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Eli Ayase
Love Live! infobox - Ayase Eli
Kanji 絢瀬絵里
Romaji Ayase Eri
Statistics
Year Third Year
Birthday October 21 (Libra)
Gender Female
Blood Type B
Height 162 cm
Three Sizes B 88, W 60, H 84
Favorite Food Chocolate
Disliked Food Pickled plums, Nori
Charm Point Her sharp style[1]
First Appearance
Debut Season 1 Episode 1
Japanese Voice Actress/Actor
Kanji 南條愛乃
Romaji Nanjou Yoshino
English Voice Actress/Actor
Name Erica Lindbeck

Eli Ayase is one of the nine main characters in Love Live!. She is a third-year in Otonokizaka High School. Her image color is ice-blue. She is the leader of BiBi, a sub-unit under μ's

Background

Eli is partly Russian from her grandmother. Because of this, she is known to say the Russian word "хорошо" (pronounced as "Harasho"), which means "Good" or "Okay." Eli first says it in Season 1 Episode 10 when Umi Sonoda was awoken by the girls' pillow fight and she threw "supersonic pillows" in her rage.

She has a younger sister named Alisa Ayase. She told Umi that her family has been living abroad since they were little and haven't really adapted to the lifestyle in Japan yet. Her grandmother is also an alumni of Otonokizaka High School, which furthered her urge to defend her school from getting shut down.

In Season 1 Episode 7, it is shown that her mother and grandmother did ballet through the glimpse of the photos in her room, and it's a legacy passed down to Eli as she was also a ballet dancer herself when she was younger. However, later it is revealed that Eli was actually at the bottom of the list in ballet compared to the other dancers and could barely pass the auditions. Due to her constant failures, she gave up her dream of becoming a ballet dancer and gradually tried to close her heart and distance herself from her dream to shine and dance again.

Personality

Eli is shown to be a perfect role model to the students in Otonokizaka High School. As the former student council president, she is often portrayed as a cold and strict character due to her responsibilities, and being against the idea of Honoka Kosaka and her friends forming an idol group to get more attention from the public. However, ironically, Nozomi Tojo reveals that Eli was also trying to save the school, but was denied permission to take action by the chairwoman.

Eli is highly respected and well-known among the students, especially among her juniors. Unlike Nozomi, she appears rather stoic and skeptical in the early episodes, but it is shown that Eli is actually very kind and caring towards people who are close to her, like her little sister. She is also dependable as her grandmother entrusted her the responsibility of preventing the school from being shut down. Other than being admirable, Eli also has a lot of fans in the school. After she joined the group, their popularity rose and their ranking among the school idols increased, achieving more fame.

Honoka also complimented her beauty, saying that she is beautiful, tall, and has a great body shape. On top of that, she is also very mature and level-headed and acts as a strategist in promoting their group, as she planned to introduce μ's in Akihabara by having a street performance.

Despite being portrayed as level-headed, Eli can sometimes have an unexpected side to her and it was revealed by Nozomi that she almost ate a plastic chocolate once, thinking it was real. Other source material such as the Love Live! School idol diary and animated shorts also show her with a more playful personality. She is also afraid of the dark and haunted-house monsters, as seen in Season 2 Episode 11.[2]

Clubs and Hobbies

Eli was Otonokizaka High School's student council president before Honoka succeeded the position. Eli's specialty is quilting and crafts, and her experience with ballet qualifies her as the group's choreographer. One of her hobbies is making accessories such as earrings and necklaces from scratch.

Other Data

Eli's Diary (January 2011)[3]
Eli Dengeki G's Mag Jan 2011
Tada!♪

How is it? Amazing?
Somehow--- Doesn't it really suit me?
Amazing, right~ If it's me, just about anything would look good on me♡
As I thought, instead of being an idol, maybe I should aim to be a model instead?
Hmm, should I buy this?
What do you think? Is it great? Ufufu--- What a dilemma.
As you can tell, I'm unexpectedly the type who can't decide things on her own.
That's why--- If you'll tell me that it looks good on me, I'll buy it!
After all, it'll be Christmas soon!
Then again--- that seems to have nothing to do with this, aha♡
Now that I've gotten so old, Santa Claus won't visit me anymore.
No choice but to buy it myself.
Ah, but from now on--- See, we'll be out there walking on the streets with linked arms while on a date--- Maybe no one will be able to recognize that I'm an idol with this, right?
Of course, I'm just a small-time local idol who's yet to make her debut but--- Since I'm so cute, if anyone discovers that it's me, it'll definitely be uploaded onto the net immediately.
I'll conceal the overflowing aura of the stunningly beautiful Eli using this cap~♪ Just kidding.
Eh? Remove it!?
Gah. Wait a minute--- Shopping is too fun, did I get a bit too carried away with the tension? At this rate, I'll become just like Honoka--- Fufu♡
Hey, look here--- If I put on these glasses and this hat, it's a perfect disguise♪
If I dress like this on our days off, I could be right next to you and not look suspicious at all--- Just like this♡
And we can stick together all we want♪
In the end, I really like fashion huh~. Whenever I get my hands on new fashion, I get a lit~tle bit more daring just like this. Isn't it fun?
You too--- Someday, I want to try dressing you up as I like♡
Ah, but--- For today, I'll do exactly as you say, so as to whether or not I should buy this hat---
I'll let. You. Decide. Okay?♡

