Video Game: Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream
Let's dance together! Go for it! Go for it!Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream
is a Japanese arcade game created by Takara Tomy.
The plot is about 3 girls; Aira Harune
, Rhythm Amamiya
and Mion Takamine
, who are Prism Show stars and form a group named MARs.
The Prism Show is an all-new kind of entertainment show that requires its participants to be figure skaters, models, and singers all at the same time. Aira and Rhythm are two girls who both dream of becoming the Prism Queen. They'll have to train hard and overcome both their quarrels with each other and their blossoming interest in boys if they want to achieve their dream.
The second season, Dear My Future, is set three years after Aurora Dream and centers around a four member group known as Prizmmy☆ (Mia Ageha, Reina Miyama, Karin Shijimi, and Ayami Ooruri). Dear My Future also introduces five girls from Korea - Hye In, So Min, Jae Eun, So Min, and Chae Kyoung - who act as Prizmmy☆'s friendly rivals
, PURETTY. The season also introduces the new concept of Prism Acts, a special type of Prism Jump used to entertain the audience.
The third season, Rainbow Live, is a completely new story, although the Pair Cheer and Pair Charm mascots do make occasional cameos. Rainbow Live introduces seven girls - Naru Ayase, Ann Fukuhara, Ito Suzuno, Otoha Takanashi, Wakana Morizono, Bell Renjouji, and the amnesiac Rinne. The season completely gets rid of Prism Acts, and introduces Prism Lives, in which Prism Stars use instruments to perform.
The game was adapted into a manga and an anime that started airing in Spring 2011, with a new season premiering every Spring.
- Abusive Parents: Bell's mom is really much like this.
- A Day in the Limelight: Jun in the last few minutes of Episode 26. We're given a look into how Asechi treats him.
- Adorkable: Jae Eun, Naru, and Otoha are very much like this.
- Aerith and Bob: Rhythm, Sonata, Chris Kaname, Bell.
- Aloof Ally: Mion. She gets better.
- Alpha Bitch: Neko-chi is like this to the other mascots and is always going on about how Mion is a big international star and doesn't have time to waste on anybody below her (Mion isn't like that though).
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Besides Aira's dad, described below, Serena's dad always makes it a point to advertise his company whenever he comes to see his daughter's shows.
- Ambiguously Gay: Penguin-sensei and Yamada.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Aira's younger brother who loves to snark at her.
- The Artifact: Penguin-sensei and Yamada, ostensibly dance teachers and the mascots' mentors, become pretty much superfluous after their debut and appear once in a blue moon for no other reason than to provide cheap laughs.
- The mascots themselves make less and less of an impact in the story as the show goes on. They're just kind of there from around episode 40 onwards.
- Ascended Fangirl: All four members of Prizmmy☆ were at Aira's Prism Queen performance in Episode 50.
- Beach Episode: Episode 27.
- Big Eater: Rhythm.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Serena and Kanon have this as part of their act.
- Book Dumb: Rhythm, who does abysmally at exams.
- Broke the Rating Scale: Aira's Aurora Rising is deemed so beautiful and creative by the judges that they refuse to rate it and she becomes Prism Queen.
- But Not Too Foreign: Serena is half-French, Mion is half-Italian.
- Calling Your Attacks: The girls call out the names of the special jumps and tricks as they perform them.
- Catch Phrase: Aira's "Happy Lucky!", Rhythm's "My heart is fully charged!", and Mion's "Mion - switch on!"
- In Dear My Future, there's Mia's "I'm number one!", Karin's "Galactical!", Ayami's "Memo memo desu!", Shi Yoon's "Yeah!", Chae Kyoung's "Celebrity!", and Jae Eun's "Pakupaku!"
- In Rainbow Live, there's Naru's "Get Happy!", Ann's "Leave it to Ann!", Ito's "Intense!", and Otoha's "Fairytale!". Bell and Wakana? They don't have any catchphrase of their own.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Jae Eun and Otoha.
- Color Motif: Aira (pink / red), Rhythm (blue) and Mion (purple).
- In Dear My Future, there's Mia (red), Reina (black), Karin (yellow), Ayami (carnation pink), Hye In (scarlet), Shi Yoon (green), So Min (orange), Chae Kyoung (indigo), and Jae Eun (pink).
- In Rainbow Live, there's Naru (pink), Bell (red), Otoha (yellow), Wakana (green), Ann (blue), Ito (purple), and Rinne (rainbow).
- The Comically Serious: Mion.
- Conspicuous CGI: The dance sequences are done in jarring Uncanny Valley style.
- Costume Porn: The girls have beautiful skating costumes.
- Crash-Into Hello: Aira and Rhythm almost met like this, but Rhythm did a Prism Jump out of the way.
- Curtains Match the Window: Aira (red hair and eyes) and Rhythm (orange hair and eyes).
