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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

Information

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
L represents licensing company

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Score: 8.511 (scored by 39669 users)
Ranked: #892
Popularity: #332
Members: 72,523
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Synopsis

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!

(Source: Official Website)

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Adaptation: Sakamichi no Apollon

Characters & Voice Actors

Kawabuchi, Sentarou
Kawabuchi, Sentarou
Main
Love, Andrew
English
Love, Andrew
Hosoya, Yoshimasa
Japanese
Hosoya, Yoshimasa
Mukae, Ritsuko
Mukae, Ritsuko
Main
Nanri, Yuuka
Japanese
Nanri, Yuuka
Stevens, Rebekah
English
Stevens, Rebekah
Nishimi, Kaoru
Nishimi, Kaoru
Main
Patton, Chris
English
Patton, Chris
Kimura, Ryouhei
Japanese
Kimura, Ryouhei
...
Mariko
Mariko
Supporting
Martinez, Cynthia
English
Martinez, Cynthia
Sato, Amina
Japanese
Sato, Amina

Staff

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



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Sep 11, 2014
Vexper
“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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May 16, 2014
vigorousjammer
The story consists of a lot of romance tropes, and really tends to play up it's character drama. I didn't enjoy the romance stuff very much, but I feel like the show worked remarkably well in portraying the tension of the relationship between characters through music. When the characters are playing music together, you really can feel their emotions come through, and I thought that was really impressive. The characters, and their interactions with each other were really the best part of the story, despite the otherwise pretty boilerplate storyline.

The art was very nice as well. Everything had a very detailed, realistic look to it read more
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Recommendations

Beck is a modern high school coming-of-age story where a nobody becomes a somebody by becoming a member of a rock band. Kids on the Slopes is a josei romance drama disguised as a high school coming-of-age story centered around jazz in the 1960's.

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 the driving force of a story where character growth is linked into the titular band's successes and failures. There's a romance subplot in Beck that causes frustration and rage, for sure, but there's no denying that Beck is, first and foremost, about music.

Kids on the Slopes' greatest problem is this: its manga was serialised in a magazine called 'Flowers'. Hardly the ideal platform for a coming-of-age story with a a male lead, and that shows through; both in terms of the romantic focus AND male lead characterisation that's overly feminine. Jazz barely gets a look-in aside from when the cast hang out together. In contrast, Beck is more male-orientated with its lead's characterisation, and although romance gets far less attention, the heroine has caused anger in more than one fan for being realistically bitchy. That sort of naturalness is missing from Kids on the Slopes with its far more shoujo / soap operaish approach to romance.

In short: if you're looking for something shoujoish with music on the side, watch Kids on the Slopes. If you're a male looking for a coming-of-age story centered around music, watch Beck. Simple as that.
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.

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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