You know about that old building where Edel Rose first started which appeared in King of Prism? Well, what kind/type of building is it? Is it a small mansion by any chance because I think it looks fancy on the outside?
Me? Apart from having to deal with a whole load of assignments and presentations (winter is fast approaching too), I don't have much to worry about. Problem is, I do not have the luxury of time these days; it's almost as if a week passes by in just a couple of minutes, know what I'm saying?
I'm sorry to hear that you spilled coffee on your laptop, that sucks. Next time, try covering it with something tight to prevent the coffee from spilling out. Oh, and I might be a bother telling you this since you live in a cold climate, but do try and stay warm, okay?
Ah, that happens to me a lot. Sometimes it feels like a week goes by so quickly and at times it would be painfully slow. There are many things that I want to do such as practicing/playing the viola, watching anime, reading or just having some time to relax but I have assignments and other things that I must prioritize.
Thanks for the advice! I normally don't even drink coffee so I guess it was just bad luck. And no, you are not a bother at all~ I will try my best to stay warm. Make sure you keep your health in check too :)
It's cold where I live but I actually prefer the winter season versus summer. I like winter mostly because of the holidays, but if it's cold out I can just snuggle up inside and have some hot chocolate. But when it's summer it's always a struggle to keep cool.
Hmm... I never really thought about that till now. I guess what I like most about my hometown is the diversity of the people who live there. Like the different cultures for example. I like to meet new people (although I may be socially awkward at times) and learn more about different cultures since I find it interesting. I also like the view at night. The sky isn't clear all the time but I do enjoy looking at the stars and city lights.
The beaches here are okay but are normally overcrowded on hot days or there is a lot of litter or polution. I also don't know how to swim. I probably should learn how to for emergencies and because it's a pretty important skill to learn. I've been thinking of taking swimming for my PE class at school.
Wow! Ice hockey sounds cool! I go ice skating around this time of year with my friends and although I'm pretty bad at it, it's really a lot of fun. Pretty Rhythm has a pretty big impact for me I guess.
Yeah, now that's what I like to hear. Pretty Rhythm was really unique in its time because...well, let's face it, did you ever hear of any other anime using the concept of ice-skating as a key component in its main plot? Well, other than Yuri on Ice, which aired eariler this season.
Yeah I totally agree with you! Just as you said PR was very unique in its time and simply enjoyable for me to watch. I like to watch ice skating on TV whenever it's on or watch videos of ice skating mostly because of the influence of PR. I also watch Aikatsu and PriPara but I prefer PR.
OH MY GOD YURI ON ICE. I am fangirling over YOI's most recent episode. Do you watch Yuri on Ice?
Oh, about Yuri on Ice I haven't yet had the chance to watch it, mainly because I'm currently going through Aldnoah Zero. But once I finish it, I might consider checking it out. However, if I'm not mistaken the "Yuri" part of its title should be Yaoi instead, which explains your fangirling tendencies.
Well, the title should be changed to Yaoi, but Yuri is the main character's name. I recommend you watch it since it has a really beautiful story and animation.
I remember watching Aldnoah Zero. I normally don't watch Mecha anime but really liked this one. I watched it quite a while ago and I clearly remember the horrible cliffhangers that had me on edge till the next week (I hope I'm not spoiling things for you). Are you in the first or second season right now?
So that means you're almost done with the series. Well, thanksgiving holiday is just a day away for me so I finally get a break from school and I'll be able to get a new laptop. Do you celebrate thanksgiving?
Ah, I also enjoy watching characters deal with daily life. I have a hard time choosing between action/adventure and slice of life. Sometimes I like to see a good fighting scene or a romantic or comedic life in anime. I've also been interested in sport animes like Haikyuu and Yuri on Ice.
Yeah! I am SUPER excited as well! We had to wait so long after RL ended but it was worth it in the end! I'm so glad that they are showing the male's side of Prism Shows. I really wish that they could have made a CG performance for Callings in AD or DMF and in RL we got to see a few male performances, but I really wanted to see more.
Agreed. But the second movie won't come out till June 2017 and we will have to wait a bit longer for it to come out in DVD. Given the way the first movie ended, we will hopefully get to see the Prism King Cup or maybe a third movie, just maybe. I really just want PR to continue!
Exactly! Pretty Rhythm is defintely one of the greatest anime series to have ever come from the idol genre, and while it's still being kept alive via the movie trilogy, I REALLY wish that they would just create a new season of Pretty Rhythm again. If it wasn't for Pripara, the series still would have continued in a proper way.
Thanks to the movie Pretty Rhythm is still alive, but I feel like King of Prism could easily become an actual new season with 50+ episodes if they wanted to. I really wish that they could have done that instead so that we could see the characters slowly improve.
I tried watching PriPara but I'm not really interested as much as I was with Pretty Rhythm or Aikatsu. I watch the performances in PriPara though and I keep saying that I should watch the episodes but never fully commit to it.
A 2nd season to Rainbow Live would have been really preferable; while the boys could have been the focus of the movies, a new female generation of Prism Stars could have taken over Happy Rain's and Bell Rose's mantle as the new protagonists, much like Prizmmy did when they took over from MARs.
There's so much information on that blog regarding all things related to Pretty Rhythm, and it's really amazing! Some of the articles are totally rad, and there's also some rare stuff (images and news) that you couldn't get elsewhere. It's literally awesome!
Looks like I need to take some time off to read through their blog! It's nice to see these blogs for new and rare stuff related to PR. If only I lived in Japan and had more access to these things. But I first need to improve on my Japanese.
Oh, no. I'm mostly self-taught but my uncle and aunt are fluent in Japanese since they had that class in high school. Sometimes they would teach me a little and I often play Japanese rhythm games like Project Diva or Rhythm Heaven, etc. At my high school it is required to take 2 years of a foreign language to graduate and the options are Spanish, French, Korean, and American Sign Language also counts. Sadly, we no longer have a Japanese class. I take Korean.
Omg sorry! Sometimes I forget that you're male since there aren't many people I know who watch idol animes.
Well, continuing on the chat... Learning multiple languages at once is difficult. I'm only a freshman in high school so this is my first year taking Korean, but I already knew a bit of the language because I like to watch K-Drama and listen to K-Pop. Have you watched any Korean dramas by chance?
Oh, I see. We watched a few Korean movies in class to become more familiar with the speaking and to listen and watch for vocab.
If you are interested in watching a drama I recommend watching Descendants of the Sun. The official story overview is, "Captain Yoo Shi Jin falls in love with Dr. Kang Mo Yeon and they face dangers of a war-torn country." This is in my No. 1 spot for romance/comedy k-drama and it also has some good action scenes.
Recently me and my sis watched Descendants of the Sun together when she came back from college for Thanksgiving Break. I got to watch it twice now but I still enjoy it.
I watched a Korean movie that followed the character of a man who experienced World War II and the Vietnam War and he experienced the loss of his family and separation of his younger sister when North and South Korea were split. I believe it was called An Ode to My Father, it was really emotional but I enjoyed it.
That is very true... There were other tough times that he experienced as he grew up. The story was told starting from his hardships as child and then he grew up to be an adult, got married, had his own family, and now he's a grandpa. The ending was kind of bittersweet. That's all I'll say about it if you feel like watching it for yourself.
Yeah, I watch Aikatsu Stars. I like Aikatsu Stars but I wished that they continued with the original series. I got too attached to the original characters so it's kind of sad that they got replaced. But it's great that new songs are still released through Photokatsu. (Sadly I can't play the game.)
There is more of a drama and mystery aspect in AiStars and possibly romance which I'm happy about. I've watched all the stage performances and most of the episodes but I skipped a few that I need to go back and watch. I'm a bit disappointed with the idol auras and how they block the idols when performing with others.
My favorite characters are Koharu and Mahiru. I just absolutely adore Koharu so I was really sad when she left for Italy but I have hope that she will return! Same with Koharu, I adore Mahiru and her personality.
