Love Live!

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Love Live! School Idol Project Series
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Original work Love Live! School Idol Project
Years2010–present
Print publications
Magazine(s) LoveLive! Days
Films and television
Film(s) Love Live! The School Idol Movie
Television series See below
Games
Video game(s) Love Live! School Idol Festival
Audio
Original music Love Live! discography

Love Live! School Idol Project Series [lower-alpha 1] is a Japanese multimedia project created by Hajime Yatate and Sakurako Kimino and co-produced by Kadokawa through ASCII Media Works; Bandai Namco Arts through music label Lantis; and animation studio Sunrise. Each of the individual titles within the franchise revolve around teenage girls who become "school idols". Starting in June 2010 with Love Live! School Idol Project , the franchise has seen multiple anime television series, two anime films, light novels, manga, and video games. The rhythm game series Love Live! School Idol Festival features characters across multiple Love Live! titles.

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Overview

Each title in the Love Live! franchise focuses on groups of teenage schoolgirls who become "school idols" as an extracurricular activity, [1] and their main activities involve singing and choreographed dancing to self-written songs they perform at concerts or other music events. Other activities include designing their own costumes, as well as filming promotional videos and music videos. Top-class groups are very popular among fans of school idols, aided in part by exposure in magazines and other media, [1] in addition to merchandise of school idols sold in shops catering to otaku -related items.

The ultimate school idol competition featuring the best groups in Japan is called Love Live, and entry into the competition is determined by the popularity of each group. [1] The size of these groups can range anywhere from solo idols to groups with nine or more members. Due to the highly competitive nature of the Love Live competition, some school idols opt not to attempt entry and simply take part in performing at other events. However, participation in the event is very prestigious, and any group that wins the competition is afforded legendary status.

Franchise history

Year introduced
2010 Love Live! School Idol Project
2011–2012
2013 Love Live! School Idol Festival
2014
2015 Love Live! Sunshine!!
2016
2017 Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club
2018–2019
2020 Love Live! Superstar!!

Love Live! School Idol Project was first announced in the July 2010 issue of ASCII Media Works' Dengeki G's Magazine , which revealed that the magazine would be collaborating with the anime studio Sunrise and the music label Lantis to co-produce the project. The project officially began with the August 2010 issue of Dengeki G's Magazine, which introduced the story, characters, and a more detailed explanation of the project. [2] The original plan for the story was written by Sakurako Kimino, who also writes short stories and light novels for Love Live!. Yūhei Murota created the original character designs.

Starting in August 2010, online mobile phone popularity contests were periodically held to rank the characters, which influenced the positions of the idols in the anime music videos produced by Sunrise. For example, the idol who ranked first in a given contest would be in the center position in the front row in the music video that followed. Other polls were used to determine different aspects of the idols, such as hairstyles and costumes. [3] Fans also determined the name of the initial school idol group, ultimately choosing the name μ's ( /mjuz/ , muse). Lantis released the group's first single in August 2010, [3] and they continued to release several more singles and albums over the course of the next two years, including performing their first concert in 2012 at Yokohama Blitz in Yokohama, Japan. This was soon followed by an anime television series that aired from 2013 to 2014, and an anime film in 2015. [4]

Japanese franchise logo Love Live! series logo.svg
Japanese franchise logo

The rhythm game series Love Live! School Idol Festival developed by KLab and published by Bushiroad's Bushimo for Android and iOS platforms launched in 2013. The initial game is free-to-play with an in-app purchase system. It features songs and characters across multiple Love Live! titles, along with newly introduced girls, and stories that are not included in other media. The English localization was released worldwide in 2014, [5] and it also was localized in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and South Korea. [6] An arcade version of the game developed and published by Square Enix titled Love Live! School Idol Festival: After School Activity was released in Japan in 2016, [7] and a PlayStation 4 port was released in North America, Japan, and Southeast Asia in 2021. [8] [9] Another spin-off game titled Love Live! School Idol Festival All Stars was released in 2019 in Japan and 2020 worldwide.

