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Love Live! Sunshine!! (ラブライブ! サンシャイン!! Rabu Raibu! Sanshain!!) is an anime television series, produced by anime company Sunrise in association with the music label company Lantis, and is directed by Sakai Kazuo. It began airing in Japan on July 2, 2016 and is being simulcast by Funimation, Crunchyroll, and Madman Entertainment. An English dub by Funimation began streaming from July 30, 2016. The first season began airing in Japan on July 2, and concluded on September 24, 2016. The second season began airing on October 7, and was concluded on December 30, 2017.
A movie was announced just after final episode was aired, and came out in Japanese cinemas on January 4, 2019.
- Original Story: Hajime Yatate
- Original Plan: Sakurako Kimino
- Director: Kazuo Sakai
- Series Organization: Jukki Hanada
- Character Design: Yuuhei Murota
- Design Works: Maki Kawake
- Set Design: Takeshi Takahashi
- Art Director: Junichi Higashi
- Color Planning: Sayoko Yokoyama
- CG Director: Gou Kurosaki
- Director of Photography: Daiki Sugiyama
- Editor: Daisuke Imai
- Sound Director: Yukio Nagasaki
- Music: Tatsuya Kato
- Music Production: Lantis
- Animation Production: SUNRISE Inc.
- Presented by:
- 2016 PROJECT Lovelive! Sunshine!!
- SUNRISE Inc.
- BANDAI VISUAL CO., LTD.
- Lantis Co.,Ltd.
- Bushiroad Inc.
- KADOKAWA CORPORATION ASCII MEDIA WORKS
- Kristen McGuire (ep 1)
- Tia Ballard
- Assistant Voice Director: Alexis Tipton
- Voice Direction: Caitlin Glass
- Licensed by:
- Anju Inami as Chika Takami
- Rikako Aida as Riko Sakurauchi
- Nanaka Suwa as Kanan Matsuura
- Arisa Komiya as Dia Kurosawa
- Shuka Saito as You Watanabe
- Aika Kobayashi as Yoshiko Tsushima
- Kanako Takatsuki as Hanamaru Kunikida
- Aina Suzuki as Mari Ohara
- Ai Furihata as Ruby Kurosawa
- Jad Saxton as Chika Takami
- Jeanie Tirado as Riko Sakurauchi
- Michelle Rojas as Kanan Matsuura
- Morgan Garrett as Dia Kurosawa
- Apphia Yu as You Watanabe
- Morgan Berry as Yoshiko Tsushima
- Megan Shipman as Hanamaru Kunikida
- Jamie Marchi as Mari Ohara
- Sarah Wiedenheft as Ruby Kurosawa
- Kana Asumi as Shima Takami
- Kanae Ito as Mito Takami
- Anna Mugiho as Shiitake
- Risae Matsuda as Yoshimi
- Hisako Kanemoto as Itsuki
- Yu Serizawa as Mutsu
- Nana Mizuki as Riko's Mother
- Asami Tano as Sarah Kazuno
- Hinata Sato as Leah Kazuno
- Natsumi Takamori as Akiba Reporter
- Inori Minase as Unnamed Otonokizaka Student
- Rie Kugimiya as Chika's Mother
- Hekiru Shiina as Yoshiko's Mother
- Colleen Clinkenbeard as Shima Takami
- Monica Rial as Mito Takami
- Tyler Walker as Shiitake
- Unknown as Yoshimi
- Madeleine Morris as Itsuki
- Unknown as Mutsu
- Unknown as Riko's Mother
- Trina Nishimura as Sarah Kazuno
- Amber Lee Connors as Leah Kazuno
- Jessica Cavanagh as Chika's Mother
|01||"I Want to Shine!!"
|July 2, 2016|
|Having been inspired by the school idol group μ's, Chika Takami, a second-year student at Uranohoshi Girls' High School, tries to start her own School Idol Club. As Chika and her friend You Wanatabe try to recruit members, she faces resistance from the student council president, Dia Kurosawa, who states she will not approve such a club. Later that day, Chika comes across a girl from Tokyo, explaining to her how she became inspired by μ's, who showed her how normal people could shine. Inspired by her story, the girl introduces herself as Riko Sakurauchi, a transfer student from Otonokizaka High School, the same school μ's attended. After You decides to become the first new member of the School Idol Club, Riko transfers into Chika's class. In high hopes of gaining another member for her club, Chika asks Riko to join, only to have her invitation declined.|
|02||"Catch the Transfer Student!"
