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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

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 13, 2012 to Jun 29, 2012
Premiered: Spring 2012
Broadcast: Fridays at 00:45 (JST)
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: MAPPA
Source: Manga
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 8.481 (scored by 68,583 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #1122
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #342
Members: 134,416
Favorites: 3,429
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Ranked #112Popularity #342Members 134,416
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Episodes: /12

Synopsis

Introverted classical pianist and top student Kaoru Nishimi has just arrived in Kyushu for his first year of high school. Having constantly moved from place to place since his childhood, he abandons all hope of fitting in, preparing himself for another lonely, meaningless year. That is, until he encounters the notorious delinquent Sentarou Kawabuchi.

Sentarou's immeasurable love for jazz music inspires Kaoru to learn more about the genre, and as a result, he slowly starts to break out of his shell, making his very first friend. Kaoru begins playing the piano at after-school jazz sessions, located in the basement of fellow student Ritsuko Mukae's family-owned record shop. As he discovers the immense joy of using his musical talents to bring enjoyment to himself and others, Kaoru's summer might just crescendo into one that he will remember forever.

Sakamichi no Apollon is a heartwarming story of friendship, music, and love that follows three unique individuals brought together by their mutual appreciation for jazz.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Background

Pre-airing event on April 7, 2012. The anime officially aired on April 13, 2012.

The final episode received an early screening at a special event held at Odaiba Cinema Mediage on June 24, 2012. The regular TV broadcast was held on June 29, 2012.

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Characters & Voice Actors

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

Staff

Maruyama, Masao
Maruyama, Masao
Producer
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


Edit Opening Theme

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

Edit Ending Theme

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



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ratchet573
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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Stark700
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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iron2590
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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Envoked
Apr 12, 2012
Okay, the first episode of this wonderful show with tons of potential popped up about an hour ago, and I just had to write a review. (This is my first so cut me some slack, pl0x.)

First of all, I'd like to say that I have been anticipating the airing of this show for a while now, and so far, it has surpassed my expectations. The story begins with our main dude Kaoru who apparently moves around a lot due to his father's job, but I won't get too into that to avoid any accidental spoilers. Instead, let me fill the gaps what you can be read more
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