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|Birthday||January 17 (Capricorn)|
|Three Sizes||B 82, W 60, H 83|
|Favorite Food||White rice|
|Charm Point||Her soft cheeks|
|Debut||Season 1 Episode 1|
|Japanese Voice Actress/Actor|
|English Voice Actress/Actor|
Koizumi Hanayo is one of the nine main characters in Love Live!. She is a first year in Otonokizaka High School. Her image color is green, though she is also represented with teal. She is a member of Printemps, a sub-unit under µ's.
Hanayo has been friends with Hoshizora Rin since they were children. She has always said she wanted to be an idol.
Hanayo is a very shy, quiet character who doesn't normally voice her opinions. She is very reserved and will often let other people make decisions for her because of this. However, her personality changes when it comes to school idols, as she is very enthusiastic about them.
Clubs and Hobbies
Hanayo is interested in drawing, origami, and is obsessed with school idols. She is a care taker of the school's alpacas, and became the Idol Research Club's president after the third years graduated.
|Hanayo's Diary (December 2010)|
|Secret Short Cuts Cut 4: Rin & Hanayo (October 2013)|
|Secret Short Cuts Cut 8: Hanayo & Nozomi (March 2014)|
|~μ's Member Q&A~|
|Please tell us your favorite rice ball filling.|
Asked by 愛に飢えるラブライバーさん (lit. Love Liver starved of love)
Hanayo's favorite has got to be the konbu rice ball that's slightly salty, energizing with just one mouthful and perfect for hot summers~!! Ah, but I like plum rice balls and bonito rice balls too♡ Ah, and minced salmon rice balls~♪ Ufufu, somehow in the end, it seems that I ended up liking all of them! Also, sometimes there's a craving--- Lately, I've been into fish-fry and Japanese pepper. It's full of calcium, so it'll be great if this chibi Hanayo can grow just a bit taller♡
My appetite's been poor from the summer heat. I would like to know methods to make rice delicious to eat.
It's really been hot every day~ Are you feeling alright? You haven't succumbed to the summer heat, right?? Hanayo is the type who finds white rice delicious no matter where or when, so it's unfortunate but I can't understand how that must feel--- But I have two recommendations on how to eat rice when it's hot. The first is the classic ochazuke! Ochazuke is easy to prepare without much labor, and it's delicious even with ice♡ It's also suuuper delicious with salted cucumbers♡ And then, if you're daring enough there's roasted rice balls! Whether with miso or with soy sauce, if you hold it lightly and take a small bite, you'll smell the fragrance--- If it's me, I definitely can eat at least three! It's my recommendation, ehehehe♪
If you were told to choose between Rin-chan and white rice, which would you choose?
Uuuh--- If I was told to do that, though I'm always weak-willed--- Just for this, as expected I would choose Rin-chan! Ehehehe---♡ After all, you see, when it comes to this, Rin-chan always treats Hanayo to rice balls♪ It's been like this since childhood. It seems Rin-chan prefers sandwiches to rice balls♡
When I start giving off negative ions like Hanayo-chan, what should I do?
Negative ions~!? I, I see--- Hanayo isn't good at science and stuff, so I don't quite understand that, but as expected--- What I'm always told is, Hanayo is always clumsy and slow--- but in turn, my relaxed and leisurely pace helps people to relax, something like that? Oh, how does hiking together this summer sound? Let's look at waterfalls and streams together and accumulate lots of negative ions~♡
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|01||Hajimemashite -Koizumi Hanayo||3:02|
|01|| "Come True! Our Dreams!"|
(叶え!私たちの夢―― "Kanae! Watashitachi no Yume")
|In Episode 1, Hanayo is first seen running to UTX to see A-RISE perform on a screen, along with her friend Rin, trying to catch up with her.|
|02|| "Let's Start Becoming Idols!"|
(アイドルを始めよう! "Aidoru wo Hajimeyou!")
|In Episode 2, Hanayo stared at the µ's poster, seemingly mesmerized by it, until Rin snaps her out of her daze and suggested to go home.
After school, Honoka goes to Maki's classroom once again and thought that Maki had already left when she couldn't find her. Hanayo guessed that Honoka was looking for Maki and informed the senior of Maki's full name. As Honoka started to leave, Hanayo wished her good luck with being an idol.
