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TV Anime 'Love Live! Sunshine!!' Unveils Key Visual and Staff

by arsonal
Apr 26, 2016 8:48 PM | 51 Comments
The official website of the Summer 2016 anime Love Live! Sunshine!! has unveiled the key visual and announced the production staff for the series. The spin-off series of the Love Live! School Idol Project franchise features a new cast of nine girls who make up the school idol unit Aqours (pronounced "Aqua").

Music publishing label Lantis has also uploaded a character promotional video on its YouTube channel, which features footage from the group's second single "Koi ni Naritai Aquarium."

Staff
Director: Kazuo Sakai (Mushi-Uta)
Series Composition: Jukki Hanada (Hibike! Euphonium)
Character Design: Yuuhei Murota (Love Live! School Idol Project)
Design Works: Masaki Kawake (Parol no Miraijima)
Set Design: Takeyuki Takahashi (Plastic Memories)
Art Director: Junichi Higashi (Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin)
Color Design: Sayoko Yokoyama (Kyoukaisenjou no Horizon)
CG Director: Takeshi Kurosaki (Higashi no Eden)
Director of Photography: Hiroki Sugiyama (Gakusen Toshi Asterisk)
Editing: Daisuke Imai (Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri)
Sound Director: Yukio Nagasaki (Pretty Rhythm)
Music: Tatsuya Katou (Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya)
Music Production: Lantis
Studio: Sunrise

Official site: http://www.lovelive-anime.jp/uranohoshi/
International official site: http://www.lovelive-anime.jp/uranohoshi/worldwide/

Character PV


Source: Official Twitter

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marx-chan said:
I loved the first two seasons of Love Live!, so naturally I am looking forward to this. Hopefully these girls will be just as endearing as the past ones.

Ejc said:


Exactly. Idolmaster is much more of a majority otaku fanbase than Love Live is.

For something to beat Love Live SunShine this year, it would have to have some sort of mainstream appeal and the anime needs to be rewatchable and enjoyable (as anime boils down to being an entertainment medium) for fans to want to buy the discs. That's what many anime fail at, which is why there are only a limited number of hits (>10k average) in a given year.


There's quite a few sport series coming out this year, and if the fujoshi latch onto one of them like they did with Free!/Haikyuu!!/Kuroko there is a chance something might challenge Sunshine! Just depends what the fujoshi go and group up to. If that happens it is.


Free!/Haikyuu!!/Kuroko can't even reach the tail of sales of LL season 2... . Plus the LL movie is the 5th best selling animation movie of Japan.. add to the fact that LL movie will sit in the top 1 for a while in terms of highest total earning of late night movie adaptation. We are comparing it to LL, the 4th best selling anime - so there it goes.

If aqours can be as popular as µ's.. we need a franchise as big as them to even the scales. AOT, DGrayman, Osomatsu is the only rivals worthy right now

Apr 27, 2016 8:52 PM by jayvee2016

SeibaaHomu said:
Ejc said:
Exactly. Idolmaster is much more of a majority otaku fanbase than Love Live is.

For something to beat Love Live SunShine this year, it would have to have some sort of mainstream appeal and the anime needs to be rewatchable and enjoyable (as anime boils down to being an entertainment medium) for fans to want to buy the discs. That's what many anime fail at, which is why there are only a limited number of hits (>10k average) in a given year.
Of course. There are some shows that generate buzz when they air but fail to translate that into good Blu-ray sales. Nichijou and Mirai Nikki for example.

Love Live in general is just a lot more appealing to the uninitiated. That's probably why Love Live is so much more successful here in the west than Idolm@ster is (Well, that and shitty marketing). It's also the reason why K-On! got so popular.

Love Live and K-On! have a lot of things that the otaku like, but the reason they're so successful is that they don't alienate everyone else. As someone whose gateway anime was K-On! I can vouch for its accessibility. And its sales, while amazing, were nowhere near Love Live's.


Popularity in the West is irrelevant when talking about BD/DVD sales. Fact is that 90% of the Idolmaster fanbase was male, and was cited as a problem by the creator himself. This is why they had to establish Side-M to try and appeal more to females, because the original Idolmaster, and all the other versions (Cinderella Girls, Million Live, etc) completely fails in bringing in female fans except for that 10% who are probably idol fans themselves. It is Idolmaster that has many elements that otaku like, rather than Love Live and K-ON.