(Btw I do check the AiStars Wiki every so often for new info on the series and for the arcade game since I love the outfits. So even if I haven't watched the episodes, I have an idea of what happened. I've been thinking of returning to the Aikatsu Wiki and joining the AiStars Wiki but it doesn't seem like there is much I could contribute too.)
I am absolutely delighted at how far Aikatsu has come since it first debuted in 2012. The original series, while unique and charming in its own right, had grown too stale by Season 4. So when the producers decided to reboot Aikatsu from square one and give it new features like drama, tension and romance which the original series had lacked, the result was more or less an astounding success. Don't you agree? Although i admit that it hasn't been a smoothsailing path all the way: more often than not, there have been some problems with the CG graphics at times.
I do agree, I really hope that they continue to develop the drama and the romance in the series and not give us any false hope for romance!
There were always a few problems with the CG graphics but it can't always be perfect. It must be very hard to create the CG models. Once I get into college, I've been planning on getting into graphic design or perhaps something involving computer science so I appreciate and admire the work animators and other multimedia artists and programmers do.
You 're right; i'm sure that the animators are trying their best to maintain high quality animation for each episode. Let's hope for the best once Season 2 begins; maybe by that time the CG graphics will have undergone a major improvement.
Btw, this might just be a hunch of mine, but did you experience some deja vu regarding the plot of Aikatsu Stars? Because if you ask me, some parts of it...they sort of resemble some of the plot points found in Pretty Rhythm. Is it just a mere coincidence, or something more than that?
I doubt it's an coincidence, because the main villain of this season-Moroboshi Hikaru happens to resemble Jin Norizuki quite a lot. And it doesn't stop there. Long-lost relative who had amazing skills way beyond human level? Hotaru has something in common with Rizumu's mom. Mysterious power bestowed upon main character by the gods of the Aikatsu System? Hey, sounds a lot like the Prism World to me. Laura getting mad because she doesn't know why she keeps losing to Yume? Same thing happened to Bell who couldn't fathom why Naru could learn the Prism Live when she couldn't herself.
Still think these are mere coincidences? Or is it just me thinking too much?
Lol I thought I was crazy XD Yeah, I felt the same deja vu. Well, the plot is sort of the standard drama with a main villain (I don't think of Hikaru as a villain tho since he's just trying to prevent something bad from happening is what I believe) and a character with an amazing ability that was deeply involved with the said villain and the protagonist who holds the same ability and potential.
Overall, this definitely reminds me of Pretty Rhythm and I can't wait to see the rest of the mystery unfold! I can feel the hype from when I watched PR!
On the topic of the "Gods of the Aikatsu System" I wonder if there actually is some sort of god figure like the Prism Goddess or if we learn about the original creator of the Aikatsu System. I would really like to know...
If you ask me, the entire plot surrounding Yume's mysterious power feels a lot like a hybrid rehash of both Aurora Dream and Rainbow Live, with a bit of Dear My Future thrown in.
And I completely agree with you! Pretty Rhythm was so far ahead of its time and very radical in its ideas: no other idol anime, not even Aikatsu and Love Live, have come close to replicating its originality and charm that made me fell in love with it all those years ago. And now finally after so many years, Aikatsu Stars is finally bringing back some of that magic again. #PRETTYRHYTHMFOREVER
Yup! I especially can't wait for this week's episode for Aikatsu Stars. Judging from the preview, hopefully we will get a little more explanation to Yume's mysterious power.
All of this Pretty Rhythm and Aikatsu talk makes me want to re-watch both series again. I feel like no matter how many times I watch these two series I would never get sick of it. When I first watched Pretty Rhythm, Aurora Dream was already completed and Dear My Future had just started. I instantly fell in love with the story plot, characters, music, dance, and I loved the ice skating and Prism Jumps. I was hesitant to start watching Aikatsu because it didn't seem as interesting and I didn't know much about it (The anime overview just said that the anime is based off the arcade game so I had no idea what it would be about.) but similar to PR I was hooked on the story.
How did you discover Pretty Rhythm and Aikatsu? Back then I was more interested in magical girl animes like Shugo Chara and Precure so I eventually discovered Pretty Rhythm and then Aikatsu.
Ah I see! Shugo Chara was one of the very first animes I watched (excluding Pokémon and Naruto) that my friend had recommended me back when I was in 4th grade. From there I started watching more anime. I guess we're similar.
WOW! Same here! Shugo Chara was the first ever Japanesed dubbed anime that I watched back then! Everything about it was so cool and spicy! From the characters and guardian characters themselves to the weekly lessons about never giving up to pursue your dreams, the romance, the drama, man, it's my favourite anime series of all time, and the only reason why Pretty Rhythm ranks 2th below it.
To be honest, I could say that while Shugo Chara was the spark, Pretty Rhythm was the fire that lit it.
I LOVE SHUGO CHARA SO MUCH! Just as you said I love how the characters pursed towards their dreams, the romance was beautiful, and the drama was amazing! I try to rewatch the anime once or more times a year for memories sake.
It really is thanks to my best friend and Shugo Chara that I became so interested in anime and animation.
Shugo Chara was really one of a kind (and that's saying something especially considering the fact that there are plenty of magical girl series out there). Probably the main reason why Shugo Chara was so successful and popular back in its day was because they made the MC (Amu-chan) so relatable to an generation of pre-teen girls who couldn't decide on their future. Am I right?
I totally agree with you. Amu-chan's situation is not just something pre-teens can relate to but all ages as well. I, for example, had a lot of things I wanted to do in life, but I had a reality check and realized that I should stop daydreaming and think more seriously on the things I like to do and come up with what I want to do in the future from there.
Struggling and discovering what you truly want to do in your future is not something that can be easily decided and it is very possible to change your mind at the last minute upon the discovery of a new passion towards something. My older sis is going through this situation in college, she's currently unsure of what she wants to major in but she knows that what she is doing right now is not what she wants to do. I'm sure she'll get past this, but the bottom line is that Shugo Chara definitely captured the feelings and emotions of those who watched the show and struggled along with the characters.
Precisely. Watching Shugo Chara as a kid, I just can't describe what emotions I had. There were sad moments, when Ikuto's and Utau's past was revealed. There were happy moments, when Amu purified the X-Egg of the character of the day. There were SO MANY funny moments (too many to list down here), especially Tadase going berserk (I'm a king, not a prince) and so on. Basically, Shugo Chara was a unique series that managed to combine realism and magical girl elements together and as a result, one could feel satisfied and at peace while watching a episode of Shugo Chara and experience a wide range of emotions like never before.
I love Shugo Chara so much. Only Pretty Rhythm has ever come close to delivering that same kind of fullfillness.
Haha! I love it when Tadase's king mode was on! There were many great moments in Shugo Chara that definitely attached to my heart strings. I didn't mention this before but the animation and the characters design were really beautiful comparing from the level of animation now in 2016 to 2007 when it first aired. Also their transformation forms were gorgeous!
A bit off-topic but it finally snowed where I live!! But it turned to mush the next day because of rain. But we still have snow scheduled for next week and it makes me excited. We haven't had snow this early in December in a very long time. Fingers crossed for a White Christmas!
Same. It rains so much where I live. And yeah I read your blog. I really will miss Prizmmy. Prizmmy in PRDMF were based off of them so feels like Mia, Reina, Karin, and Ayami are disbanding as well. Although Ayami in real life had already left a few years back. I really loved their songs and especially their dancing skills.
But there is no need to be so sad about it! Yes, they will no longer work with each other anymore but we will get to see some of their solo work which I am looking forward to! I'm going to try and stay positive about this. Although it was very saddening for me when the Pretty Rhythm series ended, but at least we have King of Prism.
It's really funny how both the Pretty Rhythm and Aikatsu franchises are similar to each other in more ways than one could possibly imagine. Like, both series have a A Team (Prizmmy and STAR ANIS) with a much younger B Team ( Prism Mates and AIKATSU STARS) as their back up, for instance.
