Emi Nitta  Japanese ; Marieve Herington  English Honoka is the main protagonist of the series, and is a second-year student at Otonokizaka Academy. Her family works in a wagashi shop named Homura. She loves singing and has a cheerful and bubbly personality and she never gives up on anything, to the point of usually overexerting herself.
She is shown to be lazy and reluctant to do work, but is highly driven when it comes to her school idol activities. Her hobbies include swimming and collecting stickers.
She later succeeds Eli as student council president. She is extremely talented, excelling at academics and athleticism, and is able perform her duties as the student council president flawlessly. Eli's specialty is quilting, and her experience with ballet qualifies her as the group's choreographer. Aya Uchida  Japanese ; Cristina Vee  English Kotori is Honoka's classmate and childhood friend, who is the daughter of Otonokizaka Academy's chairwoman, whom she closely resembles.
She is known for having her head in the clouds despite holding responsibility as the group's wardrobe supervisor. She is very considerate of the feelings of the people around her, but also indecisive and prone to going with the flow. She later becomes part of the student council and assist Honoka and Umi in doing their student council duties.
She believes Honoka is bossy and pushy, but realizes the perks of having an adventurous friend, usually acting as the voice of reason for her. She is the main lyricist of the group. She later succeeds Nozomi as the student council vice president. Riho Iida  Japanese ; Faye Mata  English Rin is an athletic first-year student skilled in hurdling, association football and basketball.
Like Honoka, Rin has a cheerful personality but loses motivation easily and is a tomboy. She is best friends with Hanayo, who she tends to look after, and has a habit of ending her sentences with "-nya" the Japanese equivalent of meow. She has a complex about looking "cute" due to an incident in her childhood in which several boys made fun of her for attempting to dress more feminine. She is eventually able to get over it with the help of her friends and expresses her femininity more.
Pile  Japanese ; Caitlin Glass  English Maki is a first-year honor student who comes from a wealthy family of doctors. She is initially haughty and standoffish, but eventually warms up to the group over the course of the series. Maki is the main composer and vocal coach of the group.
She later becomes the vice president of the Idol Research Club. Aina Kusuda  Japanese ; Laura Post  English Nozomi is the third-year student council vice-president, and the oldest of the group. She acts as the voice of reason to Eli, who was the first friend she made after spending her whole school life transferring from one place to another due to her parents' work, choosing to live by herself in order to stay in Otonokizaka.
She also acts as the spiritual leader of the group, and has an almost all-knowing vibe to her, acting when she knew things got too far and even naming the group based on events that were yet to happen. Although she is not from that region, Nozomi speaks in Kansai dialect.
Her hobby is fortune-telling, and she uses it to quickly fit in at a new school whenever she is forced to move. Despite having a serene personality, she has a rather mischievous side to her, and is prone to groping the other girls when she finds them distracted or depressed in a form of "cheering them up".
Yurika Kubo  Japanese ; Xanthe Huynh  English Hanayo is a first-year student interested in drawing and origami. She is referred to as Kayo, an alternate reading of the kanji in her name. Her closest friend is Rin, who is her childhood friend. She has an extreme fondness for rice and eating in general, and is a shy person at heart. She has dreamed about being an idol since she was little and her catchphrase is, "Somebody, please help me! She later becomes the president of the Idol Research Club.
Sora Tokui  Japanese ; Erica Mendez  English Nico is a third-year student interested in fashion, and thus acts as the group's wardrobe supervisor alongside Kotori.
However, much to her chagrin, Nico is childlike in appearance and behavior despite her age, looking much younger than the rest of the group. Nico formed the Idol Research Club, but all of her club members left one after another because of her high standards.
She has a tendency of acting like a big shot and constantly craves attention, but is deeply caring of the people around her. Unlike the other members of the group, she has an idol persona, and tends to invoke her catchphrase, "Nico Nico Ni" with an accompanying pose.
After she graduates, she passes on the role of club president to Hanayo. She is a very good cook. Having mostly lived abroad due to her being part-Russian, she is unfamiliar with many Japanese customs. The project was first announced in the July issue of Dengeki G's Magazine, which revealed that the magazine would be collaborating with the anime studio Sunrise and the music label Lantis to co-produce the project.
The original plan for the story was written by Sakurako Kimino , who also writes the short stories for Love Live! Starting in August , online mobile phone popularity contests have periodically been held to rank the characters, which influences the positions of the idols in the anime music videos produced by Sunrise. For example, the idol who ranks first in a given contest will be in the center position in the front row in the music video that follows.
Other polls are used to determine different aspects of the idols, such as hairstyles and costumes. A similar polling system was used to determine the names of the three subunits: Printemps, BiBi and Lily White. Print media[ edit ] A manga adaptation titled Love Live! The manga ended serialization in the magazine's May issue and was transferred to Dengeki G's Comic starting with the June issue. List of Love Live! An original video animation episode was released on November 27, An animated film titled Love Live!
The School Idol Movie was released in theaters on June 13, Both anime series and film are licensed in North America by NIS America , who released the premium edition of the first season on Blu-ray on September 2,  and an English dubbed version was released with the standard edition of the first season, along with the premium edition of the second season, on February 14, , as well as the standard edition of the second season on April 12, A version for Android was also released.
The game was localized into English and released worldwide on May 11, for both iOS and Android devices,  and also received localizations available in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea.
These games sold 88, physical retail copies altogether within the first week of release in Japan.