μ’s, I mean Aqours, music start!
Earlier today, the Love Live! Sunshine!! team hosted a streaming special, titled Love Live! Sunshine!! Aqours Niconico Live Extracurricular Activity ~First Heart-Pounding Live Broadcast!~. During the broadcast, the team announced that the franchise will receive an anime adaptation. Though no details were announced, the series will hit the airwaves this summer.
The broadcast also announced that Aqours’ second single will hit Japanese retailers on April 27.
The official Love Live! Twitter account tweeted a short message thanking fans for tuning in.
— ラブライブ！公式 (@LoveLive_staff) January 11, 2016
Rough Translation: [Love Live! Sunshine!!] Today, for the first time, we made our appearance at Nico Nico Live. Thank you very much. ☆ Aqours’ story begins today. Everyone, please continue to support us. Thank you! #LoveLive
Love Live! Sunshine!! is the latest installment in Sunrise’s Love Live! franchise. The project was first revealed last year, in Dengeki G’s magazine. The initial reveal showed Chika Takami standing at the center of a beach setting. A month later, the image was revised and updated, to feature the nine girls who make up Aqours.
The confirmed cast for the project is as follows:
- Chika Takami: Anju Inami (Naruto Stage Play)
- Riko Sakurauchi: Rikako Aida
- Kanan Matsuura: Nanaka Suwa
- Daiya Kurosawa: Arisa Komiya (Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters)
- You Watanabe: Shuka Saito
- Yoshiko Tsushima: Aika Kobayashi
- Hanamaru Kunikida: Kanako Takatsuki
- Mari Ohara: Aina Suzuki
- Ruby Kurosawa: Ai Furihata
Hajime Yatate, the pseudonym for the collective staff, is credited with the original concept for the project, and Kimino Sakurako is responsible for the original draft. Kazuo Sakai (Mushi-Uta) will serve as director , while Yuhei Murota provides character designs.
Previous updates to the Love Live! Sunshine!! website included character art and bios, as well as video embeds for three versions of the original TV commercial (15-second, 30-second, 60-second) and B-Side Step! ZERO to ONE
Step! ZERO to ONE