Love Live! Superstar!! Episode 4: Galactic Recruit

I lost my bet. Oh well. Sumire’s visually my #1 hype girl. We got glimpses of her power but now it’s time to see what she’s all about.

Before we get to the star let’s quickly go over Ren’s latest grumble. While she admitted defeat as she handed over the keys to KeKa’s new idol training room (the second key was to the rooftop. The traditional school idol training ground) she refused to support them in their endeavors no matter how seriously they took it. She’d later get another small scolding by the headmistress for it.

As our heroines headed toward their new School Idol Club room Chisato had some fun with her easily spooked bestie. Hilarity ensued. To their surprise someone was waiting for them. Luckily for Kanon it wasn’t a ghost.

Sumire showed interest in becoming a school idol thus joining them as a trial member. As we saw at the start of the episode she was a former child actor with “showbishniz” experience as she showed by easily mimicking Chisato’s dance moves.

Things started falling apart when she brought up voting for the role of Center in the group. As she went into the long voting process her ego took a blow when Chisato and Keke immediately picked Kanon. She tried to object without being crude but when they had a more proper election in their class Kanon again won by a mile. Kanon at first didn’t deem herself worthy but Keke and the others knew she had the spark. Despite being more experienced than either Kanon and Keke Sumire got no votes. Keke deduced it’s because the two had brighter sparks than her. That was the last straw for Sumire, quitting the team. As always school idols seem to have the power to somehow control the weather as the three falling apart caused it to rain for a few days. The school idol elder goddesses, not Nozomi, wept for them.

Wanting to better understand Sumire Kanon (pretty much) stalked her. We discovered the reason she paced back and forth in the shopping district was in hopes of getting scouted by talent agents. As she took a break she reminisced about her glory days…until she saw “that role”. She didn’t count on Kanon being nearby.

I assume Sumire either worked at a shrine or her family owned one. She was about to a perform a memory erasing ritual on Kanon, ensuring she forgot ever seeing “that video”. Fortunately Kanon managed to reason with her. We got Sumire’s backstory. As mentioned she’s a former child actor. The problem was no matter how hard she worked she’s always cast as a background character or an extra. Even her infamous role was nothing special. Her getting no votes in the class voting told her she was fated to forever be a background character.

When Kanon told the girls Sumire wanted to be the Center mainly to further her own career Keke took offense, challenging her in honor of school idols everywhere. Unfortunately despite not thinking of school idols at the time Sumire’s talent was too strong for Keke to teach her a lesson in respect.

It became clear Kanon was the only one who could convince Sumire to come back because she could relate to her. Like how she was before Sumire felt like no matter how hard she tried she’s fated to live in obscurity. While looking for her she saw her checking out their performance on monitor, easily mimicking their moves, showing she’s still interested. Thus Kanon scouted her. She’s like “We would love for you to share your experience in ‘showbishniz’ to help us grow stronger. Plus if you want to become the Center you can compete with me for the spot.”

Sumire has Nico’s ego and Yohane’s madness. A powerful combination indeed. Plus her training gear is the sexiest so far so she lived up to my hype both visually and as a character. She’s proudly carry the torch of “goofy tsundere” like her three predecessors. She clearly took notes from Nico and Yohane plus keep an eye out for possible Kasumin traits.


Great stuff as always. Next time we may be blessed with a magical episode.

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17 Responses to Love Live! Superstar!! Episode 4: Galactic Recruit

  1. cirno9fan says:

    Sumire and Keke really make the show for me~

    They’re both so amazing! Keke with all of her adorable things in the background, and Sumire with her crazy movements XD Really excited to see where things go!

    Based on the ED, Chisato is most likely the next one to be actually recruited.

    Also, based on these after ED songs…feeling like we’re going to get another Kotori going to the airport sort of thing with Keke eventually. Probably will be the final drama of the season.

    #GALAXY indeed ❤

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  2. Alexis says:

    Va muy bien la serie, se me hizo superlindo como Kanon reclutó a Sumire ofreciendole una tarjeta de presentación, tal y como la rubia lo ha soñado. Triste por Sumire porque no le han dado la oportunidad de brillar, me recuerda a Sekino Roko (Dropout Idol Fruit Tart) que se quedó estancada en su carrera y que aún cuando es la mayor de todas creen que es “la otra hermana de Roko”, pero la ganancia es que tanto Sumire como Roko tienen colmillo para sobrevivir en el mundo del espectáculo.

    Por el avance de la siguiente semana sería interesante, muy interesante que más nos va a aportar Sumire.

    ¿Cree que soy fan de closet? inserte canción Gonna Make you Sweat mientras le hacen un close up a los ojos de Alexis

    Cyao… GALAXY

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  3. skydragonx8 says:

    Sumire’s episode made me love her more than I already have! She is just doing her absolute best to recognized and I am so happy Kanon, Keke and Chisato did see that and ofc she is now apart of Liella!!! Ofc the episode made me laugh a ton too especially seeing Sumire’s dorky antics! Can’t wait for the next ep, especially from the preview we will see Sumire give Keke a kiss on the cheek, AHHHHHHH!!! I think it will be the first time we see an on screen kiss of sorts in LL!!! I am all for it!!!

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  5. tbiscut74 says:

    Another Fantastic Episode!

    This episode was hilarious! Sumire is such a Treasure! Galaxy!

    Can’t wait for more!

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  6. Little Viktoria says:

    I want to hug Sumire so much, she deserves to get more attention and to be adored! (she’s also sexy) ^^ There are definite similarities in her story to a certain mouse-broccoli girl. I hope we’ll see Sumire in a miko outfit again.

    Kanon with her magical Love Live lead girl power can melt any hesitating cutie. Good job! And the next episode looks delicious.

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  7. chikorita157 says:

    Sumire’s embarrassing role kind of reminds me of Broko with Roko. Still, I can see why she wants the center badly, but then again, it’s not a good idea to bad mouth school idols as they are amateurs. Still, she is a nice addition to the group.

    Still, I’m surprised the director gave it to Kanon and Keke despite not winning first place. I guess the award is enough to Hazuki’s despair. She will give in, eventually.

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  8. yurimylove says:

    Be afraid. Be very afraid

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  9. K says:

    I love how expressive Sumire is. It’s a crime that she was only seen as an extra. Definitely, she and Roko would have plenty to talk about, however Roko would despair at the fact that Sumire’s taller than her, I bet.

    Calling School Idols amateurs is a slight Keke would not take lightly but Sumire’s show-bizz powers were just that good. Having her on board will make them reach new heights for sure.

    Sumire may not have been a ghost but anyone who stumbles upon “that video” will suffer her supernatural wrath!


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