Secret Short Cuts Cut 5: Nozomi & Eli (December 2013)[4]
Secret Short Cuts Cut 5 (Scanlated)
Secret Short Cuts Cut 6: Eli & Honoka (January 2014)[5]
Secret Short Cuts Cut 6 (Scanlated)
Vital Statistics[1]
Studies: ★★★★

Reflexes: ★★★★
Aggressiveness: ★★★★
Conformity: ★★★★
Internationality: ★★★★

~μ's Member Q&A~

What Russian cuisine do you recommend in the winter?[6]
Asked by よぎさん from Saitama Prefecture

As expected, it would be warm stew♡ Borscht is famous, but the other classic variant with a pie as a cover over the pot is what I like best! Just that alone is extremely filling♪ Please eat it together with lots of smetana!

What Russian dish would Eli-chan recommend? I'm thinking of trying to make it.[6]
Asked by タカやさん from Tokyo

If you're making it at home, then perhaps pelmeni would be good♡ They're Russian-style gyoza with much thinner skin. If you start from the skin, you'll find it unexpectedly easy. It makes me want to knead the dough together♡ Mixing garlic into the minced meat for the filling is Elichika's secret recipe♪

Please tell me Russia's famous locations and good places to visit![6]
Asked by ユー子さん from Osaka Prefecture

Woah, this month's questions seem to be a special feature on wintry Russia huh♡ I'm happy that everyone's interested! My best recommendation for Russia would be the Hermitage Museum! It's especially wonderful if you go in summer. And then as expected, the Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox Saint Basil's Cathedral is worth a trip too! The Russian people are simple and kind, and there are many who like Japan. Do try going there♡

Regarding chocolate, does Elichika belong to the bitter faction or the milk faction? If there's any particular chocolate you can recommend, please do so![6]
Asked by 美味しいご飯さん (lit. Delicious rice) from Saitama Prefecture

If it's chocolate, I like it to be very sweet and so, I'm part of the milk faction♡ When eating sweet things, one has to take care to eat them gracefully♪ What I like is the same Belgium solid chocolate with the cute cat packaging. I usually eat the chocolate from the blue box with milk flavoring.

I'm going to sit for entrance exams soon, but sometimes I can't find any motivation... So I would like to ask, does Eli-chan have any methods of getting motivated? Also, if I could get any message of encouragement, I would be happy![6]
Asked by イスコーチカさん from Tokyo

I can understand that~ Even though I may not look like it, I'm unexpectedly lazy. But I dislike my lazy self, so maybe there isn't a special method other than to work hard every day--- Fufu♡ Perhaps the best way of getting motivated is to get your body moving♪ "Uwaa, I don't feel motivated!" When you think that, first of all, just start running!! If you run up a steep hill, you'll feel motivated♡ You too, and all the entrance-exam takers, please work hard!! Hold out until the entrance-exams are over. Elichika will be cheering for all of you♡

Audio

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No. Songs Duration Audio
01 Hajimemashite -Ayase Eli[7] 3:05
Hajimemashite -Ayase Eli-
02 Anata to Kurisumasu -Eli Ayase-[8] 1:04
Anata to Kurisumasu -Ayase Eli-

Chronology

Ep. Title
01 "Come True! Our Dreams!"
(叶え!私たちの夢―― "Kanae! Watashitachi no Yume")
196 S1Ep1
In Episode 1, Ayase Eli and her friend Nozomi approach Honoka, Umi, and Kotori Minami. Eli asked Kotori if she heard her mother, Principal Minami, tell her anything about the school shutting down. When Kotori says no, Eli and Nozomi both excuse themselves to go talk to the chairwoman. There, Eli tells her that the student council believes they should continue club activities under the assumption that the school isn't going to close. However, the chairwoman replies that the student council should focus on improving the school life for current students, instead. Eli tries to object, but Nozomi shushes her. The chairwoman tells Eli that she knows she means good, and the two excuse themselves.

Later on, near the end of the episode, while Honoka, Umi, and Kotori were leaving the school, Nozomi overheard what the girls were saying, and tells Eli that she wishes she could tell someone she knows that she understands how Honoka feels. Eli tells her that she always says a little too much, to which Nozomi replies that it's the vice president's job to do so.

