Every little girl waits for the day she'll get her special ticket, one that will grant her entry into the world of PriPara (Prism Paradise). PriPara is a world of music, fashion, and daily auditions for a chance to become a pop idol. Laala Manaka's friends and classmates aspire to become idols, but her school forbids elementary school students from participating in the idol competitions.
Luckily, Laala is only interested in watching the idol shows. Yet somehow despite all this, she manages to bumble her way into the PriPara world, and debut as a fresh new talent. After being told all her life that she's too loud, Laala has finally found a place where she can be as loud as she wants and sing from her heart.
And not only that, but there's a possibility that she might be the legendary Prism Voice. Adventure, fashion, and music awaits as Laala climbs her way to the top, on her way to become the cutest and most beloved pop idol in the world of PriPara!
#01: "Jumpin' Dancin'" by Prizmmy☆ (eps 1-13) #02: "Kiraki Runway☆ (キラキランウェイ☆)" by Prism☆Box [Prizmmy☆ & Prism☆Mates (プリズム☆メイツ)] (eps 14-26) #03: "I Just Wanna Be With You ~Virtual and Real no Hazama de~ (I Just Wanna Be With You ～仮想（ヴァーチャル）と真実（リアル）の狭間で～) by Prizmmy☆ (eps 27-38) #04: "Idol Kinryoku♥Lesson Go! (アイドルキンリョク♥Lesson GO!)" by Laala with Prism☆Idol Kenkyuusei's (らぁらwithプリズム☆アイドル研究生's) (eps 39-51) #05: "Mune Kyun Love Song (胸キュンLove Song)" by SUPER☆GiRLS (eps 52-64) #06: "Rainbow Melody♪ (レインボウ・メロディー♪)" by PriPara Dream☆All Stars (プリパラドリーム☆オールスターズ) (eps 65-70, 72, 74-77) #07: "ThankYou ♥ Birthday" by Laala Manaka (Himika Akaneya) (ep 71) #08: "Pure Amore Ai (純（ビュ）・アモーレ・愛)" by Hibiki Shikyouin (Mitsuki Saiga) (ep 73) #09: "LOVE TROOPER" by Prizmmy☆ (eps 78-89) #10: "PriPara☆Dancing!!! (プリパラ☆ダンシング!!!)" by Laala Manaka (Himika Akaneya) and Gaaruru (Asami Sanada) (eps 90-115)
#11: "Growin' Jewel!" by SoLaMi Dressing (Himika Akaneya, Yuu Serizawa, Miyu Kubota, Saki Yamakita, Azuki Shibuya, Yuki Wakai) (eps 116-121, 123-131, 133-) #12: "Brand New Dreamer" by Laala with Kanon (らぁら with かのん（茜屋日海夏 with 田中美海）) (ep 122)
Considering this is one of my favorite animes, it made me really sad to see that it had no reviews! So without further ado, lets get started!
I'm not very familiar with idol animes to be quite frank. I have a decent grasp of knowledge and information about other series, but they are never really something that really captured me. That is, with the exclusion of Pripara.
Pripara reminds me quite a bit of a magical girl show. Main character has amazing power, must keep her identity secret from those in her daily life or face repercussions, cute overly
frilly outfits in every episode, gratuitous transformation scenes. Also cute talking animals. In part I think the reason I like it so much is because it reads so much like a magical girl anime. From the premise to the execution of the series. There's also a strong theme of friendship throughout the series, which isn't exactly unique in idol animes, but the way Pripara uses friendship as a tool to "defeat" rivals is kinda unique in my opinion for the genre.
The reason I am rating it so low however is because of the repetitiveness of the plot. Main character uses the power of her singing voice to express her emotions. Befriends the "enemy." They compete together in some idol competition. Add another character, rinse and repeat. Mix together some filler or recap episodes and that is the basic progression of the series. This has already happened twice, and we're currently on the third iteration of this formula.
