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Love Live! Sunshine!!'s 1st Single Ranks #3 With 48,000 Copies Sold

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
"Kimi no Kokoro wa Kagayaiteru kai?" single shipped on October 7

The Love Live! Sunshine!! project's nine-girl idol group Aqours' first single, "Kimi no Kokoro wa Kagayaiteru kai?" (Is Your Heart Sparkling?) sold 48,000 copies in its first week, ranking #3 in the Oricon weekly singles chart for October 5-11. The single shipped on October 7.

The single contains the single's title song "Kimi no Kokoro wa Kagayaiteru kai?," "Step! ZERO to ONE," "Aqours☆HEROES," and a special introductory message from each member of Aquors. First press limited editions of the single also includes a randomly distributed profile card for one of the nine idols, as well as a serial number to participate in the Love Live! Sunshine!! event on January 11.

The single also includes a Blu-ray Disc or DVD of an anime video featuring the song "Kimi no Kokoro wa Kagayaiteru kai?" with animated footage of the Aqours members. The official Love Live! Sunshine!! website previously streamed a preview of the video in September.

The website also streamed a preview of "Step! ZERO to ONE" and "Aqours☆HEROES" in September.

The official website is also holding a poll to pick the group's "center" or lead. The winner of the poll will be the center for the group's second single, currently slated for release in spring 2016.

The project's characters and cast include:

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 A plain girl, with a withdrawn personality.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 group's 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 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.

Crunchyroll streamed both seasons as they aired in Japan. NIS America announced in April that it will release the first and second seasons of the anime with an English dub.

The Love Live! The School Idol Movie film opened in Japan on June 13, and in theaters outside Japan starting in August. The film has earned a total of 2.60 billion yen (about US$21.7 million) as of October 5. The film premiered in select cities in the United States on September 12. The film will also screen in Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei, and Indonesia.

Source: listenmusic via Hachima Kikō

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