My favorite anime of the season continues with a camping trip into the mountains!

Plus we get a good dose of Maki-chan in this ep too!

Here’s my review!

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Now that they’ve all agreed to enter Love Live, they find out there is one catch: they have to use new songs when they compete in the preliminary rounds, meaning it’s time for them to write new songs. Easier said than done though, but maybe having another training camp will help them out. With the help of Maki they take a trip up to her families mountain villa with the sole purpose of making a new song. However it’s not going to just happen the moment they get there; oh and they’ll need to make sure they don’t forget a sleeping Honoka on the train as well. Haha seriously Honoka spent most of this ep just sleeping while everyone else was doing stuff. Where she slept kept getting crazier and crazier too, as she even ended up sleeping on the edge of a cliff! After they all go through their own challenges, Maki, Umi and Kotori finally gain the motivation to create a new song, lyrics and costume for the upcoming performance.

Some points I noticed about this ep: first up Maki-chan!! Ah she’s too cute! That part with her talking about how they keep the chimney clean for Santa, aw that was too cute! Nico was horrified that Maki still actually believed in Santa, but good job on everyone’s part to make sure she didn’t ruin Maki’s childhood  by telling her Santa isn’t actually real. (spoiler alert, Santa isn’t real) Besides the Santa bit, I was really happy to see more Maki in this ep, as she didn’t really get much screen time in the season opener last week. That part near the end where she’s sitting by the campfire with Nico, that was pretty nice to watch, those two finally getting along for once. I wonder if there is going to be more Maki x Nico this season…

Next like I mentioned, Honoka sleeping all over the place. Haha that’s so typical of her, just being to lax about the situation and getting Umi all frustrated in the process. Although it’s not like Honoka’s doing that on purpose just to mess with them, it’s in her nature, but it’s hard to really get angry with her easy going and loveable personality. It was also pretty cute seeing how Ericchi is actually scared of the dark, I was expecting someone to be scared of the dark but not her. The whole Nico vs. the squirrel on-going battle was funny too, the squirrel winning in the end there. Another point is Nozomi, seriously what’s up with her? She’s hiding her power level too, and even Umi and Rin are starting to realize how it’s strange Nozomi seems to know everything. I’m sure we’ll get more insight about this later, but she’s someone to keep an eye on. Lastly I’m not sure if you noticed this, but after looking around on the Love Live wiki for a long while, I realize that in this ep when they all split into groups, those groups are actually the mini idol unit groups. Maki, Nico and Ericchi are the group BiBi; Honoka, Kotori and Hanayo are the group Printemps; Umi, Nozomi and Rin are the group Lily White. I found this pretty neat as maybe it wasn’t noticed by everyone, but I actually caught that reference they made there.

Let’s take a look at some screens from the ep and I’ll talk a bit more at the end.


 

Yes, Maki is the best.
Yes, Maki is the best.
Haha!
Haha!
Umi is always going so hardcore with the training camps
Umi is always going so hardcore with the training camps
I love the energy in her voice here.
I love the energy in her voice here.
Rin realizing they're missing someone.
Rin realizing they’re missing someone.
Man that'd suck, waking up and you realize you've missed your stop.
Man that’d suck, waking up and you realize you’ve missed your stop.
Umi giving her hell for it.
Umi giving her hell for it.
Maki playing the piano like a boss
Maki playing the piano like a boss

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Nico looking sexy.
Nico looking sexy.
More Honoka sleeping.
More Honoka sleeping.
Fireplaces must be a big deal because Honoka is really excited about it.
Fireplaces must be a big deal because Honoka is really excited about it.

 

 


 

This part here with Maki and Nico was among my favorite parts of the ep.


So continuing from the season opener, Love Live never missed a beat. It’s probably my favorite anime this season (Mahouka taking second) and it gets better and better each ep. Date A Live II has so far failed to live up to my high expectations making Love Live step up and be that anime I love the most. This bring to a close the episode 2 review, I’ve got a few more pics before we go though.


Maki being the best.
Maki being the best.
Extreme Sleeping with Honoka
Extreme Sleeping with Honoka
Nice shot from the ED featuring Honoka looking so pretty.
Nice shot from the ED featuring Honoka looking so pretty.

 

Alright guys, I’ll cya next week for ep 3! Up next I’ll have my review for ep 2 of Black Bullet! Look forward to it!

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Bonus pics!

Click for the full size!
Click for the full size!

Picture courtesy of Pixiv (you’ll need an account to view this link)

A stunning pic of the lovely Honoka. Glorious HD and a PNG file too. Click for full size!
A stunning pic of the lovely Honoka. Glorious HD and a PNG file too. Click for full size!

Picture courtesy of Pixiv (you’ll need an account to view this link)

 

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