Let’s do it a little differently this time.
Since I already reviewed the first season, my scores for the music and animation are basically the same. The story is also pretty much the same as in the previous season, and there are no new characters, so my scores only vary a little.
So since I don’t want to repeat myself over and over again, I’ll do a short review this time, only naming the most important things in one go, while adding the scores at the very end of my review.
If you haven’t watched this season yet, this will also give you the advantage of not spoiling yourself, since you can just view my scores at the end of the post. With that said, let’s get right to it.
Since the girls didn’t manage to get into the Love Live competition last time, the main goal this time doesn’t change, making entering the contest their first big step. The problem however will not only be competing against A-Rise, last year’s winners, they first have to manage to get through an even bigger obstacle. Three of the nine members are already third-year students, which leaves the group with not even one year in the same school together. So while preparing for the Love Live event, and while struggling to win against all the other groups, they have to struggle to keep their own group from falling apart in the first place.
So far, so good. Thanks to that little twist, despite how predictable this was, the story of this season earns some extra points in my eyes. The stages they go through on their journey are done pretty well, and I have to admit that even though I only like three of the nine characters, I actually started feeling all of them, especially during that one episode in which basically all of them start crying on the beach. Even though I don’t like admitting it, it was pretty sad to watch, though no tears were shed in my case (actually, I just don’t want to admit it).
Furthermore, it’s noteworthy that this season did a way better job at giving all of the characters the screen time they deserve. The focus is not solely set on Honoka, Umi, and Kotori. Well, at least not all the time. Rin, for example, has her big chance to shine, we get episodes focusing on Nico, Nozomi, and all the others feel way more important, in general. It’s definitely a nice change, especially since Honoka gets on my nerves pretty easily.
Like mentioned above, I don’t have anything to say about the animation, but I guess I have to leave a few words about the music. >All in all, it doesn’t change much from season one, but there is one song I’d like to mention that I feel was simply way better than all the other songs by any of the groups. What I’m talking about is Shocking Party by A-Rise. This one is the only one that really got stuck in my head, and I can’t resist putting a really great remix of that song right in my review. If you liked the song, please check this out, it’s awesome!
Lastly, let’s also talk about the yuri undertones in this season. Unfortunately it doesn’t really change from what we saw in season one, though there are a few things noteworthy. I’m pretty happy that in this season, Nozomi x Eri finally gained enough awareness to hopefully stop all the Eri x Umi supporters from not only pairing Eri up with the wrong member, but also from pulling Umi away from her actual partner that is Kotori. Oh, I can already feel the glares of all the Eri x Umi supporters on my back, but I’ll just ignore it and list my personal OTPs instead:
Eri x Nozomi
Umi x Kotori
Nico x Maki
Rin x Hanayo
Honoka x Tsubasa
See? Everyone is paired up now, and no one has to be alone. Still, feel free to tell me how you’d pair them up. I’m open for anything as long as you don’t go against my OTP, Eri x Nozomi. 😛
Finally, here are my final words about this season: I guess you could say that it’s a big surprise that I actually started watching the second season, especially after what I said about the first one. I assume that it’s all Eri and Nozomi’s fault, since those two are just irresistible for me. Also, it would be quite unfortunate if I couldn’t fully enjoy all the doujinshi about them, only because I didn’t watch this season.
I guess those are my two reasons why I still watched it, but in reality, deep within me, I actually enjoyed the first season too… well, somehow…. This time, however, I can honestly admit that I enjoyed watching it, because this season is simply better than the first one. The characters are (mostly) more enjoyable than they were before, and since my OTP had some more screen time, I guess I also had an easier time just accepting all the things I still don’t like about this show. What I’m talking about here is mostly the performances, which I just skipped this time. I know I should have done so from the very beginning….
Total Enjoyment: 7/10