Wow I’m so hyped by this I only noticed two hours later that Accel World finally got an s2 announced. I guess Love Live doesn’t need to die anymore. For now.

Before writing a proper news post about this, I need to catch up on PriPara (15+ episodes behind) to avoid getting spoiled while looking for news in Japanese.

And now that I’m calm enough to actually read some of the trailer, I just noticed that one of the “new” characters for the movie is actually Ito’s little brother Yuu, with his introduction text being “I’ll surpass my sister!!”. Anyway, got stuff to do before writing a proper post.

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Theory about newcomer seiyuus’ popularity

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I have a theory for a while now, that game company presidents, and anime company presidents, and Kodansha, Shueisha/whoever are the people ruling on anime and game industry, actually have secret talks, to agree on which newbie seiyuu they’ll decide to push in a short amount of time. To artificially make her/him more poplar. Just like how car/phones/whatever manufacturers make secret agreements to fix prices, and to give their products a fixed lifetime.

The recent example illustrating this is Ichimichi Mao/M.A.O

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Pretty Rhythm only doujinshi event planned for the 5th of March 2016

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It’s called プリズムショーの世界へようこそ!/ Welcome to the world of Prism Shows! They even did a twitter account for the event and a website.

It’s organized by some person called Inoji and his friends like Irua etc. Irua also drew the advertisement poster above.

It’s different from the Prism Jump doujinshi events I sometimes mention in my news posts because those are part of a larger thing called Puniket. This time it’s a Pretty Rhythm only event. (Speaking of Prism Jump events, the latest one was the 21st of September 2015, 5 days ago.)

I like Irua because I saw them grow, going from being a noob who only saw Rainbow Live when it aired, to watching the others seasons and understanding how awesome Pretty Rhythm is. I also like how Irua was one of those artist who only draw Touhou stuff all their life, and then finally stopped when Pretty Rhythm happened.

It’s similar to how I kinda care about Prizmmy even though I don’t care about their songs. Because they’re kids I saw grow with the real life segments at the end of episodes. (Well they’re still kids though. They’re like 14 now.)

I feel like the guys organizing this like Pretty Rhythm way too much for their own good. What if no one attends and the event is a flop. They’re also excluding PriPara, which could get them guaranteed attendance seeing how popular it is. I’m genuinely scared for them. I hope at least enough people and circles attend so they get back the fee they payed to rent the space. Though I don’t know anything about doujin events and such and never attended one, so I don’t know how expensive it is to rent something. I guess this is also why they announced the event so early. March is in 6 months. Time flies though.

I think they chose March because March will probably be around when the Rainbow Live Blurays will be announced, so it should make people remember about Pretty Rhythm and advertise the event as well. And there’s another Prism Jump Puniket event on March.

There will probably be reprints of older Irua and others’ doujins along with new ones, so if you’re interested and planning to go to Japan around those times you should definitely go.

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This blog is five years old

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It’s cool people remember Capitaine Flam.

The date actually passed months ago, it’s around May. Usually that’s during my exam period so I never have the time to actually write something. This year I actually had time, so I wanted to write a really long post full of random things, but in the end I gave up on it. Maybe I’ll recuperate some parts of the draft like the stuff on games, anime and manga and make individual posts.

I haven’t posted about PriPara or anything recently because I have internet problems. I admit though, seeing how the show is only funny every 7 episodes or so, I’m not that in a hurry to watch it. For Pretty Rhythm stuff, I’m still planning to translate more of the guidebooks. I should finish translating the PRASS guidebook interviews before the end of 2015 if God wills it.
Also they announced a new OTR album to be released on December 23rd, and blurays for DMF. Box 1 is October 16th. Box 2 is December 18th. DMF will probably sell even less than the AD blurays, while RL is the most popular season in Japan, so they’ll definitely do blurays for RL too. The PriPara movie got released on bd/dvd, so we can finally see the Pretty Rhythm parts in it. Haven’t seen it yet myself.