That's true in more ways than one. You know, I'm...really grateful for the fact that both Pretty Rhythm and Aikatsu existed during this decade. If those franchises were never conceived, I, and a lot of other people would never have experienced such wonderful, majestic and awesome moments that were present in both of these series.
I feel the same way. Rather than Pretty Rhythm and Aikatsu existing during this decade, I'm grateful to be born during this decade and generation. I experienced lots of amazing moments by watching these series and many other types of genres of anime too.
Yeah, I've seen these before. I believe it is the manga serialization in 4koma-style (I think that's what it's called) I've seen photos of some for KOP as well but I can't read Japanese that well enough yet so I have no way of reading or obtaining the book, sadly.
If I ever get the chance to go to Japan I would want to buy anime merch and of course visit famous landmarks.
Thank you and thanks to your close friend as well! This really makes me miss Pretty Rhythm. Just like the book volume covers say, I wonder what happened four years later after Pretty Rhythm Dear My Future. Since Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live seems to takes place in a parallel world, like Aikatsu and Aikatsu Stars (although there were cameos from the previous seasons), I wonder what happened.
I know that there was a crossover in PriPara but I would like to know if there is actually something much deeper or maybe something that connects Pretty Rhythm to PriPara. I haven't been up-to-date with PriPara so I might try rewatching the anime from the beginning. I have some time during winter break after all.
To be honest, it has been 5 long years since Aurora Dream first aired, and we are still in the dark about the entire parallel/alternate universe mumbo jumbo that encompasses the entirety of both the Pretty Rhythm and Pripara series.
I mean, even for someone like me who has done a lot of research regarding all everything that I have just mentioned, all of this is just too complex. Like, way complex beyond any other idol anime series that has aired before. Everyone knows that the worlds and characters of Aurora Dream/ Dear My Future and Rainbow Live are separated into alternate realities, to the point where Prism Shows are handled very differently in both worlds. There's also the differences in regarding how the inhabitants of both worlds react to the mystical elements of the Prism World colliding with their own reality; in AD/DMF, characters didn't react that strongly to plushies (aka Pengie-sensei) talking to them, and the existence of near-god like phenomenons such as the Aurora Rising and Grateful Symphonia was widely known and accepted by the public as part of their reality. In contrast, there appears to be a strict line that divides the boundaries of both reality and mysticism and is also present in the mindsets of the inhabitants that live in the world of Rainbow Live. Take both Happy Rain's and Bell Rose's initial reactions to Momo (Chiaki in disguise); they literally freaked out because the concept of there being sentient beings from another world was absolutely alien to them. Prism Lives were literally unheard of before this point, and unlike the free environment that allowed Prism Shows and their Stars to flourish in AD/ DMF, the Prism Shows in RL (mostly the ones under the banner of Edel Rose) were stagnated due to the present belief that pure and result-oriented Prism Shows were the way forward, with zero tolerance for mistakes given (that infamous episode where that goddamn bastard Norizuki Jin expelled a student on the spot simply because she lost her balance still sticks out in my mind).
Pripara, on the other hand, fully embraces the mystical realm and its properties, meaning that the line between reality and mysticism is very much blurred. This is evident in pretty much every single episode; the concept of reality is blurred beyond recognition due to the fact that everyone is running their idol lives in a semi-digitalized, mystical world that has properties way beyond human (or rather, the limit of reality itself). And let us not forget about our beloved Meganee-san, whose very existence serves to befuddle and confuse us even more, especially since she-sorry, I don't think 'she' can be labelled as a she since "it" is basically a computerized form capable of sentient speech and feelings that might or might not have been conceived within the Prism World itself. Even more confusing is the strange tale of Cosmos; remember the crossover movie when 'Cosmos' appeared and didn't appear to recognise the main protagonists? Well, here's when everything starts to get really haywire and crazy; according to a certain source, this "Cosmos' is not the Cosmos of Pripara, but rather the once that made a cameo all the way back in Rainbow Live! This explains why she didn't recognise the girls, and knew how to do Prism Jumps while her Pripara counterpart didn't. And if your head is starting to hurt from all this mumbo-jumbo, I apologise in advance but it's going to hurt even more as from what I know, these two counterparts are not alternate selves living in parallel worlds, but rather, the former is supposingly a-get readyfor it-digitalized sentient form created by the Prism World based upon the original Cosmos that lived in Pripara's world and was sent to the world of Rainbow Live, probably in the guise of a Prism Messenger! That explains why she (i) was able to breathe freely in space without, you know all the side effects of not wearing a spacesuit in space to protect yourself and (ii) how she was able to vanish while leaving some Prism Stones behind in a instant.
Still with me so far? Or do you need a drink to calm yourself down? I understand: it took me a very long time to get to the root of the problem, and an even longer time trying to comprehend the beautiful absurdity of it all.
It's a lot to take in but I understand for the most part. The bottom line is that there are a lot of plot holes and loose ends to these series, and I don't think they will ever be answered because it would be too complicated for the minds of younger children who are the main audience. (Sometimes I forget that these series are mostly for children but I know that no matter your age you can still enjoy watching it.)
I had never thought about how the characters in AD/DMF reacted to all the mystic elements compared to RL, now that I think about it there it's a difference. My thoughts are that they live in alternate realities but there have been multiple cameos of AD/DMF in RL and then there is Cosmos.
Cosmos made a short cameo appearance in RL once so I believe that she might be a Prism Messenger. But all of this thinking is making me even more confused so I'll stop here. My head is spinning.
It's okay, calm down. My bottom line is that all of this alternate world stuff was hinted way back in Aurora Dream's first episode, and it slowly began to accumulate as both AD and DMF progressed. But, it wasn't until Rainbow Live aired that the entire phenomenon was finally put into the spotlight, then Pripara conspired to literally make things even more confusing.
I wish things were explained a bit more... Well enough of this thinking, I guess it's better to have a successor for Pretty Rhythm to PriPara then having the series completely end. So it's a good thing that PriPara exists, but it really is confusing.
This situation is the same for Aikatsu and Aikatsu Stars but it isn't as complicated as Pretty Rhythm and PriPara thankfully. But if Aikatsu did a crossover... it would be awesome!... and confusing.
The reason for why the boundary between Aikatsu and Aikatsu Stars is less complicated because of the focus on reality in both series, which makes things far more simple: after all, both Aikatsu and Aikatsu Stars are separated into untouchable parallel worlds designed by BANDAI. In other words, these two series share many similar traits but are officially recognised as separate series.
Yeah. I wished that the creators of Pretty Rhythm could have done the same with Aikatsu. I like PriPara but in my opinion it lost the charm that PR had in terms of drama and romance like we talked about earlier. It's nice to see Aira, Mia, and Naru in PriPara as a crossover though.
Yeah, I absolutely agree with you on this one. The main reason why I prefer Aikatsu Stars over Pripara is because the former retained much of it's predecessor's legacy while the latter (mostly) didn't.
What I'm trying to say is that Aikatsu Stars inherited much of the attributes that had been part of Aikatsu's central identity and combined it with new elements such as shoujo, drama, conflict, and even romance. The result was a brand new Aikatsu, one that had a actual plot narrative with plenty of new attributes while still keeping true to the spirit of Idol Activities.
In contrast, Pripara shied away from much of its predecessor's legacy. Instead of carrying over the Prism Shows and shoujo elements from Pretty Rhythm, Pripara decided to put those aside in the mascot graveyard (literally) and focus on attracting a younger (kids) fanbase with a less-than serious story and characters who literally have no comprehension of the word 'reality'. In other words, Pripara shunned what made Pretty Rhythm great and mocked it even further by chosing to establish a kid-friendly image instead of continuing to produce content for more mature audiences.
This is the main reason why I don't really watch PriPara. I watch the performances and I understand what's going on in the plot but the creators decided to focus more on attracting younger kids like you said.
