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Are you ready? Clockwise: Syo, Ren, Tokiya, Natsuki, Masato and Otoya. Center: Haruka.

Ever since she first heard him sing, high school freshman Haruka Nanami has dreamt of writing a song for Hayato, a famous pop idol. To make her dream a reality, she enrolls into Saotome Academy, an elite private school designed to teach idol hopefuls and the composers that work with them the ins-and-outs of the business. While there, she gains the attention and friendship of a colorful cast of male idols-in-training, including the cold and aloof Tokiya Ichinose, who claims to be the identical twin brother of pop superstar Hayato.

Oh, did we mention that the principal is voiced by Norio Wakamoto and that romance is absolutely forbidden in the school, and grounds for immediate expulsion?

Uta no Prince-sama (うたの☆プリンスさまっ♪ Uta no Purinsu-sama, lit. "Princes of Song") is an otome Visual Novel released by Broccoli for the PlayStation Portable. Originally a rather low-budget title which mostly relied on its light-hearted atmosphere and a cast of some of the best singing voices in the seiyuu industry, the game became popular quickly, spawning a whole franchise of its own.

An anime adaptation by A-1 Pictures called Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji LOVE 1000% aired on the Summer 2011 Anime season, and the anime was renewed for a second season subtitled Maji LOVE 2000% that aired in the Spring 2013 Anime season. There's also a manga adaptation of the first game and Debut, and an additional OVA for the second season that was released in December 2013. A third season of the anime with the name of Maji LOVE Revolutions aired in April 2015. A fourth season premiered in the Fall 2016 Anime season under the name Maji LOVE Legend Star. A movie was announced shortly after the fourth season aired.

Besides the game, anime, and manga, the franchise is well-known for the large amount music and drama CDs it produced. Stage plays based on the music project Uta no Prince-sama Gekidan Shining (Shining Theatrical Troupe) started in 2017.

  • Uta no Prince-sama: The original game, released in 2010. A visual novel with a few rhythm minigames.
    • Uta no Prince-sama -Amazing Aria-: A 2010 fandisc, featuring the boys from A Class, the Secret Character and a new character who introduces himself as the director's relative.
    • Uta no Prince-sama -Sweet Serenade-: A 2011 fandisc, featuring the boys from S Class and the teachers.
      • Uta no Prince-sama Amazing Aria & Sweet Serenade LOVE: The combined Playstation Vita port for -Amazing Aria- and -Sweet Serenade-, to be released in October 2017.
    • Uta no Prince-sama Repeat: A 2011 remake of the original game, released almost at the same time as the anime adaptation. Mainly fixed the graphics and added a few more new scenarios.
      • Uta no Prince-sama Repeat LOVE: The Playstation Vita port for Repeat, released in 2017.
  • Uta no Prince-sama MUSIC: A series of games that focus only on the Rhythm Game minigames of the series. Two were released for the PSP, while the third is for PS Vita. They feature both songs from the games and the anime while also including mini-stories with the characters.
  • Uta no Prince-sama -Debut-: The 2012 sequel, set one year after the beginning of the first game. It features Haruka and the boys working as professional artists under the supervision of four seniors.
  • Uta no Prince-sama -All Star-: The 2013 sequel, set a year and a half after the beginning of the first game. Introduces unique routes for the seniors, as well as sequels to the teachers' routes in Sweet Serenade and the Rainbow Route, which includes all the main boys.
    • Uta no Prince-sama -All Star After Secret-: A 2015 fandisc to All Star, featuring epilogues to the seniors and the main boys' routes.
  • UtaPri Island: A Mobile Phone Game for iOS and Android systems consisting of minigames using the main characters. Shut down on March 31st, 2016.
  • Uta no Prince-sama Dolce Vita, which will complete the franchise's transition to Playstation Vita. Its development was announced during the 6th anniversary celebrations in June 2016.
  • Uta no Prince-sama Shining Live: A Rhythm Game released in August 2017 in Japan for iOS and Android systems, developed in cooperation with KLab (makers of Love Live School Idol Festival). Localizations in English and Traditional Chinese are currently in development.

