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I was both really worried and really excited by Sunshine and I came away from the first episode being mostly pleased and excited but still a little worried. I knew going in it was basically just going to be another Love Live but, as much as I absolutely love the first series, I was hoping it wouldn't basically be just a replay of the first series. I'm not sure yet that it's not going to be as some of the characters skew awfully close to originals except in some cases turned up to 11.

The start of episode 1 was very weak to me with the characters being far more amped up and polarizing than almost anything in the first series and I'm not a fan of that. The first series cast was, for the most part, fairly normal and believable outside of their individual quirks and that was one of it's best assets. Sure you had Nico but she was notably the oddball and was even portrayed as such. In Sunshine there are what feel like far too many super wacky over the top cliches; character archetypes from the first series (and anime in general) thrown right in your face and cranked up too far. Once the episode found it's feet, however, and had some quiet moments I really started to get into it. You and Riko instantly grabbed me as characters I'm going to like because, once again, they feel largely normal and aren't just Blatant Character Archetype X. I just hope that the series ends up focusing on that itself of a cast of overly loud and obnoxious "characters." The callbacks to the first series were well done but I hope we don't see them every single episode as Sunshine needs to stand on it's own at the end of the day.

As for the music? Surprisingly good. I really liked the OP song and the ED song was very nice as well. I was a little concerned given that I adore most of the music generated for the first series and all of it's units but I hadn't really been super into the second season main group songs that I have heard. I liked the mini-unit songs but the actual Aquors songs were only sounding decent before this. Now I could easily see myself buying an Aquors album and checking out whenever they do a concert.

The cast so far:
Chika - Not a huge fan so far. Honoka was likable but had her annoying moments but Chika feels more on the balance of annoying but with likable moments. There's promise here but it really depends how they play her.
You - Very likable. Seems a mostly normal girl but I hope they give her more development than we've seen so far. I don't want her to just be "Chika's friend." Umi and especially Kotori really developed over the course of the first series and I hope we see the same from You.
Riko - Just as with You, a very normal and likable seeming girl. An early favourite and I'm really excited to see her develop.
Kanan - We didn't get much of her to grab onto. I liked what I saw but how she's going to develop is a bit of a mystery so far.
Ruby - Meh. I love her look but the super shy girl who is obviously into the idol idea but runs away when even just touched just feels like Hanayo cranked up too far. I hope she gets some development quickly otherwise she's just going to be annoying.
Dia - Ugh. Just like Ruby, we basically have a character from the first series but made even more over the top and annoying. I'm also not a fan of her look. It took a long time for the first series to really develop Ellie but I hope they don't take anywhere near as long to make Dia better.
Yoshiko - Double Ugh. I'm guessing she's supposed to be the Nico of the cast in that she's the confirmed oddball.. but I just don't like her at all. I never really totally got into Nico even after she got some development so I'm not seeing pleasant things with Yoshiko at all.
Hanamaru - Eh, I was really hoping to like her but just based on the few seconds we get of her so far, I'm not impressed. Sure Rin had the Nyan thing but that felt more integrated into her speech than the Hanamaru's "Zura" thing.
Mari - We see her sitting in a helicopter and that's about it. She looks cute but based on what I know of her character, it may be painful once she starts opening her mouth.
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CG was definitely way better than the original, but that was about it. The girl who seems like a Honoka clone was just that, but I suppose she's essential to the formation of the group in the first place. Introducing the three first-years so soon and all at once didn't seem like a good choice, especially since their characters seem extremely different from the original first-years, with the exception of the one girl who says 'zura' or something like that. It just felt like an unbalanced start to me, possibly to counter "Honoka" essentially being Honoka. Moving "Maki" up into the second-year line-up was a logical choice though. I'm guessing two of the third-years tried forming a school idol group, but didn't get too far?

The second half of the episode definitely felt like it was better paced though and felt more like Love Live, although that could've just been from hearing the originals again...
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Guess we have a 3 way tie with Riko, Ruby, and the New Nozomi 3rd yr girl...maybe Yohane a bit.
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Guess we have a 3 way tie with Riko, Ruby, and the New Nozomi 3rd yr girl...maybe Yohane a bit.


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cay032692 wrote:

Guess we have a 3 way tie with Riko, Ruby, and the New Nozomi 3rd yr girl...maybe Yohane a bit.




Its Like a Combination of Chuunibyou and Free!
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Its Like a Combination of Chuunibyou and Free!


I dunno man, seems more like Haganai fused with Aokana.
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Chiko/Riko is so there.

Yohanne looks like Lelouch. I hope they make a reference about that.
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I enjoyed it more than I expected to no clear best girl yet I'll wait till I see more on all of them.
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I love the new version of the kotori photobomb in the OP, I couldn't stop smiling. I have to say the CGI quality is a lot better than the first 2 series, they definitely got more on the budget. I think the reasoning for all the characters to show is probably to fulfill audience curiosity. I'm just going to judge this show on its own rather than compare it the last one.
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Well dang, first Funi show I try to watch this season and the app is so laggy its giving me flashbacks of dial up internet.
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I really loved the first episode! I adore the uber upbeat tone they're setting. It's one of the main things I loved about LL!. That can-do, let-nothing-get-in-the-way-of-your-dreams spirit. And the few songs we've heard are really catchy. I can see myself humming these while working. I also like the way they connected LL! and LLS. It felt organic but also "hand of fate"-ish.

I know people enjoy drawing parallels between characters from old and new series but I'm deliberately letting each character of Sunshine become their own. And if we're going to nit-pick μ's treaded along some really well-worn tropes so coming down on Sunshine for doing the same seems a bit unfair.

All in all I'm very excited to see where LLS goes.
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I died a little at the Start:Dash flashback.... that nostalgia...

I found this funny.... Kudos to anyone who tried (and likely failed).



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Zephy-kun wrote:

I died a little at the Start:Dash flashback.... that nostalgia...

I found this funny.... Kudos to anyone who tried (and likely failed).





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This was the exact same damn plot as the original, right down to the Student Council Prez telling MC 'Hell no' to forming an idol group...


However, I like the weirdo Chuni girl who falls out of the damn tree.
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I can't do it with my right hand but I can just about with my left.

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