Aki no Kanade

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Synonyms: Wakate Animator Ikusei Project, 2015 Young Animator Training Project, Anime Mirai 2015
Japanese: アキの奏で


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 22, 2015
Producers: Exa International
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: J.C.Staff
Source: Original
Genres: Slice of LifeSlice of Life, MusicMusic, SchoolSchool
Duration: 25 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.001 (scored by 93569,356 users)
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Ranked: #37302
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Popularity: #3920
Members: 19,602
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Aki Miyagawa moved to Tokyo to pursue her dream to be a taiko drummer, but had a hard time balancing her strict training regimen with her part-time job. Now, after 15 years, she's returning to coach others for a taiko festival.

(Source: ANN)

Project by J.C.Staff announced to be part of Anime Mirai 2015.


Aki no Kanade was one of the four films of Anime Mirai 2015 (Young Animator Training Project), a project funded by the Japanese government's Agency of Cultural Affairs in order to support training animators.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Suzuki, Youhei
Iwanami, Yoshikazu
Sound Director
Ishida, Miyuki
Episode Director, Storyboard
Yaegashi, Youhei
Animation Director, Character Design


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Apr 7, 2015
structure (All reviews)
This movie is as sweet as it is short. Sadly, we don't get more than about 20 minutes to get to know our main character, Aki, and her story growing up. The story starts showing us how her life has turned out as a professional drummer, and then jumps back to show us how she was introduced to, and came to love, the art. We follow her life from this point and watch her as she grows up.

It's a cute personal story, focused heavily around the points where drumming has affected her life. I think the main point that can be taken from Aki no read more
Apr 6, 2015
dlambo (All reviews)
Story 9/10. Pretty decent for a short movie. Was expecting this movie to be longer but I guess there's no need. The cover for this movie speaks for itself, there's a lot of challenges and doubts faced for Miyagawa; while there's also the same girl who's ambitious and is proud of her work. This story encompasses a lot of cultural art into it, kind of hard to find a movie who literally focuses "on a girl who wants to be a professional drummer."

Art 10/10. What's there not to like about it, the characters were drawn beautifully, each one had a unique style, even the read more
Mar 23, 2016
sparkle1princess (All reviews)
Warning: spoilers ahead

As with every review I make, this one is biased. Objectively, this OVA would probably get a 9/10. However, I loved it enough that I gave it a 10. If you have a problem with this scoring system, feel free to express that.

I just finished reviewing Charlotte, which took a lot of time and energy out of me. This time, as a way of spiritually cleansing myself of that show, I am reviewing something that I actually really like. There aren't too many spoilers, simply because there isn't much to spoil. It's only one episode. This anime is about a girl who read more
Aug 11, 2018
ktulu007 (All reviews)
Here we are at the end of this year's film festival week. Aki no Kanade was created as a part of 2015's Anime Mirai project. For those of you who aren't familiar with what that is, it's designed to train young animators. Harmonie was also created as a part of it, just for the 2014 Anime Mirai. JC Staff headed the project. Yes, the Toradora, Azumanga Daioh studio. 


We open with a drumming performance. Then we cut to the performers having some beers and chatting. One of them, Aki, seems to be feeling down. Probably because all of them have to have side jobs. The next morning read more

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