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A 13-episode anime television series 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. [14] [15] [16] The series is licensed in North America by Funimation, in the United Kingdom by Anime Limited, and in Australia by Madman Entertainment. [17] [18] An English dub by Funimation began streaming from July 30, 2016. [19] The opening and ending themes are "Aozora Jumping Heart" (青空Jumping Heart) and "Yume Kataru Yori Yume Utaou" (ユメ語るよりユメ歌おう) respectively, both performed by Aqours. Every week while the anime was airing, Bandai Visual released merchandise called "memorial items" inspired by an item in each episode only available for a limited time. [20] A second season aired between October 7 and December 30, 2017. [21] The opening and ending themes respectively are "Mirai no Bokura wa Shitteru yo" (未来の僕らは知ってるよ, Our Future Selves Know) and "Yūki wa Doko ni? Kimi no Mune ni!" (勇気はどこに?君の胸に!, Where is Courage? In Your Heart!), both performed by Aqours. "Aozora Jumping Heart" is used as the opening theme for the final episode. The second season was 2018's best-selling animated series on DVD and Blu-ray in Japan, with 330,102 sales. [22] An anime film titled Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie: Over the Rainbow was released on January 4, 2019 in Japan. [23] An English dub of the film was released on February 25, 2020. [24] The main staff and cast return to reprise their roles for the film. [25]

An anime fantasy spin-off television series titled Yohane of the Parhelion: Sunshine in the Mirror (Genjitsu no Yohane) was announced on June 26, 2022. Originally a set of fantasy illustrations appearing in Love Live! Days and featuring Yoshiko as the main character as name suggests, an anime adaptation was previously announced as an April Fool's 2022 joke before it became official in June. The series is produced by Bandai Namco Filmworks and directed by Asami Nakatani and written by Toshiya Ono, with Yumiko Yamamoto designing the characters, and Tatsuya Katō returning to compose the music. It is set to premiere in 2023. [26]

Video games

In January 2016, Love Live! Sunshine!! live streamed a special announcement regarding Aqours joining the Love Live! School Idol Festival rhythm game app starting in July 2016. [27] In the game, the Aqours idols get their own stories, new songs, and cards. KLab also added R rarity cards for each Aqours members, even though they were only voiced after July. In June 2016, Chika and Riko were featured in the in-game regular events for the first time. A spin-off game which includes Aqours, Love Live! School Idol Festival All Stars, released in September 2019.

In 2017, Hanamaru Kunikida succeeded Rin Hoshizora as the face of Puyo Puyo . [28] [29] Along with μ's, Aqours appears in a game based on the "nesoberi" stuffed dolls sold resembling the characters called Puchiguru Love Live!. [30] It was released on April 24, 2018 for Android and iOS, [31] and was shut down on May 31, 2019. [32]

Between August 9–21, 2018, all of the members of Aqours appeared in the mobile RPG Granblue Fantasy as a collaboration event titled Love Live! Sunshine!! Aqours Sky High! (ラブライブ!サンシャイン!! Aqours スカイハイ!). The characters are divided into three teams based on their school year. Second-year students (Chika, Riko, You) are obtainable through the event story, while first-years (Hanamaru, Yoshiko, Ruby) and third-year students (Dia, Kanan, Mari) are obtainable by trading material obtainable in-game. [33]

Music

The nine idols of Aqours are grouped into three subunits: CYaRon! (You, Ruby and Chika), Azalea (stylized in all-caps; Dia, Kanan and Hanamaru), and Guilty Kiss (Yoshiko, Riko and Mari). [34] Five of Aqours' singles include an anime music video, while another features a live action music video starring the nine voice actresses of the characters.

Reception

Nick Creamer from Anime News Network reviewed the first season in 2018. [35] He was critical of the overall plot reusing story elements from the original series but said it was utilized very well in making its "genuinely imperfect" main cast relatable and having a more "emotionally resonant" adventure than its predecessor. Creamer wrote that director Kazuo Sakai did an admirable job maintaining the series' visual comedy previously helmed by Takahiko Kyōgoku, giving each character a distinct and expressive trait from one another and improved the CG dance models and scenes to be more eye-pleasing and presentable than before, concluding that: "Simultaneously too similar and extremely different, suffering many of the same failings but rising to its own dramatic heights, Sunshine is ultimately a rewarding show and a fine followup for the Love Live! franchise." [35]

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Love Live! Sunshine!!
Love Live! Sunshine!! promotional image.jpg
Promotional image featuring the main characters of Love Live! Sunshine!!. Left-to-right, from top: Mari, Yoshiko, Kanan, Dia, Ruby, Hanamaru, You, Chika, and Riko.
ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!
(Rabu Raibu! Sanshain!!)
Genre Music [1]
Created by Hajime Yatate
Sakurako Kimino