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Sakurauchi Riko
Sunshine!! infobox - Sakurauchi Riko
Kanji 桜内梨子
Romaji Sakurauchi Riko
Statistics
Year Second Year
Birthday September 19 (Virgo)
Gender Female
Blood Type A
Height 160 cm
Three Sizes B 80, W 58, H 82
Favorite Food Hard-boiled Eggs
Sandwiches[1]
Disliked Food Green Pepper[1]
First Appearance
Debut Season 1 Episode 1
Japanese Voice Actress/Actor
Kanji 逢田梨香子
Romaji Aida Rikako
English Voice Actress/Actor
Name Jeannie Tirado
 

Sakurauchi Riko is one of the nine main characters of Love Live! Sunshine!!. She is a second-year in Uranohoshi Girls' High School. Her image color is light pink. She is a member of Guilty Kiss, a sub-unit under Aqours.

Background

She is a second-year student who joined Chika's class after moving from Akihabara, Tokyo. She transferred from Otonokizaka High School. She is neighbors with her friend Chika.

Personality

She is reserved, modest, and likes indoor activities. She may look calm and mature, but she often flies into a panic, jumping to conclusions and making mistakes. She does not think she is special, so she does not want to become a school idol. However, her friend Takami Chika drags her into it.

Clubs and Hobbies

Her talents are playing the piano and viola. Her hobbies are painting, handicraft, and cooking.[1] She is the composer of Aqours.

Other Data

Note: Dengeki G's Magazine is a monthly magazine that is part of the Love Live! and Love Live! Sunshine!! multimedia projects. As it is usually the first source of news for all major projects under these titles, its monthly sections will detail how the project has progressed over time. The issues are usually published a month ahead of time. For example, the July 2010 issue would've been released on 30th May 2010.
2015
Official Introduction from Website[2]
Sunshine!! character intro - Sakurauchi Riko
I'm Sakurauchi Riko, a second year high-schooler at Uranohoshi Girls' High School. I'm just a normal transfer student from the city- Really just a plain and normal high school girl. Even though I've said that dozens of times--- that pushy Chika-chan just won't believe me and kept forcing me, and I somehow became a school idol before I realized it. That's why I totally have no confidence in being an idol but--- for the sake of everyone who resorted to relying on someone like me, it'll be great if I can lend whatever power I have. When I first came to this school in the middle of these mountains filled with oranges, there was nothing but surprise after surprise waiting for me, but now, this has become a place which I love so much. That I actually received such a special place--- My own dream is to have everyone's dreams come true. For the first time in my life, I felt like I realized that there was such a way of doing things---

Official Translation[3]

Sunshine!! translated character intro - Sakurauchi Riko
Character Introduction (July 2015)[1]
Dengeki G's Magazine July 2015 Sakurauchi Riko Scan
Character Introduction

Because of my father's work circumstances, I ended up moving here. From Tokyo's Akihabara to this seaside village in Shizuoka, Uchiura...
At the beginning, I was a little depressed.
After all, it's not that I hadn't had any experience of moving before, but it was my first time leaving Tokyo--- Changing schools after becoming a second year high-school student made me feel--- incredibly uneasy.
When it was decided that I would change schools, everyone around me was full of encouragement--- "Izu City has great weather and onsen, delicious food, lots of greenery, it's a really good place". Hearing that, I, too, thought "That's right, Izu is a famous tourist location, the nearby Numazu city's guidebook also showed it as a really busy port-town, it's not that different from Tokyo, I'll be able to return once I advance to university---" Thinking that made my mood change.
And then I arrived in this village.
At first--- I was terribly surprised.
After all--- as I expected, it was totally different from anywhere I had lived until now.
There aren't a lot of people, nor that many shops either--- During night-time it turns into total darkness, and I can hear the distant sound of waves even from inside the house---
The school was on top of Mt. Mikan, at the tip of a cape.
Climbing that long, long hill to reach the school was something similar to the schools I've attended up until now.
But, even with the declining birth rates resulting in fewer students in schools in the city centers, Uranohoshi Girls' High School had even lesser students than that. And so, everyone had their childhood friends whom they grew up with, it was almost like the atmosphere of a family.
That's why I, entering into such a situation, was really uneasy enough to have my heart pounding but---
At that moment.
"Uwaah~!!! Awesome, Riko-chan, you're actually from THAT Akihabara!? Seriously!?!?! That's awesome, awesome beyond words~!!! As expected, you're super cute~!!! Yes, as I thought, this has to be fate!! Hey, hey hey hey, become a school idol with me♡"
An energetic voice rained down upon me on the top of my head.
"Sch-school idol!? It's impossible for someone like me!! I'm just someone who lived in Akihabara but I have no connection to anything so gorgeous, I'm just an Art Club member---"
Even though I hurriedly replied, it seemed like my words went totally unheard by the other person who simply smiled brilliantly. That was my first encounter with Chika-chan.
And that's where it all began---

Typical off-day schedule
Time Activity
7:00am: Wake up
7:30am: Breakfast
9:00am: Head to Numazu City to purchase art materials
12:00pm: Have lunch in front of the station. Meet Yocchan.
2:00pm: Get dragged on an idol study-trip in front of the station.
And then karaoke. Even though I'm bad at singing...
6:00pm: Go home
7:00pm: Dinner
8:00pm: Painting (Continuing from last)
10:30pm: Bath
11:30pm: Go to bed
Aqours After School Talk - Riko[4]
Dengeki G's Aqours Afterschool Talk Riko

Caption: Such a short skirt is embarrassing but--- just between you and me, it feels just a little bit pleasant♡

