Love Live! School Idol Project
|Name:||Love Live!, Love Live! School Idol Project, ラブライブ!|
|Creator:||Dengeki G's Magazine, Lantis, Sunrise|
|Date(s):||January 2010 – present|
|Medium:||Anime, Manga, Video Game|
|Country of Origin:||Japan|
|External Links:||official site|
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Love Live! School Idol Project is a Japanese multimedia project co-developed by ASCII Media Works' Dengeki G's Magazine, music label Lantis, and animation studio Sunrise. The project revolves around a group of fictional schoolgirls who become idols in order to save their school from shutting down. It launched in the August 2010 issue of Dengeki G's Magazine, and went on to produce music CDs, anime music videos, manga adaptations, anime adaptations, and video games.
In addition to the original anime, the franchise also includes a sequel, Love Live! Sunshine!!. Sunshine focuses on a new idol group, Aqours. The mobile game, Love Live! School Idol Festival (SIF) is a mobile rhythm game with gacha elements. μ's, Aqours, and other characters are all featured. A second mobile game, School Idol Festival ALL STARS, focuses on the Nijigasaki High School Idol Club, though the members of Aqours and μ's are also present. A Nijigasaki anime is in production, thanks to fandom demand for one.
Kousaka Honoka is a girl who belongs to Otonokizaka Academy. When the school is planned to be closed down due to a lack of applicants, Honoka becomes determined to save it. Honoka goes to UTX, where her little sister planned to go for high school, and sees a crowd watching a music video of A-Rise, UTX's school idol group. Learning that school idols are popular, Honoka and her friends follow A-Rise's footsteps to start a school idol group called μ's (pronounced "muse") to attract new students. Once they successfully prevent Otonokizaka Academy from closing, the girls from μ's aim for higher grounds and participate in Love Live, the ultimate school idol competition featuring the best groups in the country.
- Honoka Kousaka
- Eli Ayase
- Kotori Minami
- Umi Sonoda
- Rin Hoshizora
- Maki Nishikino
- Nozomi Toujou
- Hanayo Koizumi
- Nico Yazawa
Fans of the English version of the Love Live! School Idol Festival game discovered that most of the homosexual subtext between the various girls depicted in the game were removed. In some instances, overt references to relationships between girls were changed to imply a relationship between a girl and a boy. An update released on June 30, 2015 made adjustments to the translated text to retain their original meanings.
Reactions to μ's Disbanding
- Ayase Eli/Toujou Nozomi
- Nishikino Maki/Yazawa Nico
- Minami Kotori/Sonoda Umi
- Hoshizora Rin/Koizumi Hanayo
- Hoshizora Rin/Nishikino Maki
- Kousaka Honoka/Sonoda Umi
- Kousaka Honoka/Ayase Eli
- Kousaka Honoka/Minami Kotori
Love Live! has a large doujin community surrounding it and continues to have new doujin's created each year. doujinshi.org lists over 3300 titles, however this number does not truly reflect amount of works created as many more are still unlisted.