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    Aniplex of America Brings 22/7 (nanabun no nijyuuni) Anime Series to Funimation and Crunchyroll

    Yasushi Akimoto produced digital idol and voice actor project celebrates third year anniversary with TV anime series
    Source: Aniplex of America press release
    Official Site: (Japan), (US)
    Special Thanks to Aiko Makino

    Image courtesy of Aniplex of America. ©ANIME 22/7

    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 (ナナブンノニジュウニ, 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.”

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    About the anime 22/7 (nanabun no nijyuuni)

    One day, Miu Takigawa suddenly receives a letter notifying her that she has been chosen as a member of a brand-new project.

    Half in disbelief, she heads over to the location stated on the letter. There, she finds seven other girls summoned there in the same fashion. The girls behold a giant, top-secret facility. They stand in bewilderment as they are told:

    “You are going to debut for a major record label as an idol group.”

    A new kind of idol, never-before-seen, is about to be born here…

    Image courtesy of Aniplex of America. ©ANIME 22/7


    Chief Producer: Yasushi Akimoto
    Original Character Design: Kantoku, Mel Kishida, QP:flapper (Tometa Ohara, Koharu Sakura), Kouhaku Kuroboshi, Hirokazu Koyama (TYPE-MOON), Masayoshi Tanaka, Mieko Hosoi, Yukiko Horiguchi, Kurehito Misaki, Akio Watanabe
    Comic Storyboard: Reiji Miyajima
    Character Design: Yukiko Horiguchi
    Director: Takao Abo
    Series Composition: Reiji Miyajima, Chiaki Nagai
    Animation Character Design/Chief Animation Director: Majiro
    Chief Animation Directors: Satomi Tamura, Akira Takada
    Prop Design: Mayuko Yamamoto
    Assistant Director: Satsuki Takahashi
    Art Director: Hotaka Okamoto (KUSANAGI)
    Art Setting: Eiko Tsunado (KUSANAGI)
    Color Setting: Naomi Nakano
    Director of Photography: Yusaku Murakami
    CG Director: Hiroyuki Yoshida (SHIROGUMI), Nao Kudo
    Editing: Hitomi Sudo
    Sound Director: Akiko Fujita
    Music: Masato Nakayama
    Animation Production: A-1 Pictures
    Produced by: ANIME 22/7

    Miu Takigawa: Nagomi Saijo
    Sakura Fujima: Sally Amaki
    Miyako Kono: Mizuha Kuraoka
    Reika Sato: Chiharu Hokaze
    Jun Toda: Ruri Umino
    Akane Maruyama: Kanae Shirosawa
    Ayaka Tachikawa: Reina Miyase

    Image courtesy of Aniplex of America. ©ANIME 22/7

    About Aniplex of America Inc.

    Aniplex of America, Inc. (Santa Monica, California) is a subsidiary of Aniplex, Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan), a division of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), Inc., and a leading provider of anime content and music production and distribution in Japan. The company’s ever-growing lineup of shows includes SWORD ART ONLINE, FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD, FATE/STAY NIGHT [UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS], FATE/ZERO, PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA, March comes in like a lion, BLUE EXORCIST, KILL la KILL, Gurren Lagann, MONOGATARI series, anohana -The Flower We Saw That Day-, CELLS AT WORK!, THE PROMISED NEVERLAND, and DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA. In 2017, the company released the English version of the popular mobile game, FATE/GRAND ORDER, followed by the release of mobile game, MAGIA RECORD: PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA SIDE STORY’s English version in the U.S. and Canada in June of 2019.

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