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Apr 12, 2012 2:19 PM

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Ugh ep 2 please. Right. Now.


Defintely this. I just loved it
 
Apr 12, 2012 2:22 PM

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Been waiting for this to air and I'm pretty pleased that is wasn't terrible at all. The only thing I'd change is the artwork, just a little bit. It seems pretty weird from time to time. Otherwise great start for (hopefully) a great anime!!
 
Apr 12, 2012 2:24 PM

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YES! Finally an anime with jazz music! I'm so happy. :D This is really cool so far, and the animation is great!
 
Apr 12, 2012 2:25 PM

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You can't go wrong with having Yoko Kanno as the composer ;A;
 
Apr 12, 2012 2:26 PM

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"You have finally come for me. Who the hell are you..?" I can already tell I am going to Sentarou. :3
 
Apr 12, 2012 2:31 PM

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The first episode was sooo good!!
I had a feeling this was going to be my favourite of spring season, this just blew my doubts away.
 
Apr 12, 2012 2:34 PM

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SHOW OF THE SEASON RIGHT HERE
I sometimes forget why I like anime. There's so much crap, not enough gems. But this is more than a gem. This will be incredible.
 
Apr 12, 2012 2:59 PM

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I've found my 2 favorites of the season:
Uchuu Kyoudai and Sakamichi no Apollon.

5/5
 
Apr 12, 2012 3:05 PM

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Pretty good start, just kinda annoyed with the crappy "my relatives are unrealistic assholes trope"

But damn does Sentaro's VA have a sexy sexy voice.
It doesn't think, it doesn't feel, it doesn't laugh or cry..... All it does from dusk till dawn is make the soldiers die.
 
Apr 12, 2012 3:09 PM

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This was absolutely amazing. It's a really nice change from all the bad SoL I've been seeing recently. Just shows that when two people do the same thing, it's not the same thing.
I LOVED the music, which accompanied the fight on the roof and when he was meeting the girl's dad. Also, the drum beats actually synchronizes with what he's playing, which is always nice to see (lol compared to Kiniro no Corda. And sometimes even K-ON).
All the characters are really likeable and charismatic, without being boxed into categories (all the deres out there...).
Oh and the voice actors are amazing.
The only thing I disliked was the whole cliche of the main guy's family. Especially the sister (?) and the maid which are actually there. The thing the maid said (something along the lines of his mother's a bitch) seemed forced and unrealistic.
Obviously I have really high hopes for this and can't wait for next week.
 
Apr 12, 2012 3:10 PM

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Jigero said:
Pretty good start, just kinda annoyed with the crappy "my relatives are unrealistic assholes trope"

But damn does Sentaro's VA have a sexy sexy voice.


Agree with everything you've said.
 
Apr 12, 2012 3:12 PM

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Looks like this will be promising.
 
Apr 12, 2012 3:24 PM

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this really surprise me. very good start.
n the animation is awesome
 
Apr 12, 2012 3:25 PM

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That little girl... e.o

But great first episode!

Most of the characters are very likable, and it's one of the few animes where I actually love the protagonist. :D

Why only 11 eps? D:

I've never seen a 1966 setting. Looks fun~
 
Apr 12, 2012 3:27 PM

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Great Episode! Well, looking at the staff, I was expecting something interesting. The animation is good, nay especially georgeous - almost movie-quality - during the drum scene. The jazzy ambiance is a must for me. I hope it continues at this pace.
 
Apr 12, 2012 3:37 PM

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Thursday will be epic with this, Tsuritama, Sankarea and Eureka Seven
 
Apr 12, 2012 3:51 PM
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Jigero said:
Pretty good start, just kinda annoyed with the crappy "my relatives are unrealistic assholes trope"
I forgot about that but yeah, their attitude made no sense. Hopefully we won't be seeing them too much.
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Apr 12, 2012 4:09 PM

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this had really good music in it and the animation is different
it might be one of my favorites
 
Apr 12, 2012 4:17 PM

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The only word I have for this show is AMAZEBALLS!

