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  • Actor Shipping: Continuing from the previous series, the voice actresses are once again often shipped with each other. Some of them even take the teasing up to eleven by getting near each others' faces, or in some cases: a kiss on a cheek in a live show (Ainya to Anju), which makes you wonder if any of them are straight at all. What makes it even better as some of them didn't actually bother to hide it.
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  • Adaptation Displacement: Once again, half/many of the fans didn't know that the manga adaptation exists before the Anime.
  • All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game": The decision of Uranohoshi Girls High eventually closing down is one of the known plot twists in the show.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Is Mrs. Takami just a short person, or is she actually an Absurdly Youthful Mother who married at a very young age?
    • Does Mrs. Tsushima accidentally leave her phone at the Sakurauchi household? Does she actually know what she's doing? Or is she having an affair with Riko's mom?
    • Yoshiko: As by "looking for more little demons", does she also mean that she wanted to look more women to build their own harem?
    • Is Dia genuinely the Third Wheel in her group? Many fans note that she never seems to cause this kind of awkwardness, as she communicates with Kanan and Dia frequently. However, other fans point out that she is sometimes quietly left out and/or ignored by Kanan and Mari.
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    • In the second season's third episode, Kanan accidentally breaks off the lever as she intended to speed up the transport vehicle. Has her exercising really made her that strong, or was the lever just rusted to the point where a teenager could break it bare-handed?
  • Americans Hate Tingle:
    • You consistently ranks on the top of polls in Japan (her fanarts also outnumber everyone in Sunshine), in large part due to Shuka Saito's charisma. In the west though, where exposure is almost entirely via the anime, reception is mixed due to her being Out of Focus often, with many considering her little more than a Satellite Character for Chika.
    • When it comes to pairings: YohaRiri (Yoshiko x Riko) is very popular in Japan, while the ship received entirely mixed reactions to many western shippers.
  • Angel/Devil Shipping: This is where a good chunk of the appeal of Yoshi/YohaMaru comes from. Yoshiko's devilish qualities are found mostly in her troublemaking tendencies, aggressive and hammy personality, and the seductive streak in her character, whereas the opposite of these qualities are found in Hanamaru, who tends to shy away from the spotlight and is among the gentlest and meekest in Aqours. Incidentally, the motifs of an angel and a devil are also found in their characters outside of their personalities: Yoshiko obviously has her fallen angel shtick, while Hanamaru was raised in a temple and in some canons worked as a shrine maiden and a choir singer.
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    • Dia's overall wary attitude towards Chika's initiative of starting an idol group inspired by μ's, her annoyance when details of the group aren't properly addressed (such as their name being pronounced wrong by Chika) and her speech about how Aqours' first live was only successful because of the efforts of previous school idols, all combined with her own Fangirl feelings for the School Idol Project group, can easily be interpreted as the writers' attempts to have fans who weren't all too happy about Aqours' arrival relating to Dia, since her own point of view on this matter isn't much different from theirs.
    • Sarah Kazuno's comments to Aqours about their imitation of μ's can be interpreted as a response from the writers to viewers irritated by the frequent references to the previous series and fan criticism that Aqours leans too much on μ's and doesn't make sufficient effort to establish their own identity.
    • A major complaint with The Movie for the original series was it did far too little new for the story, and instead felt like a retread of the series conclusion. Over the Rainbow meanwhile is built to function far more as a proper continuation and conclusion to the story, and has much more content that can be called original.
  • Awesome Music: Listed under the "Aqours" folder here.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Similar to the original Love Live!, almost all of the nine protagonists can be this, depending on who you ask. This is less so than in the original, though.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • Season 2 episode 10 has one of these. The girls all want to go to the top of a hill to see shooting stars, so Mari takes them for a drive in her camper van. Suddenly, the vehicle sparkles, lifts off the ground, and flies in the air à la E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. The others are amazed, and none of them seem to question it. It isn't clear if this is actually happening or if it's supposed to be some kind of visual metaphor.
    • How many feel Riko's Love Confession to Chika ended up, given that it is never brought up again in the rest of the entire series save for one Call-Back in the series finale, where You makes her own Love Confession to Riko.
  • Broken Base:
    • Not all fans of the original series received Sunshine that well. Some were hyped about the new girls or thought it was a good thing that the creators didn't milk out µ's and searched other ways to keep the franchise going, but others weren't. Most of the 'anti-Aqours' brigade doesn't want to let go the original girls and calls the new ones boring copies of µ's.
    • The amount of Internal Homage and Mythology Gag the first season of Sunshine makes to School Idol Project is also a matter of debate among viewers. Some think the similarities between the two shows' storylines (e.g. Hanamaru giving Ruby a pep talk about not letting her shyness get in the way of her dream of becoming an idol, much like Rin once did to Hanayo; even the episode recognizes this connection by making Hanamaru relate to Rin as well as Ruby having Hanayo as her favorite idol) and character roles (e.g. Mari being the upperclassman that has a pervert type of humor and subtly pushes the group into happening, much like Nozomi) are just selective references to School Idol Festival, not interfering in the show's overall quality. Others, particularly casual viewers, think it's plain repetition and poor writing, and that Sunshine could've chosen more original routes to present its characters. They also think that these references detracts from what is unique about Aqours and harms Sunshine's ability to stand on its own two feet as a series.