At the time of writing this review, there are roughly fifty six episodes that have aired, and while I am not totally exhausted by it at the moment, I am sure another fifty episodes down the line I will be exhausted. Unless they add in some new element that shakes things up, I doubt I will keep with this series for longer than around a hundred episodes.
My main beef with this anime is the animation. It's average. Pause the episode at any time and chances are the frame will be some haphazardly drawn mess. Each episode you see the same exact transformation sequence that takes around thirty seconds. All performances or dance sequences are not drawn in 2D, but rather animated through 3D models. The same dance sequences are shown, over and over again with the only change being the outfit the characters are wearing. I don't really have much to say that is good about the animation to be honest. It reads as lazy a majority of the time for me. Then again, this is a kids' anime that is being continuously produced so I can't harp about it too much I suppose.
Of the (somewhat few) idol animes I have seen, the music rarely if ever interested me much. To be honest I found most of the songs forgettable. But pripara actually has consistently good music. They're catchy songs, each idol group has a unique flavor to them that comes out in their songs. I often find myself with one stuck in my head, or wanting to listening to the soundtrack from this series. It's really well done.
I will complain that they use the same songs over and over and over again, which isn't really the worst grievance they could make. Though it does bother me when the opening song is the same exact song featured in the episode during their performance. At least make the opening different man.
This show is a real mix of typical anime archetypes [Lala] and unique characters that can stand by themselves. [Mirelle, Sophie] I will say there are a huge variety of personalities though, and you do get to see them interact with one another frequently. It makes me sad that the main character is the one that has the blandest personality when she is the one that is featured the most.
The only reason this isn't a 10/10 is because I hate recap episodes which this show has one or two of. Otherwise, I love it. I love the characters and how they interact with one another, I love the jokes that actually make you laugh, I love the songs that they sing. It is a really enjoyable series, very lighthearted and very enjoyable for when you need to take a break from the animes where you're scared everyone is going to die. There are no tears here, only happiness and cgi dance numbers.
It's not exactly remarkable nor is it very memorable outside of the songs. But it's a lot of fun to watch and I look forward to new episodes. Would recommend to anyone who likes idol animes, magical girl shows, and or wants a silly, happy anime to pass the time.
It's no secret that openings and endings were first concived as a way to make better animation and distribute the cost through the series, or that transformation sequences are repeated every episode for a similar reasson. If you want to be mean you could easily count the frames in almost every anime, mouth flaps rarely fit the dialogue and CGI allows you to hire less people. It's part of anime and those limits resulted in new styles that find a way to look particularly good thanks to them.
But there has to be a point where you had enough. It's no surprise that Pripara lasted so
long, you could either pay for a seasson or by an used compact car, you could probably fit the whole team in there too. The cheap CGI sequences for the shows are reused over and over again, the characters lack any detail, the angles are mostly frontal or in easy 3/4ths, the backgrounds are empty and huge. I personally don't have any cheaper show in recent memory. Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou feels more developed and complex.
The plot goes in hand with the quality, every dere you could have with the obvious development. When you see a kuudere you know her arc is gonna be about opening up and rejecting a strict enviroment she grew up in. What makes it work in something like Oregairu is how it's played, how she interacts and how much drama you can put on the road without feeling it comming from episode one. If you solve every plot in one to three episodes, like Pripara does, you either keep putting more characters until your cast explodes and you start forgetting them to add new carbon copies or you have to give them some actual plot to affect. I can't say what route this show takes because after a night of laughing at how bad it is I prefered to move on to other things, I can safely say that either route would had been handled horribly anyway.
If anything, this is a decent show to get a few anime savy friends and laugh at it like a 4channer in a furry convention, it's a short charm and you'll feel bad afterwards.
We all know that there's fanservice content in televised anime that often crosses into the NSFW realm. But some of these complaints sent to Broadcast Ethics Organization in Japan may surprise you! They're not all about naked anime beauties.