OP: 「青空Jumping Heart」 (Aozora Jumping Heart) by AUQORS
“I Want To Shine!!”
After two seasons and a final live, Love Live makes its triumphant return to our computer screens.
For those of you who haven’t watched the original series or invested too much damn time into the game, Love Live is your typical girl idol show. With a total of nine members, the original group known as µ’s from Otonokizaka high school rose through the ranks and became one of the most well known school idols throughout the land. Fast forward to where Sunshine starts and it looks like we’re about to start everything over from scratch.
Something that honestly, I was pretty impressed with how was done. Seeing how we’ve seen this formula play out during the show’s original run, I’m glad that the writers didn’t just rehash the same concepts and tropes and threw some spice into this spinoff sequel. And while you could argue that the “main” girl known as Takami Chika may resemble Honoka in more ways than just her upbeat can-do attitude, that’s where most of the obvious similarities stop. From the extremely oppressive student council president Dia (who totally let it slip that she knows way too much about idols) to the adorably dorky You that you just want to squeeze because she’s so cute, it’s nice to know the characters will all be just as unique as the girls who came before hand.
General Impressions & Looking Ahead
Overall, I think Sunshine did a good job with its introductory episode. With glimpses of the main cast floating throughout the episode and a super big nod to veterans of the series in the form of an old µ’s performance, I was loving every moment of it. Throw in how it looks like Chika won’t have the easiest time forming what will eventually be known as Aquors and it looks like we’re in for a fun ride.
That said, we’ll see just how good or bad this sequel ends up being. While I highly doubt anything horrible will happen, you never know with big name shows like these. Hopefully we’ll just get great episode after great episode. In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week. Ciao!
In an effort to provide the most information possible, I’ll throw the names of things like insert songs down here or important facts for your reference.
- No Ending Song this week.
- Insert Song Name: 決めたよHand in Hand performed by 高海千歌（伊波杏樹）、桜内梨子（逢田梨香子）、渡辺曜（斉藤朱夏）
P.S. Sorry for the late post! I was at Anime-Expo over the weekend and just finally found some time to sit down and catch up with the new shows. Man, if only we had more hours in a day to watch anime!