I received the Kanata All Stars nesoberi, I am very happy! I want too much a Kanata in uniform but hey, I have this one and I'm happy with it !! I also have the Honoka All Stars that goes with it !!
I just got my copies of Hajimari wa Kimi no Sora in the mail today, so I thought I'd let everyone know what I thought, as well as dive into some things I noticed in the PV! Afterwards, I want to talk about an issue I feel the Liella! might run into in the future. As for what I think of the other songs, those will be in the comments to conserve space, as well as some other things~
(This was the cutest thing I could think of instead of just showing the CDs)
Right of the bat, this is way better than KimiKoko. I can't say it's better than Borarara, but there's certainly more to see here. What's even better is that they ditch those dumb looking jackets (sorry to anyone that actually liked them lol). They look wayyy too awkward with how they're wearing them, so I am so very glad that they threw them off. Another design choice that I noticed quite a lot is that the faces look really... wide? Surely it's not just me who's noticed something looks different, right? It doesn't exactly get in the way of enjoying the song, but just something I noticed.
What I really find interesting though is that even though there are only five characters this time around, I don't feel that we see enough of their individuality in this PV. Keke especially feels very bland and I'm not quite sure what to think of her character as of now as a result. I understand that we're really not supposed to know each girl's entire story before the anime even starts, but I still feel like they could have done more. After watching it a few more times, I started to guess why each girl may have became an idol just from the PV, and here's what I came up with:
Kanon lacks confidence and isn’t particularly good at anything (aside from the Latte Art, at least), so she does her part for the school by becoming an idol.
Keke likes idols so much that she came from China to become one (kinda boring but whatever).
Chisato didn’t have friends as a kid, and never really stood out as a result, so she works hard at dancing to stand out more. Later on, she’s given the opportunity to become an idol and show her true self? Hell, she’s even able to go from standing completely upright to doing a handstand in about 1/24 of a second (anime runs at ~24 frames per second, so 1/24).
Sumire did her best to stand out in competitions at a young age, but always came up just short of winning. Though she’s a very expressive and animated person, she still deals with the pain of “not being good enough”, so by becoming an idol she’s able to stand out amongst her peers and show her individuality.
*Ren does ballet. Ballet is a form of dancing. Idols dance. Ren becomes an idol.
That being said, as of now my character rankings are as follows:
Overall, the PV itself is fairly solid. I wouldn't put it on the level of, say, A song for You! You? You!!, but it's a good start for Liella!, and I'm glad to know that the future of Love Live! is in good hands.
I mentioned one issue Liella! might face moving forward earlier in the post, and that issue is the lack of variety in their vocals. Both µ’s and Nijigaku have such great variety between all of their members that it’s super easy to pick out who’s who. Aqours seems to struggle with this, and I’ve noticed that for quite some time now, actually. Liella! is still new though, so they still have much room to grow. However, what they lack (much like Aqours), is deep voices, or voices that sound super different. Ren is Hanamaru+Dia, Chisato is Chika+You(I think?), and Sumire sounds a bit like Riko, though I couldn't tell whether she was singing at higher or lower octave than Riko normally does. But again, at the end of the day, it's come down to whether or not you really care about stuff like this. Maybe you really like how they sound, and if so, more power to you! It's hard to judge them completely since this is their very first release, but this is how it feels right now.
That about does it for my little spiel, though. Let me know what you guys think about the songs, the girls, and the future of the group! I'd love to hear what some of you guys think!~
(And for those wondering, I chose the Sumire and Ren backgrounds using the codes from the singles. In hindsight I should've chosen Chisato over Ren, but what can you do ¯_(ツ)_/¯?)
Happy birthday Shizuku ! You become my Nijigasaki best girl thanks to All Stars and your episode in the anime.
When Perfect Dream Project was announced, I fell in love with her design. Shizuku looks so cute in her first art ! But she becomes my best girl in this project tardily because it wasn't interested me ... Thanks to the game and anime, my thought has changed.
Like her, I don't like me. I don't have self-confidence and even more due to cyber-harrasment. I'm also afraid that people hate me since 2018, year where I started to contain on myself on internet and it affects me irl. There are actually people who hate me but I don't know what wrong I've done to them. I saw myself in her and I think it's amazing to have common points with a fictional character. I love a lot Shizuku, she's super cute, a hardworker and an awesome character. I'm sure one day she'll become an actress !
Seeing as how the past few days have been the fifth anniversary of µ's Final Live, I wanted to make a post dedicated to them to show just how much I appreciate what they accomplished in their five to six years as a group.
For one, we wouldn't be here today to talking about Aqours, Nijigaku, or Liella!, if not for µ's. Much like the anime, due to µ's immense amount of effort and passion that they put in, they made the Love Live franchise into what it is today. µ's consisted of a group of nine individuals, many whose talent was unknown, and all who were only prepared to simply voice and sing as a character. Being asked to perform live, perfectly mimicking the dances of professionals without having the talent to do so... And then managing to pull off what they did is nothing short of impressive. But does just that make µ's amazing? No, it doesn't. It's how passionate each and everyone one of them was, how much they cared for the work they did, and how much love they had for the fans. And rightfully so.
µ's fans are some of the most passionate people I've ever seen; it was made especially evident during Final Live just how much the fans truly loved µ's. I know Aqours went from zero to one in the anime, but µ's did in real life. We all know that Borarara bombed. Hard. And sure, the fans weren't there en masse then, but once Snow halation released, it was clear the µ's had some sort of talent that was worthy of being supported. Throughout the years after that, much of what µ's was able to accomplish was due to the amazing support of the fans. Without their support, SIP wouldn't have been made, or it's second season, or the movie, or any of the lives for that matter, and for that I thank them from the bottom of my heart. I wasn't part of the community until eight months after µ's disbanded, so I was never able to support them while they were active, which admittedly hurts a little. But, I've done what I feel like I can to still support them in someway by purchasing every single album, anime BD/OST, and live BD that there is.
But still, what makes µ's so much better than the other groups then? At that point, it's really just your opinion, but for myself, there are a few things that set them apart: the characters and music, simply put. I won't go into much detail on the characters because I've done that enough already (I'll put a link to my rankings post in the comments, though they are a bit outdated). µ's music is really something else: they have enough variety to where nothing feels rehashed, but enough consistency to solidify that they do have a "type" of sound. The lyrics in µ's songs quite often talk about the future and what's to come, the memories we'll leave behind, and the friendships that will last forever. Being the sentimental person that I am, these types of songs really resonate with me, both with my friends and with the members of µ's. I get that µ's are just fictional characters, but the bonds that I've formed with them are something that feel so real, something that I'd not trade the world for, as dumb as it may sound. I really wouldn't be the person I am today if not for them, so I humbly thank both the creators of the series and the seiyuu for bringing these characters to life.
To wrap things up, I have one thing I'd like to say: µ'sic Forever! Because, after all, this moment is truly the greatest♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪
Here's BokuHika Honoka! This was actually the first Love Live drawing I've ever done, and I'm sure that now I could do a bit better, but I'm satisfied with it since I poured all of my love into it 🧡🌺
...And a picture of my BokuHika related items! I have quite a few more items coming too actually, some of which won't arrive until May or June unfortunately :(