      • One notable complaint about the plot of Sunshine is that the girls trying to save their school from shutting down by becoming idols and getting more applicants to enroll is exactly like the whole plot of School Idol Project's first season, though the series is self-aware enough that even the characters note the coincidence.
      • This complaint seems to have died down following the Season 2 of Sunshine, which significantly tones down references to the previous series, to the point where μ's isn't even mentioned at all. Some fans see it as a follow-up to Chika's resolve for Aqours to stand on their own two feet and distance themselves from μ's, following the end of Episode 12 in the first season.
    • Episode 9, which established the third years' backstory: who was in the wrong, Mari or Kanan? On the one hand, Kanan did lie to Mari about her actions prior to the series, run away instead of facing her, and then acted cold to her when they met again, all very selfish things to do, but on the other hand, Mari shows a remarkable lack of concern for anyone other than herself that episode as well, repeatedly attempting to drag Kanan into Aqours and not taking no for an answer; when she finds out the truth about how Kanan deliberately threw the idol contest in the past to stop her from getting hurt, she is enraged, seemingly not caring that Kanan did it to protect her, and if it didn't happen she could have been injured permanently. There is also a third option that maintains they were both being very immature. Furthermore, was the intervention of Chika and the rest of Aqours necessary, or was it an issue Mari and Kanan could have sorted out on their own and none of their business in the first place?
    • Some fans of the original series have voiced complaints about Sunshine!!'s far more bleak tone during its drama episodes when compared to School Idol Project, claiming that it results in Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy and that the drama has a tendency to be shakily written at points. Other fans welcome the darker tone of Sunshine!! and treat it as a way for the series to explore a level of realism to its drama that SIP rarely toyed with.
    • Song centers are a particular sore spot for the fanbase since the anime tends to give a lot of focus to Chika on the insert songs, with Lantis/Sunrise also giving her a lot of focus in the promotional videos. One side argues that she steals the focus that other characters should have (especially with songs such as "Mijuku Dreamer" and "Awaken the power" - that are the climax of the character development for the 3rd years and Ruby/Leah, respectively, so it's argued that Chika shouldn't receive any focus to begin with); add to this that characters like Ruby, Mari and Hanamaru have barely had the opportunity to be the center in songs. The other side argues that Chika's prominence in songs isn't that extreme (for an example, she does have a few more lines, due to repetition, in "Mijuku Dreamer" than the other girls who aren't the third years, who are very obviously the focus of the song); there is also the fact that Chika is the leader of the group and is pretty much guaranteed to get more centers than the others, much like Honoka leads the number of song centers in Muse.
    • Where "Awaken the power" is concerned, some viewers found it questionable that for a song that was In-Universe written by Ruby and Leah to present as a tribute to their older sisters, that said older sisters, and let alone the rest of Aqours, were also singing the song as well in the anime. From a marketing perspective, including all the members of Aqours and Saint Snow as singers may be sensible in order to generate hype from the fanbase at the notion of two units collaborating, something never before seen in the Love Live! franchise. However, some viewers felt that to do so In-Universe is contradictory to the premise of the episode the song was featured in and Dramatically Missing the Point of it all. Others argued that the whole point of making the song in the first place is to have Leah perform together with Sarah one more time.
    • Shiitake's gender. While he's mostly referred as a male dog in the anime, half of the fandom believed that she's a female dog due to his voice actress and one of the stories in School Idol Festival, which (seemingly) solidifies Shiitake's actual gender. The issue is apparently fixed now that the final episode of the anime revealed that Shiitake is a female and also had puppies, although even then some people are confused as to how that even works (how none of Shiitake's owners knew her gender, and with what other dog she had puppies with).
    • Which one is better: the anime or the manga adaptation? Some of the fans believed that the manga's story is handled better than the anime due to the said TV series' interactions being somewhat forced for the sake of the LGBT Fanbase.
    • Is Season 2 an improvement over the first? Many feel it did, namely in telling a far more dramatic and emotional story that additionally averted the franchise's much hated penchant for Poor Communication Kills. Others however criticize the season for completely altering character relationships in the name of Pandering to the Base (most infamously in regards to Riko), as well as completely side-lining several characters (with You, Yoshiko, and Hanamaru - and even Riko to a smaller degree - all being Demoted to Extra) in favour of focusing on Chika and the Third-Years.
    • When it comes to real life; are the voice actresses (Notably Suwawa (Kanan) and Aina (Mari)'s and/or Rikako (Riko) and Aika (Yoshiko)'s Like an Old Married Couple chemistry) actually just teasing the fandom for the sake of boosting the audience ratings, or are they really THAT affectionate to one another behind the scenes? A translation of a magazine indicates the former. In Suwawa's case, her interview comments and off-screen actions does raise a few eyebrows.
    • Hanamaru's tsukkomi/straight man role: is it hilarious? Or is it just completely unfunny and out of character for her?
  • Contested Sequel:
    • Either it's an Even Better Sequel thanks to stronger writing and more focus on Character Development, or it's an uninspired mess hurt by its inability to break free of the previous series' conventions.
