Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live – 01

Naru grownup version

Watashi wa Naru!! Tenchou ni na~ru!! / I’m Naru! I’ll become the manager!!

Just like I did with Pretty Rhythm Dear My Future, I’ll be blogging Rainbow Live, at least the first 12 episodes. I’m not sure I’ll be able to hold on longer than that as I dislike episodic blogging.

The show’s director said they’re planning to make Rainbow Live the best season of Pretty Rhythm among all three. On the animation side, they already won their bet. The show looks much better than the first two seasons,  and the CG looks even better than before, being one of the best I’ve ever seen. I mean, it’s actually pleasant to the eye and I’m not ashamed to watch it! The opening animation is also really good looking, and the new Prizmmy song isn’t bad at all. They’re still using silhouettes for background characters though. I have to admit I would be sad the day they stop doing this, seeing cheap silhouettes in the background is the ultimate proof I’m watching an episode of Pretty Rhythm. Now I’m waiting to see if they’ll be able to top Dear My Future’s story. Three characters had the most screen time in this first episode. Naru, Beru, and Rinne.

PRAD3 01 ayase naru is a rainbow newtype

Ayase Naru (Kato Emiri) is the new main heroine. She’s fun, positive, attractive. Her catchphrase is “happy naru!” a wordplay with her name. It’s similar to Aira’s “happy lucky!”. Just like Aira, Naru is a typical heroine with hidden talent. She managed to instantly learn the choreography of a song by listening to it. That’s what the promo material meant when saying she can see the “colors of music”. She’s a music Newtype. At times, Kato Emiri’s performance sounds a lot like Aira’s voice/Asumi Kana.

PRAD3 beru 01

Renjouji Beru (Tomato Haruka) is Naru’s fated rival. She’s the total opposite of Naru as instead of being the clumsy newcomer she’s already a popular Prism Star. She behaves in a much older way than her age: she is 14 years old just like Naru. I totally misjudged her personality. I thought she would be some sort of pretentious little girl while she’s actually a humble lady. She doesn’t lack ambition though, as she’s planning to master the art of performing four consecutive Prism Jumps and surpass the current Prism Queen called Amou Juné. Tomatsu Haruka also did a really good job with her voice.

PRAD3 01 rinne

Rinne (Sakura Ayane, Ayami in Dear My Future) is the typical mysterious girl. We don’t know much about her for now besides that she has amnesia. My main guess based on the first scene is that she’s a dimension/time traveler. She goes from world to world where she can sense Prism Stars with hidden talent, in order to help them bloom. She seems to have some history with Juné, so either my hypothesis is wrong, either Juné is also a dimension traveler. This would also work as a nice way to explain the presence of Akai Meganee in the show: There’s only one Prism World for all dimensions and as the supervisor of the Prism World, Meganee is in Rainbow Live too. These are only guesses though, I hope we’ll learn more in episode 2.

Now let’s take a closer look at some of the differences between Rainbow Live and the previous seasons:

prism live headphones

1/ The Prism Show World/”Prism show no sekai”, didn’t have a particular name. It is now named the Prism Space/”Prism kuukan”. Moreover, in the previous seasons, the girls would just access it before going on stage, without any explanation whatsoever, in order to put on the clothes inside their Prism Stones. In Rainbow Live, the heroines need to use a machine that looks like the arcade game, and connect to it using their Prism Memory Pass and Prism Live Headphones, just like how one would play the game IRL. (Takara Tomy manufactured those headphones and are selling them IRL. I wish I could get one…)

stardust shower comparison

2/ There’s new Prism Jumps & they remade the previous ones. As an example, Stardust Shower is now more dynamic. However, the girl performing it doesn’t jump as high as before. It’s closer to the arcade game’s version. There’s also this new “being able to jump 4 consecutive Prism Jump” thing. Only Juné, the current Prism Queen, and Rinne can do it. I’m pretty sure any of the girls of the previous seasons could have done it just fine if they tried.