Uwa~ Somehow, this school idol costume is so fluttery and fluffy---
Aah, for some reason, I'm just extremely restless and can't seem to calm down~!
But at the same time--- my heart is also pounding slightly.
No, if I were to speak the truth, it's pounding really fast---
It's just a little bit, but I'm feeling joyful♡
It's surprising even to me, this feeling--- Fufu♪
To think that there would be a day when I would wear such a costume.
Thanks to the positive Chika-chan, even someone as plain as me could become an idol like this♡
Now that it has come to this, I will have to push myself to my limits too, practice lots and dance as cutely as I can!
Somehow--- Uwah~, saying it out loud makes me really embarrassed!! What should I do♡

Aqours's Gallery (November 2015)[5]
Dengeki G's Magazine Nov 2015 Riko
Caption: Being at Chika-chan's hot springs after practice is relaxing---♡

Uwaa~ this is the best!
It feels great--- Just as expected.
Hot springs in Autumn♡
The idea that I would be able to have a hot spring in my own house--- Such a thought had never crossed my mind while I was living in Tokyo. My house in Akihabara was an apartment house, so my apartment-sized bath was as large as required but---
Just comparing that to this---♡
It's definitely the hot spring's victory~♪
Ufufu, this isn't good, somehow the hot spring just feels too good--- It seems like I'm more gleeful than usual.
Somehow, it's a bit embarrassing.
It's now the second semester and the cool autumn winds have begun blowing, so lately after practice, us members of Aqours have been coming over to Chika-chan's house's hot springs like this.
Why don't you--- come join us too?

Aqours DIARY: Everyone's Diary (December 2015)[6]
Dengeki G's Magazine Dec 2015 Riko Hanamaru

When I lived in Akihabara in Tokyo--- I wasn’t familiar with the ocean, apart from how it is in the summer. The scorching sun and the shining, glittering ocean. Pontoon bridges and beach balls. Snow cones among joyful voices. The ocean that existed only to visit on warm, sunny days. But since I came to the seaside and started living here, there’s always a vivid sea right next to me--- spring, summer, and autumn. It’s a feeling I’m not used to. The ocean showed me a different face than I’d ever seen before, that it isn’t just there for the resorts. I come often to watch the ocean scenery. There are times too when I bring my sketchbook, but I also feel very calm just strolling along the seaside like this. I’ve come to like the sea a lot since I moved here. Not just the sea itself--- I also love the members of the group formed by this sea♡

Aqours 1st Center Election

Appealing For Votes[5]
Caption: Unexpectedly finding dancing to be fun while trying it out--- I found myself smiling naturally♡

"Someone as plain as me becoming an idol is definitely impossible---" Even though that was something I had thought. When I tried dancing along with everyone, it was somehow extremely fun. It's mysterious, this feeling welling up in the center of my chest--- It's the first time I've felt this way in my whole life♪ Could this be the power of school idols? I feel like I can understand why Chika-chan was infatuated with them now. Though we're still inexperienced, we're prepared, knowing that we can no longer turn back after this. We'll do our best from here onwards, so everyone, please support us! Ah, it's perfectly fine no matter which position I end up on the rankings of course♡

Results Comments: 3rd Place[6]
Caption: I want to treasure the things that I can do for Aqours---

Being a transfer student who was forcibly invited to join Aqours--- to think that there were so many people supporting me, I'm really happy!! Thank you so much♡ What I can do isn't much, just that I always put in my utmost effort on each and every thing I can. I think it would be great if the feelings I put into those could reach everyone.

BACK STAGE PIN UP: School Idol's Offstage♡ (January 2016)[7]
Dengeki G's Magazine Jan 2016 Riko Yoshiko Mari

No, sorry!
I'm really sorry!!
Like I said, as expected--- This is impossible for me, something like this!
Hee--- What should I do, as expected this is hopeless, the very idea of me dressing up as a Gothic devil girl~!!
No, impossible, absolutely!!
Even if you say it's for unit activities, if it's the lines that Yocchan went through the trouble to think up, I definitely can't say them...
Because, something as embarrassing as this is definitely impossible.
"With my lily kiss, I'll turn you into my servant for all eternity---"
I mean, uwaaaaaah---!! Aah, my face feels like it's burning...
In the first place, I'm clumsy, awkward, and can't even wink properly, so I think the path of seduction is definitely hopeless...
So I'm really sorry Yocchan, but I think we should go with something more normal--- okay?
I know! What do you think about a cute image, something like the fairies of the flower garden? Aah, don't boo at me like that, you two---

2016
Koi ni Naritai AQUARIUM
Dengeki G's Magazine Apr 2016 KoiAqua Ruby Riko

Costume Reveal[8]
Caption: Even though I'm embarrassed--- In the end, I still want you to look at me♡

This costume is so revealing around the navel that when I first saw it, just looking at it made my face turn bright red, and I was so troubled I didn't know what to do, this was definitely impossible for me--- it made me freeze up for a while. But then--- Chika-chan told me something. "If you think of it as a swimsuit, there are actually a whole lot more places it covers, right?" Ufufu♡ Once I thought about that, I realized she was right--- I did my best to try it on. Though, I'm still a bit embarrassed--- What do you think? It's really a wonderful costume, so if it suits me--- I would be happy♪

Dengeki G's Magazine May 2016 You Riko Ruby

Purchase Bonus Art[9]
Caption: It's the season of blooming spring flowers! I want to enjoy the scent of spring together♪

Spring is here, and all sorts of flowers are starting to bloom in town--- It's an extremely exhilarating period, isn't it! This year's spring is warm, and Uchiura's cherry blossoms are blooming in an extremely beautiful way. I don't know anything about love, and of course, I've always been so embarrassed that I never experienced it but--- A season as bright as this, makes me yearn for it just a little bit--- Even if it's just within this song, please try meeting this Riko who's in love♡

Aqours Big Reveal: Member Introductions (Q&A) (June 2016)[10]
Dengeki G's Magazine June 2016 Q&A Chika Riko You

Caption: Even someone as plain as me--- Is it really okay for me to become an idol?

