Video Game / PriPara
All of the main characters of the first three seasons of PriPara.
PriPara really is... a world every girl aspires to live in! When the time comes, every girl finds a mysterious PriTicket that grants them entry to PriPara! An invitation to a world of dreams! Where both aspiring and top idols alike are found! Where they compete in shows of song, dance, and fashion sense! Truly a paradise for idols!
Laala and Nao, said in the first episode of the show.
, short for Prism Paradise, is an arcade game from Takara Tomy and a successor to the Pretty Rhythm
series. An anime series by Tatsunoko Production
(who also did one for Pretty Rhythm
) aired in Summer 2014 Anime
and ended with 3 seasons in early 2017. 4 films have also been made with the last one premiering in 2017.
The anime follows Laala Manaka who discovers a PriTicket, a ticket that leads her to the idol world, PriPara. Unexpectedly for her, she makes her idol debut. And unfortunately for her, she is a student of Paprika Academy, a private school that prohibits anyone from getting involved with the idol world. For that, she has to keep her idol life a secret.
After the anime's conclusion, a sequel series was announced titled Idol Time PriPara
, instead focusing on a girl named Yui.
A character page
is under construction.
The anime has also been picked up for English release.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: The game and the anime are one to Aikatsu!.
- And Your Reward Is Clothes: All of the "legendary" dresses in the series are given away in idol tournaments that take place throughout the course of each season. Dressing Pafe also get their 2nd Cyalume Coord sets in this manner from Cosmo, after Shion wins a game of Panda Igo.
- By playing the arcade game, players receive coord pieces.
- The Artifact: The Prism Voice that Laala and Falulu possess barely stays afloat with the plot, and loses significance after the conclusion of Season 1. Laala's voice itself has a deeper, richer pitch when singing "Make it!" for the first few episodes, but every other song past that features her typical high-pitched voice that she talks with in the series.
- The line "Paradise, our goal" in the team formation ceremony speech after season 1. This refers to the Paradise Coorde, a legendary dress that was a major plot point in season one, and was never mentioned again since then.
- Ascended Fangirl: A lot of them.
- Yui Yumekawa, the new protagonist from Idol Time PriPara is probably the biggest example.
- Beach Episode: Episode 8.
- Happens again in episode 60, featuring the expanded cast.
- Bland-Name Product: Done with the names of various Tokyo Districts, eg. 'Parajuku', 'Akipapara', etc.
- Also done with various other real world locations. Sophie at one point, was going to be forced to transfer to 'Prifornia'. Currently, Faruru, Fuwari, and Hibiki reside at PriParis.
- In Idol Time PriPara, Laala attends Avacado Academy at Paparajuku.
- Bowdlerised: The Korean version of Episode 61 is different from the Japanese. Where Sophie kisses Laala and Minami on the cheek, she instead feeds them candies.
- The Korean version also had problems with Leona's gender, meaning they had to modify or find ways to cover up anything related to it.
- By the Power of Grayskull!: "Cyalume Change!" to activate the mode of the same name, and "Idol Time Countdown!" to activate coord change in the Idol Time series.
- The Cameo: While Pretty Rhythm's Mia guest starred for an episode in Idol Time, plenty of other PR characters appeared in the backgrounds.
- Catchphrase: Laala's "Capische!", Mirei's "Hop, Step, Get you!", Dorothy and Leona's "Tension Max/Relax", Shion's "Igo Yoroshiku!" (Though Igo/go also functions as a light Verbal Tic for her), and Nanami's "Kyupikon".
- In season 3, the members of Triangle introduce their own, "Ju!" for Junon, "Pipi!" for Pinon, and lastly, "Kano-Pero!" for Kanon.
- In Idol Time PriPara, we have Yui, who adds "Yume" at the ends of her sentences, and Michiru often says "No way. No way, no way, no way, no way..."
