten hold of everything!” This is obviously Jin speaking to Hijiri.
“I respected my big brother. I wanted to become like my big brother one day” This is obviously Hijiri speaking about Jin. They’ll finally show a flashback of Hijiri and Jin’s childhood, when Maria died and Hijiri started living with Jin and Kou. This may mean Hijiri started doing Prism Shows competitively because Jin was doing it. This would mean Jin’s inferiority complex toward Hijiri is something he accidentally started up himself. Also this means Jin was nice toward Hijiri when they were kids.

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Then OTR got back on stage with Athletic Core starting to play for the 1st time in the event. They sang together with the audience, doing calls to the audience to sing.

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Then Kakihara san said “‘The next movie will be even more powered up, it’ll be a movie worth of even more encouragements, so please keep supporting us”
Maeno san said “Whether you’ve been supporting us since Pretty Rhythm, or whether you started with Kinpri, I will be happy if you keep supporting us”.
Masuda san said: “If I was to talk with Kazuki’s feelings, it would be that he has hot feelings about the new movie, and how he’ll definitely won’t loose, so please keep supporting us”
And the event ended.

After the event, the official site also announced a new Kinpri Fan Festival, similar to the one that happened some months ago. This time instead of a weekend, it’ll last 6 days, from October 5th to October 10th. It’s called “KING OF PRISM Kinpri Fan Fes Kansha sai in Autumn.”

Washiazki Takeshi who I think was MC’ing the event. Tweeted this pic with the 3 seiyuus once the event ended.

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Kinpri Character designer Odeco/Matsuura Mai drew this

CG Director said “look forward to more mind boggling Prism Shows”.

Kato Emiri/Naru tweeted she was happy to see the other Rainbow Live seiyuus again when they recorded the message together.

She also congratulated everyone for the new movie and said she’s looking forward to it.

Masuda Toshiki/Kazuki posted on his blog how the event was 2hours long of fun, HE GOT TO BURNING,  for the first time in a while, FREEDOM, etc.

Komatsu Mikako/Ito said she was very happy recording the message and Ito was super dere dere cute, and she wonders if Ito’s hair will get even longer in the new movie.

Serizawa Yuu/An hopes An will get screentime in the new movie

This person who often does papercraft of the characters went to the event with a Rinne paper.

After the event, Director tweeted how they announced the 1st Kinpri movie last year in a room with 200 people and now they announced the sequel in a room with 20 000 people and a miracle really happened.
Also the pamphlet distributed at the event had him saying that if you like Kinpri please also watch the rest of Pretty Rhythm starting with Aurora Dream.

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Discrimination in anime,game etc social media

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As I’ve been using twitter a lot recently, I noticed something. It’s impressive how there’s a lot of anime/game fans who are racist or dumb, both in France or USA or many other countries. It’s a worldwide phenomenon, I wonder why. Maybe anime really was a mistake.

Of course there’s those who aren’t actually racist, the meme group, who will say “I’m only doing it “ironically” because I have fun doing it” but I still think that’s dumb, and dangerous. But well anyone is free to live their lives however they want. I think It’s one of the sad consequences of people thinking they’re anonymous on the net and thus don’t think before acting.

Also it’s really fun seeing racist kids reel in shock when hearing a black person or a muslim are playing games as well. They really think we aren’t human beings. I guess that’s what happen when they keep believing everything they see on mass media and don’t think for themselves. Then there’s the ones who genuinely support Trump, and aren’t part of the meme group I described above.

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PriPara Creamy Mami collaboration officialy announced, Status on PriPara anime blogging

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I’m still planning to blog PriPara, It’s just not my priority these days. I also need to try to write a post to explain all the latest discriminatory stuff happening in France these days. well technically it’s been happening for decades but you know what I mean.

The Weekend of the 20th August at the Ciao Summer Festival 2016 they officially announced the Creamy Mami collaboration I mentioned some weeks ago.

Edit: On Aguust 22 they published a PV for the collab

They also showed a new character and the girl from the start of s3 who will join Non to make a new team. I still think they will reboot PriPara after s3, with new characters instead of Laala and co. They should announce the new season in late December or January like always.
And the reason why they’re doing the puzzle mobile game is so people who miss Laala and the first series characters will play it.

One of the reasons the franchise is called “PriPara” is to have a short name, compared to “Pretty Rhythm”, so when they reboot I don’t think they’ll add a word to it. Or it’ll be something short, like “PriPara Go”. In fact I think they may try to do something like Pokemon Go, using the smartphones they’re already selling.

Also, I found an old draft I wrote around 3 years ago, back when Rainbow Live was still airing and they had just announced Pretty Rhythm All Star Selection, and they showed Laala’s design for the first time. It’s really fun how right I was so I’m publishing it for fun. Just in case, I’m not disappointed about PriPara not being Pretty Rhythm anymore. I was never disappointed about that actually.
I criticized PriPara season 1 nonstop during it’s run because it was genuinely below average. S2 was much better, and a genuinely good show. However it still had tons of bad or weird plot choices, and unfunny jokes.

Anyway here’s the ~2014 old short post:

Since the new heroine is holding a mic, what if this new season focuses on singing and idoling, and removes all the sports anime elements? Will I be unable to say how Pretty Rhythm isn’t an idol show but a girls sports show anymore?
It’s not like I get mad when someone calls Pretty Rhythm an idol show, but I genuinely think it isn’t.

The other day I saw an interesting discussion on the 2ch Pretty Rhythm thread; It asked what would you classify Pretty Rhythm as. I already have my own opinion on it, but this made me learn a few things:

Seems like in Japan, kids’ ideas of “idol anime” is something cute, cool etc, because most little girls dream of becoming an idol. It’s pretty different to the representation that people make in their head of you say “idol anime” in English speaking communities/older people/otaku in general.

If you say “idol” to the anime english speaking communities/older people/otaku in general, they’ll have a completely different vision of it. The little girl vision is stuff like Pretty Rhythm, the otaku vision is stuff like Love Live. But these  have nothing in common besides CG singing.

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Persona 5 August 11 demo event spoilers/impressions

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There was another premium event the 11th, this time in Sendai. It’s not like they changed the demo, but they changed the way they do it:
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(Well too late. It’s been like 3 years since I’m waiting for Persona 5. Usually I wouldn’t spoil myself a game this much, and it’s just the first 2 hours anyway. I just want to know as much as possible, as if I went to a premium event myself.)

This new batch of impressions has a lot of new things. So might as well post here what I read anyway, instead of keeping it for myself. I won’t repeat things that we already know. Also keep in mind that those are people’s impressions, so there may be people who remember details wrongly.

Also, Persona Central reposted the summary I wrote last time and fixed a few points I wasn’t sure about or got wrong so you should read their summary now instead.

Lastly, my Japanese is far from perfect, so if there’s a sentence I’m not 100% sure about, I’ll mention it under parenthesis.

Edit on august12th: Just noticed I accidentally wrote Shinjuku station instead of Shibuya station at some point. I corrected it. Also added a photo of Sojiro with the suit+hat and fanart of MC getting lost in Shibuya station.

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Persona 5 August 7 demo event spoilers/impressions

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7th August was a premium one. I’m omitting things already known or already in the previous post.

I don’t even like Haru the most, I like everyone so far, I just picked the first pic I found.

My own comments are under parenthesis.

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