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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
Premiered: Spring 2012
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Manga
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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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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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
Nakazawa, Kazuto
Nakazawa, Kazuto
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, Animation Director
Sugawara, Seiki
Sugawara, Seiki
Episode Director

More episodes Episodes(12/12)

# Episode Title Aired
1 Moanin'
Moanin (モーニン)
Apr 13, 2012
2 Summertime
Summertime (サマータイム)
Apr 20, 2012
3 Someday My Prince Will Come
Itsuka Oujisama ga (いつか王子様が)
Apr 27, 2012
4 But Not for Me
But Not for Me (バット・ノット・フォー・ミー)
May 4, 2012
5 Lullabys of Birdland
Birdland no Komori Uta (バードランドの子守唄)
May 11, 2012

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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May 22, 2015
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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Feb 20, 2015
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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Jun 28, 2012
Let's do a trivia here! Are you someone who wants to know what it is like back in the 1960's? Ever wanted to build an escapism from the harsh reality of today's world? Want to just sit back and enjoy some old school music after a stressful day? Well, perhaps you've found a series worthy to invest your time into because Kids on the Slope is there and sure to give you something to think about.

Kids on the Slope (also known as Sakamichi no Apollon) is a story taking place in the beginning of summer, 1966. It stars the protagonist Kaoru Nishimi, an honor student read more
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Oct 30, 2015
Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope) is a story about friends, music, youth and romance that starts as Bon (Nishimi) transfers to his new school.

The story itself is brilliant, however simple. Those of you who know japanese rest assured that the dialogues are greatly crafted and truly credible (unlike many popular series), arguably due to its being josei genre. To put it like this: the story isn't predictable (I thought I knew how it would end about 3 times and all of them I was wrong (though that may say more about my dumbness xD)) but even if it's not predictable, it's not read more
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