Love Live! School Idol Project (ラブライブ! School Idol Project, Rabu Raibu! School Idol Project) is an anime television series, produced by anime company Sunrise in association with the music label company Lantis, and is directed by Takahiko Kyougoku. It began airing in Japan on January 6, 2013 on Tokyo MX as well as being simulcast by Crunchyroll. The anime is licensed by NIS America for release in North America. A second season aired in 2014.
Love Live! Sunshine!! (ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!, Rabu Raibu! Sanshain!!) is a Japanese multimedia project co-developed by ASCII Media Works' Dengeki G's Magazine, music label Lantis, and animation studio Sunrise. A spin-off project of the original Love Live!: School Idol Project series, the story follows the similar plot of a group of fictional schoolgirls who become idols in order to save their school from shutting down. It launched in April 2015 with music CDs and anime music videos, followed by a manga version in 2016. A 13-episode anime television series produced by Sunrise and directed by Kazuo Sakai aired between July and September 2016. A second season premiered in October 2017.
Love Live!: School Idol Project
Otonokizaka High School is in a crisis! With the number of enrolling students dropping lower and lower every year, the school is set to shut down after its current first years graduate. However, second year Honoka Kousaka refuses to let it go without a fight. Searching for a solution, she comes across popular school idol group A-RISE and sets out to create a school idol group of her own. With the help of her childhood friends Umi Sonoda and Kotori Minami, Honoka forms μ's to boost awareness and popularity of her school.
Unfortunately, it's all easier said than done. Student council president Eli Ayase vehemently opposes the establishment of a school idol group and will do anything in her power to prevent its creation. Moreover, Honoka and her friends have trouble attracting any additional members. But the Love Live, a competition to determine the best and most beloved school idol groups in Japan, can help them gain the attention they desperately need. With the contest fast approaching, Honoka must act quickly and diligently to try and bring together a school idol group and win the Love Live in order to save Otonokizaka High School.
Love Live! Sunshine!!
On the seasides of Uchiura, Numazu, Shizuoka lies the Uranohoshi Girls' Academy on the verge of being closed down and merged with another high school in Numazu. Chika Takami, a girl without anything she really desires, is inspired by the legendary idol group "μ's" to gather friends and form their own school idol group called Aqours (アクア Akua, pronounced "aqua"), seeking to promote the school to prevent that. In order to do that, they enter the same "Love Live" school idol contest once won by μ's, which is much more difficult than before thanks to its increase in popularity.