Jin and Hijiri getting valentine chocolate. The poster is from Animage March 2016 released 10th February 2016. One side is Gundam IBO, other is Pretty Rhythm. Director tweeted “I wonder what the people at sunrise will think when seeing this”.
Mainly thanks to word to mouth on twitter, the Kinpri movie got more and more popular and by half of February there was more than 47 theaters showing it, at least one in each prefecture, so the movie is currently shown in “all of Japan” like the official twitter says. Except Okinawa because no one cares. Right now the movie is in 53 different theaters and earned more than 250 million yen.
I don’t know how the movie screenings business works, but I think Kinpri’s situation is very unnatural due to how popular it turned out. The movie started with only 14 theaters showing it, then some theaters stopped showing it while others started. Then during it’s third week there was only around 7 theaters left, but then they started the screening events. As the staff explained during the live event on March 9th I wrote of below, a virtuous circle began with people going to the screening events, tweeting about how fun it is, and more and more people went to see the movie and in turn say how good it is. So there was more demand and more cinemas started showing it. As a comparison the Accel World movie that got announced will debut right from the start in 24 different theaters, and then that number will probably drop until the movie stops being shown completely.
Some of the new screenings added in February were planned from the start though, and not only added due to popularity. But if it went like originally planned, the overall numbers of screenings wouldn’t have went up as whenever a theater started showing it, one would stop. That list of planned theaters was always on the website, but starting February it got longer and longer. Right now there’s even theaters planning screenings in April, a month from now.
I think the biggest reason it’s getting popular is thanks to fans campaigning on social media so Kinpri gets a sequel. The staff stressed this out a lot during the event on March 9th. They kept saying it’s thanks to people on Twitter. There’s tons of fanart. Tons of one page manga with jokes related to PR in general. A lot of these are stuff with Wakana, Kazuki, Taiga and Alexander since Taiga and Alec are the two most popular new character. And especially there’s tons of people making reaction manga of their own experience with the movie, tweeting it to their friends telling them to go watch it too. There’s even popular seiyuus or authors who are tweeting about Kinpri telling people to go watch it and Pretty Rhythm. Maybe we’re witnessing the start of Japan and the world realizing Pretty Rhythm is anime of the decade.
Usually in the “random” section of these news posts, I always try to post every funny fanart, manga, cosplay etc I see, but there’s so much now I can’t keep up, I only put in a handful of them. Even as writing this post my “things to put next PR news post” bookmark folder got longer and longer. Then again I started writing this on March 5th and it took me a week to go over the folder. This isn’t the longest PR post I did, but I think I haven’t spent that much time on one post since the After Party event post. Something like 20 hours. For comparison sake the Juné interview I posted recently took me 5 hours to translate. Then again I’m mostly doing it for myself, In the 1st place I researched all the info in this post because I wanted to know them myself. I’m not complaining or anything. I’m having fun.
Remainder: What I always call “screening event” are the “ouenjoueikai”, the screenings where people are allowed to come cosplayed, the lyrics are displayed to karaoke,etc. What you see in the video above. Some are one hour long like the movie. Some are hours long screenings, where they show BD versions of RL episodes, route 4 of the PR&PP movie, and then Kinpri. ( The RL episodes shown are different each time, except some they always show like the finale.)
Most of the time if there’s no source link then the author’s name is in the filename.
I remember back at those Ryukishi07 conferences, the french translator said at one point “I’m autospoiling myself”, beacuse he was translating what Ryukishi san said while he didn’t finish Umineko himself. I know that feeling now. I pretty much spoiled myself all of Kinpri and it’s details now because of all the stuff I read or translated. But I’m sure the movie is so awesome you can still enjoy it after getting spoiled.
Fanart by Irua
Remainder this book was released 31st of July 2014.
Juné’s official name spelling is June. But I don’t really care because there’s better things in life to do than being bothered by how an anime character’s name is spelled. I always wrote it Juné because it confuses my brain to say June, since there’s already the word June in English. While there’s no “Rinne” word in French/English, so I don’t have to spell Rinne’s name Rinné. Anyway I hope you’re not triggered by name spelling because I’m gonna Juné Juné Juné.And I’m not gonna Juné about whether you Juné or not.
The 14th February 2016 Shishido Rumi posted on her blog a photo of her holding a doll of Juné she got from a fan. That’s currently her twitter avatar as well. She really likes Juné and Pretty Rhythm.
It looks a lot like a figure made by this twitter user I posted a long time ago, so I think this person is the one who gave her the figure.
If you’re looking for a game to play you should try out Tales of Innocence on DS or Vita. Vita version is an enhanced port with 4 characters in battle instead of 3, and 2 new characters. The Vita version is Japanese only though. I’m talking about it now because there’s a character voiced by Shishido Rumi in the game whose story is a bit similar to Juné. It’s also one of the best Tales of games. There’s a pretty original story, and there’s one of the funniest and best “crazy I kill people for fun” archetype villain ever in it.