(転校生をつかまえろ! "Tenkousei o Tsukamaero!")
|July 9, 2016|
|Chika keeps trying to get Riko to join the School Idol Club, only to get rejected every time, while Dia shows a surprising amount of knowledge about μ's. Hearing about Riko's struggles with piano playing, Chika and You take her scuba diving, where she learns to hear the sounds of the ocean. The next day, Riko decides to help Chika compose their music, encouraging her to write lyrics based on her love of idols. After listening to one of μ's' songs, Riko decides to take up Chika's offer and join her club.|
(ファーストステップ "Faasuto Suteppu")
|July 16, 2016|
|Mari Ohara, a third year student and the newly assigned chairwoman of Uranohoshi Girls' High School, states that if the girls can fill up the school gym with audience members, she will approve their School Idol Club. However, if they fail to get a full house, they must disband. Realizing that there aren't enough students in their school to fill the gym, the girls are forced to search outside the school to advertise their concert. While trying to come up with a name for their group, the girls stumble upon the name "Aqours" anonymously written on the beach and decided to use it. On the day of the concert, only a handful of students show up, but the girls perform their hearts out nonetheless. Just as a power outage occurs and all hope seems lost, a whole crowd of people, who heard about the concert through Chika's sister and friends, arrive at the gym, while Dia secretly hooks up a backup generator, allowing the concert to continue.|
|04||"Two Girls' Feelings"
(ふたりのキモチ "Futari no Kimochi")
|July 23, 2016|
|With the School Idol Club approved, Chika and the others begin cleaning up their new club room. Meanwhile, Ruby Kurosawa mentions to her friend Hanamaru Kunikida that Dia used to like school idols but suddenly came to hate them, leading her to feel like she shouldn't like them either. After looking up school idols herself, Hanamaru encourages Ruby to join the School Idol Club on a trial basis while keeping it a secret from Dia. Later on, they find themselves struggling to find a place they can practice in due to the lack of space in their new club room. The girls then decide to use the school's rooftop for rehearsals. As the girls practice running up some stairs, Hanamaru struggles to catch up with everyone but encourages Ruby to focus on what she wants instead of always worrying about others. Afterwards, Hanamaru convinces Dia to listen to Ruby as she states her true wishes. As Ruby joins the club the next day, she notices Hanamaru's wish to also become a school idol and convinces her to join as well.|
(ヨハネ堕天 "Yohane Daten")
|July 30, 2016|
|As Aqours try to figure out how to improve their idol ranking, Yoshiko Tsushima, who had been absent from school since the first day, struggled to put her chuunibyou habits of pretending she is a "fallen angel" behind her. After watching one of Yoshiko's videos as her persona, "Yohane", Chika decided to invite Yoshiko to join Aqours and have everyone act like Yohane's little demons to increase their appeal. Although this identity gave them a boost in rankings, Dia promptly reminded them that it is only a temporary gain, which led Yoshiko to blame herself. Believing Yoshiko truly loved her persona, Chika invited her to join Aqours once again, encouraging her to love herself for who she is.|
|06||"Let's Make a PV"
(PVを作ろう "PV o Tsukurou")
|August 6, 2016|
|Mari informs Dia about plans to close Uranohoshi and merge with another high school due to lack of applicants. When Ruby tells the other about it, Chika decides to follow μ's' example and try to save their school. She decides to make a promotional video to attract applicants, but struggles to find some actual good things to say about their town. As Chika becomes determined to figure out an answer without relying on Mari, she learns that Dia used to love idols, but is stopped from inquiring further by Ruby. Later, as girls from all over town gather to clean up the beach, Riko inspires Chika to get their help in filming their promo video.|
|August 13, 2016|
|With their video placing them in the top 100 school idol groups, Aqours are invited to perform at an event in Tokyo, prompting some concern from Dia. Upon arriving in Tokyo, the girls each check out the specialist shops before coming across the shrine that μ's used to practice near, where they meet another pair of girls attending the event. Later that night, Riko tells Chika about her experiences at Otonokizaka and the expectations she was up against. The next morning, the girls hear about entries opening for the next Love Live before heading over to the event, where the two girls they met before, Sarah and Leah Kazuno, are also competing as the unit Saint Snow.|
|08||"Isn't it Frustrating?"
