A new Christmas visual of Takami Chika, Sakurauchi Riko and Matsuura Kanan from the upcoming Love Live! Sunshine!! anime project have been featured as a double page spread in the January 2016 issue of Dengeki G’s Magazine. You can purchase this issue here (get 5% off with coupon code MOE-N3Y-4YW0QK).

Love Live! Sunshine!! Christmas scan from Dengeki G's January 2016 issue

In addition to this, new character designs for the upcoming Love Live! Sunshine!! anime project have recently been revealed. The new character designs with their cast members and names include:

  • Aika Kobayashi (Singer of Freezing ED) will voice Yoshiko TsushimaLove Live! Sunshine!! Character Designs Revealed Yoshiko Tsushima
  • Shuka Saito (Unknown) will join the cast as You WatanabeLove Live! Sunshine!! Character Designs Revealed You Watanabe
  • Arisa Komiya (Gravure Idol and Yoko Usami/Yellow Buster from Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters) is voicing Kurosawa DiaLove Live! Sunshine!! Character Designs Revealed Daiya Kurosawa
  • Nanaka Suwa (Yaya in Aoi Sekai no Chuushin de) as Kanan MatsuuraLove Live! Sunshine!! Character Designs Revealed Kanan Matsuura
  • Rikako Aida (Poona in Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart) voices Riko SakurauchiLove Live! Sunshine!! Character Designs Revealed Riko Sakurauchi
  • Anju Inami (Ino Yamanaka in the Naruto Stage Play) will voice Chika TakamiLove Live! Sunshine!! Character Designs Revealed Chika Takami

It was revealed earlier that the idol group name in Love Live! Sunshine!! was decided, thousands of fan voted and the group will be called Aqours and their first song will be released on October 7th.

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Earlier this year, Dengeki G‘s magazine hosted a poll to allow fans to name the 9 idols of Ura no Hoshi Girls Academy. A poll was also set up for the first series, Love Live! School Idol Project, where the name μ’s was chosen. Coming in first place for Love Live! Sunshine!! with a comfortable 4644 votes, fans have chosen:

  • Aquors (pronounced Aqua), combination of Aqua and Ours

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In second place at 3013 votes is:

  • Palettes!, Nine girls, nine colors

And in third place, with 2770 votes, is:

  • Lir, the Celtic god of the sea

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The official site of the new project has also revealed that the first single of Love Live! Sunshine!! will be released on October 7th this year. Additional information about the songs will be revealed in the August issue of Dengeki G‘s magazine, releasing on the 30th this month.

The main cast and actresses for the main 9 girls of Love Live! Sunshine!! have been revealed and include:

  • Anju Inami (Ino Yamanaka in the Naruto Stage Play) will voice Chika Takami

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  • Rikako Aida (Poona in Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart) voices Riko Sakurauchi

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  • Nanaka Suwa (Yaya in Aoi Sekai no Chuushin de) as Kanan Matsuura

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  • Arisa Komiya (Gravure Idol and Yoko Usami/Yellow Buster from Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters) is voicing Dia Kurosawa

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  • Shuka Saito (Unknown) will join the cast as You Watanabe

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  • Aika Kobayashi (Singer of Freezing ED) will voice Yoshiko Tsushima

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  • Kanako Takatsuki (Cover Artist, Part of AnisongCollab) as Hanamaru Kunikida

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  • Aina Suzuki (Contestant in the 2013 Anison Grand Prix) voices Mari Ohara

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  • Ai Furihata (Various Game Voices) is voicing Ruby Kurosawa

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Additional information about the characters and project have also been revealed:

  • The readers and fans of the series will be able to participate in the story
  • After seeing the success of μ, Chika Takami wishes to follow in their footsteps and become a school idol. The new group can be seen as a sister looking up to μ
  • The anime will be set in Uchiura, a small seaside town near Numazu, Shizuoka Perfecture
  • The nine girls attend Ura no Hoshi Girls Academy, a school with less than 100 students

It was earlier revealed that animation studio Sunrise, who animated the Love Live! School Idol anime, filed a trademark forLove Live! Sunshine!! on March 27th this year. The trademark was filed to cover the following areas that will utilise the name: Trading cards and related products, clothing, accessories and related products, and home console related products.

Love Live! School Idol Project is an original anime produced by Sunrise studios that aired in January 2013. The conception of the anime project started in 2010 by Dengeki G’s Magazine. The editors wanted the project to be heavily influenced by fans, such as the costumes, hairstyles and names. Throughout this process, a manga of the project simply called Love Live! began in early 2012 by Sakurako Kimino and Arumi Tokita. The next part in the project was the anime series, followed by this app and an OVA. The second season of Love Live! School Idol Project aired last year and an anime film will be released this Summer.

Here is a synopsis of the series from Haruhichan:

Otonokizaka High School stands on the border of three cities: Akihabara—a pop culture mecca that’s evolving by the minute; Kanda—a conservative, cultured city where history and tradition reign supreme; and Jinbo—a quiet area reserved for a more mature, sophisticated population. Amidst this culture clash, the school now faces closure due to the enrollment of fewer and fewer students.

With the school planning to close within three years, nine female students come together with one thing in mind—form a pop idol group to revive the school’s popularity and keep it from shutting down. “In order to protect our beloved school, there’s only one thing we can do… become pop stars!”

You can visit the proejct’s website for more information: http://www.lovelive-anime.jp/sp_sunshine.html
And follow their Twitter as well: @LoveLive_staff