    • Season 2. Depending on the viewer it's either a well-executed, if flawed, attempt at a dramatic, overarching plot with memorable songs or a half-assed, poorly done attempt at melodrama that ruined most of the cast.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The "WONDERFUL STORIES" tour had an animated skit that played while the cast was backstage changing outfits where Mari and Riko walk into a bizarre scene of Yoshiko portraying an abusive father to "his" "wife" You and "daughters" Dia and Ruby. Later, Chika, Kanan, and Hanamaru portraying the yakuza come and repo everything they own. In a realistic context, this would be actually rather dark, but the given scenario (with Riko trying to be the Only Sane Man and Mari being Mari) is so absurd that it simply wraps around to hilarious.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Some fans of School Idol Project have expressed disdain for Sunshine!! due to the series doing away with some of the lighthearted feel that was present in the original series in favor of a more dramatic overarching plot.
  • Die for Our Ship: Can be seen here along with the previous series.
  • Discredited Meme:
    • Ultimately zig-zagged on the jokes about men not existing in their universe.
    • The eventual reveal of Tsuki's gender in the movie and the music video uploaded by Love Live's YouTube channel made fans stop speculating her as a feminine-looking boy. However, it hasn't stopped people from making fun of her as a "handsome man with breasts".
  • Ending Fatigue: The finale of Season 1 drew some criticism for the Love Live! part of the episode, which consists largely of an over-the-top recap skit that reiterates literally every single episode in the first season and takes up over half the episode itself, clocking in at a staggering 13-minute recap scene.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • The two lookalikes in Season 1 episode 12 and Season 2 episode 4, who resemble Honoka and Hanayo in terms of appearance. note 
    • The Kurosawa sisters', Yoshiko's, and Riko's mothers count.
    • Tsuki, a character exclusively created for the Over the Rainbow movie, which sparks a lot of debate on the character's gender in his/her first appearance.
    • Mari's mother is this as well.
  • Epileptic Trees: Can be seen here.
  • Even Better Sequel: While reactions were initially heavily split, it got better as time passed, and Season 2 episode 7 is considered the tipping point for Sunshine!! to more or less succeed the original.
  • Fanon: Can be seen here.
  • Fandom-Enraging Misconception:
    • Rikako's (debated) stage fright in the 1st live. Some fans will get upset if anyone even insinuates that the incident was actually staged.
    • Several fans are also annoyed that some people implying that Kanako is emotionally manipulating people to vote Hanamaru as the center of the 4th single. It probably got worse as Hanamaru is the winner of the 4th Single Center poll.
    • Assuming that Tsuki is a male will completely piss off many fans.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • Not to as much of an extent as other examples, but some fans of other subunits can be a bit bitter towards Guilty Kiss due to Guilty Kiss' overwhelming popularity having a tendency to overshadow CYaRon! and AZALEA.
    • The Shibuya Note Awards 2018 creates a rivalry with K-pop group TWICE when the said group lose to Aqours in the vote.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: It remains that no pairings are canon in Love Live, but by series standards, YoshiMaru is this. Despite that either member of the pairing is far more often shipteased or otherwise grouped with other members, they surpass more canon-backed Sunshine pairings in terms of popularity by a notable margin, especially in the Japanese side of the fanbase.
  • Fan Wank:
    • As with the previous series, and due to the series' fairly strong subtext; the fandom once again treated all of the main characters (Riko is one of the recurring examples, due to her Ambiguously Gay status) as genuinely queer lesbians, and the Ship Tease moments as genuinely romantic.
    • Many fans tend to permanently affix Dia with the Third Wheel trope, making her a canonical one in the fandom's eyes.
    • Played for Laughs or Played Straight depending on who you ask: While this one is treated as a joke due to the show's Chromosome Casting, several or plenty of the fans still believe that the males (including the girl's fathers) are genuinely non-existent in the Love Live! universe.
    • Since the 1st season's 12th Episode, several fans will always believe that the Honoka-lookalike is actually Honoka and Tsubasa's biological daughter, while her real mother is ultimately seen as the kid's nanny/guardian.
  • Franchise Original Sin: Many of the series' issues that fans disliked were present in the original to some extent:
    • One of the issues fans had with the Riko/Yoshiko Ship Tease in the second season was that it was forced and unnatural, and was only put in because a lot of fans shipped them together. The original series, however, rocketed up the Maki/Nico Ship Tease between seasons when it was noticed how much of a Fan-Preferred Couple they were. The difference is, neither Maki or Nico were heavily teased with anyone in their series' first season, so even though there's little explanation as to how or why they got so close, it's at least plausible. In contrast, during the first season of Sunshine, Riko's character largely revolved around her relationship with Chika. The Riko/Yoshiko pairing then comes off as being a lot more noticeably strange and forced because it basically replaced another character dynamic that was a focal point of the entire first season.
    • Complaints about the third-years being a Spotlight-Stealing Squad can be traced back to the original series, where the second-year trio largely occupied the brunt of screentime. However, in the original, every character at least got A Day in the Limelight. Sunshine isn't so kind with its Character Focus, and some of the girls who are supposed to be major characters end up Demoted to Extra as a result.
    • The most common criticism of You is that she has nothing else to her character but being Chika's friend. To an extent, this was largely true of Kotori in the original series. The difference is, Kotori is given a few traits outside orbiting Honoka that end up being important to set up the climax of the first part of the original series. All of You's traits beyond being Chika's friend end up being Informed Attribute since the audience never gets to see them at work.
