Japanese: ラブライブ! School idol project 2期
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2014 to Jun 29, 2014
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisThe girls of μ's are back! The school is now safe from closing. A second Love Live! contest is happening. This is the last time all nine girls can try to win together.
Related AnimePrequel: Love Live! School Idol Project
Other: Love Live! School Idol Project Movie, Love Live! μ's →NEXT LoveLive! 2014: ENDLESS PARADE - Interlude Drama
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If there have been any worries about the future of the idol genre, Love Live 2 has dispelled them.
It's hard to deny that the first season of Love Live began with a rocky start. There wasn't much to set itself apart from other idol shows (especially with the likes of Idolmaster and Aikatsu dominating the genre) and it fell prone to melodrama far more than it should have. But, much like K-ON's mediocre first season and excellent second season, Love Live 2 has managed to do more than improve upon its predecessor - it has genuinely become an amazing anime.
I won't lie, I was no fan of the franchise when the TV series made its debut in early 2013. I dropped it after the first episode aired and wondered later on what people saw in the series. But now having finished the second season, Love Live has become one of my favourite anime franchises.
Certainly it is not an anime that will test the mind or change anyone's life. It is simply a story of nine teenage girls forming an idol group together. However, it would be an insult to describe Love Live as yet another "cute girls doing cute things" anime, as it is a far more meaningful experience. The drama feels genuine this time around, and by the end it is hard to prevent the tears from rolling when the story of μ's reaches its end.
From the very first episode of the second season, it is clear that Sunrise has made a significant effort to improve the series. It looks better, sounds better, feels better and is far more fun to watch. Most importantly, the girls of μ's all feel like genuine characters now. Honoka's passion makes her truly seem like the leader and centre of the group, whereas the first season didn't have much reason beyond "well, somebody had to be the leader, right?" Even the characters who were given little to no screen-time in the first season (Rin, Eli, Nozomi and Hanayo) are fleshed and given their own episode to shine. It is finally a story about the nine of them.
Considering there have only been twenty-six episodes to develop a cast of nine characters, Sunrise has done a commendable job of doing so without neglecting the story in return. Perhaps the characters could have benefited from another season of episodes, but they hardly feel lacking by the end. The addition of a rival idol group (A-RISE) also makes the story feel less insular. It is no longer confined to the school itself, and with the school's closure no longer being an issue, the girls can finally focus on performing as idols do.
Nico is easily one of the show's greatest assets. Sure, her "nico nico-nii" catchphrase is cute and all (I go a little bit crazy whenever she utters it), but Nico's presence accomplishes far more than simply being a vehicle for the cute. Of all the character-focused episodes, Nico's is the greatest. It shows that she really, truly cares about the group and is not simply in it for pride and ego. The idol industry is Nico's life, the act of being an idol her most treasured dream. She cares deeply for her siblings and performs primarily to make them smile. She's a kind person inside- contrary to her rough behaviour with the rest of μ's. Perhaps that behaviour may make her somewhat unsuitable for the role of an idol, but she's more serious about it than anyone else. Nico may not be idealised as idols usually are, but that flawed, genuinely human side of her makes her makes her all the more loveable, I think. Even if she does not resonate with you as a character, it's hard to deny that she at least provides an interesting contrast with the rest of μ's. It would not be anywhere near as interesting without her.
The story peaks in the last four episodes. With the graduation of the third-years quickly drawing closer, a tear-filled goodbye seems inevitable. It is very similar to the final episodes of K-ON's second season. With the prospect of Nico leaving and μ's potentially being disbanded after graduation, I could not help but feel my chest tighten a bit. And then the final episode really drove those feelings home. Perhaps they'll join together once again and find careers as professional idols. I doubt it is the end for Nico, Eli and Honoka.
Like most idol anime, Love Live has a fantastic soundtrack. All the songs the girls perform carry their own theme and message, and none of them (aside from the opening and ending) are used more than once in the anime. Each song represents a new stage for μ's, another step forward as performers and as people. The music peaks with the performance of "Snow Halation" in the ninth episode, a rising, sad yet uplifting piece that showcases the appeal of μ's. It is probably one of the best vocal tracks I have heard in an anime to date. There is also a really cool scene at the end of the 12th episode that I won't spoil. Everything with the music sorts of 'clicks' in that moment.
It should be noted though that the ninth episode does blunder a bit with its choice of music. As the second-years traverse through a snowstorm, there is an incredibly melodramatic, orchestral piece blasting in the background that would feel more appropriate were demons from hell rising up and setting Earth on fire or something. The second season has improved so much that it is frustrating to see it regress to the first season's melodrama, even for just a brief moment.
As for the visuals, Love Live looks well above average. The CGI during the performances can be a little bit distracting (and I know some people despise CGI of any form) but between that and low frame-rate, off-model animation, I would gladly take the CGI. It certainly looks better than Aikatsu's CGI, anyway. The rest of the visuals on the other hand holds up reasonably well. There are scenes here and there where lazy, static shots are used for longer than necessary, and while it certainly is no Attack on Titan, Love Live looks just fine.
Love Live has come a long way from its slow beginnings. While it will hardly convert anyone who detests the 'moe' art style, those who have even the slightest inkling of interest in the series will likely find the second season to be at the very top of the idol (and perhaps even music) genre. If you were disappointed with the first season, do not be worried; the second season improves on it in every regard - and then some.
The story of μ's is unfortunately at its end, but like the cherry blossoms eager to meet the new year, they have gracefully left their mark upon the anime industry. read more
After watching season one and enjoying it, I had really high expectations for and it never disappointed once. The concept of idols is nothing new today, but this is the one that stands out from the rest. Idol's are usually a hit or a miss for a lot of people, but this is a series that has cultivated fans from its originality and unique characters. It's one of my favorites and left me with a feeling of emptiness and an impression that no other anime has done.