- Cute Clumsy Girl: Aira.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Aurora Rising is a bit like this. Sonata Kanzaki dropped out from Prism Shows after using it, and seemingly lost her will to live. Plus, anybody who fails at doing it can get seriously injured.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Mia twice threatens to quit Pretty Top, both times because her melon bread was stolen. First by Aira, and then by Kyouko. To be fair, both of them just saw it lying on the table with nobody around to claim ownership.
- Drunk with Power: Jin Norizuki, the supervisor of Edel Rose, is like this. The result: he gets kicked out of Edel Rose before the end of Rainbow Live.
- June was also like this, but to a lesser extent.
- Epic Fail: Aira's first couple of times being in Prism Show. In Rainbow Live, Bell's first attempt on Prism Live.
- Everything's Better with Sparkles: The more your heart sparkles (which is reflected by how much your costume sparkles), the better your Prism Jump will be.
- Faceless Masses: To the nth degree in the anime. All the crowds are rendered as colored silhouettes. They get better about this as the anime goes on.
- The Fashionista: Aira and Ayami.
- Filler: There are several live-action segments that have nothing to do with the plot. It's taken to ridiculous levels in episode 13 where half the episode consists of a live-action segment to fill up the episode length. These segments disappear about halfway through the series, but returned for Rainbow Live. Thankfully, for the latter they are approximately 5 minutes long.
- Fun with Acronyms: In Rainbow Live. The initials of the girls spell out the word rainbow: Rinne, Ann, Ito, Naru, Bell, Otoha, Wakana. Part of this is the basis for the Happy Rain team.
- Genki Girl: Rhythm and Kaname.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: In the fight described below, Aira has small white wings while Rhythm has gigantic black wings.
- Happily Adopted: Kaname is part of Rhythm's family at the end.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: Rhythm, and previously Kyouko, worked through Hell and back to perform the Aurora Rising, but never made it (well, Rhythm manages to do it finally, but blows it by running off stage after her mother), while their more talented rivals do it happily.
- Henpecked Husband: Serena's dad. Aira's dad to a slightly lesser extent.
- Heroic BSOD: Bell after her failure on attempting Prism Live. She gets better, though.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Aira and Hye In are major examples. Bell is another example, but doesn't become a heroine until episode 25.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Episode 46, between Aira and a far-gone Rhythm.
- Instant Expert: Aira, who does the Prism Jump perfectly at her first try. Which is later subverted when they show that she sucks at everything about ice skating and can't do a jump again until she's trained.
- Jerkass: Kintaro Asechi in Dear My Future and Jin Norizuki in Rainbow Live. While the former eventually reforms, the latter remains an antagonist, and well, very ruthless.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Serena and Kanon.
- In Rainbow Live, Bell, Wakana, and June.
- Lamarck Was Right: Aira's and Rhythm's parents worked in Prism Shows when younger.
- Large Ham: Jun, one of the girls' managers, who has a penchant for talking in metaphors and randomly yet dramatically shouting in English.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Rinne and June of Rainbow Live.
- Love Triangle: Hinted earlier in Rainbow Live, but was only revealed after it was resolved: Type 5 between Naru, Kouji and Ito. The latter two broke up for a while, though. There's also a minor one between Ann, Kazuki and Wakana but Kazuki himself is oblivious about their feelings. When the two confessed in front of him, he ended up faints and chose no one.
- Magic Idol Singer: Of a sort — they're ice skaters instead of idol singers, and they lack Older Alter Egos, but otherwise the show fits the genre pretty well.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: Karin has 8 younger brothers. Presumably octuplets, since they appear to be about the same age and size as each other.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It's hard to say whether the jumps are really as they appear, or just metaphorical. The fight in episode 46 complicates things further.
- Mean Boss: Kyouko, MARs' boss, is a money-grubber who'll schedule a Prism Show every chance she gets. But she's well-meaning for the most part.
- Meet Cute: To give you just one example, the very first seconds after Aira meets Shou, he kisses her on the forehead. Now that's assertive.
- Meido: Episode 28.
- Mentor Mascot: Aira's Rabbit-chi, Rhythm's Bear-chi and Mion's Neko-chi, the talking animal plushies.
- Missing Mom: Rhythm's. It turns out that she's Sonata Kanzaki, the only one to ever do the Aurora Rising successfully.
- My Brother Is Off Limits: Kanon feels this way about her brother Hibiki being with Rhythm.
- My Instincts Are Showing: Neko-chi can't resist pouncing on Mion's baton.
- Naïve Everygirl: Aira.
- Nice Girl: Aira, Rhythm, and Mion.
- In Dear My Future, Mia, Hye In, Reina, Karin, Ayami, Shi Yoon, Jae Eun, Chae Kyoung, and So Min.
- In Rainbow Live, Naru, Ann, Ito, Rinne, Otoha, and later, Bell, Wakana, and June.