02 "Let's Start Becoming Idols!"
(アイドルを始めよう! "Aidoru wo Hajimeyou!")
184 S1Ep2
In Episode 2, while Honoka, Umi, and Kotori prepare for their first concert, Eli warns them that their plan of becoming school idols could backfire and ruin the school's reputation even more. However, they continue with their plans, anyway.
03 "First Live"
(ファーストライブ "Faasuto Raibu" )
330 S1Ep3
In Episode 3, after μ's perform their first live in a nearly empty auditorium, Eli walks down to the stage and asks Honoka what will she do next, and she is met with the reply that they will work harder and one day fill up the whole auditorium.
04 "MakiRinPana"
(まきりんぱな "MakiRinPana")
109 S1Ep4
In Episode 4, Eli stated her opinions about the school idol activities, implying that it should be stopped but Principal Minami replied that student activities don't need to be restricted due to school circumstances. Eli insisted for Principal Minami to allow the student council to take independent action, only to be rejected. Before Eli could argue any further, Principal Minami showed Eli how µ's is getting attention.
05 "Nico Attacks"
(にこ襲来 "Niko Shuurai" )
332 S1Ep5
In Episode 5, μ's realizes that they have more than enough members to form an official club. However, Eli tells them that there's already an Idol Research Club.
06 "Who'll Be the Center?"
(センターは誰だ? "Sentaa wa Dare da?" )
329 S1Ep6
Near the end of Episode 6, after μ's finishes their new music video, "Korekara no Someday," Nozomi tells Eli that she should help μ's.
07 "Elichika"
(エリーチカ "Erichika" )
283 S1Ep7
In Episode 7, Umi finds a girl named Alisa waiting in front of the school. Umi notices her watching a recording of one of μ's performances and asks how she got it. Alisa explains to her that her sister recorded it and then spots Eli. Umi quickly figures out that Eli is Alisa's sister. While at a park, Eli admits that she did record the first performance of μ's and uploaded it to the web. She says she did that so that she could show μ's they had no fans, but her plan went wrong due to the huge, positive reaction to the video. She also says that she doesn't support idol groups, because they're amateurs to her, including A-RISE. Umi tells Eli she can't say that, but Eli ignores her and leaves with her sister.

When Umi tells Nozomi what Eli said, Nozomi tells her that Eli was once a ballerina and an expert at dancing. After this, Umi decides that she wants to ask Eli to teach μ's how to dance and be their choreographer. However, Nozomi tells her that there's something else Umi has to do: help the others study for their exams. When the exams are done and all the members of μ's pass, they go to the chairwoman's office, bur overhear her tell Eli and Nozomi that the school will stop accepting new students next year and shut down.

08 "What I Want To Do Is..."
(やりたいことは "Yaritai Koto wa" )
323 S1Ep8
In Episode 8, following the events of the previous episode, the principal explains to μ's that it will only happen if the upcoming open day doesn't go well. Umi asks Eli to be μ's choreographer, and she eventually agrees. Eli puts μ's through intense training, but is surprised that they're willing to go through with it.

Nozomi tells Eli that she should do what she wants to do instead of doing what people expect her to do, thus leading Eli to wonder what she really wants to do. She stays silent and begins to regret giving up her dreams. Knowing the truth, Honoka and her friends approach Eli and ask her to join the group. Even though she was not convinced at first, she sees this as a way for her to rise back up again, and Eli finally joins μ's, together with Nozomi, who reveals that she came up with the group's name μ's, which refers to the nine Greek goddesses of music. Coincidentally, there are nine members in μ's. The now complete group performs "Bokura no LIVE Kimi to no LIFE" at the open day to a pleased crowd, making the open day a success.

09 "Wonder Zone"
(ワンダーゾーン "Wandā Zōn" )
264 S1Ep9
In Episode 9, after discovering Kotori working at a maid café in Akihabara, Eli decides that it'd be the perfect place to hold a concert. Because Kotori knows Akiba best, Eli assigns her the job of writing lyrics for μ's next song. However, Kotori struggles with writing the lyrics. But with Honoka and Umi's help, Kotori is able to write the lyrics for μ's new song "Wonder zone" by recalling the feelings she gets whenever she works in Akihabara.
10 "No Upperclassmen Allowed!"
(先輩禁止 "Senpai Kinshi!" )
217 S1Ep10
In Episode 10, μ's decide to go to Maki Nishikino's beach house after getting permission from her parents. Eli creates a rule that no one is allowed to use the honorifics "senpai" for the duration of the trip, so they can break down the barrier between upper and underclassmen. The girls spend the whole day at the beach playing, but Nozomi and Eli are quick to notice Maki not participating. At night, Nozomi initiates a pillow fight and all of them join in except for Umi, who is already fast asleep. However, two pillows hit Umi while she was sleeping, causing her to get cranky and begin throwing "supersonic pillows" at everyone, hitting Nico Yazawa, Honoka, and Eli. At the end of the episode, all of μ's go out to the beach and watch the sunrise while holding hands.
11 "The Greatest Live Performance"
(最高のライブ "Saikō no Raibu" )
296 S1Ep11
In Episode 11, μ's has managed to reach rank #19 on the school idol ranking site, making them eligible to apply for the Love Live! tournament. This puts pressure on μ's to keep their position. However, Nico fails to win a lottery spin to use the auditorium, causing μ's to think of where to have a concert. Honoka comes up with the idea that they can use the rooftop to hold their performance, and the group hesitantly agrees. On the day of the concert, it's raining, but the group decides to perform, anyway. They perform "No brand girls", but as the song finished, Honoka faints.
12 "Friends"
(ともだち "Tomodachi" )
Ep12 00155
In Episode 12, following the events of the previous episode, Eli tells the audience that one of the members had an accident. The next day, μ's go to Honoka's house to check on her. They discover that she's still recovering and has a sprained leg. They sadly tell Honoka that they dropped out of the Love Live! tournament, meaning their ranking was removed from the school idol ranking site. Honoka blames herself for the incident, but μ's tell her that it's everyone's fault, instead. Everyone gets depressed from this event, but Honoka the most. At the rooftop, Maki, Hanayo, and Rin all announce that the school has been saved, thus the group decides to have a celebration. At the party, however, Umi and Kotori are noticed to not be in jolly spirits. Umi then reveals to μ's that Kotori is moving to a fashion boarding school for the rest of her high school career. Everyone is surprised by the announcement, but Honoka gets angry at Kotori for not telling her earlier. Kotori explains to her that she wanted to tell them but couldn't, and runs away.

