First off, this is a spin-off series, so it’s recommended to watch the original series first, starting with Wake Up, Girls! Shichinin no Idol. The story is basically about a group of seven idols with a manager and co-manager whose aim is to make it to the top. In this spin-off, however, they are more like animals than idols, and their idol group has become a zoo.
First, a brief mention about the characters (from left to right in the above image):
- Okamoto, Miyu: hawk
- Hisami, Nanami: wolf
- Katayama, Minami: tiger
- Shimada, Mayu (“Mayushi”): lion
- Hayashida, Airi: shark
- Kikuma, Kaya: crocodile
- Nanase, Yoshino (“Yoppi”): bear
Now, some brief synopses of episodes 1-8 (the only ones I have watched at the time of writing):
- Based on the events of Shichinin no Idol, this shows how the idols…er, zoo animals got together.
- The animals are at an aquarium, hoping to raise funds, with Airi and Kaya on display in an aquatic tank.
- One night during a sleepover, Minami mysteriously goes missing, and the others go searching for her.
- Miyu shows off a dating simulator centered around herself.
- Mayushi, Yoppi, and Airi talk about using figurines to raise money.
- Miyu, Nanami, and Minami hand out fliers.
- Nanami suggests several ideas of animation improvement with the intent of bringing in more guests, and Yoppi evaluates those ideas.
- A so-called “wrestling match” goes on, which is more of a debate between Mayushi and Yoppi featuring Airi. Matsuda (the co-manager) and Minami provide voice-overs.
While the show is ranked lower than 6000th on MAL, I really enjoy it. It’s animated very similarly to Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei: Yoku Wakaru Mahouka, and it’s actually quite humorous at times. Probably the best part of it is the ending theme, which is usually accompanied with a cute little dance number that changes depending on the happenings of the episode. While episodes 1 and 3 are the most normal, all of the other episodes have some sort of gimmick.
- In episode 2, since Airi and Kaya drowned in their tank, they could not take part in the dance.
- The ending of episode 4 is a photo compilation of what all of the girls would look like if they were a part of a dating sim, drawn in the traditional style rather than the Yoku Wakaru Mahouka style.
- In episode 5, Airi got eaten, so she could not participate in the dance.
- In episode 6, Miyu, Nanami, and Minami are giant and, while the other four are on a building, the three are in the background. This is probably my favorite.
- In episode 7, Nanami has a weirdly drawn body that is akin to a statue (i.e., she cannot change her pose).
- The ending of episode 8 is pretty much a flashback of what happened in the episode, plus a bit of aftermath.
With these gimmicks, when I was first going through the series, the ending theme never got old, even though it isn’t near my favorite.
Overall rating: 9/10. Great spin-off series, even if it only slightly resembles its original counterpart. Every episode is 3.5 minutes of cute animation and light humor.