Love Live! School Idol Project – Season 2

Love Live! School Idol Project – Season 2

20140418-164838.jpgOh hey! Love Live is back! Time for µ’s to regroup and get dancing! But wait – why is Honoka not so keen this time around?

Now that they have saved their beloved school from closing because of all the attention µ’s brought them, the girls have grown a little older and are now settling in to a normal routine again. But the popularity of the last Love Live competition means that another one can’t be too far away.20140418-164913.jpgHonoka is now Otonokizaka’s Student Council President, and she’s already struggling with the workload. She’s trying to rope Umi and Kotori in, but there not having any of it. Everyone is off doing their own thing when they discover that Love Live is back and recruiting school idol groups to compete. As opposed to last time, every member of µ’s is keen to get involved, even if it does mean going up against idol supergroup A-RISE again. All except Honoka, that is…20140418-165253.jpgI’m not going to lie, I was really excited about Love Live’s second season. I enjoyed the first one more than I thought I would and when I heard the announcement of a second season, I found myself looking forward to µ’s having another chance at stardom. Having nine girls in an idol group each with their own personalities is difficult to do well in twenty-something minutes, but this anime more often than not succeeds in establishing them all. This time, however, the only µ’s member not on board in Honoka. There’s not going to be much of a story without her, so what can the others do to make her change her mind?

Sad faces, a look at past glories, and an impromptu challenge by Nico to see who can race up all of the shrine’s steps the fastest.20140418-164935.jpgThis is the sort of thing I really enjoy about Love Live. Based around a school idol band it’s not the most original of stories, but that’s not what makes me want to tune in for every episode  – I like seeing how they get there. Of course Honoka’s bound to say yes, but what makes her change her mind? What’s the next step? How are they going to prepare to qualify? It all came flooding back to me.

The start and ending themes, in my opinion, aren’t as catchy as I remember (‘Start:Dash’ may take some serious beating), but I’m pretty sure that they will grow on me. There are three things that summed up the first season for me: cheerful cast, plenty of songs and great idol outfits. I look forward to more of the same for this season.