The next day, on the rooftop, μ's reveals that they're planning to do a final live with everybody before Kotori leaves. But Honoka tells them that it was her fault and that none of this would've happened if it wasn't for the accident. The members tell her to stop saying that, but Honoka then says that the school is saved, therefore there's no reason to keep on performing and that it's impossible to go against a group like A-RISE. Honoka tells them that she quits, but before she leaves, Umi slaps her cheek, saying that she didn't think that she's that kind of person and that she's the worst there is.

13 "μ's Music Start!"
(μ'sミュージックスタート! "Myūzu Myūjikku Sutāto!")
Ep13 00151
In Episode 13, Eli decides to put μ's on a hiatus. Nico disagrees with Eli, saying that she wants to continue being a school idol. Maki tells her that they can't continue without Honoka. Later, Nozomi and Eli are working, and Eli tells Nozomi that "μ's isn't μ's unless there are nine members".

Much later on in the episode, Eli goes to visit Honoka's house along with her little sister. Eli tells Honoka that μ's is going on an indefinite hiatus. Eli confesses that she's jealous of Honoka's personality and how she isn't afraid to show them. She tells her that everyone is shocked that Kotori is leaving, and that was even more unbearable when they think about how Honoka and Umi are feeling about it. Eli tells Honoka that she taught her to have the courage to move forward without fearing change. Eli then shows Honoka her hand and tells her that she was saved by Honoka's hand.

After fetching Kotori at the airport, near the end of the episode, Honoka runs into the backstage of the school auditorium and slips, hurting her butt. Kotori also comes in and μ's begin performing "START:DASH!!", despite wearing their school uniforms, and this time with the auditorium full of people. Afterwards, Honoka tells the crowd to say "μ's Music Start!" and μ's are in the school idol ratings again.

Ep. Title
01 "Love Live! Once Again"
(もう一度ラブライブ! "Mōichido Rabu Raibu!")
S2Ep01 00241
In Episode 1, Principal Minami announces that Otonokizaka will still accept student applications for next year. After the announcement, the podium is then passed on to the succeeding student council president, Kosaka Honoka, to deliver her speech. Honoka managed to introduce herself but had forgotten the contents of her speech.

At the student council room, Umi scolds Honoka for forgetting her speech that they wrote together then places a large amount of student council work in front of her. Eli arrives at the student council room together with Nozomi to check on the trio.

μ's talked about the news about Love Live! being held once more. They were hesitant at first because of the thought that they have to compete against A-RISE for the preliminaries, but after Umi stated that it was too early to give up, they all agreed to give it a shot, except for Honoka who told them that it's okay for them not to enter Love Live!. All of them were shocked at Honoka's statement and asked her if there was anything wrong with her but she said that she was happy just being able to sing and dance with everyone. Honoka then suggests that they all hang out together after school for a change of pace.

That night, the members of μ's, except for Honoka, talked about Honoka's weird behavior. Nozomi told them that the regular dance practices and sessions may be enough for Honoka.

The next day, Nico challenges Honoka to a race to decide whether the group enters Love Live! or not. During the race, Honoka finally understood the meaning of Yukiho's words, as at that time, Eli, Nozomi, and Nico will graduate and no longer be school idols, making this year's Love Live! the last opportunity for μ's to perform together as a group of nine.

Everyone told Honoka their feelings about entering Love Live! making Honoka state her true desire to enter Love Live! as well. They all sang "Susume→Tomorrow" and Honoka told them that they will aim for victory.

02 "Aim for Victory"
(優勝をめざして "Yūshō o Mezashite")
158 S2Ep2
In Episode 2, Hanayo tells everyone that only unreleased songs are allowed to be performed at Love Live!, meaning they can't use any of their existing songs. Eli tells them that they have no choice but to make a new song and decides to go on a camping trip.

They were amazed that Maki's family had a vacation house even at the mountains. When they were about to leave the train station and head for the bus, Rin told them that they might be forgetting something. They forgot about Honoka who was still sleeping on the train.

Everyone was amazed yet again when they saw the house and the things inside. They found out that Maki still believed in Santa when they were talking about the fireplace. Nico was about to laugh and mock her for it but the others prevented her from doing so, claiming that it was a serious crime to say it. After settling down, Maki, Umi, and Kotori proceeded to doing their jobs upstairs while the others proceeded to doing some basic drills outside.

