I have been busy the last few weeks, so I will be doing a double-episode post to catch up, with a post on episodes 5 and 6 coming soon. Episode 3 Episode 3 marks the first major event of the season, as Aqours performs at both the Love Live competition qualifiers and the school open… Read More Love Live! Sunshine!! Season 2 Ep. 3-4: Melancholy of the Diamond Princess
The good news for Aqours is, they get a second chance to save their school. If they can raise the number of prospective students to 100 by the end of the year, the school will stay open. Considering that they only have 10 at the moment, it is a daunting task, but they are thankful… Read More Love Live! Sunshine!! Season 2 Episode 2: Do You (Not) Love What I Love?
The second season of Love Live! Sunshine!! has begun, so time to return to my weekly episodic blogs on the show! For those that have not seen the first season or my coverage on it, you can catch up on either Crunchyroll (subbed) or Funimation (sub and dub), and read my earlier posts by searching… Read More Love Live! Sunshine!! Season 2 Episode 1: Even If It’s An Unreachable Star
So here we are at the last episode of Love Live! Sunshine!!, and what a ride it has been. This final episode is little more than a quick wrap-up to this season, one that puts the story at a good stopping point while leaving plenty of room for a continuation. The plot is pretty thin here,… Read More Love Live! Sunshine!! Ep. 13 (Season Finale): Is Your Heart Shining?
Aqours just cannot seem to catch a break. Every time they seem to make some progress, they encounter yet another setback to their goal. Their first concert was nearly a disaster, their trip to Tokyo had them find out just how far behind in the competition they were, and while they do pass the qualifiers… Read More Love Live! Sunshine!! Ep. 12: Go Your Own Way
Love Live! Sunshine!! has its long-awaited You episode. With Riko officially gone to her piano competition (and props to the show for not finding some excuse to bring her back, I guess; no taking the easy way here), You is chosen to replace her as the co-center with Chika for their Love Live qualifier performance. The… Read More Love Live! Sunshine!! Ep. 11: Unbalanced Love
After the heavy drama of the last two episodes, now would be a good time for a breather. Forget about all that heavy plot stuff, put everyone in swimsuits and have them frolic about on the beach. Indeed, episode 10 of Love Live! Sunshine!! is for the most part a fun episode: a chance for all nine… Read More Love Live! Sunshine!! Ep. 10: Nine Mermaids Festa
One thing I like about Love Live! Sunshine!!, especially episode 8, was how the drama focused on the girls’ attempts to achieve something and the trials they faced because of that. It is something well-suited to idol anime in particular, since idol activities combine an artistic element and a physical, sports-like element, as well as often… Read More Love Live! Sunshine!! Ep. 9: Say Anything
Wow. This might be the most emotional episode I have seen from either Love Live series. True to the foreshadowing from the last episode, things do not go well for Aqours in Tokyo; however, things go even worse than I had imagined. That said, this failure is arguably exactly what this series needed in order to… Read More Love Live! Sunshine!! Ep. 8: Loveless World
I do not have a lot to specifically talk about this week, because this week’s episode is largely setup. With the success of Aqours’s latest PV, the School Idol Association invites the group to Tokyo to perform at a special event. It is an opportunity the group naturally jumps at, being both a chance to further… Read More Love Live! Sunshine!! Ep. 7: Trouble Brewing in Tokyo