What is the charm of being a school idol?
At first, I really thought it was absolutely impossible for me--- Even though I'm a school idol, I'm only somehow doing my best because of all the other members' kind support♡ That's why, that friendship and--- making even someone as plain as me gain the courage to step out in front of others, perhaps those are the charms of being a school idol. I'll do my best to become more positive from here onwards too!

What are the good points about Uranohoshi Girls' High School?
More than anything else, I think Ura Girls' charm point has to be the gentle atmosphere that makes you feel at home! Though its population is low, everyone smiles so kindly that it's surprising to me--- Though I was worried about whether I could make friends as a transfer student, Chika-chan and everyone else pulled me in so fast that I didn't have the time to worry about things. They're my precious treasures♡

OUR PRIVATE LIFE: We'll Tell You About Our Secrets♡ (June 2016)[10]
Dengeki G's Magazine June 2016 Chika Riko

Sakurauchi Riko
Caption: Come, open wide♪
Chika-chan's smile that looks like she's enjoying the food is wonderful♡

"Come, open wide♪"
--- Even though I half meant that as a joke.
The smiling Chika-chan just went "Yay, aaah!!" and held her mouth wide open---.
When I saw that face, it somehow made me happy, and I unconsciously became serious--- It was almost like feeding a small child, placing a tomato into Chika-chan's mouth.
The cherry tomato that was in her lunch box.
Though small, the round tomato was placed in as it was, so no matter how many times Chika-chan tried, it kept rolling about in the lunch box making noises--- Since it seemed like she couldn't stop it, I reached out to help her---.
Hehe---♡
Really, sometimes Chika-chan just seems as cute as a child--- So docile and honest.
All the things I could never do, yet Chika-chan simply confronts them head-on, maybe her secret is this honest nature of hers.
Becoming friends with such a Chika-chan, I'm really glad for that♡

Aqours's Gallery (September 2016)[11]
Dengeki G's Mag Sept 2016 Chika You Riko 2

MESSAGE FROM RIKO
Caption: It's finally summer's debut, Aqours' season is here at last!

Uwaah~, what an amazing decision!
A new song and a new choreography---
How did everyone find it?
And with that, we've successfully started our promotional activities too, so it's really like---.
It's really sunk in that we've become school idols now♡

Though everyone often says that Uchiura is a countryside town without anything--- But as someone who came from Tokyo, this is what I think.
Inside Uchiura--- Though it may be true that it doesn't have bustling shopping districts or malls, nor cafes and famous spots worthy of being featured on television, but--- there's the beautiful sea and greenery.
With the wide and high blue skies with nothing to block its view---.
Everyone is here.
Everyone in Aqours skipping and frolicking in the surf, it's a scene that absolutely suits the scenery in Uchiura--- I think it's absolutely lovely.
That's why I love everyone---.

The Otonokizaka High School where I used to attend was in the middle of the Akihabara district with lots of buildings. The μ's that was born there, according to what Chika-chan said, they really sparkled and glittered within the center of such a city.
But as for Aqours---.
With Aqours singing in such an idyllic seaside town filled with greenery, I think we'll definitely shine in a different way from μ's.
It might be a light that's far, far weaker and duller than μ's.
But you see, it's just like how a transparent glass prism splits light into seven different colors.
Even if we're less noticeable, I think it would be fine so long as we shine with a different color---.
That's why, everyone is working hard with all they have for Aqours' activities this summer.
I think it would be great if lots of people got to know about us, even if it's just one more person♡ From now on, I too will work hard to be of help to everyone else.
With all I have--- I'll put up with my embarrassment, and work hard with all my might.

Aqours's Gallery (December 2016)[12]
Dengeki G's Mag Dec 2016 Riko

MESSAGE FROM RIKO
Caption: Along with the wind blowing across the seas, let my heart reach everyone too---

The breeze blowing across the sea--- the fact that it felt this good, was something I only learned after coming to this town.
Coming to play at the sea every once in a while may be fun, but if you see it every day you would get bored--- but actually that's not really the case for everyone here in Uchiura, I think.
After all, the sea we see everyday--- at a glance, it may look the same as it is every day, but still, it's not the same at all.
While looking at it all the time---.
I feel almost like I'm drawn in by the deep color, and every day a different--- nice breeze blows across the ocean.
And that's when I was startled.
Though it seems like it's the same wind blowing every day--- But as I thought--- it's a different wind blowing against me every day.

And that--- somehow feels like it resembles my life right now.
Something that is always expected to be there naturally, and always able to be seen.
But you see--- if you look closely, the truth is that every day I get to see different expressions, and through that my heart gets to experience lots of new joys---.
That is, the people I've met after coming to Uchiura here--- The smiles of everyone in Aqours♡
Just being with them alone brings a smile to my face--- and makes me happy. Just as it's always been, every day I am shown different sparkling smiles.
If that's the power of school idols which Chika-chan talked about, then surely the one receiving the most of this power would be me, Riko♡
That's why, even while waiting for everyone else like this.
Just like this too, I find myself smiling---.

And that's why this person that I am--- I'll let this breeze that blows across the ocean carry me along.
It would be great if I could become an idol whose smiles could reach everyone.

OUR PRIVATE LIFE: We'll Tell You About Our Secrets♡ (February 2017)[13]
Dengeki G's Mag Feb 2017 You Riko

Sakurauchi Riko
Caption: Wawawawa--- You-chan?! You made me jump a bit there---♡

I've noticed something lately.
And that is, You-chan--- seems surprisingly weak to the cold.

Hehehe--- It's somehow kind of strange.
I mean--- As a talented athlete famous for her high-diving in her hometown, I have a strong image of her always being in her swimsuit--- So I always assumed that she would be good with the cold.

