Everyone and their cat knows how Shinkai Makoto’s Your Name revolutionized anime cinema in 2016, breaking through Spirited Away‘s records. What few know, however, is that another movie made anime history the same year: KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm.
As you may know, the KING OF PRISM movies are spin-offs of the Pretty Rhythm franchise. The first movie, KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm (shortened as Kinpri) was initially released in 14 theaters on January 9th 2016. Three weeks after release, it was only screening in 9 cinemas, and the staff was preparing for the worst. However, the movie ended up earning more than 800 million yen, and by May 2016 it was in over 100 cinemas across Japan. All thanks to dedicated fans’ word to mouth and the movie’s “Cheer Screenings” (応援上映 in Japanese), screenings where you can come in cosplay, use glowsticks, scream and sing along during the movie, or dub lines during subtitled scenes specifically made for it. The movie had a 9 months run in cinemas, and its final screening was at Shinjuku Wald 9, on September 2nd 2016, even though the movie was already out on DVD/BD since June 17th. KING OF PRISM was a huge success in South Korea as well. The first movie released there on August 11th 2016, and broke the record of longest screening period for an anime film, a record previously held by Love Live! The School Idol Movie! The sequel movie, KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO-, ended up releasing simultaneously in Japan and South Korea on June 10th 2017.
However, the Kinpri movies have a hidden history unrecorded even on Japanese anime sites. In the first place, how did a kids franchise spawn movies geared towards adults? Why are the movies gayer than actual Boys Love anime? Why does what seems to be a Yuri on Ice! ripoff with Shinji and Kaworu clones is a big enough deal to be screened at Los Angeles Anime Film Festival???
Note: While similar, I’ve added a lot of things compared to the French version of this article I published back in May 2018. This is basically the XX+ Reloaded Definitive edition of the “Pretty Series History”.
Edit: I fixed the post’s layout, as it got screwed up after I changed the blog’s theme, even though it was fine beforehand during preview.
Tout le monde connait Your Name de Shinkai Makoto, mais il existe un autre film entré dans l’histoire en 2016: KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm. Pretty Rhythm étant mon anime préféré de cette décennie, il fallait bien que j’y consacre un article en Français un jour. Et quitte à le faire, autant le faire bien et tout expliquer, tout en divulgâchant le moins possible. En espérant un jour une sortie Française ou au moins une projection des films lors d’une convention.
KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm (officiellement abrégé en Kinpri), est un film issu de la franchise Pretty Rhythm, sorti au Japon le 10 Janvier 2016 avec une programmation dans 14 cinémas seulement. Bien que la franchise Pretty Rhythm vise pour audience les petites filles, Kinpri cible les personnes plus âgées et les aficionados de BL. Le film n’a pas eu beaucoup de succès à sa sortie, et au bout de 3 semaine il n’était plus que dans 9 cinémas. Le staff s’attendait au pire. Pourtant, il a fini par vendre plus de 800 million de yen de tickets, en Mai 2016 le film était programmé dans plus de 100 cinémas à travers le Japon, et il est resté dans les salles de cinémas pendant 9 mois. Tout ça grâce au bouche à oreille des fans de Pretty Rhythm extrêmement motivés sur Twitter, et les 応援上映/ouenjouei/Cheer Screenings/Séances à encouragements: des séances où il est possible de venir en cosplay, d’utiliser des glowstick, de chanter ou encore répondre aux répliques des personnages, parfois à certains moments sous-titrés spécialement faits pour. La dernière diffusion dans le cinéma où le film avait fait sa première, le Shinjuku Wald Nine, fut le 2 Septembre 2016, sachant que le film était déjà sorti en disque depuis le 17 juin. Le film est aussi sorti en Corée du Sud le 11 Août 2016, et a battu le record Sud Coréen du film d’animation resté le plus longtemps programmé au cinéma, record détenu précédemment par le film Love Live! The School Idol Movie!.
Une suite, KING OF PRISM –PRIDE the HERO-(Kinpri2 ou Kinpra) fut annoncé le 11 Septembre 2016 et est sortie au cinéma le 10 Juin 2017, simultanément au Japon et en Corée du Sud.
