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View Poll Results: Sakamichi no Apollon Episode 12 Discussion
5 out of 5: Loved it!
423 72.06%
4 out of 5: Liked it
86 14.65%
3 out of 5: It was OK
43 7.33%
2 out of 5: Disliked it
24 4.09%
1 out of 5: Hated it
11 1.87%
Voters: 587

07-05-12, 12:20 AM

Joined: May 2012
Posts: 10
Honestly, I could not help but hate the ending of this series.

I loved it throughout, and the journey was really special.

However, this ending... It was so rushed, and it made me really uncomfortable. I guess it could be the mangas fault and they did not want to change it for the anime adaptation.

I feel like so many things were set to the side to finish this anime in 12 episodes, and it was extremely disappointing. I still love episodes 1-11.
07-05-12, 9:59 PM

Joined: May 2010
Posts: 334
hm.. a little disappointed. the first 11 episodes were great. but i feel as if the whole sentaro leaving thing was not.. long enough? i mean, he LEFT in episode 11. i think if there was like another episode solely dedicated to everyone's feelings towards him leaving instead of just showing us a little bit of chit chat here and there around school and one short scene between kaoru and richan.. yeah, they really should have put a little more in there so that the whole time skip thing and then finding him after 8 years could have a bigger impact towards the viewers. meh, very very disappointed.. was saving the best for last :( oh well, on to summer season!!!
07-06-12, 2:42 AM

Joined: Jul 2008
Posts: 3878
yeah this went from a 10 to a 9. Do explanation about Sen's family? Or Karou's? That was an extremely rushed ending and in fact changed from the manga which was a disappointment.
07-08-12, 6:30 PM

Joined: Nov 2007
Posts: 5754
Just finished this series. What a heartwarming finish to a wonderful show.

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07-09-12, 5:41 PM

Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 537
I agree this episode felt rushed.

While there was a lot to enjoy about this anime, the music, the animation, the pacing, the characters, the heart. I really would have liked to seen the plot go in a different direction and could have seen more episodes in this anime but I guess they were really slice of life-ing it.

Sentress said:
... I'm kinda disappointed that things didn't work out between Kaoru and Ritsuko. =/ ...
Totally agree on this.

I think halfway through the season when the love triangle went all bonkers I realized this wouldn't be a 10 for me. I'm going to place this at 7/10. That being said I really look forward the next project that includes either Watanabe, Shinichiro (cowboy bebop and samurai champloo are two of my most fave anime right now) and/or Kanno, Yoko (her music seems to do no wrong).
Modified by RyanBebop, 07-09-12, 5:45 PM
Such junk...
07-11-12, 1:47 PM

Joined: Dec 2010
Posts: 128
SOMEONE PLEASE tell me what piano/other instrument piece plays when they show the "8 years later" and when Koaru is shown to be a doctor and doing doctorstuff. I cant find that ANYWHERE on the soundtrack:/
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07-11-12, 8:06 PM

Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 418
This definatly was uplifting and nice. But again very rushed conlclusion for a well made series. IMO, if the other people on the thread didn't like the end, read Vol 9 of the manga. Theres so ,uch they cut out its shocking.
07-12-12, 4:50 AM

Joined: May 2010
Posts: 118
Kurimu-chan said:
Tears were shed.



This. 10/10
07-12-12, 10:48 AM

Joined: Aug 2011
Posts: 2573
Loved how it lead up to the ending, was great.
07-13-12, 12:41 PM

Joined: Apr 2012
Posts: 405
I'm going to miss watching this series...Nice closure, Riko looks very lovely with her new hairstyle~

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07-15-12, 11:52 AM

Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 412
Some things deviated from the manga since the middle of the series up to the ending, and there were cuts here and there, but nonetheless this is an excellent anime with excellent ending to wrap it all up.

For those who want more detail on what happened in the 8 years gap I strongly recommend to read the whole manga. There's even Sachiko's marriage and some additional Kaoru Ritsuko scenes.

I am speechless about the whole series. This series deserved more attention, budget, and episodes than other over-cliched and fan service-y animes out there which get to run for 24 episodes with panty shots + beach episodes + overly moe characters. This anime is the kind of anime which deserves more support and promotions rather than those kinds of animes; Sakamichi no Apollon has superb storyline and characterization, on top of that great Jazz musics which has made me realize that Jazz isn't so dull after all. In the end I am so thankful that there are still some high-quality animes out there (faith in anime restored).

