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. An anime can be both cute and a genuinely great story, as is demonstrated here.
After finishing 1st Season of Love Live: School Idol Project, I must say, Season 2 sure stepped up it's game. I enjoyed Season 1 a lot too, but Season 2 has just been something else for me.
For those of you who don't know, Love Live: School Idol Project is based off of a real live idol group called Nine Muses. They all go by different names in the anime itself, but it's a pretty neat concept. Their goal in Season 1 is to keep the school from shutting down by forming an idol group.
In Season 2, their goal is to make the Love Live, and
win it all, this will be the last chance for them to do this together as members of the group are graduating after their third year.
Simply, I don't like many music/idol animes. They stray too far away from the main plot. Often times, they become too focused on being cute, and adorable, much like K-On! did, and steer away from the story as a whole, and for me that's a complete turnoff. With Love Live: School Idol Project, I have not had to worry about that at all. The story is not really comedic in any form, which in turn makes the quality that much better as it truly focuses on it being a slice of life anime, rather then throwing little "hilarious" moments all over the place.
In Season 2, we see a lot more drama, heartache, and realization. After eating through all 13 episodes, it's been nothing short of emotional, and I love it. The theme stays the same, where they're all dedicated to making the best of their school idol group while they can, and they continue to have a goal in mind that they can strive for together.
The art is once again fantastic, other than, in my opinion the 3D they use for their performances. I dislike 3D animation, but that's my preference. Other than that, I thought it was really good. I love the costumes they wear during their performances as well.
The sound, well, if you're watching an anime about school idols, I'm pretty sure you expect good music, and this is nothing short of that. Snow Halation, one of the songs they perform in this season, was just phenomenal (And it's a real song by Nine Muse's, check it out!). I personally enjoy the music they sing, and the BGM is well placed.
Characters, well, there's nine of them, so I'm not going to run through each one as I'd probably do a messy job anyways. I'll just say that each one of these characters, Nico, Nozomi, Eli, Honoka, Umi, Kotori, Rin, Hayano, and Maki are all unique characters in their group. They all have had struggles (As seen in season 1) and coming into season 2 that's no different, however, they have developed incredibly over the span of this season. They've all conquered certain issues with themselves, and they've done this together as a group. That's one of the huge striking points for me, is that no matter what situation they're in, they figure it out together, and they're all there for one another whenever it's called for. Easily the characters are the strongest point within this anime.
Quite honestly, I've never really enjoyed an anime that's been centred around music much like Love Live. This has been such a fun ride for myself, and while I don't think this anime is for everyone, I'd fully recommend you at least give it a try. I'm pretty sure you'll connect with the characters in one way or another, and that's one of the many reasons this anime is so special.
I don't think I've ever cried such happy tears before. Best choice I made watching this series, all because of a Nico-Ni .gif.
When Love Live! School Idol Project first aired in Japan, it became a hit sensation, captivating the hearts of many. The show was surprisingly good, with an enjoyable cast, entertaining songs, and a solid story. It was a massive success, and with its popularity came a second season. This might make some people feel anxious, thinking this to be a sell out for more money, but their worries can be put to ease; regardless of its intentions, I believe this second season to be even greater than the first time around.
Spoilers for the first season to follow.
Love Live! School Idol Project Second Season follows μ’s
as they get a second chance at the Love Live idol competition after their withdrawal from the first. Beyond that however, the girls are forced to look farther ahead and contemplate the future of μ’s as the third year’s graduation begins to rapidly approach. The story isn’t anything too original, but that’s overshadowed by the fact that it’s done well. Love Live!’s second season will make you laugh and feel good, but at the same time it can bring you to tears. There is a lot of emotion packed into its later episodes, and when the season comes to a close, you won’t want to see them go. The story is brought to a finish with an ending that wraps everything up nicely, making it a satisfying journey from beginning to end.
μ’s brings multiple main characters to the table, so there’s a guarantee you’ll love at least one of them, if not all of them. From genki girl Honoka to narcissistic Nico, there’s a lot of variety to be had. More important than that, however, is that the show still manages to bring some depth and development to these characters despite there being so many. The spotlight is given to the girls who weren’t featured during the first season, such as Nico and Rin, but development still continues for the others, such as in Honoka and Umi. Add to that some nice side characters like all the imoutos, as well as some actual presence from the rival idol group A-RISE, not to mention those amazing alpacas, and it is clear that the show does a wonderful job with its loveable cast.
Of course, this being an idol show and all, the music is a major component of this show, and I feel it doesn’t fail in this regard. The OP and ED are pretty good, matching the feel of the series quite well. The insert songs are really the standout though, with a mood and lyrics that depict the moments of the show magnificently. My favorite of the bunch definitely has to be “Snow Halation”; when it is being sung, I had shivers going down my spine. Of course, the rest of the bunch is great too, such as “Aishteru Banzai”, “Love & Peace”, and even a return of the opening of the first season, which is tied in nicely. The soundtrack is pretty great as well fitting the mood nicely and bringing the tension and emotion when it needs to be brought. Overall, the music of the series is great, as it should be.
The character designs are all nice to look at, and there’s probably going to be a design that you love because of the massive cast. The animation runs smoothly for the most part, and can be pretty beautiful at times as well, such as during the performance of the aforementioned “Snow Halation”. One problem that I did have with this show, however, is the CG that is used during the song performances. It is pretty jarring and takes away from what would otherwise be beautiful scenes. Thankfully, the usage of the CG has decreased and the quality has increased slightly from the last season, so it wasn’t as bad as before, but I still wasn’t a big fan of it. Other than that though, this is quite a beautiful show to look at.
All in all, this was a very entertaining show to watch. Even with the bothersome CG, watching the girls of μ’s working to win the Love Live and performing their songs was a wonderful experience. This second season made me fall in love with μ’s even more than the first season had. Anyone who liked the first season will definitely love this; even if you didn’t, I feel as though the second season was a great step up from the first, so you might still enjoy it. While the story is brought to a close for now, I can’t wait to see what the Love Live! series has in store for us next.
Love Live! have a simple story, it tells us about 9 girls that competing in a School Idol Competition. Well, if we look deeply to the main idea of the story, Love Live does not have an originality. Although not having an originality, the story is full of excitement, the plot have a great balance between the main story and the fillers.
As for the art, we have a clear and beautiful animation, despite having a CG during dancing and stage performing, Love Live! have a well-produced animation.
What can I say about the sound? Is wonderful in my
opinion, the seiyuu did an excellent job to bring such character to the screen, everyone have a decent voice and brings uniqueness to the characters. The songs in the series are very good indeed.
With a slice of life genre in hands, a development is the strongest body of this anime.
Each character has their own story/ problem, it makes the developments successfully makes a deep character. Each of them has a unique personality itself.
Besides that, Love Live is not for everyone, the main attraction of the series is aimed to the male audience. Some of the female viewers maybe not really enjoy the series, there are also people that don't like idols founds out Love Live not interesting. As for myself, I enjoy the series although not fully enjoying it. It is fully recommended to those who seeks an idol genre.
Ambition – the driving force of a goal.
There’s no doubt that season 1 of Love Live is a truly weak series. There was a lack of detail to characterization; the flow of the plot was all over the place: Shoving cute girls and memes down your throat and then ending on some of the worst melodrama present in anime at the end.
It would be easy to pass off the second season as equally irresponsible as the first; but oddly enough the second season of Love Live works wonders. This improvement in quality it ascends Love Live from being a trashy meme-fest into something of
true emotion even if contrived at many points.
Go for glory; the goal set in mind for the group.
After saving their school and realising the little time they have left as a group with the third year students graduating; the nine girls of Muse up the ante by setting out to win Love Live!
