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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

Statistics

Score: 8.511 (scored by 37860 users)
Ranked: #872
Popularity: #339
Members: 68,765
Favorites: 1,663
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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
Nakazawa, Kazuto
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, Animation Director
Sugawara, Seiki
Episode Director



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Dec 22, 2013
paramuffin
As someone who hasn't good much background on both Jazz music and Japan during the 1960s, I was wary of watching it at first.

And yet it succeeds in its combination of josei, drama and high school slice of life. The show features Kaoru, the socially-anxious new kid in a quiet, rather remote town, who has been blessed with piano-playing skills. Through jazz, he finds the greatest of comrades, a family and even romance.

The story, as most josei goes, isn't anything too intense. It just shows the life of a jazz-playing boy as he goes through high school with his friends. I love, though, its 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

The similar part is that both anime are for high school students who play music.

The difference is that Sakamichi no Apollon is more about the love stories of the characters and is full of cliches, while Beck is more about music and characters' development as persons through music.
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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