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
Genre: Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Themes: MusicMusic, SchoolSchool
Duration: 25 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.941 (scored by 1063110,631 users)
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Ranked: #45692
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Popularity: #4615
Members: 22,483
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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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Feb 12, 2019
A simple but superbly-done story about a 25-year-old Aki Miyagawa and the events in her life that brought her to pursue a career in drumming. The bulk of this short film is set in the past, seamlessly transitioning between different stages of her life to tell her story.

There are two main conflicts: one implicit, internal conflict about self-worth, and another explicit, external conflict between Aki and her father who's disappointed in her career choice. The internal conflict takes the helm of the story, but it's shifted aside rather quickly in favour of the other and it's a little oddly-done, though it's not necessarily a negative.

That ...
Aug 11, 2018
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 ...
Jan 19, 2019
Mixed Feelings
Story: 8
Art: 7
Sound: 7
Character: 8
Enjoyment: 8
Overall: 6

Yeah that may be confusing, 3 out of the five categories are 8of 10 and the other three are 7 out of 10 but overall it's 6/10? Well that's because Aki no Kanade ruined its ending. Basically this pro drummer in Tokyo goes back to her hometown to revive a drum festival, most of the episode is a flashback to her old drumming days as a child and that's fine, actually I liked the flashback and it really made me like her as well. But the thing is that after she gets to her hometown, instead of building up ...

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