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Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

Would You Like to Turn Back Time? by DeepSeaHeart

  • Recommended by: FinnishD15
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In 2024, 11 years after the members of former school idol group µ's have lost contact and drifted away from each other, the ex-leader Honoka Kousaka finds herself at another crossroads in life, and so decides to bring µ's together for a week at Maki's family house in Tokyo. After 11 years apart, how have the lives of µ's changed and how will their lives change when they meet again?
  • Comments: This fic has a very promising start. It explores each of the µ's feelings after being separated for over a decade and shows just what kind of people the 9 of them would be now that they're considerably older.

Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

Synchronized Heartbeats by arei

  • Recommended by: Feinoha
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Two hearts that beat as one may meet again someday. Not every love story has a happy ending.
  • Pairing: Honoka/Kotori
  • Comments: This fic is a pretty cute if a bit depressing HonoKoto fanfic that takes place while both of them are in college.

Garden of Glass by sosa

  • Recommended by Nitramy
  • Tags: Animation
  • Synopsis: What was supposed to be a recording session for one of Kotori and Umi's compositions turns into a hilarious and Les Yay-filled incarnation of Garasu no Hanazono.
  • Pairing: Nozomi/Eli

trying to keep it cool series by arcanine

  • Recommended by: lenne18
  • Status: Dormant; last updated December 2017
  • Rating: Mature
  • Tags: College AU
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  • Synopsis: Let the record be clear: Nico never planned on waking up in Maki's bed. She honestly cannot overstate how unintentional this was.
  • Pairing: Nico/Maki
  • Comments: Considered one of the best NicoMaki fanfictions by /u/. A character driven fic that contains typical college AU tropes (drinking, friends with benefits) and features a slow burn type of romance between Nico and Maki.

Love Novels by okapifeathers

  • Recommended by: lenne18
  • Status: Complete
  • Rating: Teen
  • Tags: Post Canon
  • Synopsis: Nico gains an unexpected roommate and Maki drags herself through medical school armed with only Nico's coffee maker and the last remnants of her dignity.
  • Pairing: Nico/Maki, background Nozomi/Eli
  • Comments: Another slow burn romance. A lot of angst and drama early on but the payoff at the end is worth it.

Buy Your Love by jstonedd

  • Recommended by: lenne18
  • Status: Complete
  • Rating: General
  • Synopsis: For charity and good publicity purposes, µ's will be hosting an auction where fans get to bid for a date with each member. But they'll quickly realize that they haven't quite thought it through, suddenly setting something big in motion that will change the group dynamic permanently.
  • Pairing: Nico/Maki, Nozomi/Eli, Rin/Hanayo, Kotori/Umi, Tsubasa/Honoka, Erena/Anju
  • Comments: A fairly good and lighthearted story with a lot of funny moments.

It Never Goes Out series by NERV

  • Recommended by: lenne18
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Three stories, plue one side story, that loosely follow the latter half the season 2 of Love Live.
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    • I Could Be There For You.Synopsis 
    • My Name Is Trouble.Synopsis 
    • I'm Good. I'm Gone.Synopsis 
  • Pairing: Nico/Maki, Nozomi/Eli, Kotori/Umi, background Rin/Hanayo
  • Comments: A collection of stories concurrently running during Season 2. Read the stories in order as the latter stories have references to the previous ones.

''Honoka's Bizzare Adventure: µ's Is Unbreakable by Miyu Shinohara

  • Recommended by: Marston
  • Crossover with: Jo Jos Bizzare Adventure
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: In the school year of 2013, it was announced Otonokizaka High School would close. Determined to keep their beloved school open, three schoolgirls form an idol group called µ's int he hopes of drawing enough attention to the school in the hopes of keeping it open. But when an arrow awakens latent Stand abilities in Tokyo, these girls find their once peaceful goal of saving their school through singing and dancing mired with deadly combat, where one mistake could mean the difference between life and a gruesome death. Now, these girls fight not only with their singing and dancing to keep their school open, but with the fists of their Stands in order to protect the city they call home and love, not only from those who would use this arrow for their own nefarious purposes, but also from a parasitic demon that rooted itself into their city before they were even born...
  • Comments: While the story bills itself as a loose adaptation of Diamond is Unbreakable, the overall plot has been almost entirely different and is as far from a beat-by-beat retelling as you can get. The Love Live characters are written perfectly in-character, as are the very few Jo Jo characters who have appeared so far, and the OC's are pretty interesting without taking up too much focus. The Stand Abilities are creative and fun, and the author has managed to balance out the very different tones between the two series without one overtaking the other. Worth a look if you've ever wanted to see a Jo Jo take on Love Live's story. This story can also be read on AO3 and spacebattles


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