  • Friendly Fandoms: As with the previous series, the anime's fandom also get along well with the fans from Jojos Bizarre Adventure. It ultimately took Up to Eleven due to many fans pointing out actual (and coincidental) references in the show (while creating a shared universe fanfiction) and also finding out that The School Idol Movie: Over the Rainbow taking place in Italy as Vento Aureo is still airing until 2019.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • While Chika using a lollipop to lure Ruby out of hiding was intended to be Played for Laughs and cuteness, some viewers were disturbed by the fact that it is a common tactic used by kidnappers and child predators to attract children.
    • In the 2nd Season's 9th Episode, a special effect consists of dog ears and nose is added onto Ruby's photo. In real life; the filter is mostly (over)used by most young women, which is controversially dubbed as the “hoe/thot filter” .
    • Although this is more of a coincidence than intentional, The torn-off poster on the punk-rock-themed Yoshiko UR card released on Feb. 28, 2018 is a "Shout-Out" to the infamous Shanghai Happy Party Train FMT.
    • A scene of Yoshiko holding her ice cream in Italy looked normal, but eating in Italy's public streets will be threatened with fines of up to €150-€500 ($240-$800).
  • Genius Bonus: In season 2, Yoshiko tries to name the stray dog Laelaps. This is likely a reference to the dog with the same name in Greek mythology (actually it's from Aikyan's dog, Laela).
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • Chika/Riko as a pairing has a much larger following in the west, whose exposure is mostly through the anime. Needless to say, those fans were rather irritated when the relationship was ignored entirely in Season 2.
    • Like Nozomi, Mari is also viewed as one of the popular gay icons in anime by the fanbase.
    • Despite her ambiguous sexuality, Riko is one of the most popular lesbian icons (along with Mari) of the anime by the LGBT Fanbase.
  • Growing the Beard: The Sunshine series apparently tries to be somewhat more realistic, with setbacks and angst playing a prominent role. Success in the series is somewhat questionable. In the movie, however, the script writers arguably manage to tackle some serious themes, and a degree of depth can be found.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Riko's backstory features her having an anxiety attack on stage at a live piano performance. During Aqours first live concert, Riko's seiyuu, Rikako Aida, ended up suffering a panic attack during her piano performance on "Omoi yo Hitotsu ni Nare".
    • Most of the CYaRon! songs about friends growing apart and old friendships being broken (courtesy of the lyrics writer, You Watanabe) finally makes more sense as she expresses her fears of the future of her relationship with Chika, in an indirect fashion, since You cannot figure out how to tell Chika directly.
    • The meaning of "Sora mo Kokoro mo Hareru kara", the song included in the second Blu-Ray, becomes quite a bit more sad when you know the context in which it's played in the anime.
    • Mari is seen injuring her leg during the Tokyo event in the first season's 9th Episode. Mari's seiyuu, Aina Suzuki also injured her leg during the last stop of the Fan Meeting Trip session in Chiba.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Aika Kobayashi was once interviewed when she performed the ending theme to the 2011 anime Freezing (her professional singing career debut), where Izumi Kitta and Aya Uchida told her "You seem more like an idol". Skip ahead five years...note 
    • Also doubles as Harsher in Hindsight depending on who you ask:
      • Suwa Nanaka mentions that Dia is also a total loser only allow the fans to see Dia as a true Third Wheel despite not being one.
      • Remember Kanan's little-to-no screentime in the first half of the anime's first season? One of the lyrics (Hey, do you know me?) in "Sakana ka Nanda ka?" ultimately lampshades this.
    • In the anime, You gets several passerby girls to agree to watch the girls' concert by means of sheer charisma, and they even take pictures with her; upon seeing this, Chika mentions that You is "popular as always". In Real Life, You indeed won Aqours first popularity poll, which even got her a place as the center of the group's second MV, Koi ni Naritai AQUARIUM. You also has the most fanarts in image sharing sites. Could be some sort of Fandom Nod as well.
    • Chika's speech in episode 5 mentions how μ's didn't care what other people think of them or if it would affect their popularity. While it is a heartwarming moment and it's true, some viewers will remember that μ's actually spent an entire episode of School Idol Project trying to change their image exactly for the sake of getting more appeal (by doing stuff like dressing up like KISS and imitating each other).
    • Adding to the hilarity, the Aqours sub-unit whose costumes are similar to μ's attempt to dress like KISS... happens to be called Guilty Kiss.
    • Yoshiko getting fourth place in the Aqours 1st Center Election (the same where You got first place). She even lampshades how fitting that is.
    • A great deal of Hanamaru's character (namely, her idolization of Ruby, especially in non-anime material) becomes hilarious after Ruby's lack of concrete personality and superfluous nature left her incredibly unpopular in the JP fandom. Even funnier, her motive of wanting a starring role on stage is hilarious as she ends up Demoted to Extra after she joins, meaning that she ends up a background character regardless.
    • Guess which of them howls like the coelacanth in the April Fools video?
    • A photoshop of You holding her gun had actually made her officially wield one in the Granblue Fantasy collaboration.
    • A fanmade T-shirt by Redbubble features a parody of the KFC Logo with Kotori on it (the logo is later bootlegged by one of Indonesia's restaurants). Guess which of the Aqours' voice actresses actually held a KFC bucket?
    • Remember those Fanons/jokes about Mari being Eli Ayase's daughter? It turns out that Mari's mother herself had blonde hair.
