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Love Live! Sunshine Character Profiles and Backstories

I saw a bunch of tweets regarding the character seiyuus and profiles on twitter. Luckily I found a reliable translation of the character profiles.

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.

Hello! I’m Chika Takami, and I’m a second-year student in Ura no Hoshi Girls Academy in Uchiura, which is right here at Suruga Bay in Shizuoka prefecture. At first, being an idol seemed like a world so far away from us living in the countryside, so we thought we should give up before we tried. But school idol group μ’s taught me that if you don’t give up your dreams will come true. Everyone might laugh, but I’m serious about this. I want to get even just a little bit closer to the shining μ’s I look up to so much. Obviously I know it’s probably a really rash thing to do, but… I’ve really got nothing to lose by trying. Because Honoka said if you don’t try anything nothing will start, we daringly took the first step.

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 A plain girl, with a withdrawn personality.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.

I’m Riko Sakurauchi, a second year at Ura no Hoshi Girls Academy. I just transferred schools from the city, but really I’m an ordinary high school girl with a quiet personality. How many times have I said that? Chika didn’t really believe that, and she pulled me into this whole thing until, before I knew it, I became a school idol. Which is why I don’t really have confidence that I’ll make it as an idol, but if I could get just a little stronger to to help everyone who is relying on me, even just a little bit, that’d be okay for me. The first time I came to this school in the middle of orange country, it was surprise after surprise, but I’ve really come to like it here. Everyone gave me this really special place, and my dream is to make their dreams happen. I feel like I first learned that way of doing things when I came here.

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.

I’m Kanan Matsuura. I’m in third year high school, and I help out at our family’s diving shop at the beach here in Uchiura. Uchiura prides itself on its green mountains, blue seas, sky as far as they eye can see, dazzling sunlight and white clouds. Just looking at that beautiful scenery every day is enough to make me happy. Ah, but to add to that, there’s also my close childhood friend… wait, I wonder if Chika will be mad if I put that in? Hehe. My childhood friend Chika’s worrisome personality is a little immature, but her incredible cheerfulness and quirky way of thinking makes her stand out. I think she’s up to something weird again lately. Anyway, while I’m being swept up by the waves, without thinking of anything I just swim straight ahead, and my mind just becomes really empty. Well, for now, I just feel like I should be helping my cute childhood friend’s plan. Weird, isn’t it?

Arisa Komiya as Dia Kurosawa: A second-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.

The truth is that it would be impossible to see me involved in such a shameful act as being a school idol, it’s just that I lost a contest. And they have my younger sister as a hostage, too. So I have decided to join Love Live!. However, more than just participating, I will accept nothing less than total victory. After all, it’s not becoming for a daughter of the Kurosawa family to have two failures. I’ll make you regret making me a member. Prepare yourself, Chika. Fufu.

Shuka Saitō as Yō Watanabe: A first year and high diver skilled enough to be on the national team. Likes business attire. Dreams of captaining her own ferry.

I’m Yō Watanabe, Ura no Hoshi Girls Academy, Class 1, number 26. My special skills are high diving and weather forecasts. My signature move is a reverse three and a half tucked somersault! That’s all!!! …wait that’s bad, but I can’t say anything else about me! What do I do? Maybe I’m not cut out to be an idol after all. Um, I guess I do daily exercises and running, and I want to follow in my father’s footsteps and be a ferry captain. Hmm, I wonder if this is fine? Man, I’m way not used to the way idols introduce themselves, but oh well! I actually found singing and dancing pretty fun when I tried them, and playing as a team is fun too! Well then, Yō Watanabe is embarking towards Love Live! Set sail!! Salute!!!

Aika Kobayashi as Yoshiko Tsushima: Consistently has bad luck, so she thinks of herself as a demon, though is very prideful in this fact. A second 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.

Just from gazing upon Johanne’s eyes, you have fallen hopelessly in love. I am Tsuhima YoshikoJohanne, the fallen angel who will send you down to the inferno of love, where the flames burn eternal. Hey, did you know? I’m really a demon. After all, when I go for a walk, it always rains. When it snows, I always trip. I’ve never won a convenience store raffle in my life. And I got the flu right before finals. This bad luck isn’t just coincidence. I feel the anger of god as a sinful fallen angel because I’m far too cute. Well? Why don’t you join me and fall from heaven too? I promise it’ll be fun.

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 get’s dizzy easily.