And yet, seeing her like this--- When I see her overcome by a sudden wave of cold, it's somehow so unexpected it's surprising--- and enough to make me think "How cute♡".
Ah-- but, that's not right!
You-chan is the energetic type who has it together far far more than a slow-witted artsy person like me; for me to say something like that about her---.

It's my first winter after coming to Uchiura.
What I've learned is--- The Izu peninsula's winters are surprisingly warm.
With terrain fitting of a peninsula, it's a place filled with scenic nature spots such as mountains and the sea--- So I somehow had the image of its winters being much colder than Tokyo's, but---.
Whenever I looked at the sea from the coastal highway during the winter holidays, the sea was always sparkling.
Sparkling with the light of the sun---.
The sea breeze was gentle, too.
In the midst of such a climate, this morning's weather forecast predicted slightly rougher weather today.
According to You-chan--- It seems that because this place is close to the sea, once the winds pick up it gets cold quickly---.
But even on such a cold day.
If you huddle together with your friends like this--- even the cold goes away♡
Aah, it would be great if Chika-chan makes it here soon---.

HAPPY PARTY TRAIN
Dengeki G's Mag Mar 2017 HAPPY PARTY TRAIN Bonus Art 2

Travel Comments[14]

I’ve always lived in Tokyo and when I moved to Uchiura, I lived a life full of beaches and mountains for the first time. I’ve completely fallen in love with nature♡ I think there’s still a lot of wonderful places in Japan to visit, so I’d be happy to tour all over Japan♪

Places I would like to travel to: Kumamoto, Fukuoka and Tohoku

Aqours's Gallery (May 2017)[15]
Dengeki G's Magazine May 2017 Riko

Caption: May a smile make your heart full of goodness.

Cherry blossoms. They mean a graduation with departure and beginning -

Either way, I'm always in the spirit for flowers, among the positive assets of a radiant incense, to me of a character with a descendent and retractable personality.

Aqours DIARY: Everyone's Diary (July 2017)[16]
Dengeki G's Mag July 2017 Riko
Question & Answer Corner
Your favorite words are?[1]

"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; What is essential is invisible to the eye"--- These are words from The Little Prince written by Antoine de Saint Exupéry. Even though I like art and music--- When I came to this town, I looked up to a totally different night sky from what I would see in Tokyo, and remembered these words.

Something that felt cute to you recently?[1]

Uranohoshi Girls' High School is like a mission school, it's full of paintings, figures and decorations of angels everywhere. The entrance hall facing the courtyard has a small mural with a cute angel--- I greet it every morning. Saying "Good morning" to it makes me feel like I can work hard and face today with a smile.

If you were to try helping out at one of the members' family businesses, what would you like to try doing?[10]
Asked by ハマチャさん @Twitter

Everyone is always helping out with their own family businesses, they're such great girls--- As for me, I really don't do anything--- It makes me embarrassed!
But, even for such a person like me, if I could help out with something---.
That's right, as I thought, I would want to try working at Chika-chan's family inn♪
Though it would be impossible for me to work with the guests, I might be able to do the subordinate work, and it seems fun to wear those traditional Japanese uniforms♡
I would have to learn lots of things from Chika-chan♪

Do you do household chores like cooking and laundry in your own home?[17]
Asked by ポイントBさん @Twitter

I don't hate housework, so I do them quite often--- I think? When I lived in Tokyo, there wasn't anything else much to do at home---. Now, Aqours has made me busy, though I don't have that much time, I clean the house every day, and do the laundry and cooking occasionally♡ Though I'm not at the level where I can become a good bride--- Ehehehe♪

When you moved to Uchiura, was there anything that troubled or puzzled you?[11]
Asked by いけいけさん

The school is on the peak of the hill, and there aren't many shops within walking distance--- To be honest I was shocked, but at the same time I was really surprised at how beautiful the scenery was♡ Also just being a transfer student made me a bit of a mini-celebrity so that was troubling...

Do you have any preferences on how you eat boiled eggs?[11]
Asked by 鈴生昂さん

I liked my eggs half-boiled and with salt♡ Putting the eggs in boiling water for exactly 8 minutes is the rule of the Sakurauchi household. When they're meant to be placed into lunch-boxes, we boil them until cracks form in the shell and soak them overnight in salt-water, which adds flavor to the egg♪

Are you still in contact with your friends from Otonokizaka through emails or phone?[11]
Asked by 彩狐さん

We still keep in touch♡ But, even though I told them about a ton of things that happened here--- They don't really believe me. Like I would swim in the sea on the way home from school--- Fufu♡ Especially the fact that I became a school idol, it seems no one takes me seriously even up until now.

What do you do with the things you made with your handicraft hobby?[11]
Asked by どらさん

They're not anything fancy, and I think it would trouble people if I gave these to them so--- I mostly give them to my family. But even they are starting to be overloaded with things so--- I wonder if there is anyone out there who would receive them for me...

How do you mostly spend your free days?[11]
Asked by りんくさん

Though it's embarrassing, I'm the indoor-type, so I mostly spend my free days at home drawing, or making handicrafts--- But after I came to Uchiura, everyone's been inviting me out so I've become quite active. We all went to karaoke just recently too♡

If you were to go for a picnic in Uchiura with your beloved sandwiches, where would you want to go?[11]
Asked by アオめがねさん

Though the sceneries at Uchiura's beaches and the school's mikan mountain are both wonderful, if it's a picnic, I would recommend the mountains♡ Though it's a bit distant from Uchiura, Panorama Park, which is accessible by the ropeway, has an amazing Sky Garden where you can see a boundless sky different from what you always see, it's bound to move you!

