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Love Live! School Idol Project
File:Love Live! promotional image.jpg
Promotional image featuring the cast of main characters. Clockwise from the center: Honoka, Umi, Kotori, Maki, Nozomi, Eli, Rin, Hanayo and Nico.
ラブライブ!
(Rabu Raibu!)
Genre Comedy[1]
Manga
Written by Sakurako Kimino
Illustrated by Arumi Tokita
Published by ASCII Media Works
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Dengeki G's Magazine
Dengeki G's Comic
Original run January 2012 – present
Volumes 3
Anime television series
Directed by Takahiko Kyōgoku
Written by Jukki Hanada
Music by Yoshiaki Fujisawa
Studio Sunrise
Licensed by
Network Tokyo MX, TVA, ytv, BS11
English network
Original run January 6, 2013June 29, 2014
Episodes 26
Game
Love Live! School Idol Festival
Developer KLab
Publisher Bushiroad
Genre Collectible card, rhythm
Platform iOS, Android
Released
    Light novel
    Love Live! School Idol Diary
    Written by Sakurako Kimino
    Illustrated by Akame Kiyose
    Natsu Otono
    Yūhei Murota
    Published by ASCII Media Works
    Original run May 30, 2013 – present
    Volumes 11
    Original video animation
    Directed by Takahiko Kyōgoku
    Studio Sunrise
    Released November 27, 2013
    Runtime 15 minutes
    Manga
    Love Live! School Idol Diary
    Written by Sakurako Kimino
    Illustrated by Masaru Oda
    Published by ASCII Media Works
    Demographic Seinen
    Magazine Dengeki G's Comic
    Original run June 2014 – present
    Volumes 3
    Game
    Love Live! School Idol Paradise
    Developer Dingo Inc.
    Publisher Kadokawa Games
    Genre Rhythm
    Platform PlayStation Vita
    Released
      Anime film
      Love Live! The School Idol Movie
      Directed by Takahiko Kyōgoku
      Written by Jukki Hanada
      Studio Sunrise
      Licensed by
      Released June 13, 2015 (2015-06-13)
      Runtime 99 minutes
      Anime television series
      Love Live! Sunshine!!
      Directed by Kazuo Sakai
      Written by Jukki Hanada
      Music by Tatsuya Kato
      Studio Sunrise
      Network Tokyo MX, SUN, KBS, BS11, TVA, SBS, TVh, TVQ
      Original run July 2, 2016scheduled
      Anime and Manga portal

      Love Live! (Japanese: ラブライブ! Hepburn: Rabu Raibu!?) 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 school girls 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, two manga adaptations, and video games.

      A 13-episode anime television series produced by Sunrise and directed by Takahiko Kyōgoku aired in Japan between January and March 2013, with a second season airing between April and June 2014. Both anime series and film are licensed in North America, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand by NIS America, MVM Entertainment and Madman Entertainment, respectively. An animated film titled Love Live! The School Idol Movie and distributed by Shochiku was released in June 2015. A separate project, Love Live! Sunshine, focuses on a new group of school idols, and an anime television series based on the project will premiere in July 2016.

      Plot

      Honoka Kōsaka is a girl who loves her school, Otonokizaka Academy. When the school is planned to be closed down due to a lack of applicants, Honoka becomes determined to save it. Learning that school idols are popular, Honoka and her friends start up a school idol group called "μ's" (pronounced muse) in order 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. Despite winning the competition, the girls from μ's disband soon after for their own personal reasons.

      Love Live Sunshine!! is set in another school, the ocean-side Uranohoshi Girls' Academy, which is passing by the same peril as Otonokizaka Academy used to, until Chika Takami, a huge fan of μ's, decides to follow their example and gathers friends to form another group called "Aqours" (pronounced aqua) for the sake of their school as well.

      Characters

      Where appropriate, plot descriptions mentioned below refer to the television anime series. Other parts of the franchise, such as the manga and novel series, feature some variations in the storyline.

      Love Live!