    • During the 4th Center polling, there was a bitter rivalry between Hanamaru and Yoshiko fans, both believing that their girl was more deserving of the center spot. Ultimately, Hanamaru won the poll and got "Mitaiken HORIZON"... then it was revealed that Yoshiko got a center anyway, on the same single no less, by simply winning the Shadowverse poll instead.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: Can be seen here with the previous series and its sequels.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming: Jimo Ai for the You x Yoshiko pairing.Explanation 
  • It Was His Sled: In that case, her: Tsuki's identity in the Over the Rainbow movie and her being You's cousin, which is revealed from Pixiv and Twitter fanarts.
  • Incest Yay Shipping:
    • Dia and Ruby is pretty much this. The ship has later taken Up to Eleven due to their respective songs: Manatsu wa Dare no Mono? (Due to the live play at HAPPY PARTY TRAIN TOUR) and possibly WHITE FIRST LOVE.
    • In some extent: Sarah and Leah.
    • In a very, very, VERY minor extent: You and her absolute love to dear daddy.
    • Both You and Tsuki Watanabe are portrayed as an incestuous couple, like how fans ship Dia and Ruby. It helps that in Tsuki's first (androgynous) appearance in the Over The Rainbow movie, she talks to You like they are a couple on a date (while Chika and Riko look jealous).
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: As noted under Broken Base, this is a very real complaint about the series, whether it's the complaint about the girls being a rehash of µ's or the storyline being too similar to the original series. Though, considering later events, this might be in part an Intended Audience Reaction.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: A few or half of the fans watch the series just to see whether μ's actually made physical cameos. It doesn't happen though.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • Riko, Riko, Riko, Riko. As of this writing, she's been paired off with literally everyone from Aqours and at least three of these ships (Chika, Yoshiko, and You) have some basis in primary canon. She's also been shipped with Maki and recently, Eli from the original series, the former of which has a significant amount of fan work pairing her with her despite the two never meeting in canon (at least until School Idol Festival ALL STARS), even receiving several doujinshi dedicated to the pairing, and the latter thanks to the first volume of the Dengeki G Love Live Sogo cover featuring them as the cover pair for the month of July 2019. Even Chika's dog Shiitake gets to be shipped with her! It's a common joke in the fandom that Riko's the ultimate yuri harem magnet / shipping bicycle in the entire franchise.
    • Chika, while not typically as extreme as Riko in this department, has been paired with practically every other character in the group at one point except possibly Mari and Ruby.
    • Riko's mother; Mrs. Sakurauchi is also this, although the only avaiable pairing is with Mrs. Takami and notably with Yoshiko's mother due to the charisma of the YohaRiko ship.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Given Status Quo Is God in the original series, some fans were seriously skeptical about Uranohoshi actually closing down despite the fact that Season 2 spends at least a third of its screentime reminding the viewer that the threat exists. So it came as a surprise to some viewers when they actually did shut down the school.
  • Memetic Badass:
  • Memetic Loser: Can be found here along with several from the previous series.
  • Memetic Mutation: Can be found here along with memes from the previous series.
  • Memetic Molester:
    • In some fanarts, Dia is occasionally portrayed as a sis-con to Ruby.
    • To the Chinese-speaking fandom, Chika's father is often "portrayed" as a pedophile due to him marrying a short-statured wife.
  • Memetic Psychopath: You post-Season 1, episode 10, as the fans began to portray her as a complete yandere to Riko after her confession to Chika.
  • Memetic Troll: Mari.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Due to the fact that the movie has yet to be premiered in the US, several American fans assume that Aqours will eventually disband in the film like Muse did, though this turns out to be false as Aqours continues without the third years.
  • Mondegreen:
    • One of Mari's lines "嫉妬ファイヤー"note  seriously sounds like "Shit Fire".
    • The opening chant from Yoshiko's solo in Season 2 Blu-Ray 3, "in this unstable world", is actually her repeating the words "dark or white", but because of the heavy audio filters combined with Aikyan's slightly sketchy English pronunciation, it's often misheard as "white taco" or some variant thereof.
  • Most Annoying Sound:
    • Mari's Gratuitous English, to some viewers. For others, it's Memetic Mutation, as stated on that page.
    • Depending on who you ask, Hanamaru's repeated verbal tic (zura) can be a bit grating.
  • Narm: The excessive close-up of the skirt shots in the Over the Rainbow may not sit well to several viewers.
  • Narm Charm: In episode 13, the girls of Aqours re-enact the events of how the group was formed on stage. While it is rather cheesy, especially with the over-the-top way the girls act, it's still genuinely heartwarming at the same time.
  • Nausea Fuel: In a very minor extent: The foreign fans' initial reactions to the Grilled Mikans and the Mikan stew seen in the 2nd Season's 11th Episode, which were believed as part of bizarre Anime-only/Millennial cuisine that is inedible in real life. However, those foods are real and edible dishes.
  • Never Live It Down: Can be seen in this page along with the entire series.
  • No Yay:
    • Much like the previous series, het ships are nearly non-existent in the fanbase. It is downplayed, though, since the lack of any male characters (not even as background characters!) means there are no actual boys to be shipped with the girls anyway.
      • To make things better, Dia's chapter in the School Idol Diary reveals that she plans to run away if her future (arranged) marriage happens.
    • Due to voice actresses taking their own shipping Up to Eleven, almost everyone in the fandom refuses to acknowledge the VAs as straight people thanks to that.
