Kids on the Slope

Alt title: Sakamichi no Apollon

TV (12 eps)
4.451 out of 5 from 9,216 votes
Rank #139

Lonely Kaoru Nishimi has lost count of how many times he has moved schools thanks to his father's naval career. Newly landed in Kyushu, he finds most of his classmates instantly antagonistic towards him and suspicious of his elite background. Only two other students seem not to mind who he is – the infamously abrasive Sentarou and the gentle Ritsuko. Unbeknownst to Kaoru they have a passion for jazz, and they're about to pull him out of his stiff, joyless world into theirs of loose, swinging self-expression. Through friendship and frustration, love and despair, Kaoru will learn that life has a wealth of experiences in store for him!

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Episode 1


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Episode 2


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Episode 3

Someday My Prince Will Come

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Episode 4

But not for me

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Episode 5

Lullabys of Birdland

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Episode 6

You Don't Know What Love Is

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Episode 7

Now's the Time

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Episode 8

These Foolish Things

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Episode 9

Love Me or Leave Me

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Episode 10

In a Sentimental Mood

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Episode 11

Left Alone

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Episode 12

All Blues

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hamletsmage Jul 15, 2012
Score 9.5/10

Story: For once, I actually wanted the storyline to slow down a little. I so thoroughly enjoyed the plot and the intricacies between characters that I wanted to see more. But, with what I was given, I can't really complain. The story is of a lonely boy that's been on the move his entire live. Now that he's finally been allowed to settle down, he's a fish-out-of-water in post-war Japan. The story is a whirlwind... read more

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Molko Sep 8, 2015
Score 6/10

I'm gonna try and record my thoughts while they're still fresh in my mind-- I just finished marathoning the series after having some interest in it for quite a while. I rated Sakamichi no Apollon around a 3.5 in my star rating and here's why, without spoiling too much of what happens, though do read at your own discretion, as it does spoil things about the story even if its not exactly what... read more

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Sakamichi no Apollon
  • Vol: 9; Ch: 45
  • 2007 - 2012

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Sakamichi no Apollon: Bonus Track
  • Vol: 1; Ch: 5
  • 2012

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