While in the living room, Honoka noticed that Maki wasn't anywhere near the piano and decides to take the tea that Hanayo made to the girls upstairs. Honoka opens the door to where Umi was staying but found no one inside, finding a note on the table stating "Please don't look for me" instead. Panicked, Honoka proceeded to Kotori's room and found no one inside as well, finding a picture on the wall with the words "Help me" instead. Honoka soon noticed that there was cloth tied by the window that leads outside. She looks outside and finds the three sighing.

The others found out that the three were in a slump because of the pressure and decides to split the work to all of them. They decided on forming three groups, with the first group consisting of Kotori, Hanayo and Honoka to work on the costumes, the second group consisting of Umi, Rin and Nozomi to work on the lyrics, and the third group consisting of Maki, Nico, and Eli to work on the music. There was no progress for the first few hours but after hearing some encouraging words from their group mates, the three who're originally assigned for the tasks met on the house and was able to finish everything that night. The others found the three of them sleeping in the living room with their finish products and decided to let them sleep for a while. They immediately started practicing as soon as the three woke up and continued to practice hard even after returning from their trip, aiming to win Love Live!.

03 "The Door to Our Dreams"
(ユメのトビラ "Yume no Tobira")
S2Ep03 00365
In Episode 3, Honoka, Hanayo, and Eli were browsing the Love Live! site. They saw the different stages prepared for the preliminaries. Hanayo told them that because of the number of groups that will enter the preliminaries, they are allowed to perform anywhere other than the concert halls. After practice, μ's talked about the mechanics of the contest. Four groups will be able to move on to the final round of the preliminaries. They also concluded that there will only be three spots to compete for, knowing that A-RISE will get a place for sure. Honoka suggests that they use their school as their stage so that they can perform comfortably. Nico and Hanayo told Honoka that she was naive and that they only have one shot at it. They needed something original to stand out and catch everyone's attention. But before they can decide the place, they still needed to practice being on air so they asked the broadcasting club for help. Honoka, Umi, and Hanayo were the ones who tried out the mic. The results wasn't what they really wanted but at least it was very μ's-like.

After that, μ's decided to look for a place to hold their live but it turns out that they're out of new stages. They looked elsewhere and ended up in front of the UTX building. The group saw A-RISE's promotion and Honoka says that they won't lose. Just then, A-RISE's Tsubasa Kira appeared in front of the second year trio. Tsubasa hushed Honoka before others could see her then she grabbed Honoka's arm and ran, dragging her inside the building. Hanayo and Nico noticed that Tsubasa was there, running with Honoka and chased after them.

A-RISE revealed to μ's that they've been watching and keeping an eye on the group for quite a while. They thought that μ's was going to be their biggest rivals during the last Love Live!. Tsubasa, Erena, and Anju then revealed each of μ's members' good points. Erena commented on how Eli excelled in ballet competitions in Russia. Eli asked them why they knew so much and Tsubasa answers that it was because it was rare to see a group with a caliber like μ's and that they didn't want to lose to μ's. Honoka also states that they won't lose either and says thank you to them. Tsubasa then offers to perform with μ's on the same stage, which is their school's rooftop, to which Honoka immediately agrees, surprising the rest of μ's members.

The day of the preliminaries came, A-RISE's Tsubasa and μ's Honoka agreed to give it their all and shook hands. Alisa and Yukiho are shown watching with a laptop at the Kosaka residence. Alisa was worried but Yukiho assured her that they will be fine. A-RISE performed their new song, "Shocking Party". Seeing A-RISE perform, most of μ's members were starting to feel that they can't win. Honoka immediately disagreed and cheered everyone up. Some of there schoolmates came and cheered them on as well. μ's found a new hope and was ready to perform. μ's performed their new song, "Yume no Tobira" and received good responses from their audience.

04 "No. 1 Idol in the Universe"
(宇宙No.1アイドル "Uchuu Nanbā 1 Aidoru")
S2Ep04 00174
In Episode 4, Hanayo checks the site for the results of the preliminaries. When the results came out, µ's was delighted to discover that they have qualified for the next round. Everybody ran out of the room to spread the good news, except for Umi who was left covering her ears.

At the rooftop, Eli announced that only one of the four teams that made it out of the first round will make it to Love Live!. They decide that they have to do their best. Umi then stated that she'd like to start morning practices an hour earlier than usual and they'll have review sessions on Sundays. Eli adds that they need to have focused and well-designed practice sessions. When Honoka was about to say "µ's music start!", she was cut off by Kotori because she feels that they're missing someone. They then realized that Nico was not among them.

They caught up and called out to Nico who was about to go home. Nico said that she's going to have to skip practice because she has other things to do and left. The others decided to follow Nico secretly because she was acting suspicious, but Nico spotted them and was able to escape.

While the others were wondering why Nico was desperate to escape, Hanayo saw a little girl who looks a lot like Nico. They then learned that she was Nico's little sister, Cocoro. While Cocoro was leading them to their home, they learned that Nico told her siblings that she was the center of µ's and the others were her backup dancers. After arriving at the Yazawa residence, they met Cotaro, Nico's little brother who also believed that they were backup dancers. There, they saw the posters of µ's that were edited to make it look like Nico was the center in all of them.

After some time, Nico arrived and they chased after her once again. Nico wasn't able to escape this time because her other little sister, Cocoa, met her in front of the elevator. Nico apologized and explained that she was skipping practice to look after her siblings and that she's been telling them that she was a super idol from the beginning.