Tout ça, c’est les uniques infos que l’on peut lire sur Kinpri sur la majorité des sites d’anime, même japonais(MantanWeb, etc). La franchise Pretty Rhythm n’ayant pas eu de grand succès avant Kinpri, la plupart des sites n’ont jamais vraiment suivit son actualité avant ça, à part les grosses annonces du genre l’annonce d’une nouvelle saison. Cependant, le film a un background beaucoup plus complexe qu’il n’y parait, et a connu une production extrêmement difficile. L’audience cible a t’elle réellement changée entre Pretty Rhythm et Kinpri? Qu’est ce qui s’est passé pour que le film rencontre un tel succès au fil du temps? Y’a des skates sur le visuel, du coup c’est pas juste Yuri on Ice mais avec des idols et des clones de Shinji & Kaworu?
Like I said on Twitter, there’s a Pretty Museum event which started at Tokyo’s anime center on April 21, will last till May 13 2018. It’s a museum like event showing all kinds of things about the Pretty Series. Pretty Rhythm, PriPara, KING OF PRISM, and Kiratto Pri ☆chan. They show non credit OP&ED, making of, storyboards, designs etc.
Most Yakuzas in Tokyo went there the 1st day and put pics on Twitter. Emu san posted lotsof pics. Early design PP pics too, which IIRC some of which were already in a PP book. I love PP but not as much as PR, and I’m not rich so I’m not buying the PP books.
Note that the Pretty Series explanation in the event includes KING OF PRISM in it. I could swear before they would consider it in but implicitly, only saying Pretty Rhythm is part of it, and the KING OF PRISM is part of Pretty Rhythm. Nice they changed that.
They definitely know what Pretty All Friends will be, (either a movie, a tv anime, a game, a drama CD like thing, a novel or even just goods) as that kind of thing is planned long in advance, but seems they still won’t tell us anything. The only thing we know about PAF so far is it’s a very good merchandising way to sell goods of all Pretty Series together. The cosmetics goods they released at thestart of April at Prism Stone shops are pretty popular.
uruoisan was saying how they don’t like it how Rabichi is actually cute now, made me laugh a lot. The AD mascots were ugly on purpose after all.
They also published story text for Pretty All Friends.
Pretty All Friends story intro text:
“Prism Stone Shop!! The only shop where every girls’ dreams and latest fashion gathers. When they arrived at Prism Stone one day, its atmosphere seemed different…Turns out it was a special day!! Under the effect of the Rainbow Bridge, multiple worlds’ Prism Stone Shops have merged!! Multiple girls are guided by the Rainbow Bridge and are brought together: Aira, Mia, Naru, Laala and Yui. Inside the shop, they meet with Akaii Meganee who tells them the following: You girls are the chosen Pretty Friends! Travelling using the Rainbow Bridge, you will do live shows in many different worlds to collect Sparkle and gather your friends. Doing this, I want you girls to revive the All Friends Coord currently sleeping in the country of singing and dancing, Pretty Prism Paradise. The girls are excited hearing about a legendary coord. Following Aira’s suggestion, they decide to take up the team name “Pretty All Friends”. Boarding the “NEW Prism Trailer”, they embark on a tour across various worlds to gather the Sparkle and meet new friends. Thus starts the adventure of the legendary dream team.”
“Episode 1 ” text:
“The first place the “Pretty All Friends” team arrived at is the Mascot Graveyard. The mascots there all seemed to be depressed and lifeless…
“What’s going on, these mascots aren’t sparkling at all!”, “They lack dreaminess” Mia and Yui shared their thoughts. Suddenly, they started to recognize familiar figures… Shocked, they realize that their own mascots were in the Mascot Graveyard!! The girls ask them what happened. It seems that the mascots wanted to follow them in their tour, but lost their way and out of all places ended up in the Mascot Graveyard . This place sucks up the Sparkle inside the mascots, so they became unable to leave. In order to make everyone happy again, the All Friends decide to do their first live show of their tour. Needless to say, the song they chose as their first song is “You May Dream” . Reinvigorated, the mascots decide to travel with the girls, like they always did. Now, let’s go look for the next Sparkle!!”
Impressions: Being the first heroine, Aira is the leader it seems. It’s funny they wrote it in such a childish way (I tried to reflect this in my translation) because another thing we know about PAF so far is it’s aiming the adults and people who were fan of Pretty Rhythm and PriPara who grew up. That’s why they released the cosmetics goods. And if you compare with their anime designs, each heroines look a bit older in the PAF visual. In a sense PAF is what I always dreamed about, and what I thought the PR All Star Selection tv anime would be about when it was announced. Though I want it to include Kinpri and Prichan, basically everyone. And make Akaii Meganee the final boss who actually tricked them.