    Anime Series 
  • Uta no Prince-sama Maji LOVE 1000% : The condensed adaptation of the first game.
  • Uta no Prince-sama Maji LOVE 2000%
  • Uta no Prince-sama Maji LOVE Revolutions
  • Uta no Prince-sama Maji LOVE Legend Star

    Gekidan Shining 
  • Tenka Muteki no Shinobi Michi (The Way of the Invincible Shinobi): The stage play adaptation of the song and drama cd of the same name, starring Otoya, Masato, Syo, and Cecil.
  • Masquerade Mirage: The stage play adaptation of the song and drama cd of the same name, starring Reiji, Natsuki, and Ai.
  • JOKER TRAP: The stage play adaptation of the song and drama cd of the same name, starring Camus, Ranmaru, Ren, and Tokiya.
  • SHINING REVUE: An original story featuring all the members of STARISH and QUARTET NIGHT.
  • POLARIS: An upcoming stage play adaptation of the song and drama cd of the same name, starring Tokiya, Natsuki, and Cecil.

The page for the character sheet is here.

Uta no Prince-sama provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Distillation: The first season greatly condenses elements from Tokiya, Otoya, Masato and Natsuki's routes, while ignoring Sho, Ren and Cecil's routes altogether, introducing new conflicts for them instead of the ones shown in-game. The second season's only relationships with Debut is the introduction of the senpais and Cecil to the main cast, as well as giving a few nods to All Star (Ranmaru's Dark and Troubled Past and Ai's progressive development of feelings). Revolutions's relationship with All Star goes no further than giving the senpais central episodes and slight references to their in-game routes.
  • Adapted Out: Several side characters from the boys' routes: Kaoru, Syo's twin brother (only mentioned and shown in a flashback); Mai and Jii, Masato's younger sister and butler; the list goes on...
    • As of the fourth season, Jii has gotten a couple cameos.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Almost every character has one.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Haruka, in the case the player pursues Ren, Ranmaru, or Natsuki in his Satsuki persona.
  • All There in the Manual: For the fans who've seen the anime but not played the games.
  • Always Identical Twins: Syo has one, Kaoru, though he only appears in the games. Also Hayato and Tokiya. Well, not really.
  • Always Someone Better: Tokiya is this for Otoya.
    • And the other way around: Tokiya has an inferiority complex about Otoya. They end up as friends and also rivals, although Otoya still thinks he's got a lot to learn to catch up with Tokiya, and never hesitates to talk at length about how much he respects him. For Tokiya's part, as much as he grouses about Otoya, in the end he wants to sing together with him.
    • In the games, Natsuki was this for Syo since early childhood.
    • Apparently, this seems to be the source for Yamato's bitterness towards his older brother Ryuya.
  • Amazing Freaking Grace: Tokiya and the children at the hospital sing this.
  • April Fools' Day: 2018 gives up "SHINING QUEST", a fantasy RPG starring Shining Saotome as the main Hero, while the rest of Saotome Productions (excluding Haruka) are his party members.
  • Ascended Extra: The teachers (both got routes on the Sweet Serenade fandisc and All Star) and the seniors (who got routes in All Star)
    • Apparently seems to be the case with HE☆VENS, starring prominently in the fourth season and getting official game-style art.
  • Battle of the Bands: In order to earn the UtaPri Award in Season 2, HEAVENS and STARISH both compete with each other on the same stage for the title.
  • Bishōnen: It is an otome game, what did you expect?
  • Black Sheep: Debut is considered the worst game of the franchise by some fans, since it focuses more on the senpai (by then antagonistic in nature) and the boys' character development instead of their romance with the heroine, and it's generally more angsty than the previous games. This is also why it's the only main game with no fandisc, and why All Star focuses on the seniors' routes instead.
  • The Cameo: The seniors in the last episode of the first season.
    • The Silk Queen from Camus' route gets a cameo as a statue in the fourth season.
  • Canon Foreigner: HE★VENS, the rival band that appears in the anime's second season. They've been added to the games' character lineup, so it's to be expected they'll appear in future games.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: As expected of an otome.
  • Character Blog: Official Twitter accounts have been set up for each character.
  • Christmas Songs: From the OVA, "Shining Star Xmas".
  • Colour Coded Characters: Masato is blue, Tokiya is violet, Syo is pink, Otoya is red, Ren is orange, Natsuki is yellow and Cecil is green.
    • Reiji is dark green, Ranmaru is carmine, Ai is indigo and Camus is light blue.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Masato, Tokiya, Nagi and Van in the anime, and Otoya in general.
    • Also Natsuki, Reiji and Ryuuya, but their eye colour is changed in the anime.