|03|| "First Live"|
(ファーストライブ "Faasuto Raibu" )
|In Episode 3, Hanayo wanted to go to see μ's concert, but Rin grabs Hanayo and tells her she wants to join the track club. However, being too shy to say no, Hanayo is forced to go with Rin. Luckily, Hanayo manages to get away from Rin and manages to watch μ's perform. Rin finds Hanayo but is quickly distracted by μ's performing "START:DASH!!".|
(まきりんぱな "MakiRinPana" )
|In Episode 4, Hanayo wants to join μ's but also wants Rin to join with her. Rin, however, says that she doesn't want to join the group, because she isn't confident in her femininity. Later on, Rin and Maki fight over who can help Hanayo, and Hanayo is caught between them. Near the end of the episode, with a push from Rin and Maki, Hanayo manages to confess that she wants to join μ's. μ's accept the offer, and Rin and Maki decide to join as well, making μ's have six members.|
|05|| "Nico Attacks"|
(にこ襲来 "Niko Shuurai" )
|In Episode 5, while on the rooftop, the girls know that it's the rainy season, but Rin and Honoka go outside anyway, and end up getting soaked by the rain. While at a fast-food restaurant, Honoka realizes that there are enough members to form a club. Just then, they catch a girl named Yazawa Nico trying to steal their food and she insults their lack of professionalism. The girls learn from Ayase Eli, the student body president, that they can't form their idol club as there is already an Idol Research Club, whose sole member turns out to be Nico. After Nico rejects their offer of merging the groups, presumably based on their lack of personas, student body vice-president, Toujou Nozomi, explains to them how Nico had previously attempted to become a school idol, but set the bar too high for her group, causing it to fall apart. After some thinking, Honoka comes up with the idea that they should all join the Idol Research Club to learn how to improve μ's, inviting Nico to join the group as their coach. Happily, Nico accepts the offer.|
|06|| "Who'll Be the Center?"|
(センターは誰だ? "Sentaa wa Dare da?" )
|In Episode 6, Nozomi records interviews of each member of μ's, but stops at Honoka to ask her why she was the leader when she does nothing for the group. Nico then comes up with the idea to have a karaoke and dance contest, and the one with the highest score would become the leader. Unfortunately, all the girls get similar scores. Honoka then suggests that maybe μ's doesn't need a leader. Everyone agrees with her, despite believing she was the most worthy of becoming leader. μ's performed the song "Korekara no Someday".|
(エリーチカ "Erichika" )
|In Episode 7, Hanayo tells μ's about the Love Live! tournament, a contest where the top 20 school idol groups compete in. Needing permission to go, the girls go to Principal Minami for permission to enter. Despite Eli's objection, the chairwoman allows them to enter, but only if they all pass the upcoming exams. Hanayo and Maki help Rin, who presumably has bad grades. Once the exams finish and everyone passes, μ's go to the chairwoman's office, but overhear her telling Eli that the school would be shutting down next year.|
|08|| "What I Want To Do Is..."|
(やりたいことは "Yaritai Koto wa" )
|In Episode 8, following the events of the previous episode, the chairwoman clarifies to μ's that the school will shut down if the upcoming open day is received negatively. Sonoda Umi suggests to the group to get Eli to teach them how to dance. Eli agrees to their offer and puts the group into intense training, but is surprised by their willingness to continue. Nozomi tells μ's that Eli wants to join, but believes she can't because of how she treated them in the past. μ's go to Eli and formally invite her to join. Eli becomes honest with her feelings and joins, along with Nozomi who reveals that she came up with the group's name: μ's, which refers to the nine 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" )
|In Episode 9, after μ's discover Minami Kotori secretly working in Akihabara at a maid café to gain confidence, Eli finds Akiba a good place to have a concert and, since Kotori knows it best, assigns Kotori to write lyrics based on Akiba culture. However, Kotori struggles with writing the lyrics, but with the help of Honoka and Umi, Kotori is able to write lyrics to create the 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!" )
|In Episode 10, μ's decide to go to Maki'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 Maki is the only one not participating. At night, Nozomi initiates a pillow fight, and all of μ's begin to play, except Umi, who is sleeping. However, two pillows hit Umi while she was sleeping, causing her to get cranky and throw "supersonic pillows" at everyone, hitting Nico, Honoka, and Eli. Just as she was about to hit Hanayo and Rin, Maki knocks Umi out with a pillow, causing her to fall back asleep. The episode ends with all the members of μ's breaking down the barrier between upper and underclassmen, and holding hands while watching the sunrise.|
|11|| "The Greatest Live Performance"|
(最高のライブ "Saikō no Raibu" )
|In Episode 11, μ's has manage to reach rank #19 on the school idol ranking site, making them eligible to apply to 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 after they finish the song, Honoka faints, surprising both μ's and the audience.|
(ともだち "Tomodachi" )
|In Episode 12, 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 that their ranking was removed from the site. Honoka blames herself for the incident, but everyone tells her that it's all of their fault. Everyone gets depressed from this event, but Honoka the most. On 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!")
|In Episode 13, Eli decides to put μ's on hiatus. Despite this, Nico tells Hanayo and Rin to continue practicing. Later, while on her way home, Honoka comes across Nico, Hanayo, and Rin training. Nico tells Honoka that she loves being an idol and that everything that has happened is because Honoka quit being an idol. Hanayo and Rin tell Nico that she's being too harsh on her, but Honoka tells them that Nico is right.
After Honoka brings back Kotori from the airport, later on in the episode, μ's performs "START:DASH!!" in the auditorium, despite wearing their school uniforms, and this time with the auditorium filled with people. Afterwards, Honoka tells the crowd to say "μ's Music Start!" and μ's are in the school idol ratings again.
|01|| "Love Live! Once Again"|
(もう一度ラブライブ! "Mōichido Rabu Raibu!")
|In Episode 1, Princpal 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, Kousaka 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.
