Love Live! Sunshine!! ended its run last year, and fans were definitely sad to see the series go. Feeling that the series could continue, fans were elated to find out that a film version of the series would release sometime in the near future.
But what exactly would the film project be? Luckily for fans, it has been confirmed that the Love Live! Sunshine!! film will cover an original story.
Kadokawa has recently announced that the Love Live! Sunshine!! film will feature a completely new story, complete with new animation. This is great for fans who were worried that the series was going to be a recap film much like most of the anime films that hit theaters.
Since the film has an original story, this also opens up the possibilities of other new productions as well such as new songs, new performances, new dancing animations, and most importantly, new outfits for all of the idols involved.
Fans were broken up over the end of the series as it didn't leave much room for a possible continuation after the final episode aired. The series had won over fans since it was a distinctly different series from its predecessor with a new cast. Fans of Love Live! come from many demographics, and the fandom even includes some more surprising names like William Shatner, who confessed about his love of the show on Twitter.
For those unfamiliar with Love Live! School Idol Project, the series is a joint project between ASCII Media Works' Dengeki G's magazine, music label Lantis, and animation Studio Sunrise. The story follows Honoka Kosaka, a girl who is attending a school that is about to be closed down due to a lack of new applicants. Discovering that school idol groups are very popular, Honoka decides to start a group with friends from school. Soon they enter in the cross-country idol competition, Love Live.
The series first launched in Dengeki G in 2010, and has subsequently released many music CDs, animated music videos, manga, video games, and two seasons of an anime series. The first season ran for 13 episodes in 2013, and the second season aired in 2014 for the same episode count. The series has been licensed for an English language release by NIS America, with a sequel series following a new set of school idols, Love Live! Sunshine!! launching in 2015.