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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
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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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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Adaptation: Sakamichi no Apollon

Characters & Voice Actors

Kawabuchi, Sentarou
Kawabuchi, Sentarou
Hosoya, Yoshimasa
Hosoya, Yoshimasa
Mukae, Ritsuko
Mukae, Ritsuko
Nanri, Yuuka
Nanri, Yuuka
Nishimi, Kaoru
Nishimi, Kaoru
Kimura, Ryouhei
Kimura, Ryouhei
Furuki, Nozomi
Furuki, Nozomi
Sato, Amina
Sato, Amina


Maruyama, Masao
Watanabe, Shinichiro
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Nakazawa, Kazuto
Episode Director, Storyboard, Animation Director, Key Animation
Umemoto, Yui
Episode Director, Storyboard

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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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Oct 5, 2014
I saw this released awhile ago and never even tried episode one because it looked kinda boring to me. I gave it another shot and I already instantly started liking it.

The animation is really freakin' good, it is a 12 episode kinda show so I do expect really good animation, and this doesn't hold back. Whenever they play instruments, the animation looks smooth and solid and you can see them hitting the right keys and toms, no made up sounds. It is really hard to animate playing music (a lot of animes take shortcuts and show flashbacks to reduce animation time spent on playing) but read more
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Jan 2, 2015
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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May 16, 2014
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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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  read more 
reportRecommended by AironicallyHuman
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. 
reportRecommended by Kuro-chan
"A famous violinist once said that by exchanging (musical) notes, you get to know one another; to understand one another. As if your souls were connected, and hearts overlapping. It's a conversation through instruments. A miracle that creates harmony. In that moment, music transcends words."

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 
reportRecommended by AironicallyHuman
Both series have a very mature approach in romance and relationships. Music is also an important factor in both series, but romance and drama predominate. 
reportRecommended by johnisnothisdate
Both anime are josei that has romance and focuses on something (Chihayafuru - Karuta whereas Sakamichi - Jazz). Both anime have themes revolving around one-sided love, Love triangles and dense characters. The only difference they have is that Chihayafuru is focused more on sports whereas Sakamichi no Apollon focuses more on slice of life/romance. 
reportRecommended by srsng
Both are Josei and have a love polygon where almost everyone´s love is unrequited. Both give you the same feeling and have excellent voice actors and soundtrack.  
reportRecommended by Orulyon

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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