The next major installment in the franchise was the spin-off Love Live! Sunshine!! announced in 2015. [10] Fans also chose the name of the idol group for Sunshine, deciding on the name Aqours ( /ˈækwə/ , aqua). [11] Similarly to Love Live! School Idol Project, Lantis released the group's first single in October 2015, [12] releasing several more singles into the following year. This was followed by an anime television series that aired from 2016 to 2017, and an anime film in 2019. [13]

In March 2017, the official website of Love Live School Idol Festival launched the "Perfect Dream Project", [14] which featured nine new girls that would be incorporated into Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club ; a tenth member was added in 2020. Unlike μ's and Aqours, they are not a traditional group, but rather individual school idols who compete with each other are referred to collectively as the Nijigasaki High School Idol Club. The idols are featured in Love Live! School Idol Festival All Stars alongside μ's and Aqours, and also appear in the main Love Live! School Idol Festival game. [15] Lantis released the debut album for Nijigasaki High School Idol Club in 2018, [16] and this was followed by two more albums and several singles over the course of the next two years, including performing their first concert in 2018 at DiverCity Tokyo Plaza Festival Square. An anime television series premiered in 2020. [17]

In January 2020, a franchise-wide concert, titled Love Live! Fest, were held at Saitama Super Arena, in commemoration for the franchise's ninth anniversary. All three groups at the time performed at this concert, including μ's, which was their first performance after a three-year hiatus since their "final" concert in April 2016. [18] [19]

Another spin-off titled Love Live! Superstar!! was announced in 2020 as an anime television series. [20] [21] Fans also chose the name of the idol group for Superstar, deciding on Liella! ( /lɛlɑː/ ). [22]

School idol groups

The main cast from the Love Live! franchise. As distinguished by their costume sets, the group on the left is m's, the centre is Aqours, and the right is the Nijigasaki High School Idol Club. Love Live! franchise characters.png
The main cast from the Love Live! franchise. As distinguished by their costume sets, the group on the left is μ's, the centre is Aqours, and the right is the Nijigasaki High School Idol Club.
NameMembers
Main groups
M's logo.svg μ's Honoka Kōsaka
(Emi Nitta)
Eli Ayase
(Yoshino Nanjō)
Kotori Minami
(Aya Uchida)
Umi Sonoda
(Suzuko Mimori)
Rin Hoshizora
(Riho Iida)
Maki Nishikino
(Pile)
Nozomi Tojo
(Aina Kusuda)
Hanayo Koizumi
(Yurika Kubo)
Nico Yazawa
(Sora Tokui)
Aqours logo.svg Aqours Chika Takami
(Anju Inami)
Riko Sakurauchi
(Rikako Aida)
Kanan Matsuura
(Nanaka Suwa)
Dia Kurosawa
(Arisa Komiya)
You Watanabe
(Shuka Saitō)
Yoshiko Tsushima
(Aika Kobayashi)
Hanamaru Kunikida
(Kanako Takatsuki)
Mari Ohara
(Aina Suzuki)
Ruby Kurosawa
(Ai Furihata)
Nijigasaki High School Idol Club English logo.png Nijigasaki High School Idol Club Ayumu Uehara
(Aguri Ōnishi)
Kasumi Nakasu
(Mayu Sagara)
Shizuku Osaka [lower-alpha 2]
(Kaori Maeda)
Karin Asaka
(Miyu Kubota)
Ai Miyashita
(Natsumi Murakami)
Kanata Konoe [lower-alpha 3]
(Akari Kitō)
Setsuna Yuki
(Tomori Kusunoki)
Emma Verde [lower-alpha 4]
(Maria Sashide)
Rina Tennoji
(Chiemi Tanaka)
Shioriko Mifune [lower-alpha 5]
(Moeka Koizumi)
Mia Taylor [lower-alpha 6]
(Shu Uchida)
Lanzhu Zhong [lower-alpha 6]
(Akina Hōmoto)
Liella! Official Logo.svg Liella! Kanon Shibuya
(Sayuri Date)
Tang Keke
(Liyuu)
Chisato Arashi
(Nako Misaki)
Sumire Heanna
(Naomi Payton)
Ren Hazuki
(Nagisa Aoyama)
Rival groups
A-Rise Tsubasa Kira
(Megu Sakuragawa)
Erena Toudou
(Maho Matsunaga)
Anju Yuuki
(Ayuru Ōhashi)
Saint Snow [lower-alpha 7] [lower-alpha 8] Sarah Kazuno
(Asami Tano)
Leah Kazuno
(Hinata Satō)
Sunny PassionYuna Hijirisawa
(Yoshitake Chihaya)
Mao Hiiragi
(Yuuki Yuna)
Love Live! School Idol Festival
Seiran High School Marika IchinoseMinami NagayamaAya SugisakiAyumi ToriiSeira KujōSachiko TanakaAkira ShinomiyaYumi Fujishiro
Chitose Bridge High School Yū AizawaFumie NishimuraAkemi KikuchiIruka SudaReina SaekiNanaka MorishimaSaki ShimozonoRū TataraNagi Shiraki
Shinonome Institute Coco MiyashitaSana YūkiChristinaYuri MidōRika KamiyaHaruka KonoeKasane HasekuraMizuki Sakkiwa
Tooh Academy Shun KurosakiFumi ShitaraTsurugi KadotaYūki KiriharaFū SaikiMisaki ShidōHimeno AyanokōjiKoyuki ShiraseRyō Aikawa
Shion Women Institute Chizuko SakamakiHitomi ShigaMikoto FukuharaAkira KizakiYuka TsukishimaSayuri HyōdōSakura KurobaneSakuya KurobaneMutsuki Takamagahara
Y.G. International Academy RanphaRakshataRebeccaIsabellaJenniferMariaLeoYukari Saotome