Easily the best thing airing this season. Art, music, pacing all top notch. Only 11 eps, but that is the Noitamina way. Will be sad when this one ends, brilliant premiere.
 
Apr 12, 2012 4:20 PM

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strong episode as expected
direction felt very strong .. and the drum scene was amazing
I liked the art style very much .. I miss this style ..
 
Apr 12, 2012 4:42 PM

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Great intro ep.

This is turning out to be a great season. So many great series to watch.

5/5
 
Apr 12, 2012 4:49 PM

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This anime has some decent potential, as long as it doesn't turn too maudlin.

But the opening and closing songs - what is this CRAP doing in a story about kids learning about jazz in the 60s? Those sorts of songs were fine for Natsume Yuujinchou, but in an anime about 60s jazz?????
 
Apr 12, 2012 4:51 PM

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The OP & ED are amazing, almost forgot to watch the episode since i was stuck on the OP for ever.

The spring lineup is just looking better and better.
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Apr 12, 2012 4:58 PM

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liked it a lot!
and gotta love the VA´s!*.*

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Apr 12, 2012 5:13 PM
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But the opening and closing songs - what is this CRAP doing in a story about kids learning about jazz in the 60s? Those sorts of songs were fine for Natsume Yuujinchou, but in an anime about 60s jazz?????
I'm with you on that. I was hoping for something like the OP/ED from Cowboy Beebop.
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Apr 12, 2012 5:33 PM
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The drum part was incredible, it was pitch perfect and the animation was extraordinary. Great first episode despite the very peculiar character design. It was extrepmely different from what I'd pictured but Watanabe still shines in this kind of slice-of-life/old school/music setting. Well, he IS a great music director too.

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Apr 12, 2012 5:36 PM

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fshah said:
Zhou said:
I had no idea what I was going to watch, turned out it was great. Jazz is awesome and they did an amanzing job to get the drum playing right.

y'know it's Yoko Kanno-verse! she'd done well in jazz music!


No doubt about it! x]
One of the few series that I've anticipated and actually loved from episode one.
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Apr 12, 2012 5:47 PM

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Jimb0 said:
wow all of my doubt on watanabe being able to pull this off just disappeared

why did i ever doubt the man?


I have no idea why you doubted him or Yoko Kanno.

This first episode was very solid. Animation, music and pacing were all good. The story is a little a cliche, but I'm sure the Jazz is the key element of changing the standard transfer/bullying element that so many other school drama's use heavily. Characters are probably the weakest part of this story so far. Not so much their designs completely, but they do seem a bit predicable. Plus only 11 episodes? I'm not sure what this show is going to attempt, but hopefully it won't try to incorporate the entire manga in 11 episodes. Then it would probably be rushed indeed. So far not a bad start, but there is definitely some room for improvement. Not sure what to expect from these 11 episodes? Perhaps an introduction to the real drama? Is this in fact a test run for an anticipated longer second season? Or will they keep seasons at around 11 episodes? I'm way ahead of myself here, stepping back and hoping this season does well, because so far it's the type of slice of life that I look for in anime.
 
Apr 12, 2012 6:01 PM

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A solid start to a promising slice-of-life. I love Jazz, and Yoko Kanno hasn't disappointed.

HuNtErLeOrIo said:
I've found my 2 favorites of the season:
Uchuu Kyoudai and Sakamichi no Apollon.

Definitely my favorites so far as well, at least as far as first episodes go.
 
Apr 12, 2012 6:34 PM

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The pace is like natsume yuujinchou. Seems nice, can't wait till they start playing jazz together.
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Apr 12, 2012 6:45 PM
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Jazz? Classic? What can go wrong?
Even thouhgh I dislike the design, I loved the first episode. Haven't felt this excited in quite a while.
 
Apr 12, 2012 6:51 PM

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Shit. Super disappointed that this will be mere 11 episodes. Because it's very very VERY good. Ending song is beautiful.
 
