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Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live is the third anime series of the Pretty Rhythm franchise. It's based off an arcade game by Takara Tomy. The anime series takes place in a completely different universe from the previous seasons, and focuses on a different cast of characters. It's a Sequel Series to Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream and Pretty Rhythm Dear My Future.

In the world the anime takes place in, Prism Shows are the main form of entertainment. They are a combination of dancing, singing and ice skating. The main character is a 14 year old girl, Naru Ayase, who can "see the colors of music" and has talent for decorating. The series follows her adventures when she meets a mysterious girl called Rinne Ibara, who has an unnatural skill as a Prism Star, and becomes the manager of a fashion shop that holds Prism shows.


It aired from April 6, 2013 to March 29, 2014 in Japan. An English dub aired in Animax Asia as well.

In 2016, the Rainbow Live anime received a spinoff movie series— this time not focusing on the girls, but the guys. KING OF PRISM focuses on the male idol group Over the Rainbow and new character Shin Ichijou, and their struggle to win the Prism King Cup contest. It got its own sequel movie in 2017, titled PRIDE THE HERO and an anime in 2019 called Seven Shiny Stars.


Tropes included:

  • Abusive Parents: Bell's mom is really much like this.
  • Adorkable: Naru and Otoha.
  • Alpha Bitch: Bell, until her Villainous Breakdown at the end of episode 24.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Otoha and Hiro.
  • Ascended Fangirl: Naru. She admires Prism shows and ends up competing to be Prism Queen, she admires Edel Rose's best Prism star and ends up being in a duo with her, loves June Amou and June thanks her for inspiring her, dreams of becoming a manager of a shop like Dear Crown and ends up being the manager of Dear Crown.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Ann, Bell, Otoha, and especially Wakana.
  • Bishie Sparkle: When Hiro appears.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Naru restores the Prism sparkle and everyone can do the Prism Live, June becomes human and stays with Hijiri, Bell and Hiro become the leaders of Edel Rose, Ito's family reunites and they accept Kouji, Wakana's family issues get resolved, Hiro's mom comes back to see him, Naru becomes Dear Crown's manager, the boys form an unit called Over the rainbow...But Rinne leaves forever, and the only thing she remembers about the girls is Naru's catchphrase. Also, apparently Hiro is rejected by Bell.
  • Blue with Shock: When Bell sees Naru's duck design.
  • Boy Meets Girl: Ito meets Kouji when they crash into each other. It's also the name of the first opening.
  • Calling Your Attacks: As usual in this franchise, the girls call out the names of the special jumps as they perform them.
  • Catch-Phrase: Naru's "Get Happy!" ("Happy naru!", a pun on her name), Ann's "Leave it to Ann!", Ito's "Hot!", and Otoha's "Fairytale!".
  • Childhood Friends: Ann and Kazuki, Bell and Wakana.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Otoha and, to a lesser extent, Naru.
  • Color Motif: Naru (pink), Bell (red), Otoha (yellow), Wakana (green), Ann (blue), Ito (purple), and Rinne (rainbow).
  • Continuity Cameo: Cosmo Hojou, a character from the Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live: Kira Kira My☆Design 3DS game, appeared in Episode 34, and watched Naru's Prism Show.
  • Costume Porn: Just like in Aurora Dream, some of the stage costumes have lots of details.
  • Crush Blush: Ann and Wakana blush when Kazuki's around or people talk about him, Ito blushes when she thinks about Kouji and Otoha sometimes blushes when Bell's near her.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The Dreaming Session arc: the Edel Rose team scores 19,000 karats, and the Prism Stone team loses with a score of 5,120 karats.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Rinne has blue eyes and blue hair.
  • 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: Bell's first attempt at Prism Live.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Not an actual princess, but Otoha likes to imagine herself being one.
  • Excited Title! Two-Part Episode Name!: The first episode.
  • Fanservice: A bit for Over the Rainbow when they do their Prism Jumps. Hiro, for example, gets a close up of his toned stomach and hip bones during one of his jumps in the show.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In the fourth opening, if you pause in the last line of the song when the colors of merge, you can see the words "Butterfly Effect" and "Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live".