A simple plot really, but what makes this concept work so well is the structure of this season. Character based episodes and moments of bonding help flesh out the cast well enough while still building the story up to its climax. The fun notion and diverse story of each episode and improved comedy makes the ride endearing; episodes centred on the girls watching romantic films; Honoka and Hanayo losing weight and other quirky concepts that make the show constantly engaging; even if to poke fun at. These episodes are mostly comprised of interaction between the nine main characters; and whilst still conceivably stereotypical, they enhance the overall enjoyment of the show. Achieving a much better structure than what the first season achieved.
This season also manages to be quite emotional with reminiscence of the journey the members of the group embarked on, the daunting realisation the girls feel as their final concert together as Muse draws near; all of it feels so content. The dedication; the journey, everything the anime throws at you has you rooting for the girls in one way or another. By the end of the anime there’s enough development into each area of the show; that you may be able to look back in joy and appreciation at the story as a whole, and the bonds with each member of the group. Sure there are many times where elements of the show become questionable and writing feels weak; such as certain road-blocks for the group, seemingly dumb character actions, and a focus too heavily oriented on appealing as a Slice of Life oriented series; but that feeling of bitter-sweet progression for the group through this season make this a wonderful and whole-rounded experience.
Of course the story wouldn’t receive this much praise if it was not for the development the characters received this season. In Season 1, many of the cast was under-developed with not much attention onto each characters ambitions and what holds the group together. In this season we’re shown brighter, memorable captivating versions of the group. With more attention to their ambitions; their relationships and bonds as the group “Muse.”
Honoka receives some of the nicest development in this season compared to her personality in season 1; she’s still quite obnoxious, ditsy and dumb. But her role as the leader of Muse becomes more important this time round, with the new-found position of student council president she matures slightly and ditches all hesitation: Leading the members of Muse on their path to victory while still managing activities brought on by being president. She’s not a character worthy of much praise in the grand scheme of things, but her drive and aspirations to win Love Live not only for herself but for those around her who have helped her get this far is touching.
Rin is the most noteworthy example of Love Live doing character development correctly. From an un-important side character from season 1; Rin evolves into a character that learns to stop doubting herself and breaks out of her shell. Improving confidence of her character and the rest of the cast is necessary to strengthen the bond between Muse; this leads to the group’s journey feeling more genuine, benefiting the show and Rin’s capability and likeability. Her development isn’t that special but the care into developing the cast members to create a more whole experience makes the show much more praise-worthy.
Eli is my favourite character in this show; and probably my favourite anime girl in the entire medium. I don’t think she is a great character overall. But, her appearance, and caring; knowledgeable and sweet personality make her special to me. Her character had great development in season 1, but this season it focuses on a different section of her character; her relationship with Nozomi.
In some-what of a yuri manner, the bond between these two characters is very close and they bounce of each other very well. Both clearly have a very strong relationship together; after spending a lot of time in the student-council. They are both a source of motivation for one another: as explored in Nozomi’s back-story of how they met and the affection they both share. It’s very sweet to see these characters interactions and tight bond with each other. They care for the group equally; especially Nozomi due to the loneliness she feels living on her own. Both are heavily endearing characters and are mature and beautiful.
To be fair you have to have a pretty high IQ to understand Nico: A fan-favourite of the first season; Nico develops even further from her character arc in the first season. A display of her Narcissistic, self-centred attitude wishing to be praised by her family, after feeling desolation for two years from a lack of being able to find those with the same interests as her. This character arc leads to some quite charming and funny moments with the members of her family introduced, and Nico continues being as expressive as ever with her existential catchphrase "Nico Nico Nii."
Regarding the rest of the cast; most of their development took place in season 1, in which they maintain their personalities throughout the shows run. Kotori and Umi support Honoka in her aspirations and are quite pleasing characters, without any heavy development centred on them; same goes for the first years: Hanayo and Maki. While not serving super important roles into Love Live’s structure or development; they complement the series very well.
As much as these characters do not contain much depth to them; this should not be a sign of them being bad. There’s probably gropes you can have with certain characters. But for the most part the cast serve the show well for what it is: A fun display of the idol dream coming to life with a quirky roster of school students.
As animation goes for Love Live; it remains pretty generic and remains quite standard through its run-time, although this is an obvious improvement from season 1. It still doesn’t reach excel in style outside of the dance segments. While the face designs between characters aren’t very different from each-other; one area that works well for the show is the facial expressions: The over-exaggerated nature of these works extremely well with comedic impact.
Love Live definitely doesn’t handle the switch between traditional and CG very well; something it has achieved later on in the franchise but at this point is still incredibly weak. While the dance scenes have pretty nice choreography and the scenes presented in the traditional animation style look wonderful the contrast between the two is quite jarring: The models being quite laggy and not blending in with surroundings very well.
Much like the first season the song choices included aren’t exactly the best of what the music front of Love Live has to offer; the most memorable and emotional song of this season is “Snow Halation.” A song that has quite a bit of history on the internet; and one that is quite peaceful yet exciting to listen to at the same time. Another good inclusion is “Aishteruze Banzai” which is sadly cut short in run-time from its true potential impact as a song, leaving in un-memorable. For the other songs of the show, the opening and ending are similar to that of season 1: Complementing the genre well but not being too heavily impressive. Much is the case with many other songs in this season; the general preference in songs seems to be those catering to the generic ideal style of idol songs rather than more emotional and expressive songs.
Love Live is a heavily captivating show; and it’s obvious how it got to the high point of success it did. Season 2 pumps out a lot of improvements to the characters, story and overall presentation making it a heavily enjoyable ride and something that will stick with me for a long-time. Watching the cast members grow is moving; the comedy is constantly hilarious. Therefore making Love Live Season 2 a show I wholeheartedly think is good even with its visible flaws.
I've watched IdolM@ster and came to the conclusion that it was the best Idol-related anime and cannot be compared to ...I was wrong
Love Live! School Idol Project is an anime sometimes over-dramatic, but it certainly is an amazing piece of anime. And it certainly lived up to it's name for the franchise in the Anime Idol Industry.
The Story is incredibly simple, we have 9 girls who strive to win a National Idol competition called Love Live! And this was their Final chance as Three of their members are graduating after that year.
Despite being simple, this anime sticks to it's 'Slice of Life' Genre so well
that I have absolutely no complaints about. It doesn't try too hard to be comedic nor does it try too hard to be cute.
The Sound, My God the sound. The Sound in this anime was absolutely Amazing, even in some over dramatic scenes the OST played was amazing, and during their Daily lives the OST played were really refreshing.
The Songs used in the Lives and the Opening/Ending were Amazing as well. None of the songs were used repeatedly and all of them were sung at the right moment in the anime.
The Opening "Sore wa Bokutachi no Kiseki" really brightens up your mood before the anime, like when you're having a bad day and when you start the episode, then when the opening song plays you go 'Wow, this really makes me feel happy'. I have a huge respect to the team that made this opening, seriously I've never skipped it even once.
The Art, they've really funded this anime well huh?
The Art was consistent and Amazing, despite having some CG-Animation during the lives.
(Don't worry the CG-Animation used wasn't very much you can enjoy it to the fullest still)
The Bright and colorful Art is really healthy to the eyes, you will never get bored looking at the art as it's really refreshing.
The Characters, the most unique part about this anime are the characters.
Honoka, Umi, Kotori, Eri, Nozomi, Hanayo, Maki, Nico, Rin - Each of them are unique making μ's a really Unique group. (P.S I wrote all of their names down without using any help.) You can really not forget a single member belonging in the group.
As the Story goes on, they explain each character one by one slowly but surely, leaving a deep impression onto the viewers.