I never thought I’d be a school idol, but my friend Ruby just won’t stop bothering me about it. I think this is what they call destiny, and I’ll do my best! I mean, I’m sure if I gathered up all the good things in the world, even if I were reborn, I’d still be having fun together with Ruby. I probably say that because I listen to my grandfather in the temple too much. Ehehe. I was born into a family that takes care of a temple, but I still always think about my books. And that wherever you go and whoever you talk to, in the end, people are all alone. I wish there was at least one person who understood what I felt about that.

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.

Huh? Me? An idol? You mean those funny girls who wear uniforms with frills and dance like children!? Oh, excuse me, I didn’t mean to demean them. They’re very cute. I think the same of Japanese idols. But, for me, I think it’s hard. SO HARD. No, I don’t feel it’s for me. Ahahaha. My favorite music genre is industrial metal. So I’m sorry. If everyone’s doing it, I’ll support them from afar. Well then, it’s time for my horseback riding lessons, so I have to get back home. Ciao~!

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.

H-h-h-h-h-h-hello, everyone! M, my name is K-Kurosawa Ruby, and… I–I’m sorry, I was too nervous that I stuttered. Oh, what should I do, what should I do. I don’t know anymore. Oh, um, the truth is, I’ve never talked to a man before apart from my father. That’s why I’m really, really bad with boys, but I really, really love idols, and want to be one. I never thought I’d be an idol in all my life, but I won’t let this chance slip past me. That’s why I’m really nervous today, but I’m going to close my eyes and do my best! I’m really scared right now, but I love everyone. Everyone, please support me!


A teaser was revealed last February and as of now, there are no announcements yet about the schedule of LL! Sunshine’s airing date.

This is a sequel to the 2012 anime series, Love Live! that released its second season last 2013. A film will premiere in Japan on June 13, and in theaters outside Japan starting in August until around October.


Web Survey Dissects the Popularity of Kagerou Project

Favorite songs, song elements surveyed

Kagerou Project is a franchise spanning the music, literature, manga and anime spheres that tells the story of a group of people with magical abilities in their eyes. A sprawling, complex series, it can be a little hard to understand, so the Japanese pop culture site Kai-You conducted a survey to unravel what draws fans to the series. It focuses on the songs, which are the original incarnation of thefranchise. 2,105 fans responded.


    • What is the first Kagerou Project song you heard?

“Kagerou Days” dominated the answers with 1,148 votes, even though it’s the third song in the series. Each other song had roughly equivalent responses. The second place spot went to “Souzou/Kuuzou Forest” (120 votes), while “Mekakushi Code” came in third place (103 votes).


    • What do you like most about Kagerou Project songs?

Melody (702 votes) and music videos (685 votes) were fairly close. 453 respondents chose lyrics. The remaining bar shows “other” responses.

Additionally, respondents commented that “characters’ individual feelings appear in the songs,” “Kagerou Project songs are all connected into one story,” and “you can interpret the lyrics your own way,” further elaborating on the series’ appeal.


    • Choose your three favorite Kagerou Project songs.

1. “daze” (853 votes, 13.51%)
2. “Lost Time Memory” (759 votes, 12.02%)
3. “Summer Time Record” (641 votes, 10.15%)
4. “Yobanashi Deceive” (596 votes, 9.44%)
5. “Outer Science” (457 votes, 7.24%)
6. “Children Record” (347 votes, 5.49%)
7. “Yuukei Yesterday” (328 votes, 5.19%)
8. “Shounen Brave” (278 votes, 4.4%)
9. “Ayano-no Koufuku Riron” (228 votes, 3.61%)
10. “Kagerou Days” (206 votes, 3.26%)

“daze” claimed the top spot for this question, even though it’s a brand-new song (it was released on June 18). It distinguishes itself from its peers by being sung by an actual singer, MARiA of the groupGARNiDELiA.


    • Choose the song you’d like to see Jin perform live.

Again, “daze” took the top spot with 770 votes. Far behind it in second place was “Summer Time Record” (191 votes), while “Lost Time Memory” occupies the #3 position (186 votes).


    • What vocal artist would you like to collaborate with Jin?

This was a free response question, so answers were all over the place. Kai-You chose to spotlightNagi Yanagisupercell, 96neko, Fukase of Sekai no Owari, perfume, Dragon Ash, Kashitarō Itō, Soraru, Konomi SuzukiHyadainSachiko Kobayashi, the voice actors from the anime, May’nNana Mizuki and Jin himself.