Overall - 10/10
Season 2 did an excellent job leaving off from the first, and you can see how much work the staff put into making this. The art was spectacular and always kept me in awe from its nice touches, and the 3D animation was a lot better this season than the last. The sound was wonderful, what you'd expect from an idol anime, but each piece has a new taste and all were top quality to make the anime even better. The characters were all executed beautifully and we witness each of them standout to the fullest. The emotion of the third year's graduating was always spot on and always left me sad and almost to tears when they graduated.
Story - 9/10
The story is straight to point, to win love live, but the events that lead to it show development and does a good job not straying away from it. It follows right after season one and really points out that this is their last chance as a group together to win, since the third years are going to be graduating. You see a lot of background on each character and it develops greatly into the main story line of forming a bond and winning as a team. The anime does a good job showing progress and the friendship they build through their experiences.
Art - 10/10
The art for the anime is beautiful and one of the best i've seen. The costumes, background and dancing scenes were all really nice and had a lot of variety. The 3D animation was something I disliked in season one, but they made it a lot more nice in season two. Even though it is awkward, I personally enjoyed it due to it showing a more dynamic view of the group and more movements of the dance.
Sound - 9/10
I personally loved all the music and each piece was different from each other. The music suits the genre and made the series a lot more enjoyable. The opening for the season is one of my favorites and made me excited to watch each episode. The background music fit each situation and really complimented the mood that it was the anime was giving off perfectly each time.
Character - 10/10
The show did a really great job handling all the main characters. The character development was spectacular and executed beautifully to build the story and excitement for the plot. We learn a little more about some characters (the good and bad) and witness their changes and acceptance for one another, which was a nice touch. You get an all natural feeling of sadness when the third years graduate and the feelings they all experience while anxiously nearing the end of the year and the group.The interactions between them seemed all natural and each of their personalities made the show even more enjoyable.
Enjoyment - 10/10
I enjoyed this greatly and it left with me with a feeling of emptiness after it ended. Everything was better than last season and you could see the emotions that they all felt during the good and bad times. The soundtrack for this season was A LOT better than the last and the songs were always so fitting and sounded great. I would recommend this to anyone who's looking for a cute/relaxing slice of life. read more
Both are comedy about cute girls doing cute thing. In both, girl form a band/indol group. Both are music and slice of life.
I feel that this anime is very similar to K-on. ( MUSIC + SPLICE OF LIFE)
Concepts - A School Club that have trouble to be officially made as the club has not met the expected number of members.
Friends of the Protagonist join the club and others as well and they get officially made as a club.They start off as a doubt and unpopular, but work together and have fun and soon become very popular at the school
Genre - Both are about music, One being mainly about School Idols and singing and the other being about a Music band with Guitar,Bass,Drums,Singing.....
Characters - Honoka (Love Live) & Yui (k-on) Both are clumsy and are lazy.
Both very enjoyable - I would prefer K-on more that Love Live IMO, To me it seems to have better feelings
Love Live! and The iDOLM@STER both have idols with the purpose of reaching their goals, mostly becoming the #1 most famous idols in the entertainment business; have a lot of Slice Of Life elements with comedy and music sprinkled on top of them and have origin stories behind some (if not all) of the characters present in the animes.
Only difference between The iDOLM@STER and Love Live! is the fact that the former is based on the namesake video game series only released in Japan, while the latter is a multimedia project with Sunrise and Lantis.
Both animes are about an idol group trying to reach their goal to become the Top Idol. Not only by working hard, but also by having fun together, getting along together and by uniting each person in the group to overcome the troubles ahead. Also both animes gives us some great musics/songs and dances to enjoy.
Opening Theme"Sore wa Bokutachi no Kiseki (それは僕たちの奇跡)" by μ's (eps 2-12)
Ending Theme#01: "Sore wa Bokutachi no Kiseki (それは僕たちの奇跡)" by μ's (eps 1, 11)
#02: "Donna Toki mo Zutto (どんなときもずっと)" by Eli Ayase, Nozomi Toujou, Niko Yazawa (Yoshino Nanjou, Aina Kusuda, Sora Tokui) (ep 2)
#03: "Donna Toki mo Zutto (どんなときもずっと)" by μ's (ep 3)
#04: "Donna Toki mo Zutto (どんなときもずっと)" by Niko Yazawa (Sora Tokui) (ep 4)
#05: "Donna Toki mo Zutto (どんなときもずっと)" by Rin Hoshizora (Riho Iida) (ep 5)
#06: "Donna Toki mo Zutto (どんなときもずっと)" by Rin Hoshizora, Maki Nishikino, Hanayo Koizumi (Riho Iida, Pile, Yurika Kubo) (ep 6)more
#07: "Donna Toki mo Zutto (どんなときもずっと)" by Honoka Kousaka, Kotori Minami, Umi Sonoda (Emi Nitta, Aya Uchida, Suzuko Mimori) (ep 7)
#08: "Donna Toki mo Zutto (どんなときもずっと)" by Eli Ayase, Maki Nikishino, Nozomi Toujou (Yoshino Nanjou, Pile, Aina Kusuda) (ep 8)
#09: "Snow halation" by μ's (ep 9)
#10: "Donna Toki mo Zutto (どんなときもずっと)" by Honoka Kousaka (Emi Nitta) (ep 10)
#11: "Bokura wa Ima no Naka de (僕らは今のなかで)" by μ's (ep 12)
#12: "Happy maker!" by μ's (ep 13)
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