Working at an agency owned by your father, seven new idols await. They are all part of an idol unit IDOLiSH7, and each of them have unique personalities. It is your task to manage them. In order to achieve the same goals, as manager and idols together, you gather the seven ununified hearts and aim for the top.
When I tell people to watch this show, they tend to brush it off because it's an idol anime. Because they think it's going to be typical reverse harem show. Then I get them to watch just the first two episodes and then they're addicted.
It's not the usual "I have talent, I'm going to be an idol" plotline. Rather, nothing actually goes smoothly for these precious boys. The story likes to throw a lot of stuff at you and then only solve a few of the questions you have. It's kind of frustrating since there are plot lines that you would like to see
discovered but are never explored (until later in the game). But most of the anime is dedicated to the struggles of the group as a whole and builds up harmony and relationships. It's pretty down to earth for an idol anime and although there are cliches, they build off the cliches instead of leaving it unaddressed.
What more can I say? They all look SUPER pretty. It's an idol anime afterall, can't have idols without prettiness. It's not perfect since it's got some spotty CG in there, but most of it's pretty well done. It was just a bit jarring with the switch between animation and CG.
Great soundtrack. If you don't find yourself humming along to the songs, it'll usually end up stuck in your head later. They originally had some great songs, but then added in more anime original songs to keep even the fans of the game happy. The voice acting is also superb. Each voice actor does an amazing job at making the characters sound natural and like their own selves. They really seem alive rather than a character in a show.
There is no way you will not love every single one of these characters. Sure, you'll have favorites, but even characters you start off disliking will worm their way into your heart. Each character is surprisingly profound and is developed throughout the show. Heck, even the manager is given character development. Sure, some more then others (there are a lot of characters. They can't fit it all) but each has their own charms. Each person has their own set of struggles, but watching them influence each other and themselves gives you a strange sense of hope. THEY'RE ALL PURE I TELL YOU. PURE TO THE SOUL.
Each episode seems pretty short even though they're the same length as usual. They like to end each episode with cliffhangers, which sucks, but it'll have you on the edge of your seat at all times. Some of the events are predictable, but each reaction from the cast will have you laughing one moment, crying the next, and some moments of outrage because WHY DO THEY NEED TO GO THROUGH THIS?
I've loved IDOLiSH7 since the game released two years ago. I'm so happy to see it's getting so much love and support. Color me biased, but this franchise has a lot going for it. And it's not just because they're pretty to look at. The amount of love the creators also put into the series is conveyed easily to the amount of character building and world building that is evident in the series. Not the usual reverse harem, but bros and girls alike should be able to find something they enjoy about this series.
I started watching this anime on a tiresome day when I badly needed something to cheer me up. At first I assumed this would be one of those cringy, badly-written idol animes with perfect , bland characters ,created solely for fanservice and I wanted to watch this for the laughs.
But it ended up being something completely different and by the end.. I was in love.
Now I shall tell everyone, what did I like about this anime so much that I ended up rewatching it twice?
*very slight spoilers ahead*
So first of all , the story. (9/10)
It starts by introducing us to the characters and giving
us an idea about their role in the unit , as well as giving a peek about their future struggles (for example Mitsuki and his numerous failures).And keep those struggles in mind because boy, will things be rough.
I think the equilibrum between tragedy and happiness was well done - enough bad things to keep you on the edge of your seat , but not too much to become too depressing.Also none of the tragedy is there for the sake of tasteless drama , it all leads to character development or moves the plot forward.
I think the build-up from the beginning to the end was very satisfying , and by this I mean it had me crying. It felt very well-deserved after such a long journey, and it wasn't necessarily predictable.
I also like that it is indeed pretty realistic - not all the boys get along , success doesn't come easy.
Art ( 8/10)
The art was pretty good , nothing extraordinary , but i can't recall a second where it felt off or sloppy. The CG was..alright for CG standards , not too good but not so bad it was distracting either.
I admit sometimes the boys were drawn so pretty it had me fangirling , but maybe that is a bit too subjective.
I love the soundtrack , and the songs are BOMB. Monster Generation was stuck in my mind for WEEKS and I was astonished by how elegant Trigger's music was.You'll definitely look up on youtube others songs by them , they are definitely worth listening to even outside the anime.
The voice acting is outstanding as well, I have no complaints about it.The voices suit the characters perfectly and they deliver the lines flawlessly.
