Love Live! Sunshine!!
|Love Live! Sunshine!!|
(Rabu Raibu! Sanshain!!)
|Written by||Sakurako Kimino|
|Illustrated by||Masaru Oda|
|Published by||ASCII Media Works|
|Magazine||Dengeki G's Magazine|
|Original run||May 2016 – present|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Kazuo Sakai|
|Written by||Jukki Hanada|
|Music by||Tatsuya Kato|
|Network||Tokyo MX, SUN, KBS, BS11, TVA, SBS, TVh, TVQ|
|Original run||July 2, 2016 – September 24, 2016|
Love Live! Sunshine!! (ラブライブ! サンシャイン!! Rabu Raibu! Sanshain!!) is a Japanese multimedia project co-developed by ASCII Media Works' Dengeki G's Magazine, music label Lantis, and animation studio Sunrise. The project is a spin-off of Love Live! and revolves around a group of fictional schoolgirls who become idols in order to save their school from shutting down, just like the idol group from the original series. It launched in April 2015 with music CDs and anime music videos, followed by a manga version in 2016. A 13-episode anime television series produced by Sunrise and directed by Kazuo Sakai aired between July and September 2016.
Love Live Sunshine!! is set in Uchiura, Numazu, Shizuoka where one of its schools, the ocean-side Uranohoshi Girls' Academy, is planned to be closed down and merged with another high school in Numazu. Chika Takami, a girl without anything she really desires, is inspired by μ's to gather friends and form their own school idol group called Aqours (アクア Akua, pronounced "aqua"), seeking to promote the school to prevent that. In order to do that, they enter the same "Love Live" school idol contest once won by μ's, which is much more difficult than before thanks to its increase in popularity.
Where appropriate, plot descriptions mentioned below refer to the television anime series. Other parts of the franchise, such as the manga and novel series, feature some variations in the storyline.
- Chika Takami (高海 千歌 Takami Chika)
- Voiced by: Anju Inami (Japanese); Jād Saxton (English)
- Chika is the main protagonist of Sunshine and a second-year student at Uranohoshi Girls' Academy. Always claiming herself to be too ordinary, she finds that girls of μ's are so shining despite being normal students. This leads her to form a school idol group like her idols and becomes the only thing she seriously wants to do. The youngest among three daughters, her family runs a traditional inn known for its open-air hot springs with an ocean view. Sometimes Chika loves to insert terrible puns between her words, even explaining them.
- Riko Sakurauchi (桜内 梨子 Sakurauchi Riko)
- Voiced by: Rikako Aida (Japanese); Jeannie Tirado (English)
- Riko is a modest, down-to-earth second-year transfer student from Akihabara's Otonokizaka Girls' Academy. She was a young pianist, but somehow stopped and moved to Numazu so she could 'feel' the sea. She has a fear of dogs, despite that the Takami family's dog, Shiitake, seems to take an interest to her. After joining Aqours, she becomes the composer of the group.
- Kanan Matsuura (松浦 果南 Matsuura Kanan)
- Voiced by: Nanaka Suwa (Japanese); Michelle Rojas (English)
- A third-year student and Chika's childhood friend. Kanan lives alone with her grandfather on a nearby island where they run a diving gear shop. She has a hard time attending classes as she must take care of the shop alone while her grandfather recovers from a fractured bone. She, Dia, and Mari are childhood friends who formed a school idol group in their first year named Aqours, but disbanded quickly, leading the three to separate. Kanan is the most athletic member of the group and acts as their main choreographer.
- Dia Kurosawa (黒澤 ダイヤ Kurosawa Daiya)
- Voiced by: Arisa Komiya (Japanese); Morgan Garrett (English)
- The prideful, third-year student council president of Uranohoshi Girls' Academy. She and her younger sister Ruby are part of a well-known and respected family. Dia reluctantly becomes a school idol after losing a match to Chika, but due to her character, will accept nothing less than victory at Love Live. In the anime, Dia also is a diehard fan of μ's and after she, Kanan, and Mari separated, has been hiding her enthusiasm about school idols until she is convinced to join Aqours.
