The cute girls of Love Live! just got even cuter thanks to a second set of idols based on the adorable illustrations of Kengou Yakumo. The new chibi Minicchu series of figures from Phat! Company features all nine members of μ's all dressed up in their stage outfits from μ's 5th single 'Wonderful Rush'. Get a look after the jump.
After launching back in May, the English version of Love Live! School Idol Festival, the free-to-play social rhythm game for iOS and Android, has reached 500,000 players. To celebrate, KLab's game will be giving away gems throughout the week. These "Love Gems" are sold in-app in denominations from 1 ($0.99) to 86 ($49.99). More after the jump.
Love Live's staff, voice actress Aya Uchida, Good Smile Company (who had a new Nendoroid to preview), and plenty of fans took to social media to celebrate the September 12th birthday of Kotori Minami. Check out the results after the jump.
Earlier this year, when Aurora released a set of Love Live cycling outfits, each design featured some identifying image for each girl's background. Umi had an archery target. Maki had a piano. Nico had twintail ASCII. And, Hanayo Koizumi had a big bowl of rice. Bic Camera's remarkably big electronics shop at Nagoya Station was spotted celebrating μ's rice fanatic with a unique rice cooker.
Ahead of the game's delayed August 28th release, a new promo has been posted for PS Vita rhythm-action game Love Live - School Idol Paradise. In addition to planned DLC, the game from Dingo, the folks behind the Hatsune Miku: Project Diva games and Persona 4: Dancing All Night, will get you will get you with three "volumes."
Love Live fan projects are starting to get a bit weird. Awesome, but definitely weird. Umi's infamous poker face inspired a 30cm cube while Nico's trademark twintail become the handles for a doujinshi maker's Summer Comiket bag. Get a look after the jump.
Following the reveal for the character's birthday, Good Smile Company is now taking orders for the super deformed Nendoroid figure of Love Live's Honoka. They are also kicking off August with Metal Gear's Solid Snake going on sale, and they're preparing to bring Koi ga Saku Koro Sakura Doki's to Summer Comiket. Get a look after the jump.
August third is the birthday of a number of significant anime characters. While some fans are celebrating Sailor Moon's leading man, it's the Printemps center getting an outsized portion of the love, with the anime's staff, her voice actress, Good Smile Company and whole lot of fans sending their regards to Honoka Kousaka. Get a look after the jump.
Good Smile Company's run of extra-cute girl Nendoroids continues. Following Non Non Biyori's much anticipated Ren-chon and Engaged to the Unidentified's Mashiro Mitsumine, they now have World Conquest Zvezda Plot's Lady Venera and Love Live's Nico Yazawa available for pre-order ahead of November releases. Get a look after the jump.
It's a busy start of the week for Love Live fans. On July 21st, Japan is celebrating Umi-no-hi or Marine Day. It originally commemorated the Meiji Emperor's 1876 voyage in the iron steam ship Meiji-Maru, but in 1995 became a national holiday celebrating maritime prosperity... or, for otaku, a chance to pay tribute to Umi Sonoda. Then, in a nice pun, July 22 is Nico Yazawa's birthday. Check out the celebration after the jump.
This weekend's Love Live finale, "Come True! Everyone's Dreams" treated fans to a bit of time with the mother of ever-popular Nico Yazawa, voiced by Mitsuishi Kotono, famed for her work as Sailor Moon, Evangelion's Misato and, more recently, Gundam Build Fighter's Rinko Iori. Of course this had fans thinking about an idol unit composed of the classic voice actresses behind the Love Live Mommas.