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Sakamichi no Apollon

Sakamichi no Apollon

Alternative Titles

English: Kids on the Slope
Synonyms: Sakamichi no Aporon, Apollo on the Slope
Japanese: 坂道のアポロン


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 13, 2012 to Jun 29, 2012
Duration: 22 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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The beginning of summer, 1966.

Because of his father's job situation, freshman high school student Kaoru Nishimi moves by himself from Yokosuka to Kyushu to live with relatives. Until then, Kaoru was an honor roll student who tended to keep to himself, but meeting notorious bad boy Sentaro Kawabuchi starts to change him. Through his devil-may-care classmate, Kaoru learns the attractions of jazz and finds the first person he can call a "friend". He also discovers how much fun it is to play music with a pal.

Other characters include Sentaro's kind childhood chum, Ritsuko, who is the daughter of a record shop owner; the mysterious upperclassman, Yurika; and Brother Jun, the much-admired leader among their peers. Set against the backdrop of a seaside town with a scent of American culture, this series is a drama about young people coming into their own, crossing each other's paths, and finding friendship, love, and music!

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Adaptation: Sakamichi no Apollon

Characters & Voice Actors

Kawabuchi, Sentarou
Kawabuchi, Sentarou
Hosoya, Yoshimasa
Hosoya, Yoshimasa
Nishimi, Kaoru
Nishimi, Kaoru
Kimura, Ryouhei
Kimura, Ryouhei
Furuki, Nozomi
Furuki, Nozomi
Mukae, Ritsuko
Mukae, Ritsuko
Nanri, Yuuka
Nanri, Yuuka
Katsuragi, Junichi
Katsuragi, Junichi
Suwabe, Junichi
Suwabe, Junichi


Maruyama, Masao
Maruyama, Masao
Watanabe, Shinichiro
Watanabe, Shinichiro
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Sugawara, Seiki
Sugawara, Seiki
Episode Director
Nakazawa, Kazuto
Nakazawa, Kazuto
Episode Director, Storyboard, Animation Director, Key Animation

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Episodes  12 / 12
Aired  Apr 13, 2012 to Jun 29, 2012
Status  Finished Airing
  • #4 - But Not for Me
  • But Not for Me (バット・ノット・フォー・ミー)
  • Aired: May 4, 2012 (JST)

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Feb 20, 3:49 AM
First of all, I must say it's been a while since I've enjoyed a series as much as I enjoyed Sakamichi no Apollon.

The story itself has an amazing pace, and in my opinion, has the perfect combination of romance, drama and music. The developments feel very natural and there are no fillers. The only "complain" I can have from the story is that the ending might feel a little unsatisfying. Luckily, if you end up feeling unsatisfied like me, you can read the extra volume from the manga and I can assure you that you'll feel a lot better after reading it.

The art is okay, read more
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May 22, 11:22 AM
I love jazz. Some of my favorite memories of my time living in Florida have to be going downtown to listen to the local jazz festival. Sitting in front of that gazebo and getting into the spirit of the musicians is something you can only experience if you listen to jazz. It’s so different from any other musical genre and I was excited as hell to get to watch an anime centered around this amazing style of music.

The problem is Sakamichi no Apollon isn’t as much about jazz as it is about lame characters. There’s jazz in the series, and it definitely plays a part, read more
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Yesterday, 4:18 AM
“My body feels light...It's as if I've been born again...I feel like I've got wings on my feet.”

That quote from the main character I think holds true to even us as viewers to some extent. Every so often you’ll find a series which has a rare few moments which take your breath away, they hold you spellbound, you get caught in overwhelming elation, sometimes after the credits have rolled you’re still staring at the screen wondering why you haven’t realised that the episode ended a few minutes ago. I think Sakamichi no Apollon is one of those rare few series.

It was in the mid 60’s read more
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Jan 2, 10:12 PM
Set in 1966, Sakamichi no Apollon tells the story of three close-knit teenagers growing up in small-town, seaside Japan. The main conflicts and problems in the plot involve the drama inside this group. Put simply, if you are not a fan of drama and romance (and jazz, but we'll talk about that later on), you most-likely won't enjoy this show.

The art and animation is fluid, smooth and detailed, especially during the performance scenes, where you can truly see it shine. The drumming scenes with Sentaro particularly impressed me, showing off a sheen characteristic of Tezuka Productions. Watching the sticks perform fills and rolls, flourishing on read more
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Kids on the Slope has its two MALE leads connect via music. There's every suggestion that the thugish drummer would like to pound more than his drums as they compete and connect by playing jazz together. The glasses-wearing, scrawny lead finds liberation by escaping from the restrictions of classical piano playing and happiness by bonding with his 'friend'. The  read more 
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On the surface the two series appear similar. They both use music as a way of introducing and connecting their characters with the rest of the cast; including love interests that act as motivational factors. However, where as jazz is just a means to romantic ends in Kids on the Slopes, in Beck music is the most important aspect: it's  read more 
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Both definitely have a similar feeling, "Nodame Cantabile" is about classical music, where "Kids on the Slope" is about jazz, but they both have the same goal that you should enjoy the music your playing and give it feeling and not just playing it like it's written on the music sheet. 
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Opening Theme

"Sakamichi no Melody (坂道のメロディ)" by YUKI

Ending Theme

"Altair (アルタイル)" by Motohiro Hata meets Sakamichi no Apollon

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