22/7... that's the title of the anime...sounds like a mathematical thing. But what is behind this mysterious number? This numerical value certainly seems familiar to one or the other in relation to π (Pi), but mathematics does not play a major role here.
22/7 or "Nanabun no Nijūni" is an idol group that was formed in late 2016. The group itself consists of eleven members (2 + 2 + 7 = 11), eight of them appear here in the anime (the other three will appear in the OVA, 13th episode)
Our eight girls receive a mysterious letter which doesn't tell anything beside to meet in a zoo.
From that point on, it makes clear that they are the chosen ones to start a new idol group. Despite the different starting skills in singing and dancing, which is the most important thing for idols, they work together to improve their skills and knowledge. Together they manage to overcome hurdles and support each other.
Is there an AI (Artificial intelligence) that analyzes everything and calculates the perfect idol flow? Since all important information (center position, performance times, etc.) comes out of a "wall" in the headquarters and must be followed absolutely, this could be an indication of such an AI. What exactly is hidden there is not known so far.
The first three episodes are focusing on the center member Miu. She is a very shy girl and had little confidence in the whole idol thing at the beginning. We get to know her situation in detail. Nevertheless, all eight members will already be seen in the first episode. Through their actions and sometimes small flashbacks of the members, we also get to know more and more about the other seven members. We will learn more about their background history too. But it can already be said that together they can solve all problems! The harmony between them is definitely there.
The animations are a little different from their music videos which were produced before the anime. It is definitely smoother and better now. The girls are portrayed sweetly, as it is often the case in idol anime.
It reminds me a little bit to the artstyle of "Tamako Market" although they are from different producers.
The most important thing for idolanimes in my opinion. Although the group has released only four singles yet, it is fun to hear their songs. It's the classic idol music to brighten up your day. OP and ED are also sung by the entire 22/7 group. Each character will have their own unique ending song during the anime also. Idol music should spread a good mood and joy among it's fans and listeners, their songs certainly succeeded in that way.
Although only four episodes have been broadcast so far, I'm looking forward to every Saturday when a new episode of 22/7 will be released. The basic idea behind 22/7 differs from e.g. Love Live! or Re: Stage Dream Days. The "AI wall" is certainly an interesting thing that is not known from other idol anime. It reflects the power of AI nowadays.
For idol fans (like myself), 22/7 is definitely a recommendation. It will be interesting to see how the things will go on!
(I will definitely update and complement my review after the whole twelve episodes.)
Oh hey, another idol anime! How does this one match up to the rest?
While 22/7 won't blow anyone out the water, it certainly is a good watch as far as I'm concerned. I find it quite unique that the idols themselves are voicing the characters, it's a really nice touch. I really like Miu's voice overall, while it was strange at first, it felt different than normal anime voices you here. So a plus there.
Speaking of Miu, she's quite the character. She reminds me a lot of Megumi from Food Wars. Got talent, just needs confidence brought into her. Which will drive the show forward,
as with her personality, you'll only hope for the best for her, and the rest! As for other cast members? While they might have usual anime personalities, I feel like they mesh well enough to make an enjoyable and heartwarming cast. I'm sure we'll know even more about them as the show goes on to like them even more, and to make them stand out!
For the story itself? It's strange, and has a little sense of mystery with this 'wall' thing. Though wouldn't be surprised if many girls chosen to form an idol group wouldn't be a common thing. I could be wrong, but the wall might know something if this turns out well, so I'm curious to find out.
The art is what you would expect from an idol anime. Rather pretty, bright and colourful. Which is great to see. I really like how when they're performing, they have a certain style, and when close up, it's normal anime style. Which I also find neat. The music and sound in general is really smashing too.
22/7 won't be the best anime, but it's certainly a good watch. So give it a chance!