Well, that's enough of this talk. Just a few more days until Christmas and I can't wait! It doesn't look like it will snow in time for a white Christmas where I live but I can't wait to hang out with my family and friends.
Christmas-ah, it's coming soon, isn't it? I'm going to make the most out of it this year while looking forward to the new year in just a few days. What's the best thing about Christmas in your opinion?
As a child I use to only care about the presents but now I've learned to really treasure this time of year for my family. I use to be able to see my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins almost everyday because whenever my parents had work they would drop my sis and I off at my grandparent's house. But now I'm old enough to stay at home alone so there was no need to see them as often. Soon my sister graduated from high school and moved on to college so I no longer see her as well and my closest cousin has moved away to the city and soon he will also go to college. My grandma's health is starting to deteriorate which is hard for me since she has always supported me in everything and influenced me in many ways. I'm the youngest so it feels like I'm being left behind sometimes.
So the best thing about Christmas for me is spending time with all my family. :)
That's true in every way. As we grow older, family ties will slowly start decaying due to various conditions. And that's why I tend to make the best of every chance I have to interact with all of my family members during festival periods, especially the older ones. I don't want to sound really ominous and bad foreshadowing-like, but I just feel that it is important to spend as much time as possible with your grandparents and cherish every second with them before they...you know.
I'm sorry, I didn't want to sound too morbid or anything like that, I'm just saying this because I just turned 20 this September, so I'm painfully aware of the fact that some of my family members are approaching old age fast.
Same with me, I try and make the best of every opportunity I get to be with my family. I'm much more grateful towards my family now that I've gotten older, I was a bit of a selfish child as a kid after all.
I'm especially worried for my grandma because we found out two years ago that she had stomach cancer and she was hospitalized for a while. She's doing much better now but she lost a lot of weight which concerns me. But she was always healthy and she is still very cheerful so I'm sure she can fight it for long while.
Do you have any family traditions that you do for Christmas? Like maybe you eat a certain dish or whatever or how you spend time with family. It's Christmas Eve as I'm typing this so I'm a bit early but Merry Christmas!
Happy Christmas Eve to you too, Rozza-san! There's only six hours or so left before the clock strikes midnight, so let's make merry and party hard!
We don't usually have any traditions for Christmas, but we do always have a scrumptious lunch and get along together. Also, there's always someone within the family who dresses in a Santa suit every year-I wonder when it will be my turn to dress up as Santa XD
Merry Christmas! Dressing up as Santa sounds like fun. I wish someone in my family did that XD
We don't have any traditions for Christmas, but it's more like things we do naturally on Christmas. The adults are watching some game on TV, playing video games in the game room, and we all gather around for Christmas presents and of course a big feast!
Plenty of family members were all gathered at my great-uncle's house (there's even more people on Chinese New Year). I had a fun time socializing with some people that I haven't seen in over a year, and playing Monopoly with the little ones (True!). This year, it was the turn of a second cousin to dress up as Santa, and she did a pretty good job of impersonating Santa-even though she's a female. Oh, and someone got drunk too~
Hahaha! That sounds like a lot of fun! Our family gathered at my grandparent's house along with many of my cousins and some family friends. Sometimes it gets a little embarrassing when the parents brag about their child though. I'm mostly close with one of my cousins that I see very often so it was fun catching up with some people that I haven't seen in a while. We were playing video games in the game room (Mario Kart 8 Wii U & Super Smash Bros Wii U) and playing with the pet cats. Afterward, we opened presents and had a big feast. Although no one got drunk (this time lol) my dad and grandpa definitely got a little tipsy haha
I got some money from my parents, my cousin bought me a big white alpaca plushie (I'm a sucker for cute things XD), and my uncle is a gamer so he knows that I like to play rhythm games. He bought this game called Rhythm Heaven: Megamix if you are familiar with the series. I have also played the Hatsune Miku Project DIVA games if you know about them.
Wow! This is such a great Christmas gift! lol. But this is actually very surprising and hilarious that this was how it's like to plan and create an anime series. I could see that they put in a lot of thought and effort into the series and had many difficulties. This is a really interesting read.
But the part where they said Jin would commit suicide... I died of laughter! XD
Iuchi: I remember you said Jin would jump from the tower and commit suicide.
Tsubota: Yeah you said Jin’s happiness would be he’d jump from Edel Rose’s building while screaming something like “5th jump ! 6th jump! I am the Prism Kin-” *gucha*.
Anyways~ Thanks for showing me this. It really makes me miss Pretty Rhythm and I wish that it didn't have to end. But it was a great three years for me. :)
Agreed~ I'm really grateful for those who share the info for us. I wish I could buy products and books myself. I want to order things online but sadly I'm not allowed to by my parents. But lucky for me, Seattle has quite a few of anime shops and conventions that I enjoy going to with my uncle and cousin who also like anime.
I think 2016 was a bit stressful for me. I went through a lot of changes in my family and at school. I had to say bye to my friends from middle school who have always stayed and supported me. I mentioned this before but my sister and cousin now live farther away from me. I had to adjust to a few new things and get adjusted to high school as well.
Now in high school, I'm fine and I've a lot of new friends too. I've never had trouble with my grades till now though. I always had straight A's without ever needing to study but I realized that I should. I'm trying to build up better studying habits.
I'm not going to talk about the presidential election... Honestly both options were horrible...
But I think things wrapped up for me nicely by the end of the year. How about you?
Things have been...quite interesting. I took a part time job for the first time in my life. Working to get my own money instead of relying on my parents was quite an eye-opening experience to say the least, and I hope this experience, together with my college studies, will help me go into 2017 with more confidence that I will be able to find a acceptable job after I graduate.
I also had a fun time going on trips to other areas of Canada that I never been to before. It was quite an eye-opening experience for me as well, and I plan on leaving Vancouver once I graduate; maybe Toronto would be a nice place to move to. That said, there being a few problems including quarrels with certain family members and friends aside, I think things are going to be stable for now.
I'm glad that it things seem to be going well for you. I would love to move or travel to a different area one day. I've always lived in the same area but I want to be able to see more out there. I've been thinking of potentially going to college out-of-state but I still have some time to think about it. Out-of-state tends to be a lot more expensive than being a resident of the state if I plan on going to a big college.
I'm looking forward to 2017. Soon, my parents will teach me how to drive! I'm a bit scared to start driving but it's an important skill to learn. I also hope that I can start a part-time job to save up some more money for college.
I was able to see a nice firework display at the Seattle Space Needle~ I've actually never attended the event ever until today. I've always use to watch it on TV. I also woke up this morning to see snow covering the world with a white blanket~ I'm excited to play in the snow!
Vancouver was pretty much in party mode throughout the entire night-everyone was having fun, including me. I attended a party organized by some of my buddies-it was totally wild. Thankfully, I managed to stay sharp and more importantly-sober throughout it all. I went back home around 3am because I didn't want to worry my family members. It was snowing all the way, which was a welcome change from the endless rain that occured last autumn.
Today, my family went to my grandparent's house for the first dinner of the new year which was really fun. I had a snowball fight today with my cousins and I feel like I might catch a cold. (Yikes school is about to resume for me too) I hope it continues to snow because it seems like the weather is fighting between rain and snow.
Same for me. I've been spending a lot of time on technology and I should be more active. I also want to become more involved in school. I plan on joining the student body and perhaps joining a sport in the spring season.
Right now I'm trying to catch up on anime that I started but have yet to finish. Like 91 Days and Mob Psycho 100 (I really should have watched this sooner). I also need to catch up on a few anime episodes. I thought that I would have more time to catch up on shows during winter break, but my break is now over.
The winter anime season is about to start and I'm looking forward to a few new animes. Some titles are Masamune-kun no Revenge, Hand Shakers, Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen (I actually haven't watched the first season yet) and there are a few more that I might try out. What are you currently watching?
