Studio BONES' Full Idolish 7 Animated Music Video Streamed
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Takahiro Ikezoe (Show By Rock!!, Ozma) directed the video at BONES, and Daigo Yamagishi served as storyboarder and technical director. Tomohiro Nagasaku served as animation director, and Yumiko Totsu edited. Yukari Goto was the color key artist at Wish. Masaru Satō directed the art at Ishigaki Pro, and Kota Sasaki was the director of photography with Bones.
The multimedia project features a smartphone game, music releases, manga, and a serialized novel. Manga creator Arina Tanemura (Full Moon O Sagashite, The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura) drafted the original character designs for the project.
The members of Idolish 7 are: Toshiki Masuda as Iori Izumi, Yusuke Shirai as Yamato Nikaidou, Tsubasa Yonaga as Mitsuki Izumi, Kenn as Tamaki Yotsuba, Atsushi Abe as Sogo Ohsaka, Takuya Eguchi as Nagi Rokuya, and Kensho Ono as Riku Nanase. The members of Trigger are Wataru Hatano as Gaku Yaotome (left in image below), Sōma Saitō as Ten Kujō (center), and Takuya Satou as Ryūnosuke Tsunashi (right).
Vocaloid producer kz (Livetune, songs on Oreimo, Re:␣Hamatora, Digimon Xros Wars: Toki o Kakeru Shōnen Hunter-tachi) composed Idolish 7's first song "Monster Generation," NAZ created the animation sequence for the music video (below), and Kasumi Fukagawa (Persona 3 the Movie #1 Spring of Birth assistant animation director) adapted Tanemura's designs for animation.
Bandai Namco Online made the Idolish 7 "dramatic rhythm action" iOS and Android game with music in collaboration with Lantis. The player assumes the role of Tsumugi Takanashi, a manager for a new idol group. She must train seven male singers — each with their own individual personalities — to turn them into the No. 1 idols. The game features full voicing of the dialogue by the cast.
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