22/7 (TV series)
Anime key visual featuring the main characters.
(Nanabun no Nijūni)
|Original net animation|
|The Girls on That Day|
|Directed by||Shin Wakabayashi|
|Produced by||Tsuji Shunichi|
|Written by||Yukiko Horiguchi|
|Music by||Akiko Fujita|
|Released||March 28, 2018|
|Runtime||1 minute each|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Takao Abo|
|Produced by||Yasushi Akimoto (General producer)|
|Music by||Masato Nakayama|
|Original network||Tokyo MX, GTV, GYT, BS11, ABC, Metele, CS Nippon, AbemaTV|
|Original run||January 11, 2020 – present|
|Written by||Reiji Miyajima|
|Illustrated by||Nao Sakai|
|Original run||January 12, 2020 – April 2020|
22/7 (Japanese: ナナブンノニジュウニ, Hepburn: Nanabun no Nijūni) is a Japanese anime series created as part of the multimedia project between Yasushi Akimoto, Aniplex, and Sony Music Records. The series features the idol girl group of the same name.
A short series on the official YouTube channel of the group, titled The Diary of Our Days, was animated by CloverWorks and aired on March 28, 2018. A TV series is animated by A-1 Pictures and premiered on January 11, 2020. A preview for episodes 1 and 2 was scheduled for a special screening on January 4, 2020, also featuring the cast.
The story focuses on eight girls who are each sent a mysterious invitation from a talent agency called G.I. Productions. Upon assembling together, the girls are immediately told to form an idol group known as 22/7, following orders printed out by a mysterious entity known only as "The Wall".
|Miyako Kōno||Mizuha Kuraoka|
|Nicole Saitō||Uta Kawase|
|Reika Satō||Chiharu Hokaze|
|Miu Takigawa||Nagomi Saijō|
|Ayaka Tachikawa||Reina Miyase|
|Jun Toda||Ruri Umino|
|Sakura Fujima||Sally Amaki|
|Akane Maruyama||Kanae Shirosawa|
|Mikami Kamiki||Moe Suzuhana|
|Yuji Tojo||Urara Takatsuji|
|Tsubomi Hiragi||Aina Takeda|
- Aoi Gōda (合田 蒼, Gōda Aoi)
- Voiced by: Kenta Miyake
- A manager at G.I. Productions.
- The Wall (壁, Kabe)
- Voiced by: Ryūsei Nakao
- A mysterious wall that prints out directives that 22/7 must follow. Since The Wall's identity is unknown, the 22/7 members use a stuffed cat plushie to represent it.
- Sayuki Takigawa (滝川 紗幸, Takigawa Sayuki)
- Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa
- Miu's mother.
- Haru Takigawa (Takigawa Haru)
- Voiced by: Kokoa Amano
- Miu's Little Sister.
An anime television series was announced in 2017. The series is animated by A-1 Pictures and directed by Takao Abo, with Chiaki Nagai and Reiji Miyajima handling series composition, and Majiro designing the characters. The series aired between January 11 and March 28, 2020 on Tokyo MX, GTV, GYT, BS11, ABC, Metele, and CS Nippon. AbemaTV streams the series in Japan, while Aniplex of America streams the series on FunimationNow; it also became available on Crunchyroll on February 10. The opening theme song is "Muzui" (ムズイ, Difficult) by 22/7. The episodes feature unique ending themes, which are included in the Blu-ray Disc releases of the anime. The series ran for 12 episodes, with a 13th "extra episode" to be included with the home video release.