When you paint, what sort of things do you mostly paint?[18]
Asked by ともちさん

From the start--- What I painted was mostly sceneries, and occasionally images of still life--- But after coming to Uchiura, I've started painting portraits a bit. Compared to Tokyo where I've lived all my life, Uchiura is filled with overwhelmingly beautiful sceneries such as the sea, mountains, forests and Mt. Fuji--- So even I find it strange that I've switched to painting portraits instead♡ Now--- I want to paint everyone's smiles.

Video

LL!SS!! Aqours Special Monologue Show 【Part 2 Sakurauchi Riko】03:13

LL!SS!! Aqours Special Monologue Show 【Part 2 Sakurauchi Riko】

Eng Sub LL!SS!! Aqours Valentine's Message 【Sakurauchi Riko】01:23

Eng Sub LL!SS!! Aqours Valentine's Message 【Sakurauchi Riko】

Eng Sub LL!SS!! Aqours New Year's Special Message 【Sakurauchi Riko】00:54

Eng Sub LL!SS!! Aqours New Year's Special Message 【Sakurauchi Riko】

Audio

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No. Songs Duration Audio
01 Greetings from Sakurauchi Riko[19] 2:24
Riko Hajimemashite no Goaisatsu

Chronology

Ep. Title
01 "I Want to Shine!!"
(輝きたい!! "Kagayakitai!!")
LLSS S1Ep1 316
In Episode 1, Uranohoshi Girls’ High School student Takami Chika discovered the school idol group μ's while trying to catch a runaway flyer. Having had looked for something to devote her all to for a long time, she was inspired and decided to form her own school idol group.

On her way home from Awashima island, Chika met Sakurauchi Riko, a student from Otonokizaka High School in Tokyo, and introduced her to school idols. Riko said they looked normal, and Chika explained that the way normal people can become so radiant as school idols was why she was intrigued by them to the point of wanting to become one herself.

When Riko unexpectedly showed up as a transfer student in Chika and You’s class, Chika recognized her and asked her to join the school idol club. "Kimeta yo Hand in Hand" was performed by Chika, You, and Riko as an insert song, and the episode ended with Riko declining Chika's request.

02 "Catch the Transfer Student!"
(転校生をつかまえろ! "Tenkousei o Tsukamaero!")
LLSS S1Ep2 264
In Episode 2, one of Riko’s piano performances was shown through a flashback. Present day Riko hesitated playing the piano, thinking back to her fingers trembling as they hovered over the piano keys, the filled auditorium growing impatient.

Not letting herself be stopped by the initial rejection, Chika persisted in trying to persuade Riko into becoming a school idol and composing songs for their group. However, Riko continued to politely decline the proposal.

Meeting each other on the beach, Riko told Chika she had not been able to improve her piano playing recently, and had hopes a change of scenery and hearing the sound of the ocean could change that. In an attempt to help her out of her slump Chika invited Riko to come hear the sound of the ocean with her.

As Kanan, You, Chika and Riko were out diving, Riko at first had troubles using her imagination to hear the sound of the ocean as per Kanan's advice. Diving down again, Chika and You pointed to a spot where the sunlight hit the water, and the three of them managed to experience the sound of the ocean.

At school Riko told Chika and You she would compose for the school idol group, but not become a school idol herself. They realized they did not have any lyrics written, and together the three of them tried writing lyrics at the Takami family’s ryokan.

Inspired by Chika’s love for μ's, Riko listened to "Yume no Tobira" and even tried singing it, accompanying herself on the piano. Chika interrupted and Riko revealed her feelings of nothing feeling fun and everything feeling static and unchanging to her. In response, Chika again suggested trying out being a school idol, and Riko accepted.

03 "First Step"
(ファーストステップ "Faasuto Suteppu")
LLSS S1Ep3 281
In Episode 3, Chika, You, and Riko were training on the beach when they saw the Ohara family's helicopter flying by, which eventually landed near them.

With Mari's arrival to the school, she introduced herself as the new chairwoman of Uranohoshi Girls' High School. Dia, who knew Mari back from their first year in Uranohoshi, pointed out how unbelievable it was for a third year to be the new chairwoman. Mari showed her proof and stated that she came to support Chika, You, and Riko. She then challenged them to fill the gym with audience in order to get her approval for their School Idol Club. The three second year students realized that there weren't enough students in their school to fill the gym, which caused them to advertise their concert in other places as well.

They started handing out flyers in front of Numazu Station, where Riko unknowingly met a disguised Yoshiko while advertising their concert.

While training, Chika, You, and Riko thought up of possible names for their currently nameless school idol group. They soon stumbled upon the name "Aqours", which was written on the beach, and decided to use it as their school idol group's name.

The newly-named school idol group Aqours continued to advertise their upcoming concert. In Chika's house, Aqours continued to work on their dance steps until Riko and You noticed that Chika fell asleep, and decided to call it a day. Shima, Chika's elder sister, drove You home as no buses ran when it is late at night.

Before their concert, Aqours worried about people not attending due to the rain. They laughed it off and stood behind the stage's curtain, hand in hand. However, when the curtains raised, they only had a small group of audience. Included in the audience were Mari, Ruby, Hanamaru, and a disguised Yoshiko. Despite this, they continued their concert and performed "Daisuki dattara Daijoubu!" while Kanan and Dia listened from outside the gym.

A power outage occurred halfway through the song, halting their performance. Chika continued to sing, followed by You and Riko, until she started to cry. Right before they lost hope, Chika's sister Mito arrived and said that Chika told her the wrong start time. Meanwhile, Dia secretly hooked up a backup generator and the power returned, which illuminated the gym that was filled with audience. Aqours then resumed their performance.

After Aqours' concert, Dia went in front of them then said that their success was only due to the efforts of previous school idols and the town's good will. Chika answered she knew it but that it was their only chance to shine.

