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Nozomi is a third year student and the former vice-president of the school's student council, being succeeded by Umi Sonoda. She is not originally from the Kansai region, and it is shown in Season 2 Episode 8 that she and her family had moved around for most of her childhood. However, she speaks in a relaxed Kansai dialect after having lived there for a few years during her childhood. She is fluent in a few other languages as well, including English. She is best friends with Eli.
In the manga, Nozomi isn't in the student council; instead, she is the only member left in the Supernatural Phenomenon Research Society, a club that she attempted to recruit Eli into. In addition to this, she grew up in Akihabara and adopted her dialect to match her fondness for the supernatural.
Since the first episode, Nozomi has shown her support for Honoka's group and their dream for being school idols, helping them find ways to work around Eli's orders so they can succeed on their dream, though she does help them directly as well. After Eli joins μ's on Season 1 Episode 8, she joins the group as well since she always wanted to do something with who she considers her friends. She is also the person behind the name of μ's; she decided it since it was the pronunciation for "Muses", which are what the nine Greek goddesses and daughters of Zeus are known as, and she knew the nine girls would eventually come together like them.
As the former vice-president of the student council and the eldest member of μ's, Nozomi appears as a pretty wise, mysterious and mature girl with an almost all-knowing vibe to her, due to her tarot reading and fortune-telling skills. She's gentle and kind, as well as rather conspirative, usually being the first person to advise μ's whenever they run into an obstacle or trouble, and will usually remain calm and collected during most situations. This carries on even after joining μ's.
Nozomi has a very mischievous side, often teasing the other girls and causing them to get flustered. At times, she can seem perverted as well, as she sometimes threatens to punish some of the members of μ's by grabbing their breasts from behind, her most common target being Nico. This is most prominently seen in Season 1 Episode 7, in order to keep Honoka, Rin and Nico into studying and not fail their exams.
While mischievous, Nozomi also cares deeply for the other girls, and she highly cherishes the friendships the group has formed between them. An example of this is on Season 1 Episode 10, when she noted Maki wasn't getting along well with the other girls, as she tries to bring Maki closer to them. In Season 2 Episode 8, it is also shown that since Nozomi and her family had moved around for most of her childhood, she was very shy and never really had any friends. She began to break out of her shell after meeting Eli, even though she is still unable to bring herself to approach anybody else until Honoka decides to form μ's. Nozomi states in the same episode she had always wanted to do something with her friends, and considers the nine members' friendships with the other a miracle.
Clubs and Hobbies
Nozomi was Otonokizaka High School's student council vice-president before Umi succeeded the position. During the time Honoka and her friends are forming μ's, she also finds an interest in helping them as much as possible, often finding a way to work around Eli's orders. She enjoys helping out at the local Kanda Shrine, and likes spiritual things such as "power spots" and charms, though she is best known for her fortune-telling skills by using her deck of tarot cards, which she uses as her secret method of quickly fitting in or whenever she is forced to change environments. It is also stated that she likes taking naps.
|Nozomi's Diary (November 2010)|
Since it has come to this--- I knew it.
|Secret Short Cuts Cut 5: Nozomi & Eli (December 2013)|
|Secret Short Cuts Cut 8: Hanayo & Nozomi (March 2014)|
|~μ's Member Q&A~|
|Have you been overseas before? Also, what are the overseas spiritual spots you would like to visit?|
Asked by HONHONさん from Kanagawa Prefecture
Uhm, if it's overseas power spots I would like to visit, I guess the number one would be Australia's Ayers Rock after all? I think it would be amazing to have a carefree lunch on top of the rocky mountain that's often called the Earth's belly button♡ How about it? Do you want to try going together? If so, after getting our spiritual power recharged by the sun above, let's go swimming with the sea turtles at the Great Barrier Reef! If we do that, we'll be sure to live for a long time♪
During this year's first shrine visit, the fortune I drew wasn't good orz
Something like that is simple~! Just listen to lots of μ's songs, and sing along while dancing--- Come on, show some energy--- Is it working? Ahaha♡ Okay, during times when bad luck has accumulated, I think it would be good to cleanse your body properly. Do things like cleaning your room, or dispose of all the things you no longer use that have piled up--- Ah, it'll soon get warmer, so reorganizing your closet would be good too♡ And then, the finishing touch would be a good bath. Slowly take a bath that's slightly hotter than usual, and cleanse your body and heart--- See, face the mirror and take a look at your fresh face! Just laugh and fortune is sure to come your way~♡
What's your favorite portion of yakiniku? Mine is the calf!
Mine are the organs♡ I like the maruchou that's even crispier than the shimachou♪ And then there's the tongue and skirt steak--- Surprisingly, I also like pork ribs♡
If Nozomi-chan were to become a pro athlete, what sports would you like to take up?