      μ's

      Honoka Kōsaka (高坂 穂乃果 Kōsaka Honoka?)
      Voiced by: Emi Nitta[2] (Japanese), Marieve Herington[3] (English)
      Honoka is the main character of the series, and is a second-year student at Otonokizaka Academy. Her family works in a wagashi shop named Homura. She loves singing and has a cheerful and bubbly personality and she never gives up on anything, to the point of usually overexerting herself. She is shown to be lazy and reluctant to do work, but is highly driven when it comes to her school idol activities. Her hobbies include swimming and collecting stickers. She is the leader of μ's, and is seen taking center position in some of the group's songs. She later succeeds Eli as student council president.
      Eli Ayase (絢瀬 絵里 Ayase Eri?)
      Voiced by: Yoshino Nanjō[4] (Japanese), Erica Lindbeck[3] (English)
      Eli is Otonokizaka Academy's third-year student council president who is determined to save the school. Although she opposes Honoka's plan at first, she ends up becoming the second to last girl to join μ's. She is part Russian because of her grandmother, and tends to say the Russian word "хорошо" (IPA: [xərɐˈʂo]; pronounced horosho, "good"). She is extremely talented, excelling at academics and athleticism, and is able perform her duties as the student council president flawlessly. Eli's specialty is quilting, and her experience with ballet qualifies her as the group's choreographer.
      Kotori Minami (南 ことり Minami Kotori?)
      Voiced by: Aya Uchida[5] (Japanese), Cristina Vee[3] (English)
      Kotori is Honoka's classmate and childhood friend, who is the daughter of Otonokizaka Academy's chairwoman (Voiced by: Noriko Hidaka (Japanese), Karen Strassman (English)), whom she closely resembles. She is known for having her head in the clouds despite holding responsibility as the group's wardrobe supervisor and choreographer. She is very considerate of the feelings of the people around her, but also indecisive and prone to going with the flow. She later becomes part of the student council and assist Honoka and Umi in doing their student council duties.
      Umi Sonoda (園田 海未 Sonoda Umi?)
      Voiced by: Suzuko Mimori[6] (Japanese), Kira Buckland[3] (English)
      Umi is Honoka's classmate and childhood friend who is a member of the school's kyūdō club, in which she is quite accurate. She believes Honoka is bossy and pushy, but realizes the perks of having an adventurous friend, usually acting as the voice of reason for her. She is the main lyricist of the group. As the daughter of a traditional family, Umi has expertise in kendō, koto, nagauta, calligraphy, and traditional dancing. Umi is said to be very scary by Kotori when her sleep is disturbed by others during the training camp/vacation trip with the members of μ's. She later succeeds Nozomi as the student council vice president.
      Rin Hoshizora (星空 凛 Hoshizora Rin?)
      Voiced by: Riho Iida[7] (Japanese), Faye Mata[3] (English)
      Rin is an athletic first-year student skilled in hurdling, association football and basketball. Like Honoka, Rin has a cheerful personality but loses motivation easily and is a tomboy. She is best friends with Hanayo, who she tends to look after, and has a habit of ending her sentences with "-nya" (the Japanese equivalent of Meow). She has a complex about looking "cute" due to an incident in her childhood in which several boys made fun of her for attempting to dress more feminine. She is eventually able to get over it with the help of her friends and expresses her femininity more.
      Maki Nishikino (西木野 真姫 Nishikino Maki?)
      Voiced by: Pile[8] (Japanese), Caitlin Glass[3] (English)
      Maki is a first-year honor student who comes from a wealthy family of doctors. She is a talented singer and pianist, but is expected to become a doctor and inherit her parent's hospital, which causes her to refuse joining μ's at first. She is initially haughty and standoffish, but eventually warms up to the group over the course of the series. Maki is the main composer and vocal coach of the group. She later becomes the vice president of the Idol Research Club.
      Nozomi Tojo (東條 希 Tōjō Nozomi?)
      Voiced by: Aina Kusuda[9] (Japanese), Laura Post[3] (English)
      Nozomi is the third-year student council vice-president, and the oldest of the group. She acts as the voice of reason to Eli, who was the first friend she made after spending her whole school life transferring from one place to another due to her parents' work, choosing to live by herself in order to stay in Otonokizaka. She also acts as the spiritual leader of the group, and has an almost all-knowing vibe to her, acting when she knew things got too far and even naming the group based on events that were yet to happen. Although she is not from that region, Nozomi speaks in Kansai dialect. Her hobby is fortune-telling, and she uses it to quickly fit in at a new school whenever she is forced to move. Despite having a serene personality, she has a rather mischievous side to her, and is prone to groping the other girls when she finds them distracted or depressed in a form of "cheering them up".
      Hanayo Koizumi (小泉 花陽 Koizumi Hanayo?)
      Voiced by: Yurika Kubo[10] (Japanese), Xanthe Huynh[3] (English)
      Hanayo is a first-year student interested in drawing and origami. She is referred to as Kayo, an alternate reading of the kanji in her name. Her closest friend is Rin, who is her childhood friend. She has an extreme fondness for rice and eating in general, and is a shy person at heart. Prior to joining μ's, she had poor self-esteem and was prone giving up easily. She has dreamed about being an idol since she was little and her catchphrase is, "Somebody, please help me!" or a variation depending on the media. She later becomes the president of the Idol Research Club.
      Nico Yazawa (矢澤 にこ Yazawa Niko?)
      Voiced by: Sora Tokui[11] (Japanese), Erica Mendez[3] (English)
      Nico is a third-year student interested in fashion, and thus acts as the group's wardrobe supervisor alongside Kotori. She has the strongest desire to become an idol out of everyone in μ's, and has tirelessly worked hard in order to achieve her goal. However, much to her chagrin, Nico is childlike in appearance and behavior despite her age, looking much younger than the rest of the group. Nico formed the Idol Research Club, but all of her club members left one after another because of her high standards. When Honoka and her friends ask her to have the club as μ's base of operations, she is reluctant at first, doubting how far they are willing to go to become successful idols, until she approves of their effort and eventually joins the group. She has a tendency of acting like a big shot and constantly craves attention, but is deeply caring of the people around her. Unlike the other members of the group, she has an idol persona, and tends to invoke her catchphrase, "Nico Nico Ni" with an accompanying pose. After she graduates, she passes on the role of club president to Hanayo. Nico's three younger siblings are Cocoa Yazawa (矢澤 ココア Yazawa Kokoa?) (Voiced by: Sora Tokui (Japanese), Janice Kawaye (English)), Cocoro Yazawa (矢澤 ココロ Yazawa Kokoro?) (Voiced by: Sora Tokui (Japanese), Stephanie Sheh (English)) and Cotaro Yazawa (矢澤 虎太郎 Yazawa Kotarō?) (Voiced by: Sora Tokui (Japanese), Julie Ann Taylor (English)). She is a very good cook.