04 "Two Girls' Feelings"
(ふたりのキモチ "Futari no Kimochi")
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In episode 4, the school idol club was finally approved by Mari, much to the second years' delight. Although, they questioned why she was so keen on helping them. Entering their new club room for the first time, they realised it would need intensive cleaning up before they would be able to use it.

Chika, Riko and You entered the library to return books they had found while cleaning up, just as Ruby was excitedly telling Hanamaru the news of the school idol club officially being formed. Once again, Chika tried recruiting the duo as school idols.

Kanan impressed the second years with her stamina, running past them as they were trying to raise their own stamina by running up stairs like μ's.

Met by a very excited Chika, Ruby and Hanamaru started a trial period as members of the school idol club, saying they would join if they liked it. Short of a place to practice, the school idol club ended up taking their dance practice to the rooftop, inspired by μ's.

After Ruby officially joined the school idol club, she confronted Hanamaru at the library. Ruby explained how she suspected that Hanamaru went along just because she thought being a school idol was something Ruby wanted to do, but that she also thought maybe Hanamaru was interested herself, too. Ruby drew a parallell to Hoshizora Rin also thinking she was not fit to be a school idol, and admitted she had always wanted to become a school idol with Hanamaru. Hanamaru finally agreed to become a school idol after Riko, You and Chika entered the library, Chika saying what matters is the will to do it, rather than your skills.

05 "Yohane Descends"
(ヨハネ堕天 "Yohane Daten")
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In episode 5, The school idol club, now with five members, were looking at their ranking and comments online. Hanamaru was revealed to never have seen a computer before, due to living in a temple without many electronics. The members of Aqours wondered how they could stand out more in order to raise their popularity.

Wimpering in the school idol clubroom, Yoshiko explained she knew she was not a fallen angel and wanted to be a normal high school student. Chika, on the other hand, got the idea of fallen angel idols as a way to make them stand out more. Therefore, she asked Yoshiko if she wanted to become a school idol, addressing her as “Fallen Angel Yohane-chan”.

Aqours visited Chika’s house to try their new fallen angel themed costumes on, and Riko ended up being chased by Chika’s dog Shiitake. Later, Chika giggled when Riko said she was still hurt from the encounter, which caused Riko to question if she found Riko’s distress amusing. Chika denied this, saying she had simply realised the Aqours members were not at all plain like she initially thought.

Much to Dia’s dismay, the school idol club uploaded a fallen angel themed video online using their new costumes. Dia showed the Aqours members that the inital boost in rankings the video had gotten them was already declining and their rank was dropping. This broke the spirits of the school idols, causing Chika to second guess their trying to be like μ's and Yoshiko to once again say she wanted to be a normal high schooler and quit the school idol club.

The day after Hanamaru made the other Aqours members understand why Yoshiko had wanted to be a fallen angel in the first place, they confronted Yoshiko wearing their new costumes and asked if she wanted to join Aqours as the fallen angel Yohane. Chika yelled to the fleeing Yoshiko that she was fine the way she was and that μ's got so popular due to their being themselves and not caring about what others thought. After being assured all the members of the school idol club were okay with her antics, Yoshiko accepted their offer and joined.

06 "Let's Make a PV"
(PVを作ろう "PV o Tsukurou")
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In episode 6, news of the school possibly being closed and merged with a school in Numazu reached Chika, and she was overjoyed to be put in a similar situation to the one μ's faced, becoming motivated to do more school idol activities in order to save the school. After some careful thinking, Aqours decided to create a promotional video, with the purpose of showing people what made their small town Uchiura a great place. They all went out to film, but most of the things the group could come up with seemed quite unimpressive after reconsideration. The group gathered at a café to think things through, and Chika realized that what they had at their current school was something special she did not want to lose.

Showing the chairwoman their promotional video, Mari told Chika and the rest of Aqours that they did not know what it was that made their town and their school great. After Mari proclaimed she knew better herself, Chika decided not to ask about it, considering it something they had to figure out for themselves for it to be worth something.

On her way to the clubroom Chika spotted Dia on stage in the empty auditorium. While she did decline Chika’s offer of joining the school idol club, Dia stated she was happy that they wanted to save the school. As Dia was leaving the room, Ruby stopped Chika from calling out to her, and a flashback showed the third years seemingly right before a school idol performance. Mari showed up and told Dia you can’t run away, only move forward, but Dia denied she had been trying to run away.

In accordance with Uchiura tradition, all the town members gathered early in the morning of the first day of beach season to make and release floating lanterns. Riko, for whom it was the first time experiencing the tradition, talked about how she didn’t realize there were so many people living in the town and suggested that maybe that was the special thing about Uchiura and Uranohoshi Girls’ High School. Hearing this, Chika gathered everyone’s attention and introduced Aqours, saying they needed the help of everyone in town to save their school. "Yume de Yozora o Terashitai" was performed as an insert song by the currently six Aqours members, thus concluding the episode.

07 "TOKYO"
(TOKYO)
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In episode 7, the members of Aqours realized that their PV had boosted their popularity enough to push them into the top one hundred school idol groups. Because of this, they were invited to perform at an event in Tokyo.

Getting to Tokyo, the school idol club (sans transfer student Riko) tried not to let on that they were from the country side, without much success. After getting temporarily separated, Aqours paid a visit to Kanda Shrine, and got excited about running up the same stairs that μ's once used for stamina practice.

Once they reached the top of the stairs, Chika heard Kazuno Sarah and Kazuno Leah singing “SELF CONTROL!!”. Although the two girls were strangers to Chika and the rest of Aqours, Sarah recognized them from their PV and asked if they were in Tokyo for the upcoming event. The Saint Snow members then left, leaving Aqours impressed with their acrobatics and singing skills.

