Japanese: ラブライブ! School idol project
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 6, 2013 to Mar 31, 2013
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.601 (scored by 6519 users)
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SynopsisOtonokizaka High School stands on the border of three cities: Akihabara—a pop culture mecca that's evolving by the minute; Kanda—a conservative, cultured city where history and tradition reign supreme; and Jinbo—a quiet area reserved for a more mature, sophisticated population. Amidst this culture clash, the school now faces closure due to the enrollment of fewer and fewer students.
With the school planning to close within three years, nine female students come together with one thing in mind—form a pop idol group to revive the school's popularity and keep it from shutting down. "In order to protect our beloved school, there's only one thing we can do... become pop stars!"
Their goal is simple: Become an overnight sensation and use their nationwide media exposure to promote their school and bring in a wave of new students to the ailing area. A simple but solid plan, they figure. Naturally, they're nervous and wonder if this plan can really succeed, but for better or worse their new journey has begun...
"All we can ask for is just a tiny bit of support from you. We truly believe that with your help, we can change the world around us. We will make our dreams come true!"
(Source: NIS America)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Love Live! - School Idol Project
Side story: Bokura no Live Kimi to no Life, Snow Halation, Natsuiro Egao de 1, 2, Jump!, Mo Gyutto Love de Sekkinchuu!, Wonderful Rush
Characters & Voice Actors
Allow me to start with quite possibly the worst thing about this anime: the CG. It's pretty shocking, not as bad as some other anime, but still bad. The girls' skin color is way too bright and their movements seem a little too unnatural. It's not too noticeable, luckily.
Now onto the good things. Outside of the CG, the animation is generally pretty good. I know that Sunrise aren't the best studio when it comes to animation quality, but I haven't been able to see anything glaringly bad so far. The speaking animation isn't perfect, but given that it would take much more time to perfect something so fiddly, I'd say it's worth the compromise.
The main three girls don't stray particularly outside of some common archetypes. You have the lively and energetic MC Honoka, the shy girl Umi, and the kind, clever one Kotori. However, each of them has their own little quirks that make them different from other characters of the same archetype, and that's one of the things that I like the most about this show. More characters are introduced right off the bat in the third episode, each sporting their own unique traits. My personal favorite character is Nico, her wittiness and superiority complex make for quite the laugh for me.
The songs are really well done. Being an idol anime, the music obviously plays a key part in the entirety of the show. They're catchy and upbeat, the two things that they need to be.
Overall, I really enjoy Love Live. The story, while not spectacular, is good enough to keep me consistently entertained. The artwork is nice (bar the CG), the characters and their subsequent development are really well done and the music accompanying it all sounds great. If Sunrise had spend a little more time on the CG dancing, then this would have probably been a 9 or a 10 out of 10 from me.
I realise that shows like this are not for everyone, I was very skeptical at first with this being my first idol anime, and as someone who enjoyed it from minute one I recommend that if you haven't seen a show like this before, and you want to try it, Love Live! is a great place to start. read more
This show is a sad guilty pleasure of mine. I shouldn't like this, but I did.
It shows what hard work can really achieve. Especially with so much competition out there. It can really motivates you to be successful. With all that aside the show is very shallow and simple.
Cute girls dancing and singing to save their beloved school.
Story: Based around nine girls working to become idols and save their school. The initial story is okay, but nothing ever goes past that. The plot is weak and suffers from this, but what can you expect from a 13 episode series. The story can only be comparable when you take a slice-of-life. Each episode itself has it's own story. Don't expect much from it. I simply watched it for fun, nothing more or less.
Put aside potential flaws it gave a calming and easygoing atmosphere. This made the show feel comfortable. Like laying in your bed at night, nothing really changes, but it doesn't ever feel uncertain.
Sorry fans of this show but I'm going to give the story a 6.
Art: It wasn't bad at all. I didn't even know sunrise could make this high of quality. All aspects of the girls stage, and clothing were unique and changed often. This kept me waiting to see the next outfit.
