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Sakamichi no Apollon

Sakamichi no Apollon

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Sakamichi no Aporon, Kids on the Slope
Japanese: 坂道のアポロン

Information

Type: Manga
Volumes: 9
Chapters: 45
Status: Finished
Published: Sep 28, 2007 to Jan 28, 2012
Authors: Kodama, Yuki (Story & Art)
Serialization: Flowers (Monthly)

Statistics

Score: 8.701 (scored by 4872 users)
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Ranked: #442
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #473
Members: 12,189
Favorites: 597
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Synopsis

Constantly transferring schools since childhood, Kaoru Nishimi has always been seen as a social outcast when he transfers due to his intellectual nature and wealthy background. But after moving to Kyushu for his first year of high school, things begin to change when Kaoru befriends the class president Ritsuko Mukae and, unexpectedly, the notorious school delinquent Sentarou Kawabuchi. While Kaoru is an honors student, Sentarou is constantly getting into fights and skipping class. However, these two opposites find a common ground in one thing—music.

One day, Kaoru is invited by Ritsuko to visit her family's record store, where he finds Sentarou in the basement showcasing his skill in jazz drumming. Kaoru, being a classical pianist, knows nothing about jazz. But inspired by the performance, he begins to open his mind to the genre alongside Sentarou. The duo begin to practice in after-school jazz sessions in the record store's basement. As he spends more time improving his skills in jazz, Kaoru finds a person whom he can truly call his friend, and comes to learn the joys of playing music. Sakamichi no Apollon follows their story of friendship and love brought together by jazz.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Background

Sakamichi no Apollon won the 57th Shogakukan Manga Award for general manga.

The series has been published in Polish as Wzgórze Apolla by J.P. Fantastica since July 2, 2015 and in Spanish as Kids on the Slope by Milky Way Ediciones since October 2015.

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Apr 30, 2012
loey (All reviews)
While I write this review, the intro of Moanin' by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers is playing inside my head. Not just that, for two weeks, all I could hear was pure and awesome jazz songs. Of course it's Sakamichi no Apollon's fault.

Music. Do you know how powerful can it be? C'mon, I bet music changed your life or your day, at least once. Now, jazz songs. Jazz is contagious, you hear it and starts tapping your fingers, moving your shoulders or doing weird footsteps under the table. It's magical! In the end, you're smiling and you don't even know how that read more
Dec 8, 2012
tlne (All reviews)
Sakamichi No Apollon (also known as Kids On The Slope) is a josei manga which can get some catchy jazz song in your head, and manage to keep it there all day. At first, you'd catch yourself tapping your fingers or toes to some melody, and after some time, you just can't stop. The musical style of jazz is off-beat, nonrhythmic, and often improvises the melodies. It's very different, but often in a good way.

That definition also best describes Sakamichi No Apollon.

As the winner of the 57th Shogakukan Manga Award for General Manga, I don't think you could really expect anything sub-par. Kaoru, a stotic, read more
Mar 31, 2013
Baharuka (All reviews)
I came across this manga while I was looking for josei manga and decided to read it because it won an award. I thought it could be boring but that wasn't the case!

The story takes place in a small town with a warm, cozy atmosphere (around 1960s I think) and you really feel you're there! The characters are very realistic. There's one girl and two guys but the story is not cliché. The girl is a timid, sweet small town girl who's still friends with her childhood friend, the "delinquent" Sen. Then the city boy/ good student comes into the picture and music pulls them read more
Dec 29, 2013
jeiwasabi (All reviews)
Again, I am not writing a review just because and I rarely write reviews for things I've completed. I randomly found this tile (Kids on the Slope) while browsing Tumblr, so I checked its wikipage out. I was interested, so I started reading it at the early hours of today. Maybe 1 am. Anyway, I was instantly drawn in by the main character and I was wanting more from him, as well as his new life with his new friends. What made the story better for me was the fact that he gained such good and new friends easily and he slowly began to come read more

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Recent News

'Sakamichi no Apollon' Gets Live-Action Film for 2018

'Sakamichi no Apollon' Gets Live-Action Film for 2018

The cover of Shogakukan's Flowers June issue (pictured) has announced that Yuki Kodama's Sakamichi no Apollon will receive a theatrical live-action adaptat...read more

Watanabe Shinichiro Directs Sakamichi no Apollon

Watanabe Shinichiro Directs Sakamichi no Apollon

According to the official website, the production staff of Sakamichi no Apollon was announced. Watanabe Shinichiro and Kanno Yoko will work together for the first ti...read more


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