The special dress rehearsal of the ‘Live Musical Pripara “Minna ni Todoke! Prism ☆ Voice 2017″‘ was held on January 25. The musical was performed at Zepp Blue Theater Roppongi from January 26 to 29, 2017.
The six members of i☆Risare were Himika Akaneya, Yu Serizawa, Miyu Kubota, Saki Yamakita, Azuki Shibuya, and Yuki Wakai as in the main story, with a double cast of Kokoro Kuge and Kokoa Ishii as Raara, Akane Takayanagi from SKE48 as Aoi Mega-Nee, and Tomoyuki Hatanaka as Aoi Mega-Nii.
This musical depicts an original story that combines the Live Musical Pripara ‘Minna ni Todoke! Prism ☆ Voice’ performed in February 2016, and Raara Manaka who time-travels to a year before her Pripara debut, meets her past self and tries to come back to the present day with a dance performance. It shows a mysterious world with live scenes from the anime and plenty of stage performances using props and Idol dancers including Karin Takahashi and Norika Miyazaki from Prizummy☆ in the ‘making drama’ part in the live part.
In the interview after the show, Akaneya said, ‘the ensembles came from the aisle and it has been powered up since the last time.’ Yamakita said, ‘I was dedicated to protect the character image in the first performance, but this time I will play a lot of ad-libs as I did during the anime’s dubbing, so I think it will be different each time.’ Kubota said, ‘the previous costume was that of the second season, but this time it’s a much earlier costume, so it will remind you the past.’ Takayanagi, who plays the original character, said, ‘I couldn’t say signature phrases last year so I want to say different lines such as “Because it’s the system”‘ He implied that the new attractive musical will be fun for those who enjoyed it the previous time. Serizawa, on the other hand, was making fans laugh. ‘I’m gonna end my sentences with ‘puri’ even more than the last time!’
The TV anime PriPara is a story about sixth-grade elementary school girl Raara Manaka as she aims to become the god idol of singing and dancing. The movie version Pripara, Minna de Kagayake! Kirarin ☆ Star Live!, will be released on March 4, 2017. Also, the new anime of this series, Idol Time PriPara, will be broadcast this April in the Spring 2017 season.