Love Live and K-ON had much balanced fanbases (Love Live is 56.6:43.4 male to female ratio, K-ON is 68:32 male to female ratio), and have more casual fans than Idolmaster ever will. They are also cited as cultural phenomenons in their primes, as K-ON actually influenced middle school girls to establish light music clubs at their schools and to take up the guitar, and we all know how judgmental they are for anything that may be liked by otaku. For Love Live, they started from nothing (only Mimorin and Nanjo were already relatively known) and rose to having a 2 day concert at Tokyo Dome, performing at Kouhaku (which is unheard of for anime-related artists unless you are MIZUKI Nana), almost grossing 3 billion yen at the Box Office, lasting at the Box Office for more than 29 weeks (beating out many of the mainstream competition in terms of staying power), having 9 gold disc certifications for shipping more than 100,000 copies each. I could go on and on, but Idolmaster is not in the same realm as Love Live or K-ON is.

SeibaaHomu said:
marx-chan said:
There's quite a few sport series coming out this year, and if the fujoshi latch onto one of them like they did with Free!/Haikyuu!!/Kuroko there is a chance something might challenge Sunshine! Just depends what the fujoshi go and group up to. If that happens it is.
It's possible, but if Sunshine sells as well as Love Live Season 2 did then even Free numbers won't get it that far.

Then again it might not. Plus those shows have Blu-ray and DVD sales to take into account (And from what I've gathered fujoshi anime tend to sell better on DVD) whereas Love Live is Blu-ray only. So all in all I'd say they've certainly got a shot if the fujoshi end up liking them


That's actually quite plausible, which is why I mentioned dark horses before. I don't think anyone expected Madoka, Shingeki no Kyojin or Osomatsu-san to sell as much as they did in 2011, 2013, and 2015. If Love Live SunShine sells as much as Love Live S2, then we could have a nice competition for best seller of 2016, if there is such a dark horse, but when we look at the CD sales (without any anime boost yet), it seems completely reasonable that SunShine most likely won't average below 50,000.

Apr 27, 2016 6:20 PM by Ejc

I'll damned if Erino & Chiwa have a roles in Sunshine..

Apr 27, 2016 4:20 PM by ernietheracefan

It will be hard to watch LLS without my waifu Nozomi being a part of it, but that's alright. Looks gorgeous and composition by Hibike! composer, sounds amazing.

Apr 27, 2016 11:38 AM by Ahoy_NATO

IM STILL

S
A
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but I'll probably end up watching it, still....

Apr 27, 2016 9:46 AM by 5shin

Tainted said:
Hopefully this one will be great :)

And there goes my 666th post.


666th post aka the evil post oh my... Wasted to post about Love Live lol

But i agree, hopefully this one will be great :)

Apr 27, 2016 8:50 AM by Ouroboros

SeibaaHomu said:


marx-chan said:
There's quite a few sport series coming out this year, and if the fujoshi latch onto one of them like they did with Free!/Haikyuu!!/Kuroko there is a chance something might challenge Sunshine! Just depends what the fujoshi go and group up to. If that happens it is.
It's possible, but if Sunshine sells as well as Love Live Season 2 did then even Free numbers won't get it that far.

Then again it might not. Plus those shows have Blu-ray and DVD sales to take into account (And from what I've gathered fujoshi anime tend to sell better on DVD) whereas Love Live is Blu-ray only. So all in all I'd say they've certainly got a shot if the fujoshi end up liking them


I highly doubt that Sunshine! will sell as much as the 2nd season of Love Live. While possible, I'm remaining doubtful. I'd put it more in the range of selling about on par with the first season of Love Live!

Shows fujoshi group to typically have a higher percentage of DVD sales than shows popular with male otaku, but BD is becoming increasingly more popular with fujoshi and female otaku in general. Either way, just a wait and see type of scenario. We'll see what the fujoshi/female otaku will go after eventually.

Apr 27, 2016 8:41 AM by marx-chan

I'm not looking forward to it, but I'll probably watch it.

