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Umi’s taking the leap, from Lawson to the center stage. Reluctantly, of course!

Over the past year, μ’s bashful beauty has been surprisingly prominent in the public eye. Last year, Umi became the poster girl for Lawson. She’d later reprise this role in a promotional campaign by the convenience store, which kicked off last month.

In March, fans lined up to celebrate the introverted idol’s birthday, with countless displays of fan art, cosplay, and other shows of appreciation.

Today, it’s Umi’s turn to step up and speak to her fans directly!

Kind of!

In the weeks leading up to the theatrical release of Love Live! The School Idol Movie, the Love Live! anime website has been updating with video greetings from the show’s leading actresses. Each week, a new actress counts down the weeks the remain until the film’s June 13 début date.

This week’s messages comes courtesy of Suzuko Mimori, who plays Umi Sonoda in the series.

Mimori’s video is the sixth in the series. Previously, the following actresses stepped up to deliver a message to Love Live! fans across Japan:

In addition to the video message, a new Umi Twitter icon and wallpaper were uploaded to the site, which you can check out below:

Fans who missed the previous videos can check them out below:

Sora Tokui (Nico Yazawa)

Yurika Kubo (Hanayo Koizumi)

Aina Kusuda (Nozomo Toujou)

Pile (Maki Nishikino)

Riho Iida (Rin Hoshizora)

Three idols remain: Honoka, Kotori, and Eli. Who do you think will be the next girl to enter in the spotlight? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Love Live! Official Website