Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie Over The Rainbow
Reaching The End Of The Rainbow
After ending two seasons on a bittersweet note, quite a few questions were left unanswered. With the seniors graduating and their school officially closing, will it be the end of Aquors and the legacy of winning the national ‘Love Live’ competition?
Following closely after where the series had ended, Chika and the remaining members of Aquors are finding ways to sustain the School Idol group. However, more challenges arise when they were faced with resistance from the PTA of their new school and also when losing their rhythm in the absence of their seniors. What makes matters worse is that they are then called together by Mari's mother who claims that their seniors have gone missing during their graduation trip in Italy. Seeking to find answers regarding Mari, Dia and Kanan's whereabouts, the girls set off to find their senpais.
Despite its feature length runtime, Jukki Hanada's script felt like several episodes from the series combined into one. The plot strings together multiple character developments, each focusing on the worries and troubles of the girls individually, so there is a lot more going on than what is suggested in the trailers. Meanwhile, series director Kazuo Sakai doesn't deviate from what we are used to seeing the girls do. He lets the interaction of the cast and the peculiar personalities of their characters play out without dragging or rushing the pace and hitting the right notes whenever it needs to be dramatic or comedic.
While the musical numbers vary in different degrees of enjoyment, they do provide a proper breather between important plot points. The cast, as always, are in top form, keeping their interactions fun as we remembered them even when new characters were introduced, such as You's cousin and Mari's mother.
For doing everything that is expected of them, ‘Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie Over The Rainbow’ is a fitting and extended epilogue that gives a happy ending for the girls of Aquors (and Saint Snow). With one chapter closing, fans of the series will be waiting for the next adventure (or new group entirely).