    • Many fans (including shippers) are against any incest relationship between Ruby and Dia.
    • For western fans, Ruby is considered as their "precious gem", as they intend to shout anything Enforcer-related if they see one single NSFW pic of her.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • Many people believed that Riko's comical diamond mouth is an original expression invented from the series, as they didn't realize that this mouth expression isn't new as other characters from various Anime and Manga also possessed the same comical mouth expression.
    • This is not the first time that Love Live! featured objecting parents, as some of them are seen in School Idol Diary.
  • One-Scene Wonder: When it comes to minor characters:
    • A brunette-haired Kanan fan in Season 1, Episode 12, which is rarely viewed as Mari's "love rival" by the fandom.
    • The generic female cashier and the customer seen in the Lucky Pierrot restaurant in Season 2, Episode 9, which they're interpreted as a couple due to their eyes contacting to each other and possibly blushing. (And again, they also had sweat drops on their faces, which might have implied that they overheard the conversation between the first years.)
    • A third-year student from Season 1 episode 9 is pretty much like Shuka Saitou, the main VA of You Watanabe.
  • One True Threesome: All of the trios, but especially the third-year trio of Dia, Mari and Kanan due to their shared history as a three-person school idol group and how Mari has quite a bit of Ship Tease with both Dia and Kanan.
  • Pandering to the Base: The show usually provides easy shipping fuel for ships that are most popular with fans. This is most prevalent with Riko; in the first season, ChikaRiko was pushed quite heavily, but upon entering Season 2, seeing that Yoshiko x Riko was gaining ground, the anime suddenly stopped pushing ChikaRiko quite so heavily (though there were still moments) and instead started pushing Yoshiko x Riko. Only to throw a curveball at the end with You x Riko. Add the fact that YoshiRiko might not even be that popularnote , and episode 5 becomes an appeal to the very vocal minority.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Season 2 Episodes 8 and 9 saved Ruby for some fans, granting her some genuine character development.
  • Self-Fanservice:
    • You is one of the subjects of this trope, whose fans had drawn her with medium/large breasts and somewhat huge hips. In 2018, the character PVC figure of the Jacket Figure Series by With Fans! has sculpted her a very well-endowed hip.
    • Due to her bust size and relatively small height, Hanamaru is often drawn with larger knockers.
    • Sarah is also this in several occasions.
    • (Ultimately) averted to Ruby, as lewd fanarts of her only attract even more enforcement-themed responses (At least for English-speaking fans), unlike the other red-haired first year in the previous series.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night:
    • Yoshiko x Riko was formerly this, as the ship gained traction long before Yoshiko and Riko had any significant interaction in the anime, largely because of the subtext that exists in other official media and the teasing between their voice actresses. The most popular implication that started off this ship is Riko calling Yoshiko "Yocchan" note . Season 2 rectifies this by establishing early on that both of their families have gotten closer in-between seasons, showing the two interacting with each other a lot more, and giving the pairing a dedicated episode. Although whether or not their increased interaction was handled well is another matter of debate entirely.
    • Due to Eli being Dia's favorite idol, some of the fans often paired the two despite their lack of interaction in most of the media, and they often made Dia calling her as "Eli-sama".
    • In response to Yoshiko x Riko getting more screentime, Yoshiko x You became this. Nobody expected it when the two were paired in season 1's ED, but quite a lot of people welcomed it since they were the "remainders" of their respective year groups (ChikaRiko and RubyMaru were clearly paired off). Many hoped that the two would get interactions since they're the only ones who live in Numazu and take the bus together. However, season 1 ended without the two having any meaningful interactions, and even when they got a duet together in the summer-themed CD which gave fans hope that the ship wasn't dead, both season 2 and the movie ended the same way.
    • In a minor extent: both Kanan and her brunette fan from the first season's 12th Episode. The latter would be considered as a Designated Love Interest given the lack of any buildup to their relationship.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Like the previous anime, Love Live! Sunshine also possesses this trope.
  • Signature Scene: Several key events mark Sunshine as a different show from School Idol Project.
    • Season 1, Episode 8: Aqours finding out that they placed 30th out of 30 in the competition with 0 votes
    • Season 1, Episode 9: Mari and Kanan's reconciliation
    • Season 1, Episode 10: Chika and Riko's confession scene
    • Season 2, Episode 7: Aqours failing to gather 100 prospective students, thus Uranohoshi is forced to close and merge with a nearby school
    • Season 2, Episode 13: You's unexpected confession to Riko
    • In addition, the performance of ''My Mai Tonight'' is often used as an example of good CGI in anime.
  • Slow-Paced Beginning: A common complaint that many fans had was that the first seven episodes seemed repetitive of what had already been done in the original anime with many fearing that the show was just going to coast by on the same plot of the original Love Live! Then came episode 8 and Sunshine began actively subverting many of the tropes of its parent show and a major plot of the first season became about Aqours learning to shine in their own way and not just be µ's imitators. The plot then became a lot stronger and the show allowed itself to gain its own unique identity.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: School Idol Festival reveals that although that Hanamaru can eat whatever she wants (which is viewed her as possessing a very high metabolism in the Anime), Hanamaru realizes that she has limits of eating, as she got a tummy pooch from eating too much.
