Pretty Rhythm/PriPara producer Ohba Shin on how Gaaruru was made

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.

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KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO- DVD&BD announced for January 26 2017

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.

 

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Pretty Rhythm/Kinpri director Hishida Masakazu teasing something new

He tweeted on August 29″We have something to announce soon”

He deleted some tweets too, basically everything between now and September 2016 when Kinpri2 was announced

Maybe they’ll do a Kinpri TV Anime like they initially wanted to. With side stories on the characters, like in the mobage.

Maybe a new Pretty Rhythm series. I’d love to see something with a boy and a girl as protagonist, aiming at the Prism Olympics or something. Director loves olympics so he’ll definitly use an idea like that one day. He already did in RL too as the Prism King/Queen Cups happen every 4 years.

Another things I’d like but I know there’s a near zero chance of it happen is a RPG game with ADMF RLKinpri and even PriPara.  Or A Beef or Chicken anime spinoff.
If they ever do a crossover with all the series it’ll be in 2020-2021.

He hasn’t tweeted anything since August 29 as of now. I have his Twitter page open at all time to see whenever something happens.

Edit: what he was teasing is a new talk show at Loft Plus One with him Tsubota Fumi and Katou Daisuke. Click the tweet for more info.

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明日(あけび)ちゃんのセーラー服/Akebi chan no Seera Fuku

Online prepublication on Tonari no Young Jump

The art is extremely good and very enjoyable if you enjoy clothing. Small details like creases and folds are extremely detailed. There a few amounts of random sexual fanservice, which makes you realize it’s a manga hugely into school uniform fetishism. This can be creepy considering the schoolgirl molestation problems. If you like that, or if you don’t like that but can get past it, it’s a very fun manga about a girl called Akebi who has a uniform different from everyone else in her school and tries to make friends. It’s also written in an uncommon way, not caring about the reader and just unfolding Akebi’s life. During her first day of school, she meets all of her classmates, and that’s when you meet them all as well and expected to remember their names, using the classroom seats distribution sheet. There’s no introduction for each character, though there’s some chapters slightly more focused on a classmate, to make it easier to remember them. There’s no furigana for the kanji, but it’s very easy to read, and there’s a lot of pages without text.
Volume 2 comes out 19 October 2017, so at that date they’ll remove chapters 8-13 or so from the online publication, so you should try reading them before then.
Would buy digitally if I had the money.
Would love translating if I could work at a French manga editing company.

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Prism☆Afureko/Prism Dubbing screenings announced for KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO-

On August 29 the male/female separated Kinpri2 screenings were held, with Kato Emiri/Naru and Gotou Saori/Otoha doing the stage greetings, along with Avex producer Nishi Hiroko who was acting as MC like she often does. They announced that starting September 2, KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO-/Kinpri2/Kinpra will have Prism☆Afureko/Prism Dubbing screenings. These screenings follow the same rules as ouenjouei/cheer screening(cosplay OK, cyalume OK, screaming OK etc), but all the characters’ lines are muted and subtitles are displayed, so the audience can dub the movie themselves.

From September 2 to 8, theaters across Japan will show a sample version, made by the female characters’ voice actresses. Confirmed so far are Kato Emiri/Naru, Uchida Maaya/Wakana and Mikako komatsu/Ito. Moreover they confirmed this sample dubbing will be included as bonus in the KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO- Bluray. There’ still no release date for it though.

More things about the event: According to both news site and fans’ reports on Twitter, the audience’s reaction was tremendous when they announced the female seiyuu’s dubbed version, and Kato san Gotou san and Nishi san all got moved to tears.
When Nishi san asked them who’s they’re favorite character in Kinpri 2, Gotou Saori said Kakeru and Kato Emiri said George. When asked about how they felt when dubbing Kinpri 2, they said that instead of thinking that the boys became girls, they just voiced out their feelings naturally. They think people will do the same when attending Prism Dubbings screenings, and they even made a Twitter hastag for it: , which can be translated as “Kinpra the way you feel it”.

During the male only screenings, seems Wald9 9 had some kind of technical trouble, so the audience started cheering for the staff, and someone screamed “get back uuuup!! Waaald 9!!!” Like Kouji does to Hiro in the movie(not a spoiler since you can see it in a PV)

This is pretty cool news so making a post specifically for it instead of simply reporting it on Twitter. I’m already extremely hyped to watch the movie. And now I’m ever more hyped to watch thegirl’s dubbed version. Can’t wait to hear Naru wakana and Ito voice Alexander.

Kinpri got into anime history in 2016 and made Cheer Screenings popular. Tons of other movies are doing it now. These new Prism Dubbing are interesting, as it shows they know Kinpri was ahead of it’s time with the cheer screening (though technically speaking it wasn’t the first movie who did it) and so they want to keep their lead. Like a technology race. Prism Dubbing is pretty much the next step after Cheer Screenings, allowing you to dub the whole movie. Surely this will become popular as well. Pretty Rhythm is such an exciting series. I wish I’d be able to write about it in some official news site or magazine.

There hasn’t been an official announcement yet, but Amazon started listing a KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO- setting book to be released on October 25 2017.  This is basically the guidebook of Kinpri 2. It’ll definitely have new information, along with all the background information the director and staff talked about at various stage greetings since the movie’s release. I have that info already, thanks to fans on twitter always writing reports, but I haven’t read it yet to avoid spoiling myself, and waiting for the DVD/BD release. If God wills, I’ll definitely get  this new book and translate the interviews in it, like I’m doing with the others guidebooks. I’m kinda busy these days so I haven’t got the time to translate a new interview in a while though. I still haven’t finished translating the ones in the PRASS guidebook.

Edit from 26 October 2017

After asking a fan(Thank you Sakuramochi san), I realized I got this all wrong, I’m terribly sorry. Actually the Prism Afureko thing is much simpler than that. You know how Kinpri 1 had scenes which were subbed, and the audience would dub them during Cheer Screenings. Needless to say there’s scenes like this in KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO- too, and these Prism Afureko screenings has the girls seiyuus dubbing these scenes instead of the audience. They didn’t redub the whole movie with the girls, nor do you get to dub the whole movie yourself.  You dont’ get to see stuff like Naru voicing Alec for a scene. Again I’m sorry. Not the first time I get something wrong but it’s been a while since it last happened.

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Hokuto Ga Gotoku” Announced for PS4 by Yakuza Studio

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Who would’ve thought we’d get Hokuto no Ken Shenmue one day. I’m really excited, one more big reason to get a PS4. I wonder what the story’s will be. I hope the others characters besides Ken will have their original voices, except for those who are deceased obviously. I guess they’ll use the same cast as in Hokuto Musou.

Also depsite being an original story seems there will be a manga/anime story mode too, as they show Shin and Rei.

I wonder what kind of minigames they’ll put in. Really looking forward to this

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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 16 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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