- Censor Decoy: The fifth ending sequence, "Heart Clenching Love Song", featured many of the girls in revealing swimsuits and suggestive poses, with the biggest controversy surrounding Sophie's Marilyn Monroe Shout-Out attire— specifically her shoulder strap. As noted under Take That!, they did change that specific scene... but literally everything else about the ending is left intact.
- Continuity Nod: Some characters from Pretty Rhythm appear such as Meganee, Cosmo note and the Saints, which is made up of the predecessor's three protagonists.
- In episode 30, silhouettes of Naru, Ann, Ito, Bell, Wakana, Otoha, and Rinne from Rainbow Live can be seen behind Faruru at one point.
- Costume Porn: Cyalume Change converts an idol's dress into a flashing display of cyalume lights with each individual part having its own particular pattern.
- Crossover: There's the crossover movie with Pretty Rhythm, and also there's the arcade game's crossover event with legendary 80s Magical Girl series Creamy Mami, the Magic Angel
- A Day in the Limelight: Episode 14 is about the rival group Dressing Pafé and its formation.
- Despite being one of the main six characters, Dorothy finally gets one in Episode 60 (along with a Making Drama she made herself), though it's promptly hijacked by Love, who's also getting her own day in the limelight.
- Dark Horse Victory: In season 3, while the main competition was between Dressing Pafe and SoLaMi Smile, Gaarumaggedon ended up winning the Second Divine Idol Grand prix at the virtual last second by default.
- Defeat Means Friendship: After Eiko and Love's tennis match where the former defeats the latter, they become friends.
- And while their first idol battle ends in a draw, SoLaMi Smile and Dressing Pafé are this to each other.
- Demoted to Extra: Sophie's fanclub, and it's even lampshaded in one episode shortly after SoLaMi Smile is formed, where they basically accept that Sophie doesn't need them and allow themselves to become regular fans.
- Disney Death: Episode 35 ends with Falulu dying after her friend ticket is snapped, since it contained her system data. With the help of SoLaMi Dressing and the fans from around the world cheering her on, she was able to come back.
- Parodied in episode 105 during Gaaromadegon's team formation ceremony. Gaaruru attempted to snap her friend ticket when SoLaMi Dressing crashes into the room. Falulu asks Unicorn to give her permission, then we see Gaaruru crying over old memories she had and then lying on the floor, which then cuts to a blackout. After this, we find out that Gaaruru was just faking her death, as only vocaldolls with friends can snap their tomotickets, and that Jururu had a part in not letting her die thanks to her magic, which is associated with her having the ability to turn into Jewlie and give Gaaruru a Super Cyalume Rare. Unicorn gets really angry that Gaaruru did this, which causes Gaaruru to bite her.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Though Laala gets penalty slips regularly, the punishments associated with them are largely inconsequential, likely due to the fact that most of the rules seem to be based on wordplay/knowledge. At 100 tickets, she only needed to clean the school statue and at 200, she had to manage a group of pre-schoolers.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Sophie is very weak unless being fed with red flash, aka pickled plums.
- Embarrassing Damp Sheets: In episode 2 of Idol Time, Yui tries to stop her older brother, Shogou, from annoying her by showing him a picture she took when she was younger of him crying because he wet the bed. He ran away in a huff.
- Excited Title! Two-Part Episode Name!: Fairly common in this series.
- Extreme Doormat: Gloria can easily be outwitted by an elementary schooler. Also, pizzas are her weakness.
- Famous Last Words: The last words of Falulu in episode 35 are: " Falulu lost for the first time, but it's weird. I'm still happy! Because I've got lots of warm sparkly stuff right here. So I am truly happy. Let's snap!"
- Fanservice: The fourth movie has a scene of Leona and Mega-nii in biker's bodysuits, unzipping to the groin and showing off their stomachs.
- Foreshadowing: Very subtle in regards to Leona's gender. Leona lacks eyelashes where girls in PriPara have them. He's also flat-chested, though this can be difficult to spot at times.
- Hibiki was opposite of this, having feminine eyes and a noticeable chest in official art. Then came her reveal.