      Others

      • Yukiho Kōsaka (高坂 雪穂 Kōsaka Yukiho?) is Honoka's younger sister who often does embarrassing things in private. Voiced by: Nao Tōyama (Japanese), Christine Marie Cabanos[12] (English)
      • Alisa Ayase (絢瀬 亜里沙 Ayase Arisa?) is Eli's younger sister who is a big fan of μ's. Having mostly lived abroad due to her being part-Russian, she is unfamiliar with many Japanese customs. Like her sister, she tends to say the Russian word "хорошо" which means good. Voiced by: Ayane Sakura (Japanese), Brianna Knickerbocker (English)
      • Tsubasa Kira (綺羅 ツバサ Kira Tsubasa?) is the leader of rival group A-Rise and is a student at UTX High School. Voiced by: Megu Sakuragawa (Japanese), Cassandra Morris[13] (English)
      • Erena Toudou (統堂 英玲奈 Tōdō Erena?) is a member of A-Rise with a more adult look than the others and is a student at UTX High School. Voiced by: Maho Matsunaga (Japanese), Erika Harlacher[14] (English)
      • Anju Yuuki (優木 あんじゅ Yūki Anju?) is a member of A-Rise with a princess-like demeanor and is a student at UTX High School. Voiced by: Ayuru Ōhashi (Japanese), Corina Boettger[15] (English)

      Sunshine!!

      Aqours

      Chika Takami (高海 千歌 Takami Chika?)
      Voiced by: Anju Inami[16]
      Chika is the main protagonist of Love Live! Sunshine!! and a second-year at Uranohoshi Girls' Academy. She is a big fan of μ's, and was inspired by them to become a school idol in order to save her own high school from closing down. She is the youngest daughter among three daughters, and her family runs a traditional inn known for its open-air hot springs with an ocean view. Chika loves to sometimes insert terrible puns between her words, even explaining them.
      Riko Sakurauchi (桜内 梨子 Sakurauchi Riko?)
      Voiced by: Rikako Aida[16]
      Riko is a modest, down-to-earth second-year from Akihabara who transferred from Otonokizaka Academy. She believes herself to have no special talent and thus has no interest in becoming a school idol, but is dragged into it by Chika.
      Kanan Matsuura (松浦 果南 Matsuura Kanan?)
      Voiced by: Nanaka Suwa[16]
      A third-year student and Chika's childhood friend. Kanan lives alone with her grandfather on a nearby island where they run a diving gear shop.
      Dia Kurosawa (黒澤 ダイヤ Kurosawa Daiya?)
      Voiced by: Arisa Komiya[16]
      The prideful, third-year student council president of Uranohoshi Girls' Academy. She and her younger sister Ruby are part of a well-known and respected family. Dia reluctantly becomes a school idol after losing a match to Chika, but due to her character, will accept nothing less than victory at Love Live.
      Yō Watanabe (渡辺 曜 Watanabe Yō?)
      Voiced by: Shuka Saito[16]
      An energetic second-year student with a positive outlook. You aims to one day become a ship captain, just like her father. She often says "Yōsoro!" at the end of her words.
      Yoshiko Tsushima (津島 善子 Tsushima Yoshiko?)
      Voiced by: Aika Kobayashi[16]
      Yoshiko is a first-year student with "chūnibyō" (中二病?, "delusions of grandeur"). She refers to herself as "Jeanne" (ヨハネ Yohane?) (although nobody actually calls her that), and describes herself as a fallen angel who has angered God, as she is always been extremely unlucky.
      Hanamaru Kunikida (国木田 花丸 Kunikida Hanamaru?)
      Voiced by: Kanako Takatsuki[16]
      Hanamaru is an easily-distracted first-year student whose family runs a local temple. She refers to herself as "Maru" short for her given name, "ora", and ends all of her sentences with "-zura" because of her Shizuoka dialect. She is also a member of a local choir due to her talent at singing.
      Mari Ohara (小原 鞠莉 Ohara Mari?)
      Voiced by: Aina Suzuki[16]
      A third-year student at Uranohoshi. Her Italian-American father runs a hotel chain.[17] Mari is a bright person who prefers to take action by herself, and does not feel herself to be suited to become a school idol. Mari composes the music for Aqours, and her favorite music genre is industrial metal. Due to her background, Mari speaks in an English accent and often mixes English and Japanese in her speech.
      Ruby Kurosawa (黒澤 ルビィ Kurosawa Rubii?)
      Voiced by: Ai Furihata[16]
      Dia's timid and crybaby little sister, Ruby has long since dreamed of becoming an idol. She has androphobia (fear of men), as she has never talked to anyone male outside of her own father. She sometimes refers to herself as "ora" like her best friend, Hanamaru.