As you should know, Rainbow Bridge is what you see Rinne on in RL and what they use to travel between worlds. Coo’s trailer in RLKinpri is the “Prism Stone trailer”, so I guess they travel in something similar. And they’ll drive it on the Rainbow Bridge. It’s like Magic Bus. I hope the “you’re gonna meet more friends” part means more characters will appear.
At first it seems it’s going to be a “let’s recover the sparkle” type of story for the nth time, like they did in one of the movies or what they did with the PriPara Switch game’s OG story with Mirai. But then turns out it’s a story on how they all became something similar to the Rinne system. Except they’re not Rinnes. They also seem to be the real characters and not virtual copies like Saints was supposed to be. “Supposed to be”, as you should already know, this isn’t true anymore, Aira Mia Naru appeared in IPP so the Saints did not turn out to be virtual. Like PR director said, that was just his idea and the PP anime did something else than his metaplot in the Pretty Rhythm&PriPara movie .
It’s really well thought too. At first I was wondering why the mascots were in the graveyard since only mascots who failed something end up there. They got lost and ended there unwillingly.
While it’s reusing many lore elements they talked about in Pretty Rhythm (Rainbow Bridge, Mascot’s Graveyard etc) PAF’s background may also turn out to be completely new and unrelated background to past series. Akaii Meganee mentions a world called “Pretty Prism Paradise” which isn’t “Prism World”. Until now despite being multiple parallel universes: ADMF, RLKinpri, PriPara, they were all connected by the same “Prism World”. Anyway it’s too early to tell for now. And they probably won’t elaborate on it much in the end anyway, so while I find it a bit interesting, it’s kinda useless speculating.
It’s really fun though. Even if they just publish the story in text form in events like that. It can also be taken as a meta story with all the past heroines trying to get everything back and get their own new anime or movie or whatever greenlighted at the end.
Kinpri2/KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO- released in Japan and South Korea on June 10. You can easily find spoilers from english speaking people in Japan on Tumblrs blogs, Twitter, etc. I’m not planning to read spoilers but will probably inevitably see some.
Most Japanese fans on Twitter,especially all the Pretty Rhythm Yakuzas, are really considerate, and only talk about the movie in MP, or made specific new accounts, or are using apps to hide their tweets. They’re really nice.
Director did another stage greeting at Cineplex Makuhari cinema in Chiba but with Nagatsuka/Leo alone. It was the first time they did an event with only the two of them.
All of this reminds me of when Kinpri1 got out and when it started getting popular starting end of February 2016, and Director was going all over Japan everyday for the stage greetings and even went to Okinawa.
As I reported in the previous post, during the stage greeting and first public premiere of the movie at Wald9,Tokyo on June 10, they announced a new live event for October 21. It seems very similar to the OTR Special Thanks Party held on September 11 2016. They were both announced very early, and they both happen twice the same day so more people can attend. And the September 11 event was when KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO- was announced, so they might announce something new there again.
In my case, I think they might announce a Kinpri TV anime.
I don’t consider KING OF PRISM a spinoff to Rainbow Live but a direct sequel, I’ve often seen english news site refers it to as a”older females audience oriented spinoff of the little girls oriented series Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live”. KING OF PRISM is a sequel, not a spinoff. It’s true Naru and her friends aren’t the main characters anymore and it now focuses on Hiro Kouji Kazuki and their juniors, but Hiro Kouji and Kazuki were already main characters in Rainbow Live, and the villain is still the same. While I remember the staff may have used the word “spinoff “in some interviews to describe KING OF PRISM, it’s definitely considered as a sequel by the staff as well.
I think it’s bad to be hung up over these kind of things, and it’s just anime, just a hobby, so I’m not gonna push it further. It’s a similar case to how people call Pretty Rhythm an “idol anime” when it isn’t and what I already wrote about this in the past. It’s fine to call it one, but it’s slightly misguiding to do so. And the staff themselves have already used the words “idol anime” to describe it, but also say it isn’t, just like when Director said during Kinpri’s announcement1 “You’d think it’s bad business wise to do another male idol anime as this market is crowaded. However, we aren’t making anime about idols, we’re making anime about Prism Stars”.