Riko declined Chika’s suggestion to pay Otonokizaka High School a visit, and after the rest of Aqours had gone to sleep she explained to Chika she felt pressured to perform well and live up to expectations at her old school. In response, Chika talked about how she felt like she had to live up to the expectations of the Uranohoshi Girls’ High School students who came to see them off in Numazu.

The next day, Chika went out for a run and visited the place where she first found out about school idols, UTX High School. There, the rest of Aqours caught up with her and the six of them saw the next Love Live! competition being announced on the screen of the UTX building. Aqours decided they wanted to enter the competition.

At the event location, the Aqours members were surprised to find out the girls they had met at Kanda Shrine were school idols, too. Sarah introduced herself, and the episode ended just as Saint Snow were to take the stage.

08 "Isn't it Frustrating?"
(くやしくないの? "Kuyashikunai no?")
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In episode 8, Saint Snow performed “SELF CONTROL!!” on stage at a school idol event in Tokyo. After all the school idol groups invited had performed, neither Aqours nor Saint Snow were announced as one of the winners. In spite of their loss, Chika talked about how it was Aqours’ best performance yet. The other members, on the other hand, worried about how far from being top idols they were.

Having been given the results of the audience poll used to rank the groups at the event, Aqours learned that they not only placed last, but also got zero votes. Approached by Saint Snow, Aqours was complimented on their performance but told they might be better off giving up competing in Love Live! by Sarah, and warned not to take Love Live! lightly by a crying Leah.

On the train ride back to Numazu, five quite depressed Aqours members and one seemingly less depressed Chika discussed Saint Snow’s statements. Once they arrived they were greeted by Uranohoshi Girls’ High School students, relieved and happy to hear it was the group’s best performance so far. When Dia arrived at the scene, Ruby ran into her arms, crying.

Dia talked to Aqours about their placing last, saying she was afraid it would happen, considering how tough the school idol scene had gotten. She explained how she, Mari and Kanan formed a school idol group two years back, but were unable to sing at the very same event, overwhelmed by the other groups’ performances and the atmosphere.

Riko followed Chika to the beach, who, after holding all of her feelings in for a long time, finally allowed herself to cry and let out her frustration about all of their hard work not bearing fruit. When Chika said she thought it would make the other members sad if she allowed herself to be sad, Riko pointed to the rest of Aqours and said that no one joined for Chika’s sake, it was a decision they all made on their own. The sun’s rays hit the six girls standing in the water as they decided to try to turn their zero into a one.

09 "Young DREAMER"
(未熟DREAMER "Mijuku DREAMER")
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In episode 9, the six members of Aqours tried to figure out what to do for the upcoming summer festival. Chika wondered what made Kanan (who had been evasive when Chika asked her about it) quit being a school idol since she did not think it was like Kanan to quit just because of one failure. Ruby revealed she had heard Dia speaking to Mari back then, saying neither Dia nor Kanan were running away.

On one of her early morning walks Kanan was followed by the school idol club, who overheard Kanan and Mari talking about Kanan’s returning to school. However, Kanan said she was not going to become a school idol again and that she did not want to talk to Mari any more.

At school, Kanan and Mari got into a heated argument, which made Chika burst into the room and yell at them to break it up, and to come to the club room of the school idol club after school. There, Kanan continued to claim that the fact she could not sing in Tokyo was the reason she had quit being a school idol. Once she had left the room, the other girls pushed Dia into revealing that Kanan didn’t sing at the event to prevent Mari from performing with an injury, and that she quit being a school idol because she didn’t want Mari turning down other opportunities.

Aqours convinced Dia to join them, Chika saying they’d all help out if juggling school idol duties and student council president duties got too much, and Ruby handing her a stage costume. All nine girls performed “Mijuku DREAMER” as an insert song, and Dia turned out to be the one who wrote “Aqours” in the sand, it being the same name the third years’ previous idol group had.

10 "We've Got Stewshine"
(シャイ煮はじめました "Shai-ni Hajimemashita")
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In episode 10, summer vacation began for the now nine members of Aqours. Summer is the season of the Love Live! competition, and Dia had somehow managed to get her hands on the training schedule μ's used when they were active. Since Kanan and Chika had been asked to help run a snack bar on the beach, the members decided to camp at the Takami family inn in order to make time for practice.

Initially intimidated by a competing snack bar on the beach, Dia quickly took charge and assigned tasks once she recieved encouragement from Mari. Riko, Chika and Kanan begun advertising in order to draw in customers, seemingly somewhat unwillingly. Meanwhile, You, Yoshiko and Mari started cooking the food.

With everyone exhausted after attempting to train the way μ's did, they all sat down to eat Mari’s Stewshine and Yoshiko’s Tears of a Fallen Angel takoyaki that hadn’t sold during the day. Going back to the inn to get more sauce, Chika overheard a conversation between her sister Shima and Riko’s mother, and found out there was a piano competition Riko was invited to partake in.

The piano competition being on the same day as the Love Live! preliminaries, Chika woke Riko up to ask her about it. Riko said she wavered at first, but that their camp made her realize that Aqours was more important to her.

Aqours’ second day of managing the snack bar wasn’t all too successful either, but everyone enjoyed the curry You made using both Mari’s and Yoshiko’s culinary creations. Dia tried to hold a lesson on Love Live! history, but it was cut short due to Chika’s sister Mito thinking they were being too loud.

Once again, Chika woke Riko up, this time asking her to play the song she had composed. Afterwards, Chika told Riko she wanted her to enter the piano competition. Chika explained she had hoped being a school idol could make Riko feel good about playing the piano again, and said Riko needed to figure out if playing the piano wasn’t just as important to her as the town, and the school, and their friends.

11 "Aye-aye, My Friend"
(友情ヨーソロー "Yuujou Yousoro")
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In episode 11, all the members of Aqours saw Riko off as she left for Tokyo to compete in a piano competition that would take place the same day as the regional Love Live! qualifiers. They made the promise to sing together on the same stage next time.

