PuraOre! Pride of Orange

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PuraOre! Pride of Orange
PuraOre logo.png
Franchise logo
プラオレ!~PRIDE OF ORANGE~
GenreSports (ice hockey)[1]
Anime television series
Directed byTakebumi Anzai
Produced byTakashi Murakami
Hiroshi Takita
Written byTouko Machida
Music byMONACA
Yōhei Kisara
StudioCAAnimation (production)
C2C (animation)
Licensed byCrunchyroll
Original networkTokyo MX, SUN, BS-NTV, GYT, GTV, OHK, TVA, UHB, RAB, SBC, Animax
Original run October 6, 2021 December 22, 2021
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Game
PuraOre! Smile Princess
DeveloperEXNOA
PublisherDMM Games
PlatformAndroid, iOS, PC (DMM Game Player)
Released
  • JP: March 15, 2022

PuraOre! Pride of Orange (プラオレ!~PRIDE OF ORANGE~) is a mixed-media project produced by CyberAgent and DMM Games about girls playing ice hockey. An anime television series produced by CAAnimation and C2C aired from October to December 2021, while a mobile game developed by EXNOA was released in March 2022.

Characters[edit]

Nikkō Dream Monkeys[edit]

"Newcomer Set"[edit]

Manaka Mizusawa (水沢 愛佳, Mizusawa Manaka)
Voiced by: Riku Masuda[1] (Japanese); Bryn Apprill[2] (English)
Left wing forward for the Dream Monkeys. Her family runs an inn, and she is a member of her school's embroidery club. She becomes inspired to take up ice hockey after coming across a poster advertising it in her school.
Riko Saginuma (鷲沼 梨子, Saginuma Riko)
Voiced by: Saika Kitamori[1] (Japanese); Kayli Mills[2] (English)
Center for the Dream Monkeys; captain of the team. She initially wanted to quit playing ice hockey, but was convinced to pick up the sport again by the Dream Monkeys.
Yu Kiyose (清瀬 優, Kiyose Yū)
Voiced by: Satomi Hongo[1] (Japanese); Ryan Bartley[2] (English)
Right wing forward for the Dream Monkeys. She transfers to Manaka's school initially to avoid playing ice hockey at her former school, only to be lured into returning to the sport.
Ayaka Mizusawa (水沢 彩佳, Mizusawa Ayaka)
Voiced by: Mayu Sagara[1] (Japanese); Lizzie Freeman[2] (English)
Manaka's younger sister; left defenceman for the Dream Monkeys. She also serves as the team's mascot.
Naomi Takagi (高木 尚美, Takagi Naomi)
Voiced by: Asuka Shioiri[1] (Japanese); Julia Gu[2] (English)
Right defenceman for the Dream Monkeys.
Kaoruko Yanagida (柳田 薫子, Yanagida Kaoruko)
Voiced by: Yurika Moriyama[1] (Japanese); Morgan Garrett[2] (English)
Goaltender for the Dream Monkeys.

"Senior Set"[edit]

China Yoneyama (米山 千奈, Yoneyama China)
Voiced by: Hisako Tōjō[3] (Japanese); Caitlyn Elizabeth[2] (English)
Left wing forward for the Dream Monkeys.
Juri Kikuchi (菊池 樹里, Kikuchi Juri)
Voiced by: Ruriko Aoki[3] (Japanese); SuzAnne DeCarma[2] (English)
Center for the Dream Monkeys.
Shino Ukita (浮田 志乃, Ukita Shino)
Voiced by: Aina Suzuki[3] (Japanese); Helena Walstrom[2] (English)
Right wing forward for the Dream Monkeys.
Runa Hirano (平野 るな, Hirano Runa)
Voiced by: Eriko Matsui[3] (Japanese); Natalie Van Sistine[2] (English)
Left defenceman for the Dream Monkeys.
Minato Shishiuchi (獅子内 湊, Shishiuchi Minato)
Voiced by: Shizuku Hoshinoya[3] (Japanese); Ashely Biski[2] (English)
Right defenceman for the Dream Monkeys.
Mona Fujishiro (藤代 もな, Fujishiro Mona)
Voiced by: Kurumi Takase[3] (Japanese); Shara Kirby[2] (English)
Goaltender for the Dream Monkeys.

"Staff"[edit]

Yōko Matsunaga (松永 羊子, Matsunaga Yōko)
Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu[4] (Japanese); Corey Pettit[2] (English)
Coach for the Dream Monkeys. She aims to combine ice hockey and idols in order to increase the sport's popularity.
Sō Satō (佐藤 想, Satō Sō)
Voiced by: Yoshiaki Hasegawa[4] (Japanese); Stephen Fu[2] (English)
Assistant for Yōko Matsunaga.

