Love Live! Sunshine!! 2.1: It’s Miracle!

Here we have the second of my top 3 most anticipated shows of Fall 2017. Let’s find out what “The Perfect One and Friends” had in store for us upon their omega level hyped return.

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Wakey-wakey Chika.

 

The second season began with Chika dreaming of the victory envelope with Aqours’ name written on it she one day hopes to obtain. After waking up from a double-dream (Aqoursception) she rushed to school.

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10 students would become part of Aqours’ new army.

Starting off her speech with a fourth wall joke Mari addressed Aqours’ new army and announced preparations to compete in another Great Idol War coming up. They failed to qualify for the Nationals last season but they were more than ready to go all-out this time around.

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Kanan helping Yohane stretch as Perfection observed.

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Zuramaru push up.

Aqours training on the roof. (Still not sure which of the two is Zuramaru’s #1).

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Perfect Catchphrase count: 1

Being the head disciple of “The Disciples of Dia” it will be my duty to count EVERY SINGLE TIME The Perfect One uses her iconic catchphrase throughout the season. I failed to do so last time but I’ll be sure to rectify this mistake. If memory serves me it was 4 or 5 times. Oh and no. I’m not going to count every time Mari speaks Engrish.

Anyway the girls talked an open house show coming up to show off their awesomeness and attract even more potential soldiers for the Great Idol War.

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Distressing Call.

More on this call in a bit.

Yohane and the Queen of the Netherworld

Yohane and the Queen of the Netherworld.

We learned that Riko’s mom had access to the Gates of the Netherworld and Yohane being extra fluffy behind her dark exterior. Also the queen is a teacher at the school, making things awkward between the two. Besides that the girls talked about where to train for the open house. While that was going Kanan noticed her beloved showing signs of something bothering her so she sent her a signal that night to come cuddle.

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Kanan persuading Mari to talk as only someone wearing the pants in a relationship would.

Mari came clean and told her boo that her Papa was tired of waiting and declared the merger between the two schools mentioned last season would happen sooner than planned. Basically the plan to attract more students failed and the school will be shutting down soon.

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The Perfect One showing her genius. Also Perfect Catchphrase count: 2.

Mari didn’t tell Dia right away but our gift from the heavens showed up and was like “Dood, I’m perfection personified! There’s NOTHING I can’t do or figure out!” The three agreed that it could not be kept a secret from the others for long. Chika’s response was to book a flight to America and confront Mari’s Papa. If that did happen I would have lost my mind.

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Riko stops Chika from diving.

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GAOOOOOOOO!

It’s worth mentioning the one girlfriend of Chika’s who had the most influence in helping her find her way was Riko. For one she’s dating her and it’s her way of repaying Chika for everything from last season.Worry not, for You also helped show her the way a little.

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Aqours ready to go to war.

After lots of thought and support from her lovers and peeps Chika refused to give up and was determined to find a way to stop the school from closing…or at the very least lead Aqours to a war so great the world will never be the same. Obviously the rest of Aqours felt the same way.

Put simply this premiere had everyone doing what they did best and fans across the globe rejoiced. Can’t wait to see more!

PS:

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Forgot to mention this scene. Horny girlfriends be horny.

Kudos to my boy Mauron for bringing up the following excellent observation. Aqours began showing their superpowers:

  • Mari’s ability to break the fourth wall.
  • Kanan’s super strength
  • Chika’s magical skirt.

PPS: In case someone brings this up: Personally I’m not that annoyed they’re still doing the “save the school from being closed” thing. It’s a means to an end. What’s more important is seeing Aqours become stronger than ever doing their own thing instead of continue to copy μ’s.

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35 Responses to Love Live! Sunshine!! 2.1: It’s Miracle!

  1. Shinryu says:

    Great premiere all around. Mari, as grating as she can be at times, has pretty much solidified herself as my favourite of the Sunshine cast. And how she tied to hold it in but then let it go in Kanan’s arms was perfect. Actually, that whole scene with them on the pier was magic.

    Surprised you didn’t mention the Riko and You double “let’s totally (not) block our view of Chika’s panties” while Chika was flipping around on the horizontal bar.

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  2. Mauron says:

    Kanan is clearly used to carrying Mari around, which helps identify weight changes.

    There was a flood of Chika x Riko moments this episode, which I enjoyed.

    This is the part of the series where the girls get superpowers, right? Mari is able to break the fourth wall, and Chika has a pantyshot proof skirt.

    Everyone kept getting Yohane’s name wrong. How rude.

    Let’s see Zuramaru turn that zero (pushups) into a one!

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    • OG-Man says:

      She has super strength.

      Thanks for the excellent observation regarding their superpowers. I credited you.

      The things a fallen angel must endure.

      Right on!

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      • Mauron says:

        I can back Kanan’s superpowers.

        “boy” Yohane! I mean girl!

        This was around the point in School Idol Project where Maki demonstrated group dreaming abilities, and Honoka learned to control the weather… briefly, so I went in looking for examples.

        Even from her fellow members, and “pretty much a roommate”. Terrible.

        I cracked up at the pose Riko and You were in when Zuramaru was struggling with her pushup. One of them was holding the other up while distracted!

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      • OG-Man says:

        Exactly. Idols are the second most powerful beings in Japanese media next to lolis and mechas.

        How rude of them to disrespect her authority.

        That was a funny scene.

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  3. LuzeriP says:

    Man, Kanan must has some serious muscle pack under that shirt. Can’t wait to see more!