Now what would be a spinoff would be if in 2019-2020 for the 10 anniversary of the Pretty Rhythm series they do a new project crossover with PriPara and past seasons.
Enoki Azusa san(Mion) tweeted she appears in KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO-, reprising her role as Hiro’s mother. Unsurprising since this is Pretty Rhythm and parents characters are important.
She also went to see the movie on release day June 10. (on the premiere at Wald 9 I think)She says it was fun watching it with everyone, she wants to see it again and support her son. It seems Mion also appears voiced in some way as she said so herself, and she also RTed/subtweeted and answered a lot of people talking about it on twitter saying stuff like how “Mion appears in Kinpri2”. (I could look into it but I try to avoid spoilers)
Kinpri1 DVD was announced on March 21 2016 for a June 17 release. So I guess DVD for Kinpri2 should be announced in August, for a October 2017 release.
Similar to the KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm Prism Elite Meeting events they did last year, they announced the second KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO- Prism Elite Meeting event for June 17. (The first one was the June 7 event with Director, Nishi san and Kato san). I hope it’ll be streamed online. Last year I didn’t care about spoilers, so I could watch these live when they were streamed and write reports about it, but I want to avoid spoilers as much as possible this time, so I will just save the stream if it’s streamed and keep it for later. At worst if it’s not streamed, there will always be Kunieda5gogo’s blog where I could check what happened after seeing the movie myself.
On June 13, NHK world broadcasted Imagine Nation, featuring KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO-. It features an interview of Pretty Rhythm director Hishida Masakazu, Avex Producer Nishi Hiroko and Pretty Rhythm CG Director Otobe Yoshihiro.
I haven’t watched it yet as I’m really busy, and it shows a lot of the Prism Show scenes of Kinpri2, and I want to avoid spoilers anyway. I think I’ll only “listen” to it, since they dubbed the interviews in English. They talk about how Kinpri was made, it’s surprising popularity, how it became a cultural phenomenon in Japan changing the way cinema is enjoyed, being the first movie to do Cheer Screenings, etc.
Technically, there were others who did it before it, like the first Pretty Rhythm movie. I’m currently writing a post that would basically be this video, but ultra complete and detailed, regrouping all the background info about Kinpri’s making history and how it became a huge thing. Basically I’m doing a “everything you should know about the KING OF PRISM phenomenon” post. I hope I manage to finish it soon.
You can find all previous posts and translations on this page.
It’s been so long since the last post that even if I bookmark and write down and save everything I want to talk about, there may be things I forgot to put in this post.
I also didn’t go through all of director tweets from June 2016 to now. I check his tweets almost daily, but I usually check everything he tweeted between each post I did, in case I missed anything important. Didn’t do it this time, it’ll take me too much time.
From June to September 2016, nothing too big happened except the announcement of KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO-. From September to December 2016, I was playing Persona 5 during my free time. Since January 2017 I’ve also been busy with others things. That’s why it’s been almost a year since the last general news post, and there’s some things I wrote in this post which are almost one year old. However, from September 2016 to now, I did write posts whenever something big happened, on here and on twitter, so I’ll just link these. This means there’s a lot of embedded tweets in this post. It’s the first time I do this, there’s some tweets that don’t display and I don’t know how to resize embedded tweets. Hopefully it doesn’t turn out weird and people with toasters can still read this post.
You can find my Twitter here. I try to report Pretty Rhythm news as soon as I can on twitter. A Wordpress blog like this isn’t the best way to be “popular” in 2017, and it would be “better” to post all the news on Twitter or another social media. I don’t want to do it though, as twitter is bad for writing good things and keeping track of information. I prefer my current way of doing things, with these news posts.
Nowadays, there’s multiple blogs, Tumblr pages like this one that covers a lot of Pretty Rhythm things, some of which I also cover in this post. It even has translations too. For example, if you’re keeping track of magazine releases, it’s much better than my blog since with the tumblr system they can make a new post whenever a magazine containing Pretty Rhythm material is announced, without clogging their post history.
Edit: There’s this tumblr too that posts new Pretty Rhythm news very fast and sometimes posts summaries of stuff in magazines as well, forgot to include it.
If you want to know magazines releases with Pretty Rhythm material ASAP, you should follow that tumblr or follow those magazines directly on twitter. I’m only interested in the magazines for the interviews and short stories.The magazine release list I do in my post is primarily for myself so I’ll easily know what to buy if I ever have tons of money to spend.
