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YMMV: Love Live!
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Eli, did she upload the groups first concert to the net because she wanted them to be seen as foolish, or did she really believe that the group was good and could save the school.
  • Awesome Music: ''Start:Dash!!'' and ''No Brand Girl''.
    • ''Snow Halation'' is definitely one of the best songs in the entire Love Live discography, especially when coupled with an amazing performance. Just as the one at the end of the 9th episode, in the anime's second season for Love Live's final preliminary stage.
  • Broken Base: Over the anime's penultimate episode. Opinions are heavily split about Honoka's reactions to what happened in said episode, whether or not the actions taken by the rest of the group were justified, and some complained about how much more drama the episode had compared to most of the others.
    • As of episode 4 of season 2, Nico. Either it explains, and in a way justifies, Nico's harsh and pushy behaviour or it just gives even more reason to hate her.
  • Ear Worm: The opening song and ending song for season 1 has their charms.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Maki is very popular, with a winning combination of being a Redheaded tsundere who's more dere than tsun. Before the anime aired she was fairly popular, but the anime really skyrocketed her popularity. Because of this, she won the poll to determine who'll be the center of their 6th PV, beating out the group leader Honoka and the other breakout character Eri.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Season 1's is to be selfish and you'll get anything you want if you're charismatic enough about it. The end of said season states it outright.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With other idol series such as AKB0048, Aikatsu!, Pretty Rhythm and Idolm@ster.
  • I Am Not Shazam: Some viewers actually thought the group was called Love Livenote . They are actually called μ's, pronounced muse.
  • Les Yay: It's no surprise given that it's a Schoolgirl Series.
    • Out all the pairings, the most notable is Nico and Maki. This gets the most mentions in the series, and gets taken Up To Eleven in the second season when the producers decide to add it in as Fanservice.
      • In Season 2 Episode 1, during a late-night group phone conversation the rest of the team are all at home in their pajamas, but only Nico and Maki are still outside together for reasons unknown. Nico is even dressed up nicely and wearing heels, discounting the possibility of it being practice.
      • In Season 2 Episode 2, the pair share another late night date moment with roasted yams (with blushing on both parties), during the short moment when Eli excuses herself from their group.
      • In Season 2 Episode 4, when the group is speculating about why Nico skipped practice, Maki's eyes turn deadly at the suggestion that Nico has plans to cook dinner for an "important visitor".
      • Season 2 Episode 5 shows Nico clinging to Maki near the end of the episode when Rin comes out to reveal her more feminine outfit.
      • Season 2 Episode 11 Has Maki tearfully telling Nico that she doesn't want a μ's without her.
      • The cover to the 4th single Mogyutto "LOVE" de Sekkin Chuu! has Nico wrapping her arms around Maki and in the PV, Maki gives a surprised Nico Valentine's day chocolate. The latter is especially notable as the rest of the members are giving their chocolate to an unknown person.
      • It's should be note that they are originally "Fan-Preferred Couple" until it's get Ascended Fanon. Begin in the same mini-unit aside, both Nico and Maki don't have much connection between each other in the earlier days of franchise. Nico is also pair up with Nozomi more than anyone else back then.
      • The Season 2 Volume 2 BD gave them their own duet song: Zurui Yo magnetic today
    • In the third episode of season two, Nozomi really seems interested in getting Eli to wear a sexy dress for their performance.
      • They got a duet song called "Glass no Hanazono" (from the sixth volume of the first season's BD version), which talks about a yuri maze and a forbidden love... It's just as unsubtle as you can get without going overboard.
    • Hanayo and Rin have some as well by merit of being Tomboy and Girly Girl and already close friends. The fifth episode of season two furthers this with Hanayo spending the episode insisting that Rin is cute, to the point of stating that she's so cute, she wants to hold her tightly.
    • The entire plot of one of Eli's School Idol Diary chapters is (somewhat) cenetered on this, as Umi gets a Love Letter only from a girl!
  • Memetic Molester: If you're misbehaving when Nozomi's around, prepare for a good groping.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Kotori's photobomb in the anime's opening hasn't gone unnoticed by the fan base. Images such as this have surfaced. The 6th PV even has her repeating the act.
      • This is even further lampshaded in the official μ's →NEXT Love Live!! 2014 ~ENDLESS PARADE~ pamphlet, where on Kotori's voice actress's message page, her voice actress is doing the same in the bottom left of the page.
      • She does it again in episode 13 of season 2.
    • Rin is often portrayed as Azazel in disguise due to their similar hairstyle.
  • Narm: The end of the second season's 11th episode. Yeah sure, it's okay to be sad because μ's is going to be disbanded post-Love Live, but the way they're expressing their sadness is just quite cringeworthy.
  • Ship Tease: Plenty between various pairings of the nine members, but Maki and Nico get the most attention. Season 1 had small hints, but it doesn't take off completely until Season 2, where pretty much every episode needs to find an excuse to engage them in conversation/companionship.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Episode 3; After spending countless hours training for their first concert, even spending half the episode passing out flyers for the event, Honoka, Umi, and Kotori are greeted to an empty auditorium room. Even Honoka is in tears, feeling that all their efforts were wasted. Luckily, it turned out alright.
    • Episodes 12 and the first part of 13 are littered with them. The drama in both of these episodes is rather high, and is in stark contrast to the earlier episodes where the mood was relatively cheerful and upbeat.
    • Episode 11 of the second season. Holy shit, the scene where the first and second graders announcing that μ's will retire after Love Live. HOLY SHIT.
    • Episode 13 of season 2 has it's share of emotions as well as Eli, Nico, and Nozomi graduate and get ready to move on with their lives. At least until Hanayo gets a text message...
  • Uncanny Valley: Occasionally in the more recent PVs whenever the CG comes into play. Umi tends to be the worst off out of all the girls.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Rin's insecurities over being too tomboyish to be an idol can be seen as this by westerners, which is due to Values Dissonance; in Japan, gender roles are much more strictly enforced than in the west, and girls are often told that if they're not feminine enough then they won't be "desirable".

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