Iuchi Shuji, one of the writers for Pretty Rhythm, passed away

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http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-12-20/mashin-eiyuden-wataru-director-shuji-iuchi-passes-away-at-66/.110129

It was announced by his nephew:

This feels weird as I was reading his interviews and stuff just some months ago. Once again it remains me death comes unannounced. This is very sad news. I pray his family will be able to recover from this trial. According to fans on twitter it seems Iuchi san’s last job was Rilu Rilu Fairiru episode 35. Fairilu’s director is Pretty Rhythm’s director Hishida Masakazu, so it seems they worked together until the end.

Edit: On December 21th words of condolences have been published on the Pretty Rhythm pages of TV Tokyo and Avex.

Source: Iuchi san worked on Mazinger Z, Yamato and 999. Then he regularly worked on Sunrise shows from the 80’s until now. He was the director of Wataru, and also worked on Keroro, Aikatsu! or Gundam Build Fighters. He also wrote a LN for Wataru.
When Pretty Rhythm director directed his first show, Onmyou Taisenki, Iuchi san worked on it and helped him. Pretty Rhythm director also worked on Keroro.
While they already knew each other for many years before that, as Pretty Rhythm director joined Sunrise and worked on Wataru under him. it seems to be around when they where working on Keroro together that they started sharing ideas for the  Pretty Rhythm anime project.
Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream and all three seasons aired on TV Tokyo on Saturdays at 10am. This is the timeslot Keroro used to air in just before AD started, and like if a bridge was created across both shows, there’s a lot of staff who worked on Keroro who also worked on Aurora Dream. Kyougoku TakahikoKondo Nobuhiro, Tokumoto Yoshinobu, and many others. This may be the case for Sekita Osamu as well.
There’s many anime directing styles existing. You can say Tomino san style and Ryousuke san style, and Iuchi san himself was taught by Tomino san, but probably one could say “Iuchi san style” as well. Yamamoto Yusuke, Kondo Nobuhiro who taught Hishida san along with Iuchi san, Furuta Takeshi san, Hishida san who taught Kyougoku Takahito san, they’re all proof of it.

Iuchi san decided many things for Pretty Rhythm. He’s the one who decided on zettai aidoru AI N G and many other plot points or fun things in all three seasons.

The ANN article linked condolences by anime industry people but didn’t translate them, I tried to sum them up along with the other ones I found. There’s also the words from Pretty Rhythm’s director and Pretty Rhythm scriptwriter Tsubota Fumi:

Pretty Rhythm Director Hishida Masakazu:

PR Director switched his twitter avatar to the photo above with Iuchi Shuji, Tsubota Fumi and him. That was the photo for their interview in the Pretty Rhythm All Star Selection book.

https://twitter.com/aobajo/status/810868787150929920

“This photo represents my best piece of memory with Iuchi san”

https://twitter.com/aobajo/status/810869177107890176

“Iuchi Shuji san, who was my benefactor, my master, my enemy, my rival, my friend, and who wrote scripts on works I was responsible of, passed away on December 15. I can only think of words of gratitude toward him. I think he will rest in peace. Hiro and all the characters made by Iuchi san will keep living on.”
(Many fans including myself noted how what he says, being rivals and friends, is a very important theme developed in Pretty Rhythm like with Mia and Hye In)

https://twitter.com/aobajo/status/810869270263402497

“I am sorry for the typos my previous tweets may have had as I am very upset”

https://twitter.com/aobajo/status/810869690511675392

“Everyone, please never forget about Burning Sword Breaker”(That’s Iuchi san who thought up the technique and it’s very influenced by techniques in shows he director before like Shining Sword Breaker in Crush Gear Turbo)

https://twitter.com/aobajo/status/810847811331723264

I think Iuchi san would be happy if his name got in the twitter trends.

Pretty Rhythm Storywriter Tsubota Fumi:

“He was a really nice person. I don’t know how I considered him, it’s myesterious. He neither felt like a second father living in tokyo(She is from Okayama prefecture) or a master. I really liked him.”

“Iuchi san, please rest in peace. I still have trouble believing it… When I get over there, I’ll bring a bottle of Syrah so we can enjoy it together.”

