Love Live! The School Idol Movie

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Love Live! The School Idol Movie
File:Love Live! The School Idol Movie poster.jpeg
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Japanese ラブライブ!The School Idol Movie
Directed by Takahiko Kyōgoku
Screenplay by Jukki Hanada
Based on Love Live! 
by Sunrise, Lantis and Dengeki G's Magazine
Starring Emi Nitta
Yoshino Nanjō
Aya Uchida
Suzuko Mimori
Riho Iida
Pile
Aina Kusuda
Yurika Kubo
Sora Tokui
Music by Yoshiaki Fujisawa[1]
Cinematography Daichi Nogami
Daiki Sugiyama[2]
Edited by Daisuke Imai[2]
Production
company
Distributed by Shochiku
Release dates
  • June 13, 2015 (2015-06-13)
Running time
99 minutes[3]
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Box office ¥2.9 billion (Japan)

Love Live! The School Idol Movie is a 2015 Japanese animated youth school music film.[4] The film is part of the Love Live! franchise by Sunrise, Lantis and Dengeki G's Magazine.[5] It is directed by Takahiko Kyōgoku, written by Jukki Hanada, produced by Sunrise and distributed by Shochiku.[1][6] The film is a sequel to the second season of the TV series.[1] It was released in Japan on June 13, 2015. The film was the 9th highest-grossing Japanese film of the year in Japan with ¥2.8 billion and was nominated for Animation of the Year at the 39th Japan Academy Prize.

Plot

Love Live! The School Idol Movie story continues the journey of the nine girls in μ's. As they decided to disband μ's after Eli, Nozomi, and Nico graduated from Otonokizaka Academy, their popularity suddenly rises and becomes the main influence for the next Love Live.

Cast

Production

The film was announced in June 2014 at the end of the second season finale of the Love Live! anime television series, as part of the celebration of the fifth anniversary of the franchise.[5]

Music

Three CD singles with insert songs from the film were released.[7] The first, released on July 1, 2015, was "Angelic Angel / Hello, Hoshi o Kazoete", and includes "Angelic Angel" by μ's and "Hello, Hoshi o Kazoete" (Hello,星を数えて) by Rin (Riho Iida), Maki (Pile) and Hanayo (Yurika Kubo). It was number-two on the weekly Oricon Singles Chart, with 82,000 copies sold, having the highest ranking and best first week sales of a Love Live! single.[8][9] It sold an estimated 131,274 copies in 2015, becoming the second best-selling anime CD single of the year in Japan.[10]

The second single, "Sunny Day Song / ?←Heartbeat", was released on July 8 and had "Sunny Day Song" by μ's and "?←Heartbeat" by Eli Ayase (Yoshino Nanjō), Nozomi Tojo (Aina Kusuda) and Nico Yazawa (Sora Tokui).[9][11] It broke the franchise record for first week sales set by the previous single, with 86,000 copies; it was also number-two on the weekly Oricon Singles Chart.[11] It sold an estimated 125,225 copies, becoming the third best-selling anime CD single of the year in Japan.[10]

The third single, "Bokutachi wa Hitotsu no Hikari / Future Style", was released on July 15 and had "Bokutachi wa Hitotsu no Hikari" (僕たちはひとつの光) by μ's and "Future style" by Honoka Kōsaka (Emi Nitta), Kotori Minami (Aya Uchida) and Umi Sonoda (Suzuko Mimori)[9][7] It broke the franchise record for first week sales set by the second single, with 96,000 copies sold; it was also number-two on the weekly Oricon Singles Chart.[7] It sold an estimated 124,254 copies, becoming the fourth best-selling anime CD single of the year in Japan.[10]

Release

In January 2015 the release date for the film was announced as June 13, 2015.[12] It was released on home video in Blu-ray on December 15, 2015.[13] The Limited Special Edition sold 193,769 copies on its first week, becoming the weekly number-one animation Blu-ray in the country.[14] By January 24, 2016, it had sold 220,772 copies.[15]

The film was released theatrically in South Korea on September 3, 2015,[16] in the United States on September 11, 2015[17] and in Indonesia on October 21.[18] As of December 2015, the film had been shown in several other countries, including Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam,[19] and was also scheduled to be released in Canada at the start of 2016.[20]

Reception

Box office

The film was number-one on its opening weekend in Japan, where it grossed ¥400,235,800 and had 251,811 admissions.[21][22] It grossed ¥260 million on its second weekend and was number-one in admissions with 188,000.[22] It was number-one on the third weekend, grossing ¥267,161,780 with 188,004 admissions, reaching a total gross close to ¥1.2 billion.[23] On the fourth weekend the film went down one place, behind Avengers: Age of Ultron, and reached a total gross of over ¥1.4 billion and over 1 million admissions.[24] The film had earned ¥1.65 billion one month after release[25] ¥1.9 billion 38 days after the release[26] and ¥2 billion by the sevent weekend.[27] By August 1 it had grossed over ¥2.2 billion with over 1.5 million admissions[28] and by August 11 it was over ¥2.3 billion.[29] By August 16, it had grossed ¥2.4 billion[18] and by September 12, it had grossed over ¥2.53 billion, becoming the 5th highest-grossing film distributed by Shochiku since 2000.[6] The film was the 8th highest-grossing Japanese film (together with Flying Colors) and the 6th highest-grossing anime film at the Japanese box office in 2015, with ¥2.8 billion.[30] It grossed ¥2.86 billion in total in Japan.[31]

The film became the anime film with most admissions in South Korea, with 86,400 as of October 13, 2015.[16] In the United States the film grossed US$115,840.[17]

Critical reception

Nick Creamer of Anime News Network said the film is "not a series high point, but it's a reasonable conclusion to the first Love Live! saga."[32]

Awards and nominations

The film was second place for Best Picture at the Newtype Anime Awards 2015.[33] It won an Award of Excellence by being nominated for Animation of the Year at the 39th Japan Academy Prize.[34] It won the Theatrical Animation Division prize at the 2016 Tokyo Anime Award Festival.[35]

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