If you ever checked my pictures in old Pretty Rhythm posts, you may have noticed how I tag them prad+number. Back when Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream was airing, when I saved pics related to it, I’d tag them “prad”, which is the show’s initials. When Dear My Future started, I started tagging things related to it as “prad2”. Etc. Basically “prad” became my general tag for anything Pretty Rhythm related. It’s much easier to use the search function that way. So I name files that way:

prad= Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream
prad2= Dear My Future
prad3= Rainbow Live
prad4= All Star Selection and movie 1
prad5= PriPara

One more thing. I used to have an obsolete version of MPC, and I couldn’t take screenshots with it. So all my screencaps in Pretty Rhythm posts are copypasted on paint, and are in 1080p instead of the show’s actual 720p. I’m warning you in case you’re a meticulous about screencaps person who feels like wasting hours of your life deleting pictures you saved from my blog and taking them again at the correct resolution. I updated MPC when PriPara started so starting PriPara posts, the screencaps are the in the show’s actual resolution.

There should be an official summary of the G Reco Gundam Café event from last month soon. I like G Reco, so when I heard about it last month, I just translated what I found so I can read it and keep it. Then I thought I’d be a waste to keep it for myself and decided to post it here too. Basically the same reasoning that’s behind my Pretty Rhythm related translations. I’m not doing it for you or anything. Moreover, I thought big news site like ANN would post about the event right away too. ANN still haven’t said anything about it. If I knew I’d be the only person who would post about the event in English, and get into a spotlight, I wouldn’t have posted about it.

Also Eid Mubarak.

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ReLIFE survey

relife surveyFor a few weeks now there’s a link to a survey at the end of ReLIFE chapters on Comico. I randomly took it, and saw that there’s some actually interesting questions, so I translated it. And also because I just wanted to translate something and I like ReLIFE. You can skip questions where you need to write in Japanese.

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Tomino said G Reco takes place 500 years AFTER Turn A

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The G Reco cap that Tomino worn during the event won’t be commercialized.

I edited the post as I added more tweets and found a partial transcription hereIt’s by Inuyou, a nice person who often drew Mouretsu Pirates pics when the show was airing. Anyway I think I covered everything I could find now.

Tomino was invited the 27th of August 2015 at the Gundam Café for an event. The  Sunrise producer of G Reco, Ogata Naohiro(nicknamed Ogata P) was present along with Bell’s seiyuu Ishii Mark. Yoshida Kenichi was supposed to attend too but he had last minute circumstances. They talked about Gundam in general. It was streamed online but it was blocked outside Japan so I didn’t watch it. On twitter there’s some impressions and quotes by Tomino picked by people who watched the event. I mainly picked stuff from this account. Instead of going through the twitter tag, you can also find all the related tweets on matome sites like here. I’m too lazy to link every single tweet I translated.

“There’s toilets because you’d want to go to the toilet and it can’t be helped.”

“People don’t grow up if they stay in friendly lukewarm environments”

Yoshida once said Bellri is called like that because he’s the child who RINGS THE BELL (to warn you about the problems tackled in the show)

“I always disliked Ishii kun’s voice.” (Tomino stuck the troll throttle on full throttle)

“One cup of whisky per week keeps the doctor away” (Suuuuure.)

“Whenever I start working, I go mad in my own fantasy world around 30 minutes later.”

“I keep looking at AKB girl’s legs. The space between their knees and their skirts” (so the zettai ryouki)

Tomino thinks G Reco failed because it didn’t become as popular as AKB48. (That’s a bad way of gauging things. Maybe he doesn’t know that their sales are so high because some people buy 50 copies or more of the same single.)

Tomino said he’s impressed by Furuya Tohru and how he can still voice Amuro that well after all these years.(He still sounds great in SRW too)

“While there’s some characters I want to reject completely by their designs, Yoshida’s work on G Reco is 75-80 points. It’s lukewarm.”