I’m not anymore the only person regularly reporting Pretty Rhythm news in English, but it won’t change my way of doing things. I won’t try to be more “competitive” because in the first place, I’m looking for news and reporting them because I want to know them myself, not because ANN or other sites didn’t report them. So I’ll naturally post about things I haven’t seen on other sites, at least the ones I check. While I do jokingly say “hey look, ANN didn’t report this” from time to time, pointing fingers at them isn’t actually my goal. If there’s something Pretty Rhythm related which is unreported in ANN or Crunchyroll or other blogs, I’l try my best to find it, because I’m doing it for myself first, and put it here to share. So in the end it’s not like I’ll be putting in more effort or try to do some competition. I hope what I’m saying isn’t too confusing and my point is getting across.
I’m happy more people are into Pretty Rhythm now. I hope one day there will be a very reliable and complete source of Pretty Rhythm info in English, that way I’ll be able to stop doing these posts.
Thinking about it now, when I started covering Pretty Rhythm, if I was evil and a 12 years old kid I could have even made money out of this. By starting a forum and monopolizing the Pretty Rhythm English fandom, writing rants on social media about how any other forum or fandom is “illegitimate”, swindling people into paying me for translations, swindling kids with tons of free time and with Japanese knowledge into helping me(Japanese Americans from Hawaii for example), etc. I’m not sure how to explain it but you should get what I mean if you’ve been on the internet for a few years. I’m very happy I didn’t turn like that and none of this happened, as it would mean I’d be a scumbag.
Note; this obviously has spoilers for Rainbow Live and the first movie.
PV2 bringing some new things to the table of speculation. Most of it only confirms things we were already expecting, there’s no big surprise except that Shin Louis possible kiss scene, and how Jin may force Kouji to write a song for Schwarz Rose in some way. Besides that, the PV doesn’t really have anything surprising and it’s pretty much what I expected or already known. I’m hyped, but I was already hyped in the first place. Also, it’s possible the lines heard and the scenes shown don’t match.
These girls are at the very front of the stage and have some nametags so they’re part of the special fanclub of whoever is performing.
It seems they are cameos of people linked to Pretty Rhythm in some way. At least the one at the far left is. The girl at the far left is Gojou Sakura. Or rather what she “officially” looks like. Gojou Sakura is the alias Pretty Rhythm/Kinpri director Hishida Masakazu uses when directing Fairilu.
Right pic is Gojou Sakura’s “official photo” which was once posted by the Fairilu Twitter.
I need to search on twitter to see if the others girls are cameos as well. Pretty Rhythm fans on twitter probably posted about who the others are.
It’s Jin and Louis at the top.(or maybe Juné?) You can see judges below them so this is a tournament. So this is either the Prism King Cup or one of the qualification tournaments for it. I think they let Jin there since he’s the current Prism King. It’s also possible he will bribe or sponsor or even buy the tournaments. Seeing how far they’re willing to make Jin go and criticize IRL showbizz/idol industry at the same time I expect him to actually do it. Remember all his very IRL echoing lines in Kinpri 1, like “everything’s a copy of everything anyway”.
Shin Louis duo/duel show is something everyone expected to happen. However it actually won’t be at the Prism King Cup. They’re at Tama River, the same place they first met in Kinpri1. Back in November 2016, there was a press release showing that white rose rink stage saying it’s at Tama river, along with a pic of Shin wearing that same winter coat. (they also showed Alexander and his room).
This means that just as Louis says “hey let’s do a Prism Show together right now” they just randomly meet at that place and decide to do one. That’s also why they’re wearing everyday clothes instead of coords.
This means there might be another Shin Louis Duo/Vs later at the Prism King Cup.
I’m pretty sure just like Juné based her appearance on Maria, Louis’s appearance is based on Jin. I don’t think Louis=Shin, despite them being born on the same day. Everything points out to it, but I think it’s fake hints as I don’t think they’ll do the same twist twice. The key to what their relation is will be the identity of the pendant person. In Kinpri 1, Louis refers to the pendant as a male person. Maybe it’s Shin from the future who died and turned into a pendant cuz prism magic.
That scene was in PV1 as well. Forgot if I mentioned it back then but that’s a dragon at the right if you look closely.(A chinese dragon drawn on a circle like that makes me think of Shenmue’s Dragon Mirror.)
