Let's dance together! Go for it! Go for it!Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream is a Japanese arcade game created by Takara Tony.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 game was adapted into a manga and an anime that started airing in Spring 2011, with a new season premiering every Spring.
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.
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.
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.
Epic Fail: Aira's first couple of times being in Prism Show.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).