On the way home, Nozomi tells the others that Nico was telling her siblings all that even after she failed to become a super idol in her first year because she didn't want their vision of her to be destroyed. After hearing this, the girls arrange for Nico to give a special performance for her siblings, claiming it to be her last performance as a 'solo idol' before joining her fellow idols as equals in μ's.

05 "A New Me"
(新しいわたし "Atarashī Watashi")
S2Ep05 00376
In Episode 5, µ's prepares for a performance in a fashion event on the weekend, however, the second years are on their school trip in Okinawa and both Eli and Nozomi are busy taking care of student council work, leaving the other four to practice with themselves. Rin thought that the second years must be having a blast with their trip, but in reality, they weren't enjoying much because of the storm.

Honoka received a call from Eli about the event. Eli told her that they needed a temporary leader and that Rin was perfect for the role.

When Eli told Rin that she was going to be the temporary leader, Rin wasn't confident in herself and ended up struggling with the responsibilities.

After Eli told the others that the second years wouldn't make it back in time for the performance, it was decided that Rin would take the center for their performance. Rin feels she isn't cute enough for the fancy dress given to the center and passes on the role to Hanayo, though the others can tell she is bothered about it.

On the day of the event, the group arranges for Rin to wear the dress whilst everyone else wears groom outfits, feeling it fits her the most. Rin was still in denial at first but Hanayo and Maki encouraged her with their feelings. Rin finally accepted and wore the dress, receiving some compliments from the audience. The six members then performed the song "Love wing bell" and the event turns out to be a huge success. Rin then decides to be more confident with expressing her femininity and decides to wear a skirt for practice making everyone happy for her.

06 "Happy Halloween"
(ハッピーハロウィーン "Happī Harouīn")
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In Episode 6, Eli told the other members about µ's and A-RISE being invited to the Halloween event. Nico then declared that they should make a stronger impact than A-RISE.

While using mascots, Honoka, Kotori, Nico, and Maki talked about how the impact from the Halloween performance would give them advantages for the final round of the preliminaries. Eli then reminded them that A-RISE won the last contest and that they are much known than them.

µ's tried changing their outfits in search for the impact they're looking for but it didn't work out. They tried impersonating each other next but it didn't work out as well. Eli then suggested that they try not to present themselves as idols, resulting to µ's sporting a rock look, which didn't work out as well. Principal Minami even called them to her office because of it.

On the day of their performance, Honoka thinks that they don't need to change themselves, as they already have quite varied members themselves, and they perform together with their natural abilities. µ's performs the song "Dancing stars on me!" and aims to win Love Live!.

07 "We Have to Do Something!"
(なんとかしなきゃ! "Nantoka Shinakya!")
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In Episode 7, after finding out about Honoka and Hanayo's weight, Umi made a diet plan for the two of them. Both were consoling each other when a group of three first years appeared and asked them for autographs. A first year complimented Umi's figure, the other complimented Kotori's, while the last one complimented Honoka's energy instead.

While climbing the stairs to the shrine, Honoka and Hanayo found it harder to reach the top than before. Nico told them that it was because of the extra weight. Later, Umi found out that Honoka and Hanayo were sneaking off during their runs to eat rice. After letting them explain themselves, Hanayo was told that she regained her past weight while Honoka's weight did not change at all.

Honoka and the others soon found out that the Art Club's budget request was approved before the budget meeting. They tried to talk to the girl from the Art Club but it did not work. Eli and Nozomi offered to help but Honoka said that it was their mistake and that they should fix it themselves.

After working hard to fix everything and making a budget plan for all the clubs, Honoka, Kotori, and Umi managed to end the budget meeting well. During the process of fixing everything, Honoka told everyone that she forgot to eat and managed to regain her old weight. Nozomi and Eli are then left assured that the student council is in good hands.

08 "My Wish"
(私の望み "Watashi no Nozomi")
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In Episode 8, Honoka announces during an interview that µ's will definitely win Love Live!. Everyone was amazed and surprised at the sudden declaration of victory.

Nico asked Honoka why she said that all of a sudden. Maki told her that since they're really aiming to win Love Live!, it shouldn't be a problem. Umi agreed and said that A-RISE did say that the last round of the preliminaries would be as competitive as the Love Live! itself. Eli then told everyone to decide on which song they want to perform with. Nico suggested that they go for a new song . Nozomi then suggested that they make it a love song which surprised everyone. Hanayo told them that love songs are necessary for idol groups but µ's has yet to sing one. They asked Umi why there haven't been any love songs for µ's and Nozomi answered that it's because Umi has no romantic experience yet. Maki told them that it's too late to make a new song anyway but Eli disagreed and said that she thinks it's too early to give up. Though everyone wonders how they'd write a love song, Nozomi thought of an idea. They tried practicing giving gifts but the idea didn't help.

On the way home, Maki told them that she still thinks it's better if they don't take the risk. Umi agrees and believes that they should focus on perfecting what they already have instead. Most of the members agreed as well but Eli said that she still thinks that a love song would be powerful and that Nozomi's predictions are usually spot on. Honoka then said that they think about a little more.

