Love Live! [First Impressions]
Genre(s): Music, School-Life, Slice-of-Life
Notable Seiyuu(s): Momori Suzuko, Kubo Yurika, Nitta Emi, Nanjo Yoshino, Iida Riho
OP: “Bokura wa Ima no Naka de” by μ’s
ED: “Private Wars” by A-RISE and “Susume→Tomorrow” by Emi Nitta & Aya Uchida & Suzuko Mimori
Summary: Honoka Kōsaka loves her school. That’s why it’s bad news for her when she finds out it’s being shut down due to lack of new students. In order to bring in more students, Honoka decides to start a “school idol group”, which is certain to get the eyes of the public. To make this dream a reality, she gathers together her close friends and classmates to make the best idol unit possible. (Source: ANN)
To be completely honest, I didn’t like AKB0048 nor ANY of the other highschool idol series that have been quite popular recently but Love Live! was a tad different to the rest. I walked into this show thinking “this is a waste of time, but I’m going to give it a shot anyways”. Never did I expect I would be in two minds with this show and ultimately decide in the end I would follow it. I never liked any of the other idol series but Love Live! had a different charm to it. The concept of saving the school really hit home for me. I only recently graduated so I can relate somewhat to Honoka’s situation of losing those precious experiences and memories during your schooling life. Although my school won’t be shutting down anytime soon, I do think back on the times I spend at highschool, knowing I won’t ever experience them ever again in the same way.
School holds a lot of memories but in Honoka’s case, the memories date waaaaaay back and she wishes to protect these memories by forming an idol group. That itself hooked me enough to give this a few more episodes, even though I seriously hate the use of CG in their dancing. And also, I found the ending to be very inconsistent to what was happening. An innovative idea for sure as a way to kick start the ED song, but when linking to the situation where they haven’t even practiced and yet they can dance so well and sing so well… it just didn’t fit in. But even so, there’s some potential for this show to really shine through their characters.