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- Audio Rating: A
- 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
- MSRP: 19.95
- Running time: 60
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Idol Project
Idol Project Vol. #1: Starland Festival
By Michael Thomas
May 02, 2003
Release Date: February 25, 2003
Haven't you ever wanted to be famous in Hollywood?
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 no problems with the video.
Anime Works did well with the packaging. The DVD front cover gives a good representation of the main character, and chibi-characters for the rest of the main staff. And, the word "Idol" is designed in such a way that you can see a microphone in the "O". The back cover has additional artwork and small scenes from the OVA, and a good description of the series. The back cover also has the standard DVD copyrights and such. There is a full color, double sided insert as well.
Menus continue with the idol theme, centering on the main character of Mimu. Quick load times, and easy to navigate.
There are no extras on this DVD
::Content:: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The journey to be a star.
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. Idol Project has an infectious, upbeat energy all its own, that makes you smile. In short, it's just good fun.
As an aside, how many other anime titles can you see while watching this one? There are at least 10 other titles alluded too, such as Magic Knight Rayearth, Devil Hunter Yohko, Legendary Idol Yohko, Sailor Moon, and Legendary Love Angel Wedding Peach.
Anyway, back to the story. It's a fairly straightforward tale. Previously, the world found itself united under the charisma of the legendary idol Yuri. Yuri creates an island (Starland) where she holds the Starland Festival. This festival is to determine who has what it takes to be Yuri's successor as the world idol. The festival is run by six other idols, each one a master of their respective field... but none of them can do it all like Yuri can.
Well, as time moves on, we find out that Yuri mysteriously disappears, and has recently reappeared. With the Starland Festival going strong, Yuri is looking forward to finally hearing the audition of her successor. Enter the enthusiastic, charming, cute, and dedicated young girl Mimu.
So, with it being time for this year's Starland Festival, the island is packed with thousands of fans (who are good-naturedly joked at) and with other aspiring idols. Into this mish-mosh of competition, we join our heroin Mimu... who's late for her audition. So, begins her adventure to reach the Crystal Hall, perform her audition, and earn the spot of world idol.
But, as with any enjoyable show, it's not that easy. As I said, the Starland Festival is packed with people, and distractions for Mimu. As her adventure continues, Mimu meets up with all the other idols, who each give her a piece of advice. Grace, Smile, Guts, Dignity, Relax, and Heart/Soul are the advice that the other famous idols give Mimu, in order for Mimu to know what it takes. All this sets up for Mimu arriving, just in time to give her audition... when party crashers come, and kidnap her and the other six idols, and take them to the Tropical Dimension.
Where everything is like a tropical resort. Everyone wears skimpy bikinis, and everyone has a tan. But, this isn't a vacation for the girls; in fact, they've been brought here to see if they can win a competition to create a new star for the Tropical Dimension, as their current star is dieing. Earth's idols have a previous importance to the event, in which you find out where Yuri went when she disappeared... and about Mimu's driving force to become the world idol.
Anyway, as I stated previously, KSS does a great job with the show. The character designs are all cute and bouncy in their own way. The choreography is fantastic and detailed. And, Idol Project also stars some of my favorite Japanese Seiyuu like Aya Hisakawa, Kikuo Inoue, Satomi Koorogi, Mika Kanai, and Rie Iwatsubo. (Do forgive, but for convenience sake, I put the family name last.) The seiyuu kept in the energy-filled soul of the show, and just made it even better. Now, Media Blasters could have done a bit better with the translation at parts (such as Corvette asking Lady Extra if she has "etchi" feelings for Mimu... which is why Corvette was there to watch Mimu actually sing), and Media Blasters could have also included a brief paragraph or so about the game the show was based on... but at least they did license it and bring Idol Project over.
Overall, Idol Project: Starland Festival is a very good show. It's enjoyable, and has an enthusiastic energy all it's own. This is one DVD that I know will come down from the shelf regularly and be watched.
Panasonic CT-27D11E 27" TV; Sony Play Station 2 DVD Player; Gold-Plated Monster component cable