      Production

      Since the first issue of ASCII Media Works' Dengeki G's Magazine was published, the editors of the magazine have hosted reader participation games whose development is directly influenced by the people who read the magazine. The project was first announced in the July 2010 issue of Dengeki G's Magazine, which revealed that the magazine would be collaborating with the anime studio Sunrise and the music label Lantis to co-produce the project.[18] The project officially began with the August 2010 issue of Dengeki G's Magazine, which introduced the story, characters, and a more detailed explanation of the project. The original plan for the story was written by Sakurako Kimino, who also writes the short stories for Love Live! featured in Dengeki G's Magazine. Original character design and illustrations are provided by Yūhei Murota.

      Starting in August 2010, online mobile phone popularity contests have periodically been held to rank the characters, which influences the positions of the idols in the anime music videos produced by Sunrise. For example, the idol who ranks first in a given contest will be in the center position in the front row in the music video that follows. Other polls are used to determine different aspects of the idols, such as hairstyles and costumes.[19] Starting with the November 2010 issue of Dengeki G's Magazine, readers were polled to determine the name of the idols' group. After the editors narrowed it down to the five most popular names, readers were polled for a final time, ultimately choosing the name μ's. A similar polling system was used to determine the names of the six mini units: Printemps, BiBi, Lily White, CYaRon!, Azalea, and Guilty Kiss.

      Media

      Print media

      A manga adaptation titled Love Live!, written by Sakurako Kimino and illustrated by Arumi Tokita, began serialization in the January 2012 issue of Dengeki G's Magazine. The manga ended serialization in the magazine's May 2014 issue and was transferred to Dengeki G's Comic starting with the June 2014 issue.[20] The first tankōbon volume was released on September 27, 2012,[21] and three volumes have been released as of May 27, 2014.[22] The second manga titled Love Live! School Idol Diary, written by Kimino and illustrated by Masaru Oda, began serialization in the June 2014 issue of Dengeki G's Comic.[20] The first volume of School Idol Diary was released on September 26, 2014.[23]

      A light novel series titled Love Live! School Idol Diary is written by Kimino and contains illustrations by Yūhei Murota, Natsu Otono and Akame Kiyose. ASCII Media Works published 11 volumes between May 30, 2013 and August 29, 2014.[24] A fan book titled History of Love Live! was released on September 10, 2014, which features the Love Live! articles published between the July 2010 and February 2013 issues of Dengeki G's Magazine.[25]

      Anime

      A 13-episode anime television series, produced by Sunrise and directed by Takahiko Kyōgoku, aired in Japan on Tokyo MX between January 6 and March 31, 2013 and was simulcast by Crunchyroll.[26] The opening theme is "Bokura wa Ima no Naka de" (僕らは今のなかで?, lit. "We're Living in the Moment") and the ending theme is "Kitto Seishun ga Kikoeru" (きっと青春が聞こえる?, lit. "Surely Our Youth Can Be Heard"); both are performed by μ's (Emi Nitta, Aya Uchida, Suzuko Mimori, Yoshino Nanjō, Pile, Riho Iida, Aina Kusuda, Yurika Kubo and Sora Tokui). An original video animation episode was released on November 27, 2013.[27] A second season aired on Tokyo MX between April 6 and June 29, 2014, also airing on TV Aichi, Yomiuri TV, and BS11,[28] and was simulcast by Crunchyroll. The opening theme is "Sore wa Bokutachi no Kiseki" (それは僕たちの奇跡?, lit. "That Is Our Miracle") and the ending theme is "Donna Toki mo Zutto" (どんなときもずっと?, lit. "Always No Matter What"); both are performed by μ's. An animated film titled Love Live! The School Idol Movie was released in theaters on June 13, 2015.[29] It was released on Blu-ray in Japan on December 15, 2015.

