Pripara Manga Ends, New Series Starts in May
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The May issue of Shogakukan's Ciao magazine published the final chapter of Hitsuji Tsujinaga's PriPara manga on April 3. The issue also revealed that the magazine's next issue will launch a new PriPara manga series on May 1.
The manga adapts syn Sophia's game of the same name. The story revolves around LaLa, an elementary school girl who wants to become an idol in PriPara, a sport that judges girls on their song, dance, and fashion. The invitation to the sport is through a PriPara ticket. Even though elementary school students are not allowed to become PriPara idols, through many events, she passes the audition and becomes an idol.
Tsujinaga launched the manga in Ciao in July 2014. Shogakukan published the manga's second compiled book volume in December.
The first anime series inspired by syn Sophia's PriPara arcade game for girls premiered in July 2014. The franchise's first film, Gekijō-ban PriPara Mi~nna Atsumare! Prism Tours, premiered in March 2015, and the second TV anime season premiered in April 2015. The second anime film, Tobidasu PriPara ~Miina de Mezase! Idol Grand Prix (Spring Out PriPara ~Aim for the Top, Eeeeveryone! Idol Grand Prix), premiered in Japan in October 2015. The anime's third film, PriPara Mi~nna no Akogare Let's Go PriPari (PriPara Eeeeveryone's Longing Let's Go PriPari), premiered in March 2016, and the third television anime season followed in April 2016.
The anime franchise also received a fourth film, titled Gekijōban PriPara: Mi~nna de Kagayake! Kirarin☆Star Live, that premiered on March 4. Idol Time PriPara, the newest television anime series in the franchise, premiered on April 4. Additionally, the franchise has inspired two musicals. The second musical ran for eight performances at the Zepp Blue Theatre Roppongi in Tokyo from January 26-29. The first musical ran in February 2016.