The wait for translations of this movie was, as often is the case for anime movies, a long one but patient Western fans were rewarded with an eventual release. Question is whether the wait was worth it or not. Was Dia and the rest of Aqours’ cinematic debut “SHINY” splash or a “BUU BUU! Desu-Wa!”. Let us find out as we take a look at Love Live! Sunshine!! School Idol Movie Over the Rainbow. Let us go with “The Aqours Movie” for the rest of the G-View.
My reviews of the 2nd and 1st seasons HERE.
Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life, School Life, Idols, Drama.
Length: 100 minutes.
Plot Summary: Aqours spent one last day with the graduating members Kanan, Mari and Dia before they left for their post-graduation vacation abroad. However, the remaining six had a hard time figuring out what was next for the team. They tried giving it a go but clearly it was not the same without the former third years. Thus through a series of events Chika, Riko, You, Zuramaru, Ruby and Yohane to find the answer they yearn for to determine the future of Aqours along with learning about themselves, their seniors and a certain rival duo.
Let us quickly go over the presentation as it is the same as their the cinematic debut of their predecessors, meaning the anime with a much bigger budget. In short it is visually fantastic and the songs are, in my opinion, some of Sunshine’s very best, especially the last three songs.
I can sum up The Aqours Movie in one word, closure. This movie was the perfect end to Aqours’ story in the Love Live! anime series as fans patiently await the eventual animated debut of the third group in the future. Besides the main plot of the remaining Aqours Six searching for the answers of their future they go through several of their own interpersonal/intrapersonal side stories, essentially bringing closure to their own stories such as Yohane’s past and Ruby’s journey to fully unlocking her inner perfect potential. Some members share character growth while a few like Zuramaru already overcame her personal obstacles so she serves the role of adorable comedy relief. In fact I thought the funniest girls on the show were the former first years. Ruby’s reactions to things, Zuramaru’s bottomless pit stomach and sassy remarks and Yohane being Yohane. Besides further character development viewers get to see how far the cuties/hotties have come as well such as Riko who had one of the most compelling subplots in the series (If you know what I am referring to). Basically everyone was given something to do and no one, not even side-characters who appeared felt wasted. Sadly there was a lack of Idol Mamas in the movie…but do keep “Idol Mamas” in mind when watching the movie. Trust me.
Speaking of everyone having purpose a very welcome surprise was not Saint Snow being in the movie (It wouldn’t have felt right without them) but them having an important subplot. Without spoiling anything it is a continuation of one of the best mini-arcs of Season 2. There is a bonus reason why their role is special but I will leave that to readers to discover for themselves.
Ah yes. This mystery person. Without giving anything away this person would have fit nicely in the main series. This person too had an important role in the movie and this person’s presence, like Saint Snow’s bigger role, was very much welcome.
As far as yuri goes fans are given bread crumbs here and there to strengthen their favorite ships. Be it ChiRiYou, KanaMari, RubyLeah etc. Fans are given enough material to work with.
Overall The Aqours Movie was the perfect conclusion to their tale. All characters got to shine and take care of whatever obstacles were left to overcome. The answer to their future Aqours were looking for was a satisfying one. The girls’ real life counterparts still have some gas in the tank to keep going but their animated selves can rest easy for their legacy has been carved in the annals of history. The combination of the fantastic presentation, adorable humor and lovable cast, with some lovely newcomers, makes the movie a highly recommended viewing for fellow Aqours fans and idol aficionados. Not so sure about hardcore μ’s worshipers as I doubt this movie will finally be what gets them to accept Aqours. Oh well. Awesome movie!