Don’t forget while reading this was released 31st of July 2014.
Masuda Toshiki=Kazuki, Kakihara Tetsuya=Kouji, Maeno Tomoaki=Hiro.
She voices Akaii Meganee, Kaname, Hye In, Sonata before she goes russian femme fatale, Stan(Juné’s penguin) and the notKaname girl at the beginning of RL episode 44. Lastly she’s also the narrator in AD, 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. (4 with Akaii Meganee, Sonata, Kaname and Hye In)
She seems like a nice person, would be friends with her. And she has 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.
My (late) Eid present for everyone.
It’s 8 pages long. As much as I like Pretty Rhythm and think it’s the best series of the current decade so far, I don’t want to spend all my summer translating Chinese little girl cartoons. so I summarized it. There’s some funny parts which I translated word by word though.
Some things were already said on twitter, events etc which I translated. If there’s contradictions with what I translated before (iirc I don’t think there is), consider what’s in this post as correct, as my Japanese is better compared to back then. Also, if there’s a point that was in my twitter posts that isn’t here, either it’s in other interviews, either I made it up when translating and I was wrong.
WARNING! SPOILERS FOR EVERY SEASON!!
Photoshopped pic I saved long ago forgot where it’s from.
Bell is my favorite RL character so I wanted to keep the best for last. Sadly it’s not like Tomatsu Haruka magically says more interesting things than the others. There’s a part where they just talk about instruments, a subject which couldn’t be less boring to me.
I like Tomatsu Haruka’s voice acting, but I think she’s overcasted. It’s not her fault though, she needs to work to get money and live like everyone. It’s all those evil companies’s fault, who bet more on characters voiced with a popular seiyuu rather than developed characters or story. She’s overcasted but also voicetype casted, or whatever you call it. Back when I started reading Madan no Ou to Vanadis, I thought that Tomatsu Haruka would voice Ellen if they ever did an anime, and she did. It’s similar to how everyone knew that if they ever did a Prison School anime, Kamiya Hiroshi would voice that one guy. That’s not deep analysis or anything. These days, if you look around a bit at what kind of characters a seiyuu voiced before and their popularity, you can easily guess who’ll they’ll voice next. It may not always work though as not every single show follows that rule of hiring popular seiyuu for gaining a maximum amount of money. It’s also not the same as when a movie scriptwriter writes a movie with a particular actor in mind since in anime the decision is only driven by money.
Anyway what I wanted to say by repeating these things everyone knows is I wish things weren’t like that so more new seiyuus would get their chance too.
I don’t really know the first time I heard Tomatsu Haruka in anime, but the first time I noticed her voice was her role as Ichinose Yumiko Christina in Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou, which was a surprisingly good show despite being a one cour LN adaptation. To this day I even remember the characters’ names and story. It also had a French speaking character which made me laugh instead of cringe. Something that didn’t happen since Yakitate Japan or something. Too bad no one is translating the LN.
Tomatsu Haruka’s best role so far is Bell and it’ll probably stay that way.
Even for a Japanese person, I think her way of speaking is very indirect and redundant. I rephrased most things so it’s shorter. I grouped some questions as well so if you own the book and check, the question numbering isn’t the same. I just put in numbers so it’s more convenient when reading. There’s also a part I didn’t translate directly. Unless the thing I translate is really long I like doing line by line. I think it’s nicer to read like that compared to just infodumped things in a list. It feels more like you’re reading the book yourself.
Pic of Ito wearing a maid outfit in the Pretty Rhythm arcade game. She’s really cute with long hair like that. 2nd pic is from the 3DS game.
Coincidentally, Komatsu Mikako voiced the main character in a lot of my favorite shows of these past years: Mouretsu Pirates, Pretty Rhythm, and Gundam Build Fighters. She was also shortly in Sengoku Collection as Ittousai and was really fun.
1: Let’s start by talking about the audition
I first took the audition to voice Naru chan. Then I was told to try doing the one for Ito chan too. At that time, they asked me if I ever had any complex. I told them that I used to hate my voice, but now it’s less and less like that because I could become a voice actor, and then I was asked to try voicing Ito in a gender neutral voice. Soon after that I was told that it was decided I’d voice her.
2: How does it feels voicing Ito?
She’s much more cool and taciturn than what I first imagined, but she’s actually a girl with a lot of passion. She was born in the Heisei era but her way of speaking is Showa era like, and she says things like “nanjyanaiyo!”, she has kind of a Kimottama Kaasan side to her lol. She’s got a gap personality. When the staff told me about how “she looses her cool easily, and then her feelings comes out without restriction”, was when I started feeling I could touch Ito chan.
