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Episode 1&2 Review
Japanese Title: アイドリッシュセブン
This anime is based on a smartphone rhythm game by Geechs and distributed by Bandai Namco Online.
Idolish7 is probably one of, if not THE most highly-anticipated anime of the season for otaku girls here in Japan. This show is based on an extremely popular rhythm game that has been downloaded over 2 million times! Therefore, it has a LOT to live up to. The story doesn’t start to get really juicy until the later chapters, and unfortunately, the anime adaptation will likely only cover the first part of the story, which is about the formation and rise to fame of titular group IDOLiSH7.
One of the first things we notice with this series is that it is actually unique for a male idol anime. It is neither a plotless slice-of-life meant to activate your moe senses like Tsukiuta or BPro, and it is not a romance game turned what-the-hell-is-going-on-this-is-so-bad-it’s-good anime like UtaPri. Idolish7 has a much clearer focus on character development and story progress. The double-episode special introduced us to the members of Takanashi Productions (read more about each character here) and only touched upon their rival group TRIGGER. It’s a little difficult for me to judge this anime as a newbie, as I have been so familiar with the characters for so long, but please don’t expect a bunch of beautiful boys to be fawning over a meek little girl. i7 is not a romance game, and Tsumugi is a wonderful role model. In fact, this is where I can really say ‘first impressions’ as I was so worried as to how she would be portrayed. I was pleasantly surprised at how adorkable yet down-to-earth the IDOLiSH7 manager is, and I’m actually looking forward to more scenes with her (I really never thought I would end up saying that). The animation may not be perfect in places, but I’m digging the bright use of color that is expected of this kind of anime. The double special didn’t have a lot of comedy, but trust me when I say there are plenty of silly scenes on their way.
I would recommend this anime for people who are very new to the 2D male idol genre, and I would even push guys to try it out if they can accept cute moe guys.