Love Live! School Idol Project 01

Love Live! School Idol Project 01: Good face

Oto. I came into this show thinking it was gonna be terrible. Half joking and half because of what you told me about it. You’re wrong. I love this episode. The fuck is wrong with you? Do you hate joy? This episode made me feel so refreshed. It’s just nice to watch.

Pon. It’s different now that I can view it in the context of im@s. Now that I’m not daring this idol shit to win me over, testing how many of my defenses it can overcome.

Oto. Now I just feel bad. You don’t hate joy. You just don’t want to admit you actually like joy.

Pon. There are these areas in which I feel like im@s dropped the ball. Now it seems like maybe Love Live came along behind it and picked up the ball.

Oto. If we’re gonna compare the two, Love Live has much better music. The idol music is interesting. It has life to it. Someone put effort into it. And the background music sounds like they got a pianist to do the music live. It’s like an old cartoon. It sounds like the music is commenting on what’s happening.

Pon. I still prefer a more house-based approach to this kind of pop, but I guess it sounds more, I dunno, dynamic than a lot of im@s songs. I feel bad now. I was just talking shit about Love Live music on Twitter last week.

Oto. There’s this one edit in the beginning that reminded me of an American teen sitcom. Is that a good thing? It’s interesting at least.

Pon. I dunno. But I do know one thing. Nico still sucks.

Oto. Honoka. I love you. Thank you for not being Haruka.

Pon. Anything would be better than Haruka. Honoka’s desk is better than Haruka.

Oto. She’s got the same drive to fix things, but Honoka is actually competent. She’s gonna do whatever it takes to save the school, and she’s going to be damn good at it. Also she’s not trying to help someone get over her dead brother by saying, “You’ll be fine. Let’s sing together.”

Pon. Have you noticed that this is like Manabi Straight, except nobody realizes they live in a dystopia where public schools have to compete in the private market and commodify their students to stay afloat? That’s weird.

Oto. That’s terrifying.

Pon. Ah well. Get our game! Free on the Google Play store! (Microtransactions may apply.)

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2 thoughts on “Love Live! School Idol Project 01

  1. Pon. Have you noticed that this is like Manabi Straight, except nobody realizes they live in a dystopia where public schools have to compete in the private market and commodify their students to stay afloat? That’s weird.

    This is kind of where the grand plan of Love Live anime failed on me. It was clear that they went with a light-toned musical-y “save the school” plotline to draw out the charms in the characters but what came across was just more appreciation of the depreciation of what constitutes the institution of mandatory education. The good thing is that ultimately the same tried-and-true rigors of self-discipline and hard work that the girls learned from trying to build a popular idol group applies well across the board and may be a head trick as an educational tool anyway, but in that context I highly prefer the usual KOSHIEN plot device over the Manabi Straight conceit.

    Which I think is what Season 2 of Love Live improved on.

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    1. The good thing is that ultimately the same tried-and-true rigors of self-discipline and hard work that the girls learned from trying to build a popular idol group applies well across the board and may be a head trick as an educational tool anyway

      I think we get into this some in the writeup for the second episode. We had a conversation, which I don’t think made it in anywhere, about how it compares to school sports in the US. You don’t want to go to the school that buys football pads before books; you may want to go to the school whose popular football team attracts funding. And learning to work with other people for extended periods of time isn’t futile.

      Whatever I might say about the incursions of capitalism in these LL posts, I also complained that P-head wasn’t enough of a ruthless captain of industry, so…yeah, I guess it depends on context. If it’s all private-sector, one entity eating another is just how the game is played.

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