[Translation] Love Live! New Project school name vote: what the names mean

Also available on Reddit's /r/LoveLive board here, with more limited formatting. As you may know, the name for the school in the new Love Live! project is picked through fan participation. First, the Love Live Days magazine requested suggestions for the name, now the editors have picked 10 suggestions and you can vote on which … Continue reading [Translation] Love Live! New Project school name vote: what the names mean

Experiencing Numazu: The city that lives and breathes Love Live! Sunshine!! (Part 3)

Part 3 of 3 in my Numazu series. This final part recounts my return to Numazu in June 2019 and has a bit less focus on anime comparisons and more on the various Sunshine-associated shops. Notable new locations featured are the Awashima Hotel on a lunch tour and the Izu-Mito Sea Paradise itself. There’s also a bit more on central Numazu and Uchiura, including a closer look at the school. This visit was different in that I was traveling together with others from the European Love Liver community. Continue reading

Experiencing Numazu: The city that lives and breathes Love Live! Sunshine!! (Part 2)

Part 2 of 3 in my Numazu series. This second part recounts my most comprehensive Numazu visit, when I stayed there for two full days in September 2018 and got to know the city better. It includes detailed pilgrimages in Uchiura west of the Izu-Mito Sea Paradise tunnel (school, Bentenjima Shrine, etc.) and in Numazu Harbor as well as more of central Numazu. Some shops associated with Love Live! Sunshine!! but not featured in the anime are also highlighted. Continue reading

Experiencing Numazu: The city that lives and breathes Love Live! Sunshine!! (Part 1)

Part 1 of 3 in my Numazu series. This first part recounts my visit to Numazu in March 2018, where I participated in the “Escape from the Solitary Island’s Aquarium: Take Back the Lost Treasure!” game on the island of Awashima. Additionally, I visited locations seen in the anime on Awashima, and briefly those in central Numazu and in Uchiura east of the Izu-Mito Sea Paradise tunnel (Mito Beach etc.). Continue reading

[Translation] Pre-Kōhaku Kinchan interview on Yahoo News

The following is a translation of an article published on Yahoo News in the last days of 2018. It features an interview with Kanako Takatsuki (nickname Kinchan), the voice actress playing Hanamaru Kunikida in the Love Live! Sunshine!! project. The original article is no longer available on Yahoo News, but it has been reposted to … Continue reading [Translation] Pre-Kōhaku Kinchan interview on Yahoo News

[Translation] Kinchan interviewed on the Great Hanshin Earthquake in Sankei News

The following is a translation of this article, published on the web edition of the Japanese newspaper, Sankei Shimbun on 8 January 2020. It features an interview with Kanako Takatsuki (nickname Kinchan), the voice actress playing Hanamaru Kunikida in the Love Live! Sunshine!! project. [25 years since the Great Hanshin Earthquake] Affected at the age … Continue reading [Translation] Kinchan interviewed on the Great Hanshin Earthquake in Sankei News