Oh, Qualidea Code. I was thinking of watching it but was a bit unsure. I might give it a try as well as the others. Speaking of Pokemon Sun and Moon I still haven't watched that either. Wow, I have a lot on my list.
For an cliched anime, Qualidea Code is surprisingly quite an good series. When I mean cliched, I mean the standard premise of aliens invade earth, protagonist loses his family/friends, swears revenge upon them, becomes a emo young man with a hot girlfriend by his side, etc. However, there's some surprisingly in-depth character development and a really interestin twist that makes it worth watching.
I've watched a lot of series with this common theme. But the best part of these action and drama series is the character development and the interaction between characters. I'm curious to see what type of twists there are in Qualidea Code now that you said it's worth watching. I'll definitely give it a try.
I'd recommend that you do so. Anyway, speaking of the latest anime to have come out on Spring 2017, try out Seiren; if you want some highschool student romance, then I think you might find it appealing.
So I watched Seiren and it seems okay so far. It's pretty slow-paced but it's only the first episode and romance develops over time. I'll continue to watch it and see how it goes. I originally thought that this anime was based on a dating game given how there are multiple girls so I'm surprised that this is an original anime. I wonder how they will introduce each character.
As for Qualidea Code I only watched the first episode so far and it seems very interesting. I'm looking forward to learning more about the world that they live in and what those "Unknown" are and their powers.
If you are curious about how this will play out, here's the deal: with multiple girls, the story is split into different arcs, each focusing on a different girl and offering an alternate insight into how the protagonist might interact with each of them.
Did you enjoy the songs of Qualidea Code? The insert song sung by Canaria was dope, and most of the theme songs were written and sung by the same groups that performed for Mahouka Koukou no Rettesei.
Wow! My mind is blown. I've been binge watching Qualidea Code and I'm currently on episode 10. There really is an interesting twist to this series and it surprised me. I'm also glad that Canaria and the other characters did not actually die.
Told you that it would be very surprising, right? Also, while I honestly did not expect Canaria to get "vaporised" at the end of episode 4, I wasn't at all convinced that she and the others had died, since many other series have pulled off the fake death trick.
That said, my favourite characters were the brother-sister duo from Chiba. I like how simple yet effective their designs, uniform and method of fighting were in contrast to Kanagawa and Tokyo. While the latter two have flashy uniforms and over the top fighting styles that consist of swords and magical powers respectively, Chiba has plain black uniforms and rely on pure, simple and effective long range weaponery aka guns to do their work. Also, keep in mind the older brother was the one who managed to expose the conspiracy, and his younger sister was badass when she killed that Unknown trying to slience her brother.
Yeah, I had that same suspicion. They wouldn't just kill a main character this early in a series and her "death" just seemed so unexpected, I felt that there was more to what was going on.
I also like the Chiba duo for pretty much the same reasons as you. Although my favorite overall character has to be Canaria because of her charming personality and positivity. Kasumi was truly the MVP for figuring out the truth about the Unknown.
Canaria was cool, and I absolutely loved her comedic moments as well. Truth to be told, she's quite the butt monkey.
That said, she really does look like a carbon copy of Shiratori Hime from Aikatsu Stars; the only differences being their personalities: the former is more easygoing while the latter is more princess-like.
I love how these two completely different series and genres can have many similarities and still keep things fresh and new. Same goes for many other different shows.
Sadly, I didn't have any time to watch anime today but I can't wait to see how Qualidea Code ends! I'm also a bit bitter that it has to end. I wish it could get another season but given how everything is being resolved in the story, I can't imagine the creators making another season.
Oh wow really? If that's the case then maybe there will be an OVA for a prequel. I want to learn more about what happened before the Unknown disaster and its orgins. Sadly, I can't read the light novel.
Yeah... *sigh* I probably won't even watch all of them, but there are certain ones that I really want to watch as well. I guess that I will remove a few from the list over time. I also want to watch a few more shows on TV as well and K-drama so I actually have more shows on this list.
Best to practise some moderation from time to time. Btw, do you remember that link that I sent to you? The one regarding the interview? I figured that this would be the perfect time to discuss its contents with you.
Yes, of course I would remember. What would you like to discuss about first since there is a lot of good content in the interview. We should also maybe add info from the interview to some of the wiki pages as trivia for the series' work-in-progress.
I guess my perception of Naru did change. I never really thought of her very deeply because she never really stood out to me despite being the main protagonist of PRRL.
They had thought about Naru being a Prism Messenger?! If they had actually made Naru a Prism Messenger, I think it would have a very interesting twist to the whole show but it also seems a bit too complicated to reveal such a huge thing at the end of the series.
I found it a bit shocking that Hishida had said that Naru was "awful" but I can see what Hishida had meant. Compared to the previous protagonists' of the past series (Aira and Mia), Naru lacks the motivation to practice and train to become better and a strong desire to win.
Of course, she had the motivation to make the Prism Stone Shop successful and to save the Prism Sparkle. But I would have liked to have seen a more passionate and determined side of Naru like Bell who was constantly trying to surpass herself. I was glad that Bell became Prism Queen rather than Naru.
I share the same sentiment, in fact I already had a low opinion of Naru for quite some time now. Okay, be warned that I am not going to mince words for the sake of clarity; it hurts me to criticise any element of Pretty Rhythm, even if it is negative, but I must.
I'm sorry if all of that came of as an insult towards Naru's character, but like I said earlier, I wasn't going to mince words, and for good reason, especially since she ranks last on my list of PR main characters. Like Hishida said, Naru never had the same kind of proper character development as Aira and Mia. Even Lala of Pripara is more level-headed than her, and that's coming from someone who doesn't think too highly of that spin-off. One could argue that Naru was a "refreshing break" from the usual "I want to aim for the top" main character trope in idol anime, but that statement completely defeats the purpose of a idol/Prism Star in the first place.
I completely agree with you on this. Naru did not have the same kind of character development like Aira and Mia. She was far too easygoing and although staying positive and cheerful is a good thing, there are moments where you must consider others and how they feel. Naru needed to be more serious and to be less of a child and crybaby. And just as you said, Naru was different from the usual main character in idol anime, but her lack of passion and determination as the protagonist defeats the purpose of idol animes.
Exactly. I'm sorry if that criticism came off as harsh to you, but Naru is too incompetent a main character for me to cut her some slack. And all that exposition above was probably way too much for my and yours liking, but remembering all of Naru's stupidest moments infuriated me to the point of overriding my better judgement.
Oh, it's okay. I agree with you for the most part and I wish that the creators could have given Naru more character development. Naru was a disappointing main protagonist for me.
Moving on... In part six of the interview, the creators talked about their struggles when they added new characters. They had to create character backstories and such (which probably meant that they did not make a good story for Naru... maybe).
Because Rainbow Live is separate from Aurora Dream and Dear My Future, a whole bunch of characters need to be introduced into the plot. Unlike in AD and DMF, the creators could take their time in developing each character. While in RL, things felt a little rushed. Sometimes I feel like RL could have gotten another season with a new rising Prism Stars (like how MARs was to Prizmmy) but that would be too redundant.
I wish we could have gotten more time to see the male characters. I love how they finally showed us a CG performance of the male Prism Stars in RL but I wish that they would make something for Callings since they never got a CG performance. The backstory of Jin, Hijiri, and DJ Coo and their battle for the title of Prism King was interesting as well as the formation of Over The Rainbow that lead to the King of Prism Movie series. In AD and DMF, the male characters were always overshadowed by the main girls so I'm glad that we got some more insight for Prism Boys.
And the new movie has been confirmed to be released on June 10th! We have to wait a bit for the DVD though.
You have to give full credit to the Hishida and everyone else here; not only did they manage to create an all-new and entirely original story from scratch, in the process they also built what I consider to be one of the greatest idol anime masterpieces ever. Keep in mind that not many writers possess the talent and creativity to upstage the twin marvels that were Aurora Dream and Dear My Future respectively in terms of music, atmosphere, graphics, plot and drama. And not only did Rainbow Live outdo both of its predecessors in those areas, the entire season itself redefined the entirety of Pretty Rhythm and brought it to the greatest heights ever imaginable.