Yes it has so many cuts, especially countless scenes of bromance (to prevent further gayness I think), few scenes of Ricchan x Kaoru (to prevent fujoshis from getting annoyed), and few mini-details plus two mini-arc and one big arc called "Kaoru's university life". But in the end everything turned out well, and all that ends well is all well. So, 9/10.

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07-15-12, 4:25 PM

Joined: Nov 2009
Posts: 1220
I liked how this ended. Even though it felt kinda rushed, it still ended with a heart warming and happy feeling.
I'd like to see what happens next in their life now that they have seen each other again after 8 years.
But I guess that'll never happen :< Still a good ending though 9/10

And to people who think their bromance was gay are probably gay themselves lol just sayin.
07-18-12, 12:46 PM

Joined: Apr 2010
Posts: 124
OMGGGGG I LUV IT!!!!!!!! so heartwarming what would be better is if sen got a girlfriend too . BUT STILL AWESOME ANIME!!!!!!!!!
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07-19-12, 4:46 AM

Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 1104
Amazing ending <3
07-19-12, 2:37 PM

Joined: May 2012
Posts: 9
Great anime overall. Really liked the ending. Not sure if I'll read the manga or not though. I'm not sure if I have enough patience
07-20-12, 2:29 PM

Joined: Apr 2008
Posts: 40
Great enidnig, I'll give it a 9. Mr Watanabe, please, don't disappear again, japanese animation needs you!

And what to say about Yoko Kanno's work? Brilliant as always, both with the selection of jazz classics and her new compositions. And mabanua does also a great job with two songs!

A trully great anime, I'll miss it.
07-21-12, 4:12 PM

Joined: Oct 2011
Posts: 615
Amazing anime, 'specially with the jazz. It carried so much powerful emotion in each tune.
They nailed what was arguably the best part of the show. Though it is to be expected from Kanno and Watanabe.

Minor gripes here and there, but overall I give it a 9/10.

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07-21-12, 9:04 PM

Joined: Apr 2012
Posts: 16
Meepy said:
I could never really get emotionally invested in this show, for some reason; but somehow, the finale did make me really care.
Can't say I was too fond of what happened between Kaoru and Ritsuko in the first half of the episode, but I really loved their train scene.

But an eight year time skip. . . that's pretty bad. Especially with no hints as to what even happened during that period. Oddly, the thing I really wanted to know was Kaoru's reason for studying medicine/becoming a doctor.

Anyway, enjoyed the series overall. Loved the jazz. And friendship.

well earlier in the show, one of Kaoru's relatives did mention wanting him to become a doctor.It probably has something to do with his wealthy and educated background. There are people who want to become doctors not necessarily for any greater reason than because their relatives pushed them toward that career direction. Doubt it was because of sentaro's sister that Kaoru wanted to become a doctor like one of the earlier posts had mentioned.

All in all, the ending was clearly rushed and spoiled the whole episode.The female lead only shows up for like a minute at the end. The bromance part dragged on way too long. The lack of conclusiveness regarding kaoru and ritsuko's relationship made it seem like watching the series was a waste of time. The 2nd train parting scene was inferior to the 1st one though I did enjoy the music for former. It was very fitting and set the tone of Kaoru's bittersweet departure. Although I get the impression ritsuko didn't completely give up her feelings on Sentaro. Her "moments of affection" with Kaoru were also awkward to watch. Her whole mentality for liking Kaoru seems to be Kaoru is such a nice friend and she kind of owed him for that,along with knowing that Sentaro most likely wouldn't return her feelings had she explicitly told him. It would have probably been preferable if Kaoru just gave up on Ritsuko and Ritsuko never out of nowhere started liking Kaoru. This is of course my opinion but the drama feels forced at certain parts of this anime though as a whole this anime was certainly enjoyable. Though like many have pointed out, there simply wasn't enough jazz in this show.
Modified by spacexplorer, 07-23-12, 8:49 AM
07-26-12, 2:13 PM

Joined: Jan 2010
Posts: 6
Easily the best anime I've seen.
This last episode... I don't know if there has been a single final episode of an anime that has made me cry this kind of tears of joy. Seriously.
07-30-12, 11:54 AM

Joined: Feb 2012
Posts: 255
I'm hovering between 8 and 9 out of ten for this one. The series started out great but towards the end it was feeling increasingly rushed and melodramatic with less focus on jazz. And yet despite all the melodrama they just made all the conflicts dissipate with time instead of the characters seeking any solutions to their problems. All those Brief Encounter scenes at the train station felt overused. It was still very enjoyable, but I feel this might have been a better series if the story had had a few more episodes to develop with more music added.
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