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Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream is the first animated adaptation of the Pretty Rhythm games by Takara Tomy Arts, animated by Tatsunoko Production and Bridge.

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 anime started airing in Spring 2011, with a new season premiering every Spring until 2014. Needs Wiki Magic Love.


Tropes included:

  • 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.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: There's a scripted live-action segment featured after the opening and at the end of the episode centered on the Prism Mates, trainees from Avex Dance Master who are studying dance, fashion, and singing to debut. Eventually, in the middle of the series, they debuted as Prizmmy.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • The Comically Serious: Mion.
  • Conspicuous CG: 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).
  • Crossover: For the anniversary of the franchise, the original, Dear My Future, Rainbow Live, and PriPara= casts converge for Pretty All Friends.
  • 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.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Jun in the last few minutes of Episode 26. We're given a look into how Asechi treats him.
  • 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.
  • Epic Fail: Aira's first couple of times being in Prism Show.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Aira and Hye In are major examples.
  • "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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mentor Mascot: Aira's Rabbit-chi, Rhythm's Bear-chi and Mion's Neko-chi, the talking animal plushies.
  • Mythology Gag: Kaname's Prism Show uses choreography from the song "Dreamin' Boys & Girls" from the original arcade game.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The King of Prism movies have Over the Rainbow as the primary Power Trio group.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out: Serena and Kanon's first performance outfit resembles Cure Black and Cure White from Futari wa Pretty Cure. Their duo Prism Jump resembles their attack, Precure Marble Screw.
  • 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.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Aira's sisters have the same hair and eye color as her.
  • Verbal Tic: The mascots' tend to end their sentences with "cheer!".
  • Wax On, Wax Off: Rabitchi trains Aira to maintain balance by having work in a Chinese restaurant. Bearchi trains Rizumu to have better color coordination by preparing food at the Chinese restaurant and painting all the pictures in a coloring book.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Aira in episode 2 was thinking how nice it was to be in Rhythm's company (cue Death Glare from Rhythm).

Dream goes on...

Alternative Title(s): Pretty Rhythm, Pretty Rhythm Dear My Future


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