- You Watanabe (渡辺 曜 Watanabe Yō)
- Voiced by: Shuka Saitō (Japanese); Apphia Yu (English)
- An energetic second-year student with a positive outlook and Chika's childhood friend. You aims to one day become a ship captain, just like her father. Her catchphrase is "Yōsorō!" (ヨーソロー!, (Keep her) steady!), also known as "Aye-aye!" in the English dub.
- Yoshiko Tsushima (津島 善子 Tsushima Yoshiko)
- Voiced by: Aika Kobayashi (Japanese); Morgan Berry (English)
- Yoshiko is a first-year student who tries to erase her chūnibyō and attend high school like a normal student. She refers herself as "Yohane" (ヨハネ), claiming that she was a fallen angel for having angered God, and wants everyone to call her that (though nobody actually calls her that). Like Chika, the reason she becomes a chūnibyō is because she feels like she is too ordinary, as her Yohane identity makes up her entire personality. After joining Aqours, she decides to keep her chūnibyō antics instead.
- Hanamaru Kunikida (国木田 花丸 Kunikida Hanamaru)
- Voiced by: Kanako Takatsuki (Japanese); Megan Shipman (English)
- Hanamaru is an easily-distracted first-year student whose family runs a local temple without several modern-age utilities such as computers and hand dryers. Because of this, she becomes enamored upon seeing them, much to the surprise of others. She refers to herself as either "ora" or "Maru", and ends all of her sentences with "-zura" because of her Shizuoka dialect. She is also a member of a local choir due to her talent at singing. Before joining Aqours, she is an avid reader at the school's library. She and Yoshiko were friends during kindergarten, and Yoshiko calls her "Zuramaru".
- Mari Ohara (小原 鞠莉 Ohara Mari)
- Voiced by: Aina Suzuki (Japanese); Jamie Marchi (English)
- Mari is a third-year student at Uranohoshi. Her Italian-American father runs a hotel chain and in Japan, she lives in one of their hotels. Mari is a bright person who prefers to take action by herself, and does not feel herself to be suited to become a school idol. Her favorite music genre is industrial metal. Due to her background, Mari speaks in an English accent and often mixes English and Japanese in her speech. Mari's family is one of the main sponsors of Uranohoshi, to the point of having her appointed as the school's chairman despite being one of the students. She was friends with Dia and Kanan, having even formed their own idol unit in the past that was disbanded some time later due to Kanan and Dia wanting her to pursue the scholarship she got at a school overseas.
- Ruby Kurosawa (黒澤 ルビィ Kurosawa Rubii)
- Voiced by: Ai Furihata (Japanese); Sarah Wiedenheft (English)
- Ruby is Dia's timid younger sister, Ruby has long since dreamed of becoming an idol. She has androphobia (fear of men), as she has never talked to anyone male outside of her own father. In the anime, her shyness is increased so she enters in panic when she is touched by anyone she is not used to regardless of sex.
- Sarah Kazuno (鹿角 聖良 Kazuno Seira) - One of the members of the idol duo Saint Snow, a rival of Aqours. Voiced by: Asami Tano (Japanese); Trina Nishimura (English)
- Leah Kazuno (鹿角 理亞 Kazuno Ria) - Seira's sister and partner in Saint Snow. She and her sister were inspired by A-RISE to become school idols in a similar fashion that the members of Aqours are inspired by μ's. Voiced by: Hinata Satō (Japanese); Amber Lee Connors (English)
- Shima Takami (高海 志満 Takami Shima) - Chika's eldest sister. Voiced by: Kana Asumi (Japanese); Colleen Clinkenbeard (English)
- Mito Takami (高海 美渡 Takami Mito) - Chika's older sister and the middle child of Takami family. Voiced by: Kanae Itō (Japanese); Monica Rial (English)
A manga titled Love Live! Sunshine!!, written by Sakurako Kimino and illustrated by Masaru Oda, began serialization in the May 2016 issue of Dengeki G's Magazine. The first tankōbon volume will be released on September 24, 2016.
A 160-page fanbook of Aqours, titled Love Live! Sunshine!! First Fan Book, was released on June 26, 2016. The book was published by ASCII Media Works and contains an introduction of Aqours' members, original manga written by Sakurako Kimino, and a newly drawn cover by Yuhei Murota.
