I watched tons of idol themed anime, and PriPara will hold a very special place in my heart after finishing it.
While the show/theme is aimed at a younger audience of girls, this anime shows genius jokes.
I myself don't perfectly speak Japanese, but I do understand enough to watch this show without subtitles. The show doesn't take itself completely serious, and this is what makes it that great!
I for myself love the plot with the main theme of 'friendship', the cute style and the incredible characters. The music might be repetitive to some people, but I loved listening to the great songs on the end
of every episode, as it made me so happy. This anime is something to relax and have fun, seriously.
I wish more people would acknowledge these kinds of shows, as they deserve a lot of praise!
(Not a quite objective review, but you don't need 7 different summaries anyway)
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.
This idol anime has a very good story and its story focuses on a goal, character development (character story) and some random activities. Unlike Aikatsu series, there isn't as much "random activities". I really enjoy the story. The whole goal is to become a Kami Idol or a Divine Idol (Kami means god)
The art is very neat and the colors are really good. Their 3D is also pretty impressive and if you guys watched the first season of Aikatsu, you will know that their 3D was not the best. The 3D in Pripara looks totally different from 1st season Aikatsu.
The music is one of my
favorite. I tend to sing along to every performance there is. There aren't as many recycled performances and even if the songs repeat, they normally have new outfits. My personal favorite songs are Make it!, 0-week-old, Marble Makeup A-Ha-Ha, Ready Smile! and some more (I can't say them all. There are so many songs)
Each character in this anime, every character has something unique about them. All the characters have an interesting design to their art/outfit and they often have a backstory which makes them more interesting. Sometimes, if you don't like the character, you immediately fall in love with them after their backstory. My personal favorite characters are Laala (Lala), Falulu, Jululu, Shion, Unicorn, Usacha, and Sophie (Sofi)
This show was probably one of the biggest surprises I stumbled upon, and it's a real shame it doesn't get that much attention, likely due to its cute, kid-friendly appearance. But what entails is a genuinely funny, silly little show that's great to just turn your brain off to and enjoy. Personally, I adore PriPara, and still continue to do so, 70+ episodes in.
The overarching plot revolves around Lala, an elementary schooler who, after being indoctrinated into the digital world of PriPara, wishes to become a Divine Idol. The plot is split into smaller arcs which usually revolve around a "villain", some kind of
event, or a new character of the moment, and usually involves a fair amount of character development. While it won't win any awards for originality, it's certainly well written, with some vaguely self-aware humour and silly antics. It's also fun to just poke at how zany the world is, and how little sense it all makes.
The animation quality is serviceable, looks decent enough. PriPara uses a combination of 2D and 3D animation, the former for the majority of show segments, and the latter for music performance segments. The 2D animation looks fairly basic, but at least it's nice and colourful. The 3D segments may be jarring to watch at first, but it's quickly overcome after the first few episodes. However, some may take issue to the large majority of 3D animated sequences being recycled constantly, sometimes with a new outfit or three. Overall, it's bright and colourful, which is fitting for a lighthearted show such as this.
Personally, I find most of the music in the show is pretty forgettable. That being said, there are a few songs which also blew me away. There's a good mix of different styles thrown in, which keeps things interesting. Some of the OP and ED themes are real catchy, too. However, a sticking point for some is that songs are repeated, often multiple episodes in a row, which can be construed as lazy on the show's part. In the long run, a new song tends to be introduced every 5-6 episodes or so, and by then it's a surprise to hear older stuff pop up. But it's pretty rough starting out, when the main song of the episode is also the show's theme song.
The show starts off with a small cast, and over time the roster balloons to a rather enormous size. Many characters are well defined, and are consistently written. It's fun to watch all of the different characters interact with each other, and a lot of my enjoyment stems from this. However, the problem with having so many different characters is that they tend to get sidelined fairly quickly, especially if they have character arcs.
The show is very silly, the characters are a lot of fun, the plot is innocent, lighthearted and cute. There's also some nice music, and colourful animation. PriPara is a joy to watch, in spite of its simplistic outlook.