Hijiri wants to help Jin saying”I want my brother to remember the prism sparkle”. As I said since kinpri1, Kinpri2 will end with Jin becoming good again, thanks to Shin’s power which is making people remember their love for Prism Shows. I think Louis is a Prism Messenger sent to help Jin become good again, and Shin’s power is the key to that, hence why Louis made Shin get into Prism Shows.
The end scene wil probably be Juné and Hijiri’s wedding or something, with Jin being the representant of Hijiri’s family.
Hijiri doing Starlight Express. This is a flashback, unless they find a magical way to heal Hijiri’s leg and we actually get Jin Vs Hijiri.
Kazuki says he’ll let Taiga be the street style representative of Edel Rose. He’s saying this as he’s leaving Edel Rose as shown at the end of Kinpri 1. This doesn’t means Kazuki won’t participate in the Prism King cup though. Unless his rematch against Alexander happens during the qualifications and he ends up loosing. This is really exciting how it’ll turn out.
Hiro must be thinking of Kouji. I still cling to my theory that Hiro is going to perform using Happy Naru as the only Kouji song he has access to.
Kouji and the staff of the Hollywood movie he’s composing for. The short man with the blue scarf looks a lot like Hiromi Yuu that was in DMF episode 32(I’ll never forget that episode as that’s when the symphonia gate to hell first appears)
I think It’s Yu speaking:”Kouji would never accept writing a song for Schwarz Rose!”. Seems Jin will somehow make Kouji work for him? Maybe how he gots the rights for Pride too. I guess we finally know why Jin is lending money to Hijiri.(that’s what the paper Jin is throwin says) Hijiri or Kouji sold Pride rights to Jin in exchange of the money. Or it may be completely unrelated.
Are these guys Street Style Prism Stars too? Gonna be awesome.
Shin saying he can’t do Prism Jumps anymore. I think it’s because he’ll have conflicted feelings. They already shown multiple times through the series this can happen, like Rizumu being unable to do Prism Jumps at the very beginning of AD while Aira could.
I don’t think it’s a case of Prism Sparkle disappearing, I don’t think they’ll rehash plot points. Though this could actually happen, as the main cause was Jin, and Jin is still evil.
As I said, it’s possible the lines heard and the scenes shown don’t match. I learned that well with Persona 5’s PVs. “Get back up!! Hiiirooo!” definitely isn’t what Kouji is actually screaming there, as the lip synch doesn’t match.
Judging from this line, and how Kouji may go work for Schwarz Rose, and how Kouji is wearing the HiroxKouji coord and is seen fighting someone both here and in PV1, this points more and more to a Hiro Vs Kouji. I already said so before when pv1 had Kouji saying “The way you are right now, you don’t deserve to sing Pride!” to Hiro, seems to be happening. I hope Kouji will do other jumps than Ito/Mion’s jumps. I’m also really looking forward to Yu’s Jewel Spin Zeus. Maybe he’ll do his own version of Moeru Grand Cross Spin too.
Louis confesses his love to Shin and seems during their duel, he’ll capture Shin and kiss him. With Louis’ line “I traveled thousands of year to meet you, don’t you remember?”, maybe Louis was Shin’s lover in the past/future/alternate universe and why he wanted to meet him. Maybe the reincarnation of his past lover. They already said reincarnation can happens between universes like Yamada being reincarnated as Tanaka in RL so it’s possible. If this turns out correct, I wonder if one of them used to be female before or if they were gay as well back then.
Still doesn’t explain who the pendant boy is too.
Like I already said once, I’m not a supporter of homosexuality, but it’s not my place to judge people or decide for them what they should do or not. I do think fighting against homophobia is obviously important, It’s not like I’m homophobe either and don’t mind having an actual homosexual relationship happen there. If after seeing the movie I end up criticizing Shin and Louis’s relationship, it’ll be if it turns out to be badly written and only there to please fujoshis, not because it’s an homosexual relationship. But I know Pretty Rhythm director won’t do this kinda of thing and I believe in his writing skills.
I’m saying all this because I wonder if some people will actually protest about it. Like a PTA going “it’s scandalous a show that used to be for little girls turned into promotion for homosexuality” or whatever complains that could arise. Though I guess these people already left logn ago ever since the naked tickets happened. And like I already said when Kinpri1 was announced, Pretty Rhythm always had fujoshi pandering and gay undertones anyway, between Shou and Yun Su, Itsuki and Yon Fa, etc.
