22/7 was a straightforward concept to a seemingly “okay” idol show with an “okay” introductory to our characters, an “okay” plot and a surprsingly “okay” artstyle contrary to the promising cover art. The underwhelming art was the main surprise but everything else was just…okay.
A cynical Miu doesn’t like people, adults, the world and especially idols. But wait! She’s not just a cynical edgelord! She’s also overly cute. Got you there now didn’t I? Because of her blinding cuteness, she’s noticed by an idol foundation that collects cute people and forces them to group up for some…reason. Who are these people? Why are they doing this? What’s the point? This anime has made the impression that those questions don’t matter. Yep! Not at all. Obviously, we just have to throw all logic aside and just accept these illogical outcomes and foundation that led to this grouping. Cool.
Miu is paired up with seven other girls of colorful personalities. By colorful, I mean everyone is drastically different from the other because diversity equals beauty. Even though Miu was forced to come out of her pessimisstic, isolated shell, she doesn’t stray from her ideals and even goes to the lengths of mental breakdown as she tries to run from the group, only to be dragged right back. First of all, Is that even legal my good sir? What gives this nobody production the right to hold the authority to force these randos to dance? I hope this anime gives out details soon because I’m seriously doubting the writing here.
Now, now, Miu isn’t all doom and gloom. She loves exactly two people. Her mother and sister. Sadly, her family is cash-strapped so Miu works a part-time job to support them. Bing, bam boom, Miu gets fired from her job the next day because she’s too scary (thats a running theme with this girl, huh?). Therefore, the only “job” she can turn to is the suspicious idol job. She walks in, she screams about her ideals and how she wants money and ding, ding, ding! They all earn a letter addressing their mandatory registration in their new idol pop group: 22/7.
Like I said, this episode is just alright. Its nothing special but for a first episode, it does its job. It introduces our cynical main character, it sets up that simple idol plot – What can I say? It reaches the bare minimum of what an “okay” first episode should be. While other first episodes surpass that minimum and thus, earn praise and recognition from me like ID: Invaded and Toilet-Bound Hanako-San, this will earn neither because it’s just not worth talking about and lets be honest, no one is going to talk about this anime. It’ll just be that average anime we all scrolled by or watched and said “okay” and went on with our day. Nothing is intially hooking nor is nothing intially bad. Then again, I suppose its lack of either makes it a poor first since firsts have the job of hooking in a viewer. With that aside, 22/7’s first episode made me feel empty. I didn’t care for it because it didn’t offer anything to care about be it negative or positive.
This first episode was okay. It reaches my bare minimum standard for anime and doesn’t surmount it. Ultimately, is it worth watching? No. You could find many anime with a starting episode as middling as this so why choose this one if there’s actually nothing to talk about? I can’t bash it, I can’t douse it in flattery, I can’t make fun of it, wha- what am I supposed to do?
I’ll give this anime one or two more episodes to prove itself that its not as “okay” as it made itself out to be. Hopefully I can find something about this series. Just anything! Give me something! Become a drag show, just do anythinnggg!
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