Love Live! Sunshine!! Idol Group's Name, 1st Single Date Revealed
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The official website for the Love Live! Sunshine!! project revealed the project's idol group name on Saturday. The idol group's name is Aqours (pronounced like "aqua"). The word "Aqours" is a combination of the words "aqua" and "ours."
The name was chosen by fans by popular vote after Dengeki G's Magazine readers submitted possible names. After readers and fans cast 23,789 votes between June 1-11, Aqours won with 4,644 votes.
The group will release its debut single on October 7.
Anju Inami as Chika Takami: Youngest of three sisters, a fan of μ's, and the leader of her school idol unit. Her family runs an inn, which boasts an open air bath with a view of the sea. A second year student.
Rikako Aida as Riko Sakurauchi: A second year who originally lived in Akihabara, Tokyo, but transferred to Uchiura. A plain girl, with a withdrawn personality. Good at art, and prefers the indoors. She became a school idol due to Chika's influence.
Nanaka Suwa as Kanan Matsuura: A third year who lives with and runs a diving store with her grandfather on a nearby island. She is childhood friends with Chika, and became a school idol to help her with her plans.
Arisa Komiya as Dia Kurosawa: A third-year girl hailing from a well-known local clan. Became student council president as a matter of course. Prideful and cool. In her profile, she mentions that Chika will regret putting her in her team, as she is not the kind of person who accepts defeat. The word Dia means "diamond" in the Japanese language.
Shuka Saitō as Yō Watanabe: A second-year student and high diver skilled enough to be on the national team. Likes business attire. Dreams of captaining her own ferry.
Aika Kobayashi as Yoshiko Tsushima: A first-year student who consistently has bad luck, so she thinks of herself as a demon, although she is very proud of this fact. A first-year student born in Numazu City. Hates mikan (citrus unshiu, a variation of orange.) She insists on being called "Johanne" instead of her real name, Yoshiko.
Kanako Takatsuki as Hanamaru Kunikida: A first-year student and daughter of a family that has taken care of a local shrine for generations. Good at singing, and a member of a local choir. Loves to read, and gets dizzy easily.
Aina Suzuki as Mari Ohara: A half-Japanese third-year girl whose Italy-based French father manages a chain of Italian-style hotels. She has a bright personality and moves at her own pace.
Ai Furihata as Ruby Kurosawa: A first year who's prone to crying, and has a phobia of men. Dia's younger sister. Sewing is her sole forte.
The Love Live! Sunshine!! project was first announced in February with a teaser image.
The project's three key phrases are "Reader Participation," "Inspired by μ's," and "Seaside Town Setting."
In 2010, the anime studio Sunrise, Lantis, and ASCII Media Works' Dengeki G's Magazine launched Love Live! as a self-described "ultimate user-participation project" that 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 a full anime series had been green-lit for the following year. The second season of the anime was announced in June 2013.
A film opened in Japan on June 13, and in theaters outside Japan starting in August. NIS America will handle the United States premiere on September 12.
[Via Hachima Kikō]
Update: The project updated the listed school years for three of the members. Thanks, ejc
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