Nozomi told Eli that she's being a little too pushy and that everyone seemed confused. Eli told her that it's okay and that she's doing what she wants to do.

While at Honoka's house, everyone tried to come up with ideas once again. Kotori suggested that they watch a romance movie for reference, however Maki says that these halfhearted efforts to write a new song will lower the quality of their performance. After finally deciding on using the songs they already have, they decided on calling it a day and go home.

Maki follows Eli and Nozomi and stops them before they go separate ways. Maki wanted to know what's going on and called Nozomi a troublesome person. Nozomi then takes Eli and Maki to her home, where Maki learns that Nozomi's wish isn't to write a love song, but rather to perform a song that all of μ's wrote together. Nozomi explains that she didn't have any friends at school before meeting Eli, and that the formation of μ's allowed the nine of them to be connected and share the same feelings. Nozomi says that it doesn't matter if they aren't able to create the song, since the nine of them being together is already a miracle.

Maki and Eli decided to call over the others, and deciding to go ahead with writing the song. Hanayo saw a picture frame with a picture of their "START:DASH!!" performance. Nozomi grabbed it immediately, feeling embarrassed. It soon began to snow, and the girls ran outside. Each and every one of them caught a snowflake, and are lyrically inspired.

09 "Melody of the Heart"
(心のメロディ "Kokoro no Merodi")
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In Episode 9, the day of the final preliminaries arrives. Eli was tying up her hair when Alisa suddenly opened the door. Alisa asked her if it was okay not to go and saying that Honoka and the others already left home to go to school. Eli said that the student council must be present during the school's open house and that the three would be meeting them at the venue after, so she doesn't have to worry. Alisa noticed that Eli was making the same face she makes whenever she participated in ballet contests and asked if she was nervous. Alisa then assured her that it will be okay and everyone's there for her.

Nozomi stopped by Eli's house to go to the venue together. When Eli opened the door, Nozomi asked her why she hasn't changed clothes yet. Eli realized and asked Nozomi to wait while she get ready. Nozomi then asked her if she was nervous. Eli smiled before answering that she was until Nozomi asked.

Nozomi and Eli went to Nico's house next to fetch her. Nico asked them why they showed up and tried to close the door on them, but Nozomi was able to stop her. Eli said that Nozomi told her that the three of them should go together. Nozomi denied that and said that it was the cards who told her that they might regret it if the three of them won't go together at least once.

At school, the teacher said that they'll be starting the open house an hour later that scheduled because of the weather. Honoka called Eli to tell them the situation. Eli said that she'll explain the situation to the staff and they'll rehearse with six members.

While accommodating the guests, Honoka received a call from Eli. Eli apologized and said that they arrived at the venue. Nozomi said that with a venue that big, they'll need all 9 members of µ's. Eli told Honoka to come immediately after they're done.

Rin and Hanayo looked at the stage, amazed that they would be able sing there. Maki asked Eli if anyone would even watch them since it's still snowing. A-RISE suddenly arrived and told them that the place would be full of people later. Erena noticed that µ's was missing some members. Eli told them that Honoka and the others would be late because of a school event but they'll be there by the time they perform. Tsubasa then asked Eli to tell Honoka and the others that both µ's and them should give it their best, and that they won't lose.

With Honoka, Kotori, and Umi rejoining the others just in time, the girls of μ's take on the feelings of all of their supporters and perform the song that they all wrote together. They performed the song "Snow halation".

10 "µ's"
(µ's "Myūzu")
102 S2Ep10
In Episode 10, Nozomi, Nico and Eli, who are helping out at the shrine, were greeted by the rest of the µ's members. After leaving, the third years worried about the time they'll graduate and thought that they should talk about it with the others.

With μ's needing to make an impression to give them an advantage during Love Live!, Hanayo suggests they come up with a group catchphrase for the official website that best represents the group.

The next day, the girls get together at Honoka's store to make mochi for all of their supporters, thinking that it would help them come up with their catchphrase, though they still weren't able to come up with one.

Later, upon encountering people's ema at the shrine giving their support for μ's, Honoka comes to understand the group's driving force came from everyone's support and decides on the catchphrase, "The story we all realize."

11 "That Which We Decided"
(私たちが決めたこと "Watashi-tachi ga Kimeta Koto")
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In Episode 11, Yukiho and Alisa pass their exams to enter Otonokizaka. Alisa openly expresses her desire to join µ's and told Eli she passed.

At the club room, with one month left until Love Live!, Umi explains their training schedule. Everyone noticed that it was not strict like usual. Umi answered that she followed A-RISE's advice and left some free days. Umi noticed that Honoka was quiet and asked if she was paying attention. Maki then brought up the topic about Alisa and Yukiho passing and that led to talking about the third years' graduation. Everyone got depressed, but Eli told them that they agreed not to talk about it until after Love Live! and started practice.

