Without a doubt one of the most popular anime series of 2014 is the second season of Love Live! School Idol Project. Whilst the anime’s first season had strong sales the second season performed even better, even reaching #3 in the highest selling anime Blu-ray on Amazon in 2014. And recently, the 6th volume of the anime’s Blu-ray has been released so we can now compare it with the TV release. Generally, the Blu-rays are better than the TV version, since studios have can reproduce scenes of the anime that may have been rushed to make schedules and deadlines. They can also uncensor scenes that were deemed unfit for Japanese Television. It is also the studio’s biggest avenue for profit. We have done a series of these TV and Blu-ray comparisons before so make sure to check them out here.
Volume 6 of the Love Live! School Idol Project Season 2 Blu-ray includes episodes 10 and 11 of the series. There are many minor changes so check out the small notes in between each scene. Do note that these contain:
Spoilers for Episodes 10 and 11 of Love Live! School Idol Project Season 2
Click on the images for the full resolution. The images on the left are the TV version and the images on the right are from the Blu-ray release
- Part 3 of the LoveLive! 2014 ~ENDLESS PARADE special
- Textless versions of the episodes’ OP and ED
- A CD containing more of μ’s songs
- Special codes for Love Live! School Idol Paradise for the Vita and Mobile
- Illustration cards based on the covers of the volume
- Clear case with illustrations from anime character designer Asako Nishida
Love Live! School Idol Project is an original anime produced by Sunrise studios that aired in January 2013. The conception of the anime project started in 2010 by Dengeki G’s Magazine. The editors wanted the project to be heavily influenced by fans, such as the costumes, hairstyles and names. Throughout this process, a manga of the project simply called Love Live! began in early 2012 by Sakurako Kimino and Arumi Tokita. The next part in the project was the anime series, followed by this app and an OVA. The second season of Love Live! School Idol Project aired in 2014. An anime film has been slated to release in Japan this Summer.
Here is a synopsis of the series from MAL:
Otonokizaka High School stands on the border of three cities: Akihabara—a pop culture mecca that’s evolving by the minute; Kanda—a conservative, cultured city where history and tradition reign supreme; and Jinbo—a quiet area reserved for a more mature, sophisticated population. Amidst this culture clash, the school now faces closure due to the enrollment of fewer and fewer students.
With the school planning to close within three years, nine female students come together with one thing in mind—form a pop idol group to revive the school’s popularity and keep it from shutting down. “In order to protect our beloved school, there’s only one thing we can do… become pop stars!”
All the images above are from Love Live! School Idol Project Season 2 Blu-ray Volume 6, which is currently available on Amazon Japan for ¥5,594 (~ $47.57 USD). Volumes 1-5 and the final volume, vol 7, are also available on Amazon Japan.
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