Another area that Rainbow Live excelled in, just like you said was in the character development of male Prism Stars. Pretty Rhythm was already unique in its time mainly because the series gave both genders equal representation; most idol anime series past and present would either focus on one gender, with the opposing gender being relegated to minor status. Callings was great and all, and even though they got overshadowed by MAR's of course, they were great supporting characters and had two good songs to boot. Love Mix...forget it. Basically, those two chumps were one of DMF's few major flaws, not helped by the fact that they had a pretty forgettable song and that Itsuki somehow managed to turn from a likable if snarky child into a lame and almost emotionless teen. Then again, considering the amount of major characters in DMF, it had to be tough for the writers to give Love Mix ample screentime, so that's somewhat excusable if sad. Yun-su was cool though.
The King of Prism Trilogy always leaves me with mixed feelings. While the story, CG performances and jumps are just as impeccable as always, along with a heightened outlook on the characterization of Over The Rainbow, the fact that the girls are nowhere to be seen and the relatively short running time (one hour at most) makes for a bittersweet experience, to say the least. One can only hope that quality will trump quantity in this scenario.
And speaking of trump, on a unrelated note, I'm really worried about the state of affairs,especially with all the protests happening in America and elsewhere, including Seattle. Hope you're alright, but that's all I'm going to say since I know you aren't a big fan of this subject.
Of course I am so thankful to the creators and staff behind this amazing idol anime. I was surprised by how they could come up with new and fresh elements to the series such as the Prism Acts and Prism Lives. These new elements created a completely new view of Prism Stars and Prism Shows bringing them to further heights and it never gets boring to watch it. In terms of the music and graphics, it got better and better each season and I would still get goosebumps.
As for character development, everyone has some sort of deep connection with each other that develops even further throughout the series. And as you said, Pretty Rhythm gave both genders equal representation. Pretty Rhythm did a good job in showing male characters even if they were just the supporting characters. For other idol anime, like Aikatsu and PriPara, they did a poor job of showing male characters (Excluding Leona). As for Aikatsu Stars, we get to see short moments of the male idols but I hope that they go deeper into their idol activities. Back to Pretty Rhythm, Love Mix did not stand out to me at all in comparison to Callings. I was a bit disappointed by how they changed Itsuki's snarky personality from AD to a quiet and lame teen in DMF but I'm glad that they showed him. I would have wanted to see the twins Uru and Eru though.
Yeah, I had a few mix feelings with King of Prism as well. The story and CG never fail to disappoint me but now the girls are nowhere to be seen. The best that we got were a few poster and magazine cameos and shadow-faced girls in the beginning of the movie.
On the topic of politics, it's something that I don't want to deal with but it is something that I must know about for my future if anything changes. In a few of my classes yesterday we were watching Trump's Inauguration speech in the background as we were doing work. Our teacher told us that no matter how we feel about Trump or politics, in 3-4 years we get the power to vote and get our voices heard. The protests is a big concern for me and for the safety of my sister though. There was protesting at her campus and someone had got shot. Thankfully she didn't join in the protest but I just hope that all of the protests just die down. Sadly, I don't know if this will happen anytime soon.
"sigh" Yeah, I'm aware of the state of how America is right now. Currently, none of the things going on are affecting me or my family but I'm worried for other people that I know. I just hope to get through the next four years and enter collage.
Maybe it would be better to go out of the country...? Well, my parents are planning on visiting their home country soon~ I can't wait to see family that I haven't seen in almost six years!
You're always welcome to move over the border-I could recommend some nice apartments to you XD Alright-let's move on and forget all about this real world distraction and back to our current topic.
You know what's the saddest and most gut-wrenching part of the entire interview?
Part 8. I'm not going to lie here; I actually cried when I read its contents. I remember crying when I first watched Aurora Dream Episode 49, the part where Rizumu reunited with her mother. But reading all about it again really caused me to tear up once more. This is what separates Pretty Rhythm from other idol anime series, for it never shied away from really dark themes like parental abuse and abandonment. The part where Hishida said that they originally wanted to have Sonata die in a car accident was a wtf revelation for me; this just shows how dark Pretty Rhythm could be. Later on, they said that they changed the story where Sonata abandoned her family to self-train instead and gave the "parents died in car accident" plotline to Jun in Dear My Future. But parental abandonment, when compared to parental death, is just as cruel too. Rizumu grew up without the love of her mother for 14 years, and that in my opinion is just too callous and harsh.
Another matter of interest is regarding one of the main causes of Sonata's departure; the stigma of their marriage. Pretty Rhythm is famous for actually depicting couples with purely romantic feelings for each another instead of the usual teasing and fanservice present in other series, but even that love comes at a price; Prism Stars can and still be judged critically for falling in love. Just take a look at other examples in Dear My Future and Rainbow Live; in DMF, Rizumu of all people and her husband Hibiki bore the brunt of the crowd's anger when they revealed their marriage to the publice. Had P&P not intervened, it could have been a Sonata 2.0 situation. And in RL, Hiro constantly spouts the " idols can't fall in love" line.
That said, there is a clear distinction between idols and Prism Stars; Tsubota explicitly states that Prism Stars aren't bound by the stupid system of forbidding love relationships unlike idols. In the interview, it is stated that Ryuutaro had to retire after his boss found out, mainly because he was a idol, while Sonata was not. But she chose to follow him anyway, mainly because she was married and pregant with Rizumu by then. Even so...her leaving Rizumu was probably one of the show's most extreme and tearjerking moments, which is even worse when considering the fact that Sonata had an already depressing childhood; she could have led a normal and happy family life-but chose to throw it all away simply because of her desire to perfect the Aurora Rising...
Ahh...It truly was a heartbreaking and sad story. I don't blame you for crying because I remember doing the same. Despite being a show directed towards children, Pretty Rhythm was not afraid to use dark themes such as parental abuse and abandonment and I think they did a good job of showing it. I found it shocking that they wanted to have Sonata die in a car accident but I think parental abandonment is crueler than having a parent pass away.
The romance in Pretty Rhythm is very realistic on how it shows a famous person in a relationship and the reactions of fans. They would be judged more strictly and some agencies in real life would ban idols from getting into a relationship.
Pretty Rhythm handles romance and drama so skillfully compared to other idol anime which is why I love this series so much.
Precisely. This is one of the many areas that separates Pretty Rhythm from the rest of the pack; the majority of idol anime either outright ignores romance (this also explains why gender segregation is prominent thoughout the idol anime genre) or just teases it in subtle ways to the point where things never really progress.
Pretty Rhythm ignored all of that stigma associated with romance by exploiting a loophole; that their characters were Prism Stars, not idols, and thus exempt from this oppressive system, as stated earlier. The series was never really subtle about intimate relationships either; the writers expressly pushed for really intimate scenes between Aira and Shou, Rizumu and Hibiki, Ito and Kouji, and so on. More importantly, the significance of those scenes wasn't just for fanservice and to appeal to the adult fanbase; they were a realistic portrayal of teenagers experiencing love for the first time, and how they dealt with those feelings. And the way the writers crafted those relationships was brillant; based on the personalities and personas of the characters involved in a relationship with each another, the challenges said couple had to go through, as well the very nature of their relationship would be very contrasting in comparison with other relationships, thus giving the story more variety in that regard. Even better was the fact that those interactions within the couples were skillfully written so that said interactions gradually strengthened their mutual love for each another in an completely natural and loving way.
Once again, I completely agree with you on this. Pretty Rhythm did a great job in showing realistic scenes of teenagers experiencing love for the first time and they also did well in showing other realistic friendships. For example, Aira and Rizumu's and Mia and Hye In's friendship and rivalry. There are many challenges that friendships and those in a relationship with others face and their interactions with each other will make them become closer and strengthen their relationship. Pretty Rhythm's realism in portraying relationships caught my eye when I was first watching the series and I still tear up when thinking about some of the show's moments.