A sumo wrestler♡ --- Of course, that's just a joke, but hmm--- I think being a baseball player seems fun. If I'm one, I don't have to always be running like a soccer player, and it would definitely feel great if I swing the bat and manage to hit a home run♪ If it's a more feminine sport, then being a pro bowler would be good too? I will win tons of prize money, and then eat all the sweets I want☆
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|01||Hajimemashite -Toujou Nozomi||2:03|
|02||Anata to Kurisumasu -Nozomi Tojo-||0:57|
|01||"Come True! Our Dreams!"
(叶え!私たちの夢―― "Kanae! Watashitachi no Yume")
|In Episode 1, Nozomi makes her first appearance with Eli when they approach Honoka, Umi, and Kotori. Eli asks Kotori if her mother said anything about closing the school and Kotori says she did not. Eli and Nozomi both excuse themselves to talk to the chairwoman. Eli tells her that the student council believes they should continue club activities under the assumption that the school is not going to close. However, the chairwoman replies that the student council should focus on improving the school life for current students. Eli tries to object, but Nozomi shushes her. The chairwoman tells Eli that she knows she means good, and the two excuse themselves.
Later, the audience sees Nozomi watching Honoka on the rooftop. That is until Honoka hears someone singing and playing the piano. Honoka follows the music and discovers Maki Nishikino singing and playing "Aishiteru Banzai!" on the piano.
Later on, near the end of the episode, while Honoka, Umi, and Kotori are leaving the school, Nozomi overheard what the girls were saying, and tells Eli that she wishes she could tell someone she knows that she understands how Honoka feels. Eli tells her that she always says a little too much, to which Nozomi replies that it's the vice president's job to do so.
|02||"Let's Start Becoming Idols!"
(アイドルを始めよう! "Aidoru wo Hajimeyou!")
|In Episode 2, Honoka, Umi, and Kotori are preparing for their first concert. However, they don't have a song nor an idol group name. They soon, however, get the name μ's and they decide to use it.|
(ファーストライブ "Faasuto Raibu" )
|In Episode 3, μ's have their first live. However, things didn't go as planned when nobody shows up. However, they begin to sing "START:DASH!!" when Hanayo Koizumi comes in, quickly followed by her friend Rin Hoshizora. While performing, Nozomi listens to them outside the exit door.|
(まきりんぱな "MakiRinPana" )
|In Episode 4, Nozomi accompanied Eli to the Principal's office and silently watched as Eli tried to convince Principal Minami to let the student council take independent action. As Principal Minami showed Eli how µ's was getting attention, Nozomi pointed out that the video was a recording of the first live show µ's performed.|
(にこ襲来 "Niko Shuurai" )
|In Episode 5, μ's realizes that they have more than enough members to form an official club. However, Eli tells them that there's already an Idol Research Club. After the sole member of the club, Nico Yazawa, declines their offer of merging clubs, Nozomi explains to μ's that Nico once tried to become a school idol, but failed because she set the bar too high for the group, causing it to fall apart. The girls later go to Nico to ask if she'd be willing to teach them how to be proper idols, to which she accepts.|
|06||"Who'll Be the Center?"
(センターは誰だ? "Sentaa wa Dare da?" )
|In Episode 6, Nozomi suggests to μ's that they should shoot a new music video. While recording interviews with the group, Nozomi asks Honoka why she's the leader when she does nothing for the group. Thus, Nico decides to hold a dance and singing contest. When μ's decide they don't need a leader and shoot their new music video "Korekara no Someday," Nozomi tells Eli that she should help μ's.|
(エリーチカ "Erichika" )
|In Episode 7, after Umi discovers Alisa Ayase is Eli's little sister and that Eli recorded and uploaded μ's first concert, Eli tells her that she believes all idol groups are amateur, including A-RISE. Umi asks Nozomi why she would think that, and Nozomi explains that Eli was once a ballerina and an expert at dancing. Afterwards, Umi is in a temporary state of shock, but decides that she wants to ask Eli to teach μ's how to dance and be their choreographer. However, Nozomi told her that there was something else Umi had to do: help the others study for their exams. When the exams are done and all the members of μ's passed, they started to go to the chairwoman's office, but overhear her tell Eli and Nozomi that the school will stop accepting new students next year and shut down.|
|08||"What I Want To Do Is..."
(やりたいことは "Yaritai Koto wa" )
|In Episode 8, following the events of the previous episode, the principal explains to μ's that it'll only happen if the upcoming open day doesn't go well. Umi asks Eli to be μ's choreographer, and she agrees. Eli puts μ's through intense training, but is surprised that they're willing to go through with it.