Apr 27, 2016 8:26 AM by talentlessash

I'm pretty excited for LLS oh I just hope it doesn't turn into another Cinderella Girls. And nice Tatsuya Katou is doing the music, I quite like his stuff.

Apr 27, 2016 8:02 AM by nozori

Revvie-chan said:
Maki didn't have that many lines in season 1.
She had a fair few actually. And almost all of them were awkwardly delivered.

I hate to make direct comparisons between English and Japanese but in terms of pure acting ability Maki is the one character whose performance I can honestly say was better in the dub. Caitlin Glass has well over a decade of acting experience over Pile and it really shows. Way more confidence.

Hoppy said:
New Game might outsell Love Live Sunshine, if LLS proves to be an utter disappointment like on the level of the Cinderella Girls anime. New Game most likely is going to sell at Gochiusa levels though.
Cinderella Girls still did pretty well though. So did Psycho Pass 2 and that was an even bigger disaster.

Apr 27, 2016 7:33 AM by SeibaaHomu

New Game might outsell Love Live Sunshine, if LLS proves to be an utter disappointment like on the level of the Cinderella Girls anime. New Game most likely is going to sell at Gochiusa levels though.

Apr 27, 2016 7:29 AM by Hoppy

SeibaaHomu said:
Revvie-chan said:
Unlike µ's, in which the voice actresses were chosen based on their voice acting ability first, singing ability second
I very much doubt that Pile was hired for her acting abilities.

Plus the anime didn't come until 3 years after Love Live began so there's that too.

Maki didn't have that many lines in season 1.

Apr 27, 2016 7:06 AM by Revvie-chan

Not very good with jokes huh?
Oh no, it was a very funny joke

Not as funny as the Prison School dub though

Apr 27, 2016 7:05 AM by Comic_Sans

Ejc said:
Exactly. Idolmaster is much more of a majority otaku fanbase than Love Live is.

For something to beat Love Live SunShine this year, it would have to have some sort of mainstream appeal and the anime needs to be rewatchable and enjoyable (as anime boils down to being an entertainment medium) for fans to want to buy the discs. That's what many anime fail at, which is why there are only a limited number of hits (>10k average) in a given year.
Of course. There are some shows that generate buzz when they air but fail to translate that into good Blu-ray sales. Nichijou and Mirai Nikki for example.

Love Live in general is just a lot more appealing to the uninitiated. That's probably why Love Live is so much more successful here in the west than Idolm@ster is (Well, that and shitty marketing). It's also the reason why K-On! got so popular.

Love Live and K-On! have a lot of things that the otaku like, but the reason they're so successful is that they don't alienate everyone else. As someone whose gateway anime was K-On! I can vouch for its accessibility. And its sales, while amazing, were nowhere near Love Live's.

marx-chan said:
There's quite a few sport series coming out this year, and if the fujoshi latch onto one of them like they did with Free!/Haikyuu!!/Kuroko there is a chance something might challenge Sunshine! Just depends what the fujoshi go and group up to. If that happens it is.
It's possible, but if Sunshine sells as well as Love Live Season 2 did then even Free numbers won't get it that far.

Then again it might not. Plus those shows have Blu-ray and DVD sales to take into account (And from what I've gathered fujoshi anime tend to sell better on DVD) whereas Love Live is Blu-ray only. So all in all I'd say they've certainly got a shot if the fujoshi end up liking them

Comic_Sans said:
That's not going to happen
Not very good with jokes huh?

Apr 27, 2016 6:37 AM by SeibaaHomu

Can't believe I'm actually excited for this........but I'm actually excited for this.

I mean, they can't possibly end it in a worse way than they ended the first series, and the songs can't possibly be worse, so I imagine it will be fine.

Apr 27, 2016 6:17 AM by Consolation

They're only alike if you boil them down to their very basic character traits.

Mari's a half breed blonde and she shares Eli's initial unwillingness to become an idol, but Eli is much more uptight and straight laced (Or at least she was at the beginning). Even their reasoning for not wanting to become an idol is different. Eli is a trained ballet dancer who feels she's above them, Mari thinks they're cute but just can't be bothered. Her bio also says that she's into Industrial Metal which I think is just hilarious.