  • Frilly Upgrade: The Seventh coords.
  • Fun with Acronyms: 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: Naru.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Naru and Bell, June and Rinne.
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings: Rinne and June.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Otoha.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Bell in Episode 24. She tries too hard to do a Prism Live while all the other main characters can do it already.
  • Henpecked Husband: Wakana's dad when his wife forces him to go alone to Singapore.
  • Heroic BSoD: Bell after her failure on attempting Prism Live. She gets better, though.
  • Hot Springs Episode: Episode 39.
  • Image Song: All the main characters have a song of their own. This includes Kazuki, Hiro and Kouji as well.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: June's hairstyle.
  • Jerkass: Jin Norizuki
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Bell, Wakana and Ito.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Rinne and June.
  • Love Confession: Kouji confesses to Ito in Episode 26.
    • Wakana tells Ann she's in love with Kazuki in Episode 39. Ann realizes she's in love with Kazuki, and they try to confess their feelings to him in Episode 40. They mistake Kazuki's cousin for her girlfriend and end up not confessing to him. Both of them confess their feelings to Kazuki in Episode 51, but Kazuki is too embarrased and faints.
  • Love Triangle: Hinted on earlier, 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 fainting and chose no one.
  • Nice Girl: Naru, Ann, Ito, Rinne, Otoha, and later, Bell, Wakana, and June.
  • No Antagonist: For some time, until Jin Norizuki shows up.
  • Ojou: Otoha is a bit of this, Bell fits this completely.
  • One-Gender School: Kouji and Hiro attend to a all-boys school.
  • Performance Anxiety: Naru in Episode 13. She enters the stage, the music starts playing, but she can't "see the colors of music" because of the pressure, and starts crying. Wakana is also bad under pressure when doing Prism Shows.
  • Power Trio: Naru, Ann, and Ito. Bell, Wakana, and Otoha also count, but Otoha did split out for a while before reuniting.
  • The Quiet One: Rinne, when she's not performing.
  • The Reveal: Quite some: 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: Naru and Bell, Wakana and Ann, Otoha and Ito, and Kouji and Hiro.
  • Remake Cameo: Penguin-sensei from Aurora Dream and Yamada appear in Rainbow Live. Penguin-sensei appears as June's first mascot, and Yamada (called Tanaka in Rainbow Live) is a friend of Kouji. They reunite in Episode 51.
    • Mion appears in several movie posters.
  • Recap Episode: Episodes 14 and 27.
  • Red String of Fate: One of Ito's symbols, that is shown in her jumps.
  • Replaced the Theme Tune: The opening song changes in Episodes 14, 27 and 40.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The Pair Friend mascots.
  • Schoolgirl Series
  • Sempai/Kohai: Ann and Kazuki.
  • Sequel Escalation: Rainbow Live explains more about the Prism world and how Prism shows work.
    • The first two series focus more on achieving legendary jumps/Prism Acts, with characters performing at most two jumps in a show. In Rainbow Live, the focus is more on being able to chain multiple jumps in succession with characters building their way up to a seven jump chain.
  • Shonen Hair: Kazuki's hair.
  • Shrinking Violet: Otoha.
  • Spear Counterpart: The movie series King of Prism by Pretty Rhythm, which centers around male idol groups entering in the Prism King contest with Hiro, Kouji, and Kazuki forming Over the Rainbow and being the main characters. It's also a sequel spinoff, taking place at least a year after the main Pretty Rhythm anime ends.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Ann/An and Bell/Beru.
  • Sleep Cute: Naru, Rinne and Bell in Episode 38.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Ito and Kouji, thanks to their fathers' past. They got better.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Sweets for Ann, tea (especially Otoha's) for Bell, Genghis Khan for Rinne.
  • Transformation Trinket: The Prism Stones.
  • Tsundere: Ito, especially towards Kouji.
    • Her brother Yuu also qualifies.
  • Urban Fantasy: The influence of the Prism World allows pretty much any place in the real world in the series to become an ice rink and inexplicably adds ice blades to every shoe. It also allows people to perform magical jumps.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Ann and Wakana.
  • Wham Line: Episode 39: "My partner is...Rinne Ibara".
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Out of the main girls, only Ann and Otoha have normal hair colors. Rinne literally has blue hair.