(According to jp wikipedia, Kimottama Kaasan/肝っ玉母さん, meaning a mother with guts or something like that, is a very popular 117 ep drama that aired on TBS from 1968 to 1972. If I got it right, it’s about a fat looking mom owning a soba restaurant and the shenanigans around it. I don’t know much about dramas and haven’t see many. I remember watching stuff like the adaptations of GTO(the one from 98), You’re Under Arrest and Sailor Moon. They’re all pretty fun and good. The Hana Yori Dango live action is pretty funny as well though I think I didn’t watch it all. I heard the Ouran High School Host Club live action is really good too. The last adaptation I watched is El Palacio’s live action. I still haven’t finished it though. I think it aired like… 3 years ago? Adaptations aside, I watched Kekkon Dekinai Otoko, I really love that drama. Abe Hiroshi is my favorite Japanese actor(the only one I know) It’s been almost 9 years since it aired. Time goes so fast. There’s also an older drama I’m interested in, I remember seeing it in an episode of SmapxSmap, in the corner where they show kids things from older generations. It was about a teacher with long black hair who would put his students on the right path with slaps and stuff, and then they would cry together etc. By googling stuff like “GTO ancestor drama” I found this drama called “Yuhigaoka no Soridaijin”, but I don’t remember if it was that one or not. I think it could have been “Necchuu Jidai from 1978 too”. If someone knows about an old drama that sounds like this description and can tell me the name It’ll be cool. I really want to watch it)
3: Is it hard to voice a girl like that with so many mood changes?
There’s no problems for when I need to speak naturally, but for scenes where she suddenly loses her temper, sound director san told me “You need to sound more angry”. The level of anger I needed to sound like was about 2 steps above from what I imagined. She’s a girl who really uses a lot of energy when snapping. It’s the kind of anger where I also needed to make my own feelings explode or it wouldn’t come out. That was difficult.
4: So there’s different ways of voicing anger?
Ito chan grew up with her father and got influenced by him, so I was asked to act as much angry as how her father would be. That time when Ito chan’s father gets angry at her, I asked Kondo Takashi san if he could do it once before to show me, so I could use it for reference. That’s why it’s pretty scary when she snaps lol. I once heard that “men gets angry from their stomach while women gets angry from their head” and I thought “ah so that’s it”. Of course, Ito chan is a girl, but I think that because she lives with her father, her way of getting angry is masculine.
5: How about the acting you had to do in order to show Ito slowly falling in love with Kouji?
When the first dubbing session was over, I was told that Ito chan would end up going out with Kouji kun, but that Ito chan is a girl that rejects others, so she would try to ignore Kouji kun at first but get more and more interested in him, she’s like a tsundere lol. I wanted to accentuate the fact that she’s rejecting how the negative feelings she first felt for Kouji turned into love.
6: Like when she goes like « don’t touch my song you bastard ! »
She didn’t like how Kouji got more and more into her song, but she was also wondering why he’s doing it. That’s why even though she was rejecting him, she still got interested in him.
7: When speaking of Kouji, one of the most impressive scenes about him is definitely the kiss scene in front of the fountain. What did you think about it?
It was a really impressive scene. With the fireworks, it’s like those ideal situations I imagined when I was a child. But now that I’m an adult, it makes me laugh. There’s no way the fireworks would go doon! at that exact timing lol. Thanks to the very easy to understand direction, I was able to make Ito chan express feelings which she usually hides.
8: By the way did you know there would be a kiss scene ?
To think there was a kiss scene! I think it was my first time acting one. Such flirting at 10 in the morning. I’m envious!! lol. They were really cute when they went back to everyone and they asked them “did something happen?”.
(Not surprising it was her first since these days romantic comedies have no romance and aren’t funny, though I don’t think she played in some of those, that’s just a general comment. Though it’s not grim. There’s still shows like Pretty Rhythm, shoujos or other shows in general that still have actual romance. It’s just that most romantic comedies aren’t romantic comedies anymore. I think I like shoujo and fictional romance since it’s stuff I don’t do IRL. Dating irl, having a girlfirend etc, always found it stupid and only brings trouble )
9: What do you think of people like Kouji kun
Well… Kouji kun is especially sensitive, to me, it’s a little scary how it feels he might go away if something happens. He’s nice and always considers others’ feelings before his. But I’m not good at handling people like him who hide their true feelings and distance themselves like that.
10: How about Hiro and the other guys?
Hiro san is a bit… lol.
I don’t know much about Coo san and his motives, he may be a good person but maybe he’ll become an enemy lol. Kazuki is honest and totally fine, but seems he has no interest in love or too thick headed to notice it lol. He’s not noticing that there’s so many girls interested in him. That’s why the one I’m attracted to is certainly Kouji kun. But he’d definitely turn me down lol.
