Love Live! The School Idol Movie


Love Live! The School Idol Movie ラブライブ!The School Idol Movie, Rabu Raibu! The School Idol Movie is a 2015 Japanese animated youth school music film6 The film is part of the Love Live! franchise by Sunrise, Lantis and Dengeki G's Magazine,7 taking place after the second season of the 2013-2014 anime television series1 The film was directed by Takahiko Kyōgoku, written by Jukki Hanada, produced by Sunrise, and distributed by Shochiku18 The film was released in Japan on June 13, 2015 and licensed in North America by NIS America The film was the 9th highest-grossing Japanese film of the year in Japan with ¥28 billion and was nominated for Animation of the Year at the 39th Japan Academy Prize

Contents

  • 1 Plot
  • 2 Production
    • 21 Music
  • 3 Release
  • 4 Reception
    • 41 Box office
    • 42 Critical reception
    • 43 Awards and nominations
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Plotedit

See also: List of Love Live! characters

The movie begins with a scene from the second years' childhood, where Honoka is trying to jump over a puddle left from the rain, with Kotori cheering her on and Umi watching from behind a tree Despite failing multiple times and being asked by Kotori to give up and go home instead, she finally manages to soar over it in the end

The story takes place after the events of the second season, where μ's receives a notification that the organizers of Love Live! intend to hold a third competition, aiming to hold it within Tokyo Dome this time But in order to achieve that dream, they require more publicity in order to have it become a sell-out concert Therefore, to spread the appeal of school idols to even more people, they have decided to send μ's to America where a TV agency has offered to do a cover on them Even though μ's had already decided to disband, they agree to perform in order to help Love Live! gather more support, as they are still school idols until the end of the month

While preparing for the live and doing their training in New York, μ's continues to enjoy themselves as tourists as well, with the insert song Hello, Hoshi o Kazoete played at the end of the montage During one of these times, however, Honoka gets separated from the rest of the group Lost in a foreign land, she encounters a lone Japanese female singer performing on the streets, and is charmed by her beautiful voice singing As Times Go By On the way back to the hotel, Honoka asks about her story, and realises that they were the same The girl also used to perform music with her close friends, and ended up alone in New York after many encounters and partings Honoka was led back to her hotel safely by the girl, but when she turned to introduce her to the rest of μ's, the girl had already vanished Honoka was left carrying the girl's microphone set, with one question lingering in her head from their conversation: "What's most important is, whose sake do you sing for" The first section of the movie concludes with them performing Angelic Angel in New York's Times Square and Central Park

After returning to Japan, μ's had become tremendously popular, with the whole of Akihabara covered in their advertisements and goods Since the video from New York was broadcast across Japan, the girls are now stars, needing to sneak around wearing disguises, with the insert song ?←HEARTBEAT playing But with all the fans telling them that they want μ's to continue forever, the girls' hearts begin to waver regarding their decision to disband They realise that they have to answer to their fans, and they have only two choices To surpass the barrier of being only school idols and become actual idols, or to hold onto their original determination and halt activities upon the third years' graduation Principal Minami also calls them to her office, informing them that she too wishes them to continue even if they have to reinvent themselves as something other than school idols While Honoka is fretting over the decision at night, Tsubasa calls her out on a late night ride with A-RISE, and tells her about the possibility of lengthening μ's career just like they themselves had, and introduce their management company to her

Faced with the dilemma out in the middle of a rainstorm, Honoka hears a lone voice singing, and runs into the same singer she met before Insisting that she needed to thank her, Honoka drags her back to her home, only to have her stop just outside, saying that that was good enough The singer then asks if Honoka had found the answer to her question yet After having Honoka close her eyes, the two of them are transported to a hill full of flowers, in front of a large lake The singer then asks Honoka to jump over the lake, telling her that she definitely can fly whenever she wanted Honoka proceeds to run down the hill and take the jump, reaffirming her love for the existence of school idols Eli also sends Honoka a message on behalf of the third years after they had discussed it, telling her their decision to stop activities