      Both anime series and film are licensed in North America by NIS America, who released the premium edition of the first season on Blu-ray on September 2, 2014[30] and an English dubbed version was released with the standard edition of the first season, along with the premium edition of the second season, on February 14, 2016, as well as the standard edition of the second season on April 12, 2016.[31][32][33][34][35] The series also began airing on Mnet America from February 5, 2016.[3] The film will also be released in North America by NIS America on June 28, 2016 with an English dub.[36] MVM Entertainment released the first series in the United Kingdom on July 27, 2015 on DVD, with plans to release it on Blu-ray Disc in 2016 with an English dub.[37] MVM Entertainment will also release the second series in 2016.[38] Madman Entertainment released the first season in Australia and New Zealand on June 10, 2015 on DVD.[39]

      A separate anime television series titled Love Live! Sunshine!! focusing on the idol group Aqours will begin airing on July 2, 2016.[40][41]

      Video games

      A free game titled Love Live! School Idol Festival was developed by KLab and released by Bushiroad for iOS devices in Japan on April 15, 2013.[42] The game is a collectible card game with elements of rhythm game and visual novel genres. A version for Android was also released. The game was localized into English and released worldwide on May 11, 2014 for both iOS and Android devices,[43] and also received localizations available in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea.[44]

      A series of three rhythm-action video games developed by Dingo Inc.,[45] titled Love Live! School Idol Paradise, were released on August 28, 2014 for the PlayStation Vita.[46] The three games were released as Vol. 1 Printemps, Vol.2 BiBi and Vol.3 Lily White. These games sold 88,169 physical retail copies altogether within the first week of release in Japan.[47]

      Rin Hoshizora is to become the new face of the Puyo Puyo games sometime in 2015 as part of a campaign by Sega to market the popularity of the anime by giving her a place on all of their current franchises.[48]

      Music

      Aside from individual and duet singles, the nine idols of μ's are divided into three mini units with their own singles themselves: Printemps (Honoka, Kotori, and Hanayo), BiBi (Eli, Maki, and Nico), and Lily White (Umi, Rin, and Nozomi).[49] The nine idols of Aqours are grouped into three mini units as well: CYaRon! (Yō, Ruby and Chika), Azalea (Dia, Kanan and Hanamaru), and Guilty Kiss (Yoshiko, Riko and Mari).[50] Five of μ's and two of Aqours' singles include an anime music video.