The Character Development was amazing as well. Honoka from being a Incapable and unreliable person, became someone important in the team acting as a pillar, that is relied on by everyone in the team.
Personally to me, Nozomi and Nico's Development were the best as they were well written, Both having simple wishes, brought both to experience Ups and Downs in their Lives and how they faced it, simply amazing. Everyone in the Idol Unit will certainly not bore you, they get more mature as the show goes on.
To me I thoroughly enjoyed this series with absolutely no complaints about it. It was a very Thrilling and enjoyable ride and I can tell you this, it really left a impact on me. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys Idol Animes.
Thus, ending my review. This is my first time writing a review, I'm not trying to sound Professional or anything. This are all my honest opinions on the series, and I really hope you have a Wonderful time watching the anime.
Love Live season 2 has a great story following the first season. I only have two problems with the story. Firstly, getting into season two seems contrived as a second love live festival just happens to be held so Muse can participate. I don’t mind because we got a second season, but it still seemed forced. Secondly, I hated the Halloween episode as it was an excuse for fanservice and the insert song wasn’t very good.
This shows best points are the characters. Each character is well fleshed out and well rounded. Every major character gets screen time and a chance to develop. None
of the characters fit into one troupe and I like that about them. The designs are also really nice and character interactions and developing friendships are nice to see.
I personally like the music in Love Live but feel that it’s an acquired taste as all the songs are the standard candy j-pop that idol groups tend to sing. Another reason for the rating is because not all the songs are memorable. Snow Halation was the big one for this season, but the rest of them, while enjoyable, don’t have a lasting impression.
This would be a 10 had it not been for the 3D used during performances. The animation overall in Love Live is incredible and is very high quality. Animation breakdowns are near impossible to find in the series and character designs are very nice. Dance scenes are beautifully drawn but at some points 3D rendering is used and it honestly looks terrible. Although these moments are rare, they do bring the overall quality down.
Overall Opinion: 9/10
Season two did a magnificent job of holding onto the energy of season one and the slice of life genre while still have plot progression and a range of moments that make you laugh and cry. Overall, highly recommended.
Singing in front of people isn’t easy. Just picture yourself in front of an audience or in an arena of over 10,000 people looking at you and perhaps almost always judging you on your performance. It’s both a thrilling and nerve wrecking experience, especially for idols. But for Muse, this is exactly what they are aiming for – to perform and captivate the audience with their talent in the art of singing. Love Live School Idol Project returns for a second season starring Muse members are they find their way with music.
μ's (pronounced as Muse), makes its anticipated return with all its members back. One
particular attribute that stands out for this group is the fact that Honoka, its group leader, has also became the school council president. The sequel insightfully shows how she is able to lead her group to stardom. It’s not easy given the intense competition such as popular idol group, Arise whom stands a firm obstacle in their way. Nonetheless, Honoka takes the stage and does her best to captivate the audience with her skills.
While the first season introduced Muse’s members on the surface level, the second season goes beyond that and focuses more on some of its specific characters. In retrospect, more noticeable characters such as Nico, Rin, and Nozomi all get some of spotlight. Some even get parts of their past revealed in an honest way to show the audience their journey to whom they are now. The sequel does a solid job by evoking thoughts to appreciate the person they are today. And of course, that would be taking on the role of an idol as part of Muse. It takes a group of nine girls yet each of them deliver a special charm. In one particular episode, each of them describe their condition and purpose in just one yet solidifying word. These words are honest feelings with distinctive moments to focus on an aim to success.
Even as an underrated group, Muse continues to make a dominant presence throughout the show. The paramount of their dream comes to a climatic moment when they perform their signature song in front of the audience. Also known for their spirit and determination, Muse is an inspiring group that seeks out their dreams, chases after it, and never ceases to let it go. Win, tie, or loss, the group wants to not just aim for success but also give the audience what they want. And that, is entertainment. The majority of the sequel is built-up but the final few episodes details the fruits of their efforts. In fact, the story is fairly simple. It’s about an idol group of girls aiming for success with their dreams. The catch is what happens afterwards? The sequel depicts a short yet memorable journey as their distinction could change these girls’ lives forever. It also makes us wonder what happens afterwards. As the show nears its end, the girls realizes that nothing lasts forever with tearful moments to induce hardcore feelings of sorrow.
Responsibility and teamwork are also prominent ideas incorporated to this sequel. In fact, one particular member is made temporary leader on the spot as result of special circumstances. Luckily, this adapts with teamwork as she is able to hold everything together not just by herself but with her fellow idols. By presenting itself with this direction, it creates feelings of inspiration and can be relatable when you find yourself needing a helping hand. This is especially true earlier on in the series when the girls faces the hardship of writing music by pressure. And that’s what Muse really is, not just an idol group but a group of girls who shares a deep bond for music and their powerful friendship.
Despite the premise and setup, the show does suffer a bit with some pacing issues. Some episodes feels fillerish including a trollish beach scenario. We also get some gimmicky storyline craftsmanship when it comes to execution with subplots like going on a diet habit. Also, it’s somewhat noticeable that some similar scenarios and scenes are reused; not entirely trace by trace but has familiarity. The recycled ideas becomes a bit of a pin-down and in essence doesn’t strongly recreate memorable moments. And despite being character focused, the series does omit highlights for some characters. The main point is that the sequel anticipates their performance in a festival against other prominent idol groups. The most developed rivalry is against the 3-girl group ARISE, who makes Muse look like an underdog. The rivalry is tense but ultimately isn’t anything too explicit or made into mainstream as a main event. Rather, it trifle on the event for Muse to become superstars with predictable outcomes.
Artwork remains standard with Sunrise being charge of the production. Characters are designed with charm, innocence, and with the passion for music. Although not supermodels, the girls have their own qualities and portrays with a beautiful grace. The decorative outfits they wear in front of the world are not just flamboyant, attractive, but also become an image of their dream. Body gestures and their dance moves also inspire creativity with no movement being wasted. It’s hands down attractive not by appearance but with style, class, and inspiration.
When talking about the soundtrack, the music would obviously be a key and in my respect, the sequel nails this right away. Although the OP song isn’t something home write about, music shown and performed in this show is colorful. Lyrics are detailed with energy and enthusiasm. Prominent songs from the original project makes their way with alternate edits to deliver a symbol of Love Live. The choreography is excellent with a down-to-earth style yet remains resilient with its smooth setting. Some of the songs also shows symbolism as the animators decorates it with background gags. Additionally, the characters all have distinctive voice mannerism to reflect their personalities. The bottom line is that they are able to command attention and deliver a stellar performance in connection with the songs.
The show itself isn’t a masterpiece but it should be appreciable with this sequel. It’s not easy being an idol but with friends, anything is possible. The way Love Live can inspire is something to take notice of as the director and animators takes advantage of its directional story. Through characterization and focus, we see different sides of characters as they take on obstacles. And although the story isn’t complex or entirely thought provoking, it’s honest with great comedy. Just be aware that not all the songs can be something you’d enjoy, especially when compared to its original source. Yet, this sequel came, delivered, and leaves the building with endearing moments.
Yeah, it's a kind of late review but whatever and english isn't my Main language so im sorry if the vocabulary is not correct.
First of all, The first season, The first season wasn't really that great It was Average/Mediocre for me.
Mostly because at that time there were other school Idols anime which dominated the genre of School idol. But Love live school idol project 2nd season was better and has improved in many ways than it predecessor, which is a good point.
It's basically just an anime about school girls which want to become a School idol group the μ's and want to perform at Love
live, for those who watched the first season completly know what is happening in the 2nd season. But is't not another standard Cute girls thing, No, It has more meaning to it especially the last couple of episode you will understand it.