Honoka wakes up the next morning and heads back to the rooftop, where everyone has come to the same decision There, Honoka announces her final idea, to hold a concert to promote all school idols as their final contribution to the industry She goes over to UTX High School where she pitches the idea to Tsubasa, who accepts it readily Despite having sent emails to all school idols across the country, not many of them are accepting of it, which leads Honoka to decide that they need to meet them personally in order for their feelings to get through Future style plays after this sequence

Using Maki's money for train fare, they head out in groups of three across the nation to convince school idols to join their endeavor The massive crowd gathers in Akiba at the end, and begins preparing for the school idol festival to occur Kotori and Anju work together on the costumes, while Maki and Tsubasa work on the song On the final evening before the event, Honoka announces to everyone the news of μ's disbandment, to everyone's dismay

The day of the festival finally arrives, and all of μ's heads towards Akiba together As Eli decides to start a race there and μ's begins running, Honoka is distracted by a single drifting petal, reminiscent of the flowers upon the hill in the illusionary world She begins to run while doing pirouettes and spins along the way, feeling that just like before, she really can soar anytime she wanted now with the burden off her shoulders When she gets to the site, all of μ's is greeted by the sight of all of the school idols already there, dressed in costumes following a style similar to their own design The massive crowd parts to give them a clear path to the stage, and the festival begins with the performance of SUNNY DAY SONG, which is now the song for all school idols

A new school year begins in Otonokizaka High School, with Yukiho and Alisa shown as third years carrying on μ's' will and discussing their plans for the Idol Research Club The pair give the welcoming speech to the freshmen, talking about how the school was saved by μ's and talking about their final performance Meanwhile, a reformed μ's partakes in another Love Live preliminary The movie concludes with Bokutachi wa Hitotsu no Hikari where μ's is shown performing at Tokyo Dome, most likely at the third Love Live!

Productionedit

The film was announced in June 2014 at the end of the second season finale of the Love Live! anime television series, as part of the celebration of the fifth anniversary of the franchise7

Musicedit

Three CD singles with insert songs from the film were released9 The first, released on July 1, 2015, was "Angelic Angel / Hello, Hoshi o Kazoete", and includes "Angelic Angel" by μ's and "Hello, Hoshi o Kazoete" Hello,星を数えて by Rin Riho Iida, Maki Pile and Hanayo Yurika Kubo It was number-two on the weekly Oricon Singles Chart, with 82,000 copies sold, having the highest ranking and best first week sales of a Love Live! single1010 It sold an estimated 131,274 copies in 2015, becoming the second best-selling anime CD single of the year in Japan11

The second single, "Sunny Day Song / ←Heartbeat", was released on July 8 and had "Sunny Day Song" by μ's and "←Heartbeat" by Eli Ayase Yoshino Nanjō, Nozomi Tojo Aina Kusuda and Nico Yazawa Sora Tokui1012 It broke the franchise record for first week sales set by the previous single, with 86,000 copies; it was also number-two on the weekly Oricon Singles Chart12 It sold an estimated 125,225 copies, becoming the third best-selling anime CD single of the year in Japan11

The third single, "Bokutachi wa Hitotsu no Hikari / Future Style", was released on July 15 and had "Bokutachi wa Hitotsu no Hikari" 僕たちはひとつの光 by μ's and "Future style" by Honoka Kōsaka Emi Nitta, Kotori Minami Aya Uchida and Umi Sonoda Suzuko Mimori109 It broke the franchise record for first week sales set by the second single, with 96,000 copies sold; it was also number-two on the weekly Oricon Singles Chart9 It sold an estimated 124,254 copies, becoming the fourth best-selling anime CD single of the year in Japan11

Releaseedit

In January 2015 the release date for the film was announced as June 13, 201513 It was released on home video in Blu-ray on December 15, 201514 The Limited Special Edition sold 193,769 copies on its first week, becoming the weekly number-one animation Blu-ray in the country15 By January 24, 2016, it had sold 220,772 copies16