Pretty Rhythm Scriptwriter Murakami Momoko:

“I just received The Rainbow Live BD box2. I have learned a lot under IUchi san. He was nice and charming, a truly wonderful person. As long as there’s people who keep watching Puririzu Iuchi san’s sparkle will keep shining and won’t disappear.”

Kawasaki Hiroyuki:

Tanaka Keiichi:

Mutaguchi Hiroki:

“My master Iuchi Shuji passed away. It will be hard to express all of my gratitude with twitter’s limits, so I will only say “thank you””

Koike Satoshi:

Mori Etsushi:

“My 30 years long friend and great senpai Iuchi Shuji san passed away on December 15. It is very regrettable and sad news.”

Fukuda Mitsuo:

“Director Iuchi has passed away. He was still very young, this is very regrettable. I had the chance to work under director Iuchi on Wataru and Granzort. (On Crush Gear as well). When I was starting up Cyber Formula, he also gave me many pointers.”

Kimura Ryuichi (Aikatsu! director):

“Iuchi Shuji san passed away. He even did storyboards for Aikatsu!. My sincere condolences.”

Kyougoku Takahiko (Love Live director, who worked on Pretty Rhythm):

“My great senpai in animation direction Iuchi Shuji san has passed away. I will forever admire him. Thank you very much.”

Nishimura Nobuyoshi:

Minegishi Isao:

“I have worked under director Iuchi on Chou Wataru but besides that I didn’t have many opportunities to work with him. However even now I still feel indebted to him and it feels like I will never be able to repay him. “

牟田口裕基 (Animation director on SD gundam Sangokuden):

“I really liked director Iuchi’s works. I pray he will rest in peace”

Morishita Hiromi:

“Iuchi Shuji san who did the storyboard for episode 13 of Shōnen Ashibe GO! GO! Goma-chan has passed away. He left many wonderful works behind.”

Junichi Sato:

山口仁七(Animator working on Fairiru):

“Iuchi san did many storyboards for Fairilu. When I was a kid I watched Wataru and Granzort, so I was deeply moved when I saw his storyboards for Fairilu. Thank you”

A PR fan did a quick tweet summarizing the PR episodes Iuchi san worked on:

Someone took out from his old shelves the November 97 Animedia, with an interview of Iuchi Shuji san:

Another:

I have Mama wa shougaku yon nen sei in my high priority watch list but still haven’t seen it as that’s a subcategory of the watchlist of things I don’t want to watch alone. I guess I’ll just watch it anyway if I have the time.

Many longtime fans of Pretty Rhythm like Irua or Aka3taku are shocked and sad about the news as well.

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Obari got married

I’m really super happy for him, it’s pretty funny how his wife tweeted the same two pics except a pic of her and where they got married in Okinawa, while he tweeted a pic of the rings and another of Daizengar instead.

Hopefully one day him and all his family will reconvert to islam so hopefully we all manage to go to paradise and do some mecha races together. That’s the best thing I can wish him after getting married.

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SRW stream 31 october 2016, new SRW V info

Release date is 23 feb 2017

MAJIN EMPEROR G NEW MAZINGER THAT WASNT IN VS ANKOKU DAISHOGUN MANGA

HUCKEBEINS AND GRUNGUSTS

HUCKEBEINS AND GRUNGUSTS IN A NON OG

HUCKBEINS ARE BACK FROM THE DEAD

ACTUAL HUCKEBEINS MY GOD

Obari tweeted he’s happy Huckebeins got resurrected.

When they first announced the game I was very disappointed about the cast list, a lot of stuff was in Z3 already and they’ll definitely recycle animations so it feels really redundant. But the cast list turns out to be the only disappointing thing now.  I’m really hyped about the game now. I don’t have a ps4 nor a vita though.

Stuff they said during the event:

Protagonist 1: Murakumo Souji, seiyuu is Kirimoto Takuya.

His seiyuu’s first involvement in SRW was a SRWOG drama CD more than 10 years ago, voicing dr Robert  (Rob). Then he voiced him in the anime.  When voicing stufff Okaiyu was having fun voicing and Kirimoto used to be like “one day I want to voice a pilot too, this looks so fun…” Then in Masoukishin he voices “chika aidoru” aka Gido aka notCraig Daniel James Bond.

Protagonist 2: Kisaragi chitose, seiyuu is Kanda Akemi.