The first episode of the season was notable, The Artwork has got better, the Music/sound got better and It was more attractive in some way.
Sunrise has made a big chance in every part.
This season got more character development and has kind of an own Episode for each cast considering it only has 13 episode.
The story gets better when the last couple of episode was coming, The Third years are graduating and the end was reaching.. Yes they were crying but even though that they pushed on till the reached their goal.
Now that it has ended Eli,Nico and nozomi has graduated from the school but i doubt this will end their story and μ's story
Like any other School idol anime, It has a great soundtrack and each song has only used once except the OP and ED.
The music got at it's peak when they released the ninth episode with "Snow Halation" This may be an old song but it was still amazing, everytime when i listen to it, I get goosebumbs, it's just one of the Best Vocal song that has released been released at the moment.
The visuals were better than the first season (The reason is that i watched it in HD maybe??).
The CGI during the perfomance were mixed well in my opinion, Yeah, Some people may hate CGI but it wasn't really distracting but it was definitely noticeable, It was certainly a lot better than a couple other school idol anime which i watched.
Love live had a long way to go, if you mention the beginning of the first season but they do have reached the top with their amazing Music and Soundtracks.
Like i said before If you think this is the same as the first season, It isn't, it's a huge improvement compared to the first season.
Like any other anime It has come to it's end, the μ's are retired and it has left us an amazing mark upon the anime history but like i said again it doubt this will be the end of the μ's!
To continue working on a broken piece is never easy; to fix what is broken is a hassle. It would be easier to leave it be; it would be easier to start something new, up from the ground, to leave the shambles behind, to never think of them again. However, against all odds, the first season of Love Live, no matter how broken, how unbelievably hollow, how ultimately tired and trite it all was, ended up garnering quite an audience; an audience eager to see more. It is during these times - the times when a show that I can at best describe as
lazily bland is irritatingly popular - that I tend to drown in a sea of assumptions, get tangled up in a net of nitpicking and blinded by my own cynicism. I assume that anything following a bad show can only be a bad show, strictly following the tried and tested failure of a formula of what came before it.
After a whole season of poorly-developed characters, badly written plot and a terrible ending, it seemed all too easy to conclude that Love Live lacks heart and soul, lacks the passion or just the competence necessary to craft a worthwhile work. But now, one season further into my study of idol degeneracy, I have experienced something I never would have thought possible: Love Live’s troupe of walking tropes (mostly) turned into actually developed characters, the plot was actually solid from start to finish, the finale was actually moving. This soulless product turned into a worthwhile series. More than that, even: It felt genuine.
Fair warning: This review contains spoilers!
After the spectacular failure of both a finale of a series and Muse’s shot at the eponymous Love Live competition, the troupe of Muse is in a bind: they have no goal to work towards! To the luck of the girls (and the dismay of my inner cynic), Love Live starts again, but this time with an entirely different system: A direct competition in the form of a preliminary tournament serves as a substitute for the meaningless and boring ranking system that had been in place before. This more direct system sets a direct goal while at the same time presenting the great obstacle, Muse’s main rival this time around, A-RISE, that they will have to overcome.
The system is not the only improvement in the overall structure in the show however; the plot is very clearly, purposefully and systematically structured. At first, a new obstacle is introduced, then we spend some time actually developing the show’s blanket characters and then, after finally picking up the shambles that season one left, we reach an impactful, genuinely emotional and moving melancholic finale celebrating that fantastic feat.
It is easy to see that many, very necessary improvements were made to the show’s plot this time around, however that doesn’t mean that this second season doesn’t suffer from many of the same problems as the first season before it. The show still suffers from overdramatizing every bit of the way; it still suffers from jarring CG and bland music; it still suffers from a cast that is too big for the show to properly to support in its comparatively short runtime.
The character-focused episodes of this second season are definitely one of the main reasons why this sequel season is so much better than its predecessor. Throughout the whole first half, we get to know the girls better; we get to discover quirks, uncover truths, see bonds deepening; we get to see characters growing and reflecting (yes, even Honoka).
We get to experience Rin, a character formerly characterized as making a cat mouth and adding ‘nya’ to the end of every sentence, growing out of her shell and taking center stage (or rather being forced into it by the other girls). Her shying away from being the center of attention is unexpectedly connected to previous bad experiences in life which, while not completely convincing, serve as a much needed reason, a much needed background into the troubles of her character.
We get to know Nico’s family and discover the needless web of lies the notorious best girl Nico spun around her family (which, by the way, is best family). Few things in this show are as fun as seeing Nico’s snotnosed little brother play with a Muse-themed whack-a-mole while the other girls corner Nico and get her to start being honest with her siblings; few things are as heartwarming as her siblings innocently embracing their sister in spite of the fact.
We get to see Honoka grow responsible, both as a school student council president and as the leader of Muse. After initially succumbing to irresponsibility and laziness, she, through the help of her caring but responsible friend Umi and the rest of the group, not only gets back into shape after eating one(-hundred) too many dumplings, but learns to take responsibility for her her actions and to continue moving forward in the face of adversity.
Love Live still isn’t a strong show visually, and while the backgrounds are as detailed and pleasant to look at as those present in the first season, the slight improvements to the character animation, while definitely noticeable, still aren’t enough to create a strong visual package. The costumes this time around are still very pretty and fun, they do however range from fairly beautiful to frankly boring.
The performances this time around are as unoffensively acceptable as ever. While the constant changing between 2D and 3D animation is still pretty jarring (mostly because the CG models look like they’re out of a PS2 video game), all of the performances were energetically animated. The songs are still as bland as ever, but both Snow Halation and A-RISE’s performance worked very well as actual highpoints of the show and were a blast to watch and listen to.
Love Live’s second season is an improvement worth celebrating. Numerous nitpicks and plenty of the problems present in the first season are fixed. The plot is well-structured, the characters aren’t blanket sheets anymore and the finale of the show was magically moving. However, the show still suffers from many of the more infuriating issues of its predecessor, mainly stark overdramatization and a character cast too big for the show to handle. Overall worth the watch, but locked behind a lackluster first season.
Love Live! School Idol Project Season 2 -
Recommend of read a review or watch season 1 before reading this.
Love Live! is a Comedy, Idol anime co-created by music label Lantis and animation studio Sunrise, with it's second season was release in April of 2014. It continues from the end of season 1 (Which i also reviewed), where Honoka Kōsaka and her friends in the school idol group μ's (Muse) tries to enter the second Love live, a school idol tournament that has changed because of success of the first one, has become national wide as idol groups from around Japan compete to be the
best school idol group. The girls from Muse know this their last chance to do enter Love Live as next school year, three of it members will graduate and can't be part of the group anymore. So thats the plot of the season 2, it still as funny as season 1 and the episodes are very interesting and keeps you watching.
Next is the characters.
Honoka Kōsaka (Voiced by Emi Nitta), is the main character and leader of μ's, her family owns a sweet shop.In the season 2 she becomes the student council president by Eli's request. She is very cheerful and never gives up on anything,
Eli Ayase (Voiced by Yoshino Nanjō), She was the student council president before passing it to Honoka at the start of season 2 and is one of the group's choreographer. She is one of the girls that graduates at the end of the year.
Kotori Minami (Voiced by Aya Uchida), is a childhood friend of Honoka and the daughter of the school's Chairwoman. She joins the student council to help Honoka in season 2. She normally have her head in the clouds but she is kind hearted. She is μ's wardrobe designer and one of it's choreographers.
