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Sakamichi no Apollon | Kids on the Slope
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Posted 5/5/12 , edited 5/5/12
So, it's like a brother-to-brother-to-sister esque relationship (Sentaro, Kaoru and Ritsuko)?
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Isnt this NTR? With Jun and the girl flirting?

Just asking... in my opinion SnA is the best anime of the season. I watched the first episode with the expectation of not liking it, so it blindsided me with how great it is. Plus the artstyle is rather old-school, so that adds to its charm.
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Episode 4 But Not for Me . Was very good. Sentaro opening up himself more to Kaoru kun was very touching. And Suwabe san singing as Jun-nii was enchanting , but I cant tell if its really Suwabe san singing though he he he.





I wondered who was singing it too! I didn't notice any noncontinuity or anything else out of the ordinary so it certainly might be Suwabe.
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kufirst wrote:


iashakezula wrote:



Episode 4 But Not for Me . Was very good. Sentaro opening up himself more to Kaoru kun was very touching. And Suwabe san singing as Jun-nii was enchanting , but I cant tell if its really Suwabe san singing though he he he.





I wondered who was singing it too! I didn't notice any noncontinuity or anything else out of the ordinary so it certainly might be Suwabe.


I have listened to it over and over. The singer actually copied Chet Baker's singing the song so the tone and quality of the voice was more Chet Baker and not Suwabe san as Jun -nii.

I just looked at the credit and the singer is Masayoshi Furukawa. There is a few articulation mistakes here and there but the singing was pretty good.
.I love it.

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Awesome show, change the shitty op into something jazzy fitting the overall theme. The demographic of this show doesn't care for j-pop.
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kersplackle wrote:

Awesome show, change the shitty op into something jazzy fitting the overall theme. The demographic of this show doesn't care for j-pop.


Well you know , Yoko Kanno is incharge of music so most of the music in this anime are most likely original work made for this anime , Well aside from the music from the Jazz artists they featured so far.,,
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iashakezula wrote:


kufirst wrote:


iashakezula wrote:



Episode 4 But Not for Me . Was very good. Sentaro opening up himself more to Kaoru kun was very touching. And Suwabe san singing as Jun-nii was enchanting , but I cant tell if its really Suwabe san singing though he he he.





I wondered who was singing it too! I didn't notice any noncontinuity or anything else out of the ordinary so it certainly might be Suwabe.


I have listened to it over and over. The singer actually copied Chet Baker's singing the song so the tone and quality of the voice was more Chet Baker and not Suwabe san as Jun -nii.

I just looked at the credit and the singer is Masayoshi Furukawa. There is a few articulation mistakes here and there but the singing was pretty good.
.I love it.



Yeah, which is awesome because it didn't sound out of character at all. Plus, his English was pretty darn good.
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I think the OP fits perfectly. Plus, while 'Tank' and a lot of the OST was jazz music, Cowboy Bebop had nothing to do with the subject of jazz music itself. I think Kanno likes to keep it fresh and use different genres even if Kids on the Slope is strictly about jazz music alone.
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Posted 5/8/12
i am so looking forward for the next episode
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Posted 5/8/12
The OP doesnt fit? Anything Yoko Kanno does is awseome. Even squealing into a tin bucket would be entertaining if she did it. xD
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i love Yoko Kanno's work and she is the composer for Sakamichi no Apollon's music. Which I was so excited to know when they annouced that info before the anime began.

The first time I noticed her work when I first watched Ghost in the Shell . The soundtract of that anime was amazing and ever since then I watched out for all her work and then I realized she did Cowboy Bepop which was amazing as well.

She is working on 2 other anime this year. Aquarion Evol and Code Geass Gaiden.

I saw her perform at AX at the Macross Frontier concert , awesome show .

For me the OP and Ed songs are not as flashy as the other work she did but it simple and sweet and they are meant to fit the feel of the anime
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The Kids on the Slope OST credits Yoko Kanno as author of tracks 1, 2, 7 thru 10, 14, 15, 17, 22 while Maubauna did 11 (my favorite), 20 and Takashi Matsunaga (Kaoru piano) did track 19. I got this from CD Japan about 1 week ago for 2913 yen plus EMS charge which equated to 2 days shipping time instead of half a lifetime using the other choices.

Other credit goes to Shun Ishiwaka playing Sentaro drums. CD comes with a 12 +/- page booklet that introduces the song titles, song arrangers/writers, main anime characters, and possibly more info but since I can't read Japanese the script content is lost on me.

You can look up and listen to the music content at CD Japan if the mood moves you. I haven't regretted buying this. No doubt it will stay in my SUV CD player forever along with other Yoko Kanno tunes (Cowboy Bebop).

Besides jazz brainstorming I suspect religion is going to be shown playing a role in this series shaping Sentaro's personality. From some of the bio examined in episode 4 one has to be amazed how mature he acts handling Kaoru's interest in Ritsuko. After years of persecution growing up around other adolescent peers (or a.w.'s depending how you view kids who are thugs) we now understand why he fights well yet he isn't playing victim, overtly acting out or controlling social situations. This guy is drawn as 1 well adjusted man child.

Very interesting episode, number 4, especially the bar scene. It's almost reminiscent of scenes from the 1953 movie From Here to Eternity (sailors, soldiers in Hawaii before, during, after Dec. 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor attack). I admired this show early on but now my regard for it is somewhere in the upper stratosphere. This episode reinforces why I like anime as a social commentary medium as much as I do; more so than high brow TV series and high budget flicks.

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bemused_Bohemian wrote:

Besides jazz brainstorming I suspect religion is going to be shown playing a role in this series shaping Sentaro's personality. From some of the bio examined in episode 4 one has to be amazed how mature he acts handling Kaoru's interest in Ritsuko. After years of persecution growing up around other adolescent peers (or a.w.'s depending how you view kids who are thugs) we now understand why he fights well yet he isn't playing victim, overtly acting out or controlling social situations. This guy is drawn as 1 well adjusted man child.

Very interesting episode, number 4, especially the bar scene. It's almost reminiscent of scenes from the 1953 movie From Here to Eternity (sailors, soldiers in Hawaii before, during, after Dec. 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor attack). I admired this show early on but now my regard for it is somewhere in the upper stratosphere. This episode reinforces why I like anime as a social commentary medium as much as I do; more so than high brow TV series and high budget flicks.



Sheer genius.
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First two episodes have me hooked. Great characters and designs, the music goes without saying, and the story has a nice easy pace to it. It feels like it was written with adults in mind. There's no dumbing down, or titillating with cheap gimmicks, or lazy writing. Can't wait until the next episode.


They are pretty great. I think the 1st episode actually did me in. I saw the previews, thought it looked dumb, but finally caved in and decided to watch it the other night. Seems like a great series, and different from the typical anime stuff. I'm excited to see more. : )
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I saw a comment somewhere that said this show was K-On, but with guys. I lol'd.

I really like how this show broke away from a couple of cliches. One is that the main character doesn't have a window seat in the class. Another is that the main character cleared up a misunderstanding in the very episode that it was created.
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