Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Chance Pop Session - Session 1|
Genres: Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
At the beginning of this slushy girls' series, a narrator informs the viewers that if the "Angel of Music" smiles on a performer, she will become a star. Despite occasional words about quality, the focus is on stardom, r... more »
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Reviewer misses the heart of this series
Matic | Florida | 06/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Amazon reviewer didn't do this title justice. This is an adorable series about the hopes and dreams of 3 young women who hope to make it big in the pop music industry. The artwork is angular but not without appeal and once you get used to it it's clear the angular style is intentional and seeks to step away from the "cutesy" stylization inherent in anime and instead bring the viewer closer to a more realistic world. The story is paced but delibarate, and more than anything the feel of the show reminds me of the better parts of the 80's TV show "Fame." While romance is only a monor aspect of Chance Pop Session it is a good title for anyone who likes anime drama along the lines of Fruits Basket, Someday Dreamers, Millenium Actress, Video Girl AI or perhaps Ai Yori Aoshi. Parents might take note that this title has no nudity, gratuitous sex or even significant violence.I watched this fully expecting to hate it and have instead found myself moved... and I don't hesitate to recommend it to anyone who is looking for a kindly, gentle, uplifting drama."
A decent, inexpensive buy.
Mokichan | Ontario, Canada | 12/09/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this DVD on an impulse for less than $10, and let me just say that it's worth every penny. Granted, for those out there who are die-hard anime buffs, "Chance Pop Session" won't raise any eyebrows, but it's still an enjoyable "American-Idol-esque" tale about three girls following their dreams. At times, yes, it can go a little slow, but the quirky little pop songs quickly become infectious, and you'll find yourself humming to the tunes long after it's done. Take a chance on "Chance Pop Session"!"
Princess Nine Meets American Idol? Surprisingly Tight Show!
T. Greer | Santa Rosa, CA USA | 08/17/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My friend has the entire Chance Pop (Triangle) Session series, and she let me borrow it to take a look. At first I wasn't too hopeful about the series, as it does start out slow--three girls, three different lives, all connected by one mega-star's concert. (The scope of the concert reminded me of NSync's Popodyssey tour--It was portrayed as THAT spectacular.) After experiencing the concert, the three young women vow to follow in their favorite star's footsteps.What caught my attention was the careful character development put into the beginning, and (in the fifth episode) the surprising "mystery" that they'll all turn out to share--beyond their being at the same concert. It really pays to pay close attention to the very first episode, as it leaves J.K. Rowling-sized clues (meaning small but significant) for the viewer to keep up with.Keeping in mind that the series was originally promoted by a real-life Japanese music recording company (Apex, or something like that), some parts of the episodes slow down for music-video like numbers. Though they may seem boring to some people, they too offer some foreshadowing and character development. Personally, I love the music in this series, so I don't mind the repetition of the signature songs, but keep in mind that they'll play the 2-3 signature songs (as well as some other songs) over and over and over and over . . . For the intro, for the end credits, for their practices--you get the idea.Specifically, for this first volume you'll get a good 5-episode start on everything you'll need to know about the characters--spiritually grounded Akari; street smart, hard-working Yuki; bubbly, pampered (yet not spoiled!) fangirl heiress Nozomi; Superstar singing sensation Reika; and her business-hardened (yet kind) manager Kisaragi Akiba. They will all eventually discover the common thread that binds their amazing destinies together.Oh, and one more thing: you'll have a fun time looking for the gentle-looking old man with a pug-looking puppy dog with wings. He has his purpose, too! Go ahead and buy it. If you've watched El Hazard OVA, Tenchi Muyo, or ESPECIALLY Princess Nine, you'll love this series."
American Idol? 3 very different girls, one same dream
Charles Chun | Orange County, CA United States | 02/04/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What's it about:
Three young girls fortituously meet at superstar Reika's concert. They all leave with the same passion for music and the desire to a part of it. The girls enroll in a special music school by Reika's mentor, who selects them for a special "S" class. It shows the ups and downs as they become what can only be found if the "Angel of Music" smiles upon you.I was going to give it a 4 because it isn't what I would consider an "anime great", but I am giving it a 5 star. Why? Because it accomplishes the story it tries to tell and it does it really well. Quality of video is great, very clean. The story itself (which in my opinion is the most important aspect) is told at a good pace, where you dont find yourself getting bored.This series is called "Chance Triangle Session" in japanese, I am guessing the 3 girls have some sort of symbolic representation for this.With the advent of "American Idol" and the whole idea of becoming a star... this series is fun as it unveils what can happen."