Nozomi tells Eli that she should do what she wants to do instead of doing what other people expect her to do, thus leading her to wonder what she really wants to do. This gives her a silent pause and she regrets in giving up her dreams. Knowing the truth, Honoka and her friends approach Eli and ask her to join the group. Even though she was not convinced at first, she sees this as a way for her to rise back again, and Eli finally joins μ's, together with Nozomi, who reveals that she came up with the group's name: μ's, which refers to the nine goddesses of music. Coincidentally, there are nine members in μ's. The now complete group performs "Bokura no LIVE Kimi to no LIFE" at the open day to a pleased crowd, making the open day a success.
(ワンダーゾーン "Wandā Zōn" )
|In Episode 9, Eli assigned Kotori to write lyrics for a new song based on Akiba culture, because she works at a maid café there. Kotori, unfortunately, struggles to create the lyrics, which soon made an impact on her studies because of stress. However, thanks to Honoka and Umi, she is able to create the song "Wonder zone" by recalling the feelings she gets whenever she works in Akihabara.|
|10||"No Upperclassmen Allowed!"
(先輩禁止 "Senpai Kinshi!" )
|In Episode 10, μ's decide to go to Maki's beach house after getting permission from her parents. Eli creates a rule that no one is allowed to use the honorifics "senpai" for the duration of the trip, so they can break down the barrier between upper and underclassmen. The girls spend the whole day at the beach playing, but Nozomi and Eli are quick to notice Maki not participating. At night, when the girls were going to sleep, Honoka says that she couldn't sleep and began eating food. Nozomi then initiates a pillow fight and all of them join in except for Umi, who is already fast asleep. However, two pillows hit Umi while she was sleeping, causing her to get cranky and begin throwing "supersonic pillows" at everyone, hitting Nico, Honoka, and Eli. At the end of the episode, all of μ's go out to the beach and watch the sunrise while holding hands with each other.|
|11||"The Greatest Live Performance"
(最高のライブ "Saikō no Raibu" )
|In Episode 11, μ's has manage to reach rank #19 on the school idol ranking site, making them eligible to apply to the Love Live! tournament. This puts pressure on μ's to keep their position. However, Nico fails to win a lottery spin to use the auditorium, causing μ's to think of where to have a concert. Honoka comes up with the idea that they can use the rooftop to hold their performance, and the group hesitantly agrees. On the day of the concert, it's raining, but the group decides to perform, anyway. After performing "No brand girls", Honoka faints, surprising both the audience and μ's.|
(ともだち "Tomodachi" )
|In Episode 12, following the events of the previous episode, Nico wants to continue the concert, but Nozomi tells her that they can't perform without Honoka. The next day, μ's go to Honoka's house to check on her. They discover that she's still recovering and has a sprained leg. They sadly tell Honoka that they dropped out of the Love Live! tournament, meaning their ranking was removed. Honoka blames herself for the incident, but μ's tell her that it's everyone's fault, instead. Everyone gets depressed from this event, but Honoka the most. At the rooftop, Maki, Hanayo, and Rin all announce that the school has been saved, thus the group decides to have a celebration. At the party, however, Umi and Kotori are noticed to not be in jolly spirits. Umi then reveals to μ's that Kotori is moving to a fashion boarding school for the rest of her high school career. Everyone is surprised by the announcement, but Honoka gets angry at Kotori for not telling her earlier. Kotori explains to her that she wanted to tell them but couldn't, and runs away.
The next day, on the rooftop, μ's reveals that they're planning to do a final live with everybody before Kotori leaves. But Honoka tells them that it was her fault and that none of this would've happened if it wasn't for the accident. The members tell her to stop saying that, but Honoka then says that the school is saved, therefore there's no reason to keep on performing and that it's impossible to go against a group like A-RISE. Honoka tells them that she quits, but before she leaves, Umi slaps her cheek, saying that she didn't think that she's that kind of person and that she's the worst there is.
|13||"μ's Music Start!"
(μ'sミュージックスタート! "Myūzu Myūjikku Sutāto!")
|In Episode 13, Eli decides to put μ's on a hiatus. Nico disagrees with Eli, saying that she wants to continue being a school idol. Maki tells her that they can't continue without Honoka. Later, Nozomi and Eli are working, and Eli tells Nozomi that "μ's isn't μ's unless there are nine members."
After fetching Kotori at the airport near the end of the episode, Honoka runs into the backstage of the school auditorium and slips, hurting her butt. Kotori also comes in and μ's begin performing "START:DASH!!", despite wearing their school uniforms, and this time with the auditorium full of people. Afterwards, Honoka tells the crowd to say "μ's Music Start!" and μ's are in the school idol ratings again.
|01||"Love Live! Once Again"
(もう一度ラブライブ! "Mōichido Rabu Raibu!")
|In Episode 1, Principal Minami announces that Otonokizaka will still accept student applications for next year. After the announcement, the podium is then passed on to the succeeding student council president, Honoka Kosaka, to deliver her speech. Honoka managed to introduce herself but had forgotten the contents of her speech.
