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Newspaper: Love Live!'s μ's Members' Contracts Expire in April

posted on by Karen Ressler
Group's final concert, single scheduled for March

The staff of Love Live! School idol project franchise announced during a special program on Tokyo MX, Bandai Channel, and Niconico on Saturday that the μ's idol group will perform its "μ's Final Love Live!" concert on March 31 and April 1 at Tokyo Dome. Online newspaper Tokyo Sports Web reported on Saturday that this will be the group's final performance before the group breaks up, as the voice actress' contracts will expire at the end of March.

The group's "final single" will go on sale on March 2.

The staff is hosting a series of events leading up to the "μ's Final Love Live!" concert. These include theatrical screenings of the TV anime and film, as well paid livestreams of previous concerts. The μ's group will perform at this year's Kōhaku Uta Gassen (Red and White Song Battle), the New Year's Eve singing contest that is Japan's most viewed music television program.

The successor project, Love Live! Sunshine!!, was announced in February. The project's nine-girl idol group Aqours' first single, "KIMI no Kokoro wa Kagayaiteru kai?" (Is Your Heart Sparkling?), debuted on October 7 at #3 on the Oricon weekly singles chart.

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 also screened in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei, and Indonesia.

[Via Hachima Kikō]

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