PRAD3 henshin 02

3/ Now that’s the thing that surprised me the most. There’s actually some otaku pandering now. There never was any sexual fanservice in Pretty Rhythm, but there was some subtle things in this first episode of Rainbow Live. The most noticeable thing is how the heroines are now naked during the “transformation sequence” in the Prism World. In the previous season, the girls were silhouetted Sailor Moon style and you couldn’t see anything. The way it is now, it reminds me more of Minky Momo, without the butt shot. Not sure whether I like silhoutted or naked style the most.  Another much less noticeable thing: Naru’s chest appeared slightly bigger during the CG dance scene. If someone didn’t point it out I wouldn’t have noticed myself.

Now for the absolute question: Can I watch Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live even if I didn’t watch Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream and/or Pretty Rhythm Dear My Future?

This is a question I have trouble answering, simply because I cannot see the future. Rainbow Live may be taking place in an alternate universe, there’s no absolute guarantee the story of the two previous seasons won’t be connected to Rainbow Live’s story. however, There’s a good chance you’ll be fine even if you haven’t seen the previous seasons. I suggest watching them anyway as they’re both stellar shows.
EDIT FROM THE FUTURE: Yup you can watch it just fine. Director said it himself.

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6 Responses to Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live – 01

  1. Kikyou says:

    SUGOOOOOOOI~ ONII-CHAN!

    I ALSO THINK RAINBOW LIVE WAS SUTEKI DESU NEEEEEEE ^^;;
    THIS WAS SUGOKU KAWAII!!!! I HOPE U KEEP BLOGGING IT BECAUSE THIS SHOW IS THE BEST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WATCH WITH MY SISTER AND WE TRY TO MIMIC THE DANCES!!!!

  2. Saldearnian says:

    I was super d duper like the song that ANN and WAKANA sing-(Cherry Picking Days). When is the full song will be released? I hope the fastest it will be released.

  3. PrettyRhythmFan+Kazuki x Wakana says:

    I love the song by Rinne and June (Sevendays Love, Sevendays Friend) and Naru and Bell’s Little Wing and Beautiful Pride XD

  4. Minimalistic Dreams says:

    HI, can you clarify something for me about the anime, if you can (sorry for the long post ahead)? I’m confused about the ages of the characters in both the anime and King of Prism movies. In the anime, Naru and the others are in their second year of middle school which is apparently eighth grade in American standards (http://gakuu.com/japanese-school-system/). Does that mean they are thirteen at the beginning of the series and are fourteen by the end of it or 14 at the start and 15 at the end?

    What does that make of the Over the Rainbow? If I remember correctly, you said something about their ages being wrong? Obare is apparently in their first year of highschool, which I think is 10th grade for America so are they 15 turning to 16 (and are they actually 2 years older than the girls)? And there’s Yuu. Kinpri is 2(?) years after PRRL and his birthday is apparently March 14, 2003, meaning he turned 14 a few months ago (and is 14 in Kinpri 2). If Ito is indeed 14 by the end of PRRL and Kinpri 2 is around three years later, is she 17 in Kinpri 2 then? That’s also a three year difference so was Ito born in 2000?

    Also this is a stranger question, but is there anyway we can tell who’s the oldest and who’s the youngest among the PRRL girls since they are all in the same school year (it’s getting confusing so I apologize and I’m not sure if anyway specifically said the years the girls were born in)? If I remember/understand right, Japanese schools start in April and for you to be able to start school a certain year, you need to be born before the cut off day for school (around the beginning of April). As for birthdays, it goes I think; Ito – February, Naru – March, Ann – April, Wakana – June, Otoha – September, and Bell – November. If the cut off is indeed from sometime in the beginning of April, then would that make Ann and Bell Rose older than Ito and Naru? Because technically only Ito and Naru have birthdays before April 2 which I read was the cut off date (Ann has her birthday on April 2, I think, making it so that she can either start the school year that year or the next year), meaning that they (Ito and Naru) would technically start school a year before the others if they were born in the same year as them. But if they were born a year after the other four, then they would be in the same grade. If I understand correctly due to the cut off date, the oldest student can be born April 2 of a year and the youngest student be born April 2 of the following year. Would that mean the from oldest to youngest it would be Ann, Wakana, Otoha, Bell, Ito, Naru? Ann is either the oldest or youngest. In that sense, all the girls would technically be in the same grade, with Ito and Naru being a “year” younger like some people are in their grades.

