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Chance Pop Session

A Parent's Guide to Anime
Rated: PG

Parental Guidance Advised

Reviewed by Derrick Jones:

Three young women (Akari, Yuki and Nozomi) are brought together by their common love of music, and dream of becoming Japan's top pop star. In the process, they find out they all have much more in common than they think. Think of American Idol anime'ized', and you basically have this sweet little show. If you liked Princess Nine, you'll probably like this.

Parent's Guide Rating:

yellow (parental guidance advised)

Hardly any at all, but there are 2 instances of violence that strongly stood out. The first is near the beginning of the show when Akari's 'boyfriend' saves a little boy who is about to be hit by a truck and in the process gets hit and dies himself. Nothing is graphic or even shown, but the symbolism used is heartwrenching. I just hollered 'No!' when i realized the young man had actually died. The second instance is a good bit darker and extremely intense. You find out that the main adult character had killed her 3 young children years ago. Once again, nothing graphic is shown, but how they portray the scene was very chilling. You see a woman and her children on a boat deck during a storm. The camera pans to the storm swept sea, then you hear a splash and the camera pans back to the boat deck, which is now empty. Then back to the ocean and you see a little kid's boot floating. I just put my hand over my mouth and groaned when I realized what had happened. Definitely not for children. But, nothing graphic; the artists did a great job of portraying a horrific incident without being gratuitous.

The only thing I noticed was that there were a couple of closeups of Reika (the current PopStar of Japan) that really showed off her curves under her clothes. Maybe a whole 2 minutes out of the whole series.

Maybe one or two damns, but that is it. And I'm not even sure if those were in it. Very clean.

Overall, a good clean fun anime series. I would give it a PG simply because of the hinted at violence. If not for those, I would unreservedly recommend this show.

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