Umi Sonoda (Voiced by Suzuko Mimori), is a childhood friend of Honoka and Kotori, and a member of the school' Kyudo (Japanese martial art of archery) club. She becomes the student council vice-president after being requested by Nozomi at the start of season 2. She acts as the voice of reason to group and she leads the practice sessions.
Rin Hoshizora (Voiced by Riho Iida), is a very athletic girl and has a very cheerful personality. she is a bit it of a tomboy and has a habit of acting as cat.
Maki Nishikino (Voiced by Pile), is a talented singer and Pianist. she is the main composer and vocal coach of μ's.
Nozomi Tojo (Voiced by Aina Kusuda), she was the student council vice president until passing it to Umi at the start of season 2 and the μ's spiritual leader with her almost all knowing vibe she has. She also has a very unique way of cheering up the other group members.She is one of the girls that graduates at the end of the year.
Hanayo Koizumi (Voiced by Yurika Kubo), she is a shy girl who allows dreamed about becoming an idol since she was young. She joins μ's wit her childhood friend Rin to follow that dream.
Nico Yazawa (Voiced by Sora Tokui), is a girl who looks up to idols and wishes to become one herself. She is μ's wardrobe supervisor with Kotori. She is one of the girls that graduates at the end of the year.
Next is presentation.
Season 2 has had a visual improvement to season 1 as everything has more color and detail.The art style has mostly stayed the same just the colors used a more vast. The animation has improved aswel with the song/dance scenes have more fluid motions and the facial animation look better and look more believably than before. The songs for this season are as catchy as they was in season 1 and the voice acting is still great as each voice still fits it's character like in season 1. The topics used has better impact than season 1 because most of the episode shows how much work they put into Love Live contest.
Lasty is my opinion.
Season 2 of Love Live! is a improvement i terms of presentation and story, Sunrise impress me again with their story writing as it keep you interested and animation design as the song/dance scenes are more beautiful than they was in season 1. The amount of work and love put in the anime really shows even better in this season. I enjoyed this season more than the last season and i said in my review of season 1 it was one my favorites, and season 2 joins that list.
Now the Verdict.
Season 2 of Love Live! is a great improvement over season 1 in every way with time spend on improving the visuals and animation. The songs/dance scenes are great to watch and the art style look more better than ever. So with that said, i recommend you give Love Live! Season 2 a watch if you watch season 1 as it very enjoyable and the songs/dances are great to see as the animation looks lovely created. Love Live! season 2 is one of the best animes release in the last year so you should give it a watch.
Love Live School Idol Project is not meant for me. Reviewing a show this girly and happy is pretty much impossible based on my age, sex, and what I enjoy watching. The reason I don’t review Pretty Cure? I’m not a ten year old girl. The reason I review Love Live? Despite obviously being a show for ten year old girls it’s got a raging male fanbase that’s about my age.
A year ago I wrote a review for the first season that I feel, now, complains about all the wrong things. It doesn’t at all hit the nail on the head for how to approach
this series. It also complains a lot about Nico. I don’t know why considering she’s my favorite girl in the series….
Since that review the Love Live mobile game was released in May and, I won’t lie, I play it every once in a while when I need a time-waster. Also a second season was released early last year that I neglected till now because that seems to be the way I operate.
The second season of Love Live has the girls of Muse participating in another Love Live tournament. As it will be the last chance for the seniors to win the tournament, there’s a lot of pressure on Honoka and the others to perform as well as possible. They’re forced to face off against their biggest rival, A-Rise and from there battle the best school idols in Japan.
The start of this season beats around the bush so much I was nearly going to quit it. I didn’t remember the first season being quite so silly and pointless (but, that said, I barely remember much of anything about the first season in the first place). There’s a lot of exploration of the different characters as well as a really crappy storyline about writing a new song for the Love Live tournament. This episode, in which they go to one of Maki’s summer homes to get some peace, should have shown the comradeship of the girls and how they go about writing songs. What we get instead is a stupid, disjointed episode where, for some reason, they think it’s a good idea to write the lyrics and the music separately.
What? So if the beat of the music doesn’t match the lyrics that’s okay?
Two character episodes are actually somewhat interesting and fun. The Nico episode in which we get to see some of her family is pretty cute and the Rin episode where she’s trying to act like the girl she feels she is makes you d’aww.
But after the slow start and the somewhat interesting character exploration, we’re presented with a lot of forced drama. The focus isn’t that much on the Love Live or the music; unlike the first season which I commended for having a lot of catchy songs (I still remember Start;Dash a year later). But this season’s music is lacking any sort of staying power and it feels like it’s put on the backburner to make room for a ton of tears.
The final few episodes are like…Ano Hana level of crying. It’s sad, definitely, to see the seniors go but it’s not so sad I need a whole episode dedicated to them bawling their eyes out. This is episode eleven, which is cute in execution and idea, but ends with so much forced crying that I wanted to laugh instead. It’s okay to be sad and express it but don’t be overexpressive. Especially on something as small as the seniors leaving.
Then episode twelve is the concert of the Love Live. Be prepared for more cheesiness.
And the last episode is the overlong epilogue that further drags out how sad it is the seniors are leaving then ends by…teaching us not to let go of people who are moving on? I didn’t understand the end at all.
How come you guys can’t hang out after they go to college? Can’t you continue to be an idol group that focuses on larger stages? Doesn’t winning the Love Live mean you could do that sort of thing?
Combine the over-dramatic and weak storytelling with the sheer girliness and you will be laughing your ass off. My God is this show cheesy with themes of friendship and love and following your dreams. The group stands together and screams things into the sky, people stand and clap for no reason, everyone acts like best friends. Oh, and don’t forget the cute little exultations that come every time that the girls see something mildly amusing. I like to call these “anime sounds” because in no other medium have I ever seen people go “uguu” over lights.
The writing in the show is pretty lame as well. The character’s are all easily identifiable by their two dimensional traits but the things they say can really make you laugh. At one point Honoka is staring at the city with her friends and talking about how bright the lights are. There’s a huge Zen moment that makes no sense coming from a bunch of teenagers. They talk about the lights belonging to people and not knowing those people…like, what the fuck? And this is followed by them all screaming at the city, completely ruining the somber, thoughtful tone. For the most part, the show if funny if only because of the crappy script.
Regardless of these complaints the show is cute as hell and still manages a laugh or two every episode that’s not courtesy of being shitty.
The animation is alright. Just like the first season is resorts to MMD-style during musical numbers that makes everything look awkward. There’s a huge amount of close-up shots of the girls’ faces which can be scary as fuck (from afar you girls are moe but up close you’re freaking aliens). Otherwise it’s not impressive by any stretch.
And the music, as I said, is weaker than season one. There’s a great variety of music during the show but the actual performances aren’t memorable at all.
Oh, do you hear that sound? It’s time to play BEST GIRL!
9. Honoka- I believe it was Theon Greyjoy in Game of Thrones who said the best way to keep an annoying bitch quiet is to put your genitals in her mouth. Honoka is the most annoying group leader of anything ever. Someone put their genitals in her mouth.
8. Hanayo- Moeblob von No Character. I could give a fuck less.
7.Umi- It’s so cute when you get mad. Too bad you’re boring otherwise!
6. Kotori- Boooooooooring. But moe as hell.
5.Eli- Cute but definitely not exciting.
4.Rin- Good development in this season. The writers need to quit overusing the “Nyan” thing though because it’s really awkward.
3.Nozomi- Really cute and probably the most mature of the characters. Also has a good gimmick.
2.Maki- Tsundere rich lesbian is cool.
1. Nico- May be a self-centered bitch at times but is only trying to live her dream and enjoy her passion. Totally the most adorable and best girl.