    If Ito was supposedly born in 2000, then so was Naru, and since the rest of the girls are a “year” older, does that mean their birth years are 1999? That would make Obare older than them by two years.

    Random question: Do you anything that happened to the artist ioko? I can’t find the artist anywhere on Twitter or Pixiv, etc.

    Thank you reading this all the way through and spending time to answer my question(s).

    • Minimalistic Dreams says:

      I know I’m thinking way too much into this, but my brain sometimes does that and since you said that the age difference between the girls and Obare in a post (I think) is wrong, that confused me a bit more.

    • rockmanshii says:

      I think you’re all correct yes.
      The Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live Guidebook says Naru Ann Ito Bell Oto Wakana are all in second year of middle school, and lists their birthdays:
      Naru March 3
      Ann April 4
      Ito Feb 14
      Bell Nov 11
      Oto Sep 15
      Wakana June 5
      Kouji January 14
      Hiro Oct 10
      Kazuki May 5
      So yeah like you said it means the order from oldest to youngest should be Ann, Wakana, Otoha, Bell, Ito, Naru.
      The PRRL guidebook also says Hiro and Kouji are in 2nd year of highschool, but doesn’t list their age, only birthdays. And for Kazuki it doesn’t list a school class.

      The Pretty Rhythm Prism Star Visual Book has the girls’ ages listed, but not the boys’. It says Naru Ann Ito Bell Oto Wakana are all 14, so yeah again, I think your list ordering them from older to younger is correct.
      Also, it says Wakana was 10 when she was in the same school as Kazuki and Ann. So Ann was 10 back then too. And the PRRL guidebook doesn’t list the boys’s age, but list their ages during flashbacks: it says Kazuki was 12 when in school with Wakana and Ann, and that Hiro and Kouji were 13 when they first met.

      The thing about the boys age being wrong was how in episode 46 of RL there was a newspaper saying Hiro is 18 while that’s false and he’s 16. Back when the episode aired, Director tweeted about it, saying that was a mistake and that it would be corrected for the dvds. He added that it’s obviously a mistake, as Hiro Kouji and Kazuki are supposed to be the same age, and that if Hiro was 18, it would mean Kazuki was 18 too, so it would mean he’s 4 or5 years older than Ann and Wakana meaning they couldn’t have been in school at the same time.

      Then there’s the King of prism by prettyrhythm official settei book, which says that during Kinpri, Kouji Kazuki and Hiro are all 3rd years of highschool. Kinpri 1 starts one year and a half after rainbow live ended, and rainbow live spans over a year, so it means by Kinpri their 3rd year of high school is about to end soon. Same with Kinpri 2 as it starts right after Kinpri1 without timeskip.

      For the other boys, it says:
      Yukisama, Kakeru and Minato are in first year of high school,
      Shin and Taiga are 3rd year middle school,
      Leo is in 2nd year of middle school
      Yuu is in 1st year of middle school

      In summary, at the end of Rainbow Live, all the girls are 15 while Kouji Hiro Kazuki are around 17, and by the time of Kinpri1&2 the girls are around 16 while Kouji Hiro Kazuki are around 18. And Yuu is the youngest among the new boys and is around 13 years old.

      (btw while we are talking about this, none of the guidebooks have the full birthdays of Mia and the other DMF girls. It only lists the month of their birth and ages, not the day, and for the Korean girls it doesn’t even list the month)

      I didn’t notice at all ioko doesn’t have a twitter account anymore. Come to think of it, it’s true I haven’t seen their Ito or Kouji pics for months. Maybe they made a new account, but I don’t know it.

      It’s not too uncommon for a japanese fanartist to delete all their accounts and pictures and disappear. I just hope they’re ok and nothing bad happened to them. I think I’ll try asking on twitter.

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