OP: 「未来の僕らは知ってるよ」 (Mirai no Bokura wa Shitteruyo) by AQOURS
「ネクストステップ」 (Nekusuto Steppu)
If there’s one thing that Sunshine knows how to do, it’s how to create conflict and how to make our girls go from 100 to 0 in an instant.
After a brief hiatus, I’m glad to see that Love Live! Sunshine!! has finally come back to our desktop screens. Seeing how it left us with an unfinished story that left the fate of both AQOURS and their school up to our imaginations, it was fantastic to see this first episode dive straight back into the thick of things. I say that because if there was one thing that I would have hated to see, it would have been watching our girls and their struggle get completely negated in favor of giving them a quick and successful ride to the next Love Live.
Luckily Sunshine isn’t that kind of show and the speeding up of our girls’ original problem felt like a pretty natural way to escalate things. Thinking about it from an outsiders perspective, high schools in Japan feel like private entities that need to make money in order to survive. Toss in how high school isn’t required in Japan and that vocational schools probably garner more interest in smaller rural towns and sounds like you have the perfect scenario where closing or combining schools makes the most sense. Which honestly kind of sucks for us (the viewers) since we want to empathize with our girls and their goal to save their school — except it doesn’t make that much logical sense.
However, Sunshine isn’t an analysis of the Japanese school system, but an anime about school idols who manage to create miracles (and smiles) by trying to do their best and hoping that they can express that to their audience. In AQOURS case they also have to struggle and fight against the crappy situation they’ve been put in, but that’s exactly why it’s fun to watch them try and do whatever they can. — they’re the underdogs and they embrace it.
Overall, not too bad of an episode to kick off a second season. While it remains to be seen whether or not the story will be able to keep things up, I want to believe that this second season will be a lot more conducive since we don’t have to worry about spending time on our girls and their specific interpersonal problems. In any case, I hope you guys enjoyed this first episode as much as I did and I’ll catch you guys around to see just what Chika has planned. See you then!
ED: 「勇気はどこに？君の胸に！」 (Yuuki wa Dokoni? Kimi no Mune ni!) by AQOURS