#01: "Yuuki wa Doko ni? Kimi no Mune ni! (勇気はどこに？君の胸に！)" by Chika Takami (Anju Inami), Riko Sakurauchi (Rikako Aida) & You Watanabe (Shuka Saitou) (ep 1) #02: "Yuuki wa Doko ni? Kimi no Mune ni! (勇気はどこに？君の胸に！)" by Aqours (ep 2) #03: "Kimi no Kokoro wa Kagayaiteru kai? (君のこころは輝いてるかい？)" by Aqours (ep 3) #04: "Yuuki wa Doko ni? Kimi no Mune ni! (勇気はどこに？君の胸に！)" by Dia Kurosawa (Arisa Komiya) (ep 4) #05: "Yuuki wa Doko ni? Kimi no Mune ni! (勇気はどこに？君の胸に！)" by Riko Sakurauchi (Rikako Aida) & Yoshiko Tsushima (Aika Kobayashi) (ep 5)
My original review was already really long. And I still stand by all of it. So, I'm just gonna link a pic of that here (https://imgur.com/a/4Bfs5) so that I have more space to talk about a revelation that dawned on me recently. I swear I'm not going to do this often.
So, I'm now 6 episodes in. And I've bumped up my scores for:
Story: From 3 to 6
Art: Remaining at 9
Sound: From 7 to 8
Characters: From 5 to 7
Overall: From 7 to 8
Enjoyment: From 7 to 8
So, you may wonder be wondering. What could have possibly happened to change all of these scores? Basically, the performances
are even better than I thought they were. So the thought came to me when I saw the main character Chika do this absurdly complex move on stage. The first thought that came to mind was, "Okay, I don't care how many days she trained, she did not just pull that off flawlessly"
But then I looked back at the dancing there, and some from previous episodes, and some from last season, and it hit me. The reason why I didn't like the last season as much as this one was because the dancing was INTENTIONALLY bad. The choreography was INTENTIONALLY boring.
Seriously, go back and watch Mijuku Dreamer and Yume de Yozora wo Terashitai. Watch how basic the moves are. They aren't even really working as a team yet, they just need to have enough unity to synchronize actions. And they are often just standing in rows and walking back and forth. Really boring stuff. But that's the thing, they're a brand new group. Of course, they can't pull off cool stuff yet.
I genuinely think this was all planned because even watching Omoi yo Hitotsu ni Nare from episode 11 of season 1, nearing the end of the season, it's clear that the choreography is already a huge improvement over where it started. They're interacting with each other much more. And are playing around with weird positioning and aesthetics.
But it only gets better as season 2 goes on. Every live is stronger in some aspect to the last and they are growing in a way that we can track. Rather than that asinine ranking system from the original Love Live outright telling us, through a number, how much they've improved.
This gives credibility to the narrative that Chika could actually do what she does in episode 6. And it gives the entire series a new layer of depth and complexity that I never considered up until this point. Character growth is clearly presented through their craft so they feel so much more real. The plot points assist in that growth, so the story (even if it's still kinda boring) feels more impactful.
That kind of storytelling through what I thought was already fantastic visuals is what has now made an anime that I reluctantly watched, to now being something I can confidently say is very good.
I used to be LLSIF fan before, so naturally I had to watch it. Im not a huge fan of sif anime, I prefer the game and Im pretty sure a lot of people feel the same.
After a huge popularity of Muse, creators wanted to make another idol group, sadly Aqours wasn't accepted that warm by the fandom. People keep saying that LLS anime is bad, but honestly its better than origial LLSIP anime.
Music, art and basicially everything is a really really good. Staff paid much attention to details, its really easy to notice. Love Live quality keep getting better and better, I can't
even say how good now everything is.
In season 2 more characters started to develop and we can learn more about them. Creators learned from mistakes from previous Love Live anime and they fixed it in current one. Aqours had a long and harder way to become popular than Muse. That makes it more realistic. All girls are doing mistakes, they trying their best to save the school and become popular.
Some episodes are boring and similiar to old Love Live School Idol Project ones, but there are of course briliant ones. The majority of good things in LLSIF is really high, so its definitely worth watching, even if few episodes are not memorable at all.
What makes Love Live great is not the story. What makes it great are the sound, colors, characters and such.
I'm going to assume you've already watched the first season.
The story is fair(6/10), Why? Because it's not like the main cast are idols for no reason, and they have a goal in sight which they work towards it.
Why didn't I like it? It's the same story as Love Live School Idol Project-
School is closing down, a second year girl opens a 9 girls idols group, 3rd years are leaving soon- DRAMA. I don't have a problem with the fact the leader is a 2nd year in
both anime, and that the group is 9 girls, but all the rest of the story... Please no.
And also let's not forget to include an evil 3rd year (who's also a student council president!) then make her join the group and see she's really sweet.
I can rate Art/Sound 10/10. The CGI in general of the dances, the songs themselves, the OP, the ED, (and kinda the soundtrack), all of it are amazing. That's the very reason I am watching Love Live.
While I think it's too sad the anime is taking the same "drama" route (at first it is more comedy based- which is much better), but ignore that and you have a really sweet anime.
The last parameter that I want to talk about is the characters, which I gave 9/10. Why is that?
We have a pretty different cast, where each girl is different from another. I DO think though that many of the personalities are µ's recycled, but not fully. As well as I can say most of the girls are likable (or more. Have fun with your waifus).
Overall I am enjoying the series so far. It won't be my AOTS(Anime of the season), but definitely a fun watch. 9/10 overall. (At least for now)