Chance Pop Session: Complete Collection
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Inspired by the pop idol Reika, three ambitious young singers claw their way into a special school for exceptional talent. But as their voices come together in harmony, the girls realize that they share more than just a passion for song.
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I know what you're thinking, "The show is about music" "They have to have montages to diplay the character's improving their musing and performing on stage". Well... yes. But, there are only 3 songs in the series, and 1 of those is only used for 1 montage, so the other 20-something montages use the same 2 songs, over and over and over.
Scenes of the show are repeated in the same way as the music. There is (again) 'LITERALLY' a flash back to a scene that was shown 1 MINUTE EARLIER. Most of the montage scenes are used several times through out the series. So the montages later in the show are the same music with the same images as the ones in previous episodes.
If they had not been so cheap? lazy? as to reuse scenes, and had used more than 3 songs (say 10-ish) the montages would not have been so mind numbing. After a few episodes I was fast-forwarding through them all to get back to the plot, which was really good and worth watching.
I don't know why the DVD cover has them almost appearing like they're naked...not true. When you buy each episode separately, they have a much cleaner DVD cover. Oh well! Still loves it! haha!
I first saw this title in Best Buy but avoided it because of what the cover art seemed to suggest. About 2 years later (after I completely forgot about this title) I saw this anime on a legal stream site (Crunchyroll) and was very impressed and inspired by it. Looking for it on Amazon, that was when I realized that the title I watched online and the title I left untouched 2 years prior were the same. All I could think was, "wow, I totally missed out then!" I just want to be sure that other people don't miss out on such a wonderful and subtle title due to misperceptions caused by the cover art style.
For people looking for anime that they can safely share with friends and older family...or simply just want to enjoy without worry about (or annoyance of) the overt fan service stereotypes of many other anime titles, this would be a good pick (though, if the cover still bothers you, you can just purchase the 3 individual volumes...personally, I think the individual volumes are much more artistic and a truer representation of the story; you can also do the classic white-out-the-cover or totally put the discs in another container). One thing I would say is to rent/stream it (legally) first. Because, to be fair, for some people some of the dresses can be considered somewhat "short" (they are striving to be Japanese stars after all). We are talking about a ballet tutu, a bare-midriff with a skirt cut at mid-thigh, and for the other girl, a slightly shorter skirt with blue dancing tights underneath...all of which are for their show outfits. Yet, it still somehow plays out very conservatively. In all honesty, it's really no more than what you would see at a ballet concert...and the girls really are that conservative haha. When not doing shows, they all wear long skirts or long pants, and not once are they risque or anything like that (on and off stage). The overall perception of the show is really conservative, wholesome, and friendly. They aren't the Pussycat Dolls dressing, dancing, acting, and singing for what has kind of become synonymous with a lot of "girl-assertiveness" and "girl-power" initiatives these days. These girls (Akari, Yuki, and Nozomi) are singing simply because they want to touch the souls of people. Also, the show avoids a lot of the goofy anime stereotypes (which I, myself, can find annoying).
This is a very inspiring series about three different girls from completely different walks of life pursuing music. You've got the Church choir girl, the street performer, and the rich celebrity-star-struck girl. Beyond this, I'm not going into any spoilers. It is true, as some others pointed out, that it is very obvious about where it's headed. So if plot twists are your thing, this is most definitely not it. BUT THAT SAID, I don't think this anime was even about plot twists and turns. Rather, I believe that the producers' intent was more about showing the influence of Fate, how bad events aren't the end of things, redemption/reconciliation, and about the life journeys of the girls. An orchestra conductor wrote in a book, and I paraphrase, that in order for a musician to be good, he must not only be musically savvy - he must be a student of Life and the experiences contained in it. Thus, it is the journey that makes the a worthy musician. This anime really captures that well.
As the girls progress, you really get to know them and find yourself personally involved in their affairs. I came close to tears at times...both of joy and of sorrow. In the end, the series really leaves you with a warm feeling inside...a hopeful one. With a lot of films that try to garner viewers through intrigue and a darker (or what is sometimes mistaken as a "realistic") look at life, this show was a very well needed breath of fresh air. I can only take so much corporate greed/corrupted institutions stories, after all! "Chance Pop Session" was definitely a good reminder that in even difficult times, there is hope in hard work and diligence...especially with friends, fellow colleagues, and family. So, if you love music, going into the business, or just want a warm, hopeful story...this is definitely a good place. And perhaps it may help brighten your life and the way you interact with others as well :-)