Tomino’s favorite design in the show are the spacesuits. (I love them too as it’s always hilarious how they can’t zip the crotch area.)

“I’d like to keep trying hard at work a bit more”. (A lot of fans on twitter think this means there will be G Reco compilation movies. I think so as well.)

Ishii: “I’m really happy to have worked on G Reco”.

“There’s a person who’s the copyright holder of Gundam…” Then Tomino looked at the producer, and the producer told him “please don’t look at me”. Then Tomino added that if he still was the copyright holder, this Gundam Café they’re currently in for the event wouldn’t even exist.

“In G Reco, the definition of a Newtype is being aware of your surroundings and acknowledging your relationships. Being modest, reasonable and with individuality.”

“I don’t think people who post on 2ch are THAT stupid.”
“They should keep in mind that a Newtype holds wisdom and act accordingly”
“As long as you don’t become a criminal, I think you had a successful life”
A lot of people on Twitter said that while saying these lines, Tomino was looking directly at the camera. And that he was trying to encourage NEETs to stop staying home forever and go out.

“I want to go climb Mt Fuji”

“I think I failed raising G Reco. It doesn’t align with my ideals. I’m sorry.” (In Nolife’s interview he said the same thing)

Bell’s seiyuu and Tomino get along very well. He doesn’t think Ishii kun is special though. At a point, Ishii kun said that Tomino is a ” veeery niiiice grandfather”. That was tweeted by dozens of persons at the same time saying how cute it is etc.

“Turn A is around 500 years before G Reco”.

“The G Lucifer has a functioning Moonlight Butterfly. The technology was preserved and inherited after Turn A. I like to think that hopefully no one crazy like in Turn A’s era will pop up to misuse it”. G LUCIFER CONFIRMED FOR HAVING MOONLIGHT BUTTERFLY.

“I hate anime with bad animation”  (He said the same in Nolife’s interview I posted about.)

“Gundam shows made by other people are crap, including Origin.”
I’m too lazy to link every single tweet for the other quotes, but I guess this is the most controversial statement so I’ll post some for it.
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“I’m the one who gave the go sign to Imagawa to make G Gundam. It was supposed to be a breakthrough, but it ended up being whatever.”

“Why is there Gundam shows where they don’t show the mouths moving when they talk.” Producer Ogata apologized to Tomino for that.

On Seed: “There’s no way a beautiful woman with a big chest would be a battleship captain”.

“I sold the rights for Gundam, so of course I can understand other people are making shows too, but it’s painful and I can’t watch them. But in a sense thanks to this my view broadened.”

“Sometimes I force myself to watch them, but I can only last 5 minutes.”
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They also talked about scenes in particular in G Reco and showed animation sheets etc. You can find the pictures on the net.

About these statements criticizing other shows: Almost every Japanese fan on twitter was like “yes, that’s the usual Tomino, nice to see he’s in good health” etc when he said that and just laughed it off. People only got shocked when he said that Turn A is around 500 years before G Reco. I don’t think you should care that a Japanese old man doesn’t like the same Chinese robot cartoons you do.

Translation of the partial transcript:
(At first I only wanted to summarize it but it’s really funny to read so I translated almost everything line by line.)

During the Q&A, someone asked Tomino to give more details about the relation between G Reco and Turn A. Ogata, the producer, started answering, talking about how G Reco is before Turn A, but that’s when Tomino interrupted him and said that “Turn A is around 500 years before G Reco”. The producer Ogata was shocked.

Ogata: But Turn A is the furthest away in the Gundam chronology.

Tomino: No, that’s wrong.

Ogata: It’s wrong!? But this means everything in the booklets and stuff is actually wrong…

Ishii: They’re just wrong then.

People laugh in the audience.

Ishii: I’m happy to hear everyone is still with us.

Ogata: This will create a panic in the studio.

Ishii: It will.

Tomino: Why is everyone thinking that way?