Watching in HD i could tell some of the drawings during performances almost looked 3d. This wasn't necessarily a bad thing. At times it got weird to watch and i almost wished it would just stay 2d. It was more likely done because of budget. Much better than other shows *cough cough* .
Art is an 8.
Sound: I can't say much since i watched it in subbed and not many emotions were expressed through the characters. Other than that as far I could tell they fit the characters, nothing oddball my ears could hear.
Who could forget about the music. Most of the songs picked were very catchy and often found myself bobbing my head.
This deserves an 8.
Character: This is where the show failed to deliver on. For the first couple of episodes I didn't even know Kitori's mom was the principle. By this time almost the whole group had been already established.
when looking back at it most of the group was very 2 dimensional. Backgrounds never spoken, wondering even if some of the girls said a word after wanting to join Muse.
Although the ones that were shown some light had different personalities. All these differences make them very lovable. You could basically read all these characters, like the back of your hand.
This was very traumatizing to characters, and made it almost boring.
What could be more wrong? The fact that not once did they develop really in much of a way.
-The over dramatic sad scene at the end didn't prove anything.
Character, gets a 5.
Enjoyment: Like i said i really enjoyed this. Probably much more than I should have. Just the cuteness of everything kept me going. What does that say about me? I am a sucker for cute girls dancing in cute costumes. Hell Yeah!
A 7 for enjoyment.
Overall: Don't set goals high, at best don't set any. With that type of thinking you might like it.
Their are many shows of this variety, that said the originality is near zero. I don't recommend this if you look for deep plot inducing anime. I am forewarning you that their is not one guy in this. The rest is your choice at this point, is it worth watching or not? I would respond with yes. My hormones kept me going. I conclude my official first review with a 7. read more
Going into detail about these two series (and AKB0048 Next Stage) would seem to be given how similar they are. First off, both series are idol groups. AKB0048 is the developed group with LL is showing how the group μ's is starting to form from the ground up.
Both AKB0048 and μ's have groups against. For μ's it's the student government while AKB0048 has planetary governments. Of course in the end we all know both will triumph.
Enjoy the series. Neither will classics, but they are fun to watch.
Both have CGI scenes for dances, other than turning ordinary girls into idols.
Both animes are about a group of girls trying to take the stage to become top idols.
Both series features a cast of characters who wish to make a name in the music industry. As such, there are songs sung by the characters in every episode.
In both series, there is comedy, drama, and competition as the girls compete against other singers.
They are both music anime's about ambitions of becoming great singers and dancers. The settings are a little different but the music genre is the same, and both use CG during their music performances.
Both Anime telling about an All Girls-Group Band
Opening Theme"Bokura wa Ima no Naka de (僕らは今のなかで)" by μ's
Ending Theme#1: "Susume→Tomorrow" (ススメ→トゥモロウ)" by µ's (ep 1)
#2: "Kitto Seishun ga Kikoeru (きっと青春が聞こえる)" by μ's (eps 2-3, 6, 8, 10)
#3: "Kitto Seishun ga Kikoeru (きっと青春が聞こえる)" by Maki Nishikino, Hanayo Koizumi, Rin Hoshizora (Pile, Yurika Kubo, Riho Iida) (ep 4)
#4: "Kitto Seishun ga Kikoeru (きっと青春が聞こえる)" by Niko Yazawa (Sora Tokui) (ep 5)
#5: "Kitto Seishun ga Kikoeru (きっと青春が聞こえる)" by Eri Ayase, Nozomi Toujou (Nanjo Yoshino, Aina Kusuda) (ep 7)
#6: "Kitto Seishun ga Kikoeru (きっと青春が聞こえる)" by Aya Uchida (ep 9)more
#7: "Kitto Seishun ga Kikoeru (きっと青春が聞こえる)" by Emi Nitta (ep 12)
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