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Love Live! Superstar!! (ラブライブ！スーパースター!!,Rabu Raibu! Sūpāsutā!!) is the fourth project in the Love Live! franchise, set at Yuigaoka Girls' High School. It was previously referred to as Hello!!! Love Live! by fans prior to the staff reveal of the title.
It was first announced during the Love Live! Fest on January 19, 2020. On May 15, 2020, the staff revealed the group's first images and character names. Teaser images and character introductions were later revealed in the Love Live! Days magazine in Volume 7. The project officially began on December 15, 2020 with the release of the voice actress lineup. In February 2021, it was announced that an animated series would air exclusively on NHK-E in July 2021. It aired from July 11, 2021 to October 17, 2021. In March 2022, during Liella!'s 2nd Live, it was announced that a second season would air exclusively on NHK-E in July 2022. It began airing on July 17, 2022. In April 2022, four new characters were added to the project and are featured in season 2 of the anime. Their character designs were also revealed.
This project is the 4th installment in the franchise. It is also the first to focus on five members initially instead of nine. It is the third project in terms of main characters performing primarily as a group.
The anime is the first in the franchise to premiere on NHK Educational TV (NHK E) as opposed to being a rebroadcast. Whereas previous installments of Love Live! began airing mainly in late-night slots and on local independent stations (Tokyo MX, KBS, etc.), NHK E is a national terrestrial network viewed by a wider mainstream and family-friendly audience. Also notable is that no commercials or sponsors are given airtime on NHK stations.
NHK is also headquartered in Shibuya. It is located next to Yoyogi Park, one of the landmarks mentioned in the Superstar series.
Prominent illustrators for the various promotional art in Love Live! Superstar!! include Atsushi Saito (character designer), Mariko Itou (animator), Keiichi Sano (animator), 2C=Galore, and Kiyose Akame.
Superstar!! is the first anime series in the Love Live! franchise to have 12 episodes instead of the standard 13 episodes.
Superstar!! is the second anime series in the Love Live! franchise to be released on a Disney Channel-based platform (in that case, Disney+ Japan) since the broadcast of Love Live! School idol project in Japan's Disney Channel.