Basically Eli's really straight laced and serious whereas Mari is really playful and goofy. Couldn't be more different when you think about it.
Can't help it, it's hard not to start questioning Sunrise & c:o's creative skills when the plot line sounds like a carbon copy of the original story line and they've recycled half of the character traits from the original series
I can only hope that her Italian American Dad is played by Joe Pesci. Like even if he just appears on screen once for about 10 seconds, says 'I'm walkin here!' then never appears again my life would be complete.
That's not going to happen

Apr 27, 2016 6:17 AM by Comic_Sans

I loved the first two seasons of Love Live!, so naturally I am looking forward to this. Hopefully these girls will be just as endearing as the past ones.

Ejc said:


Exactly. Idolmaster is much more of a majority otaku fanbase than Love Live is.

For something to beat Love Live SunShine this year, it would have to have some sort of mainstream appeal and the anime needs to be rewatchable and enjoyable (as anime boils down to being an entertainment medium) for fans to want to buy the discs. That's what many anime fail at, which is why there are only a limited number of hits (>10k average) in a given year.


There's quite a few sport series coming out this year, and if the fujoshi latch onto one of them like they did with Free!/Haikyuu!!/Kuroko there is a chance something might challenge Sunshine! Just depends what the fujoshi go and group up to. If that happens it is.

Apr 27, 2016 6:05 AM by marx-chan

SeibaaHomu said:
scytheavatar said:
XFD Love Live Sunshine is airing in the same season as New Game......... I bet New Game will end up outselling it considering how crazy the otakus in Japan are over it.
Is it really THAT popular though? Even the most popular 4koma adaptations have never managed 100K. I mean I heard the otaku were pretty crazy over Gochiusa but it only sold like 10K per volume (Which are fantastic numbers but nothing compared to Love Live).

Let's not forget that Love Live's fanbase is more than just the otaku. It has legit mainstream appeal over there. It sold more Blu-rays than The Minions.


Exactly. Idolmaster is much more of a majority otaku fanbase than Love Live is.

For something to beat Love Live SunShine this year, it would have to have some sort of mainstream appeal and the anime needs to be rewatchable and enjoyable (as anime boils down to being an entertainment medium) for fans to want to buy the discs. That's what many anime fail at, which is why there are only a limited number of hits (>10k average) in a given year.

Apr 27, 2016 5:54 AM by Ejc

scytheavatar said:
XFD Love Live Sunshine is airing in the same season as New Game......... I bet New Game will end up outselling it considering how crazy the otakus in Japan are over it.
Is it really THAT popular though? Even the most popular 4koma adaptations have never managed 100K. I mean I heard the otaku were pretty crazy over Gochiusa but it only sold like 10K per volume (Which are fantastic numbers but nothing compared to Love Live).

Let's not forget that Love Live's fanbase is more than just the otaku. It has legit mainstream appeal over there. It sold more Blu-rays than The Minions.

Apr 27, 2016 5:35 AM by SeibaaHomu

Ejc said:
jayvee2016 said:
Director: Kazuo Sakai (Mushi-Uta)
Series Composition: Jukki Hanada (Hibike! Euphonium)
Character Design: Yuuhei Murota (Love Live! School Idol Project)

they change the director.. I am a little bit worried about it. same designer so no problem with the art at all.

If the anime can awaken the sleeping µ's fandom.. becoming the anime of the year , getting gold discs and being invited to kouhaku will be a no brainer for this 2nd generation


If there are no mishaps with the anime... the question we should ask is, "Is there any dark horse that could beat Love Live SunShine for anime of the year?" It would've been nice competition if Osomatsu-san and Love Live SunShine aired in the same year, but it wasn't meant to be. And also, "When will it get a movie?", because it would be something to have Love Live and Love Live SunShine as #1 and #2 for highest grossing late-night Anime Adaptation Movies. That's assuming Love Live stays there at #1 for at least 3~5 years from now.


XFD Love Live Sunshine is airing in the same season as New Game......... I bet New Game will end up outselling it considering how crazy the otakus in Japan are over it. Actually Summer 2016 is freaking stacked, besides these two you also have:

Amachu
Shokugeki no Souma S2
Fate / kaleid liner Prisma S4
Mob psycho 100
Handa-kun
Rewrite
Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru

Apr 27, 2016 5:16 AM by scytheavatar

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