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Love Live’s Nozomi Tojou Gets Gorgeous Birthday Gifts From Fans

The cards say that a certain idol had a very happy birthday!

Before we get rolling, though, let’s get some mood music going:

Much better.

Now where was I? Oh, yes! Yesterday was Nozomi Tojou’s birthday, which means that it was the fans’ turn to show their affection for their spiritually attuned senpai. Across the world, Nozomi’s most devoted fans went above and beyond to create their own displays of affection for the character, in hopes that senpai would notice them.

Artists of all stripes, from devoted Pixiv users, to celebrities like Noizi Ito (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya) and Aoi Nishimata (Shuffle!) stepped up to create some truly incredible artwork. Cosplayers showcase their best Nontan cosplays, and numerous shops set up displays devoted to the (somewhat) perverted priestess.

Even the Official Love Live! smart phone game celebrated with a special gift to players:

Nozomi Birthday - Game 001 - 20150610

And, with this celebration, μ’s proved once again to be the muse that would bring so many creative fans to do their best.

The response was nothing short of amazing. We’ve crawled the web to find our favorite images from Nozomi’s special day below. Is there a piece of art that you loved but we missed? Cosplay we didn’t catch? Let us know in the comments!

Celebrity Art

Art by Aoi Nishimata
Art by Aoi Nishimata
Art by Noizi Ito
Art by Noizi Ito

Fan Art


Store Displays

Other Fan Stuff

Source: Pixiv User ※画像はイメージです。
Source: Pixiv User ※画像はイメージです。
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Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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