Last year about this time I wrote a post for 12 Days of Anime about how my opinions on Idol shows changed in 2017. Which you can check out here, but I can sum it up for you by saying that I started to hate trying a lot of idol shows because several I had chosen to watch in the past had let me down. Now in 2018, I thought it would be a good idea too, in a way, revisit that post and give you a follow up about one of my favorite shows from 2018, Idolish 7. So, for Day 1 of 12 Days of Anime, I am going to be talking about what I loved about this show and hopefully get those of you who have not to see in it to give it a try.
Idolish 7 has aspects that are similar to the other idol shows out there. The boys are color coded so even if you cannot remember their names you can always remember them by their colors. The groups of boys it centers on are from a small agency working to make a name for themselves, and they end up having to go up against a more popular group as their “final boss”. The show also features their poor new manager, Tsumugi, whose father owns the agency the boys are with.
Something this show does differently is that it does not use Tsumugi as a love interest or as a plain “player insert character”. They may joke about it a couple of times, but the show does not force a ship on us. They do hint a little bit at something between Tsumugi and TRIGGER’s Gaku Yaotome but in all honesty, I was a fan of that. I love Gaku. I really enjoyed the fact that romance was not a part of this show because we got to focus more on the music side of things and the drama surrounding the boys attempting to become famous and the struggles they had doing so. And boy did they.
I do not think I have seen an idol show like Idolish 7 where the group struggles so much before they actually make their debut. It was not just one or two things either. There was the typical drama that occurs when you have a large group of people together who are getting stressed out, as well as some very intense moments where their debut song ended up getting stolen by a rival agency. We also saw that after one setback two members debut as a duo which put a lot of strain on them since they were doing twice the work. There were a lot of different things going on week to week which made it interesting. All of these setbacks gave the show a lot of realism because many groups do not debut right away or on there first try. The group did not start out as an amazing group who worked well together automatically, they had to work for it. Another interesting this is that the show often worked hard to show some of Idolish7’s fans. It would often show them during a concert or while the group was on TV and have them react to what was going on. We mainly stuck with the main few fans that were at their first show, which was interesting because sometimes they were brutally honest about how they felt. Sometimes they were not happy with what the group was doing, or one of their family members was judging them for liking Idolish7. It was a fresh idea that I had not seen a show do before and was really interesting to see.
It also does not hurt that the show works to set up every character so that they seem like actual people. Each boy has a reason for getting into the business and must overcome personal and professional struggles before they feel comfortable with who they are as idols. Whether it is a family issue they have been trying to overcome or a health problem that they have been struggling with. The boys are all loveable and even if I fought liking Nagi since he can get super annoying, but his love for his anime and his groupmates made me come around to him in the end. They all have redeeming qualities that set them apart from one another, but they all form a cohesive group that allows them to build off of one another. They were also all adorable so like…how can you say no to all of them. You would have to be able to find at least one boy that you like. At LEAST one!
Aside from all the drama and personal issues, the show is genuinely funny and uplifting to watch. The show had some of the funniest moments for me this past year, and with it being a tough year for me it was good to have so many good laughs coming our way. It was so random and goofy that I could not help but smile while watching an episode. Whether it be the boys randomly finding a giant poster of Nagi on a building which he just “casually” took one day, or So-chan threatening Tamaki to cut a potato. It sounds random but that is just what makes the show what it is. Not to say the dramatical parts are not good either. Each of the struggles the boys had was a genuine issue they had to work through and sometimes it was not easy. Sometimes the entire group was affected, and it was not always immediately resolved by the end of the episode. In fact, this show had a thing for having it happen over the course of several episodes, so we had to wait for weeks to see how it was finally solved. It was so aggravating but so good too.
The soundtrack, while expected to be, was so good too. I have so many songs from this show on my iPod and I have a version of Natsu Shiyouze sung by Idolish7 and Trigger together that I blared on my way home from my last day of college. If this show had one downside it would be the CGI the show had, but it usually happened during performances so if you just closed your eyes you did not have to deal with it. The other downside would have been that it ended, but while refreshing myself on the show I found out that in July it was announced to be getting a second season, so there are more of our boys to come! Thank god!
I guess, in the end, I just love everything about Idolish7. The characters, the story, the soundtrack…pretty much everything but the CGI. It was such a heartwarming and entertaining show that I recommend it to everyone willing to try out an idol show. I realize it is not for everyone, but maybe go watch a few episodes and then let me know how you feel about it.
Well, that was my post for Day 1 of 12 Days of Anime. Let me know if you watched Idolish7 and what you thought of it. Who was your best boy? Mine is a tie between Riku and Sogo. Which song is your favorite? Let me know down below! I will say I know there is a game this is based on, but I have not played it so if that has any additional information I am unaware of it. Now that I think about it, I may have to go do that.
See you tomorrow!
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