(くやしくないの? "Kuyashikunai no?")
|August 20, 2016|
|After Aqours's performance in Tokyo, they are shocked at the results. They had come in 30th place out of 30 groups, receiving 0 audience votes to enter into Love Live. Feeling dejected, they return home. Dia is waiting for them and tells a story about how Kanan, Mari, and herself initially formed their own school idol group and made the same trip to Tokyo, but they were overwhelmed by the large crowd and unable to sing on stage. Meanwhile, Mari meets with Kanan with the hopes of having her be a school idol again, but Kanan refuses. This leaves Mari in tears. The next morning, Riko finds Chika at the beach in despair and comforts her. Riko lets her know that its okay for her to show her true emotions and that Aqours will continue as School Idols, not because of Chika, but because they love School Idols.|
(未熟DREAMER "Mijuku DREAMER")
|August 27, 2016|
|As the girls decide to do something for the upcoming culture festival, Chika becomes curious as to why Kanan quit being a idol. While following Kanan on her morning run, the girls overhear an awkward conversation between her and Mari. The next day, as Kanan returns to school, Chika becomes sick of everyone arguing and tries to confront her, Dia, and Mari about what really happened. While Kanan remains defiant, Dia reveals to the others that during the Tokyo event, Kanan chose not to sing on purpose because she didn't want an injury Mari had to get worse by performing, further revealing that she quit being an idol to stop Mari squandering so many possibilities for her future. Hearing about all of this, Mari properly confronts Kanan and the two finally manage to make up with each other, after which both of them become members of Aqours alongside Dia, who is revealed to be the one who came up with the group's name.|
|10||"We've Got Stewshine"
(シャイ煮はじめました "Shai-ni Hajimemashita")
|September 3, 2016|
|With the arrival of summer vacation, the girls begin training at the beach in preparation for Love Live while also helping out at a run-down snack bar. Meanwhile, Chika overhears that Riko has been invited to a piano recital that takes place on the same day as the Love Live preliminaries. Although Riko tells her that she plans to do Love Live, Chika remains worried about it. After hearing Riko's piano playing for herself, Chika asks Riko to go to the recital, feeling she should also do what she wants to.|
|11||"Aye-aye, My Friend"
(友情ヨーソロー "Yuujou Yousoro")
|September 10, 2016|
|After Riko heads off for Tokyo for her recital, the others ask You to take her place alongside Chika in their dance routine. As the two practice together, Mari notices that You has been feeling jealous of Chika becoming close with Riko, encouraging her to be honest with Chika. Later, after You receives a call from Riko telling her how much Chika cares for her, Chika comes over, telling You to dance her own way rather than try to imitate Riko. The next day, Riko performs her recital while Aqours perform at the preliminaries, both managing to perform well.|
|12||"It's Time to Fly"
(はばたきのとき "Habataki no Toki")
|September 17, 2016|
|Aqours manages to pass the Love Live qualifiers while Riko wins a trophy in her recital. Despite the popularity of the group, there are no additions to the applicants for the school. Feeling that there is still a large difference between them and μ's, the girls return to Tokyo to meet up with Riko and find out what made μ's so great. There, they meet up with Sarah and Leah, who have also qualified for Love Live and state their determination to win. Afterwards, the girls visit Otonokizaka High School, where one of the students tells them that μ's chose to leave no records of their activities at the school. Thinking about these words, Chika comes to realize that μ's was great not because they aimed to be the best, but because they acted freely, feeling that Aqours should aim to do the same instead of just chasing after them.|
|September 24, 2016|
|As the girls keep practicing for the regional qualifiers, some of Chika's friends, having seen everyone's efforts, decide they want to become idols and help the school. Despite almost the entire school showing up to support, Riko reveals that the rules prevent them from joining the group on stage. As Aqours take the stage, they put on a pre-show performance about how they came to be formed and what makes their town so great before performing their song, during which Chika calls down everyone to join in.|
(ネクストステップ "Nekusuto Suteppu")
