Love Live! (ラブライブ！ Rabu raibu!?) is a Japanese multimedia project co-developed by ASCII Media Works' Dengeki G's Magazine, the music label Lantis, and the anime studio Sunrise. Love Live! has released music CD's, anime music videos, live concert videos, a manga adaption, video games, card games, and an anime series. The project officially began on June 30, 2010 with the release of a prologue story and character introductions.
- For more details on the history of the project: Love Live! History
Nine high school girls, Kousaka Honoka, Ayase Eli, Minami Kotori, Sonoda Umi, Hoshizora Rin, Nishikino Maki,Toujou Nozomi, Koizumi Hanayo, and Yazawa Nico, form an idol group called μ's (pronounced as 'Muse') in order to save their school, Otonokizaka High School, from closing.
- The first season of the anime aired from January 6 to March 31, 2013 with a total of 13 episodes.
- An original video animation episode was released on November 27, 2013, coupled with the sixth unit single Music S.T.A.R.T!!.
- The second season aired from April 6, 2014 to June 29, 2014 with a total of 13 episodes.
- A movie premiered in Japan on June 13, 2015.
There are three different series of manga adaptations of Love Live!. All of them have their scenarios written by Kimino Sakurako, with character designs by Murota Yuuhei.
- The first is entitled "Love Live! School idol project". It is illustrated by Tokita Arumi. It began serialization in the January 2012 issue of Dengeki G's Magazine. The manga ended serialization in the magazine's May 2014 issue and was transferred to Dengeki G's Comic starting with the June 2014 issue.
- The second is entitled "Love Live! Anthology". It is drawn by a variety of illustrators, different for each chapter.
- The third is entitled "Love Live! School idol diary", and is a manga adaptation of the light novel series by the same title. It is illustrated by Oda Masaru.
The first few chapters of "Love Live! School idol project" may be read in English legally at Comic Walker .
- More details: Love Live! School idol diary, Love Live! Booklet Stories, Love Live! Publications
Love Live! School idol diary is a set of novels in the Love Live! franchise, written by Kimino Sakurako and illustrated by Otono Natsu and Kiyose Akame with character designs from Murota Yuuhei. It is split into two series:
- Each of the first nine volumes retells parts of the Love Live! anime series story from a different idol's point of view along with their backstories.
- Each subsequent volume of the second series talks about an event within the school year, and is each told from two different idols' point of view.
There are also shorter stories released with alternate volumes of the anime's Blu-Ray Discs, similarly written by Kimino Sakurako and illustrated by Otono Natsu and Kiyose Akame with character designs from Murota Yuuhei.
There are a variety of other publications available including game guides, illustration books and sheet music
A free rhythm game was developed by KLab and released by Bushiroad for iOS devices on April 15, 2013, called "Love Live! School idol festival" (ラブライブ！スクールアイドルフェスティバル Rabu raibu! Sukūru aidoru fesutibaru?). A version for Android devices was released on June 6, 2013. An arcade version titled Love Live! School idol festival ~after school ACTIVITY~ is currently in production.
A game for PlayStation Vita entitled "Love Live! School idol paradise" (ラブライブ！スクールアイドルパラダイスRabu raibu! Sukūru aidoru paradaisu?) was released on August 28, 2014 as a series of three rhythm-action video games, developed by Dingo. The three games were released as "Vol. 1 Printemps Unit," "Vol. 2 BiBi Unit,"and "Vol. 3 lily white Unit."
There are five trading card games manufactured by Bushiroad, titled:
- Victory Spark Booster Pack "Baby Princess & Love Live!"
- Weiss Schwarz Love Live! School idol project
- Weiss Schwarz Love Live! feat. School idol festival
- Love Live! School idol collection
There is also a board game titled Love Live! Board Game: Fan Acquisition ・ School Idol Great Operation! (『ラブライブ！』ボードゲーム ファン獲得・スクールアイドル大作戦！ “Rabu raibu! ” Bōdogēmu fan kakutoku sukūruaidoru dai sakusen!?).
Information Programs Edit
Several information programs have aired and are still airing to promote the whole franchise, with the voice actresses hosting each program.
The programs that aired on internet TV are:
- "Love Live Nico Production Extracurricular Activities ~KotoHonoMaki~" (ラブライ部 ニコ生課外活動 ~ことほのまき~ Raburaibu Niko Nama Kagai Katsudō ~KotoHonoMaki~?)
- "Nico Production Love Live! Hour Emitsun Fight Club" (ニコ生ラブライブ!アワー えみつんファイトクラブNiko Nama Raburaibu! Awā Emitsun Faito Kurabu?).
- "Nico Production Love Live! Hour NozoHono☆Variety Box" (ニコ生ラブライブ！アワー のぞほの☆バラエティボックス Niko Nama Raburaibu! Awā NozoHono☆Baraeti Bokkusu?)
While the programs that aired on internet radio are:
- "Love Live! µ's Public Relations Department ~NicoRinPana~" (ラブライブ！μ's広報部~にこりんぱな~Raburaibu! µ's Kōhō-bu ~NikoRinPana~?)
- "RADIO Animelo Mix Love Live! ~NozoEri Radio Garden~" (RADIOアニメロミックス ラブライブ！~のぞえりRadio Garden~ Rajio Animero Mikkusu Raburaibu! ~NozoEri Radio Garden~?).