  • Custom Uniform of Sexy: In the first season Ren wears the Saotome Academy average uniform without the blazer and with his shirt open.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first game used CGs and sprites of lower quality than the promotional art (the promotional art and the character designs were done by Chinatsu Kurahana, the same artist that drew the art for Nitro+ Chiral's works such as DRAMAtical Murder, while the art in the game used a more anime-ish style). This was fixed in Repeat, the remake of the first game, but the two fandiscs still feature the old sprites.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: All of the anime's openings are sung by Tokiya's voice actor Mamoru Miyano.
  • Engrish: The catchphrases during the transition screens in the games. Some examples are "Music more beautiful than kiss" and "You will... kiss on him." Additionally, Shining Saotome speaks fluent Super Engrish while Chewing the Scenery... that is, every time he opens his mouth.
  • Fake Twin Gambit: Tokiya does this when entering the Academy in order to try and break away from his Hayato persona, and debut as himself.
  • Fanservice: The second season's opening concert has the boys stroking each others' chests, shaking their derrieres at the camera, and pelvic-thrusting.
  • Friend to All Children: As seen in episode 3, Haruka. Also Tokiya, as seen in episode 8; and Otoya in the second season episode 5.
    • Reiji also deals well with kids when he's visiting a daycare with his underclassmen in Revolutions's episode 2.
  • Fun with Acronyms: ST★RISH actually contains one letter of the main guys' names:
    Shinomiya Natsuki
    Tokiya Ichinose
    Aijima Cecil
    Ren Jinguuji
    Ittoki Otoya
    Syo Kurusu
    Hijirikawa Masato
    • Now that they've gotten new members, HEAVENS fits as well.
    Hyuga Yamato
    Eiji Ootori
    Amakusa Shion
    Van Kiryuin
    Eiichi Ootori
    Nagi Mikado
    Sumeragi Kira
  • Gender Bender: Done in-universe with Music Princess Magical Ichiko in which the six guys have to play girls, with Tokiya getting the brunt of the embarrassment as Magical Girl Ichiko. As Masato tells Syo in an aside: "That right there is a real professional... a real man."
    • In the first game, the punishment for the loser class in the volleyball game is crossdressing. In All Star, in Ranmaru's route, he, Masato and Ren pull a play where Masato crossdresses as a woman.
  • Gratuitous English: Many of the songs include English words and phrases in the lyrics, as par the course for the musical genre.
    • Principal Saotome BURIIZUSU this trope to such MARUBEROOZU EKKUSUTENTOH, that knowing Japanese is not nearly enough to understand him when he speaks, one also needs to be fluent in deciphering his thick, hammy INGURISSHHAH.
  • Hot for Student: Ryuuya and Ringo are playable characters in Sweet Serenade and All Star.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each episode is named after the insert song featured in it after the word Op. Exceptions are episodes 9 and 10 in the first season and episode 9 of the second.
  • Idol Singer: Tomochika and the guys' main goal is to become one. After the first season the anime shows some focus on the non-singing aspects of idolhood, including modelling, acting and recording ads.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Tomochika warns Cecil not to try anything funny with Haruka upon their first meeting, or else.
  • Image Song: Each episode centered on a guy has a song sung by him. Haruka and the seniors also have their own songs, with Haruka's debuting in the first season and the seniors' in Revolutions.
  • Implausible Deniability: In the game, Haruka's ability to believe that Hayato and Tokiya are different people is astounding.
  • Impossible Task: In the game, Shining forces the boys to pass through this. Each one has a different task: Otoya has to climb the school building (consider he's afraid of heights), Tokiya has to fight Shining during 24 hours...
  • In-Series Nickname: Tomochika is called "Tomo" by Haruka and some classmates and Masato is called "Masa" by Otoya and "Masayan" by Tomochika.
    • Ren has nicknames for almost the whole cast: surname derivations "Ikki", "Icchi" and "Shinomii" for Otoya, Tokiya and Natsuki respectively, "Ochibi-chan" (something along the lines of "Lil' Cutie") for Syo, and "Ceci" for Cecil. In the anime he calls Haruka "Kohitsuji-chan" ("Little Lamb") while in the game he uses either "Lady" or "Honey" further along in his route.
    • Reiji is also fond of giving nicknames and has a custom one for almost every cast member, a highlight being Myu-chan for Camus.
    • Van was quick to call Haru "Ha-chan" as well.
  • Insert Song: Once every episode, if not more. More often than not, performing said song is the climax of the episode.
  • Limited Wardrobe: The HE★VENS members are seen with only one outfit through the 2nd season, and they didn't change clothes for their performance either. Thankfully this issue is solved during the 4th season.