Ogata: Well because it always seemed so.

Tomino: Turn A looks like it’s the furthest away because of the simplistic setting of the “black history”.

Ogata: Yes yes.

Tomino: But that was just Turn A’s era black history!

Ogata: Do you mean there’s something like a time loop?

Tomino: That’s not it!

Ogata: It’s not?

People laugh in the audience.

Tomino: When speaking from a viewpoint considering Turn A’s “black history”…

Ogata: If you look at it that way, it seems like G Reco takes place 1000 years after UC ended.

Tomino: Yes.

Ogata: So this means Turn A is even further away from G Reco chronologically speaking.  I mean, Turn A feels like a story in a future where UC was a looong time ago.

Tomino: Not really. It seems that way?

Ogata: Yes it does.

Tomino: Eeeeh. That’s weird.

Ogata: It wasn’t supposed to feel that way?

Tomino: I definitely didn’t want it to feel that way.

Ogata: So Turn A is actually before G Reco?

Tomino: Around 500 years before.

Ogata: Around 500 years…

Ishii: Eeeeh… Is there reactions about this? (The producer Ogata was looking at twitter and the net during all the event to check reactions)

Ogata: This will really mess up the timeline.

People laugh in the audience.

Ogata then sees Yoshida’s tweet saying that he already knew that Turn A is before G Reco. He tells the others.

Tomino: We didn’t even talk about it before!

Ogata&Ishii: Eeeeeeh.

Tomino: This shows the fact that someone just decided this by themselves. (he literally said “someone” but he means himself)

Ogata: That’s right.

Tomino: But he(Yoshida) didn’t tweet something like “Tomino you bastard”, so everything’s fine!!

Ogata: Direction wise were you planning to do this from the start?

Tomino: Well of course.

Ogata: I see…

Ogata, facing the audience: apparently he was planning to do it from the start.

Tomino: If I wasn’t planning for it, I wouldn’t have put amazing stuff in G Reco like the Crescent Ship. Was there anything of the Crescent Ship’s technology level in Turn A? It means they couldn’t have done it in Turn A’s era.

Ogata: I see.

Tomino: It’s the same for all the basic technologies and energy levels.  Oh and the biggest reason why Turn A (the mecha) doesn’t show up, is because Turn A is based on a powerful backbone. Without it you can’t just recreate it. In a sense, Turn A was somehow made by accumulating malice from all of the previously existing Gundams. That’s what I thought of when choosing the name Turn A. It was to show that it’s a bunch of things lumped together, and to show that Turn A is a step away, time period wise and mental structure wise.

Tomino: So then! When I was racking my brains very hard about what to do with G Reco, I thought I had no other choice than to jump 200 or 300 years, so I jumped 1000 years. If I skip 1000 years, not only I can get away from Gundam’s chronological order and history, but I’ll also have enough time behind for the backbone of my own story.
(This is almost the same thing he said in Nolife’s interview I posted about)

Tomino: Then, I decided to make it into an anime that makes people think about today’s realistic problems, and threw in every problem I could think of. This is something other Gundam shows haven’t done before. (He said this in the other interview too)

Ishii: I see.

Tomino: Gundam shows until Turn A  included, only talk about Gundam itself.

Ishii: That’s true yeah.

Tomino: G Reco is the first to break away from this, and is the first anime to finally tackle real life’s problems. As opposed to what the Chinese army is doing lol.

(Aaah so that was the chinese army joke, I didn’t get it at first since there’s no context in the tweets I first translated. Thankfully Inuyou explainded it in his transcript. Tomino said that because on August 23rd, China announced there will be an “anti Japanese victory” military parade in September, and for the time being did a small demonstration of it. And apparently the female soldiers’ parade was very “anime” like. It’s weird Tomino mocks China like that though, as judging from the other interview he knows Abe and the Japanese government is no better.)

Tomino: Getting back to what we were talking before the Q&A.