Kushiro Snow White[edit]

Seiko Kuga (久賀 セイコ, Kuga Seiko)
Voiced by: Aina Aiba[3] (Japanese); Rachelle Heger[2] (English)
Left wing forward for the Snow White.
Yuka Iihara (飯原 有香, Iihara Yuka)
Voiced by: Miku Itō[3] (Japanese); Maddie Matsumoto[2] (English)
Center for the Snow White.
Sachie Kaibara (貝原 さちえ, Kaibara Sachie)
Voiced by: Ayasa Goto[3] (Japanese); Cat Protano[2] (English)
Right wing for the Snow White.
Eri Yamanaka (山中 依里, Yamanaka Eri)
Voiced by: Suzuko Mimori[3] (Japanese); Christie Cate[2] (English)
Left defenceman for the Snow White.
Ema Yoshiike (吉池 えま, Yoshiike Ema)
Voiced by: Sora Tokui[3] (Japanese); Analesa Fisher[2] (English)
Right defenceman for the Snow White.
Rio Teruya (照屋 理央, Teruya Rio)
Voiced by: Eri Ozeki[3] (Japanese); Christina Costello[2] (English)
Goaltender for the Snow White.
Maya Walker (マヤウォーカー, Maya Uōkā)
Voiced by: Sumire Uesaka[3] (Japanese); Katelyn Barr[2] (English)
A Canadian girl who plays center for the Snow White.

West Tokyo Ice Rabbits[edit]

Mami Ono (小野 真美, Ono Mami)
Voiced by: Yoshino Aoyama[1] (Japanese); Michelle Marie[2] (English)
Left wing forward for the Ice Rabbits. She was a schoolmate of Manaka and the others, but transferred.

Media[edit]

Anime[edit]

In December 2020, an anime television series produced by CAAnimation and animated by C2C was announced.[5] The series was directed by Takebumi Anzai, with Touko Machida in charge of series composition, Kii Tanaka designing characters based on Craft Egg's original designs, Takashi Murakami and Hiroshi Takita served as producers, and MONACA and Yōhei Kisara composing the series' music. Funimation licensed the series outside of Asia.[6] Medialink licensed the series in Southeast Asia, South Asia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.[7] It aired from October 6 to December 22, 2021 on Tokyo MX and other networks.[1][8] The seven main cast members, under the name "Smile Princess", performed the series' opening theme song "Fire Fight!", while May'n performed the series' ending theme song "Orange."[9]

The English dub was released on December 30, 2022.[10]

Episode list[edit]

No.Title [11]Directed by [a]Written by [a]Storyboarded by [a]Original air date [12][b]
1"face off"Hiroki IkeshitaTouko MachidaTakebumi AnzaiOctober 6, 2021 (2021-10-06)
2"best friends"Ayumu UwanoTouko MachidaTakebumi AnzaiOctober 13, 2021 (2021-10-13)
3"all for one"Kōji NagatomiTouko MachidaTakebumi AnzaiOctober 20, 2021 (2021-10-20)
4"grinder"Hiroyuki TsuchiyaTouko MachidaTakebumi AnzaiOctober 27, 2021 (2021-10-27)
5"shoot out"Shunsuke TakaraiTouko MachidaTakebumi AnzaiNovember 3, 2021 (2021-11-03)
6"debut"Takeshi NishinoTouko MachidaTakebumi AnzaiNovember 10, 2021 (2021-11-10)
7"cheer up!"Ayumu UwanoTouko MachidaTakebumi AnzaiNovember 17, 2021 (2021-11-17)
8"accident"Yūsuke OnodaTouko MachidaTakebumi AnzaiNovember 24, 2021 (2021-11-24)
9"awakening"Kōji NagatomiTouko MachidaTakebumi AnzaiDecember 1, 2021 (2021-12-01)
10"reunion"Hiroyuki TsuchiyaTouko MachidaTakebumi AnzaiDecember 8, 2021 (2021-12-08)
11"barn burner"Itoko NagaiTouko MachidaTakebumi AnzaiDecember 15, 2021 (2021-12-15)
12"PRIDE OF ORANGE"Takeshi NishinoTouko MachidaTakebumi AnzaiDecember 22, 2021 (2021-12-22)

Game[edit]

A smartphone application game, titled PuraOre! Smile Princess (プラオレ!〜SMILE PRINCESS〜), was developed by EXNOA.[14] It was released on March 15, 2022 for Android, iOS, and PC via DMM Game Player.[15] The game ended service on November 30, 2022.[16]

Reception[edit]

