Pretty Rhythm is a critically acclaimed 80s shoujo sports anime made in the 2010s, featuring girls and boys figureskate-jumping to Mars and riding lions. I consider it the best TV anime of the decade so far. The arcade game which originated everything was released in 2010. The TV anime started in 2011 with Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream, and ended in 2014 with the third season, Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live. A fourth season was aired right after: Pretty Rhythm All Star Selection, but is essentially a short recap of past episodes.
However, thanks to the staff’s tremendous effort and the fans’ support, in January 2016, a movie sequel to Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live was released, titled KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm. This sequel focuses on the male characters from Rainbow Live, as one of Pretty Rhythm’s themes is solving the past generation’s mistakes, and the past generation in Rainbow Live was made out of men. While the main targeted demographic switched from little girls to older girls, similar to Pretty Rhythm, it was still “made for everyone” and keeps the same elements which makes Pretty Rhythm a masterpiece. The “Kinpri” movie was completed with many hardships and the staff putting their jobs on the line. Three weeks after release when it was about to be deprogrammed from theaters’ schedule, the movie miraculously became a phenomenon. Long story short, it’s thanks to extremely dedicated fans on social media, advertising from various famous people, and special screenings(ouenjouei) of the movie, where it was possible to come cosplayed, scream&cheer and use glowsticks. It also reached an unprecedented success in South Korea and became the anime movie with the longest theater scheduled period in the country.
A sequel titled KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO- was released in Japan and South Korea on June 10 2017.
Everything you should know about the Pretty Rhythm franchise (coming soon)
Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live episodic blogging as it aired(April 2013-April 2014)&staff commentary from twitter
Notes: twitter stuff is from episode 12’s post onwards. If there’s no separate twitter post, it means the twitter stuff is directly in the episode post. Pretty Rhythm director used to delete his older tweets at least once a year, so all the tweets source links are now dead.
Episode 7 (there’s no episode 6 post)
Pretty Rhythm series news & background info (Some posts contain spoilers)
KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm announcement (November 2015)
KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm release (January 2016 part 2)
KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm out on DVD/BD (Note:as of February 2017, Avex is now prohibiting online shops from selling their products outside Japan. If you want to buy the movie you need to use a re-shipping service)
KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO- /Kinpri2 announcement (11 September 2016)
Kinpri Playstation VR/iOS/Android game announcement at TGS 2016 (September 2016)
Iuchi Shuji, one of the writers for Pretty Rhythm, passed away (December 2016)
KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO- release June 10, new PV (January 2017)
KING OF PRISM -Pride the Hero- PV2 released (April 2017)
KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm to be screened in USA on September 15 2017 (Also in Hong Kong with 4DX screenings starting August 26, same day the 4DX screenings launched in Japan, and in Taiwan starting September 1, with 4DX as well)
Pretty Rhythm Events&Guidebooks interviews translations (contain spoilers)
Pretty Rhythm After Party (10 May 2014)
KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm, 2nd Prism Elite Event (27 April 2016)
KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm, 3rd Prism Elite Event (June 16 2016, post is published but incomplete for now, I wrote it as I was watching the event’s live stream to try my hand at live reporting. I have a recording of the event, but I haven’t got the time yet to get back to it and complete this post. )
Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live Blu-ray Box release commemoration event (9 October 2016)
(If you own the books, I sometimes merged some questions together when translating so the question numbering may be different)
What I am planning to translate next if God wills:
All Star Selection Guidebook CG team: Director Hishida Masakazu&CG Director Otobe Yoshihiro&Kyougoku Takahiko interview
All Star Selection Guidebook Character Designer Matsuura Mai interview
All Star Selection Guidebook Series Composition Akao Deko interview
Pretty Rhythm Visual Book Director’s interview on each season
Pretty Rhythm Visual Book Asumi Kana&Ookubo Rumi&Katou Emiri 3 heroines seiyuus interview
Interviews in the Kinpri books I own (KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm Official Setting Book,KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm Ouen book)
Interviews in a possible KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO- official guidebook, I’m sure they’ll announce one.
Over The Rainbow preview (Rainbow Live ending spoilers)
See end of this post: Takara Tommy explicitly said at a shares holders meeting “Bandai ripped off our Pretty Rhythm with their Aikatsu” and that PriPara is a counter attack to that.
If you like Pretty Rhythm, shows I suggest watching:
Hikari no Densetsu (Only 19 eps, as it got cancelled, I need to try reading the manga one day)
Glass no Kamen
(This is the story from where Pretty Rhythm’s staff got the inspiration for Kyouko’s mom Kei)
If you especially liked the suffering in Pretty Rhythm but how things always end happily, and how it’s a particular kind of suffering that doesn’t use characters death or sexual assault in a way to say “look how serious my story is” you should check out those masterpieces:
Ie Naki Ko (1977 anime adapted from a French novel published in 1878. There’s a more recent anime where Rémi is a girl but I never watched it)
Princess Sarah (1985 anime adapted from a British novel published in 1888)
Les Malheurs De Sophie (Can be translated as “Sophie’s misfortunes”. It’s a 1997 French anime adapted from a French novel published in 1858. Only a french dub exists afaik. This is only if you know French or if you’re learning it. I also suggest reading the novel and making kids in your family read it.)
Lastly, stuff I haven’t seen myself yet but that other Pretty Rhythm fans like:
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
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 old 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 about them. I updated MPC when PriPara started so starting PriPara posts, the screencaps are the in the show’s actual resolution.