When it was decided You would fill Riko's place in the dance formation, Chika and You struggled to find harmony in their dance since Chika was accustomed to the way Riko performed the dance moves. They had just made it through the part they had problems with because of You’s mimicking Riko’s movements, when Riko called from Tokyo. After Ruby, Hanamaru and Yoshiko greeted her, the call was cut short due to Chika’s battery running low just as You was about to say something to Riko.

Being totally honest proved to be a difficult task for You even after she had gotten advice from Mari, and she didn’t know how to express her feelings to Chika. After You was encouraged through a call from Riko to not just adjust to what Riko and Chika did before and find their own dynamic in the dance instead, Chika showed up at You’s house. Chika suggested they start over and relearn the dance together, and a crying You ended up embracing Chika.

The night of the Love Live! qualifiers and Riko’s piano competition, everyone wore the matching scrunchies Riko had sent as bracelets. Riko played her piece at the competition, and the remaining eight Aqours members performed “Omoi yo Hitotsu ni Nare” on stage.

12 "It's Time to Fly"
(はばたきのとき "Habataki no Toki")
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In episode 12, the members of Aqours were happy and relieved to find out they made it through the regional qualifiers of the Love Live! after a nervous wait. While the video of their performance had gotten a lot of views and comments, the number of applicants for the school’s open house was still zero.

Chika couldn’t help but compare Aqours to μ's, and wondered if the school idols she looked up to weren’t regular people after all. Calling the other Aqours members, she suggested they’d all go to Tokyo before Riko went back home, and try to figure out what made μ's great.

In Tokyo, Chika had arranged for Aqours to meet up with Saint Snow, who told Chika and the others they didn’t know what made μ's and A-RISE different. To them, what mattered was winning and following in the footsteps of their predecessors. Together, both groups watched the announcement of the Love Live! finals being held at the Akiba Dome on the screen outside the UTX High School building.

At Riko’s suggestion, Aqours visited Otonokizaka High School. They learned that μ's hadn’t left anything from their school idol days at Otonokizaka, saying their hearts would be connected even without those things. Chika and Riko said the visit had brought them closer to the answer of their question.

On the train back to Numazu, the nine of them took a stop to look at the sea. Chika said that they couldn’t compare themselves to μ's, and all of the members started realizing that they had to run freely, stand on their own feet and not chase after someone else in order to become great. They decided that what they were running towards was turning the zero into a one.

13 "Sunshine!!"
(サンシャイン!! "Sanshain!!")
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In episode 13, Aqours were practicing for the Love Live! regionals during the hot days of summer vacation. Meanwhile, the number of applicants for Uranohoshi Girls’ High School was still zero. At the end of the day, Mutsu, Itsuki and Yoshimi showed up to tell Chika that they, along with other people in the school, were also interested in saving the school and had thought about becoming school idols. Chika invited them to sing with Aqours at the Love Live!.

Standing on their respective balconies, Chika and Riko talked about the increase in members on stage. Chika said that although it would be impossible for everyone to dance, they could all sing the song together, and it might make more people realize the greatness of their town and school. Chika’s mother surprised both Riko and Chika by showing up, making for a short intermission in their conversation.

The nine members of Aqours met up with Mutsu, Itsuki and Yoshimi, who brought with them an abundance of other Uranohoshi Girls’ High School students. However, everyone’s excitement was restrained when Riko announced that the rules said only the people who had applied initially would be allowed on stage. In the end, although only Aqours would be on stage, all the other girls decided to cheer them on from the audience.

Before their performance, the school idol club members reflected on their time together. Ruby and Hanamaru were embraced by Yoshiko, while Mari, Kanan and Dia thanked each other for getting this far, and Chika told You and Riko she wanted to enjoy everything the future had in store together. Proclaiming there weren’t just nine of them, Chika opened the door to the stage.

Prior to performing their song, Aqours introduced themselves by telling the audience their story and their goal. When they counted to nine, part of the audience yelled “ten”, pronouncing their being the tenth member of the group.

Halfway through the performance of “MIRAI TICKET”, Chika called out for everyone to shine together with them. The Aqours supporters of the audience ran down to stand next to the stage, creating a circle of blue light sticks around it. Meanwhile, the number of applicants for the school flipped from zero to one.

Trivia

  • She is afraid of dogs regardless of their size, seemingly having been bitten by one before.
  • She seems to have a preference for doujinshi belonging to two niche sub-genres of kabedon and agokui, under the girls' love (少女愛 shoujo ai) genre.
  • In real life, Riko's home is based on an apartment next to Yasudaya Ryokan. There is actually a road between the two buildings which had their distance shortened in the anime.

Gallery

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Dengeki G's Magazine July 2015 issue
  2. Official Introduction from Website
  3. Official Character Introductions
  4. http://gs.dengeki.com/news/39849/
  5. 5.0 5.1 Dengeki G's Magazine November 2015 issue
  6. 6.0 6.1 Dengeki G's Magazine December 2015 issue
  7. Dengeki G's Magazine January 2016 issue
  8. Dengeki G's Magazine April 2016 issue
  9. Dengeki G's Magazine May 2016 issue
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Dengeki G's Magazine June 2016 issue
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 Dengeki G's Magazine September 2016 issue
  12. Dengeki G's Magazine December 2016 issue
  13. Dengeki G's Magazine February 2017 issue
  14. Dengeki G's Magazine March 2017 issue
  15. Dengeki G's Magazine May 2017 issue
  16. Dengeki G's Magazine July 2017 issue
  17. Dengeki G's Magazine July 2016 issue
  18. Dengeki G's Magazine January 2017 issue
  19. Kimi no Kokoro wa Kagayaiteru kai? Single

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