|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.|
|02||"The Sound of Rain"
(雨の音 "Ame no Oto")
|October 14, 2017|
|Given the task of recruiting a hundred prospective students by the end of the year to save the school, the girls split into groups to write new songs for the next Love Live qualifiers. However, the first and third years struggle to work together due to their differing taste in music genres. Feeling the trouble lies in the girls not knowing each other well enough, Dia tries having them do activities together, but that also leads of a conflict of different tastes. As the girls take shelter from the rain in a Buddhist temple, a leaky ceiling leads to a moment of inspiration, allowing them to bring their differences together and finish their song.|
|October 21, 2017|
|Mari gets word that the school open house has been postponed by a week due to road repairs, putting the event on the same day as the Love Live qualifiers. With their only way of attending both events seemingly foiled after a failed attempt at being chosen first to perform at Love Live, the girls are left with the tough decision of either choosing one event over the other or splitting their group between them. Thanks to a moment of inspiration from Chika, however, all the girls manage perform at the qualifiers before using a monorail used for delivering mandarins to reach the open house on time.|
|04||"Don't Call Me Dia-san"
(ダイヤさんと呼ばないで "Dia-san to Yobanaide")
|October 28, 2017|
|After passing the Love Live qualifiers, the girls realize that they are short on cash for their activites and start looking for ways to raise some money. Meanwhile, Dia becomes uneasy with how Kanan and Mari are close with the others and starts looking for ways to get more personal with them to no avail, even after some counseling with her third year friends. During a part-time job at the local aquarium, some children start making a ruckus until Dia steps in to calm them down. Once Kanan and Mari reveal to the others Dia's intentions, they approach her and reveal that admire her mature, responsible self and she does not need to change for their sake.|
|05||"Taking in A Dog"
(犬を拾う。 "Inu o Hirou.")
|November 4, 2017|
|Coming across a stray dog, Yoshiko, whose home doesn't allow pets, asks Riko to look after it. Despite Riko's fear of dogs, both she and Yoshiko grow attached to the dog, but inevitably have to return it to its rightful owner. Unwilling to accept the circumstances, Yoshiko stakes out the owner's house in the hopes of seeing the dog, with Riko deciding to accompany her. After getting to see the dog, Yoshiko accepts that it belongs with its owner while Riko manages to bridge the gap between her and Chika's dog.|
|November 11, 2017|
|The girls learn that there are only 57 prospective students so far and the deadline for attaining 100 needed students will coincide with the regional qualifiers, which will be held at the same place from the last time. As Kanan reminisces about the special routine she developed two years ago that led to Mari's injury, Mari and Dia convinces her to let Chika try it, as they have only one chance left at Love Live. Chika spends two weeks trying to learn the routine without success, until Kanan convinces her that she must give up on it should she not manage to do it until the next morning. She then spends the entire night practicing, later joined by the rest of Aqours, who thank her for gathering them together. As the sun rises, Chika finally manages to perform the routine, which she does perfectly as they perform in the regional qualifiers.|
|07||"The Time Left"
(残された時間 "Nokosareta Jikan")
|November 18, 2017|
|Aqours manages to qualify for the Love Live finals, but the school remains short of reaching its target, with Mari's father giving the girls until the next morning before the application page is shut down. Unable to do anything more than they already have, the girls stay overnight at school to watch the numbers until the last minute, only for it to fall just short at 98 applicants. With Uranohoshi's merger now a certainty, the girls, noticing Chika has been hit particularly hard by the result, decide to think over whether they should still perform at the Love Live finals now that they can no longer save the school. The next day, Chika remains in denial, but is encouraged by her classmates to win Love Live and immortalize Uranohoshi as part of its history.|
|November 25, 2017|
