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  • Audio Rating: A
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: A
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: TV PG
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 44.98
  • Running time: 325
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Chance Pop Sessions

Chance Pop Session Complete Collection (Thinpak)

By Bryce Coulter     February 01, 2007
Release Date: August 08, 2006


Chance Pop Session Complete Collection (Thinpak)
© ADV Films


What They Say
Three young girls, strangers to each other, share an instinctual passion and talent for music. Brought together from distinctly different worlds, they meet by chance at the concert of their idol. The concert strikes a chord in each of their hearts and unites them with a common dream of stardom. The girls each enroll in the same music school and are brought together again in a special class for exceptional talent. As their voices come together in harmony, the girls realize that they share more than just a passion for song. A mysterious blue stone, a hauntingly beautiful melody... what do these traces of the past have to do with the uncertain future of this gifted trio?

The Review!
"Many people can sing, but there are only a few of those who can use that talent to move a person's soul."

Audio
We watched this series primarily in English and sporadically in Japanese. The English voice cast did a nice job of matching the performances of the Japanese cast. The show features a very solid English 5.1 stereo mix that makes good use of the left/right channels for dialogue. The stereo mix also came through nice and clear for the various types of music played throughout the series. We noted no distortions or dropouts on either track.

Video
Chance Pop Sessions is presented on DVD with a 1.33:1 full frame aspect ratio. The video quality was very clean and sharp. There was some graininess noted, but it was very minor. The artwork is very fluid, and the design fits the unique nature of the show. The color palate was easy on the eyes and a pleasure to watch.

Packaging:
As with most ADV thinpacks, this collection has three thin DVD cases featuring Akari, Nozomi, and Yuki on them respectively with a silhouetted image of Reika in the background. The cardboard case, on the other hand, is a bit different. Done in a bright red, the front of the case features Rekia and Kisaragi. The back side of the case has fan service written all over it as it features Akari, Nozomi, and Yukihas are naked with sheet music strategically placed. This picture was out of context and misleading, in that the show had absolutely no fan service in it. The reality is that it could easily appeal to a family audience. It makes me wonder if ADV is trying to promote sales by offering a little fan service to get the 'fan boys' to purchase the collection.

Menu:
The disc menus match up quite well with the overall tone of the series. The main menu has a brief selection of the opening songs instrumental piece playing along to the image of one of the girl's featured on DVD jacket that is set against moving clouds and falling feathers. The episodes are listed along the musical note page while regular selections are listed below. Simple, yet effective, the menus for the DVD's are nicely laid out.

Extras:
As is the case with most ADV collections the only supplemental material on this release is a batch of previews.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers).
Taking a non-traditional approach to anime, such as giant robots, comedy, and magical girl genres, Chance Pop Session delivers a great slice-of-life story that is very touching yet fun to watch. It's very rare gem when a truly different and unique series comes out that takes this approach to story telling.

Released by Madhouse, the production company behind Trigun, Chance Pop Sessions proved to be a very unique and heart warming story. This thirteen episode series tells the story of three teenage girls who dream of becoming pop superstars. As one would imagine, the girl's experience realistic heartaches and failures while the endeavoring to make it big.

The show revolves around three girls Akari, Nozomi, and Yuki. The majority of the time is spent on Akari, who is an orphaned girl adopted by the pastor of a local church. At the church, Akari's faith and love of music shine as a member of the choir. She has a deep love for music and dreams of becoming a professional singer. However, her adopted father is not so convinced that this is the right path for her to pursue. When an opportunity arises to see her favorite singer, Reika, perform she naturally jumps at the chance.

Nozomi is the only child of a very overprotective millionaire family. It is very evident that she hasn't had to work a day in her life. Like Akari, her love for Reika's music leads her to the concert. Her family's butler, Jeeves knows what she loves and is willing to do anything to see that she stays happy no matter what the cost. Jeeves gives Nazomi a good dose of stability, but he also goes to extremes for her. This relationship becomes a backdrop painted with humor as the story progresses.

Yuki is a girl who has had to claw and fight for everything she has. She works at Reika's concerts for both money and the chance to see a free show. In her off time, between her many jobs, she plays gigs with her band on the streets which bring in quite a number of fans. Yuki is very independent, energetic and determined to do whatever it takes to make it big as a singer.

As fate would have it, the girls find themselves attending class in a school sponsored by Akiba Kisaragi, who is Rekia's manager. Eventually working together as a trio, the girls pursue the chance of see their ultimate dream come true. Their bond grows ever stronger as their dreams begin to develop into something real.

Love of music is the common thread that is woven throughout this story, so expect a lot of Japanese bubblegum pop. Each episode has its share of music, which is almost to the point of being too repetitive. I can imagine that it was no small task to produce the music that was used throughout this 13 episode series. I'm not sure that this could even be replicated in America with all of our copyright laws. Nevertheless, the music fit well with the series even though the song "Pure Blue" was a bit overused.

Chance Pop Session isn't as much about the girls' pursuit of becoming pop stars as it is about dealing with life's curve balls. A lot happens over the course of this series. Numerous struggles, from jealousy and ridicule from peers, questions about the validity of family ties, and tragic incidents, bring show back down to earth amidst the fairytale. More importantly, an underlying mystery is revealed that goes beyond the realm of simple character development and dream fulfillment. Like most TV drama's, Chance Pop Session sets the viewer up for a very emotional rollercoaster ride that twists and loops from the beginning right up to the ending credits.

Summary:
This series provides one part American Idol, one part TV drama, and one part self-discovery. This is an uplifting tale of overcoming struggles through hard work and determination. This is definitely a tale about making lemonade from lemons, but it has the right mix of sweet and sour for almost any palate. Highly recommended.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Hitachi 62VS69 62" UltraVision LCD Projection HDTV, XBOX 360 DVD player, XBOX 360 Component HDAV Cable with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.

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Palidor_home 6/28/2009 8:11:32 PM

I'm starting to watch this through netflix, I'm enjoying it, this a good distraction from the other anime that I am currently watching.

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