Uta no Prince-sama

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Uta no☆Prince-sama♪
Uta no Prince-sama PSP cover.jpg
Box cover of the PSP game
うたの☆プリンスさまっ♪
(uta no☆purinsu sama♪)
Genre Romance, Comedy, Music, Idol anime
Game
Developer Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
Publisher Broccoli
Genre Visual novel
Platform PlayStation Portable
Released
  • JP June 24, 2010
Game
Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ -Amazing Aria-
Developer Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
Publisher Broccoli
Genre Visual novel
Platform PlayStation Portable
Released
  • JP December 23, 2010
Game
Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ -Sweet Serenade-
Developer Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
Publisher Broccoli
Genre Visual novel
Platform PlayStation Portable
Released
  • JP February 10, 2011
Game
Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Repeat
Developer Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
Publisher Broccoli
Genre Visual novel
Platform PlayStation Portable
Released
  • JP August 11, 2011
Game
Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Debut
Developer Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
Publisher Broccoli
Genre Visual novel
Platform PlayStation Portable
Released
  • JP May 24, 2012
Game
Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ All Star
Developer Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
Publisher Broccoli
Genre Visual novel
Platform PlayStation Portable
Released
  • JP March 7, 2013
Game
Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ MUSIC
Developer Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
Publisher Broccoli
Genre Rhythm game
Platform PlayStation Portable
Released
  • JP November 24, 2011
Game
Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ MUSIC 2
Developer Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
Publisher Broccoli
Genre Rhythm game
Platform PlayStation Portable
Released
  • JP September 5, 2013
Anime television series
Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ maji LOVE 1000%
Directed by Yuu Kou
Music by Elements Garden
Studio A-1 Pictures
Licensed by
Network Tokyo MX, GTV, GYT, TVA, MBS, AT-X
Original run July 2, 2011September 24, 2011
Episodes 13
Anime television series
Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ maji LOVE 2000%
Directed by Yuu Kou, Yūki Ukai
Music by Elements Garden
Studio A-1 Pictures
Licensed by
Network TVA, MBS, Tokyo MX, BS11, AT-X
Original run April 3, 2013June 26, 2013
Anime television series
Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ maji LOVE 3000%
Original run 2015scheduled
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Uta no Prince-sama (Japanese: うたの☆プリンスさまっ♪ Hepburn: Uta no☆Purinsu-sama♪?, lit. "Princes of Song") is a Japanese visual novel series published by Broccoli. Commonly known as an otome game, it is a popular game franchise targeted towards the female audience. Being a well known series in Japan, the game has been adapted into a manga and anime series along with various franchise-related merchandise such as drama CDs, music CDs, and fanbooks.

Gameplay[edit]

Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ is a comedy and romance visual novel in which the player assumes the role of Haruka Nanami. Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ follows a branching plot line with multiple endings; depending on the decisions that the player makes during the game, the plot will progress in a specific direction.

There are seven main plot lines that the player will have the chance to experience, three which are initially available (four in All Star). Throughout gameplay, the player is given multiple options to choose from, and text progression pauses at these points until a choice is made. To view all plot lines in their entirety, the player must replay the game multiple times and make different choices to change the plot progression.

The player must also complete various minigames, which affect the different endings.

Plot[edit]

With dreams of becoming a composer and someday writing a song for her favorite idol, Haruka Nanami enters the Saotome Academy, a prestigious performing arts school. If successful there, she'll be able to join the Shining Agency after graduation. However, it won't be so easy when Haruka is already surrounded by potential idols and composers. On top of that, her homeroom teacher is a current idol, the headmaster was a record-breaking singer, and the academy itself is an eccentric place where anything could possibly happen.

In the end, right at the graduation, two students are to be teamed up by the choice, one will take the role of the idol and the other should be the composer. After being paired up, they will sing a song that was both composed, written and sung by them. If successful, they will join and take the spot as the new Shining Agency debut artists. In addition, romance is strictly prohibited at their school. So which prince of song will be paired with Haruka? Uta no Prince-sama is definitely an exciting modern-day romantic comedy.

Characters[edit]

Media[edit]

On January 15, 2012, there was a live event that featured the voice actors of the characters. The second live event was held on August 19, 2012. In the 6th Annual Seiyū Awards, ST☆RISH (composed of all the voice actors for the television series) won the award for Best Singing Award. This award is given for singing by a voice actor or actress under their own name or in a role.[1]

Games[edit]

  • Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ (うたの☆プリンスさまっ♪?)
Release date: June 24, 2010
Theme Song: 蒼ノ翼 (Ao no Tsubasa "Blue Wings")
Lyrics & Composition: Noriyasu Agematsu (Elements Garden) / Arrangement: Junpei Fujita (Elements Garden) / Voice: Mamoru Miyano
  • Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ -Amazing Aria- (うたの☆プリンスさまっ♪ -Amazing Aria-?)
Release date: December 23, 2010
Theme Song: AMAZING LOVE
Lyrics: Bee' / Composition & Arrangement: Junpei Fujita (Elements Garden) / Voice(s): Takuma Terashima, Kenichi Suzumura, Kishou Taniyama
  • Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ -Sweet Serenade- (うたの☆プリンスさまっ♪ -Sweet Serenade-?)
Release date: February 10, 2011
Theme Song: 熱情SERENADE (Netsujou SERENADE "Passion SERENADE")
Lyrics: Bee' / Composition: Noriyasu Agematsu (Elements Garden) / Arrangement: Haruki Mori (Elements Garden) / Voice(s): Mamoru Miyano, Junichi Suwabe, Hiro Shimono
  • Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Repeat (うたの☆プリンスさまっ♪ Repeat?)
Release date: August 11, 2011
Theme Song: 蒼ノ翼 (Ao no Tsubasa "Blue Wings")
Lyrics & Composition: Noriyasu Agematsu (Elements Garden) / Arrangement: Junpei Fujita (Elements Garden) / Voice: Mamoru Miyano
  • Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ MUSIC (うたの☆プリンスさまっ♪ MUSIC?)
Release date: November 24, 2011
Theme Song: Welcome to UTA☆PRI world!!
Lyrics & Composition: Noriyasu Agematsu (Elements Garden) / Arrangement: Haruki Mori (Elements Garden) / Voice(s): Takuma Terashima, Kenichi Suzumura, Kishou Taniyama, Mamoru Miyano, Junichi Suwabe, Hiro Shimono
  • Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Debut (うたの☆プリンスさまっ♪ Debut?)
Release date: May 24, 2012
Theme Song: innocence
Lyrics, Composition & Arrangement: Masato Nakayama (Elements Garden) / Voice: Mamoru Miyano
  • Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ All Star (うたの☆プリンスさまっ♪ All Star?)
Release date: March 7, 2013
Theme Song: QUARTET★NIGHT
Lyrics: Noriyasu Agematsu (Elements Garden) / Composition & Arrangement: Daisuke Kikuta (Elements Garden) / Voice(s): Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Aoi Shōta, Morikubo Showtaro, Tomoaki Maeno
  • Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ MUSIC 2 (うたの☆プリンスさまっ♪ MUSIC 2?)
Release date: September 5, 2013

In the Dengeki Girl's Style Otome Game Awards 2011, Uta no Prince-Sama Repeat won Best Consumer Game, and Uta no Prince-Sama -Sweet Serenade- won 7th place in the same category. In the Dengeki Girl's Style Otome Game Awards 2011, Syo Kurusu won best character, Tokiya Ichinose won 3rd, and Masato Hijirikawa won 9th in the same category.[2]

Manga[edit]

  • Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ (Sylph Comics) (うたの☆プリンスさまっ♪ (シルフコミックス)?)
Release date: December 22, 2010
Artist: Yukihiro Utako / Serialization: Sylph
  • Uta no☆Prince-sama♪Debut (Sylph Comics) (うたの☆プリンスさまっ♪Debut (シルフコミックス)?)
Release date: December 22, 2012
Artist: Yukihiro Utako / Serialization: Sylph
  • Uta no☆Prince-sama♪pp (B's-LOG Comics) (うたの☆プリンスさまっ♪pp (B's-LOG COMICS)?)
Release date: October 1, 2012
Artist: Kotoko Ichi / Serialization: comic B's-LOG

Anime[edit]

The March 2011 issue of Newtype magazine announced that an anime television series based on the romance game franchise would air during the summer. Titled Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000% (うたの☆プリンスさまっ♪マジLOVE1000%?) the series was produced by A-1 Pictures under the direction of Yuu Kou with Tomoko Konparu supervising the scripts and Mitsue Mori adapting the game's original character designs.[3] The anime series began its broadcast run on Tokyo MX, Gunma TV and Tochigi TV on July 2, 2011 (July 3, 2011 at 12:00am). The video streaming service Niconico.com is simulcasting the series to audiences in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.[4] The second season premiered on April 3, 2013 under the title Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 2000% (うたの☆プリンスさまっ♪マジLOVE2000%) on TV Aichi. The first and second seasons have been licensed by Sentai Filmworks for a release in 2014.[5] [6] The first season was released on January 7, 2014 on DVD/Blu-ray subtitled-only format.[7][8] A third season, which will begin airing in 2015, has been announced.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "6th Annual Seiyū Award Winners Announced". Anime News Network. March 1, 2012. Retrieved Dec 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ "『電撃Girl’sStyle』乙女ゲームアワード2011授賞式をレポ" (in Japanese). DengekiOnline. Retrieved July 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Uta no Prince-sama— Idol Romance Game Gets TV Anime". Anime News Network. February 6, 2011. Retrieved July 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ "NicoNico to Stream BLOOD-C, Uta no Prince Sama Free in English". Anime News Network. June 30, 2011. Retrieved July 12, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Adds Uta No Prince-sama Anime's First Season". Anime News Network. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Adds Uta no Prince-Sama Anime's 2nd Season". Anime News Network. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Sentai Filmworks To Dub Maria Holic for Blu-ray". Anime News Network. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  8. ^ https://www.facebook.com/notes/sentai-filmworks/sentai-filmworks-awa-announcements-rundown/714405321919916
  9. ^ "Uta no Prince-sama Anime Gets 3rd Season in 2015". Anime News Network. December 1, 2013. Retrieved December 1, 2013. 

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