At the student council room, Umi scolds Honoka for forgetting her speech that they wrote together then places a large amount of student council work in front of her. Eli arrives at the student council room together with Nozomi to check on the trio.
μ's talked about the news about Love Live! being held once more. They were hesitant at first because of the thought that they have to compete against A-RISE for the preliminaries, but after Umi stated that it was too early to give up, they all agreed to give it a shot, except for Honoka who told them that it's okay for them not to enter Love Live!. All of them were shocked at Honoka's statement and asked her if there was anything wrong with her but she said that she was happy just being able to sing and dance with everyone. Honoka then suggests that they all hang out together after school for a change of pace.
That night, the members of μ's, except for Honoka, talked about Honoka's weird behavior. Nozomi told them that the regular dance practices and sessions may be enough for Honoka.
The next day, Nico challenges Honoka to a race to decide whether the group enters Love Live! or not. During the race, Honoka finally understood the meaning of Yukiho's words, as at that time, Eli, Nozomi, and Nico will graduate and no longer be school idols, making this year's Love Live! the last opportunity for μ's to perform together as a group of nine.
Everyone told Honoka their feelings about entering Love Live! making Honoka state her true desire to enter Love Live! as well. They all sang "Susume→Tomorrow" and Honoka told them that they will aim for victory.
|02||"Aim for Victory"
(優勝をめざして "Yūshō o Mezashite")
|In Episode 2, Hanayo tells everyone that only unreleased songs are allowed to be performed at Love Live!, meaning they can't use any of their existing songs. Eli tells them that they have no choice but to make a new song and decides to go on a camping trip.
They were amazed that Maki's family had a vacation house even at the mountains. When they were about to leave the train station and head for the bus, Rin told them that they might be forgetting something. They forgot about Honoka who was still sleeping on the train.
Everyone was amazed yet again when they saw the house and the things inside. They found out that Maki still believed in Santa when they were talking about the fireplace. Nico was about to laugh and mock her for it but the others prevented her from doing so, claiming that it was a serious crime to say it. After settling down, Maki, Umi, and Kotori proceeded to doing their jobs upstairs while the others proceeded to doing some basic drills outside.
While in the living room, Honoka noticed that Maki wasn't anywhere near the piano and decides to take the tea that Hanayo made to the girls upstairs. Honoka opens the door to where Umi was staying but found no one inside, finding a note on the table stating "Please don't look for me" instead. Panicked, Honoka proceeded to Kotori's room and found no one inside as well, finding a picture on the wall with the words "Help me" instead. Honoka soon noticed that there was cloth tied by the window that leads outside. She looks outside and finds the three sighing.
The others found out that the three were in a slump because of the pressure and decides to split the work to all of them. They decided on forming three groups, with the first group consisting of Kotori, Hanayo and Honoka to work on the costumes, the second group consisting of Umi, Rin and Nozomi to work on the lyrics, and the third group consisting of Maki, Nico, and Eli to work on the music. There was no progress for the first few hours but after hearing some encouraging words from their group mates, the three who're originally assigned for the tasks met on the house and was able to finish everything that night. The others found the three of them sleeping in the living room with their finish products and decided to let them sleep for a while. They immediately started practicing as soon as the three woke up and continued to practice hard even after returning from their trip, aiming to win Love Live!.
|03||"The Door to Our Dreams"
(ユメのトビラ "Yume no Tobira")
|In Episode 3, Honoka, Hanayo, and Eli were browsing the Love Live! site. They saw the different stages prepared for the preliminaries. Hanayo told them that because of the number of groups that will enter the preliminaries, they are allowed to perform anywhere other than the concert halls. After practice, μ's talked about the mechanics of the contest. Four groups will be able to move on to the final round of the preliminaries. They also concluded that there will only be three spots to compete for, knowing that A-RISE will get a place for sure. Honoka suggests that they use their school as their stage so that they can perform comfortably. Nico and Hanayo told Honoka that she was naive and that they only have one shot at it. They needed something original to stand out and catch everyone's attention. But before they can decide the place, they still needed to practice being on air so they asked the broadcasting club for help. Honoka, Umi, and Hanayo were the ones who tried out the mic. The results wasn't what they really wanted but at least it was very μ's-like.
After that, μ's decided to look for a place to hold their live but it turns out that they're out of new stages. They looked elsewhere and ended up in front of the UTX building. The group saw A-RISE's promotion and Honoka says that they won't lose. Just then, A-RISE's Tsubasa Kira appeared in front of the second year trio. Tsubasa hushed Honoka before others could see her then she grabbed Honoka's arm and ran, dragging her inside the building. Hanayo and Nico noticed that Tsubasa was there, running with Honoka and chased after them.