  • Lucky Charms Title: Uta no☆Prince-sama♪, with the anime title being Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 1000%. It's arguably even worse in Japanese, where a っ is randomly thrown in at the end. No wonder the series is generally just referred to as UtaPri.
    • ST★RISH and HE★VENS.
  • MST: The first season of the anime was simulcasted on the English version of Nico Nico Douga, which displays the video's comments while it is playing. Guess what most of the viewers decided to do.
  • Magical Realism: The games are filled to the brim with this, as Saotome is capable of stealing the Statue of Liberty and Natsuki is able to split the ground and summon lighting whenever Satsuki appears, not to mention Cecil and Camus' magical powers. The anime tones it down a lot more and follows a rather faithful description of the idol business, except some casual highlights to Cecil's magic and the reactions to ST★RISH's performances.
  • Moment Killer: In the anime's second season 11th episode, the rest of STARISH suddenly appear during Tokiya and Haruka's date, effectively killing the mood.
  • Multiple Endings: Depending on who the player pairs Haruka with, and their level of affection at the end.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: 2000% episode 7 has the STARISH team work together, including making complicated maneuvers, just to put Natsuki's glasses back on his face. That being said, Natsuki as Satsuki is a wild child and more than enough for six people to handle.
  • Mundane Object Amazement: In Revolutions's episode 2, while they take a stroll through town, Ren and Masato taste takoyaki (octopus dumplings, a popular and simple dish in Japan) for the first time, being shocked by its good taste. To Ranmaru's surprise, they didn't even know it existed.
  • Nice Hat: Syo usually has one.
    • Reiji in the anime also follows this trope, in the games he only wears hats in idol wear.
    • Also Haruka and the seniors in All Star's promotional art.
  • Off-Model: Revolutions really suffered from this trope. For example, the ending dance for "Evolution Eve".
  • Pop Quiz: One of the minigames of the original game.
  • The Quiet One: Kira Sumeragi is the most prominent case. Masato and Tokiya are minor examples.
  • Raised by Grandparents: In the anime, Haruka states she was raised by her grandmother.
  • Rank Inflation: With the classes, even! While the boys are from S and A classes, it's repeatedly mentioned that S class is special and only for the highest achievers. Note that the students who even attend the school are the top 0.5%. of EVERYONE who applied. Just run that math a little bit. And to top it off, the S-class students get to flaunt it on their uniform with little stars peppered everywhere. The lapels of their shirts, an extra one on the patches, etc. etc.
  • Rhythm Game: Present in all of the games. There're also thre stand-alone rhythm games Uta no Prince-sama MUSIC, MUSIC 2 and MUSIC 3, which feature the songs from the games and the anime.
  • Secret Character: Cecil, who is unlocked in the original game after finishing the routes for the other boys. He still makes a cameo in all of them, though.
  • Sequel Hook: The third season ends with the return of HEAVENS, now featuring four new members, and the phrase "SEE YOU NEXT SEASON☆" in the last eyecatch.
  • Series Mascot: Piyo-chan, a yellow chick adored by Natsuki.
    • Also Onpu-kun (the cute note Otoya uses in his signature) to a lesser extent.
  • Seven Is Nana: Haruka Nanami has seven guys after her, at first at least. For extra giggles, Nanami can be interpreted as "seven flavours".
  • Soap Opera Disease: In the anime, Haruka claims to have had this when she was a child. Symptoms include fainting spells when stressed.
  • Super-Deformed: Used in MUSIC 's promo art and menus. The anime also seems to like showing SD versions of the characters.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: Every movie Hyuga-sensei stars in, it seems. Syo is a big fan of his and his Image Song hints that he's dreaming of starring in such as well.
  • Title Drop:
    • As a general rule, every episode's title is the name of the song the featured boy will sing.
    • In the first episode of the first season, Tomochika makes a remark on how the hot boys she and Haruka are surrounded in can be considered "princes of song".
    • In the second season of the anime, ST★RISH has to fight for... the Utapri award.
    • In the third season, Cecil claims once they "all are princes of song".
    • In the fourth season, Shining Saotome affirms that ST☆RISH, QUARTET★NIGHT and HE☆VENS are all Legend Stars.
  • Two-Teacher School: Outside of Hyuga and Ringo we don't see any other teachers, though in the first videogame several of them are mentioned.
  • Up to Eleven: Season 2 when compared to season 1 seems to have at least:
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Everyone in the main cast has colourful hair, except for Shining Saotome, Ryuuya Hyuuga, the HE★VENS' members, Camus, Reiji and Cecil. After them, Natsuki and Syo's bright yellows are the most natural.

Alternative Title(s): Uta No Princesama