At first there were some boys I disliked , but the anime does such a great job developing all of them (every single characters gets at least a bit of backstory) , I couldn't help but fall in love with them all. Unlike in other idol anime , where they all start talented and handsome , some of these boys have difficulties either singing or dancing, or have some terrible backstory that gets in the way of them giving their best performances. Everyone is unique and couldn't be replaced. If you took out a single member from the unit everything would fall apart. For me the characters felt very human and likeable as well as relatable , despite being "idols".
I come up every so often to rewatch I just love it so much. I want to see the boys again , I want to hear them , I want to be part of their world again and again.
Definitely outstanding for a male idol anime , and arguably the best in its genre as of now.If you are into pretty boys which aren't just eye-candy but flawed and human , great music and being drowned in feelings , I suggest you give this anime a try.
IDOLiSH7 on the surface seems like your run of the mill idol anime, and it opens in that way in the first episode for sure. But one of the reasons why I rate this so highly, is due to the fact that this show is actually both unique and enjoyable within it's genre.
(Note: At the writing of this review, I have seen 10 episodes - hopefully will get a chance to update this once the series finish airing).
Having played the mobile game for over a year and have dabbled into English translations of the game - this story is incredibly faithful to
One of the things that I especially enjoyed about the story is in it's realistic plot line - we see a group of guys who are looking to succeed in the idol industry and are failing along the way, but are doing their best to achieve their goals.
However, I criticise on the pacing - there are some bits that were too slow for my liking, and other bits that were too fast. I feel that the pacing might be a budget issue due to the fact that these parts usually have a narrator voicing what is happening/has happened, the lack of scenes and major use of stills.
Overall, as an idol series - the story is incredibly unique as rather than just seeing them succeed from the get-go, we are following them throughout their struggles and wins in their journey.
Absolutely love love love the art! Animation is pretty top quality - really impressed with the quality. Some video game to anime adaptions lack the quality transition within the animation, but this show definitely does not. In fact, I would even say that the animation has exceeded my expectations.
One of the things I really enjoy about this is in it's use of normal animation style - transitioning to CG (for the dance numbers) and the use of chibi style. At times, this sort of style can be done incredibly poorly. But in the case of IDOLiSH7, I think it's used to it's maximum potential as it brings out the quality in storyline and characterisation.
Not going to lie, I got into the IDOLiSH7 fandom because of the top tier voice actors. I'm very biased in this sense because these voice actors are veterans, they portray their characters brilliantly in this series and the songs are awesome.
One of the things that particularly surprised me was the BGM that is not used in the game - there's one of them that when I heard it was like "no way, this is awesome!" because the new background tracks that they've made for the anime separate from the game is heaps cool and really adds to the whole enjoyability of this show.
Once again, great characterisation that is faithful to the game. As the game lacks the animation, it would have been tricky to portray these complex characters in the animation.
However, all the characters shine out and are awesome to watch. Loving the way they're going into everyone's backgrounds and problems. It's very true to the game and realistic to the overall plot.
Another thing I'm loving is the side characters. A lot of mob characters are unmemorable and utterly useless in the development of a show. In this case, they've used the same "fan" characters throughout the series in accordance with how the group is performing and changing. This factor really adds to the impact that the show has with us viewers because we can see ourselves as these fans who are portraying our feelings onscreen.
The only thing that irks me is Tamaki - he is probably a character that has decreased in my ranks going from the game to this anime. I don't believe it's a characterisation issue, but I am docking my points based on him and my biased annoyance towards how his portrayal.
Love it - I don't count many idol animes that have made me get teary, but this one has. No spoilers but one of the episodes was absolutely heartbreaking and awesome to watch.
If you're into other idol animes and keen for an easy watch with good songs/dance numbers, please watch this.
I honestly thought that IDOLiSH7 was very good for a idol anime as someone who has watched many of them. Instead of your typical idol anime where the main characters have overwhelming talent right off the bat, IDOLiSH7 tends to focus more on the growth and development on the characters which makes the hard-work of the main characters stand out. Just seeing everyone working so hard makes me want to support them (cheesy I know). Going towards the music aspect of the show, there is a wide variety of different themes such as fun and energetic to cool and sexy which makes the songs appealing
to a wider audience. In terms of how good the songs actually are, they are just alright. There are a few songs that I think are really appealing and I would listen to often, but there are also equally as many that I wouldn't listen to unless they came up on a playlist or something as a recommendation. Overall, I would say that the main highlight of the series is the development of each character rather than just the main ones.