The anime series' first episode garnered poor reviews from Anime News Network's staff during the Fall 2021 season previews. Richard Eisenbeis felt "utterly shattered" by the premiere's mixture of idol and sports anime elements through "real world logic", saying that all-girl slice-of-life fans will enjoy it more than him. Caitlin Moore was also baffled by the series' opening and found the idol angle insulting for infringing on the ice hockey segments. Nicholas Dupree commended the production values of the hockey and idol parts in the beginning, but felt the premiere stretched itself too thin by trying to appease to both genres and lacked characters for viewers to care about, saying "the overall show feels stitched together by a marketing department trying to build a money printer out of spare parts." Rebecca Silverman criticized the episode for not showcasing enough ice hockey scenes for its intended audience and found framing issues when utilizing idol elements throughout the sports segments.[17] Fellow ANN editor Christopher Farris reviewed the complete anime series in 2022 and gave it a B– grade.[18] While praising the engaging story for developing its cast and showcasing ice hockey with appealing presentation, he felt the technical aspects of the sport were "incidental" and "surface-level" because of "languid pacing" and both the slice-of-life and idol elements being prioritized more than the overall narrative, concluding that: "It definitely still isn't the hockey anime a lot of people were hoping for, but it is more of a hockey anime than those initial visions of girls breaking out into dance numbers indicated, and ends up decidedly working better as a sports show than a lot of the other let-downs out there."[18]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Information is taken from the ending credits of each episode.
  2. ^ Episodes were released on AbemaTV every Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. JST, 30 minutes before the original air time on Tokyo MX.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Sherman, Jennifer (December 11, 2020). "Pride of Orange Anime's Promo Video Reveals Cast, Staff, October Debut". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on November 4, 2021. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v "PuraOre! Pride of Orange". Studio Nano. Archived from the original on January 5, 2023. Retrieved January 5, 2023.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Pineda, Rafael Antonio (March 27, 2021). "Pride of Orange Project Reveals 6 More Cast Members". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on December 10, 2021. Retrieved March 27, 2021.
  4. ^ a b Pineda, Rafael Antonio (July 22, 2021). "PuraOre! Pride of Orange Hockey Anime's Videos Preview Theme Songs, Unveil More Cast". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on October 11, 2021. Retrieved July 22, 2021.
  5. ^ Loo, Egan (December 4, 2020). "CyberAgent, DMM Games Unveil '1st Girls' Ice Hockey Anime,' Pride of Orange". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on November 1, 2021. Retrieved December 5, 2020.
  6. ^ Friedman, Nicholas (October 2, 2021). "An Ice Hockey Anime?! PuraOre! ~Pride of Orange~ Comes to Funimation This Fall". Funimation. Archived from the original on October 3, 2021. Retrieved October 3, 2021.
  7. ^ Ani-One Asia (September 28, 2021). "📌 Medialink October Line-Up Simulcast on Ani-One Have you ever seen an anime about girls playing ice hockey? Here comes《Plore!~PRIDE OF ORANGE~》🧡 With their friendship and endeavor, are they able to win the matches? 😮 This new anime will be streaming on Ani-One this October❣️". Facebook. Retrieved September 28, 2021.
  8. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (September 6, 2021). "PuraOre! Pride of Orange Hockey Anime Reveals October 6 Premiere". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on November 2, 2021. Retrieved September 6, 2021.
  9. ^ Loo, Egan (June 26, 2021). "PuraOre! Pride of Orange Girls' Ice Hockey Anime Unveils Theme Song Artists". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on November 1, 2021. Retrieved June 26, 2021.
  10. ^ "Crunchyroll - Simulcast Calendar". Crunchyroll. Archived from the original on January 1, 2023. Retrieved December 31, 2022.
  11. ^ "Terebi Anime "Puraore! ~Puraido Obu Orenji~" Kōshiki Saito | On'ea" TVアニメ「プラオレ!~PRIDE OF ORANGE~」公式サイト | ON AIR [TV Anime "PuraOre! ~Pride of Orange~" Official Website | On Air]. puraore.com (in Japanese). Archived from the original on December 22, 2021. Retrieved October 8, 2021.
  12. ^ "Hōsō Jōhō|Puraore! ~Puraido Obu Orenji~|Anime|Tōkyō Emu Ekkusu" 放送情報|プラオレ!~PRIDE OF ORANGE~|アニメ|TOKYO MX [Broadcast Information|PuraOre! ~Pride of Orange~|Anime|Tokyo MX]. Tokyo MX (in Japanese). Archived from the original on January 1, 2023. Retrieved October 6, 2021.
  13. ^ "Terebi Anime "Puraore! ~Puraido Obu Orenji~" Kōshiki Saito | On'ea" TVアニメ「プラオレ!~PRIDE OF ORANGE~」公式サイト | ON AIR [TV Anime "PuraOre! ~Pride of Orange~" Official Website | On Air]. puraore.com (in Japanese). Archived from the original on September 29, 2021. Retrieved September 29, 2021.
  14. ^ "青山吉能「ここにいなかったかも」審査に一度落選 - 芸能 : 日刊スポーツ". nikkansports.com (in Japanese). Retrieved October 2, 2021.
  15. ^ Hazra, Adriana (December 13, 2021). "CyberAgent, DMM Games Unveil '1st Girls' Ice Hockey Anime,' Pride of Orange". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on December 19, 2021. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
  16. ^ "『プラオレ!』サービス終了のお知らせ" (in Japanese). DMM.com. October 31, 2022. Retrieved October 31, 2022.
  17. ^ Eisenbeis, Richard; Moore, Caitlin; Dupree, Nicholas; Silverman, Rebecca (October 6, 2021). "PuraOre! Pride of Orange – The Fall 2021 Preview Guide". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on December 22, 2021. Retrieved March 24, 2022.
  18. ^ a b Farris, Christopher (March 21, 2022). "PuraOre! Pride of Orange – Review". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on March 21, 2022. Retrieved March 24, 2022.

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