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You will find the music more beautiful than a kiss.

Hailing from the country, Nanami Haruka comes to Tokyo to attend the prestigious Saotome Academy, a school for aspiring idols and songwriters run by the legendary former Idol Singer Shining Saotome. To fulfill her dream of composing a song for her ultimate idol, Hayato, she is given a chance to pair up with one out of the six students she meets in the academy to perform a song that will determine their potential for graduation. However, the school has one drastic rule: falling in love is forbidden.

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 Play Station 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, leading to a remake with improved art, production of drama CDs, and spawning a whole franchise of its own.

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    List of visual novels in the series 
  • 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.
  • 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. In 2019, it was announced to be moving to the Nintendo Switch.
  • 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 were released worldwide on January 24, 2018. The game is set in the visual novels' continuity.

    Drama CDs 
  • Uta no Prince-sama Drama CD Vol. 1
  • Uta no Prince-sama Character Drama CD
  • Uta no Prince-sama Duet Drama CD
  • Uta no Prince-sama Unit Drama CD
  • Uta no Prince-sama Shuffle Unit CD
  • Uta no Prince-sama Gekidan Shining
  • Uta no Prince-sama Theater Shining
  • Uta no Prince-sama Shining Masterpiece Show
  • Uta no Prince-sama "HEAVEN SKY" Episode CD

The page for the character sheet is here. The tropes exclusive to the anime are here, while the tropes found in the whole franchise are here. Tropes related to Shining Live can be found here.

Tropes found in the games and drama CDs are:

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Haruka, in the case the player pursues Ren, Ranmaru, or Natsuki in his Satsuki persona.
  • 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 Togainu no Chi, 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.
  • Hot for Student: Ryuuya and Ringo are playable characters in Sweet Serenade and All Star.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Multiple Endings: Depending on who the player pairs Haruka with, and their level of affection at the end.
  • Pop Quiz: One of the minigames of the original game.
  • Rhythm Game: Present in all of the games. There're also three 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. There‚Äôs also Saotome Mitsuo.