The official website for the upcoming Love Live! Sunshine!! anime released a new promotional video for the anime just today. In the video we are shown the nine main characters of the series which form the group Aqours. A new key visual for the anime can also be seen above. The anime is set for this coming Summer. In addition to these there has also been new new character visuals released as well. The series originally was announced February of 2015 with a teaser image and had the three key phrases “Reader Participation”, “Inspired by “μ’s” and “Seaside Town Setting”. For their name “Aqours” that was decided by a fan vote which consisted of 23,789 total votes, Aqours consisted of 4,644 of them. This was held in Dengeki G’s magazine which had people vote for the groups name between last June 1st-11th. The project is based off of the Love anime series, its first season released January 6th 2013 and ended March 31st 2013 airing 13 episodes. A second season released April 6th 2014 and ended June 29th 2014 with 13 episodes releasing. Originally the series is based off of a manga that started January 30th 2012 and has since then been ongoing publication. Other spinoffs and types of media works have been released for both the anime and manga as well.
First up we have Chika Takami who is the youngest of three sisters and a fan of μ’s, she is also the leader of her schools unit. Her family runs an inn which has an open air bath and view of the sea, she i also a second year student. She will be voiced by Anju Inami who has also voiced Erika from Animegatari and Hinata from Hinata no Aoshigure.
Our next character is Dia Kurosawa a third year student from a well known local clan, this prideful and cool girl is the student council president and in her profile mentions to Chika that she will regret putting her on her team. This is due to her hating to lose, her name means “Diamond”. Arisa Komiya will be voicing her and this is the first role she has had.
You Watanabe is a second year student and skilled high diver who could compete on a national level, she likes business attire and dreams of captaining her own ferry. Her voice actress is Shuka Saitou and this is also her first role.
We have Riko Sakurauchi as another one of the main characters for the anime appearing now, she is a second year who originally grew up in Akihabara Tokyo but later transferred to Uchiura. She is noted as a plain girl with a withdrawn personality, she is both good at art and also prefers being indoors. She ended up as an idol due to Chika’s influence. The voice actress for her is Rikako Aida who does not have any other anime related roles.
The character Kanan Matsura is a third year in the series who both lives in and runs a diving store with her grandfather on a nearby island. She is childhood friends with Chika and became an idol to help with Chika’s plans. Nanaka Suwa will be voicing her and this will be her first notable role.
Hanamaru Kunikida is another main character whom is a first year student and is a daughter of a family who has taken care of local shrines for generations. She is noted to be good at singing and is also a member of the local choir. She also both loves to read and gets dizzy easily. It is said that she will be voiced by Kanako Takatsuki, this is Kanako’s first notable role.
Yoshiko Tsushima appears next and is a first year student who is said to have constantly bad luck, due to this she thinks of herself to be a demon, interestingly enough she is very proud of this fact. She was born in Numazu City and hates mikan’s, she also insists on being called “Johanne” rather then her real name. The voice actress for her is Aika Kobayashi and this is her first notable role.
Another one of the upcoming characters is Mari Ohara and she is a third year student whose Italy based French father manages a chain of Italian styled hotels. She is said to have a bright personality and moves at her own pace. Her voice actress is Aina Suzuki whom has also done voices for Shiori in Joukamachi no Dandelion and Gozen in Onigiri.
Our last character is Ruby Kurosawa and is a first year prone to crying, she has a fear of men and is also the younger sister of Dia. Her only known skill is sewing. In the anime she will be voiced by Ai Furihata and this is her first notable role.
Below is a plot summary of the upcoming series quoted from MAL:
Uranohoshi Girls’ High School, a private school in the seaside neighborhood of Uchiura at Numazu city, Shizuoka prefecture.
A small high school in a corner of Suruga Bay, it is home to nine teens, led by second-year student Chika Takami, driven by one seriously big dream: To become the next generation of bright, sparkling “school idols”!
As long as we don’t give up, any dream can come true… All we have to do now is keep pushing hard for fame and glory!
“ow their “School Idol Project” begins to make their dreams come true!