- Friendly Rival: SoLaMi Smile and Dressing Pafé become this after their face-off end in a tie.
- Funbag Airbag: In Episode 15, Mirei and Shion accidentally bump into Gloria with their faces landing on her somewhat slender assets. For obvious reasons though, this is subverted as the show makes it look like they bump into a brick wall.
- Genki Girl: Mirei, Laala, Ajimi.
- Gold Digger: Usagi's motivation for originally being Sophie's manager. He rides on Sophie's stardom just so he can get some for himself. He even sees Sophie as useless without her pickled plums. This quality of him by the time Season 2 started.
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: Played with in episode 41. When Mirei can't figure out what to do after she can't retrieve the lost gift she got from Laala, Mikan and Aroma emulate her options; Mikan suggest she tell Laala the truth, while Aroma suggests that she lie, both claiming that doing the other one would disrupt their friendship.
- Gratuitous English: Invoked in the team names, but especially in Dressing Pafé's, whose odd team name stems from a combination of Shion, Leona, and Dorothy's names, the word "sing", the fact that "dressing" described their group dynamic in terms of mixing, and "Pafé" is a strange short pronunciation of "perfect" and "parfait".
- Gratuitous Italian: Lala and her family love dishing out this.
- Ham-to-Ham Combat: Minami's parents. They are usually refined but when they argue over which snack option it is to be used, this became a reality.
- Hollywood Restraining Order: Gloria was banned from coming within 100 meters of PriPara. After she becomes good and regains her old friendship, she is free to enter PriPara again.
- Hopeless Auditionees: In Episode 11, Lala's group tries to find a third member after failing to convince Sophie to join them. None of the auditionees impress them.
- Instant Expert: Lala at her first live with Mirei, though this may be dumb luck propped up by her Prism Voice; she still had to practice posture, handshaking, etc. in the following episodes.
- Shion is a more straight example, as her singing and dancing become top-idol material after she related them to Go.
- Yui also showed this in Idol Time PriPara during her first performance. But she did point out that she practiced in private a lot later.
- It's All About Me: Originally Usagi had this attitude.
- Keeping Secrets Sucks: Drove the plot of the first half of the first season. Lala has to keep her PriPara life secret from Gloria who has been growing suspicious of her involvement with the forbidden idol world. Mirei has no problems with hers.
- On Sophie's company, her fanclub and her manager Usagi had to feed her pickled plums before going to the public.
- The top example repeats during Idol Time PriPara, with Yui and Laala struggling to keep it from not only the Avocado Academy headmistress, but also from the disciplinary committee.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: Season 2 begins by adding 2 new main characters to the already crowded 7 from Season 1, and gradually adds new characters, with 5 confirmed in total. As it's almost mandatory to have SoLaMi Smile and Dressing Pafé have speaking lines in nearly every episode, it becomes increasingly apparent when an episode featuring one of Aromageddon, Fuwari, Falulu, etc. causes the rest of the new characters to disappear for the episode.
- When Season 3 started, 6 new characters were revealed. Since then, 3 of them left after it was revealed they were all Non in disguise, only to be replaced by a new unit.
- In Idol Time PriPara, not only is it hinted the original main characters will appear, but prior to the series three new idols were introduced, along with their Manager mascots.
- Mascot: They are the idols' managers and they look like flying stuff animals. Kuma for SoLaMi Smile, and Usagi for Dressing Pafé, Unicorn for Faruru, Neko for Aromageddon, Ham for Ajimi, Toriko for Fuwari, and now Usacha for the unit Triangle (and later Non Sugar). In Idol Time PriPara, Punikon for Yui, Chuppe for Nino, and Pitsuji for Michiru.
- Medium Blending: Most of the endings are live-action and they feature an idol group singing and dancing. The only two that don't are "Heart-Clenching Love Song" and "Rainbow Melody".
- In Idol Time PriPara most of the first ending song features the anime characters, but towards the end a live action segment takes place with a girl dressed in a Laala costume and dancing.
