First Impressions: Love Live School Idol Project Season 2


The girls are back!

It's been around a year since the last time we saw the girls from Otonokizaka High School and a lot has changed in that time. The nine girls are still school idols, but now Honoka has stepped up to become the new student council president. More importantly though, it seems that after a successful first event there will be a second Love Live competition for school idol groups to participate in and everyone wants to enter...except Honoka that is. For the entire first episode, the girls try to figure out why Honoka doesn't want to enter the competition and how they can change her mind.

I openly admit it, I loved the first season of Love Live.. It even got the point where myself and others on Twitter were thinking of cosplaying the nine girls at a convention somewhere and doing the opening dance number together (but that's a story for another time). The point is that I really enjoyed the first season far more than I ever thought I would, and so when the second season premiered, I knew that I had to be the one to cover it for Japanator. 

If you enjoyed the first season of this series, there is really no reason for you to not watch and enjoy the first episode of this season. All of the charm, humor and feelings of the first season are present and ready for you to embrace once again. The characters are still cute, fun and charming. The animation is still the same standard quality (and will include another CG dance sequence that I... err um, everyone will attempt to memorize) and the story introduced here is solidly written with some good internal and external conflicts presented. 

One thing that I really like about Love Live is that even though it could be classified as a moe series due to the idol and school themes, it's not absolutely dripping in cuteness. These aren't just one dimensional characters who go about their daily lives without a care in the world; these are characters that have problems that must be dealt with, even in the first episode. This episode isn't about a black and white issue -- there are genuine reasons why Honoka doesn't want to be in the competition, just as there are genuine reasons why the other eight girls do want to be in the competition. 

I admit though, Love Live won't be for everyone. Those of you in the audience who are genuinely tired of idols or high school settings might not be able to get into this series, but I urge everyone to at least try. Give one of the seasons a three-episode test run and decide for yourself. You don't have to listen to me or anyone else in this case; let the series win you over by itself and show you why it's such an underrated gem.

Love Live, in my opinion, deserves all the praise it gets and this season is off to a fantastic start. I'm in this one for the long haul and I hope that at least some of you will join me for the ride. 

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