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Wake Up, Girls!: The Movie (2004/Sentai Blu-ray)

Picture: B Sound: A Extras: C- Film: B+

It seems all girls want to be idols these days, but to make it big you have to go to the big city, unfortunately Green Leaves Talent Agency is anything but big. In the small town of Sendai, every new talent they get/find seems to jump ship to Tokyo as soon as they can. Tired of losing their clients, the President/director of Green Leaves Entertainment think Idols are the next big thing. Poor manger Matsuda is now to find a group of idols somewhere in the city of Sendai in Wake Up, Girls!: The Movie (2004).

On the verge of going out of business, Green Leaves Entertainment decides to risk it all in starting their own little pop idol group... and they will take any girl they can get: a maid cafe girl, a bar girl, a 13 year old, a high school girl, a small time actress, etc... With zero talent and coordination Matsuda has to somehow find, recruit and train these girls to be the new generation of idols. Their only hope is the former idol, Mayu to help train and lead the team. But when the President disappears and steals their funding, will the girls find a way to go on? Or will they lose their dreams before it even starts?

Wake Up, Girls!: The Movie is more like a prequel than the series. Is about how a group of girls met and got together chasing the same dream? It shows some of the things girls have to go through if they want to become idols. It takes more than just a pretty face and good figure to become an idol, your body (and soul) becomes exclusively company property (including your virginity). In real life, girls have to diet, train, and have no life of their own. They have to succeed and make money or the managers/presidents will pimp their bodies into the 'adult' industry.

Running only 52 minutes, the 1080p digital High Definition 1.78 X 1 image is pretty nice and consistent, especially with all the room the film has on this disc. The lossless Japanese DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 track is one of the sonically best Sentai presentations to date and we wish more were 5.1, but this sounds great and has demo moments. Extras include trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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