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  4. Alexis says:

    Hola de nuevo
    Este es mi serie asegurada para esta temporada, aunque he de confesar que si bien me muero de ganas de ver a Aquors hubiera preferido la segunda temporada para el próximo año para que haya más productos derivados de esta franquicia, aunque yo creo que ya tienen previstos nuevos proyecto para Love Live.

    Muchas cosas graciosas: la reina del inframundo tratando de cuidar a su heredera, zuramaru haciendo flexiones, Dia con su inconfundible desu-wa junto con su adorable imouto, el KanaMari en desarrollo, en la versión subtitulada dice que Mari “se pone azul” cuando esta preocupada y Kanan comprende el significado y sobre todo el OT3 Chika x Riko + You, propongo una moción para incluir en la entrada una imagen de You y Riko “tapandose los ojos” ante el pantyshoot de Chika.

    Me despido con una pregunta sencilla y que siempre he querido hacer ¿que significa desu-wa? / What does “desu-wa” mean? (espero haberlo escrito bien)

    Chaito y nos escribimos hasta el próximo estreno

    cyao
    shinning!!!!

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    • OG-Man says:

      Muchas cosas grandiosas pasaron en este episodio.

      Ya lo hice.

      Supuestamente el “desu” es un fin formal en frases y el “wa” no tiene significado. Es solamente para ayudar que la chica de alta clase/ojou-sama suene linda. En corto, es para que chicas de noblesa/con buen modales/ojou-sama suenen lindas.

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  5. themarrowbook says:

    A new rise of Aqours everyone was waiting for, following possibly one of the biggest challenges the girls have to face in the franchise.

    I was expecting the third years would play key roles in S2, which seems to be true. Fans will probably end up loving them even more through this season.
    ChikaRiko and the third years’ interactions, reflecting what they had gone through in Love Live! Sunshine!! S1, strongly showed it is Aqours’ story now and they will find their own answer themselves. I am looking forward to it!

    Oh, and blessed are the Little Demons as myself, that a part of the beloved Fallen Angel’s Realm of Darkness was revealed.

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  6. Bayuro says:

    It’s nice for me to be back here on Yuri Nation, so is my favorite anime. I really missed commenting here on OG’s blogs. It’s a good time to start all over again with my favorite anime. As usual LLS still amazes me with some yuriesque antics like Kanan lifting Mari. The next time Kanan will do that, she should wear a tux and let Mari wear a gown. My fave shipping ChikaRiko has good start this season with some deja vu moments from previous season but they reverse their roles, Riko even remember Chika’s gaoogaoo! quotes during that fateful episode it’s like they destined to be together. Riko amazes me she still have her chicken mouth everytime she’s get shocked since last season episode 13 when she and You failed to glimpse Chika’s pantsu. I also finally saw Yohamama aka Queen of the Netherworld looks hot as hell up close.

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  7. cirno9fan says:

    “Chika’s magical skirt”
    in what way????
    They saw her panties. What was “magical” about that???

    The camera just panned away.

    Anyway, I loved the episode~ It was an amazing premierie, and hopefully people can finally stop comparing the two, because Muse already had fixed the school problem by season 2. Aquors are still in the thick of it. Personally, I really think the storytelling is much stronger with Sunshine than the original, and I think we’re in for quite the amazing ride~

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  8. Nick says:

    Not gonna leave a massive comment as I’m reviewing this as well so you can read my thoughts on it there, but overall it’s great to be back with these girls once again.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. elkat4 says:

    Nothing like some blatant over the top yuri to wash the foul aftertaste het love triangle (now I’m hoping I don’t to have to use this anime every week as a chaser, but we’ll see). Seeing as Kanan/Mari is undeniably canon, I’m praying that Dia/Yoshiko becomes a thing! (Yes I’m delusional, but I can’t help it if I want to see the two black haired girls be shipped together?!)

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  10. Rory says:

    Ah, it sure feels good to have Aqours back once more. As ever, You remains my favourite of the girls, though they are all pretty great in their own ways.
    I like how they didn’t waste any time getting to the drama for this season. Also nice to see the third years more willing to talk about it than in the previous season.
    I’m sure Aqours will shine brilliantly no matter what trials come their way, and I am looking forward to seeing that.

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  11. Yay! My favorite OT3 show is back, and gay as ever!

    Looks like this season certainly won’t be short on drama, since already the first episode throws us in at the deep end of such…

    Many glorious things were seen.

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  12. FantasyGirlKanna says:

    LOL that last part 😀 I thought you won’t include the two girlfriends waiting for Chika’s panty shot I really laughed at that scene 😀

    Haaa~ 🙂 it’s really nice to see my ships once again! I can’t wait to see more 😀

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  13. It’s so wonderful to have our favorite gay idols back again. Amazing premiere and seeing everyone again was a real treat. So happy to see the ships going strong and having such cute moments. Chika x Riko continue to be my fav ship, but You is still best girl. I also had a thought about Yohane x Dia, so the commenter above isn’t alone. Guess we’ll see if it might have more potential. Can’t wait for the next ep!

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  14. chikorita157 says:

    It seems that the girls have the worst luck trying to keep the school open with more road blocks. As expected, it’s never over until the end. Maybe a win at Love Live nationals can convince them otherwise. Still, it’s nice to see more Riko and Chika.

    I have to admit, seeing Yoahiko’s mother barging into her daughter’s room is hilarious. It’s obvious that Yoshiko have something embarrassing to hide.

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  15. yurimylove says:

    i think we can safely add Riko’s teleportation ability to the superpowers list. How else could she have stopped Chika’s diving in time?

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