Love Live! Sunshine! Season 1 Review

Now that the first season is over, it’s time for me to give my thoughts on the season. Now there are spoilers for Ep 13 and maybe some harsh criticism for me but I’ll try to keep this as short as possible.

Let’s start off with the characters. Aqours has been under the impression that they were “copy/pastes of Muse” or “Muse clones” and all that but I like to think of them as “Muse V2”. Sure they borrow some of the original character’s personalities, motivation, and image but they have their uniqueness in their own way.

Chika is who I like to call the “Sunshine’s Honkers” or, my original title for her: “Bargain Bin Honoka”. Now you might say “But Steph, Chika and Honoka are two different people! They’re not like each other!” But, the way I see it, Honoka and Chika have similar personality, motivations and image. Honkers and Chika are both energetic, determined, and ambitious. They’re also focused on saving their school from closure (in Sunshine’s case, from merging with another school) and they’re both seen as the “driving force” that enables both Aqours and Muse to function. In spite of their similarities, they each have their differences. Chika, unlike Honoka, never gave up even when all hope seemed lost for the group and she was determined to make things better for them.

Riko, the “UmiMaki” child, lived up to her title being a lyricist and a composer for Aqours and that her awkward, yuri loving character is very relatable to like most of the fandom. You is kinda like an “OP” character. She’s super strong, she’s Aqours’s Kotori (the fact that she sews), she’s got a harem, she looks good in about anything and she does those super jumps.

Ruby’s awkwardness and shyness really makes her super cute (plus her voice really denotes her child-like innocence). Hanamaru feels like someone who was just exposed to the modern world in the way she says “it’s the future zura~” (plus her “zura” assures us that Aqours has the Rin of the group by which I mean the character that ends their sentences with another word). Yoshiko…I-I mean Yohane is most likely the best character in the series just for how new and fresh she is since no character in the original series was chuunibyo and the way she was encouraged to be herself was just a nice touch.

Dia is the Eli of the group except she’s more dorky. Kanan is the hot and angsty mom of the group mostly there for some extra fan service (that diving suit, that unzipping her diving suit, her swim suit). And Mari is the Nozomi of the group except uses more English, is less of a tease and has the almost impossible-to-pull-off hairstyle. From all these different character traits, some may seem like copies from the original series combined into one character or someone new and fresh.

Next is the plot. The first few episodes (before they went to Tokyo) were pretty much rip offs of the premises from the first few episodes of the original series were the idol group is formed by the 2nd years of the group, who go out of their way to practice their song and perform for a group of little to almost no people and every member who will join the group showed up to that concert only for some intervention to come that causes the leader to nearly break down until they are saved by another intervention. Seriously, it was exactly the same start as the original series.

Good thing that the following episodes finally stopped sucking up to the original. The next episodes featured really interesting premises featuring the gay romance of KananMari (and its eventual canonity), the dynamic between the 2nd years that showed real differences from the original 2nd year’s, and a finale that parallels the original’s ending but except for an end, it marked as a beginnig for the group and where they perform for the last time (for the season at least) in front of a chanting crowd and they’re school stood by them the whole way. It was honestly a way more enormous step from the original’s first season.

So now that the first season is over, I look forward to what they’ll come up for the 2nd season of the series. And to close this review, I wanna suggest the following for the 2nd season: more interactions of the characters with one another so that we get more diversity in ships, a more unique and different plot that will not be a rip off the original’s 2nd season and, lastly, A FREAKING MUSE CAMEO FOR FUCK’S SAKE WHAT’S SO HARD ABOUT THAT?!

If you have anything to say, any thoughts about it, don’t be afraid to tell me. But no bitching or trying to change my opinion! I stand by what I think.

Small Ways To Improve Your Life
  • make your bed to immediately make your room look more put together
  • water first, then coffee or tea
  • pray or meditate, even just for ten minutes, to set the tone for your day
  • browse the news headlines ( & read the articles that interest you when you’ve got time)
  • wear something you feel b o m b in
  • listen to music while doing your daily activities-commuting, cleaning, cooking, exercising
  • smile at at least two people
  • smile at YOURSELF
  • call or message someone you love
  • eat food that makes you feel radiant
  • make lists of things you need to accomplish for the day
  • stretch for 10 minutes
  • record in your phone the positive thoughts you have so you can remember them
  • carry water with you (always always always)
  • shut off your phone for an hour and have some ME time
  • take a hot shower or bath at the end of a stressful day
  • try to make plans to spend time with someone at least once a week
  • think about 3 things you are grateful for at the end of each day
  • do something calming, relaxing, and non-electronic 30 minutes before you sleep
  • sleep pants-less

Make your dreams a priority.
Make your mental health a priority.
Make your relationships a priority.
Make your happiness a priority.
Make yourself a priority.

Monday 8:27am
I woke up with you on my mind.
You called me babe last night —
my heart is still pounding.

Tuesday 10:53pm
Today I realized we won’t work.
What we are is hurting her.
And I think she matters more to me than you do.

Wednesday 11:52pm
I broke things off with you today.
She barely said a word.
I’ve never regretted anything more than this.

Thursday 4:03pm
I shouldn’t have sent that message.
You shouldn’t have been so okay with receiving it.

Friday 9:57pm
I almost messaged you today.
I didn’t.

Saturday 8:49pm
I’m walking around town in search of alcohol.
They say that liquor numbs the pain of having a broken heart.
I want to put that to the test.

Sunday 2:32am
I heard you texted a girl you’ve never spoken to before.
I wonder if it’s because you’re trying to replace me.
I can’t help but wish you weren’t.
I thought I was irreplaceable.

—  a week with you on my mind, c.j.n.

You will have moments when you ask yourself, “am i worth loving?” And the answer must always be yes. Even if you don’t feel it all the time.

You are so much more than you think. Focus on all that you are :))