  • Squick: A good number of fans who were against people shipping Riko and Shiitake together. And since Shiitake had gave birth to 2 puppies and wore a sweater with Riko's image color, let's just hope this didn't get worse.
  • Super Couple: KananMari, YoshiMaru, ChikaRiko/You, and YohaRiko.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song:
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • When it comes to the visual revisions on the Blu-Ray/DVD releases, several fans prefer the TV version of the close-up of Mari and Dia's heads instead of the revised version, which is drawn better than the former.
    • Many felt that the 3rd Love Live! Tour ~WONDERFUL STORIES~ Blu-ray Memorial BOX concealed the camera angles that shot Anju's nervousness of Anchan before the backflip, and then exaggerating the emotion in her voice post-backflip.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • A significant cost of the greater focus on an overarching narrative is that a number of characters are largely pushed to the side due to them being unable to contribute to it.
      • You went this way hard, especially in Season 2. She ends up being one of the least developed characters in the entire series, thanks to a combination of factors such as the show pushing Riko's screentime at You's expense in Season 1, lack of defined motivation for joining Aqours beyond wanting to do something together with Chika (which also makes her a Satellite Character by extension), a minor Character Focus that accomplishes nothing, and a straight up lack of meaningful screentime or dialogue in Season 2 (which lead to the fandom joke that "You is the new Kanan"). It says something when Saint Snow, the rival group, not only gets a better Character Focus than her, but it actually gives them more character development than her. This has led to many fans perceiving her as the most underutilized character across both μ's and Aqours.
      • Ruby was this through Season 1. All of her character niches from Dengeki canon were surgically extracted from her and given to other charactersnote , and those that weren't can't be implemented anyways (such as Does Not Like Men, in an anime where males are background characters at best), leaving her as nothing but a Satellite Character to her big sister Dia. She gets fleshed out in Season 2 with a two-part character arc alongside Leah from Saint Snow.
      • Depending on who you ask, Yoshiko went this way in Season 2. Put simply, Season 2 severely slammed Yoshiko with the Flanderization bat and reduced her character by large into a gag, and she got a second Character Focus episode that, bewilderingly, almost entirely retraces her character development from her first Character Focus in Season 1, except it has ultimately zero impact on her character going forward.
      • Hanamaru ends up Demoted to Extra and gets little to no Character Focus at all after the episode where she joins Aqours, reducing her to being a Straight Man for Yoshiko. Noticeably, despite one of her basic character conceits being that she's Ruby's best friend, their bond isn't addressed at all in Ruby's spotlight episodes late in the series, instead developing a relationship between Ruby and Leah. Ironically, her relegation to being a background character is the exact reason she joined Aqours to avoid! And again, it doesn't help that her Big Eater status is still remained from Season 1 till The Movie.
      • How many feel Riko suffered in Season 2. She was the closest thing to a secondary main character in Season 1, as well as receiving lots of Ship Tease with Chika. Due to said pairing not exactly taking off in Japan though, their relationship was largely ignored save for moments that were always shared with You, and consequently stripped her of her role in the story, leaving her with little besides a bunch of Ship Tease with Yoshiko (which most fans found to be forced and unnatural) and a half-hearted arc about her overcoming her fear of dogs. Seeing how important she was in Season 1, most felt this more than a bit of a downgrade.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • After episode 8 finally removed the It's the Same, Now It Sucks! factor from the series for many fans, the plot threads dangled in it seemed to be suggesting a third-year arc focusing on their shared backstory and working out the issues they had with each other. While all this did happen, it occurred in the space of one episode, and many fans thought it would have been better if it was drawn out longer.
    • You's arc in episode 10. Due to the fact that she was so far the only character without a backstory and little character traits other than being Chika's friend, a common fandom theory and hope would be that she would have an arc near the end of the series where she, fed up about Riko slowly taking over her place in Chika's life, would reach her Rage Breaking Point and explode at either one or both, then leave the group, cueing a reconciliation to end the season or possibly end the season on a cliffhanger. Not only does this not happen, the minimal anxiety she had expressed toward Riko is resolved pitifully easily, and she ends her Character Focus episode in almost exactly the same place that she started.
    • Any fans hoping the apparent Love Confession at the end of Episode 10 would lead to an actual romance and possibly even canon couple in the group were shot down by Season 1, episode 11, which went right back to Status Quo Is God. And the entire relationship was largely ignored in Season 2, rendering the entire build-up retroactively pointless.
    • Fans who hoped for a possible µ's cameo from start to finish (especially Season 2) had their dreams crushed as neither of them didn't actually appear in the end. All the fans can hope is their actual appearance in the Sunshine!! movie.
    • While Season 2 is generally seen as a better attempt at an overarching story in the franchise, it also made the cast over-inflation extremely apparent, which can't be helped due to the 9-member format. Of the entire second Season, only five characters get a Character Focus across three Character Focus episodes total, but only three of those characters actually have any meaningful character development, and four of the nine main cast members (You, Riko, Hanamaru, Yoshiko) wind up totally wasted due to their irrelevance to the overarching plot. Conversely, the characters that did matter to the plot (Chika and the third-years) get a high amount of focus, which, depending on the viewer, may push the third-years into Spotlight-Stealing Squad territory due to a significant chunk of screentime being dedicated to them.
    • The Over the Rainbow Movie had some:
      • Several fans believed that the movie should have given their favorite rare pairs a chance to shine on-screen, although the closest thing they can find is both You and Yoshiko doing dance training together.
