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Next Step (ネクストステップ Nekusuto Suteppu) is the first episode of the Love Live! Sunshine!! Season 2 anime series. It was aired on October 7, 2017.


Despite not making it to the nationals, the girls become eager to enter the next Love Live! event taking place next Spring. As the girls prepare to hold a concert at a school open house, Mari is perturbed by a phone call from her father, something Kanan and Dia are quick to pick up on.

Mari eventually reveals to the others that, despite her attempts to overturn her father's decision, the school open house will be cancelled as it has been decided Uranohoshi High will officially stop accepting new students and be closed down.

As Chika is initially hit hard by this news, she remains determined not to give up and make a miracle happen, a sentiment that is quickly met by the rest of Aqours.



  • Ending Credits character appearance: Chika Takami
  • Yoko Sato is seen during Uranohoshi's student meeting.
  • The plush from the Numazu Gamers poster is seen as one of Yoshiko's collections in her room.
  • This episode marks the appearance of Yoshiko's mother.
  • It is revealed that when Yoshiko was younger, her mother let Yoshiko to use her feeding bottle until kindergarten.
  • Yoshiko also revealed that as "Yohane", her mother is a temporary housemate, despite the fact that her mother is not aware of her daughter's fallen angel persona.
  • Riko's '普通怪獣りこっぴー' (normal monster Riko-pi) is a reference to Chika's '普通怪獣ちかっちー' (normal monster Chika-chi) when the duo first met in the first episode of Season 1.
  • Although not physically seen, Mari Ohara's father was mentioned by his daughter, until his physical appearance is briefly seen in Finding a Way to Shine.
  • Due to sharing similar release dates, this episode also inadvertently celebrated the 1st release anniversary of Kimi no Kokoro wa Kagayaiteru kai?.

Continuity Notes

  • Chika wore her MIRAI TICKET outfit in the prologue's dream.
  • Riko saved Chika on the docks from jumping (and in a flash), as a return for stopping her from diving from I Want to Shine!!.

Errors & Goofs

Strikethrough lines are errors already amended in the BD/DVD releases of the Anime.

  • In 11:50, Yoshiko's clip on her tie is incorrectly installed to the right.

Changes in the BD/DVD releases

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  • In 15:02: 
    • The generic woman that stood next to the seats has been removed.
    • The hand rail's animation layer on the very front right has been repositioned to the front of the red seat's layer, which also reveals that the hand rail is integrated with the blue seat.
    • The left section of the long seat (where Riko sat on) is correctly adjusted.
  • In 15:07 - 15:09, The woman facing on the rear window has been removed.
  • In 15:10, Kanan's animation layer is moved back to the third last seat.