Love Live! Sunshine!! is an original anime work and can be found streaming on Funimation, Saturdays at /12:00 PM PDT/2:00 PM CDT/3:00 PM EDT.
So going into this episode I had no experience with Love Live! I never watched the other seasons nor was I familiar with the story. I honestly have to say that I was glad I gave this a chance. Love Live! Sunshine!! has a very nice vibe to it. It reminds me a lot of AKB0048 in where you see the dreams of a young girl come to life. Chika wanting to better herself and not wanting to be just “normal” makes for a good story. I am drawn to stories about underdogs realizing they can make their dreams come true. When Chika declares “I want to Shine!”, I felt the powerful determination she has to become someone special.
The OP and ED had a nice rhythm to it and fits well with the series and the scenes look very smooth. The The animation and background art really caught my eye, the sunset was very beautifully done.
The characters are likeable and relatable. Chika really took the stage in this episode, but the brief moments from the other characters left a memorable impression too. The cast seems to be a rather lively bunch and that will definitely make this season a lot of fun!
Overall I really enjoyed Love Live! Sunshine!! and plan to marathon the first two seasons to get a better feel for the franchise. Really great start to the series and it deserves a 4 out of 5!
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