|No.||Title[a]||Ending theme||Original air date|
|1||"Goodbye Small World"|
Transcription: "Sayonara, Watashi no Sasayaka na Sekai" (Japanese: さよなら、私のささやかな世界)
|"Sora no Emerald" (空のエメラルド, Emerald of the Sky) by 22/7||January 11, 2020|
|Miu Takigawa one day receives a letter about something called the GI Project. Brought to the zoo, where she meets seven other girls who had received the same letter, Aoi Goda, a representative of GI Productions, informs them all that they are now all members of an idol group who must take follow orders printed out by a mysterious Wall. Miu initially declines to take part, but after losing her part-time job, she decides to return for the sake of earning money for her family. It is then that the Wall gives the group its name; 22/7.|
|2||"Amid the Dizziness"|
Transcription: "Memai no Mannaka" (Japanese: めまいの真ん中)
|"Sora no Emerald" by 22/7||January 18, 2020|
|As the girls are ordered to take part in judging, Miu receives criticism from fellow member Nicole Saitō, who feels she isn't taking things seriously. Following the judging, the Wall decides that Miu will be the group's centre, angering Nicole more. Miu tries to distance herself from the group but is convinced to return following a talk from Sakura Fujima. Later, Miu's mother receives an invitation from the Wall.|
|3||"Hello New World"|
Transcription: "Konnichiwa, Atarashī Sekai" (Japanese: こんにちは、新しい世界)
|"One of Them" by Miu Takigawa (Nagomi Saijō)||January 25, 2020|
|22/7 are given their first concert in front of 200 fans. As the concert gets underway, Miu's nerves start to get the better of her after seeing her mother in the audience. When an equipment malfunction causes the stereo system to stop working, however, Miu takes it upon herself to play the piano backstage so that the concert can finish.|
|4||"The Promised Flower"|
Transcription: "Yakusoku ni Saku Hana" (Japanese: 約束に咲く花)
|"Ikirukoto ni Raku ni Naritai" (生きることに楽になりたい, I Want Living to be Easy) by Sakura Fujima (Sally Amaki)||February 1, 2020|
|As the girls head to Nara for a photo shoot, Sakura is lost in thought with memories of her late grandmother, who she was named after, and the cherry tree they used to visit together. Although it starts raining shortly after they arrive at the location, Sakura is so awed by the sight of cherry blossoms that she decides to take a photo with everyone in the rain, which proves to be the perfect subject for the shoot.|
|5||"Just Flip It Over!"|
Transcription: "Hikkuri Kaeseba Ee nende!" (Japanese: ひっくり返せばええねんで!)
|"Yume no Fune" (夢の船, Ship of Dreams) by Miyako Kōno (Mizuha Kuraoka)||February 8, 2020|
|The group is ordered to take part in the two-day Idol Tokyo Festival. Noticing the group struggling with emceeing in front of a huge crowd, Miyako Kōno holds an okinomiyaki party to help the group bond. During the party, Miyako recalls how she became an idol in order to search for her father and help her mother and family. Thanks to the party, the group manage to handle themselves much better the next day.|
|6||"Between the Even and Odd Numbers"|
Transcription: "Gūsū to Kisū no Aida" (Japanese: 偶数と奇数のあいだ)
|"Yūtōsei ja Tsumaranai" (優等生じゃつまらない, Being the Honor Student is Boring) by Reika Satō (Chiharu Hokaze)||February 15, 2020|
|The Wall issues out twenty orders at once, giving each of the girls both solo and group jobs while also assigning Reika Satō as the leader. As the group fly to Okinawa for a photo shoot, Reika is reluctant about wearing a skimpy swimsuit, feeling it lacks the nobility she has been striving for since her mother died at birth. After speaking with the other members, including Akane Maruyama, Reika eventually decides to wear the swimsuit to fulfil her role as a leader. Just as 22/7's success starts to take off following the shoot's success, all of the girls save for Jun Toda suddenly collapse.|
Transcription: "Happī Jetto Kōsutā" (Japanese: ハッピー✰ジェット✰コースター)
|"Jinsei wa Waltz" (人生はワルツ, Life is a Waltz) by Jun Toda (Ruri Umino)||February 22, 2020|
|With the other members hospitalized from food poisoning, Jun is left as the only member left to take on 22/7's busy schedule. She recalls five years ago when she was in hospital due to her weak respiratory tract. There, she was befriended by another patient named Yuu, who showed her how to have fun with life even in hospital. Although Jun's condition improved thanks to Yuu's positivity, Yuu ended up passing away from her illness. Upon learning that she had fully recovered from her condition, Jun took it as a sign that she had received Yuu's life and became determined to live it to the fullest. After the end of a hectic work day, Jun is relieved to see the others back to normal, while the Wall prints an order pertaining to a solo concert for 3000 people.|
Transcription: "Yumemiru Robotto" (Japanese: ゆめみるロボット)