This rink stage has huge dragons and representations Fuujin and Raijin, the gods of thunder and clouds in japanese mythology. Pretty sure this Thunder Storm Session is a qualification tournament for the Prism King Cup, like the Power Hall Session they show during the flashback in RL 44. Seeing the stage’s theme though, maybe it’s a qualification tournaments specifically for Street Style Prism Stars.
When they show the stage right after at 00:50, the voice that speaks saying “the strongest will compete to become king” sounds a lot like Chiba Susumu/Jun. I really hope I’m not imagining it and there’s a notJun in Rainbow Live-Kinpri universe that they will introduce. Gonna be absolutely awesome Jun is back. Seeing what Sugita said(see below later) about the movie having tons of things from the previous series, I really REALLY hope it’s the case.
The same dragon background can be seen during Alec’s Headspin Levitation. Assuming Alec is figthing Kazuki, this means their rematch happens at the qualifications, not the actual Prism King Cup. Maybe Kazuki really will loose and Taiga will beat Alec at the Prism King Cup?
Sugita/Takadanobaba George and his team The Shuffle(aka notCallings boys).
Well at least I think that’s him, the design art they showed for George isn’t colored but this looks like him. The hairstyle seems to match.
Edit: Yeah it’s him.
Sugita who’s voicing him, recently talked about the movie: “I recorded my part.It was amazing.There’s much more Pretty Rhythm related jokes than I expected, and plot etc, to the point when I wonder if the girls who got in the series starting Kinpri1 will understand everything. I think even if you’re a guy it’s totally fine to go watch the movie asap when it releases,just like I’m planning to”
The fifth guy at the far right wasn’t in Kinpri 1. He seems to be the same guy Jin threw out from the trap door in Kinpri 1. I don’t think Jin would pick back someone he threw away though so probably someone else.
In the many Kinpri events etc I translated last year, they hinted Yamada Ryou will do a Prism Show in Kinpri 2 so it’s not a coincidence he’s in this shot.
Taiga screaming “I’m your opponent!!” to someone, probably Alec, seems to point more and more he’ll be the one to defeat him instead of Kazuki. They said beforehand Taiga will get a moment to shine as he’s the one who won the fan election last year. That’s also why they show him the most among the new Edel Rose boys in this PV. They already confirmed he’ll participate in the Prism King Cup too, meaning he’ll be among the finalists in the qualifications.
Kakeru is also confirmed to have a Prism Show. Director hinted the movie is more than twice big Kinpri 1, so this would mean around 2hours, so I think they can cram in all that.
The 26th April they’ll actually start selling this fan.
At the end, Hijiri says “The Prism goddess has blessed a new King!”, he’ll probably say that line at the end of the Prism King Cup when either Shin, Hiro or Leo wins? Pretty sure it’ll be either one of them. Shin and Hiro are obvious choices, Leo it’s because they hinted a lot that he’s actually a super strong Prism Star. I’m betting on him. He’ll probably fight George.
I hope I’ll be able to do publish a big news post soon. I also need to check japanese fans’s reactions on twitter to see if I missed anything about this PV.
There’s a fan on twitter suggesting all the other girls are alter egos of the main staff, from left to right:
Director/Gojou Sakura/Hishida Masakazu
Producer Yoda Ken
Producer Nishi Hiroko
CG director Otobe Yoshihiro
Sound director Nagasaki Yukio
Chara designer Matsuura Mai
CG team member Kyougoku Takahiko
Afaik the others never used alter egos too. and there’s nothing hinting on their identities so I don’t think that’s right. I think they’re all really random people they drew besides Director. That person on twitter above are the only person I saw mentioning this, everyone else talks about how there’s director/Gojou Sakura but think the others are just random people.
Didn’t notice before: the news articles reporting the PV say it shows a character called Sanada, who’s a director/manager/someone important at Juuouin Holdings(Kakeru’s family company). The only character shown in the PV we don’t know is the masked man in Jin’s jaccuzi, so I guess that’s him.
Fans on Twitter realized Kouji’s Prism Show they show in PV2 for some reason will take place in space, and they’re reusing the spaceport background that was used during Celepara Kagekidan Sophie Star Wars part. It’s not the first time they reuse assets like that, PriPara reused tons of CG things from Pretty Rhythm.