Ogata:You mean the women’s “that”. (According to Inuyou, they had already talked about the parade before)

Tomino: They picked women for the parade and made them do stuff you would only see in an anime. I thought it was very cruel of them.

Ogata: Yeah.

Tomino: So anyway as I was saying, I couldn’t do this kind of realistic talk with Turn A, so I wanted to do it with G Reco. But then it turned out to be pretty anime like too, in fact I’d even say child like, with the heroes beings kids. It feels like a toy. I think that because of this toy-like feel, G Reco holds more power as a show than Turn A. It probably looks like a cheap story though.

Ogata:… I think I’ll have a panic attack.

Ishii: Hahaha.

Ogata: Well thank you… There’s a lot of things I want to think over, and I think everyone here will keep in mind what they heard today.

Tomino, with a big smile: Well then everyone, feel free to debate about all that for the next 2-3 months. I think it would be a good thing  if you could make a Gundam complete history. And when doing it, if you put G Reco where I said it stands time-wise, I will be very happy.

According to Inuyou(the person who posted this partial transcription), if they do it just like the previous event, starting next month, this event will be viewable via Gundam Channel’s smartphone application. Apparently it takes time to wrap up the paperwork. So unless someone recorded the event and uploaded it, we’ll only get to see it then.

Inuyou’s opinion about what Tomino said, is that Tomino didn’t reject the background made by other people about the black history of Turn A.  I share the same opinion. He doesn’t reject it but doesn’t accept it either, and just had his own background in mind as well, and it’s perfectly fine. All of this explains what he meant when he said in Nolife’s intreview that “the Reguild Century was first supposed to be a sequel to Universal Century, but it didn’t turn out like that. Everyone should think of the meaning behind those words”

In any case, this isn’t really a retcon, since he planned to do it from the start. This is really fun and I’m looking forward to seeing people who obsess over canon getting mad. A lot of Japanese authors don’t really care about canon, best example of this is Leiji Matsumoto. (I always try to be Japanese like and put the family name first, so I should say Matsumoto Leiji, but it’s not his real name anyway so I don’t do it. Same thing with Go Nagai.)

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When I said that this paper, released when G Reco started, already said that G Reco is after Turn A, it was a mistranslation on my part. I am sorry. (It has to do with how I translated 前 as “devant” in French in my head, and when speaking about a timeline, depending of the context it can mean both before or after.)

Staff reactions:

Gyoubu Ippei: “I think it’s wonderful that the giant wall saying that “every Gundam work leads to Turn A” was just swept away like that. It’s like we’re back before Turn A existed now and there’s no ending anymore. The fact that Tomino changed that shows once more how G Reco is a work that looks towards the future. I think things are more fun this way. “

Akiman: “So G Self is actually the strongest in history?”. (Then a lot of people funnily congratulated him for  designing the possibly strongest Gundam without even knowing it.)

Yoshida: “I’d too would give myself 80 points for the chara design. But sadly for my job as animation director I’d give myself a 30.” Then he also tweeted that he noticed that G Reco is after Turn A.

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Pretty Rhythm All Star Selection Anime Official Guide Book: Itou Kanae interview

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Akaii Meganee, Kaname, Hye In, Sonata before she goes russian femme fatale,  Stan(white penguin) and the notKaname girl at the beginning of RL episode 44. Lastly she’s also the one doing the jikai youkoku narration in AD, and the “the girls shine” etc narration at the beginning of episodes 1-10 of AD. Without counting transformations or plot related clones etc, I wonder if that’s the record of most characters voiced by a same person in the same show. Or at least record of most main characters voiced in the same show. (3 with Hye In Kaname and Sonata. Can probably count Akaii Meganee as a main character too.)

She seems like a nice person, would be friends with her. And she have nice taste and understands how good Pretty Rhythm is. Or maybe she just knows how to make herself seem nice during interviews without sounding fake.

This book was released the 31st of July 2014, so a bit after PriPara started.

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