Season 2 of Love Live might be good for younger girls or guys with nothing better to masturbate to, but for me, despite a few silly and cute moments, it was pretty forgettable.
STORY - 9
ART - 9
SOUND - 10
CHARACTER - 9
ENJOYMENT - 9
Honestly, it's not easy to concisely describe just how vivid the second season of School Idol Project is. A beautiful outburst of the soul. A melodic magic that lifts the heart. A lyrical expression full of emotions. These words are close enough to express how I feel but really, it's better if you listen to µ's ("Muse") once more. Because as the saying goes:
"Where words fail, music speaks."
Every journey will always have a start and an end; and within it, there will always be a story. The story of µ's began as a school-saving solution,
and through the passing of time, their journey is reshaped into a sincerity that speaks of passionate wonders, of incredible friendship, and of valued memories. The second season is a continuation of that. With the third-years' graduation quickly drawing near, the end of µ's seems nigh, but it doesn't stop them from making sure their last experience is a meaningful one. The next destination is the second Love Live! contest, and they will make sure to give everything they can to reach that grand stage.
This is the culmination of their experience together as a school idol group.
Most of the things the first season has are still here: the fun comedies, the expressive enthusiasm, and the adorable interactions. But to reach a bigger stage than before will require a bigger effort from each member. So this time around, we're given more of their roles as school idols, while also bringing a developmental spotlight to those who didn't get much focus from before. It continues on with unlocking each of the nine member's influence on one another. Whether it's to come up with a new song or to support the ones who want to break out of their shell, they will always be there for each other.
It's this strong focus on µ's as a whole that makes the second half of their journey more emotionally invested, particularly during the latter episodes when everything converges towards a bittersweet reality. Even in the show itself, the collective support from their school, family, and fans is enough to realize just how incredibly special the group is. At this point, they're not just there as a musical entertainment. They go beyond that—into an authentic devotion of hearts shared by everyone.
Rivals such as the sassy A-RISE knows fully well of this special ability of µ's to capture the hearts of all who sees them. It does give the Love Live! contest a bit more of a competitive side, but more importantly, it's proof that µ's has grown so much ever since the beginning. All of their charming qualities, from hard work to dedication, become a tangible routine of colorful dancing and beautiful singing. And with a better CGI animation to go along with a vibrant stage, enjoying the various performances is something that can be described as a natural immersion.
From the uplifting yet melancholic "Snow Halation" to the rosy "Aishiteru Banzai!", Love Live! can definitely pride itself with its lovable music. Many of the songs here are thematically relevant to what this season is trying to express, which is the positive message of hope and love that I'm sure a lot of you have heard already in your life before. But to be reminded of it, especially in an endearing fashion, will always be a plus side to me. As for the general visual, it's the same adorable art that I've grown to love, and I don't think that needs to change.
When I reflect back on my journey with µ's and School Idol Project, I really couldn't have asked for more. The second season, with its authentic emotions and lasting impressions, is enough to solidify the reasons why I'm their fan now and why Love Live! is a dear franchise to many people out there. If you want to be a part of that wonder as well, give µ's a listen.
Wow, Love Live!: School Idol Project Season 2. It is like the best anime in the entire planet to watch. I could of written a review for the ova and season 1 but i didn't find out about this feature on this website. So anyway, onto my review of this shall we? This season has been an emotional roller coaster since there was a lot of sad feels into this season, not as much as the first season but i gotta say that the relationship grew so much for the members of µ's ever since the first season. These two seasons of love live were
fantastic and i'm glad that i found the perfect anime for me to watch on my free time. I will always be a fan to this anime and the music group µ's. I hope in the future that there will be more songs from µ's. µ's became a part of my life since i watched the first episode of season 1. I got really attached to the characters and i can't imagine the rest of my life without them. µ's is my family now and i just can't handle the rest of my life without them. µ's worked really hard since season 1 and they finally reached their dream. I hope µ's stays together in the future so i can continue to support them through the rest of my life. Arigato the creators and voice actresses to working so hard to produce this great anime. µ's music~ start!
Success stories have always had a spirit that the Academy and many others have deemed inextinguishable. The soul and passion of the fight to victory has always had an undeniable effect on us humans, who have always had the hidden spirit of desire; the very desire to go the extra mile and make it to the top. And it is in these stories where we see this undeniable burning human passion. We see it in Daniel's eyes in his final match in the Karate Kid. We see it in Rocky, prepared to fight Apollo Creed with everything he has. We see it in Drumline, as
the monolithic stage overshadows our heroes. We see it in Alan Turing in his struggle to break Enigma in the Imitation Game.
We see it in μ's, in their fight to the Love Live Championships.
Love Live Season Two is an anime that has been described by most as 'better than season one' or 'the best idol anime ever' but the series has gone above and beyond those simple standards and has become one of the most inspiring success stories I've seen in a very long time. The story is as simple as it can get, with nine girls aiming to winning the School Idol competition known as Love Live. Though it's hard not to admit the faults of season one, the difference between the two seasons is interstellar. As I stated, the burning passion and struggles from films like Rocky or the Karate Kid is very evident here as we see, finally, what makes idols so special. Before seeing this series, I had always thought idols to be like generic pop singers only with a cutesy side to them. You can tell how obviously wrong I was. From what I've seen, idols have a very distinct nature and goal, to shower emotion over the audience in their own unique spectacle. This is what I learned from Love Live and from no one else, as the girls of μ's struggle against themselves and each other. As the curtains come to a close and story of μ's nears its end, we're welcomed with one of the most powerful finales of all time. You've felt this sensation before. When your little brother made that game winning goal? Or when you aced your exams? Or when you got your crush to like you? It is the spirit of achievement and reflection that make this anime truly an inspiring experience.
Now, I have nothing against stereotypes. And when they're utilized correctly, they can do great things. In the first season of Love Live, we were introduced to, well, about nine archetypes that had adequate development to become a bit more three-dimensional. But the godly characterization of the series in only 26 episodes has turned our girls almost human. We're introduced to feelings and thoughts we never thought these characters could have, underneath their stereotypical exterior that truly defines their character as a whole. An example is Rin who expresses a very self-defeating nature, the same we see in people who suffer insecurity, in her arc which, I have to say, does extremely well to develop her character and features one of my most favorite μ's songs of all time (LOVE WIIIING. LOVE WIIIING). Honoka also gets a share of this, exceeding the 'genkiest is the leader' stereotype to a more definitive reason as to why she is the leader at all, allowing her characterization to truly define her as the one and only leader of μ's. But by far the best arc belongs to Nozomi, as, not only is her character expanded to degrees above and beyond, but it develops more the special relationship the girls have as μ's, the special feelings they share and why their separation would mean the end of it all. With all the characters given godly characterization, it's now not a story about Honoka, but about all of them.
Now, I can't end this review without going technical. The music of Love Live is one of its main appeals, as a lot of the fans came from playing the musical game on their phones. The best thing about it is how distinct each track is in terms of delivery and emotion. The rhythm endowed that matches each story perfectly really emulates how in-tie music is with the series, unlike some others that like to just play random songs for the heck of it (K-On anyone?). The animation is also above average which is to be expected coming from Gundam-Printing company Sunrise. The design is stellar and gives these different girls a sort of unique flare that gives them distinction and makes them special. If it were not for the blonde hair, the ponytail and the baby blue eyes, Eli would not be my waifu today.
If there were any way to describe this series, it would be inspiring. Being able to correlate both characters and story to the spirit of achievement, boiling with human desire and passion, in a way that is almost Grammy worthy makes this series truly amazing. Despite the somewhat flaky season one, season two is able to craft a story with meaning, emotion and passion.
With top-notch characterization, a definitive success story and roaring emotion, I can proudly say that Love Live Season Two is one of the best of the best.
