Yasushi Akimoto's 'Dimension-Crossing' Idol Group's Name, Visual Revealed
posted on by Kevin Yuan
Sony Music Records and Aniplex announced the group name for the new idol group that AKB48 founder and producer Yasushi Akimoto will produce. The group is named 22/7 (Nanabun no Nijūni), which is a fraction approximating the number pi. Akimoto explained that the group's name is a symbol of imagination with a meaning that lies in the future.
The website also revealed a new key visual drawn by Yukiko Horiguchi, who handles the design for the project's character Miu Takigawa.
The group based on the concept of "idols that cross dimensions" has eight anime idol characters, with their respective voice actresses performing as idols in the real world. A different character designer is handling each member's anime design. The following characters have been announced for the project:
Reika Satō, 17 years old. She is the student council president and an honor student.
Character design by Hirokazu Koyama of Type-Moon (Fate/Grand Order, Mahōtsukai no Yoru)
Jun Toda, 16 years old. She acts high class and is a tsundere.
Character design by Masayoshi Tanaka (your name., Toradora, anohana)
Sakura Fujima, 17 years old. She is the daughter of a good family.
Character design by Kantoku (The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat, Garakowa -Restore the World-)
Akane Maruyama, 17 years old and cool.
Character design by Tometa Ohara of QP:flapper (Girl Friend BETA, Girlish Number)
Miyako Kōno, 15 years old. She is egotistical and speaks in a Kansai dialect.
Character design by Mieko Hosoi (Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash, Aiura)
Nicole Saitō, 17 years old and an idol.
Character design by Kurehito Misaki (Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend)
Miu Takigawa, 16 years old. She is an otaku and is a bit ignorant.
Character design by Yukiko Horiguchi (K-ON!, Tamako Market, Kokoro Connect)
Ayaka Tachikawa, 16 years old. She is aggressive and militant.
Character design by Koharu Sakura of QP:flapper (Girl Friend BETA, Girlish Number)
Sony Music Records and Aniplex received 10,325 applications for the group and held five rounds of auditions. The website announced 12 successful applicant ID numbers in December, but the names of the final members have yet to be announced.
Akimoto founded the AKB48 idol group in 2005, with its sixth and latest domestic sister group, STU48, launching this summer. Akimoto also founded AKB48's "official rival group" Nogizaka46.