      μ's

      Singles
      Title Artist(s) Release date Peak Oricon
      chart positions
      Certifications
      (sales thresholds)
      Notes
      "Bokura no Live Kimi to no Life" (僕らのLIVE 君とのLIFE Our Live, Life with You?) μ's August 25, 2010 167[51] μ's' first single
      "Snow Halation" μ's December 22, 2010 74[52] μ's' second single
      "Love Marginal" Printemps May 25, 2011 85[53] Printemps' first single
      "Diamond Princess no Yūutsu" (ダイヤモンドプリンセスの憂鬱 The Diamond Princess's Melancholy ?) BiBi June 22, 2011 79[54] BiBi's first single
      "Shiranai Love*Oshiete Love" (知らないLove*教えてLove I don't know Love*Teach me Love?) Lily White July 27, 2011 81[55] Lily White's first single
      "Natsuiro Egao de 1, 2, Jump!" (夏色えがおで1,2,Jump! Summer-colored Smile 1, 2, Jump!?) μ's August 24, 2011 62[56] μ's' third single
      "Mogyutto 'love' de Sekkinchū!" (もぎゅっと"love"で接近中! A Tight Love is Approaching!?) μ's February 15, 2012 31[57] μ's' fourth single
      "Mermaid Festa Vol. 2 (Passionate)" Honoka Kōsaka (Emi Nitta) and Rin Hoshizora (Riho Iida) April 25, 2012 57[58] Duo single
      "Otome Shiki Ren'ai Juku" (乙女式れんあい塾 Maiden's Love Formula Lesson?) Nico Yazawa (Sora Tokui) and Nozomi Tojo (Aina Kusuda) May 23, 2012 64[59] Duo single
      "Kokuhaku Biyori, desu!" (告白日和、です! A Good Day for a Confession!?) Kotori Minami (Aya Uchida) and Hanayo Koizumi (Yurika Kubo) June 27, 2012 43[60] Duo single
      "Soldier Game" Maki Nishikino (Pile), Umi Sonoda (Suzuko Mimori) and Eli Ayase (Yoshino Nanjō) July 25, 2012 38[61] Trio single
      "Wonderful Rush" μ's September 5, 2012 30[62] μ's' fifth single
      "Bokura wa Ima no Naka de" (僕らは今のなかで We're all Living in this Moment?) μ's January 23, 2013 12[63] Opening theme of the anime (season 1)
      "Kitto Seishun ga Kikoeru" (きっと青春が聞こえる You'll Surely Hear Our Youth ?) μ's February 6, 2013 8[64] Ending theme of the anime (season 1)
      "Susume→Tomorrow" (ススメ→トゥモロウ Advance→Tomorrow?) / "Start:Dash!!" Honoka Kōsaka (Emi Nitta), Kotori Minami (Aya Uchida) and Umi Sonoda (Suzuko Mimori) February 20, 2013 11[65] Insert songs from the anime (season 1)
      "Korekara no Someday" (これからのSomeday Someday in the Future?) / "Wonder Zone" Honoka Kōsaka (Emi Nitta), Kotori Minami (Aya Uchida), Umi Sonoda (Suzuko Mimori), Rin Hoshizora (Riho Iida), Maki Nishikino (Pile), Hanayo Koizumi (Yurika Kubo) and Nico Yazawa (Sora Tokui) / μ's March 6, 2013 7[66]
      "No Brand Girls" / "Start:Dash!!" μ's April 3, 2013 5[67]
      "Binetsu kara Mystery" (微熱からMystery Mystery from Slight Fever?) Lily White June 26, 2013 4[68] Lily White's second single
      "Cutie Panther" BiBi July 24, 2013 8[69] BiBi's second single
      "Pure Girls Project" Printemps August 21, 2013 10[70] Printemps' second single
      "Music S.T.A.R.T!!" μ's November 27, 2013 5[71] μ's' sixth single
      "Takaramonozu" (タカラモノズ Treasures?) / "Paradise Live" μ's January 29, 2014 4[72] JP: Gold[73] Special single to celebrate 1 million downloads of Love Live! School Idol Festival in Japan
      "Sore wa Bokutachi no Kiseki" (それは僕たちの奇跡 That's Our Miracle?) µ's April 23, 2014 3[74] JP: Gold[75] Opening theme of the anime (season 2)
      "Donna Toki mo Zutto" (どんなときもずっと Always No Matter What?) μ's May 8, 2014 2[76] Ending theme of the anime (season 2)
      "Yume no Tobira" (ユメノトビラ The Door of Dreams?) µ's May 28, 2014 3[77] Insert songs from the anime (season 2)
      "Love Wing Bell" / "Dancing Stars on Me!" Rin Hoshizora (Riho Iida), Maki Nishikino (Pile), Hanayo Koizumi (Yurika Kubo), Eli Ayase (Yoshino Nanjō), Nozomi Tojo (Aina Kusuda) and Nico Yazawa (Sora Tokui) / μ's June 11, 2014 3[78]
      "KiRa-KiRa Sensation!" / "Happy Maker!" µ's July 9, 2014 3[79]
      "Shangri-La Shower" μ's October 1, 2014 5[80] Love Live! School Idol Paradise exclusive song
      "Eien Friends" (永遠フレンズ Forever Friends?) Printemps November 12, 2014 6[81] Printemps' third single, in collaboration with Love Live! School Idol Festival as celebration for reaching 3 million downloads in Japan[82][83]
      "Aki no Anata no Sora Tōku" (秋のあなたの空遠く Your Distant Autumn Sky?) Lily White November 26, 2014 3[84] Lily White's third single, in collaboration with Love Live! School Idol Festival as celebration for reaching 3 million downloads in Japan[83][85]
      "Fuyu ga Kureta Yokan" (冬がくれた予感 The Premonition that Winter Gave Me?) BiBi December 24, 2014 2[86] JP: Gold[87] BiBi's third single, in collaboration with Love Live! School Idol Festival as celebration for reaching 3 million downloads in Japan[83][88]
      "CheerDay CheerGirl!" Printemps December 25, 2014 Released as bonus CDs for those who bought the Love Live! season 2 Blu-ray Discs from Gamers, Animate, and Softmap, respectively
      "Onaji Hoshi ga Mitai" (同じ星が見たい I Want To See the Same Stars?) Lily White
      "Silent Tonight" BiBi
      "Mi wa μ'sic no Mi" (ミはμ'sicのミ M is for μ'sic?) μ's April 22, 2015 5[89] Collaboration single with Dengeki G's Magazine
      "Saitei de Saikō no Paradisio" (最低で最高のParadiso The Best and Worst Paradiso?) BiBi May 23, 2015 Lottery prize during Love Live! The School Idol Movie