(Written in honor of the Final Live and the end of the VAs's contract next year. You will be dearly missed, μ's)
Not too long ago I looked at Love Live. The anime portion of a multi-media project. It was an enjoyable series. The first series introduced us to µ's (pronounced Muse.) µ's formed with three members in order to gain interest in their school to prevent it shutting down. We saw the original three gradually grow into nine. We saw the nine girls coming together as friends & comrades, doing live shows and getting really, really, really homo-erotic with one another. So, our heroines managed to save their school in the end. Where are they going to go from there?
We open with Honoka giving a speech
as the brand new student council President. Turns out Eri recommended her for the position. Hanayo is interrupted at practice by the news that they're doing another Love Live competition. Most members of µ's are excited by the prospect and eager to enter but Honoka is strangely uninterested, saying that things are fine as they are. The girls are able to persuade her that µ's should enter by pointing out that this will be Nozomi, Eri & Nico's last chance to compete in the competition since they're graduating shortly after. They're also able to ascertain why Honoka hesitated. The story follows µ's and their endeavour to win the competition, their coming to terms with the third years graduating and them just having fun and being yurirrific.
The biggest problem with the narrative in this series is that the main arc surrounding the competition is really predictable. You can pretty easily guess where it's going to go just from the set up, without watching a single episode of the series. The series does do a lot well, though. The comedy in this is really effective. The first series was pretty entertaining and had some good comedic moments, but this one elevates it to a completely different level. There are also some really good moments in the main narrative, in spite of its general predictability and there is some effective tension surrounding the graduation and the question of where µ's is going to go from there. The ending is a bit bitter-sweet but it's really effective.
The girls get to develop further as characters than they did in the first series. There are several episodes primarily dedicated to developing them as characters and adding depth to the archetypes. Rin and Nozomi both get really good ones. I will also give this series credit over the first, Nozomi's bad touch habit is virtually non-existent in this one. She gropes another girl without permission once. Which is still completely not okay, but at least it's not a regular thing like it was in the first series. I bet Eri threatened to break up with her if she kept groping other girls. Either way, the combination of that getting toned significantly down and her focus episode combine to transform Nozomi into a really good character. The characters are still a lot of fun and there are still really good interactions, including some with the rival idol group, A-Rise.
Much like the first series, this one has really good costumes and dance numbers. The characters are still basically missing their noses, though. I think this art style was designed by someone with rhinophobia. That would explain so much. In spite of that, the art and animation are good.
The cast is excellent. Love Live has singers who are also excellent in their roles. See, Ice, it is possible to have people who can do both. The music is superb. Both series of Love Live have really mazing soundtracks.
It's easy to see why yuri fans gravitate towards this franchise. The les-yay levels are massive. Really, any potential pairing would make sense but there are some that come across more strongly than others. Rin and Hanyo continue to be really adorable. We've also got Nozomi and Eri, who also get quite a bit of les-yay with both Maki and Nico. Honoka, Umi and Kotori are all really homo-erotic with one another.
Love Live series 2 is a definite improvement over the first. The characters are strengthened. The comedy is more effective and the story, overall, has more going for it. It's not perfect, but it's well worth watching. My final rating on it is going to be a 9/10. The first series was good. This one is excellent. Next week I'll look at Solty Rei.
This review will cover the second season of LLSIP. I'll probably make some comparisons here and there to the first season but if you're interested in what I've had to say for the first season, please see the review I wrote for it beforehand.
Love Live, for me, is one of those series that, before watching, I thought I wouldn't like a bit, but after actually heading into it, I ended up loving it. Also, I honestly can't believe I've missed it all this time.
Having said a lot in my review of the first season already, I feel like there isn't much to add here. The
second season of Love Live tops the first one, which had a rather rocky start, in all aspects.
If you didn't enjoy the first season as much but still like the show enough to make you want to see more from it, I can be certain when I say that you will feel rewarded at the end of another ~260 minute run. It looks better, feels better, is better in general and more fun to watch.
The characters, who I've had an objective issue with in the first season, actually felt like genuine characters this time around. There is definitely an amount of care put into handling them which can be noticed as you take your time through the season but that can also be seen in the plot as well. A matching pace this time around, rewarding plot-line and, overall, experience.
I don't really talk about the artstyle unless it's too hideous or fascinating to note, but improvements can be seen there as well. The enviroment and characters just look better, I'd say they had more life in them compared to the first season. Love Live looks just fine in general, though some might find the CGI to be somewhat distracting.
This should be a given, but Love Live has an amazing soundtrack, being an idol anime. It makes a return and finds its way to stay of on-point quality, appeal as each song showcases a new stage for µ's and as an advancement route for the group as performers and people. I find the peak of music in LLSIP to be ''Snow Halation'', a track that showcases µ's and their appeal. It is an absolutely amazing uplifting albeit sad vocal piece that I have a special place for both subjectively and objectively.
The amount of passion & hype that surrounded Love Live all this time is something I never really understood, until now. I think it will manage to claw itself in as one of the franchises I am most emotionally engaged with and I can't wait to see more from it.
“But you guys make me want to root for you for some reason.” - Yukiho Kousaka
Note that this review will cover the two inseparable seasons of Love Live! School Idol Project.
I don’t get idols. A bunch of adorable girls sing and dance their heart out on stage and everyone loves it. And that’s exactly what Love Live is. The only difference is that I actually get it.
I had the honor of picking up Love Live as my very first idol anime due to a friend’s humble (and passionately incessant) request. It’s nothing amazing but it’s something special; simple in its message yet powerful in its
elocution. It’s a refreshing wake-up call for everyone who wants to…
… follow their dreams.
And unexpectedly, I fell in love with that message in all its starry-eyed wonder.
STORY - 8
A school is on the verge of closing. A second-year high school girl notices the idol hype. And just like that she assembles two of her closest friends and forms a ragtag idol group in a noble attempt to save the school. Little by little that idol group grows in number; catching the attention of freshmen and juniors alike while touching the hearts of many. Love Live is a story about the nine-girl idol sensation later known as μ’s (Muse); their humble beginnings, their struggles, and their rise to fame.
It’s a pretty straightforward and linear plot with some slice-of-life breaks in between. But if there’s one thing Love Live does well, it’s the execution and pacing that delivers unwavering enthusiasm in the midst of constantly growing challenges the group faces. The show doesn't pander much with its fanservice-prone premise (considering the costumes, performances, and character designs and archetypes are fanservice enough). It goes right into the ideal idol experience; from formation and training to national participation and recognition. Love Live has a clear goal with a plot actively working towards it.
The two seasons, each composed of 12 episodes, have a systematic format in progressing the story. Presentation and resolution.
The first season introduced the members and established each of their conflicts while the second resolved those conflicts to fully flesh-out the true potential of μ’s as an idol group and a solid circle of friends. Streamlining the series this way made it feel more dynamic and continuous. There’s hardly a dull moment since the show didn't needlessly drag the story. The energy never dies, the stakes keep getting higher, and fillers function more as a breather with added character focus before the plot kicks right back in.
Though the barriers of entry for μ’s from small-time idol group are a challenge in itself, the spirit of competition isn't really present with only one main contender given mention, UTX high school’s A-rise, who are ranked top in the idol group charts. To compensate, time is given to focus more on the inner workings of μ’s as well as their impact on the school and more importantly, themselves. The story, though lacking depth, promises a lot of heart (and sweat… and tears) which grips the viewer in the same way idols earn fans.
