Idol Project Vol. #2: Final Concert (Mania.com)
Review Date: Sunday, June 29, 2003
Release Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2003
Will Mimu ever get her chance to audition?
When watching the show, I listened to the original Japanese seiyuu (voice actors). The talking, ambient sounds, and background music made good use of the two, built-in, TV speakers.
Even though Idol Project was done in 1995, KSS produced a quality gem and it shows. Character designs, colors, and choreography are all great, and there were zero problems with the transfer.
Anime Works did a solid job with the packaging of this volume as well. The pastel blue is eye-catching, and PalPu and Shion predominate the front cover. The back cover features the entire cast, and a pretty good summary of the show. I'm not sure they should have use Pal-Pu and Shion over Mimu on the front cover, but it still fits. There is an insert, and the DVD is silk-screened.
Menus continue with the idol theme, and are displayed over the same picture as the front cover of the DVD case. They are easy to navigate, and load quickly.
There are no extras on this DVD, other then a couple of trailers for other Media Blasters/Anime Works titles.
::Content::(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
On the road to success, there are many potholes and detours.
I have been looking forward to Idol Project on DVD ever since I picked up the laser disks from CD Japan many years ago. The Idol Project OVA is another bishoujo anime from KSS, based on a raising-sim PC game. The OVA is a light comedy, with a dash of good-natured parodying, mixed in with a bit of drama. These last 2 episodes deal with how the Excellent Idols are doing in the Tropical Dimension, and with Mimu's quest to be a star. Idol Project has an infectious, upbeat energy all its own, that makes you smile. In short, it's just good fun.
In these episodes, the Excellent Idols have all taken on various showbiz careers, and our poor Mimu is still wondering how she'll audition in front of Yuri. The first episode has some wild adventures as Mimu tries to deliver a lunch-box to a customer... and, like the first, keeps getting side tracked. In the end, though, she manages to successfully deliver the lunch-box. But, all is not well in the Tropical Dimension.
In the 2nd episode on this disk, we find out that Shion, who in the previous episode was rallying all the Excellent Idols, has found out that the Idol Dimension is expanding. And with dangerous implications as well. Since everyone in the Idol Dimension wants to be Yuri, everything is being sucked into the Idol Dimension. Including the Tropical Dimension, the Earth, and the Firey Dimension. All this leads to the Excellent Idols holding a concert to try to get Yuri's fans to think about someone else... and to save the universe. Problem is... Yuri's fans aren't listening, and even the Excellent Idols are starting to turn into Yuri.
What is Mimu to do? Well, you'll just have to watch to find out.
Again, fantastic art, choreography, and character designs. These two episodes are a more etchi than the first two, as they have a bath scene, racy dialog, several panty shots, not-so-subtle innuendo, and a lot of hinting and teasing with near nudity. KSS really knows how to make a show sexy, but keep it at PG-13. In addition, Kouda Mariko, who is the seiyuu for Mimu, has an absolutely amazing singing voice.
I was a bit disappointed on Media Blasters translation at points. For example, at one critical point, when Mimu is asked what is her part of being an idol Media Blasters translated her comments as "To Dream" which isn't what she says. The entire point of the OVA, and the game, is that Mimu is the only person who, while she still loves Yuri and all Yuri stands for, loves one thing in the world more. And that is her own dream to become the world idol. Mimu never gives up on this dream. Even the other Excellent Idols love Yuri more than they love their own dreams, which is why they are not the World Idol that Yuri is. Sure, Mimu gets encouragement from Yuri and the other Excellent Idols; however, she never loses sight of her own dream. So, a better way to translate what Mimu said would have been, "My Dream."
Overall, Idol Project: Final Concert is a very good ending to the OVA. With the episodes being a bit longer, there is more time to pack in good stuff. It's enjoyable, and has an enthusiastic energy all it's own.
Panasonic CT-27D11E 27" TV; Sony Play Station 2 DVD Player; Gold-Plated Monster component cable
Mania Grade: B+
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: A+
Packaging Rating: B+
Menus Rating: B+
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Media Blasters
Running time: 60
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Idol Project