- Meganekko: Mirei, Meganee, and one of Sophie's fanclub members who was never named. Meganii and Megaboy are male versions. Michiru from Idol Time PriPara appears to be a classic example.
- Merchandise-Driven: The anime exists to promote the arcade game of the same name.
- Mythology Gag: A lot of nods are made to the original Pretty Rhythm series, whether it's in the form of silhouettes of the past main characters, clothes that were introduced, etc.
- Nao, Laala's friend, wears a dress that's nearly identical to a dress that Mion from Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream wore at one point. The only difference is that the bow on Nao's is purple as opposed to blue.
- In episode 39, Laala dances with holograms of the four members of Prizmmy from Dear My Future.
- In the same episode, girls wearing clothes from Aurora Dream can be seen at one point.
- Episode 54 features a ton of references from the previous Pretty Rhythm series.
- In Idol Time PriPara this appears to have been dropped.
- Nobody Poops: Played straight in the first 2 seasons. And then came baby Jewlulu in Season 3, which lead to a lot of pee jokes in the show that usually involved her peeing on an object or in someone's face.
- The One Guy: Leona to SoLaMi Dressing, though being the most feminine of the six, you'd hardly be able to tell if he didn't wear the male school uniform.
- Outrun The Mob: WITH gets chased by, and eventually trampled by, a horde of screaming fangirls in one Idol Time episode. They tore apart Asahi and Koyoi, but Shougo was left unscathed.
- Overly Long Name: The mascots have incredibly long names. Kuma's, for example, is Klaus Henrik Poncetta Von Vogel Strobel Cash De La Manecca the Third.
- Unicorn takes this trope Up to Eleven, as her full name is Julius Mubampis Adamantios Nikolakopululu Anaxagoras Odysseas Procopius Tondoll=Zlatokov Nicodemus Metrophanes Kaisal Eolgos Sebastianos Zeno Partenope Crysantheme Axnacia Euterpe Harmonia Demetrian (yes, it has an "=" in it too). It takes Kuma and Usagi about 18 seconds to read the full name and they still had to speed up for the second half of it!
- Unicorn has now been surpassed by Ham, a legendary Mascot. His entire name is Hannibal Caesar Elizabeth Archimedes Newton Duke the Togo Boss Yujiro Master of the Mascot at the New Century We are the World We are the Sunflower Friedrich H.A.M. Taro the Great Golden Selime
- Palette Swap: Most coords have at least two identical palette-swapped versions, and most idol performances consist of using these. Despite being a simple color change, the palette swap also generally dictates what brand and type the coord is. Eg. the Dream Heart Lace coord used by SoLaMi Smile at the beginning of season 2 features a Lovely-type pink version from Twinkle Ribbon, a Pop-type blue version from Candy Ala Mode, and a Cool-type black/purple version from Holic Trick.
- Poor Communication Kills: The reason Gloria dedicated herself to stealing PriPara tickets. She was supposed to meet Lala's mom many years ago so that they could see each other's real forms for the first time. Because their idol and human forms looked so different however, they weren't able to recognize each other. This left Gloria feeling betrayed, and made her work so that no one else would ever experience the heartbreak she went through.
- Power Trio: SoLaMi Smile, Dressing Pafé, and Saints. Also, most events require units consisting of three idols.
- Power-Up Food: Sophie eats pickled plums to energize herself from her Fancy Mode. Inverted with sweets as they easily send her back to it.
- Pungeon Master: Lala's father has a tendency to do this, usually by combining Japanese words with food (eg. Arigatorilla).
- Put on a Bus: Falulu at the end of season 1 temporarily leaves, returning in the middle of Season 2 after a majority of the new characters have been introduced.
- At the end of Season 2, she leaves again. This time with Hibiki and Fuwari. They return later in Season 3 as a trio unit.
- This happens to Triangle once their secret is outed in the anime.
- Everyone except for Laala at the start of "Idol Time PriPara", however over the series more and more characters make appearances again.