- No Antagonist: Aurora Dream was like this: Coach Kei comes closest to being one; her worst characteristic is simply being incredibly stern even towards her children. Dear My Future and Rainbow Live were like this for a period until their Big Bad showed up: Kintaro Asechi and Jin Norizuki, respectively.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Kaname.
- Overprotective Dad: Aira's dad despises Prism Shows at first and breaks down from the idea of her daughter seeing a boy.
- Pinball Protagonist: Aira makes it very clear that she doesn't really have a grand goal like the other characters, and therefore spends much of the series just doing what she's told and reacting to others' problems.
- In the end, she decides that her dream is to share her feelings of happiness with others, so this trope still applies at the end.
- Plucky Girl: Rhythm.
- Power Trio: There's MARs, the mascots and Callings. Sere-non also counts, with the addition of Kaname.
- In the second season, Prizmmy☆ and PURETTY are temporarily split into three different Power Trios to compete in a tournament only for trios.
- Mia, Chae Kyoung, and So Min form the group COSMOs, with the name coming from their first initials.
- Hye In, Karin, and Shi Yoon form the group P&P, which represents the unbreakable bonds between Prizmmy☆ and PURETTY.
- Reina, Ayami, and Jae Eun form the group Sprouts, which comes from Mion's idea of a new beginning.
- In Rainbow Live, there’s Naru, Ann, and Ito. Bell, Wakana, and Otoha also count, but Otoha did split out for a while before reuniting.
- The Quiet One: Yamada and Rinne, when she's not performing.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Shou is into fashion design.
- Recap Episode: The majority of Episode 26, in which the girls flashback to everything that happened up until that point while going through the wacky hijinx of cooking up a giant gyoza for their boss.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Rhythm's eyes become red and dull from her obsessive training in performing the Aurora Rising.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Rhythm and Mion, with Aira falling somewhere in between.
- Repetitive Name: Yamao Yamada.
- The Reveal: In Aurora Dream, Sonata Kanzaki, former Prism Queen, turns out to Rhythm's mom.
- In Dear My Future, Don Bomby, the regular MC of each Prism Show in the series, is actually Kintaro Asechi, Kei's estranged husband.
- There's a boatload of these in Rainbow Live: Chisato Ibara, owner of Prism Stone is actually a Pair Friend named Momo, DJ Coo is actually a former Prism Star named Rei Kurokawa, Kouji's father was the man killed in the incident Ito's father had, Rinne and June were messengers from the Prism World, and Ann and Wakana used to be friends.
- The Rival: Rhythm, to Aira (at first).
- Later we get Sere-non, who consist of Serena, Kanon and Kaname, and are rivals to MARs.
- Kyouko and Sonata were rivals to each other.
- There's a lot of examples in Rainbow Live. Naru and Bell, Wakana and Ann, Otoha and Ito, and Kouji and Hiro.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: The Pair Cheer mascots in Aurora Dream, the Pair Charm mascots in Dear My Future, and the Pair Friend mascots in Rainbow Live.
- Rummage Sale Reject: Rhythm, unlike Aira, has absolutely no sense of fashion, so she sometimes ends up looking like this (for example, in her date with Mion). She gets better.
- Sempai/Kohai: Mion functions as this at first to the other two, as she's been in the business longer and is six months older than them. In Dear My Future, MARs become sempais to Prizmmy☆ and PURETTY.
- Shrinking Violet: Bear-chi.
- Significant Birth Date: Rhythm and Aira were born in the same year, month and day, which was when an important constellation in their world, the Skater, was shining in the sky, binding them not only to a bright future in the Prism Shows, but to each other. Mion is initially bothered that this means that she's basically a third wheel, until Jun reveals that the Skater was also shining on the day she was born (funnily enough, she herself doesn't discover this until episode 45).
- Spell My Name with an "S": Rhythm/Rizumu and Bell/Beru. For the latter, the preview of episode 29 shows "Bell".
- Spoiler Opening: The 1st opening to Aurora Dream clearly presents Aira, Rhythm, and Mion as a trio, but they don't become such until over 20 episodes in.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Ito and Kouji, thanks to their fathers' past. They got better.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Aira's sisters have the same hair and eye color as her.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Mion, to everyone.
- Theme Naming: All four of the Prizmmy☆ members have last names that are based off the name of a butterfly.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Meat for Rhythm.
- Transformation Sequence: A brief one.
- Transformation Trinket: The Prism Stones.
- Tsundere: Ito, especially towards Kouji.
- Verbal Tic: The mascots' tend to end their sentences with "~chi-ah!".
- We Used to Be Friends: Ann and Wakana. They got better.
- Wham Line: Episode 39 of Rainbow Live: My partner is...Ibara Rinne.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Aira in episode 2 was thinking how nice it was to be in Rhythm's company (cue Death Glare from Rhythm).
- You Are Not Alone: Aira to Rhythm in episode 46.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Not many examples in Aurora Dream. More noticeable in Dear My Future and Rainbow Live.
Dream goes on...