Nijigasaki High School is known for their diverse subjects and the freedom they give to students. Second-year student Yu Takasaki has been turned on to the charms of school idols, so she knocks on the door of the School Idol Club with her friend, Ayumu Uehara. Sometimes friends, sometimes rivals, the members of this club each contribute their own thoughts and motivations to the group.
Love Live: Nijigasaki School Idol Club (hopefully season 1) has ended. What did I think of the season? Very, very good. The characters are great and the interactions between them are fantastic. The art looks a bit off when I first started to watch it (mainly because I went into it with the mindset of the old art animation from Project and Sunshine) but I ended up getting used to it quite quickly. Questions: Can you start with Nijigasaki? Honestly, I can go ahead and say that... yes. If it is your first time actually watching Love Live, you can start here if you want to. The only time it ever references Project and Sunshine is when Setsuna in episode 3 mentions the Love Live tournament but that is the only time it is ever referenced. Are the songs any good? The main criticism I had about Project when I first watched it was the fact that about 30-40% of the songs (IN MY OPINION) were quite forgettable. Sunshine fixed this adding a lot more songs that I can remember off the top of my head. There were a few duds, but it was better then Project in that regard. I can say that every single song in Nijigasaki is memorable in a certain way because the solo songs that each of the characters perform are related to their personalities which makes it 10x more rememberable in my opinion. Do I you need to play the game (SIF All Stars) to understand anything? No. While it enhances the experience and there are some references in the songs PV’s that directly reference costumes from All Stars, you are not required to play All Stars to get the full experience. Is it (in my opinion) better than Sunshine (my favourite series of Love Live)? Honestly, no. But I hold Nijigasaki with a close regard to Sunshine which is still really good. While I personally prefer the songs and the character interactions in Nijigasaki compared to Sunshine, Sunshine has characters that I grew to end up loving more than some of the characters in Nijigasaki, but the story in Sunshine, I ended up loving even more than Nijigasaki. That doesn’t mean I hated the story to Nijigasaki, I just thought, personally, Sunshine did it better. Overall, what do I rate it? Nijigasaki is a fun time to be had that people new to the franchise can start if they want to. While the story is a bit slow and doesn’t start so seriously pick up till about episode 4, it is still a fantastic story. The backstories for every character are very in depth and meaningful that during Rina’s (episode 6), I actually ended up crying. I understood the troubles the characters where going though and really wanted to see how they over came those struggles and grew as a character. As I said, some parts of the story are slow, but when the story gets good, it really gets good and I can commend Nijigasaki to that. The art is absolutely fantastic as well and blends the 2D and 3D animation of the PV’s extremely well, it just takes time getting used to the 2D art style if you have watched Project and Sunshine. I personally 100% recommended this
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