- Recap Episode: Episode 33 is this, though most of the recap is done through the songs that were previously used for the live performances.
- Running Gag: Mirei's penchant for slapping penalty slips on Lala's (and other students') foreheads, often over unusually specific reasons. When done on Lala specifically, her head bobbles around, adding to the gag. This gag eventually dies down when the story begins to take place almost entirely in PriPara.
- Secret Keeper: In the first season, elementary students who go to Paprika Private Academy and have involvement in the idol world must keep it a secret.
- This repeats in Idol Time PriPara, as more and more girl students begin to join Laala and Yui in PriPara.
- Shout-Out: Sophie's pose in the "Heart Clenching Love Song" is taken from an old photo of Marilyn Monroe.
- Socialization Bonus: Having each others' friend tickets allows players to form teams in-game and get better scores.
- Spiritual Successor: Both the arcade game and anime are this to Pretty Rhythm.
- Spoiler Opening: Averted with Mirei's human identity, which is not shown in the first opening until episode 3, after it has been revealed at the end of the last episode.
- The fourth opening briefly shows the silhouette of three new characters near the end, two of which were later introduced as Fuwari and Hibiki. The 3rd one was replaced by Falulu after some point, possibly hinting that they would go on to form a unit later in the season.
- Theme Naming: The last names of the six main characters from the first season are based on cardinal directions. Lala's means center, Mirei's means south, Dorthy and Leona's is West, Sophie has the kanji for north in her last name, and Shion has the kanji for east in her last name.
- In addition to this, the first parts of their and Falulu's names match up with the Solfège scale: Dorothy, Leona (Re), Mirei, Faruru, Sophie, Lala, Shion (Ti)
- The characters introduced in Season 2 have the five senses in their first name and colors in their last name. Eg. Aroma's first name represents smell and her last name contains the kanji for black.
- All of the members of Triangle have "-non" at the end of their name.
- Those Two Girls: Sadako and Chanko are the only named members of Sophie's fanclub. In Idol Time PriPara there is also Yui's best friends, Suzu and Hana.
- The Rival: Dressing Pafé , composed of Shion, Dorothy, and Leona, is this for SoLaMi Smile, composed of Lala, Mirei, and Sophie. In terms of one-on-one, it's Shion to Mirei.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Pizzas and lots of pizzas. Lala's family owns a pizza parlor. This is also Gloria's favorite food and is her weakness. Despite that, she is a regular customer there.
- For Sophie, it's pickled plums which are sour and her Power-Up Food. In Episode 3, she orders a pizza with them as toppings.
- Yui from Idol Time PriPara loves rice.
- Transformation Sequence: Done when entering PriPara, before the performance, and near the end of the performance.
- Unsettling Gender Reveal: Hibiki's reveal was so shocking that while the crowd recovered after a moment, Fuwari fainted.
- Verbal Tic: At least half the characters in the show either have a verbal tic, or eventually develop one. The mascots have the most notable and sensible ones, like Kuma's "~kuma" and Usagi's "~usa". Some idols use them to give themselves more personality, such as Mirei's "~pri". Then you have the folks in the real world, such as Chanko's "~chanko" and Yui's "~yume".
- Villain with Good Publicity: Usagi, until his antagonist traits began to die down.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Lala, Mirei, and Sophie.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Lala and her sister Non have bright lilac, Dorothy, Cosmo, and Pinon have literal blue hair. While Ajimi and Leona both have light pink, and Kanon has rose-pink. Junon and Shion have purple hair, Hibiki has silver-white, and Faruru has light green, and Jururu and Jewlie have pale green. Nino has cyan hair with light green gradient.
- In Idol Time PriPara the hair colors appear more realistic, with the occasional exception. Nino Nijino has cyan hair.
- A lot of characters outside of the main cast also have unique hair colors.
- You Shall Not Pass: The idol world's invisible 100m-radius barrier exists for a reason: to keep off anti-PriPara people like Gloria.