The Love Live! Sunshine!! summer anime project has been given its first major update since it was first announced in January. The official website, as well as streaming a promo introducing the nine girls who make up the seaside idol unit Aqours, has unveiled new visuals for the show and its characters, and added to the list of staff.
Series Composition: Jukki Hanada
Original concept: Sakurako Kimino
Original work: Hajime Yatate
Character Design: Yuhei Murota
Design Works: Masaki Kawake
Set Design: Takeshi Takahashi
Background Director: Junichi Higashi
Colour Design: Sayoko Yokoyama
CG Director: Go Kurosaki
Compositing Director: Daiki Sugiyama
Editing: Daisuke Imai
Sound Director: Yukio Nagasaki
Music: Tatsuya Katou
Music Production: Lantis
Animation Production: Sunrise
Besides the group visual above, each character has their own new visual as shown alongside their cast below:
Anju Inami as Chika Takami: Youngest of three sisters, a fan of μ’s, and the leader of her school idol unit. Her family runs an inn, which boasts an open air bath with a view of the sea. A second year student.
Rikako Aida as Riko Sakurauchi: A second year who originally lived in Akihabara, Tokyo, but transferred to Uchiura. A plain girl, with a withdrawn personality. Good at art, and prefers the indoors. She became a school idol due to Chika’s influence.
Nanaka Suwa as Kanan Matsuura: A third year who lives with and runs a diving store with her grandfather on a nearby island. She is childhood friends with Chika, and became a school idol to help her with her plans.
Arisa Komiya as Dia Kurosawa: A third-year girl hailing from a well-known local clan. Became student council president as a matter of course. Prideful and cool. In her profile, she mentions that Chika will regret putting her in her team, as she is not the kind of person who accepts defeat. The word Dia means “diamond” in the Japanese language.
Shuka Saitō as Yo Watanabe: A second-year student and high diver skilled enough to be on the national team. Likes business attire. Dreams of captaining her own ferry.
Aika Kobayashi as Yoshiko Tsushima: A first-year student who consistently has bad luck, so she thinks of herself as a demon, although she is very proud of this fact. A first-year student born in Numazu City. Hates mikan (citrus unshiu, a variation of orange.) She insists on being called “Johanne” instead of her real name, Yoshiko.
Kanako Takatsuki as Hanamaru Kunikida: A first-year student and daughter of a family that has taken care of a local shrine for generations. Good at singing, and a member of a local choir. Loves to read, and gets dizzy easily.
Aina Suzuki as Mari Ohara: A half-Japanese third-year girl whose Italy-based French father manages a chain of Italian-style hotels. She has a bright personality and moves at her own pace.
Ai Furihata as Ruby Kurosawa: A first year who’s prone to crying, and has a phobia of men. Dia’s younger sister. Sewing is her sole forte.
Love Live! Sunshine!! was first announced in February last year, and it keeps with the fan participation theme of the original Love Live! project, which let viewers vote on the fate of the idols. The new group’s name Aqours was voted for by fans, picked from the submitted ideas of Dengeki G’s Magazine readers, with 4,644 votes out of the total of 23,789 made between June 1st-11th 2015.
The first Love Live! idols, μ’s, sold their “final single” on March 2nd, and their ‘μ’s Final Love Live!’ concerts took place on March 31st and April 1st. But don’t get flustered just yet; despite the apparent ending the two events suggest, according to the group’s members they aren’t breaking up.