    • Which media would you like Kagerou Project to spread to next?

It seems that video games are the logical next step for Kagerou Project, as 1,319 respondents voted for it. The second spot goes to audio drama (406 votes), while 290 people voted for “other” media. (The green bar represents musicals.) Kai-You notes that line stamps were especially popular among the “other” votes.

A special voice actor event, Make a Mekakucity, will be held on August 14 and 15 in Tokyo’s Shibuya Public Hall. Jin, LiSA, Kohta Matsuyama of BYEE the ROUND, Aki Okui, MARiA and Lia will be present. Tickets go on sale on July 26, although advance sales are available to customers of Mekaku City Actors DVDs.

[Via Kai-You]

South Korean Group Kara Adds Youngji Heo After Nicole, Jiyoung Resign

Former Pretty Rhythm idol unit PURETTY members So-min JeonChae-kyung YoonShi-yoon Choalso competed in audition

DSP Media idol Youngji Heo was chosen as the new fourth member of South Korean girls’ group KARA on Tuesday during the “KARA Project Survival Audition” program. Heo was chosen by fan votes, with the three other finalists being Chaewon Kim, Sojin Ahn, and former PURETTY member So-min Jeon. Yooji Son and former PURETTY members Chae-kyung Yoon and Shi-yoon Cho were eliminated from the race in the previous round.

The renewed group will release their first single with Heo in Japan on August 27, and the group will go on tour in October. The audition to find a new member for Kara began shortly after members Nicole and Jiyoung left the group in January.

The Japanese official website for PURETTY had announced in May that PURETTY would be disbanding due to its membersHye-in Yoo and Jae-eun Jeon graduating the group. Yoo left the group in order to focus on her career as an actress, while the youngest member of the group Jeon left to focus on her studies.

PURETTY, a “little sister” group to Kara, formed in 2012 to appear in the Pretty Rhythm Dear My Future anime for girls, and performed the “Cheki Love” (Check It Love) and “Shuwa Shuwa Baby” (Fizz Fizz Baby) ending theme songs for the series. In addition to appearing in the live-action portion of the show, the girls also inspired characters named after them in the anime itself (seen below; from left to right, Jae Eun, Shi Yoon, Hye In, Chae Kyoung, and So Min).

The group Kara has performed theme songs for the live-action adaptation of Yoko Kamio‘s Boys Over Flowers manga, as well as for the South Korean broadcast of Naruto Shippūden. The original five members of Kara also inspired an anime featuring animated versions of themselves titled Kara The Animation.

Update: Error corrected. Thanks, checarlos87.

Source: Nikkan SportsYahoo! Japan

Clara: ClariS Will Not Disband

Singer Gero (Brothers Conflict) interviewed Clara of the musical duo ClariS on the Japanese television program Mezamashi TV on Sunday. During the interview, Clara announced that although the second member of ClariS Alice has left the group, the unit ClariS has not ended. She explained that the unit ClariS will continue to work to convey its feeling of gratitude to fans. She told Gero that Alice made the decision to “graduate” from ClariS after giving it a lot of thought, and Clara decided to cheer her on.

In addition, Clara revealed that while she is a third-year high school student, no one in school knows that she is part of the musical duo. When a ClariS song plays on the school’s speakers, she gets excited in her head and wants to sing. Clara added that she first met Alice in first grade at the music school the two attended. The two often go out together, eating dinner or taking purikura(‘Print Club’ photo sheets or stickers) together.

Alice of the ClariS duo announced her graduation from the unit to focus on her studies at the end of last month, and formally left the unit on June 4 when their PARTY TIME album was released in Japan. The album reached the number two spot on the Oricon’s weekly charts.

The duo ClariS debuted in 2010 as middle-schoolers with their single “irony,” which served as the opening theme to the Ore no Imōto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai TV anime. From there, they performed the theme songs for the Puella Magi Madoka Magica TV anime and films, as well as the themes for Moyashimon Returns and NisemonogatariClariS also performed the theme song for the Akiba’s Trip PlayStation Portable game. Most recently, the duo provided two theme songs for the Nisekoi anime.

The duo has made one live performance, but they were only visible as silhouettes behind a curtain to their fans during the concert. Instead, ClariS is normally illustrated as anime characters by various artists, including Akio WatanabeUme Aoki, and Hiro Kanzaki. Alice is portrayed in the color blue, while Clara is represented by the color pink.

[Via Hachima Kikō]