Love Live! Sunshine!! Idol Project Gets TV Anime This Summer
posted on by Egan Loo
The live-streamed "Love Live! Sunshine!! Aqours Niconico Live Extracurricular Activity ~First Heart-Pounding Live Broadcast!~" announced on Monday that a television anime adaptation of the Love Live! Sunshine!! project has been green-lit for this summer. The live stream also announced that a second single for the project's new nine-girl idol group Aqours will go on sale on April 27.
Lantis posted the full music video for "Kimi no Kokoro wa Kagayaiteru kai?" (Is Your Heart Sparkling?), the idols' first single which went on sale on October 7:
The Love Live! Sunshine!! project was first announced last February with a teaser image. The project's three key phrases are "Reader Participation," "Inspired by μ's," and "Seaside Town Setting." 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.
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 A plain girl, with a withdrawn personality.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.
In 2010, the anime studio Sunrise, Lantis, and ASCII Media Works' Dengeki G's Magazine launched the first Love Live! project 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 first 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.
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 over 2.84 billion yen (about US$24.1 million). The film played in select cities in the United States on September 12. The film is also screening in Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei, and Indonesia.
Love Live!'s first idols, μ's, are selling their "final single" on March 2, and they will hold their "μ's Final Love Live!" concerts on March 31 and April 1. However, the group members denied that they are breaking up.
Update: Updated box office total added and typo fixed. Thanks, Ejc and Kougeru
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