      • As for the conflict of Mari's arranged marriage, many fans believe that the argument should have been taken seriously, instead of relying on one of their songs to change her mind. Meanwhile, the yuri fans feel''' that Mari should have confessed that she truly loved Kanan in front of her mother as well, and in doing so solidifying the confirmation of the KanaMari pairing.
      • After 2 seasons of teasing, none of the µ's members made a physical cameo in the film, especially for the fans who are hoping for them to eventually return to see Aqours' performance in the final act, or even perform together with them one last time.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Any Guilty Kiss song will almost inevitably be compared to "Strawberry Trapper", which is near-universally considered their magnum opus track and set up incredibly high expectations for the sub-unit going forward.
  • True Art Is Angsty: Sunshine is almost universally considered an improvement in quality over the original. It also happens to be Darker and Edgier.
  • Uncanny Valley: The 1/1 statues displayed at the Love Live! Sunshine!! Showtime at Shanghai event looks fairly decent on their own, but the lighting that flashes the statues (notably Chika and You) gave them an expression of having a Yandere look.
  • Unexpected Character: For some bizarre reason, You appears in the credits of a Character Focus episode that barely features her at all. Some fans became convinced that Sunrise had accidentally used the wrong ending animation. It turns out that a few episodes later, Dia would finally make her own credits appearance alongside her sister Ruby.
  • Win Back the Crowd: Episode 8 saved the series in many fans' eyes. It expanded the third years' background (even offering Kanan some much needed screentime, and cementing Dia as a Cool Big Sis) and gave Aqours a harsh result in the Love Live selection (they get zero votes) as well as a necessary lesson about how trying to be like µ's won't take them any further, and was overall a tear-jerking yet well-done episode.
  • Win the Crowd:
    • Riko's confession to Chika might have developed a beacon of hope for the Yuri fans who wanted a canonically gay couple in the Love Live! series... well, until later episodes barely mention their romantic relationship.
      • For YohaRiko fans, an official tribute episode for the pairing won many of their hearts.
      • As for YouRiko shippers, You unexpectedly confessing to Riko is also considered as one of the best moments.
    • The latest trailer for the Over the Rainbow movie had the sudden spoken word "marriage" had drew more attention to the Yuri fans, which they hoped for a genuine same-sex relationship between the Third Years, eventually jossing the queerbaiting once and for all.
    • To some fans who greatly dislikes Korean music, the Shibuya Note Awards 2018 voted Aqours as 1st place with TWICE being beaten in second place.
  • The Woobie:
    • You is the first to suffer from this: the fans sympathized her from being "cucked" after the confession between Chika and Riko since Season 1 Episode 10. It only gets even worse when You is witnessing Riko getting close to Chika (by squishing her cheeks) in front of her eyes in Season 2, Episode 10. History repeats itself, folks. It only gets even better if one realizes that You serves as an oarsman on a Gondola where Chika and Riko sat on the CD cover for Marine Border Parasol.
    • Like Sora Tokui in µ's Fifth Live, they pointed out Dia's voice actress (Arisa) being (mostly) left out by the group in the videos and photos.
    • Hanamaru's flashback in the first season's fourth episode makes you want to sympathetically hug her.
      • Also, one must realize that Hanamaru will be the only remaining AZALEA member left once Dia and Kanan are graduated.
    • Leah Kazuno, in Over the Rainbow as she becomes frustrated at establishing her new school idol group after Sarah's graduation.
  • Woolseyism:
    • The phrases "ganbaruby" and "Kowareyasuki" (from Guilty Kiss' second single) suffer from the same problem, in that they're both Japanese wordplay that portmanteaus two words togethernote . Translations resolve this by translating them into "I'll do my Rubesty!" and "Fragilove" respectively, which both mean similar things to the original Japanese. Interestingly, "Do your Rubesty!" was actually adopted by Ai Furihata as the English version of her call and response.
    • The Japanese term for Mari's Stewshine is a portmanteau of "shiny" and "nimono" that is pronounced the same as the catchphrase "Shiny". This ended up getting changed for English releases, making it a pun on "Sunshine" instead.
    • When Yoshiko falls out from the tree in the first episode, Chika says "You don't seem okay." The dub instead has:
      Chika: (surprised) Oh no, she's brain damaged!
    • The scene from Season 1 Episode 3 where Chika reacts to Mari's idea of a joke originally stated "Don't put so much effort into a joke.", but was dubbed into the memorable line:
      Chika: If anyone needs me for anything, I'll just be slowly dying inside.
    • Despite the reduced use of Japanese Honorifics in English compared to Japanese, the English dub still needed to convey Dia's concerns about getting closer to the other girls in Episode 4 of Season 2. It did so by changing dialogue to incorporate various terms of endearment. The results have some interesting implications when interpreted a certain way, however.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: When Aqours' character designs first came out, many people immediately took Hanamaru for a Hanayo Expy and assumed she would have a similarly high-pitched, squeaky voice. So, when voice clips were first released and it was revealed that Hanamaru actually has a very distinctive mature-sounding, even deep voice, many were pretty shocked at the contrast. However, Tropes Are Not Bad: over time, fans did get more used to the voicing, and ultimately it ended up becoming one of the most commonly-praised voices largely because it's so unique and different to anything in µ's.
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