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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 staff revealed the first group image 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. On February 2021 it was announced that an animated series will air exclusively on NHK-E in July 2021.
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.