While training, Honoka was still thinking about what Yukiho said, making Umi and Kotori notice. Umi asked her what she wants to do and Honoka answered that she wants to continue being a school idol but she's not sure about staying as µ's. Nico told them to continue and that they have to keep the name. Nozomi then stopped the conversation and said that they agreed not to talk about it. Hanayo asked if it was really fine that way, saying that they have to give Yukiho and Alisa an honest answer. Hanayo thinks that µ's has to be the nine of them and that it will be different even with just one person missing. Maki agrees but understands what Nico's saying, so it might be best to just keep going. They then asked Eli for her opinion, but Eli told them that it was Honoka and the others' decision to make.

Honoka called the others on a Sunday to have fun. Since they couldn't decide on one place, they decided to go to all the places that each of them wants to go to. After having fun at many places, Honoka decided that she wants to go watch the sea with just the nine of them there.

After arriving at the beach, they had a little fun and held hands. Honoka decided to say their decision about what would happen to µ's once the third years graduate. She said that it turned out that all six of them had the same decision about it. They decided that after Love Live!, µ's will disband. Eli and Nozomi agreed with their decision but Nico thought that if they disband, what she worked hard for will all be for nothing. Maki then promised her that no matter what happens, they'll continue to be idols but they want µ's to be theirs alone and that they don't want a µ's without Nico and the others. Just then, Honoka shouted, surprising everyone, and saying that they'll miss the train if they don't hurry back.

Everyone ran at full speed but it turns out that there were still many trains left. Honoka said that it was because she was afraid that they would never stop crying if they stayed there and decides to take a picture with everyone.

At the train station, while laughing at the pictures, Hanayo started to cry. Everyone ended up crying a lot as well. Nico ended up crying the most, despite saying she wasn't going to cry.

With just one week left until their last performance, µ's decided to prepare and give it their best together.

12 "Last Live"
(ラストライブ "Rasuto Raibu")
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In Episode 12, Nico was able to draw the last number for the performance order, much to everyone's delight.

At the club room, Nico felt proud of her accomplishment, but nobody seems to appreciate it that much. Eli then said that they should start their practice.

After practice, Hanayo realized that it was their last practice, making everyone realize it and feel down as well. Nico then told them that they shouldn't feel sad and just focus on Love Live!.

µ's went to their local shrine and prayed together. After praying, the girls find it difficult to part ways. Honoka then suggested to have a sleepover at school.

At school, they set up their beds and found out that it fitted perfectly. Umi asked if it was really okay to have a sleepover at school. Kotori said that her mom approved of it. Afterwards, they ate the dinner that Nico and Hanayo prepared. Later on, Honoka and Rin wanted to do something exciting like test of courage. The girls then found out that Eli was afraid of the dark. Honoka noticed that the stars looked beautiful and suggested that they go to the rooftop to see. The girls were mesmerized by how the city looked like and shouted out their feelings.

The next day, the girls arrive at the venue for Love Live! finals. Wearing their new and cute costumes, µ's performed the song "KiRa-KiRa Sensation!". The audience loved it so much that they called for an encore. µ's then performed the song "Bokura wa Ima no Naka de", wearing the costume that their schoolmates prepared for them.

13 "Come True! Everyone's Dream"
(叶え!みんなの夢―― "Kanae! Minna no Yume")
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In Episode 13, Honoka found Eli inside the student council room reminiscing about the time she was still the student council president. Honoka told Eli her feelings of gratitude, saying that the feelings that Eli left behind the student council room were what gave her the power to keep working as the succeeding student council president. After exiting the room, Honoka found Nozomi beside the door. When Honoka excused herself, Eli and Nozomi thought of how much Honoka had grown.

During the ceremony, after Principal Minami congratulated the graduates, it was now Honoka's turn to deliver her speech. Honoka stated that she wasn't really good at expressing herself with words but she loved singing, therefore, instead of a speech, she dedicated a song for the seniors instead. With Maki playing the piano, everyone joined Honoka and sang "Aishiteru Banzai!".

At the club room, Nico cleaned up her personal stuff, leaving the shelf completely empty. Hanayo said that with all the stuff gone, it feels a little empty and lonely. Nico then said that they should just have the next club president bring some stuff from home. Nico decided to make Hanayo the next club president because they all felt that she's the right person for the job. When Hanayo finally agreed to become the president, she assigned Maki to be the vice-president.

The girls decided to have a last look around the school. Arriving at the rooftop where everything began, Honoka gives a proper sendoff to the name of μ's.

At the school gates, before the girls can get a chance to part ways, Hanayo received some 'big news', prompting everyone to rush back to the club room.

Vol. Title
01 Love Live! School idol project 1
02 Love Live! School idol project 2
03 Love Live! School idol project 3
04 Love Live! School idol project 4

Trivia

  • In early PVs, Eli and Umi were often shown together, implying they seemed closer before the story for the anime was established.
  • According to Love Live! School idol diary, Eli studied in Otonokizaka Middle School, while the anime mentioned that she was admitted mid-semester.

Gallery

Please refer to this character's Image Gallery.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Love Live! First Fan Book
  2. ENDLESS PARADE Intermission Animated Short 2
  3. Dengeki G's Magazine January 2011 issue
  4. Dengeki G's Magazine December 2013 issue
  5. Dengeki G's Magazine January 2014 issue
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Dengeki G's Magazine January 2016 issue
  7. Bokura no LIVE Kimi to no LIFE Single
  8. Snow halation Single

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