A-RISE revealed to μ's that they've been watching and keeping an eye on the group for quite a while. They thought that μ's was going to be their biggest rivals during the last Love Live!. Tsubasa, Erena, and Anju then revealed each of μ's members' good points. Erena comments on how Nozomi has the tolerance to understand all nine of the members. Eli asked them why they knew so much and Tsubasa answers that it was because it was rare to see a group with a caliber like μ's and that they didn't want to lose to μ's. Honoka also states that they won't lose either and says thank you to them. Tsubasa then offers to perform with μ's on the same stage, which is their school's rooftop, to which Honoka immediately agrees, surprising the rest of μ's members.
The day of the preliminaries came, A-RISE's Tsubasa and μ's Honoka agreed to give it their all and shook hands. Alisa and Yukiho are shown watching with a laptop at the Kosaka residence. Alisa was worried but Yukiho assured her that they will be fine. A-RISE performed their new song, "Shocking Party". Seeing A-RISE perform, most of μ's members were starting to feel that they can't win. Honoka immediately disagreed and cheered everyone up. Some of there schoolmates came and cheered them on as well. μ's found a new hope and was ready to perform. μ's performed their new song, "Yume no Tobira" and received good responses from their audience.
|04||"No. 1 Idol in the Universe"
(宇宙No.1アイドル "Uchuu Nanbā 1 Aidoru")
|In Episode 4, Hanayo checks the site for the results of the preliminaries. When the results came out, µ's was delighted to discover that they have qualified for the next round. Everybody ran out of the room to spread the good news, except for Umi who was left covering her ears.
At the rooftop, Eli announced that only one of the four teams that made it out of the first round will make it to Love Live!. They decide that they have to do their best. Umi then stated that she'd like to start morning practices an hour earlier than usual and they'll have review sessions on Sundays. Eli adds that they need to have focused and well-designed practice sessions. When Honoka was about to say "µ's music start!", she was cut off by Kotori because she feels that they're missing someone. They then realized that Nico was not among them.
They caught up and called out to Nico who was about to go home. Nico said that she's going to have to skip practice because she has other things to do and left. The others decided to follow Nico secretly because she was acting suspicious, but Nico spotted them and was able to escape.
While the others were wondering why Nico was desperate to escape, Hanayo saw a little girl who looks a lot like Nico. They then learned that she was Nico's little sister, Cocoro. While Cocoro was leading them to their home, they learned that Nico told her siblings that she was the center of µ's and the others were her backup dancers. After arriving at the Yazawa residence, they met Cotaro, Nico's little brother who also believed that they were backup dancers. There, they saw the posters of µ's that were edited to make it look like Nico was the center in all of them.
After some time, Nico arrived and they chased after her once again. Nico wasn't able to escape this time because her other little sister, Cocoa, met her in front of the elevator. Nico apologized and explained that she was skipping practice to look after her siblings and that she's been telling them that she was a super idol from the beginning.
On the way home, Nozomi tells the others that Nico was telling her siblings all that even after she failed to become a super idol in her first year because she didn't want their vision of her to be destroyed. After hearing this, the girls arrange for Nico to give a special performance for her siblings, claiming it to be her last performance as a 'solo idol' before joining her fellow idols as equals in μ's.
|05||"A New Me"
(新しいわたし "Atarashī Watashi")
|In Episode 5, µ's prepares for a performance in a fashion event on the weekend, however, the second years are on their school trip in Okinawa and both Eli and Nozomi are busy taking care of student council work, leaving the other four to practice with themselves. Rin thought that the second years must be having a blast with their trip, but in reality, they weren't enjoying much because of the storm.
Honoka received a call from Eli about the event. Eli told her that they needed a temporary leader and that Rin was perfect for the role.
When Eli told Rin that she's going to be the temporary leader, Rin isn't confident in herself and ends up struggling with the responsibilities.
After Eli told the others that the second years wouldn't make it back in time for the performance, it was decided that Rin would take the center for their performance. Rin feels she isn't cute enough for the fancy dress given to the center and passes on the role to Hanayo, though the others can tell she is bothered about it.
On the day of the event, the group arranges for Rin to wear the dress whilst everyone else wears groom outfits, feeling it fits her the most. Rin was still in denial at first but Hanayo and Maki encouraged her with their feelings. Rin finally accepted and wore the dress, receiving some compliments from the audience. The six members then performed the song "Love wing bell" and the event turns out to be a huge success. Rin then decides to be more confident with expressing her femininity and decides to wear a skirt for practice making everyone happy for her.
(ハッピーハロウィーン "Happī Harouīn")
|In Episode 6, Eli told the other members about µ's and A-RISE being invited to the Halloween event. Nico then declared that they should make a stronger impact than A-RISE.
