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.