Love Live's μ's Best Album Best Live Collection II Certified Gold
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) announced on Wednesday that the Love Live! anime's μ's Best Album Best Live Collection II has been certified gold for the period between January 1 and May 31. In Japan, the RIAJ certifies singles, albums, and digital download singles as "gold" when they have sold at least 100,000 copies.
When Lantis released the album last month, it sold 85,086 copies to top Oricon's album sales chart for the May 25-31 week – making the idol group "μ's" the first in-anime character group to top the weekly album chart since the K-ON! anime's Ho-kago Tea Time did so in 2010. Oricon reported that the album had sold 97,312 copies sold as of June 7.
As the group's second best-of album, μ's Best Album Best Live Collection II features 38 released tracks from the first season's opening theme "Bokura wa Ima no Naka de" (January 2013) to Bibi's "Fuyu ga Kureta Yokan" (December 2014). The May 27 release also has eight bonus remix tracks produced for the Love Live! School idol paradise PS Vita game — for a total of 46 tracks on three discs running about three and a half hours long.
The "super-deluxe limited edition" added a "μ's Itsumo Anata no Soba ni…" (μ's Always By Your Side…) set with a "female alpaca pass case," an extra-large earphone jack accessory, a micro-fiber memorial jacket bath towel, and a box to hold everything. Various stores also offered the super-deluxe limited edition with bonus holders illustrated with a different character.
The RIAJ also previously certified the Love Live! single CD "Fuyu ga Kureta Yokan" as gold for the period between January 1 and January 31.
Love Live! The School Idol Movie will open in Japan on June 13, and then it will play in theaters throughout the world starting in August. NIS America will release the two television anime seasons with an English dub in North America.
In 2010, the anime studio Sunrise, Lantis, and ASCII Media Works' Dengeki G Magazine launched Love Live! as a self-described "ultimate user-participation project" which lets its fans vote on the future of the fictional idols. A series of music CDs and animated music videos then followed. The members of the project announced in 2012 that an full anime series has been green-lit for the following year. Crunchyroll streamed the second season as it aired in Japan last year.