Love Live! Sunshine!! – Anime Series Review

Episodes: 13

Genres: Slice-of-Life, Comedy, Drama, Musical

Aired: Jun 2016 to Sep 2016

Also known as: Love Live! School Idol Project: Sunshine!!, ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Summary: Uranohoshi Girls’ High School isa private school in the seaside neighborhood of Uchiura at Numazu city in the Shizuoka prefecture.

A small high school in a corner of Suruga Bay, it is home to nine teens. Led by second-year student, Chika Takami, the girls driven by one huge dream: to become the next generation of bright, sparkling “school idols!”

Now their “School Idol Project” begins in order to make their dreams come true! Continue reading “Love Live! Sunshine!! – Anime Series Review”

Love Live! Sunshine!! Episode 13 Review

How has Aqours grown as a group? Will they learn what it means to shine? Will they manage to turn the zero into a one? Find out in this episode, which is the finale for season one of Love Live! Sunshine!! Continue reading “Love Live! Sunshine!! Episode 13 Review”

Love Live! Sunshine!! Episode 12 Review

This week, the girls try to figure out the difference between Aqours and μ’s, Riko rejoins Aqours, and everyone comes to understand what made μ’s such a special idol group. Continue reading “Love Live! Sunshine!! Episode 12 Review”

Love Live! Sunshine!! Episode 11 Review

This week’s episode centers around multi-talented You. What sort of feelings does she hold towards Chika and Riko? And with Riko off to Tokyo for the piano competition, who can fill the vacancy in Aqours? Continue reading “Love Live! Sunshine!! Episode 11 Review”

Love Live! Sunshine!! Episode 10 Review

The mandatory beach-and-swimsuit episode has arrived! However, it’s not all fun and games in this episode. As expected of the Love Live series, the second years’ drama comes and threatens to change everything right after Aqours became a complete 9 member group. Other than that, the episode features cooking, late-night rendezvous, and a big, BIG declaration from Riko. Continue reading “Love Live! Sunshine!! Episode 10 Review”

Love Live! Sunshine!! Episode 9 Review

Here we are, folks: episode 9 of Sunshine. By the end of episode 9 in the original series, μ‘s finally became complete. Will Aqours also manage to recruit the third-years this week?
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Love Live! Sunshine!! Episode 7 Review

This week, the girls are off to the big city! Will Aqours stay true to themselves after being exposed to distractions and smug rivals during their stay in Tokyo?
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Mini Real Life Update (and Yuri Rambling)

I received the first paycheck in my life today. It’s not much, but I’m just a lowly temp. That’s my current plan, by the way. Just cruise through with temp jobs while looking for my purpose.

Is it normal not to know what you want to do with your life at the age of 23? When I was younger, I was a bit of a chuuni and wanted to be a bodyguard or assassin or bounty hunter. These days, I still have moronic dreams, but a dreamer can’t earn money by mouthing off while standing still. Maybe one day I’ll find something.


Now to abruptly change the subject, I have to confess that I’m a rather big fan of Watanabe You x Tsushima Yoshiko (from Love Live! Sunshine!!). However, I haven’t seen too many artists focusing on this pairing. To calm my burning heart down, I went and drew some really bad fanart. It’s supposed to be featuring the two girls falling asleep as they ride the bus back home. Sorry for the missing hands, the nonexistent legs, and the really sloppy background.

YohaYou

I think they just suit each other through their similarities and differences. You is close with her childhood friend, Chika, but Chika seems more interested in Riko. Meanwhile Yoshiko’s childhood friend, Hanamaru, is really affectionate towards Ruby. So why not give up on their distracted childhood friends and bond with each other?

I know, “pairing the (leftover) spares,” so to speak, frequently provides mixed results and reception, but the YohaYou / Youshiko / Youhane ship isn’t just out of convenience! In episode 5, Hanamaru theorizes that Yoshiko started pretending to be a fallen angel in order to stop being a normal girl that did not stand out. You, on the other hand, is a prodigy in comparison. Not only is she a talented illustrator and concept artist, but she is also able to charm several new fans into taking a selfie with her through the power of her personal charisma, able to manufacture professional idol costumes dspite having no prior experience, and able to diagnose problems with Aqours’ dance routine through her experience as a national-level high diver. We’re talking heaven and earth here, folks!

I don’t know, I just get this wonderful Nico X Maki vibe from You and Yoshiko since Nico was also just an average girl who really loved idols while Maki was another rather gifted girl. Plus, the delicious age difference between both pairings!

…Sorry, I ranted a bit. Maybe one day I’ll do Wednesday What About articles about “childhood friends,” “the importance of establishing differences between love interests,” and “age differences between love interests.” Not this time, though. ‘Til tomorrow!