1st time she voiced something related was SD Gundam Sangokuden, but it’s her 1st time voicing a human. As she was a robot in SD Gundam (Sun Shang Xiang)

She’s really happy to be voicing a main character in SRW.

Both chars designed by Watanabe Wataru, Masoukishin F& Cross Omega’s chara designer. His designs are really good especially the guys. I really hope more Masoukishin characters get in OG now that the series is over. Especially the characters he designed for F like Circuit kun, Elisha and Lionel. I definitely think Circuit will get in one day as he was considered the main character of the game until Masaki gets rescued and got to be put on the same level as Masaki Shu Eran.
Like with Chitose here, sometimes Watanabe Wataru make the girls’ outfit too much sexual fanservice  oriented. Her outfit is one thing, since there’s already tons of SRW OG characters with revealing outfits, but that outfit PLUS that pose makes it seems they’re trying way too hard to pander. Why couldn’t he have just drawn her standing up normally. At least they’re self aware of it and Kirimoto was joking about it and taking her pose.

OG mecha design by Linebarell co-mangaka Shimizu Eiichi,  1st time he does a OG  for a SRW  if I heard correctly.

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Then there’s the Grungust pilot and the Huckebein pilot that wear the same pilot outfits as the OG characters in 4/F/F Final, which is a great fanservice move. This makes me really hyped. I really like these pilots suits.

They’re both designed by 糸井美帆/Itoi Miho who already did lotof previous OG characters designs like the SRW D or J characters.

Huckebein pilot/Bert is voiced by Kanemoto Ryousuke. (It’s worth noting he was voicing one of Advent’s subordinate, Red in Z3 Rengoku)

Grungust pilot/Charlotte/Lottie is voiced by Terui Haruka. I’m looking forward to her KEITOU RADOU KEN! ANKENSATSU! ZAN!! The two of them don’t have lotsof previous roles, I’m happy SRW always gives some new OG roles to less popular seiyuus.

YOU CAN CHOOSE PROTAGS BETWEEN CHITOSE AND SOUJI.

One of the things about SRW OG chars these days I’m sick of is the theme of two seaters of a guy and a girl so I’m happy it’s not like that in V. Gonna sound like tumblr but I’m getting really tired of “heroines” who’re just there for the MC. While Suzune and others recent OGs chars were great characters, I’m really sick of two seaters OG one girl one boy OGs. Plus they pretty much did every relation possible by now. Teacher student duo. Brohter sister. etc. So I’m happy this isn’t the case with V.

It’s not choose between 4 or more characters + their personalities like in 4 or Alpha 1 but the fact that you can choose  protags again+ Huckebeins and Grungusts really makes it feel closer to older games and more anniversary like.

The other protagonist you didn’t choose will appear as well. I like Souji he looks cool and almost black skinned gonna sound like tumblr but that makes me happy.

Random stuff Terada said:

Bamco asked Terada and the others producers what they could do to make the game feel more anniversary like, and putting in Huckebeins and Grungusts was one of the suggestions, as they’re the first ever OG mecha with Gespensts and Cybuster and Granzon and Valsione. Forgot who came first right now.

 

The Grungusts and Huckebeins in V have absolutely no connection to the ones in OG games, they will even be made by new scientists and a new laboratory which isn’t Tesla labs. In the PV is says they’re made by Nikola Vilhelm laboratories.

There’s a preoerder code that gets you the Grungust and Huckebein earlier in the game. However they’re in the game anyway, you’ll just get them normally later. You get bonus BGMs if you preorder too.

Terada said to look forward to the story of how Kouji will get in Shin Mazinger Zero, as people who read the manga know this can’t end well. And it’s the Kouji from Z hen/anime that’s in, not from the manga. He also said something about why Tetsuya pilots the Majin Emperor G and something about him screaming his lines a lot but didn’t catch it.

Crossbone appears pretty early in the game but the 1st mech is the OG.