My point exactly. Speaking of friendship, Part 4 is hands down my favourite part of the entire interview, and for good reason. But before we continue on that, may I ask what's your most favourite romantic moment in all three seasons of the entire series?
There are so many good romantic scenes that it's so hard to choose! My favorite couple is Aira x Shou and my favorite romantic moment for them is Aurora Dream Episode 34 for obvious reasons.
In AD Epi. 34, Aira feels jealous and heartbroken of Nana who co-stars with Shou in a romance drama. I feel like Aira was able to fully realize that she is in love with Shou and during the MARs performance, she stood out and performed all the Prism Jumps which were centered around the theme of love.
I also like the scene in DMF Episode 48 where Aira and Shou share a kiss but I like Aurora Dream Episode 34 better because Aira was able to develop and realize her feelings.
That is why Episode 34 is my favourite episode in all of Aurora Dream; Aira was conflicted over her own feelings torwards Shou, but when she thought about how she felt happy when Shou was smiling happily as well, she realised that she was indeed in love with Shou and poured out her heart's feelings during MAR'S stage performance of Hop Step Jump, shouting that she was in love in front of the entire audience. Aira's aura was also shining brightly as proof of her true feelings towards Shou. She even did a Prism Jump on her own without her own teammates, Rizumu and Mion. Seriously I love this episode because Aira really started to open up and be more honest about her feelings towards Shou. Of course, the fact that there were some really cute AiraxShou moments as well that also helped me settle my decision.
Honestly, it's only in Pretty Rhythm that you get to witness some really heartwarming and epic moments like this; I hope that Aikatsu Stars follows Pretty Rhythm's lead and reenacts something similar in the case of Yume and Subaru. But that's too much to wish for, isn't it? Oh well, at the very least we can look forward to the Valentine's Day episode and see how it goes.
Alright...moving on to Part 4. Here's an line of conversation that caught my interest:
Hishida: In a normal anime, An would be the main character. She’s a honor student, she’s always honest, she only thinks of going forward. In comparison, the way Wakana continues to jeer at people, is more Pretty Rhythm-like.
Tsubota: I wonder why Wakana did that so much ? Hishida: You’re the one who wrote it!
Hishida : In a normal anime, there would have been the kind of development where An would take Wakana and Bell’s hands and tell them ”Let’s make up, and try our best!
Tsubota: We were careful so this kind of development doesn’t happen.
Hishida: Because Iuchi san doesn’t like those kind of stories, probably.
Hmm... I never thought about it till now but Ann really does make the standard main character in this type of anime. She fits the description of a ambitious main character that is kind to others, honest and always striving to improve and reach the top.
I like how the creators tried to go for a different type of story but honestly this specific exchange confuses me a bit. I would like to hear how you interpret this section before I give my final thoughts on Part 4.
The way I see it, the best and most accurate answer that I can give you is this:
Hishida said that there could have been a alternate outcome where An (who also could have technically been the main character instead of Naru) could have made peace quickly with Bell and Wakana without having to go through plenty of conflicts. In another idol anime setting (like Aikatsu for instance), that would have been the case. But this is Pretty Rhythm we are talking about; we aren't talking about your average spat between two or three characters who immediately kiss and make up without any sort of drama or conflict, we are talking about a idol anime series that takes the development of human relations very seriously.
What I'm trying to say is that while friendship is a common theme in basically every anime series of the idol genre, Pretty Rhythm takes the very notion itself and polishes it to the highest degree. It's as you said earlier; the way the series portrays friendships is highly realistic and reasonably accurate.
In other words, had the writers attempted to create a alternate scenario where Wakana and An simply reconciled without any sort of conflict in their midst, it would have been less dramatic to say the least, not to say highly unrealistic. You don't make peace with your enemy on a whim; you do so after going through a long series of emotional conflicts until both of you realise that it's not worth fighting each other anymore and let bygones be bygones.
Ah... I see what you mean. I was thinking of what if An and Wakana were the main characters of their respective teams (Happy Rain and Bell Rose). I agree with what you said that this type of alternative scenario would be less dramatic and unrealistic which makes me surprised once more that Pretty Rhythm tries to avoid the stereotipical drama.
I find it interesting that the writers had originally thought of An as the protagonist. But really anyone in this series would make a good protagonist given how well-crafted each character is. I remember how Rizumu was the main character from the original manga before they made the arcade game and anime.
In Rainbow Live, all of Bell Rose (Bell, Wakana, Otoha) and two-thirds of Happy Rain (An, Ito) could have been an alternative prospect for the main character.
Like, I'm not even kidding; it's just like you said: all the other five girls excluding Naru would have made a really good protagonist in their own terms. You had An, who of course fitted the stereotype of a actual main character before they decided to throw Naru in, Ito, whose cool persona and tragic background was really well-crafted, Otoha, who despite her shyness and timid personality slowly but surely grew to be one of the most likable characters, Wakana, who as a neko-based main character could have been really effective in her role, and of course Bell, who as the leader of Bell Rose and a strong and independent person in her own right could have been one too.
Really, all of them could have handled the role of the main protagonist far better than Naru herself. Actually, scrap that, when you come to think of it, the way Rainbow Live's plot is structured is really ingenious. Aurora Dream and Dear My Future were structured in a way so that it was obvious who the main protagonists were, but when it came to RL, the opposite couldn't have been more true; all of the main girls (sans Naru) and the Over the Rainbow boys got their own character arcs that interwined and coexisted with each other perfectly while maintaining their highly individualistic natures.
In other words, Rainbow Live was remarkable for how its characters were crafted so that each and everyone of them felt like the main protagonist despite Naru's status.
Exactly! In terms of story and characters, I think Rainbow Live did the best job out of the Pretty Rhythm series in showing detailed character personalities and backstory. It makes you wonder what else did the writers have in store for the characters if they made the series longer.
I think it would have been interesting to have Ito as the main protagonist. I would have liked to see from the point of view of someone who had a rather sad past in an idol anime and see how they slowly change and develop. Since normally in idol anime the main protagonist is usually the positive and ambitious type. So I think having a cool personality type would be nice for a change. I also would have loved to see the series from Otoha's POV as a timid and shy character and slowly comes out of her shell.
There are literally countless possibilities to consider had there been a 2nd season for Rainbow Live. But on the bright side, at the very least Over the Rainbow were given the role of main protagonists in the Kings of Prism trilogy.
That said, your statement regarding the fact that most idol anime rely on the timeless cliche of having a cute female protagonist who has a mostly sweet and upbeat personality does have its own merits. Pretty Rhythm isn't immune to this cliche either, as Aurora Dream had Aira and Rainbow Live had Naru. The same goes for its spin-off, Pripara which had Laala.
However, there is one specific Pretty Rhythm protagonist that literally breaks the mold /glass ceiling/cliche; Ageha Mia.
At first glance, Mia is not the kind of person you would assume to be your typical idol anime protagonist. For one, she headbutted her best friend in order to break the negative aura surrounding her and constantly shouted at her Prizmmy teammates as her way of promoting morale among them. Throw in her fiery and brash personality (which is her most defining trait), along with a generally stubborn altitude and you get a character that's more suited to be the protagonist of a martial art anime series. Oh, yeah, and she's definitely not passive nor cute at all, traits which almost every idol anime protagonist is required to have.
However, it is that very disparity which makes Mia and the entirety of Dear My Future unique compared to other seasons, not to say other idol anime series. For one thing, while most generic idol protagonists are positive and ambitious, those traits are tempered down by their cute and girly personas. Not Mia. Her never-say die altitude, combined with her desire to become the No.1 Prism Star (and surpass Aira in the process) are her most defining and positive traits. No matter what obstacles she might face, Mia will always have enough grit and determination to power her way through them. And she will continue to do so, long after other people would have already given up by that point. That said, Mia is without doubt a refreshing take on the generic cliche of having a cute and passive girl as the main protagonist of any idol anime.
