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Kids on the Slope 

Sakamichi no Apollon (original title)
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Two different students - a successful but aloof academic and a rebellious but kindhearted delinquent - form a friendship through their love for music.




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Series cast summary:
Leraldo Anzaldua ...  Muroi 12 episodes, 2012
Shelley Calene-Black ...  Sayoko 12 episodes, 2012
Luci Christian ...  Kaoru's aunt 12 episodes, 2012
Maggie Flecknoe ...  Yurika Fukahori 12 episodes, 2012
Hilary Haag ...  Sachiko 12 episodes, 2012
Brittney Karbowski ...  Tokie 12 episodes, 2012
Andrew Love Andrew Love ...  Sentaro Kawabuchi 12 episodes, 2012
Cynthia Martinez Cynthia Martinez ...  Mariko 12 episodes, 2012
Kalob Martinez Kalob Martinez ...  Ryuunosuke Yamaoka 12 episodes, 2012
David Matranga ...  Junichi Katsuragi 12 episodes, 2012
Chris Patton ...  Kaoru Nishimi 12 episodes, 2012
Blake Shepard 12 episodes, 2012
Rebekah Stevens Rebekah Stevens ...  Ritsuko Mukae 12 episodes, 2012
David Wald ...  Mukae, Tsutomu 12 episodes, 2012


Kaoru, an aloof honour student, has always moved from town to town due to his father's work, this means he never really settled anywhere either. Moving to Kyushu he expected it to be the same as always, yet this time something was different. He first grew close to the class president, but even more interesting was his shared connection with her and the class 'bad boy' over music, more specifically Jazz. Here in Kyushu, he finally forms his first real friendships. Written by Mattias1

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12 April 2012 (Japan) See more »

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Apollo bema'ale hagiv'a See more »

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The series title "Sakamichi no Apollon", means "Apollo of the Slope". Apollo is the Greek god of music. See more »

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Each episode is named after a jazz song. See more »


Remade as Kids on the Slope (2018) See more »


Sakamichi no Melody
Music and Arrangement by Yôko Kanno
Lyrics and Performance by Yuki
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Jazz Is Life
8 July 2012 | by Cat-WingsSee all my reviews

The anime has a total of 12 episodes and was broadcast between April and June in 2012. The story begins with a high school boy (Kaoru Nishimi) who moves to Saseho in Nagasaki prefecture due to his father's business matter. Kaoru is the best student at his previous school but he doesn't fit into the environment and doesn't have friends because of his frequent changes of schools. After he meets a problem kid and a Jazz drummer, Sentaro, Kaoru finds a light in his school life. As Kaoru is a classic pianist, he starts playing Jazz under Sentaro's influence. Soon after Kaoru falls in love with Ritsuko, Sentaro's childhood friend. However, Kaoru is rejected because he finds out that Ritsuko's favourite person is Sentaro. Meanwhile, Ritsuko also notices that Sentaro comes to like a mysterious upperclass student, Yurika. Yurika loves Junichi who is a saxophone player and comes back from Tokyo after joining a student movement and is renounced by his father.

Love and relationship are unpredictable just like jams and Jazz improvisations, and they are leaping impulses and swinging like a person running down a slope. Each episode is composed of a small story along with a Jazz song such as "Someday My Prince Will Come," "Now's the Time," "Moanin," "Summertime," etc. The story is a really heartwarming. Perhaps, the time background of the story in the 1970s, where people listen to records, no musical score, transcriptions of songs, student movements, and people, makes the viewer feel warm. Above all, the music is brilliant! Yoko Kanno worked on the songs; the arrangement of Jazz songs, and the jams and improvisations are top-notch! I highly recommend this anime, and you will find passion and bittersweet in the story.

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