Love Live! Cosplay (Japanese: ラブライブ! Hepburn: Rabu Raibu!?) School Idol Project is a Japanese multimedia project co-developed by ASCII Media Works' Dengeki G's Magazine, music label Lantis, and animation studio Sunrise. The project revolves around a group of fictional school girls who become idols in order to save their school from shutting down. It launched in the August 2010 issue of Dengeki G's Magazine, and went on to produce music CDs, anime music videos, two manga adaptations, and video games. A 13-episode anime television series produced by Sunrise and directed by Takahiko Kyōgoku aired in Japan between January and March 2013, with a second season airing between April and June 2014. Both anime series and film are licensed in North America, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand by NIS America, MVM Entertainment and Madman Entertainment, respectively. An animated film titled Love Live! The School Idol Movie and distributed by Shochiku was released in June 2015. A separate project, Love Live! Sunshine, was announced in February 2015, focusing on a new group of school idols. An anime television series based on the project will premiere in July 2016.Plot
Honoka Kōsaka is a girl who loves her school, Otonokizaka Academy. When the school is planned to be closed down due to a lack of applicants, Honoka becomes determined to save it. Learning that school idols are popular, Honoka and her friends start up a school idol group called "μ's" (pronounced muse) in order to attract new students. Once they successfully prevent Otonokizaka Academy from closing, the girls from μ's aim for higher grounds and participate in "Love Live", the ultimate school idol competition featuring the best groups in the country. Despite winning the competition, the girls from μ's disband soon after for their own personal reasons.
Love Live Sunshine!! is set in another school, the ocean-side Uranohoshi Girls' Academy, which is passing by the same peril as Otonokizaka Academy used to, until Chika Takami, a huge fan of μ's, decides to follow their example and gathers friends to form another group called "Aqours" (pronounced aqua) for the sake of their school as well.