Media

Anime series

A 13-episode anime television series of Love Live! School Idol Project produced by Sunrise, directed by Takahiko Kyōgoku, and written by Jukki Hanada aired in Japan on Tokyo MX from January 6 to March 31, 2013 and was simulcast by Crunchyroll. [23] An original video animation episode was released on November 27, 2013. [24] A second season aired on Tokyo MX from April 6 to June 29, 2014, also airing on TV Aichi, Yomiuri TV, and BS11, [25] and was simulcast by Crunchyroll. Both seasons are licensed in North America by NIS America, who released the premium edition of the first season on Blu-ray on September 2, 2014 [26] and an English dubbed version was released with the standard edition of the first season, along with the premium edition of the second season, on February 14, 2016, as well as the standard edition of the second season on April 12, 2016. [27] [28] The Blu-ray set for season one has since gone out of print and season one was removed from Crunchyroll. [29] [30] MVM Entertainment released the first season in the United Kingdom on July 27, 2015 on DVD, with plans to release it on Blu-ray Disc in 2016 with an English dub. [31] MVM Entertainment also released the second season in 2016. [32] Madman Entertainment released the first season in Australia and New Zealand on June 10, 2015 on DVD. [33]

A 13-episode anime television series of Love Live! Sunshine!! produced by Sunrise, directed by Kazuo Sakai, and written by Jukki Hanada aired between July 2 and September 24, 2016 and was simulcast by Crunchyroll. [34] [35] [36] A 13-episode second season aired between October 7 and December 30, 2017. [37] The series is licensed in North America by Funimation, in the United Kingdom by Anime Limited, and in Australia by Madman Entertainment. [38] [39] An English dub by Funimation began streaming from July 30, 2016. [40]

A 13-episode anime television series of Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club produced by Sunrise, directed by Tomoyuki Kawamura, and written by Jin Tanaka, aired between October 3 and December 26, 2020. [17] It was also streamed live through the Bandai Channel, Line Live, and YouTube Live. [41]