(Hahaha that Hiro answer. That book was released after the FREEDOM, but he wasn’t completely good then so I guess she didn’t like him much. Didn’t think there was someone in the cast that didn’t like Hiro. Well he is an unlikable bastard for most of the show. That’s why I love him though. And at the end she probably liked him.
She called Kazuki just “Kazuki”. I think it’s the first time in the interviews a seiyuu doesn’t call a character with san or sama)
11: I think that because Ito’s situation is changing, the way you’re acting her is changing as well
That’s right. She doesn’t distance herself anymore when talking with someone. Until now she had a blunt way of speaking, but she’s nicer now. She gets into conversations too. That scene when Otoha chan asked her “how’s it going with Kouji san”?”and she was “eeeh stop that stop that” , it made me think “so she can do these kinds of faces too”.
12: How will you voice Ito in the future?
Ito chan is the kind of girl who can only see what’s in front of her, so I wonder… Recently I think there’s been a lots of parts where I felt linked with her, I think I’ll keep voicing her by feeling like that.
13: Is there any scene or line of dialogue that left a big impression on you?
I thought Ito chan looked super cute during the school trip, when she mailed the fountain’s picture to Kouji kun and said “it looks like you”. I was like “oh right Kouji kun’s hair does look like it” lol. I was narrow minded, while Ito chan could view her own scenery, something like that. I thought Ito chan’s maiden feelings were all condensed at that time.
14: I thought you’d mention a scene with more impact.
There’s a lot of shocking scenes in this anime lol. That’s why for Ito chan, I wish she has an happy romance, my feelings towards her are like how a parent would feel toward their child.
15: Do you think you share some personality traits with Ito?
Fundamentally I don’t think so. Maybe we share how we usually don’t act girly, and how there’s a gap when we do act girly from time to time? Usually I’m not good at “acting girly” and I’m often told “so that’s why you wear girly clothes to compensate”. Regarding love too, I was told by people around me that I’m “surprisingly unfriendly”, but surprisingly there’s times when I’m told “your appearance and personality are a bit different”. I think Ito and me have a similar gap in this sense. (As in she’s nicer than she looks/acts)
16: Did you have some resilience about singing?
Not at all. Rather, I wanted to sing. The way I voice Ito chan is very close to my natural voice, so just by thinking about her I think I can sing in a way that fits Ito chan. When I was first received the song and sang it, I was told by the staff they’re surprised since it really fits Ito chan. So I was at ease. I also had fun singing in Ito chan’s voice songs that aren’t hers in the show. This isn’t related to singing, but I myself have been playing the marinba for more than 10 years, so I was surprised when I first heard there would be marinba in this show. Plus, the person who composed the marinba for Ito chan’s performances is actually the person who taught me how to play! These kind of coincidences do happen too~, it was a shock.
17: Do you get along well with the rest of the cast?
We get along really well. I especially get along with Sakura Ayane chan(Rinne), Uchida Maaya chan(Wakana) and Yamamoto Nozomi chan (Ito and Bell’s penguins, also Cosmo) we eat lunch together every week. During work everyone is relaxed and gets along with each other, with some occasional tsukkomis lol. It’s really fun.
(Btw, I don’t write the character’s name after the seiyuu name each time because I think my readers are stupid. It’s just that it took myself more than a year to remember the seiyuu’s name in the show so I think it may be the case for others too. And even then I only know the seiyuus of the 8 main girls. I had to check who’s Yamamoto Nozomi.)
We talk about our jobs and stuff like how to take care of your throat, we also give each other advice about private things. I also talk about games with Kato Emiri san. Also, every time, I bring fried chicken, and like if she was influenced, Serizawa Yuu chan started doing it too lol.
(tfw you will never eat fried chicken with Pretty Rhythm characters. Actually if you go to paradise you could I guess. That’ s how I feel whenever I see people saying “you will never …”)
18: The show is approaching it’s end, does it makes you feel lonely?
There’s still some time left, but it’s true thinking about it is sad. But now there’s the xmas event with everyone soon and I’m excited about it, we’ll be able to sing our songs on stage for real, we were talking about what we’ll do since we can’t do Prism Jumps lol.
(book was released right before the 2013 xmas event)
19: A word to the readers to wrap things up ?
In these 3 cours all the characters have been growing, but there’s still one final stage of growth left. I’m interested as well about how each of the character’s stories will end, if it’ll end with leaps and bounds. The show had a lot of foreshadowing, and there’s things we won’t be able to be sure of until the end. Some characters had ordeals and painful times to pass, but their hearts didn’t break. It would be nice if everyone keeps rooting for them.