|The girls are invited to Hakodate to attend the Hokkaido Love Live regionals, where Saint Snow are competing. However, Saint Snow end up making a mistake in their performance and fail to qualify for the finals. The next day, the girls tour come across a restaurant where Leah and Sarah work, with Leah stating she no longer wants to be a school idol. Noticing that Leah had been crying, Ruby identifies with her fears they she will no longer be able to perform with their respective older sisters. After speaking with Dia, Ruby goes to see Leah and proposes that they make a song dedicated to Dia and Sarah together.|
|09||"Awaken the power"
(Awaken the power)
|December 2, 2017|
|Joined by Hanamaru and Yoshiko, Ruby stays behind in Hakodate to prepare for her and Leah's concert while the rest of Aqours returns home. After finishing their song, Ruby and Leah approach the festival committee, managing to use the courage they received from their sisters to convince them to let them take part in the festival. Later, Ruby helps Leah to open up with her classmates before they both formally invite Dia and Sarah to the festival, where the rest of Aqours join them in their performance. Afterwards, Leah decides to quit Saint Snow so that she can start up a new school idol group.|
|10||"Finding a Way to Shine"
(シャイニーを探して "Shainii o Sagashite")
|December 9, 2017|
|At the start of the new year, Leah and Sarah visit Uranohoshi to help Aqours train for the Love Live finals. Mari is asked by her father to become the director at the newly merged school, but she declines, revealing that she plans to study abroad in Italy following graduation. Later that evening, Dia and Kanan reveal to Mari that they too will be going their own separate ways after graduation. Recalling how the weather would always get in their way of wishing upon a star, Mari takes everyone on a night-time drive to somewhere they can see the stars clearly and make a wish to be together forever.|
|11||"Uranohoshi Girls' High School"
(浦の星女学院 "Uranohoshi Jogakuin")
|December 16, 2017|
|Following requests from some of the students, Mari agrees to hold a "school closing festival" for Uranohoshi. However, preparations are set back after Shiitake sneaks into the school and causes damage, so everyone stays up late to get things ready for the next day. As the festival gets underway, Chika checks out the various attractions, which includes her classmates arranging a balloon display for everyone. At the end of the festival, Mari almost breaks down in tears of regret, but is cheered up by cheers of support for Aqours.|
|12||"Sea of Light"
(光の海 "Hikari no Umi")
|December 23, 2017|
|Arriving in Tokyo for the Love Live finals taking place the next day, the girls once again visit the shrine, finding several prayers in support of Aqours while also running into Leah and Sarah, who asks Chika if they really want to win Love Live. Later that night, Chika asks each of the girls the same question, with each of them expressing their own personal desire to win. The next day, as everyone spends their free time doing their own thing, Chika and You revisit the place where their goal of forming a school idol group began, reaffirming their desire to win. With their resolve and excitement at its peak, Aqours takes the stage at Love Live.|
|13||"Our Own Radiance"
(私たちの輝き "Watashitachi no Kagayaki")
|December 30, 2017|
|Having proved themselves victorious at Love Live, the girls begin their final day at Uranohoshi Girls' High School, where everyone paints messages all over the school building before Kanan, Dia, and Mari undergo their graduation. As the day comes to an end, the girls each bid their own farewells to the school as they close its doors for the final time. Come the spring, Chika pays one final visit to Uranohoshi, where all the other girls assemble to sing together one more time.|
|01||"Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie Over The Rainbow"||January 4th, 2019|
|Several years ago, a young Chika and You were playing on the beach when they came across a young Riko looking out to sea. The next scene picks up from the series finale ("Bokura no Hashittekita Michi wa…").
Following the closure of Uranohoshi Girls' High School, the members of Aqours vow to continue with just the six of them. On a search for a new place to practice, they visited their new school in the Numazu suburbs, only to see it in a decrepit state. As they gather in a nearby cafe to discuss their situation, they notice You talking to someone outside. The girls follow the pair in secrecy until Yoshiko blows their cover. You introduces them to the stranger, who turns out to be her first cousin Tsuki.