|"Kanjō Muyō-ron" (感情無用論, Emotionless) by Akane Maruyama (Kanae Shirozawa)||February 29, 2020|
|As 22/7 prepare for their solo concert, Akane recalls when she was a free-spirited child who didn't like how strict her mother was. Ignoring her mother's instructions not to leave the house during a vacation to the mountains, she fell down a hill and wasn't found until three days later. The fallout of the incident and the pressure of the media put a strain on her parents and led to their divorce, leading Akane to shut off her emotions to avoid hurting anyone else. After the group's performance proves successful enough to warrant an encore, Akane becomes so moved that the emotions she held back for years once again emerge.|
|9||"Lullaby of the Stars"|
Transcription: "Ohoshi-sama no Rarabai" (Japanese: お星さまのララバイ)
|"Moonlight" by Ayaka Tachibana (Reina Miyase)||March 7, 2020|
|With a concert planned to celebrate the group's one-year anniversary, the girls are sent on an overnight trip to a hot spring inn in Hakone to rest up. Ayaka Tachibana recalls her childhood, where she often squabbled with her older sisters Ayane and Ayana. That was until one day when she discovers Ayane being picked on by bullies for defending her and stepped in to protect her, after which they were both rescued by Ayana. Starting from middle school, Ayaka became a manga artist, initially joining 22/7 to aid her in that goal. During the trip, just as Akane and Miyako start to argue with each other, Ayaka sings a song passed onto her by her mother to calm them down, after which she gets a little closer with Miu. Following the trip, however, the girls are shocked when the Wall suddenly issues an order calling for the group to disband.|
|10||"Goodbye to Our World"|
Transcription: "Sayonara, Watashi-tachi no Sekai" (Japanese: さよなら, 私たちの世界)
|"Sora no Emerald" by 22/7||March 14, 2020|
|The girls are left in dismay as the Wall continues to issue orders to disband the group and close down all offices, culminating in a forced conference announcing their disbanding, leading to fan backlash. After the girls are forced to leave their dorm and return to their homes, Nicole, who saves Miu from some hounding reporters, asks her to think about what the most precious thing to her is. As a month passes without any further orders from the Wall, Nicole thinks back to her elementary school days, during which Miu transferred into her class.|
|11||"Chasing Our Dreams"|
Transcription: "Tada Sono Senaka o Oi Tsuzukete" (Japanese: ただその背中を追いつづけて)
|"Kodoku wa Kirai janai" (孤独は嫌いじゃない, I Don't Hate Loneliness) by Nicole Saitō (Uta Kawase)||March 21, 2020|
|During elementary school, Nicole, who was shy and had trouble speaking, was coerced by school bullies into playing the witch for a school play of Snow White. Despite being shy and silent herself, Miu used her piano playing skills to give Nicole the confidence to perform. During the play however, Miu lashed out at one of the bullies after she sabotages Nicole's performence, leading her to transfer schools. Despite never getting to thank Miu, Nicole managed to use the courage she gained from her to aim towards becoming an idol, leading to the reunion as the members of 22/7 were assembled. Back in the present, on the anniversary of when 22/7 first formed, Miu sneaks into the Wall's room, shortly followed by all the other members, where they thank each other for all the things they got to experience. As the girls cry over having to part ways, the Wall begins to speak for the first time.|
Transcription: "Nanabun no Nijūni" (Japanese: ナナブンノニジュウニ)
|"Muzui" (ムズイ, It's Difficult) by 22/7||March 28, 2020|
|The Wall claims that the members were all chosen randomly as part of an experiment called Project 22/7, setting them various tasks to see how they would act as idols before disbanding them to move onto the next phase. As Nicole's requests to let everyone continue as an idol group falls on deaf ear, Miu begins to rebel against the Wall, prompting the others to do the same and smash through it. On the other side, they discover a room full of photos of everyone from their childhood. Venturing further up some stairs, the girls arrive at a stage at the zoo where all of their dedicated fans are waiting, providing the backing music for their true anniversary concert. As the girls reaffirm their love of being idols and perform for their fans, it is revealed that the Wall secretly order the concert to be arranged under the condition that the girls not be forced to come. Meanwhile, the Wall prints orders to have three new members join the group.|
|13 (OVA)||"8 + 3 = ?"||TBA||TBA|
A manga adaptation called 22/7 +α and written by Reiji Miyajima with illustration by Nao Sakai started serialization on Shogakukan's Sunday Webry website and app on January 12, 2020, telling an original story not told in the anime.
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