Star Trek’s William Shatner Has A Favorite Love Live! Girl

William Shatner Star Trek’s William Shatner Has A Favorite Love Live! Girl

The ever-headstrong Captain Kirk will not be swayed by haters who disagree with his choice of school idol.

If there’s anything we’ve learned since creating this blog, it’s that anime fans are passionate. They’re opinionated. They’re willing to fight ’til the death with an intensity that rivals physical combat. So when it comes to  any series with a moderately large cast of characters, you can expect fans to not only have their personal favorite, but be ready and willing to explain to others why their pick is far superior to any other.

Alas, when someone recently asked Star Trek’s Captain Kirk, actor William Shatner, who’s best in idol anime Love Live!, his response stirred up an uproar:

Unlike, say, Samuel L. Jackson, Shatner isn’t widely known to have any preexisting deep interest in anime. Nonetheless, he tweeted his reply just over half an hour after the question was posed, telling the world that Umi Sonoda is his favorite..

Love Live! idol Umi Sonoda

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Of course, no fan debate can be wrapped up so quickly, and several Love Livers (as the series fans are known) leapt into action to inform Shatner that he was wrong, if not in his pick, than at least in his spelling.

But while Shatner’s initial response of “OK it’s Umi”may sound like a non-committal, randomly-plucked-from-Wikipedia response to get an otaku off his back, it turns out that Shatner is well-versed enough in Love Live! to hold his own against such aspersions about his taste in anime idols.

▼ His Love Live! spelling skills continue to be on point, as he even knows that Nico’s name is unorthodoxly Romanized with a C instead of a K.

Shatner’s clear-cut feelings on the Umi vs. Maki debate quickly inspired some fan-made visual mashups.

With his Love Live! stance now known, Twitter users followed up by asking his opinion on best girl in Love Live! Sunshine!! and rival idol franchise The Idolmaster, and even male idol series King of Prism. Shatner hasn’t offered any direct responses, though he did take a moment to talk about his distaste for Idolmaster (or at least it’s Cinderella Girlsincarnation) and express his puzzlement at anime fandom in general.

Of course, some will be quick to point out that “meltdowns with ‘important questions that must be answered’” are neither new nor solely something that happens among anime fans, and have in fact been occurring between Trekkies for decades. But at the very least, the English-speaking otaku community has Shatner’s answer to its Love Live! question.

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