The film was released theatrically in South Korea on September 3, 2015,17 in the United States on September 11, 201518 and in Indonesia on October 2119 As of December 2015, the film had been shown in several other countries, including Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam,20 and was also scheduled to be released in Canada at the start of 201621

Receptionedit

Box officeedit

The film was number-one on its opening weekend in Japan, where it grossed ¥400,235,800 and had 251,811 admissions2223 It grossed ¥260 million on its second weekend and was number-one in admissions with 188,00023 It was number-one on the third weekend, grossing ¥267,161,780 with 188,004 admissions, reaching a total gross close to ¥12 billion24 On the fourth weekend the film went down one place, behind Avengers: Age of Ultron, and reached a total gross of over ¥14 billion and over 1 million admissions25 The film had earned ¥165 billion one month after release26 ¥19 billion 38 days after the release27 and ¥2 billion by the seventh weekend28 By August 1 it had grossed over ¥22 billion with over 15 million admissions29 and by August 11 it was over ¥23 billion30 By August 16, it had grossed ¥24 billion19 and by September 12, it had grossed over ¥253 billion, becoming the 5th highest-grossing film distributed by Shochiku since 20008 The film was the 8th highest-grossing Japanese film together with Flying Colors and the 6th highest-grossing anime film at the Japanese box office in 2015, with ¥28 billion31 It grossed ¥286 billion in total in Japan32

The film became the anime film with most admissions in South Korea, with 86,400 as of October 13, 201517 In the United States the film grossed US$115,84018

Critical receptionedit

Nick Creamer of Anime News Network said the film is "not a series high point, but it's a reasonable conclusion to the first Love Live! saga"33

Awards and nominationsedit

The film was second place for Best Picture at the Newtype Anime Awards 201534 It won an Award of Excellence by being nominated for Animation of the Year at the 39th Japan Academy Prize35 It won the Theatrical Animation Division prize at the 2016 Tokyo Anime Award Festival36