The building with the pink lights is the same, and the ground is the same as well.
If Kouji really is fighting Hiro like I think he does, this means Hiro and Kouji at some point move to space during their fight, and they decided to reuse that background to avoid making a new one. The scene where the show Kouji screaming, which probably happens before or after the fight, it seems to take place in the Edel Rose underground training rink, so I guess they move to space after doing a jump and actually stay there?
Anyway, it’s really impressive these two persons noticed it, I didn’t notice at all.
Pre registrations are open. Some people who preregistered will get special prizes when the game launches. Seems it plays like a rhythm game during the “Prism rush” part, and then there’s a part called “Eyecatch” where you need to touch the screen when two symbols will overlap to activate the Prism Jump. Seems to be like the original Pretty Rhythm arcade game. You make a team with 4 characters but they don’t do a Prism Show together, they do it one at a time, once a character is finished he baton touches the next character.
There will be story events, coords and Prism Jumps not in the movies. The story events will change according to the characters in your team. Some story events will take place between the two movies, some of which have already been shown in other media. For example there will be a story event about the Christmas Party with Yu writing Dramatic Love, which was already shown in the ova of the limited edition of Kinpri1. For now there’s 12 characters: OTR, the Edel Rose boys, Alexander and Louis. Maybe they’ll add other characters later, like Ryou.
The game’s scneario is written by Tsubota Fumi, who worked on the series in the past and who you should know well if you read this blog as I translated interviews with her.
The last thing is a list of Prism Jumps. Seems each character will have one signature Prism Jump when the game laucnhes, and they plan to add more later.
Maybe it’ll actually be fun if you like rhythm games and you can deal with the microtransactions. I know I definitly won’t play it. Mobage is my worst enemy. And I stopped playing rhythm games for a few years now anyway. So I’ll probably wait for people to upload the events on youtube instead of playing myself.
Current list of jumps:
Kouji:Do Re Mi Fa Slider
(Mion’s jump. I guess they’ll keep making him jump Mion’s jumps? Hachimitsu Kiss was hers as well.)
(Some people don’t like it, including a fanartist I really like who often draws Hiro or Naru pics. They’re the one who does awesome Naru pics each year for her birthday. Above, they tweeted”Please stop making Mihama Kouji do girls’ Prism Jumps!! Plus it’s a Mion sama jump again!!”)
Hiro: Nijuu Ichi Seiki Generation (21st century generation)
Kazuki: Shakunetsu Wave RED ZONE (burning wave red zone)
Shin: Shin Mugen Hug
Yuki: プリズムジャンプ十八番 夢模様朧霞 (I don’t know how to read or translate this)
Taiga: Matsuri da! Wasshoi! Fortune Boy ni Hanataba wo (It’s a festival!! wasshoi!! A flower bouquet s for the fortune boy!! )
(“wasshoi” is an expression shouted during festivals, or shouted by the audience during a baseball match, etc. It’s a shout to encourage people basically.It’s a contraction of “wa wo seou”, which means “we carry Japan”. According to games like the Ryuga Gotoku series, Yakuza people like to say it too)
Kakeru: Honki de date! o mo te na shi First Class he go shotai (A serious date! Inviting you to the entertaining First Class)
Minato: Ore no Dolce, Minato no kimagure Caramelize (My Dolce, Minato’s fickle caramelize)
Yu: Jewel Spin Zeus(One of the jumps I’m the most hyped to see in Kinpri 2. I hope he has a “Moeru! Grand Zeus Spin!” too)
Louis: Unmei no Synchro Moon Eclipse( Synchro is spelled “シンクロ” in japanese. He has “シン/Shin” in the name of his signature jump just like Shin. Looks like another hint that he’s related to Shin somehow.)
Alec: Koutetsu no 6Pack-Core Wonder! (6Pack-Core Wonder of steel!)
It sold more than 20K for now. If you count all the dvd/bd sales. Really happy. That’s actually around how much I predicted too with that stupid Garupan comparison I did some posts ago. Seems it wasn’t too stupid or far fetched. I want to get the limited edition BD but I can’t buy it for now. For now I only ordered the 3 books.
This post is unfinished and in a weird state because I wrote it as I was watching the event’s live stream. I have a recording of the event, but I haven’t got the time to get back to it and complete this post.