There are a lot of 2-dimensional singing idol girl groups out there, and they all tend to follow a pretty similar trajectory. These projects start out as video games with regular music CD releases and eventually go on to inspire live performances and a variety of multi-media spinoffs like manga and anime. Big-name idol girl series like Love Live! and BanG Dream! have been in the anime space for a good few years now, but Tokyo 7th Sisters isn’t quite there yet. The idol-girl rhythm and adventure game launched in 2014, and while it inspired a short animated music video back in 2017, it isn’t until now that the series is finally getting a proper shot at a fully-fledged anime adaptation thanks to the upcoming film Tokyo 7th Sisters: Bokura wa Aozora ni Naru.
Tokyo 7th Sisters: Bokura wa Aozora ni Naru is the first full-length anime adaptation of the Donuts-produced smartphone game Tokyo 7th Sisters, which launched on iOS and Android back in 2014. The idol-raising rhythm game sees players joining a management studio called “777” to help scout promising new idols for the brand. There’s a big emphasis on story and characters in the game, making this film an exciting new way to experience the journey of these young starlets. The 70-minute long film is planned to have a limited run in theaters this summer, although the official website for the movie warns that this theater run might be postponed.
Shintaro Motegi, who is the chief director of the Tokyo 7th Sisters mobile game, is credited as the creator of the original concept for the film. He’s also responsible for writing the script and producing the music of the movie, which is being animated at LandQ studios and produced by Toei Animation. Takayuki Kitagawa will be directing the film alongside assistant director Masakazu Sunagawa. Project development for the film was handled by Atsushi Suzuki, Yoshihide Moriyama, Kazuo Kato, and Motegi. The producers of the movie, meanwhile, are Hisashi Matsuura, Motohiro Oda, and Koji Suzuki, as well as line producer Takahiko Sakagami.
Character designs for Tokyo 7th Sisters: Bokura wa Aozora ni Naru are being handled by Yosuke Kikuchi, who will be adapting the original game designs by MKS. Kikuchi will also be the chief animation director of the film, working alongside art director Ayumi Sugimoto and art design lead Masayuki Niizuma. Kanna Terawake, meanwhile, is the color key artist. Finally, Yoshiaki Dewa is composing music fro the film alongside Victor Entertainment. The entire voice acting cast from the original game is also set to reprise their roles for the film.
Source: Anime News Network