The popularity of the idol anime genre is a mixed bag, especially when it comes to the overseas market. Last year’s idol anime, Love Live! School Idol Project saw some modest ratings, enough of it to warrant a second season (airing next season) and a mobile game, Love Live! School Idol Festival. The developers of the game, KLabGames and Bushiroad has just announced that the game will be releasing overseas in English this Spring.
The app will also be releasing in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and South Korea in their local languages. So no one will be missing out on the Love Live! goodness. The game will be available for both Android and IOS smartphones and devices.
Love Live! School Idol Festival is a game hybrid of the Rhythm and adventure genres, where you play songs from the series’ idol group μ’s, and interact with the characters from the anime. The game also has a form of social integration, where you build your idol group based on what cards you have. The main portion of the game is split up into chapters, with chapter 15 being the most recent addition. It released in April last year and it was reported that the app had really strong sales.
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 will air in Spring this year, when the app will be released overseas, and a PlayStation Vita game will soon follow releasing in May.
Love Live! School Idol Festival will be coming out on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store in English this Spring. While the game will be translated into English, the songs themselves are very unlikely to be.