µ's tried changing their outfits in search for the impact they're looking for but it didn't work out. They tried impersonating each other next but it didn't work out as well. Eli then suggested that they try not to present themselves as idols, resulting to µ's sporting a rock look, which didn't work out as well. Principal Minami even called them to her office because of it.
On the day of their performance, Honoka thinks that they don't need to change themselves, as they already have quite varied members themselves, and they perform together with their natural abilities. µ's performs the song "Dancing stars on me!" and aims to win Love Live!.
|07||"We Have to Do Something!"
(なんとかしなきゃ! "Nantoka Shinakya!")
|In Episode 7, after finding out about Honoka and Hanayo's weight, Umi made a diet plan for the two of them. Both were consoling each other when a group of three first years appeared and asked them for autographs. A first year complimented Umi's figure, the other complimented Kotori's, while the last one complimented Honoka's energy instead.
While climbing the stairs to the shrine, Honoka and Hanayo found it harder to reach the top than before. Nico told them that it was because of the extra weight. Later, Umi found out that Honoka and Hanayo were sneaking off during their runs to eat rice. After letting them explain themselves, Hanayo was told that she regained her past weight while Honoka's weight did not change at all.
Honoka and the others soon found out that the Art Club's budget request was approved before the budget meeting. They tried to talk to the girl from the Art Club but it did not work. Eli and Nozomi offered to help but Honoka said that it was their mistake and that they should fix it themselves.
After working hard to fix everything and making a budget plan for all the clubs, Honoka, Kotori, and Umi managed to end the budget meeting well. During the process of fixing everything, Honoka told everyone that she forgot to eat and managed to regain her old weight. Nozomi and Eli are then left assured that the student council is in good hands.
(私の望み "Watashi no Nozomi")
|In Episode 8, Honoka announces during an interview that µ's will definitely win Love Live!. Everyone was amazed and surprised at the sudden declaration of victory.
Nico asked Honoka why she said that all of a sudden. Maki told her that since they're really aiming to win Love Live!, it shouldn't be a problem. Umi agreed and said that A-RISE did say that the last round of the preliminaries would be as competitive as the Love Live! itself. Eli then told everyone to decide on which song they want to perform with. Nico suggested that they go for a new song . Nozomi then suggested that they make it a love song which surprised everyone. Hanayo told them that love songs are necessary for idol groups but µ's has yet to sing one. They asked Umi why there haven't been any love songs for µ's and Nozomi answered that it's because Umi has no romantic experience yet. Maki told them that it's too late to make a new song anyway but Eli disagreed and said that she thinks it's too early to give up. Though everyone wonders how they'd write a love song, Nozomi thought of an idea. They tried practicing giving gifts but the idea didn't help.
On the way home, Maki told them that she still thinks it's better if they don't take the risk. Umi agrees and believes that they should focus on perfecting what they already have instead. Most of the members agreed as well but Eli said that she still thinks that a love song would be powerful and that Nozomi's predictions are usually spot on. Honoka then said that they think about a little more.
Nozomi told Eli that she's being a little too pushy and that everyone seemed confused. Eli told her that it's okay and that she's doing what she wants to do.
While at Honoka's house, everyone tried to come up with ideas once again. Kotori suggested that they watch a romance movie for reference, however Maki says that these halfhearted efforts to write a new song will lower the quality of their performance. After finally deciding on using the songs they already have, they decided on calling it a day and go home.
Maki follows Eli and Nozomi and stops them before they go separate ways. Maki wanted to know what's going on and called Nozomi a troublesome person. Nozomi then takes Eli and Maki to her home, where Maki learns that Nozomi's wish isn't to write a love song, but rather to perform a song that all of μ's wrote together. Nozomi explains that she didn't have any friends at school before meeting Eli, and that the formation of μ's allowed the nine of them to be connected and share the same feelings. Nozomi says that it doesn't matter if they aren't able to create the song, since the nine of them being together is already a miracle.
Maki and Eli decided to call over the others, and deciding to go ahead with writing the song. Hanayo saw a picture frame with a picture of their "START:DASH!!" performance. Nozomi grabbed it immediately, feeling embarrassed. It soon began to snow, and the girls ran outside. Each and every one of them caught a snowflake, and are lyrically inspired.
|09||"Melody of the Heart"
(心のメロディ "Kokoro no Merodi")
|In Episode 9, the day of the final preliminaries arrives. Nozomi stopped by Eli's house to go to the venue together. When Eli opened the door, Nozomi asked her why she hasn't changed clothes yet. Eli realized and asked Nozomi to wait while she get ready. Nozomi then asked her if she was nervous. Eli smiled before answering that she was until Nozomi asked.
Nozomi and Eli went to Nico's house next to fetch her. Nico asked them why they showed up and tried to close the door on them, but Nozomi was able to stop her. Eli said that Nozomi told her that the three of them should go together. Nozomi denied that and said that it was the cards who told her that they might regret it if the three of them won't go together at least once.