Yes! I agree that Mia was a very unique main protagonist. She wasn't the stereotypical determined and cute-type main protagonist, but she had a special kind of flare and spunk to her that I really enjoyed seeing and found refreshing for an idol anime. In my own personal opinion, Mia was not my favorite character in DMF but she is definitely high in my list.
Now that I think about it, Mia reminds me of my best friend that I've known since kindergarten. She was almost like a bit of a rebel which is kind of similar to Mia's character. Mia powered her way through problems and never gave up despite the odds.
Haha I guess so. I'm mostly a serious person who works hard but I do have moments where I'm just kind of lazy while Hye In is constantly wanting to improve. Is there a character in Pretty Rhythm that you can relate to?
EDIT: A random topic but it's snowing again where I live! Even though it's already February, too! Normally the cold and snowy months are December and January. School was canceled for today as well which is nice~
Oh boy, it's the same over here in Vancouver, only worse. The entirety of the Metro area was completely covered in snow, and the entire campus had a fun time throwing snowballs at each other. I couldn't resist but join in! XD
That said, regarding your question, there are actually two Pretty Rhythm characters whom I can relate with. One is male while the other is female.
Haha! My friends and I made a miniature snowman but ended up having a snowball fight which was super fun! I hope the snow stays just a little longer!
Oh and who are those two characters? I think Reina is probably the one who I can relate to the most. I tend to worry or doubt myself on things that seem impossible. I normally just need a little support or a push to achieve something. But I guess in other ways I am similar to Hye In.
The male character that I can relate with the most is Harune Itsuki. Ironic considering the fact that I criticised his sudden shift of personality between AD and DMF, but after reflecting upon it, I realised that there were similar parallels between him and me. As Itsuki grew up, he lost his snarky altitude upon becoming a teenager and having to prioritise his studies (to the point of studying for cram school), he slowly becamed disensitized to basic concepts like fun, and would have continued this way if not for Mia's intervention. I admit that I used to be like him at one point; I constantly worried about my studies along with some pressure from my parents, so I experienced a major personality shift and thus I had to rely on entertainment like anime to relieve my stress.
One the other hand, the female character whom I can relate with is Ooruri Ayami, aka my favourite Prizmmy member. She happens to be the most timid and least likely to take charge of things, but makes up for it with her high intellect to the point where she is considered the brains of the group despite her young age. I admit, I'm more of a background person who prefers to let others take charge of the entire group so that I can simply provide adequate support without drawing too much attention to my own person.
Ah, I understand how you can relate to both Itsuki and Ayami. As I grew older I also started to prioritize my studies and I noticed that I started to become disconnected with some of my good friends. Thankfully I met others who had the same love for anime and were also passionate with studying so things went pretty well for me. But I completely understand about the pressure from parents and how you relied on anime to relieve your stress.
Ayami is also my favorite character in Prizmmy. I tend to be shy and timid similar to Ayami, but sometimes I do take charge of the group when it comes to school. But when it comes to being the center of attention or having to do a presentation in class I always stutter and flub up my words and I have a fear of being judged.
So, the bloody school paper's been published and printed now (our school has a slow system), I am now able to aid in polishing and adding lacking information the wiki. I do deeply apologize for the dispensable amount of absence I have taken.
@RozzaPanda Two great minds tend to think alike, so the saying goes. That said, it seems that our long-missing friend has finally returned from the world of reality, so I suppose we could turn our attention towards reconstructing the wiki once more.
@Orezio The episode synopsises for DMF and RL aren't yet complete, and there are still plenty of images to be added to the wiki. Most of the main character profiles have been completed, but there are various side characters who require a bit of polish to their resume. And finally, double-check all the Prism Stone pages just to make sure they are complete. I suppose the Kings of Prism pages should be updated too.
Hey, Orezio! There is no need to apologize for not being present on the wiki. It's understandable that you would prioritize your school work. I also haven't been doing a very good job of editing on the wiki regularly even though I check by daily. (I'm guilty....)
As for what needs to be done... here are some things that need to be done (need to update the blog). As Staraptor Kwan said, most of the episode synopsises and images. As for character pages, I've noticed that the sections for character pages are not organized the same way as other pages which bothers me. I've been thinking of formatting the pages in the same way as I've done for Shin Ichijo's page where the sections in order are Personality, Appearance, Role In Plot, and Trivia. There are also some other sections such as Relationships, Image Songs, and Gallery, that go before Trivia.
I'm gathering some info for KOP that can only be found in magazines and other merch (thanks to those who share and translate info~) and I was thinking of writing the whole plot summary of the first movie soon.
Ah, now that I come to think of it, most of the character pages aren't structured like ordinary character page formats, a fact that needs to be resolved for the sake of clarity. Rozza-san, once you get all the section headers in order, I will go and fill those in. Don't worry, I will be as accurate as possible, since usually the one who edits character pages is someone with extensive knowledge of the entire series-a trait which I fortunately possess. About Appearance however, I might have to pass that to someone else, since I'm not a expert in describing the physical attributes of anime characters.
Oh,and just a bit of advice: go through all of Nekketsu Nikki to find any sort of info you can; it's a literal godsend.
Okay! I will try and get started this weekend or next week since I'm actually fairly busy this month and the next month. I trust that you will provide accurate info to the sections much better than me. I don't know if I would be able to do it justice. For Appearance, I'll give it my best shot but I'm not that confident in describing physical appearances.
And of course I will be looking through Nekketsu Nikki's content~
I'm going to continue in order of release so All-Star Selection is next. It should be easy since those episodes are pretty much a review of the previous series. Then I will start King of Prism. I start school in a week so I might edit less from now on though.
Thanks for understanding, Rozza-san. It's just that starting from the end of this August, I have to deal with a lot of academic work, and as such it might have a profound impact on my free time.
Not to say that I won't have enough free time to help you out, it's just that I need to construct a proper timetable first to determine my priorities, only then I can continue to help you out with the restoration of the Pretty Rhythm wiki. I wish you the best of luck then.
You did it, Rozza-san, and now the only thing left for now is Rainbow Live (and maybe All-Star Selection). Keep up th good work! I'm currently held up by matters in the Aikatsu Stars! Wiki, but at least by Friday I should have enough time to fill in the synopsises of the episodes.
Lol "Rozza-san", I think I'm younger than you though XD I think I will create the All-Star Selection episode pages as well but the episodes were just looking back on the previous series so I'm a bit unsure.
I found a new wiki called Rainbow Live wiki . Um, I think we should cooperate with its admins. I means, we needn't create new pages about Rainbow Live episodes because there are all in that wiki. It would be more convenient for us to make this wiki better. ( I'm not good at grammar, sorry!)
I already know about the Rainbow Live Wiki and it seems that the admins on that wiki are no longer active. So I don't think we will be able to cooperate with them, sadly.
Plus, I think we should create the pages ourselves rather than copying another wiki. Even if it is the same series, it wouldn't seem right to copy from them without permission. Of course, if we can contact them and they agree I have no problem.
I know about that wiki-and its Aurora Dream and Dear My Future counterparts as well. Sadly, I don't think that they are the main priority for now-we should focus on restoring this wiki first, only then we should decide whether to copy them or not. But even I'm not sure if the admins can be even contacted, I mean it's been so long already that they might be long gone.
Of course! Anything official is welcome on the wiki. I also believe that this image is from the King of Prism's Official Website. Currently, I am trying to add info about the movie but I am busy with school at the moment.
Oh really? I didn't realize that there was a wiki for KOP. I would love to join so you shouldn't abandon the wiki. Can you please send a link? Once I have more time I will join the wiki and help out as much as I can. But my priorities right now are school and this wiki.