ART - 8
When you hear the words “Love Live,” you expect something bright and cheerful. Sunrise caught the message and multiplied “bright and cheerful” by 9 in the form of high school girls along with the rest of the cast. The results are freakin’ adorable; a cross between trademark schoolgirl and childlike dreamer. This might go for most shows of the same market but hear me out.
The eyes are the window to the soul. Eyes here are more round than wide and convey even the most minute shifts in expressions especially during parts when the show isn't so bright. Not only are Love Live’s eyes a window, they’re a magnet; attractive both literally and figuratively. They’re fresh and innocent; full of youthful wonder, passion, and determination. Those eyes look at you and won’t let you look at anyone else. You want to hear what they have to say and see what they have to prove and that immensely aids in character attachment.
Enough about eyes. Colors are strong and vivid with soft edges, evoking the utopian rose-colored high school everyone in the anime world is after. Animation is of average caliber since not much motion is involved… outside the performances and more powerful scenes. Everything scales up for their live shows; from the stage and costumes down to the individual choreography.
Bottom line, the art is cute and I always have room for cute.
SOUND - 7
I would’ve given this a 6. Funny to give this a rather fair rating when the show’s mostly centered around sound. In a series densely populated with standard upbeat j-pop, which mind you is one of my less preferred genres, I find myself never skipping all the openings and endings and soaking in all the live shows. Head-bobbing, appreciative lyric/subtitle-reading, and attentive musical listening aside, music is relatively standard.
The seiyuus, who are also the singers, did an amazing job in making each character distinct and familiar. Voices not only fit each respective personality type but also convert well in performances. Based on listening, voices in live shows are categorized in 3 pitch levels (sensual deep, powerful midtone, and cutesy high pitch). Objectively, sound is just above average. Subjectivity however, bumped up the score for me. I’ll go more into that later.
CHARACTER - 8
At first glance, the characters really do start off as stereotypes. We have Honoka, the optimist prime with ditzy tendencies, Kotori, the supportive moe bait, Umi, the straight man + shrinking violet, Hanayo, the glasses girl who’s also a closet Stan, Maki, the rich tsundere loner, Rin, the tomboyish genki ‘cat’ girl, Eli, the partly-Russian virtuoso bitch, Nozomi, the motherly (well-endowed) weird girl, and Nico, the childish, superficial devil who’s the butt of everyone’s jokes. They have their verbal tics, quirky mannerisms, and own up to who they are. They’re fun, direct, and accessible. You don’t need to think too hard on them because what you see is what you get.
As the show progresses, the show eases in shifts in character that are largely attributed to the effect of μ’s on their personality. It’s a lighthearted process of each character warming up to the group while settling their own personal scores. And in the course of events, some magic happens.
ENJOYMENT - 10
You start to feel like a part of μ’s. You realize the passion behind the songs, the costumes, and the dance moves. You start to cheer them on in every endeavor. You feel their pain and relief in every challenge. And you enjoy every bit of it; the way μ’s intended it.
Everything in Love Live was designed for enjoyment. Not in the sense of taking pleasure in our own preferences, but in the general spirit of being caught up in the moment, letting go of our worries, and pursuing our own unreachable fantasies in the same way μ’s did.
All that enjoyment can be attributed to something innate in all our social investments; sentimental attachment. It’s that state of getting attuned to the story, characters, the music and the lyrics, and the certain inflections in animation when you start feeling for each of the group's triumphs and hesitations. For instance, Honoka’s innocent optimism is a sweet reminder of that child in you who thought he/she could do anything; carefree yet admirable. She passively commands μ’s with sheer determination and directs the same message down to their songs with visible signs of pent-up anxiety and exhilaration. Seeing that same force break down to reality hurts.
On a side-note, this show does a great job in visualizing pent-up feelings. You just know a character’s gonna lose it, but they don’t. It’s strangely bittersweet. The show at its core is a heartfelt shout-out to the last time you truly shared your enjoyment with others.
OVERALL - 8
Infectiously optimistic with a sweet dose of innocent ambition, Love Live is a celebration of the overflowing passion within us, demonstrating a good balance of character chemistry and plot buildup that creates immense character attachment. Sunrise is a genius for capitalizing on adorable character designs, idol pop groups, and a plethora of catchy songs to impart a message we've all heard before, but need to be reminded of every once in a while.
The only times I ever binge-watch anime is when I'm either extremely bored or the series is extremely entertaining. Although the 2nd season of Love Live! School Idol Project is far from being a masterpiece or one of my all-time favorite shows, it's oddly addicting and, most importantly, far better than the first season.
Despite being turned off by the many problems the first season had, the positive reviews and the amazing art made me want to continue watching this show. Luckily, I was not disappointed.
Although the music is still a bit too generic and immature for my personal taste, there are lots of fun
new songs and dance sequences. The dance sequences seem to have definitely improved as the CG is either used less or in a more subtle way (or maybe I've just become used to it). As such, all of the performances are seriously striking and make you wish you were up on stage dancing with μ's, too.
Additionally, the art is as gorgeous as ever (if not more so) and features some of the most beautiful eyes I have ever seen in anime. The voice acting does not disappoint either, and the girls quickly transition from sounding slightly annoying to actually sounding kind of cute.
Most importantly, however, the story itself is far more interesting. Although the girls are still trying to participate in the Love Live! Contest and face many problems along the way, their struggles now seem far more believable and even relate-able, specially for fellow girls (after all, who has never dealt with the horrors of gaining weight, feeling awkward when wearing cute outfits and enduring painful workouts and diets?)
As if that wasn't enough, there is far more emphasis on the girls as individuals with their own fears and ambitions rather than simple singing blobs that all love each other for no apparent reason. By showing more of their family, childhood memories, and personal problems, it is easier to see them as real human beings that try really hard to fulfill their dreams. Unsurprisingly, their relationships also benefit greatly from this and allow for far more genuine interactions.
Overall, this is a surprisingly enjoyable show that, while slightly cheesy and juvenile, portrays human relationships, struggles, failures and successes in a way that is both beautiful and believable.
As a continuation from the season 1...
Season 2 of Love Live is fortunately, a Critically important watch for those who enjoyed the initial 13 episodes.
It holds onto its ability to really motivate its audience.
It's upbeat, its charming, it allows for more development, and brings the main series to a well wrapped up, beautiful ending.
Love Live is to be commended for the way it sticks to its motives, it's simple if plotted on a timeline, and uses each and every episode to its fullest, as opposed to going off on spontaneous Moe tangents. Love Live continues to weave its way into your heart in Season 2,
by developing all of the characters rather well. Yes, even the more shadowed ones that didn't have time to be fully covered in the first half.
Now whereas this usually implies a formulaic series of episodes, Season 2 is instead great in the way that everything is relevant, and integrated into the main plot. This gives the show a more seamless presentation; and while the goal in mind for U's continues to be refreshed, it invokes a sense of excitement even in the most cynical of viewers (i'm sure).
The methods of Love Live don't change - except for an increase in sentimental references, and emotional, reflective scenes as it comes to a close - but in this sequel series that exists to further develop every aspect, it means that lovers of the original; will come to appreciate the series even more.
The Art and Sound aspects remains flawless, and as i became significantly more attached to characters in these past few days, I've been able to enjoy it all a bit more on the whole. I guess you could say that a weakness of Season 1 (that has been filled in Season 2) - was that it all felt a bit more distant, as in 13 episodes, SUNRISE had to set the scene, cover half of the story, and do their best to convey the personality of each character. Whereas this developed from a casual attitude-oriented perception of each, Season 2 delves deeper, to make it all feel more personal, and more memorable.
Motivational, a feel-good anime throughout, excellently presented, good story despite the limitations of dedicating solely to the Idol genre, all over; a beauty - though definitely a bit cheesy at times... Kind of like this review!