At school, the teacher said that they'll be starting the open house an hour later that scheduled because of the weather. Honoka called Eli to tell them the situation. Eli said that she'll explain the situation to the staff and they'll rehearse with six members.
While accommodating the guests, Honoka received a call from Eli. Eli apologized and said that they arrived at the venue. Nozomi said that with a venue that big, they'll need all 9 members of µ's. Eli told Honoka to come immediately after they're done.
Rin and Hanayo looked at the stage, amazed that they would be able sing there. Maki asked Eli if anyone would even watch them since it's still snowing. A-RISE suddenly arrived and told them that the place would be full of people later. Erena noticed that µ's was missing some members. Eli told them that Honoka and the others would be late because of a school event but they'll be there by the time they perform. Tsubasa then asked Eli to tell Honoka and the others that both µ's and them should give it their best, and that they won't lose.
With Honoka, Kotori, and Umi rejoining the others just in time, the girls of μ's take on the feelings of all of their supporters and perform the song that they all wrote together. They performed the song "Snow halation".
|In Episode 10, Nozomi, Nico and Eli, who are helping out at the shrine, were greeted by the rest of the µ's members. After leaving, the third years worried about the time they'll graduate and thought that they should talk about it with the others.
With μ's needing to make an impression to give them an advantage during Love Live!, Hanayo suggests they come up with a group catchphrase for the official website that best represents the group.
The next day, the girls get together at Honoka's store to make mochi for all of their supporters, thinking that it would help them come up with their catchphrase, though they still weren't able to come up with one.
Later, upon encountering people's ema at the shrine giving their support for μ's, Honoka comes to understand the group's driving force came from everyone's support and decides on the catchphrase, "The story we all realize."
|11||"That Which We Decided"
(私たちが決めたこと "Watashi-tachi ga Kimeta Koto")
|In Episode 11, at the club room, with one month left until Love Live!, Umi explains their training schedule. Everyone noticed that it was not strict like usual. Umi answered that she followed A-RISE's advice and left some free days. Umi noticed that Honoka was quiet and asked if she was paying attention. Maki then brought up the topic about Alisa and Yukiho passing and that led to talking about the third years' graduation. Everyone got depressed, but Eli told them that they agreed not to talk about it until after Love Live! and started practice.
While training, Honoka was still thinking about what Yukiho said, making Umi and Kotori notice. Umi asked her what she wants to do and Honoka answered that she wants to continue being a school idol but she's not sure about staying as µ's. Nico told them to continue and that they have to keep the name. Nozomi then stopped the conversation and said that they agreed not to talk about it. Hanayo asked if it was really fine that way, saying that they have to give Yukiho and Alisa an honest answer. Hanayo thinks that µ's has to be the nine of them and that it will be different even with just one person missing. Maki agrees but understands what Nico's saying, so it might be best to just keep going. They then asked Eli for her opinion, but Eli told them that it was Honoka and the others' decision to make.
Honoka called the others on a Sunday to have fun. Since they couldn't decide on one place, they decided to go to all the places that each of them wants to go to. After having fun at many places, Honoka decided that she wants to go watch the sea with just the nine of them there.
After arriving at the beach, they had a little fun and held hands. Honoka decided to say their decision about what would happen to µ's once the third years graduate. She said that it turned out that all six of them had the same decision about it. They decided that after Love Live!, µ's will disband. Eli and Nozomi agreed with their decision but Nico thought that if they disband, what she worked hard for will all be for nothing. Maki then promised her that no matter what happens, they'll continue to be idols but they want µ's to be theirs alone and that they don't want a µ's without Nico and the others. Just then, Honoka shouted, surprising everyone, and saying that they'll miss the train if they don't hurry back.
Everyone ran at full speed but it turns out that there were still many trains left. Honoka said that it was because she was afraid that they would never stop crying if they stayed there and decides to take a picture with everyone.
At the train station, while laughing at the pictures, Hanayo started to cry. Everyone ended up crying a lot as well. Nico ended up crying the most, despite saying she wasn't going to cry.
With just one week left until their last performance, µ's decided to prepare and give it their best together.
(ラストライブ "Rasuto Raibu")
|In Episode 12, Nico was able to draw the last number for the performance order, much to everyone's delight.
At the club room, Nico felt proud of her accomplishment, but nobody seems to appreciate it that much. Eli then said that they should start their practice.
After practice, Hanayo realized that it was their last practice, making everyone realize it and feel down as well. Nico then told them that they shouldn't feel sad and just focus on Love Live!.
µ's went to their local shrine and prayed together. After praying, the girls find it difficult to part ways. Honoka then suggested to have a sleepover at school.
