“A Song For A Dream” Love Live Sunshine! Review and Recommendations

“From zero, to one!”

Love Live comes back this season hitting the screens with a whole new cast and idol group which wish to compete at the Love Live School Idol Competition. Based off μ’s strong story, Sunshine is a reflection off what they did to inspire the whole school idol concept. It does contain a very similar story line however, there are a few different changes in which change the whole dynamic of the Love Live franchise and of course the group, Aquors.

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Love Live at its heart is a music based anime, and like many others out there it really does go to show that this genre is one that always highlights the power of song through the seiyuu’s it chooses to provide great performance sequences. Sunshine is no stranger to this and does this superbly well throughout its many different songs for Aquors in the season. These songs really do match the different circumstances and situations in which the members face throughout the season. Whether it be rife with drama and struggling due to not meeting expectations or discovering new things on their journey, the songs provided to be right where they needed to be.

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Apart from its music, the Love Live franchise has always had a strong cast. With all different girls this time, it really was a good job in not creating a copy of μ’s. Sunshine provides its own cast of girls fit with different personality’s and it made a strong showing of it. With the mix and match concepts available and the different relations between members it provided for something that had a mix of everything with both comedy and drama. Aquors is different, and that is seen through its story line where a great job is done portraying what they initially set out to do, to finding themselves through the journey they set themselves upon.

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You Best Girl!

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OP/ED: The OP and ED were actually part of the highlights throughout the season. Its always good to see the seiyuu’s of the anime use their voices to sing songs for the OP and ED. As it is an idol anime, the OP provides to be something that presents a lot of energy (as idols usually do), where the ED is a bit more mellow, but sings more of the dreams of the characters which reflect the many dreams of idols out there.

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Love Live Sunshine Was it Good?

Love Live Sunshine is a whole embodiment of what the whole Love Live franchise has become. With cute girls singing and dancing to perfectly fit songs, it provides to be the main reason why idol anime is so popular. With Aquors at the reigns this time, it goes to show that even though there is a different dynamic, it creates a refreshing anime to watch adding a superb series to an already existing superb franchise.

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Recommendations: Love Live Sunshine is an idol anime so based upon its genres of music, comedy and drama, it allows for an easy recommendation as it is similar to the others out there, thus I recommend the following:

  • Love Live School Idol Project
  • The iDOLM@STER
  • The iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls
  • K-On!!
  • AKB0048
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