In Japan, one of the greatest idol singers of the time is the beautiful and talented Reika. Her three greatest followers are a varied bunch: religious Akari who loves to sing at her church, independent and self-sufficient Yuki, and the rich and snobby Nozomi. By chance, or possibly fate, the three finally meet at one of Reika's concerts, not knowing of the path they will soon be traveling together. With friendships and hardships in the future, can the girls manage to succeed on the path they will choose?
Story 7/10 Chance Pop Session or 'Chance Triangle Session' whichever you may call it, is an Anime with a lot of heart, power and friendship with strong references to destiny and fate. It is an incredible story of three young girls (hence the 'Triangle' in the varied title) living to make their dream come true, which is to meet the superstar Reika and become like her, a pop idol. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the Anime, the ending plotline of the story is slightly easy to navigate your way through and guess. But there are a few twists in the story which keep it interesting. Animation 6.5/10 Due to the age of this anime, the animation is a little dated. But other than that it is wonderfully colourful, the characters are animated smoothly and the scenery is a pictoral vision. Sound 8/10 This is a Pop Idol anime... So there is a lot of music and singing. Not all songs created for this anime are amazing, but there are a few that stand out. The Opening and Ending themes for this song are gorgeous. 'Pure Blue' is the opening and main song that the three girls sing as their debut. It is an awesome song with a great happy upbeat tune. 'Love Forever' is a simply stunning song with a very slow tempo and great lyrics. It is very fitting to the style of the anime and an excellent representation of the relationship between the three main girls. The other small songs in the anime, mainly character songs, are fitting to whom they are associated. Except for a few they are quite catchy and simple tunes but I'm not going to mark the sound down for character songs now am I. The OST is pretty much corresponding of the opening theme song, ending theme song, and Reika's popstar hit. Instrumentals and midi representations of these songs play constantly which can be irritating. The voice acting in this anime could have been better (mainly associating this comment with the English dub). The only character that stands out is Monica Rial, Nozomi, who does her usual amazing job. Characters 7/10 The characters of Chance Pop Session are fun loving and beautiful girls who have a very strong ambition to sing. Akari Mizushima is a girl who aspires to become a famous pop idol and is a local gospel singer for her church. She has an amazingly happy life and is loved by all. Her character story is very simple and makes her a loving character, which develops quite substantially through the story. Yuki Aoyama, the local girl, lives by herself and has her own small street band which is very popular over the internet. She is a bit of a tom boy with a kindhearted personality. Being someone who is dependent on herself for a very long time, she doesn't take long to express herself with the other girls. Nozomi Kaibara is the generic rich girl. Her parents are financially stable... very stable... And Nozomi starts off quite snobby and has the usual developent into being a really nice girl with a sweet heart. Overall 7/10 Chance Pop 'Triangle' Session is a special light hearted anime with a very strong bond between characters and viewers. Each character is unique and displayed amazingly. The storyline, though a little predictable, is still capturing and enough to make even the strongest person laugh, cry and feel amazed with every character.
While waiting for Kekkaishi to come on last night, I was flipping through the anime available via my Netflix for the wii. Lately I have been slightly disappointed by the small selection available, but took my chances when Chance Pop Session caught my eye due to the description sounding like a cross between Full Moon wo Sagashite and Cyber Idol Mink. My sister said go for it, and we did. Lately, finding an anime has been like trying on jeans--it takes a while to find one you can actually get into, but you have to really get into them to find out if you like it or not. I'm a lazy person, so I wanted something that caught my attention from the second the opening ended. My first thought was that the art style was so different from anything I'd ever really watched, and that I didn't like it, but it grew on me by the end. I did, though, get tired of the singing montages that were seemingly randomly placed throughout many of the episodes. By the ninth or tenth one, my sister and I were cracking jokes about them. As soon as I was nearing the point where I would drop the anime, Akari's friend was hit by a car saving a child--yeah, I was laughing and making random Yu Yu Hakusho/Yusuke jokes. I'm going to hell, I know.--and my attention was renewed. Anything that could surprise me kept my attention. So I continued on with renewed hope. When I learned of Reika's history, I was touched. It was a teensy bit cliched, the tormented singer with a dark past--we'll get to Kisuragi in a second--but the "tormented past" part was what touched me. Child abuse is not something I've seen too often in anime. Kisuragi's history touched me as well as pissed me off. What kind of irresponsible mother losses track of her children? Tohru's mother in Fruits Basket went through the same thing Kisuragi did and she managed to keep Tohru. Nonetheless, it was interesting, and the little reunion at the end was cute. Overall, the storyline--long lost sisters happen to find eachother at the same place--was what made me roll my eyes, but I lived. I did not spontaneously combust. P.S. Shiro should have totally gotten some from Kisuragi after all he's done for her, but that's just my little silly opinion.
The episodes are repetitive. The animation is mostly unimpressive. Not even halfway through you know exactly how the series is going to end. Exactly. And yet, there is something about it that makes it special. It is a sweet and inspiring series. Only one moment was truly surprising for me. The rest was very much predictable but I thoroughly enjoyed it and stayed awake through its entirety. You know the whole time exactly what is going to happen, but when it all unfolds it is truly beautiful. I don't regret watching this series at all. I love everything about it, including all the imperfections.
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