At school, they set up their beds and found out that it fitted perfectly. Umi asked if it was really okay to have a sleepover at school. Kotori said that her mom approved of it. Afterwards, they ate the dinner that Nico and Hanayo prepared. Later on, Honoka and Rin wanted to do something exciting like test of courage. The girls then found out that Eli was afraid of the dark. Honoka noticed that the stars looked beautiful and suggested that they go to the rooftop to see. The girls were mesmerized by how the city looked like and shouted out their feelings.
The next day, the girls arrive at the venue for Love Live! finals. Wearing their new and cute costumes, µ's performed the song "KiRa-KiRa Sensation!". The audience loved it so much that they called for an encore. µ's then performed the song "Bokura wa Ima no Naka de", wearing the costume that their schoolmates prepared for them.
|13||"Come True! Everyone's Dream"
(叶え！みんなの夢―― "Kanae! Minna no Yume")
|In Episode 13, on her way to the student council room once again to look for materials, Honoka spotted Nozomi looking at the flowers. Honoka complimented her hair before Nozomi asked her where Eli is. Honoka then said that she'll let Eli know that she's been looking for her once she sees her.
After exiting the student council room, Honoka found Nozomi beside the door. When Honoka excused herself, Eli and Nozomi thought of how much Honoka had grown.
During the ceremony, after Principal Minami congratulated the graduates, it was now Honoka's turn to deliver her speech. Honoka stated that she wasn't really good at expressing herself with words but she loved singing, therefore, instead of a speech, she dedicated a song for the seniors instead. With Maki playing the piano, everyone joined Honoka and sang "Aishiteru Banzai!".
At the club room, Nico cleaned up her personal stuff, leaving the shelf completely empty. Hanayo said that with all the stuff gone, it feels a little empty and lonely. Nico then said that they should just have the next club president bring some stuff from home. Nico decided to make Hanayo the next club president because they all felt that she's the right person for the job. When Hanayo finally agreed to become the president, she assigned Maki to be the vice-president.
The girls decided to have a last look around the school. Arriving at the rooftop where everything began, Honoka gives a proper sendoff to the name of μ's.
At the school gates, before the girls can get a chance to part ways, Hanayo received some 'big news', prompting everyone to rush back to the club room.
|01||Love Live! School idol project 1|
|02||Love Live! School idol project 2|
|03||Love Live! School idol project 3|
|04||Love Live! School idol project 4|
- Nozomi fulfills the pure attribute of the µ's third years.
- The tarot deck that Nozomi uses isn't actually a real deck, but a hybrid of two.
- In the first season, all the cards she is shown drawing are from the Major Arcana of the Rider-Waite tarot deck, which is odd in itself that her spiritual power only has her drawing from 22 instead of the whole 78-card deck.
- In Season 2 Episode 6, she is shown drawing the Two of Disks: Change, which is a Minor Arcana card from Aleister Crowley's Thoth tarot deck. This deck is relatively less famous than the Rider-Waite tarot deck, and it is likely the writers resorted to it only because they couldn't find another card with an appropriate name for the episode's theme.
- Like Nico Yazawa and Maki Nishikino, Nozomi is known for being paired with Eli Ayase is most media, though whether she is romantically interested to Eli was never canonically confirmed. However, there are some loose implications and close calls, among which:
- The "Garasu no Hanazono" song is dedicated to the pairing.
- In one of the chapters for the School Idol Diary manga, Nozomi traded "School Rings" with Eli during their date, which gives an impression of giving wedding rings to each other.
- This particular illustration features both her and Eli in traditional wedding outfits. In spite of the illustration, the written story on the left exploits Nico's activities instead of confirming both of the girls' speculated marriage.
- The 2020 School Idol Festival Thanksgiving Festival had Eli's message also declaring that she loved Nozomi while supporting the player.
Published Media (SiF, SiD)
- In the Manga adaption, Eli and Nozomi are complete strangers. In addition, Nozomi's personality is more bubbly and energetic.
- One of the artworks for the School Idol Quest story in the February 2017 issue of the Dengeki G's Magazine had Nozomi and Eli wearing traditional wedding attires. Whether they're wearing it for their costume photoshoot or they're actually married is still debatable.
- While Nozomi made a cameo in one of the Famitsu App 4Komas for Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club, Aina Kusuda doesn't reprise her role as the character in the voiced comics.
- In 2019, stolen fanart of Nozomi was altered slightly and printed on merchandise for American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish. Eilish was unaware of the decision made by the merchandise company until Twitter users exposed the company's art theft of Love Live!Nozomi Tojo fanart originally drawn by Makoto Kurokawa. The merchandise has since been discontinued and the company issued an apology. This became known as the Billie Eilish Nozomi Merchandise Scandal.
- Please refer to this character's Image Gallery.