Referencesedit

  1. ^ a b c "Love Live! The School Idol Movie's TV Spot Aired" Anime News Network February 8, 2015 Retrieved February 17, 2016 
  2. ^ a b "Love Live! The School Idol Movie Limited Theatrical Release Coming to North America" Anime News Network June 26, 2015 Retrieved February 17, 2016 
  3. ^ "ラブライブ!The School Idol Movie" eigacom in Japanese Retrieved February 17, 2016 
  4. ^ "Love Live! The School Idol Movie" Box Office Mojo Retrieved September 30, 2016 
  5. ^ "Love Live! The School Idol Movie" The Numbers Retrieved September 30, 2016 
  6. ^ "ラブライブ! The School Idol Movie2015" allcinema in Japanese Stingray Retrieved February 17, 2016 
  7. ^ a b "Love Live! School idol project Anime Gets All-New Film" Anime News Network June 29, 2014 Retrieved February 17, 2016 
  8. ^ a b "Love Live! Ranks 5th Among Shochiku Films Since 2000 With 253 Billion Yen" Anime News Network September 12, 2015 Retrieved February 17, 2016 
  9. ^ a b c "Love Live! Film Puts 3 CD Singles in Top 10 in the Same Week" Anime News Network July 20, 2015 Retrieved February 17, 2016 
  10. ^ a b c d "Love Live! Movie Song 'Angelic Angel' Previewed With Video" Anime News Network June 15, 2015 Retrieved February 17, 2016 
  11. ^ a b c "Top-Selling Anime CD Singles: 2015" Anime News Network January 9, 2016 Retrieved February 17, 2016 
  12. ^ a b "Love Live! Film Puts 2 CD Singles in Top 5 in the Same Week" Anime News Network July 14, 2015 Retrieved February 17, 2016 
  13. ^ "New Love Live! Anime Film's June 13 Date, New Best Album Unveiled" Anime News Network January 31, 2015 Retrieved February 17, 2016 
  14. ^ "Love Live! Film's Japanese Blu-ray Contains English Subtitles" Anime News Network September 1, 2015 Retrieved February 17, 2016 
  15. ^ "Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, December 14–20" Anime News Network December 22, 2015 Retrieved February 17, 2016 
  16. ^ "Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, January 18–24" Anime News Network January 26, 2016 Retrieved February 17, 2016 
  17. ^ a b "Love Live! Film Tops Evangelion: 10 Ticket Sales in S Korea" Anime News Network October 19, 2015 Retrieved February 17, 2016 
  18. ^ a b "Love Live! The School Idol Movie" Box Office Mojo Retrieved February 17, 2016 
  19. ^ a b "Love Live! The School Idol Movie Opens in Indonesia on October 21" Anime News Network September 5, 2015 Retrieved February 17, 2016 
  20. ^ "Love Live! The School Idol Movie Earned US$115,840 in US" Anime News Network December 20, 2015 Retrieved February 17, 2016 
  21. ^ "Love Live Film Gets Canadian Screenings in Early 2016" Anime News Network December 13, 2015 Retrieved February 17, 2016 
  22. ^ "Love Live! Film Earns 400 Million Yen in 2 Days Updated" Anime News Network June 15, 2015 Retrieved February 17, 2016 
  23. ^ a b "Love Live Film Earns 260 Million Yen in 2nd Weekend, Beats Out Mad Max For Tickets Sold Updated" Anime News Network June 22, 2015 Retrieved February 17, 2016 
  24. ^ "Love Live! Film Tops Japanese Box Office for Tickets Sold for 3rd Straight Week Updated" Anime News Network June 29, 2015 Retrieved February 17, 2016 
  25. ^ "Love Live! Film Falls to 2nd Place to Avengers in 4th Weekend" Anime News Network July 6, 2015 Retrieved February 17, 2016 
  26. ^ "Love Live! Film Earns Has Grossed 165 Billion Yen Since June Premiere" Anime News Network July 14, 2015 Retrieved February 17, 2016 
  27. ^ "Love Live! Film Earns 19 Billion+ Yen in 38 Days" Anime News Network July 23, 2015 Retrieved February 17, 2016 
  28. ^ "Hosoda's Boy & the Beast Film Ranks #2, Love Live! Earns 2 Billion Yen" Anime News Network July 28, 2015 Retrieved February 17, 2016 
  29. ^ "Love Live! Film's Box Office Earnings Surpass 3rd Madoka Magica Film" Anime News Network August 3, 2015 Retrieved February 17, 2016 
  30. ^ "Love Live! Movie's 23-Billion-Yen Earnings Surpass 2014 Crayon Shin-chan Film" Anime News Network August 11, 2015 Retrieved February 17, 2016 
  31. ^ "Top 10 Grossing Domestic Japanese Films of 2015 Listed" Anime News Network January 1, 2016 Retrieved February 17, 2016 
  32. ^ "Love Live! The Idol School Movie Ends Theatrical Run With 286 Billion Yen" Anime News Network March 14, 2016 Retrieved March 15, 2016 
  33. ^ Creamer, Nick September 14, 2015 "Love Live! The School Idol Movie" Anime News Network Retrieved February 17, 2016 
  34. ^ "Fate/Stay Night, Psycho-Pass Film Win Top Newtype Awards" Anime News Network October 10, 2015 Retrieved February 17, 2016 
  35. ^ "Anthem of the Heart, Miss Hokusai, DBZ, Boy & Beast, Love Live! Earn Japan Academy Prize Nods" Anime News Network January 18, 2016 Retrieved February 17, 2016 
  36. ^ "Love Live! Film, Shirobako Win Tokyo Anime Award Festival's Top Prizes" Anime News Network March 21, 2016 Retrieved March 21, 2016 

External linksedit

  • Love Live! The School Idol Movie anime at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
  • Love Live! The School Idol Movie on IMDb


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