      "Otohime Heart de Love Kyūden" (乙姫心で恋宮殿 Otome Hāto de Rabu Kyūden?, A Palace of Love in the Young Princess' Heart) Lily White May 23, 2015
      "Museum de Dō Shitai" (MUSEUMでどうしたい What Would You Like to Do At the Museum??) Printemps May 23, 2015
      "Angelic Angel" / "Hello, Hoshi o Kazoete" (Hello,星を数えて Hello, Count the Stars?) μ's / Maki Nishikino (Pile), Hanayo Koizumi (Yurika Kubo) and Rin Hoshizora (Riho Iida) July 1, 2015 2[90] Songs from the film
      "Sunny Day Song" / "?←Heartbeat" μ's / Nico Yazawa (Sora Tokui), Eli Ayase (Yoshino Nanjo) and Nozomi Tojo (Aina Kusuda) July 8, 2015 2[91]
      "Bokutachi wa Hitotsu no Hikari" (僕たちはひとつの光 We Are a Single Light?) / "Future Style" μ's / Honoka Kousaka (Emi Nitta), Umi Sonada (Suzuko Mimori) and Kotori Minami (Aya Uchida) July 15, 2015 2[92]
      "Heart to Heart!" μ's October 28, 2015 3[93] Special songs for Love Live! School Idol Festival
      "Wao-Wao Powerful Day!" Printemps November 25, 2015 3[94]
      "Omoide Ijō ni Naritakute" (思い出以上になりたくて I Want It to Be More Than Just a Memory?) Lily White December 23, 2015 3[95]
      "Sakkaku Crossroads" (錯覚CROSSROADS Illusionary Crossroads?) BiBi January 20, 2016 2[96]
      "Moment Ring" μ's March 2, 2016 2[97] μ's' final single
      "—" denotes releases that were ineligible to chart.
      Original song CDs
      BD volume Title Artist Release date
      Season 1
      1 "Yume Naki Yume wa Yume Janai" (夢なき夢は夢じゃない A Dream Without a Dream is Not a Dream?) Honoka Kōsaka (Emi Nitta) March 22, 2013
      2 "Anemone Heart" Kotori Minami (Aya Uchida) and Umi Sonoda (Suzuko Mimori) April 24, 2013
      3 "Nawatobi!" (なわとび! Jumping Rope?) Hanayo Koizumi (Yurika Kubo) May 28, 2013
      4 "Beat in Angel" Rin Hoshizora (Riho Iida) and Maki Nishikino (Pile) June 21, 2013
      5 "Nico Puri♡Joshi Dō" (にこぷり♡女子道 Nico Puri♡Girl's Path?) Nico Yazawa (Sora Tokui) July 26, 2013
      6 "Garasu no Hanazono" (硝子の花園 Garden of Glass?) Eli Ayase (Yoshino Nanjō) and Nozomi Tojo (Aina Kusuda) August 28, 2013
      7 "Loneliest Baby" µ's September 25, 2013
      Season 2
      1 "Shiawase Iki no Smiling!" (シアワセ行きのSMILING! The Smiling Towards Happiness!?) Honoka Kōsaka (Emi Nitta) June 20, 2014
      2 "Zurui yo Magnetic today" (ずるいよMagnetic today That Unfair Magnetic today?) Maki Nishikino (Pile) and Nico Yazawa (Sora Tokui) July 25, 2014
      3 "Kururin Miracle" (くるりんMIRACLE Twirling Miracle?) Rin Hoshizora (Riho Iida) August 27, 2014
      4 "Storm in Lover" Eli Ayase (Yoshino Nanjō) and Umi Sonoda (Suzuko Mimori) September 24, 2014
      5 "Moshimo Kara Kitto" (もしもからきっと From If To I'm Sure?) Nozomi Tojo (Aina Kusuda) October 29, 2014
      6 "Suki desu ga Suki desu ka?" (好きですが好きですか? I Love You, but Do You Love Me??) Kotori Minami (Aya Uchida) and Hanayo Koizumi (Yurika Kubo) November 21, 2014
      7 "Soshite Saigo no Page niwa" (そして最後のページには And On the Last Page is?) µ's December 25, 2014
      Film
      "Korekara" (これから From Here Onwards?) µ's December 15, 2015
      Albums
      Title Artist Release date Peak Oricon
      chart positions
      Certifications
      Umiiro Shōjo ni Miserarete (海色少女に魅せられて The Enchanted Ocean-colored Maiden?) Umi Sonoda (Suzuko Mimori) November 23, 2011 97[98]
      Kotori Lovin' you (ことりLovin' you?) Kotori Minami (Aya Uchida) December 14, 2011 109[99]
      Honnori Honokairo! (ほんのり穂乃果色! Faint Honoka Color?) Honoka Kōsaka (Emi Nitta) January 25, 2012 90[100]
      μ's Best Album Best Live! Collection μ's January 9, 2013 12[101] JP: Gold[102]
      Notes of School Idol Days μ's, A-Rise, Yoshiaki Fujisawa April 10, 2013 10[103]
      Orange Cheers! Honoka Kōsaka (Emi Nitta) April 2, 2014 44[104]
      Ice Blue no Shunkan (アイス・ブルーの瞬間?) Eli Ayase (Yoshino Nanjō) April 2, 2014 28[105]
      Junpaku Romance (純白ロマンス?) Kotori Minami (Aya Uchida) April 2, 2014 37[106]
      Ao no Shinwa (蒼の神話?) Umi Sonoda (Suzuko Mimori) April 2, 2014 41[107]
      Ring a yellow bell Rin Hoshizora (Riho Iida) April 2, 2014 53[108]
      Scarlet Princess Maki Nishikino (Pile) April 2, 2014 31[109]
      Violet Moon (バイオレットムーン?) Nozomi Tojo (Aina Kusuda) April 2, 2014 59[110]
      Wakakusa no Season (若草のSeason?) Hanayo Koizumi (Yurika Kubo) April 2, 2014 52[111]
      Momoiro Egao (ももいろ♡えがお?) Nico Yazawa (Sora Tokui) April 2, 2014 47[112]
      Solo Live! collection Memorial Box II μ's April 2, 2014 8[113]
      Notes of School Idol Days: Glory μ's, A-Rise, Yoshiaki Fujisawa August 27, 2014 7[114]
      Love Live! 1st Season Compilation Album μ's April 28, 2015
      Love Live! 2nd Season Compilation Album μ's April 28, 2015
      μ's Best Album Best Live! Collection II μ's May 27, 2015 1[115] JP: Gold[116]
      Notes of School Idol Days: Curtain Call µ's, Takayama Minami, Yoshiaki Fujisawa August 5, 2015 4[117]
      "—" denotes releases that were ineligible to chart.
      Video albums
      Title Artist Concert date(s) Video release date(s) Format Peak Oricon
      chart positions
      Notes
      μ's First Love Live! μ's February 19, 2012 November 21, 2012 BD/DVD 206 (DVD)[118]
      28 (BD)[119]
      Concerts
      μ's New Year LoveLive! 2013 January 3, 2013 April 24, 2013 (Part 1)