Apr 12, 2012 6:56 PM
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dam this is gonna be good
 
Apr 12, 2012 7:46 PM

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That was awesome as heck. As good as the manga.
 
Apr 12, 2012 7:49 PM

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The best first episode I have ever seen.
 
Apr 12, 2012 8:06 PM

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That was a great jazzy pilot episode.

Loved the drums by Sentaro and also his playing with the twigs. :D

5/5

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Apr 12, 2012 8:10 PM

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Great first episode! Was that Miles' Kind of Blue they showed in the record racks? I wouldn't doubt that we get jazz OP/ED once Kaoru gets his groove on...(been awhile since I used that expression...)
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Apr 12, 2012 8:28 PM

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The music is amazingly beautiful, makes me want to listen to jazz.

So far, this is pretty good, maybe topping Kuroko no Basket for one of the best anime this season (besides Fate/Zero IMO). The movements are fluid and smooth, very nice art.

Sentarou's drumming playing was sexy :)


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Apr 12, 2012 8:36 PM

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rodac said:
Great first episode! Was that Miles' Kind of Blue they showed in the record racks? I wouldn't doubt that we get jazz OP/ED once Kaoru gets his groove on...(been awhile since I used that expression...)


there was certainly a poster of miles davis in the record store, but i didn't notice Kind of Blue. i'll have to watch it again.
 
Apr 12, 2012 8:43 PM

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omg this is the Anime Of The Season to me (It might only be beaten by Hyoka)
I really love music and drums!
So anime+music = epic and isn't just music, is jazz music and the person behind the ost is not other than the genius yokko kanno omg this is soo good *-* and I love Sentarou already, that accent <3
5/5
 
Apr 12, 2012 8:44 PM

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WHOOHOO! First episode and this rocks the house! Found myself applauding by the end.

We have another winner! :D
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Apr 12, 2012 9:06 PM

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LOVED IT! specially the pacing imo it was perfect !!
 
Apr 12, 2012 9:20 PM

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Wow, this has to be one of the most unique anime I've seen in a long time. Already loving the dynamic between Kaoru and Sentarou, plus it definitely has that 60s vibe in here. Wonder how things will develop in the next 10 episodes.
 
Apr 12, 2012 9:31 PM

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I gotta say, I'm liking this one. Especially the jazz angle and Yoko Kanno. I'm impressed with how good Sentaro was animated while he was playing the drums. I remember from the first season of Nodame, they didn't even really show the characters' fingers while they played the piano most of the time, and in the later seasons, they used 3D animation for their hands. If they used any sort of 3D for Sentaro, then I definitely couldn't tell. It looked great.

The only negative thing I have to say concerns the OP and ED. While they are both good in their own right, I would have thought that an anime about jazz would have some of Yoko Kanno's stylings. In this regard, I was disappointed.

 
Apr 12, 2012 9:34 PM

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That was just freaking beautiful. The art, animation, backgrounds, everything. I love all of the characters so far, what a beautiful friendship between Sentarou and glasses guy (omg sorry forgot his name).

Definitely reminds me of Nodame Cantabile too (one of my favourite anime), like some people have said already.
 
Apr 12, 2012 9:46 PM
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Been waiting for this series for a while and it did not disappoint me. WatanabeXKanno is something i have been waiting for since Cowboy Bebop finished. The music is amazing but its the characters in the first episode that defines the show at this point. I looking forward to seeing more of this series and just from the first episode this going be one of my favorites of the year.
 
Apr 12, 2012 9:57 PM

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I almost can tell this is going to be my favorite anime of the season.
 
Apr 12, 2012 9:58 PM

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I love how fluid the drumming animation looks, awesome.
One of the best shows of the season so far for me, along with Uchuu Kyoudai, Fate/0 2, Jormundgand, and Lupin III.
 
Apr 12, 2012 10:48 PM

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I actually thought this was gonna suck going into it, but damn was I wrong
 
Apr 12, 2012 11:29 PM

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I wasn't expecting anything from it but it was quite good.
 
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