Majin Emperor G isn’t related to Getter Emperor in any way. (It’s understandable some people could think that as Mazinkaiser which was the first original Mazinger specifically made for SRW was a product of Getter Rays)

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Pretty Rhythm All Star Selection Anime Official Guide Book: Hishida Masakazu, Iuchi Shuji, Tsubota Fumi interview

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Previous translations (These past weeks I reread my older translations a bit. IIRC the only thing I corrected is in Itou Kanae’s interview, I didn’t get at first that she says she was told Akaii Meganee is an AI. Not sure if it was about Pretty Rhythm’s Akaii Meganee or PriPara’s Akaii Meganee though, as the one in Pretty Rhythm doesn’t feel like an AI. While it’s true she never gets out of Prism World, she makes her own decisions like purposely avoiding telling Shou and Yun Su things about Symphonia designs in DMF, or getting angry at Momo for forgetting things in RL)

My one month late Eid present for everyone. I finished translating this some weeks ago, but I’m really busy these days so I didn’t have the time to finish proofreading and editing till now.

(It took me 10h40minutes to translate this interview. Plus 7h30 of editing,proofreading, googling information and watching episodes again to better remember what they’re talking about and take screenshots. It’s 8 pages and around 13 700 characters. I did a quick comparison with an example: Madan no Ou volume 13 got an average of 297 characters per page and is around 480 pages without counting the illustrations and titles. This means it has around 142 560 characters. Meaning it’d take me 104 hours to translate it all. Let’s say 70 hours because it won’t be as complicated as translating a dialogue between 3 people. I don’t feel like getting money by picking a new LN that’s popular and ask donations to translate it, but even if I wanted to, it’d still take me too much time. I still have a long way to go. I’m not saying all this to complain btw, the main reason I do these translations is for myself.)You should read Madan no Ou it’s very good.

This time Iuchi san is here too compared to the interview in the Rainbow Live Guidebook. So it’s a dialogue with 4 people if you count the interviewer. I had to reformulate a lot so it makes sense in English, as the Japanese way of speaking is different. And I needed to be careful to keep the original nuances, and to not make confusing sentences.

I wouldn’t have this problem if I just summarized things instead of translating the dialogue itself, but I think it’s much more fun reading a dialogue. And it has it’s advantages too, when they have fun chatting, I can just show it directly, instead of writing things like “then, when they talked about Rinne at this point, they laughed because xx said that, and xx answered that, and xx also said that”

I tried putting colors, thinking it may be easier to read that way. If it isn’t, I’m genuinely sorry. Copypaste it on word and remove formatting. I won’t spend time removing the colors now that I’ve added them. (I edited in colors in some of the old interviews posts too)
I put red for Tsubota Fumi because she’s the one who wrote most of Bell, and purple for Iuchi Shuji because he’s the one who wrote most of Ito and Kouji.

The big titles are the titles of each part of the interview. Those are in every interviews, but I usually don’t include them because they just paraphrase what they say. Here, I included them to indicate they will change subjects. Unlike other interviews, they change topics without the interviewer prompting them.

Staff presentation: (I’ve never been good with staff titles and such so sorry if I got something wrong. I checked multiple times so it should be alright though.)

Hishida Masakazu is Pretty Rhythm’s director.

Iuchi Shuji worked as scriptwriter on all three seasons, and on series composition in DMF and RL. Meaning he wrote the core of the story/scripts with the director, Akao Deko and Tsubota Fumi. Akao Deko was the main series compositor above Iuchi Shuji on Aurora Dream and Dear My Future. But for Rainbow Live, she only wrote the songs’ lyrics, and Tsubota Fumi did series composition with him instead.

Tsubota Fumi worked as scriptwriter on Aurora Dream and Dear My Future and as series composition on Rainbow Live. Tsubota Fumi used to be in a theater troupe, writing theater pieces before starting to work as an anime script writer. It’s thanks to her they got the idea to make Grateful Symphonia into a theater piece, and she wrote all the scripts of Dear My Future from episode 47 to 51. She still works on theater pieces, drama and live action shows from time to time.

I also included the small storyboard excerpts present in the interview, the photos of the trio, and the same episode screenshots as the ones in the interview,+ a few more. I tried to put them in the same locations as in the book too.

My own comments are under parenthesis.

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List of magazines issues with Pretty Rhythm related content

Inexhaustive list of the magazines with Pretty Rhythm related content, just copypasted them from my news posts. It’s just so if I ever have the money to buy them I won’t have to read each one of my posts again to find which magazine had what. Then I thought I’d share it.I try to update this list whenever making a new Pretty Rhythm news post.

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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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Official site

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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