When it comes to large ensemble casts, especially those with idols, there tends to be no casual viewers. One is either a fan of the genre, and thus a fan of specific series, or one has very little interest. To my surprise, taking on Love Live! Sunshine!! season 2 has me asking far more questions that I would have suspected possible. And as such, it has increased my interest in tracking down and watching the others series. This was a surprising development.
It’s generally well known among fans of anime and Japanese culture in general that, within reason and ability, students can choose their own high schools. Not all high schools are desirable, however. Some are no longer near population centers, others have poor reputations, others have unique situations that is affecting their incoming admissions. This is precisely the problem of Uranohoshi High School in Love Live! Sunshine!!
Much like the previous series, Love Live!, Love Live! Sunshine!! features nine girls with a dream to be school idols–three freshmen, three sophomores, and three seniors (Japanese high schools are only three years long). Also much like the previous series, the girls are being faced with the closing of their school and hope to save it by gaining popularity with their new school idol group, Aqours. And also, much like the previous series again, the anime spends a good portion of the series with the girls slowly coming together until they finally form their full nine-person unit.