I know this movie had already been reviewed on the site by our good friend goodboy64 but he thought it would be a good idea for me to talk about it as well. So here is a second review of the Love Live Movie by yours truly.
Here are the reviews for the previous seasons and goodboy64’s movie review. The plot summary will contain spoilers because it takes place immediately after the last seconds of season 2’s finale.
Genres: Comedy, Music, Idols, School Life
Running Time: 99 Minutes.
Plot Summary: Having decided to disband after the third years’ graduation, μ’s put those plans on hold when Hanayo got an unexpected email. What was the message? Thus began μ’s biggest and most likely last animated adventure.
I do not know how to review this movie in all honesty. I could sum it up by saying that it is a must watch for idol anime fans, especially μ’s fans and animeniacs who enjoyed the series but I will do my best to explain why.
As I mentioned a couple of times across social networks I am part of I am big μ’s fan so of course I felt sad that I was unable to watch the movie in theaters but after a long wait I finally got to see it and as the above paragraph made clear the wait was more than worth it. The movie delivered what I consider the best curtain call for an idol group I had seen to date. THIS is how a finale should be.
As far as the animation goes it came full circle. The 3D musical numbers never looked better and the girls never looked brighter. This is a movie that DEMANDS to be seen in 1080p and on a 4K LCD, especially the big numbers.
The show was part fanservice that includes familiar jokes and memes made popular throughout the series but also gave every μ’s member their time in the spotlight, Umi in particular was on fire, through their personal developments, looking back to how far they had come and how much they had grown individually and as an idol group becoming the best of friends and finding their respective soul mates among each other. What made it special this time is how it was handled in the movie’s main dilemma. Last time it was about what μ’s meant to the group. This time the meaning they were looking for was far greater and that fact dawned on our heroines who each had their own soul searching to do regarding the group’s significance in time, space and reality. Oh and fans of a certain other idol group, rest assured they too got their time to shine.
Speaking of soul mates, the top ships each got their moment and shone as fans expected the couples would.
Overall, Love Live! The School Idol Movie is a curtain call more than worthy of μ’s. Everything about it felt large scale as far as idol series go and it made me smile a smile worthy of a high school student picture album. My face looked THAT goofy. Once again it is a must watch for μ’s fans who had yet to pick it up and animeniacs who enjoyed the series will find something to like in the movie as well. Of course this is just my opinion. I cannot say every μ’s fan will love it but I am confident many will.
Now we patiently await the Aqours era to begin once the Love Live! Sunshine anime eventually premieres.
PS: This movie made me want a Mama Live! OVA more than ever.