On the rooftop, Nico shows Rin, Hanayo, and Maki the results of her "special training". Maki tells her that it was disgusting and Nico accidentally told them her true motive for trying to help them. Just then, Hanayo receives a notification on her phone. Hanayo quickly ran to their club room's computer to confirm the news. After confirming, the four of them ran and looked for Honoka. They eventually found her eating bread while sitting under a tree. They told her that it's going to be held once again.
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")
|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")
|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 Kira Tsubasa 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. Tsubasa commented on how Hanayo's voice provides a perfect harmonization to the stronger, more unique voices in the group. 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 Kousaka 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")
|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. Rin and Hanayo went to the alpacas.
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 Cotarou, 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")
|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.
When Eli told Rin that she's going to be the temporary leader, Rin isn't confident in herself and ends up struggling with the responsibilities.
On the way home, Rin still feels that she isn't cut out to be the leader, earning some encouraging words from Hanayo and Maki but Rin didn't believe them because she believes that she isn't cute enough like the others and that she's different from them. After saying that she'll continue being the temporary leader until Honoka gets back, Rin ran.
Hanayo tells Maki about how Rin has a complex about her boyish looks, which she was often teased about during elementary school.
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.
Honoka learned the news from Eli and got curious about why Hanayo became the center all of a sudden so she called Hanayo to talk about it. After explaining the details to Honoka, Hanayo asked Honoka on what she would do if she were in Hanayo's position. Honoka told Hanayo that it's up to her to decide.
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")
|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.
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.
While making the costumes, Hanayo made a mistake. Nico then asked Kotori why they were the ones that are making the costumes. Hanayo answered that everybody else is preparing the other things. Nico was not happy about it, saying they've been wasting time on pointless things. On the other hand, Kotori did not thought it was pointless at all. She said that she had fun and that it gave her hints on new designs.
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!")
|In Episode 7, while in the club room, Hanayo brought out a big rice ball to eat. Hanayo offered some to Honoka after seeing her stare at the rice ball before being stopped by Umi. The three first years then finds out that Honoka is on a diet. Hanayo already ate half of the rice ball when Rin and Maki told her that she's been gaining weight lately as well.
Umi made a diet plan for Honoka and Hanayo. The two of them 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")
|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.
Maki thought that Eli's acting strange and talked about it with Rin and Hanayo. Maki said that Eli's too fixated on writing a love song. Rin imagined that maybe Eli's with A-RISE and she's been fooling everyone, though Maki said that it's impossible. Hanayo asked Maki what could be the reason then. Maki doesn't know, but she's sure that there's a reason behind Eli's actions.
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 and Eli decided to call over the others to Nozomi's house, 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")
|In Episode 9, the day of the final preliminaries arrives. Rin and Hanayo stopped by Maki's house to go to the venue together. While waiting for Maki to come out, Rin complained because of the cold weather. Hanayo told her that the snow would clear up in the afternoon. Maki then comes out with the food that her mother prepared for them.
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".
|In Episode 10, on their way to the local shrine, Honoka, Kotori and Umi met with Hanayo and Rin who says that Maki was with them a while ago but hid because she was embarrassed. When Maki showed herself, the three who just met with them complimented her. Just then, the girls run into A-RISE, who congratulated them on winning the Love Live! preliminaries.
After praying, they went to greet Nozomi, Nico and Eli, who are helping out at the shrine. After the third years left, Hanayo worried about the third years' graduation. Umi stopped her saying that they have agreed not to bring the topic up until Love Live! was over. Honoka then told them that for the third years' sake, they should give it their best.
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")
|In Episode 11, 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.
On the way home, Umi told them that it was better that they talked about it because it wouldn't have been good for them to compete with unresolved issues. Honoka told them that Eli was right. They'll be the ones that would be staying next school year so they have to be the ones to decide.
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")
|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. Before heading out to practice, Hanayo told Nico that it's alright and that everyone feels really grateful although they don't express it. Nico told her that she knows that and they were just trying to stay the way they've always been until the end.
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")
|In Episode 13, at the school gates, Honoka met with Rin, Maki, and Hanayo. They then met Nico's mother along with Nico's siblings and even discovered Nico's unexpected side. Nico showed her family their trophy from winning Love Live!, earning her a "congratulations" from her mother. Maki then reminded Honoka the reason she had to go to school on time.
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.
- In the anime, Rin is the only known character to address Hanayo as "Kayo-chin." She is also sometimes referred to as Kayo by others in other media.
- Kayo is an alternate reading of the kanji in her name.
- In the audio drama, she was once addressed to be "Kayoppe" by Honoka in Love Live! Tatoeba Konna Love Train audio drama.
- Love Livers call her "Pana" because a phonetic change happens when "h" comes after "n" during RinHana hence, RinPana.
- Please refer to this character's Image Gallery.