      June 21, 2013 (Part 2) August 28, 2013 (Part 3)

      BD
      μ's 3rd Anniversary Love Live! June 16, 2013 December 25, 2013 BD/DVD 49 (DVD)[120]
      3 (BD)[121]
      μ's→Next LoveLive! 2014: Endless Parade February 8 & 9, 2014 July 23, 2014 (Day 2)

      July 25, 2014 (Day 1, Part 1) September 24, 2014 (Day 1, Part 2) November 21, 2014 (Day 1, Part 3)

      BD (for both days) / DVD (for Day 2 only) 7 (DVD)[122]
      6 (BD)[123]

      (Day 2 Only)

      μ's Go→Go! LoveLive! 2015: Dream Sensation! January 31 & February 1, 2015 September 30, 2015 BD/DVD 10 (DVD Day 1)[124]
      11 (DVD Day 2)[125]
      61 (BD Day 1)[126]
      59 (BD Day 2)[127]
      1 (BD Memorial Box)[128]
      μ's FinalLoveLive! 2016: μ'sic Forever March 31 & April 1, 2016 TBA TBA
      Love Live! μ's Live Collection August 26, 2016 BD [129] Collection of all music videos and animated sequences throughout the series and film
      Radio CDs
      Title Artist Release date Peak Oricon
      chart positions
      Love Live Radio Kagai Katsudō: Nicorinpana Theme Song DJCD (ラブライ部 ラジオ課外活動にこりんぱな テーマソングDJCD?) Nico Yazawa (Sora Tokui), Rin Hoshizora (Riho Iida) and Hanayo Koizumi (Yurika Kubo) October 17, 2012 73[130]

      Aqours

      Singles
      Title Artist(s) Release date Peak Oricon
      chart positions
      Certifications
      (sales thresholds)
      Notes
      "Kimi no Kokoro wa Kagayaiteru Kai?" (君のこころは輝いてるかい? Is Your Heart Shining??) Aqours October 7, 2015 3[131] Aqours' first single
      "Koi ni Naritai Aquarium" (こいになりたいAQUARIUM I Want To Fall In Love Aquarium?) Aqours April 27, 2016 3[132] Aqours' second single
      "Genki Zenkai Day! Day! Day!" (元気全開DAY!DAY!DAY! Full Speed Energetically DAY! DAY! DAY!?) CYaRon! May 11, 2016 6[133] CYaRon!'s first single
      "Torikoriko Please!!" (トリコリコPLEASE!!?) Azalea May 25, 2016 [134] Azalea's first single
      "Strawberry Trapper" Guilty Kiss June 8, 2016 [135] Guilty Kiss' first single
      TBA Aqours July 20, 2016 [136] Opening theme of the Love Live! Sunshine!! anime
      TBA Aqours August 3, 2016 [137] Ending theme of the Love Live! Sunshine!! anime
      "—" denotes releases that were ineligible to chart.

      Reception

      Anime News Network had two editors review the first season in 2013: Carl Kimlinger reviewed the first six episodes of the series, finding fault in some of the characters lacking depth and the use of 3D animation in the dancing scenes, but praised director Takahiko Kyōgoku for his use of visuals and for giving a realistic approach to idol groups.[138] Rebecca Silverman reviewed the latter half of the series, criticizing the 3D animation and the characters not breaking stereotypes but found it enjoyable because of its charm and offering viewers some characters they will like, concluding with, "When you're feeling down, give this a watch, because if nothing else, Love Live! has its heart in the right place and only seems to want us to smile."[139] Silverman reviewed the second season in 2014, commenting on its tendencies to get melodramatic and lack of equal attention to the main cast, but praised it for fixing the problems she found in the first season and providing genuine emotion from its characters, saying that "it is a lot of fun and one of the most enjoyable entries into the idol genre, a position it solidifies with this second season."[140] In 2014, Love Live! won the Anime Work Award in the 19th Animation Kobe Awards, an annual anime event in Kobe, Japan.[141][142]

      Controversy

      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. Klab has since issued a statement on the controversy:

      "We have reviewed the English version of Love Live! School Idol Festival in light of our gamers' thoughtful and heartfelt comments. Overall, we think that our localization effectively conveyed both the content and tone of the original. We also think that perhaps we could have done better with the translations of some of the dialogue. We view our relationship with our gamers are [sic] very much a two-way street: we hope to provide fun and entertaining games and are always open to feedback (including constructive criticism) where we can do better."[143]

      An update released on June 30, 2015 made adjustments to the translated text to retain their original meanings.[144]

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