A 13-episode anime television series, produced by Sunrise and directed by Kazuo Sakai, aired between July 2 and September 24, 2016 and was simulcast by Crunchyroll. The series is licensed in North America by Funimation, in the United Kingdom by Anime Limited, and in Australia by Madman Entertainment. An English dub by Funimation began streaming from July 30, 2016. 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.
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. In the game, Aqours 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.
The nine idols of Aqours are grouped into three mini units: CYaRon! (You, Ruby and Chika), Azalea (Dia, Kanan and Hanamaru), and Guilty Kiss (Yoshiko, Riko and Mari). Two of Aqours' singles include an anime music video.
|Title||Artist(s)||Release date|| Peak Oricon
|"Kimi no Kokoro wa Kagayaiteru Kai?" (君のこころは輝いてるかい? Is Your Heart Shining?)||Aqours||October 7, 2015||3||Aqours' first single|
|"Koi ni Naritai Aquarium" (恋になりたいAQUARIUM I Want To Fall In Love Aquarium)||April 27, 2016||3||Aqours' second single|
|"Genki Zenkai Day! Day! Day!" (元気全開DAY!DAY!DAY! Full Speed Energetically DAY! DAY! DAY!)||CYaRon!||May 11, 2016||6||CYaRon!'s first single|
|"Torikoriko Please!!" (トリコリコPLEASE!! Please Let Me Capture Your Heart!!))||Azalea||May 25, 2016||7||Azalea's first single|
|"Strawberry Trapper"||Guilty Kiss||June 8, 2016||5||Guilty Kiss' first single|
|"Aozora Jumping Heart" (青空Jumping Heart Blue Sky Jumping Heart)||Aqours||July 20, 2016||4||Opening theme of the Love Live! Sunshine!! anime|
|"Kimeta yo Hand in Hand" (決めたよHand in Hand We've Decided Hand in Hand) / "Daisuki dattara Daijōbu!" (ダイスキだったらダイジョウブ! If You're in Love, It's Alright!)||Chika Takami (Anju Inami), You Watanabe (Shuka Saitou), and Riko Sakurauchi (Rikako Aida)||August 3, 2016||5||First insert song's single of the Love Live! Sunshine!! anime|
|"Yume Kataru yori Yume Utaō" (ユメ語るよりユメ歌おう Rather Than Talking About Our Dreams, Let's Sing Them)||Aqours||August 24, 2016||3||Ending theme of the Love Live! Sunshine!! anime|
|"Yume de Yozora o Terashitai" (夢で夜空を照らしたい I Want To Light Up The Night Sky With Our Dreams) / "Mijuku Dreamer" (未熟DREAMER Young DREAMER)||Chika Takami (Anju Inami), Riko Sakurauchi (Rikako Aida), You Watanabe (Shuka Saito), Yoshiko Tsushima (Aika Kobayashi), Hanamaru Kunikida (Kanako Takatsuki), and Ruby Kurosawa (Ai Furihata) / Aqours||September 14, 2016||2||Other two insert song's singles of the Love Live! Sunshine!! anime|
|"Omoi yo Hitotsu ni Nare" (想いよひとつになれ Our Feelings, Become One) / "Mirai Ticket"||Chika Takami (Anju Inami), Kanan Matsuura (Nanaka Suwa), Dia Kurosawa (Arisa Komiya), You Watanabe (Shuka Saito), Yoshiko Tsushima (Aika Kobayashi), Hanamaru Kunikida (Kanako Takatsuki), Mari Ohara (Aina Suzuki), and Ruby Kurosawa (Ai Furihata) / Aqours||November 9, 2016||3|
|"Jingle Bells ga Tomaranai" (ジングルベルが止まらない Can't Stop The Jingle Bells)||Aqours||November 23, 2016||Special single for Love Live! School Idol Festival|
|Title||Artist||Release date|| Peak Oricon
|Sailing to the Sunshine||Aqours, Saint Snow & Tatsuya Kato||November 30, 2016||Soundtrack from the anime series|
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