22/7 (nanabun no nijyuuni), a unique story about a real girl group, is coming to Funimation on January 11th, 2020 and Crunchyroll on February 10th, 2020. With the current K-pop music trend of BTS, this anime may catch people’s attention, as it relates to J-pop. Here’s what Aniplex had to say in a recent press release:
Aniplex Announces 22/7 (nanabun no nijyuuni)
Aniplex of America is thrilled to announce that the long-awaited anime series 22/7 (nanabun no nijyuuni) is headed to FunimationNow on January 11th and Crunchyroll starting February 10th. This ambitious project produced by famed producer Yasushi Akimoto, creator of Japan’s top idol groups such as AKB48 and Nogizaka46, features original character designs from some of the industry’s most notable creators including anohana – The Flower We Saw That Day – and DARLING in the FRANXX‘s Masayoshi Tanaka, Monogatari Series’ Akio Watanabe, and Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend’s Kurehito Misaki, and K-ON!’s Yukiko Horiguchi, who also serves as the character designer for the series. The series has signed on Takao Abo, who wowed viewers with his work on The Rising of The Shield Hero, to direct the series, while Satomi Tamura (Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai) and Akira Takada (IDOLM@STER) serve as chief animation directors. Acclaimed studio A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online, Kaguya-sama: Love is War) will be handling the animation production with music by Masato Nakayama of We Never Learn: BOKUBEN.
The series stars members from the idol group 22/7 (nanabun no nijyuuni), who were chosen to be a part of the group out of a pool of 10,325 applicants auditioning for their shot in this special project. Since the group’s creation, 22/7 (nanabun no nijyuuni) has pursued various fields of entertainment including singing, live performances, YouTube projects as well as appearances on variety shows as TV personalities. Viewers can look forward to getting a glimpse into the secrets behind the group’s debut and the story leading up to their creation from the different viewpoints of each member.
Both the opening and ending theme songs will be performed by the group, with the opening theme song titled “Muzui,” a slang term for the word “difficult” in Japanese, and the ending theme song titled “Sora no Emerarudo,” which translates to “emerald of the sky.”
Any fans of the Japanese idol girl group 22/7 will be thrilled to see their animated characters onscreen, but it’s also a perfect opportunity for new viewers to get to know the girls specifically as well as the world of J-pop at large. Unfortunately, member Mei Hanakawa announced that she was leaving the group after this year due to health issues, and she will be replaced by Uta Kawase in both the group and the anime.
For more information on 22/7 (nanabun no nijyuuni), please visit the official website.