Tsuki, a student at the new school, explains that the transferees were being put in the so-called "branch school" for the meantime. In the main school, students were worried that the sudden influx would make its competitive clubs sluggish and the school's prestige lost. To help allay the students' fears, Aqours holds a live show but commits a basic mistake that makes them think about the group's future. That night, Chika and Riko agree to work hard for a live show that will reach out to those who misunderstand them.
The next day, the girls practice at the beach when Sarah and Leah, at Chika's invitation, dropped by. Upon being asked to watch their performance, Sarah is dismayed at how Aqours has languished since the third-years--Dia, Mari, and Kanan--graduated. Then, an enraged Leah lashes out at them. with Sarah explaining that her efforts to start a new school idol group hasn't gone as she hoped. Suddenly, a familiar helicopter makes a low flyby, knocking everyone on the ground. However, the passenger isn't Mari but her mother.
At the Awashima Hotel, Mari's mother informs the girls that the third-years have gone missing during their post-graduation trip in Italy. Sarah urges Aqours to go, believing that talking to the third years will help them reach closure. Unknown to them, Mari's mother's wry smile hides her true intentions for sending them.
With Tsuki--who grew up in Italy--as their guide, Aqours makes their first stop in Venice based on a photo of a canal where the third-years last went. A mysterious call from a nearby phone booth soon leads them to the Contarini del Bovolo, where they reunite with the third-years. Their reunion is cut short when a group of tourists identify the third-years from the poster. Mari throws a uniform off the building, prompting You and Tsuki to jump off to catch it. Chika and the girls catch them just in time, but the third-years use the confusion to escape ("Tousou Meisou Mobius Loop"). Inside the uniform, however, You finds a card with a message in Italian, presumably written by Mari: "When Yohane looks upon the land that she protects, the fairies will lead the way."
With "Yohane" referring to Saint Giovanni, the group later travels to Florence. They follow a purple flash seen from the Florence Cathedral's cupola to the third-years hideout, a mansion owned by a friend of Mari. Gathering once more, the third-years reveal that Mari is getting married; in doing so, Mari's mother would take away her daughter's freedom and keep her away from Dia and Kanan. Mari's mother eventually tracks them down and a confrontation ensues. Mari vehemently insists that her time spent as a school idol wasn't a waste of time and sets out to prove it. Several days later, they perform at the Spanish steps in Rome to a sizeable crowd ("Hop? Stop? Nonstop!"). Seeing her daughter's resolve, Mari's mother finally admits defeat and leaves.
As a full nine, Aqours returns to Japan. At Mutsu and company's request, they went to the decrepit school to discuss the details of Aqours' upcoming live show. Yoshiko's middle-school friends, also ardent followers of Yohane, from the main school express their intent to help. That night, Chika receives a call from Kanan.
The next day, Kanan learns through Sarah about Leah's plan to join Aqours in time for the school opening. Initially, the members welcome the decision but Ruby protests believing that it's not what Leah really wants. Ruby reminds them of the time Leah promised to start a new group after Saint Snow's disbandment. They plan a joint live show, "the final round of Love Live," via livestream to help rekindle Leah's fire. The Kazuno sisters perform as Saint Snow one last time ("Believe again") with Aqours watching from Numazu; and Aqours performs as a group of nine one last time ("Brightest Melody") with Saint Snow watching from Hakodate. Inspired by the radiance of the school idols, Tsuki shares the livestream on the Internet.
With less than two weeks before the big show, the Uranohoshi students get to work preparing the stage and performance ("Kiseki Hikaru"). Soon, Tsuki leads her schoolmates, once distrustful of the transferees but inspired by the livestream, to help with the final leg of the preparations. Heading home, Aqours meets up with the third-years, who agree to stay for the first half of the show. Together, they make an impromptu visit to their old school.
On the day, the performance is attended by thousands, including the main school's students and their parents. A third of the way into their song ("Next SPARKLING!!"), the third-years leave. In a series of in-credit insets, Leah continues recruiting members for her new group and the dilapidated school is finally closed, with the Uranohoshi students integrated into the main school.
In a post-credits scene, a group of girls gather at the beach to discuss forming their school idol group. They write the name they decided on the sand: "Aqours," continuing its legacy with the next generation.