Sakamichi no Apollon

Kids on the Slope

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Sakamichi no Aporon, Apollo on the Slope
Japanese: 坂道のアポロン
English: Kids on the Slope
German: Kids on the Slope
Spanish: Kids on the Slope
French: Kids on the Slope
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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
Source: Manga
Genres: DramaDrama, RomanceRomance
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, Love PolygonLove Polygon, MusicMusic, SchoolSchool
Demographic: JoseiJosei
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.301 (scored by 171289171,289 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #2612
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #597
Members: 383,460
Favorites: 7,017

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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]


The anime had a pre-airing event on April 7, 2012 and 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


Udagawa, Sumio
Watanabe, Shinichirou
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

Apple Music
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"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


Feb 3, 2024
To keep it super short, this story has many themes that people can relate to, a great story of growth in every sense of the word such as growing from trauma, loneliness, and growing from feelings of worthlessness. stunning music, solid visuals, and lessons you can extract from the show. I enjoy how the show isn’t predictable but very natural and real. This show isn’t a show that exaggerates a lot, which is really nice. I feel this show can be liked by most people for its universal themes, lovely music, and a solid animation. Everyone can relate and learn from something. Personally didn’t like ...
Aug 17, 2020
Mixed Feelings
Do you like jazz? Would you like to see a show where jazz is the focus? Where the characters have fun playing some good ol' jazz pieces with each other and talking about jazz pieces? Then this anime is NOT for you. Do you like normal cliché romance with poorly constructed drama with a far too fast and disappointing ending? Then this anime is for you!
This anime let me down in all respects, even though the first five episodes are pretty darn good and have the right pace and you get well introduced to the characters' backstories.

Story: 5
The story has a good layout. A rich, ...
Aug 30, 2021
I watched Sakamichi no Apollon, also known as Kids on the Slope. Here are my thoughts:

A music-themed josei drama is right up my alley, so I expected that I would enjoy this. Unfortunately, despite my optimism, I was disappointed by this anime.

The anime has pretty good direction. It feels movie-like, both in terms of direction and production quality. Very polished.

Decent character designs for the male characters (can't say the same for the women). Although the art style is bland, the animation is fluid and looks nice. The colour palette is quite dull and muted, but admittedly it does suit the retro-Japan time period.

I really like ...

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