Kids on the Slope

Sakamichi no Apollon

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Introverted classical pianist and top student Kaoru Nishimi has just arrived in Kyushu for his first year of high school. Having constantly moved from place to place since his childhood, he abandons all hope of fitting in, preparing himself for another lonely, meaningless year. That is, until he encounters the notorious delinquent Sentarou Kawabuchi. Sentarou's immeasurable love for jazz music inspires Kaoru to learn more about the genre, and as a result, he slowly starts to break out of his shell, making his very first friend. Kaoru begins playing the piano at after-school jazz sessions, located in the basement of fellow student Ritsuko Mukae's family-owned record shop. As he discovers the immense joy of using his musical talents to bring enjoyment to himself and others, Kaoru's summer might just crescendo into one that he will remember forever. Sakamichi no Apollon is a heartwarming story of friendship, music, and love that follows three unique individuals brought together by their mutual appreciation for jazz.

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English: Kids on the Slope
Japanese: 坂道のアポロン
Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 13, 2012 to Jun 29, 2012
Premiered: Spring 2012
Broadcast: Fridays at 00:45 (JST)
Producers: Dentsu, Fuji TV, Toho, DAX Production, Sony Music Entertainment
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Tezuka Productions, MAPPA
Source: Manga
Genres: Drama, Josei, Music, Romance, School
Duration: 22 min per ep
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Resolution: 480p, 1080p, 720p
Type: BD, Dual Audio


Masao Maruyama – Producer
Shinichiro Watanabe – Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Kazuto Nakazawa – Episode Director, Storyboard, Animation Director, Key Animation
Seiki Sugawara – Episode Director
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Theme Songs

OP1: “Sakamichi no Melody (坂道のメロディ)” by YUKI
ED1: “Altair (アルタイル)” by Motohiro Hata meets Sakamichi no Apollon

Episode List

01: Moanin’
02: Summertime
03: Someday My Prince Will Come
04: But Not for Me
05: Lullabys of Birdland
06: You Don’t Know What Love Is
07: Now’s the Time
08: These Foolish Things
09: Love Me or Leave Me
10: In a Sentimental Mood
11: Left Alone
12: All Blues



Life, love, and jazz are the heart of the music time piece in the 1960’s that will leave you humming the tunes for hours to come.


way better than your lie in april


A hetero unrequited love story where you believe the bromance more than the romance.


Absolutely no gay overtones.


You will laugh, cry and smile all at the same time, such an amazing anime with great music, characters. Don’t miss this gem of an Anime :)


If you play it without feelin’ it, then it’s not Jazz. Well, there were plenty of feels and fantastic music!


Jazz music and some great characters equal a really good watch.


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