Love Live! Superstar!! was announced in 2020 as an anime television series. [21]

No.TitleStart dateEnd dateEps.Director
1 Love Live! School Idol Project January 6, 2013June 29, 201426Takahiko Kyōgoku
2 Love Live! Sunshine!! July 2, 2016December 30, 201726Kazuo Sakai
3 Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club October 3, 2020December 26, 202013Tomoyuki Kawamura
4 Love Live! Superstar!! July 11, 2021Takahiko Kyōgoku

Films

An animated film titled Love Live! The School Idol Movie was released in theaters on June 13, 2015. [42] The film was released theatrically in South Korea on September 3, 2015, [43] in the United States on September 11, 2015 [44] and in Indonesia on October 21. [45] As of December 2015, the film had been shown in several other countries, including Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, [46] and was also scheduled to be released in Canada at the start of 2016. [47] It was released on Blu-ray in Japan on December 15, 2015. The film was released in North America by NIS America on June 28, 2016 in a premium edition, and July 26, 2016 in a standard edition, both with an English dub. [48]

An anime film titled Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie: Over the Rainbow was released on January 4, 2019 in Japan. [49] An English dub of the film was released on February 25, 2020. [50] The main staff and cast return to reprise their roles for the film. [51]

No.TitlePremiereRuntimeDirector
1 Love Live! The School Idol Movie June 13, 201599 minutesTakahiko Kyōgoku
2Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie: Over the RainbowJanuary 4, 2019100 minutesKazuo Sakai

Magazine

The front cover of LoveLive! Days volume 9, featuring Chika Takami and Honoka Kosaka. LoveLive! Days Volume 9 front cover.jpg
The front cover of LoveLive! Days volume 9, featuring Chika Takami and Honoka Kōsaka.

A dedicated Love Live! magazine launched on July 1, 2019 as a spin-off of Dengeki G's Magazine published by ASCII Media Works. [52] [53] Initially untitled, the magazine offered readers the chance to suggest names for the magazine and vote on them, [52] leading to the magazine's title of LoveLive! Days starting with volume 3. [54] The magazine offers information on the entire Love Live! franchise including the latest information on school idol groups, media adaptations, and also includes serialized Love Live! manga. The magazine also gives fans the ability to influence the franchise by voting on ideas for songs and costumes. [54]

Reception

Love Live! was ranked No. 1 in top-selling media franchises in Japan for 2016 and ranked No. 4 in 2015. The franchise earned over ¥8 billion in 2016 and over ¥5 billion in 2015. This includes the raw yen totals of Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, music CDs, novels, and manga, but not video games, film tickets, digital downloads, and other forms of media sales. [55] [56] In 2013, physical media sales generated ¥2,516.3 million ($26 million) in Japan. [57] DVD and Blu-ray sales of the anime's second season in 2014 sold ¥2,917.5 million ($24 million) in Japan. [58] The franchise's physical media sales generated ¥23 billion ($209 million) in Japan between 2015 and 2018. [55] [56] [59] [60]

Notes

  1. Japanese: ラブライブ! School idol project series, Hepburn: Rabu Raibu! School Idol Project Series, shortened as Love Live! Series (ラブライブ!シリーズ), or simply Love Live! (ラブライブ!)
  2. Shizuku was originally a member of Seiran High School in Love Live! School Idol Festival.
  3. Kanata was originally a member of Shinonome Institute in Love Live! School Idol Festival.
  4. Emma was originally a member of Y.G. International Academy in Love Live! School Idol Festival.
  5. Shioriko was added in August 2020.
  6. 1 2 Mia and Lanzhu were added in September 2021.
  7. Saint Snow officially started concert activities in December 2017, with the announcement of Saint Snow Presents Love Live! Sunshine!! Hakodate Unit Carnival.
  8. Saint Snow may also have joint performances with Aqours, in which they are collectively known as Saint Aqours Snow.

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