Kids on the Slope - Recommendations

Alt title: Sakamichi no Apollon

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Your lie in April

Your lie in April

Kousei Arima was a genius pianist until his mother's sudden death took away his ability to play. Each day was dull for Kousei. But, then he meets a violinist named Kaori Miyazono who has an eccentric playing style. His monotonus life was about to change forever.

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Qplayer Qplayer says...

Both anime feature pianists who delve into the mysteries of love and romance, friendship, and motivation for their craft. Kaoru and Kousei shoud have a heart to heart about relationships as they have similar personalties. Sakamichi is jazz while Your Lie in April is classical, but both embrace a unique love of showcasing high quality music.

chii chii says...

Music, romance, and the trials of growing up are the main focus of these 2 titles. Both main characters of each show are very similar too.

snivets snivets says...

Your Lie in April and Sakamichi no Apollon have a lot in common. From their focus on an introverted pianist and his group of friends, to the depth of character development, they both vary their tone between lighthearted and darker emotional moments. If you liked either one of these, it's a good bet you'll like the other.

Bronia Bronia says...

Both are noitaminA anime about pianists who begrudgingly take on changes to their style. This sudden immersion in a new piano "scene" opens the doors to new friendships and romance and general growing up. If you liked the sense of coming of age wrapped up with the music of either anime, you should definitely try the other! Both also have gorgeous animation and very pretty soundtracks. The characters and their relationships are delightful to watch, but not without drama. They are very similar shows that complement each other well.

asterris asterris says...

I'd have to say between Nodame and Apollon this one is the most alike to Your Life in April. Both about male main characters who have 'sad' pasts that have their lives changed by meeting someone else and subsequently change their music style because of that. Romance is also subtle but present in both of these.

From what I've seen so far, Your Lie in April is going to end up being slightly MORE serious than Apollon, which though it too has its deep moments, ends fairly well and keeps a light hearted vibe. While Apollon seems a little more whimsical as it takes place in a small town near the sea (going to school still involved) without as much emphasis on school life, Your Lie in April seems more modern and sticks it out in the old school setting for the most part.

Rastamepas Rastamepas says...

Sakamichi No Apollon and Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso are quite alike. They both share common themes including music, and romance. They both can be serious and some points and extremely lighthearted at others. Both shows feature a MC that is a Pianist who grows through music and friends. If you liked one I'm sure you'd like the other.

22kittycats 22kittycats says...

Both shows are about music and both have a deeper plot behind music.. Though one's about jazz in 70's and the other's about classical music now, they both have a similar feeling..

minhbi99 minhbi99 says...

To the sole purpose of music, comedy and ethusiasm. However you wont cry watching this, trust me

LadyPsychic LadyPsychic says...

Both anime involve teenagers coming of age, romance/love triangles, and music (albiet different genres of music).  Both series contain both comedic/light-hearted moments as well as sad/dramatic moments (though Your Lie in April is ultimately the more tragic of the two).  If you like one, then you will probably like the other.

Guinsoo Guinsoo says...

music, relationships, and complete emotional investment. Your lie in April is better in my opinion, but both are well worth watching. 

JacksonSehm JacksonSehm says...

While Your Lie in April showcases much more melancholy themes, I feel that the character developments result in similar relationships between the characters. While Kids on the Slope is shorter and more light-hearted, they offered up the same emotions for me at least.

Both make me think of music in a completely different light, as I've never seriously taken up an instrument, but for both series, their craft is their main means of expression. Whether it's to exhibit what they're going through to others or just to help them clear their heads, the amount of passion in their playing is something to appreciate.

19O8 19O8 says...

Kids on the Slope and Your lie in April similar but also not lol. While Kids on the Slope is about jazz music and Your lie in April is about classical music, they both are about music and force you to perceive the idea of music in a different way. With that said, Your lie in April is a lot more emotional and suspenseful while Kids on the Slope is easygoing but both are enjoyable. 

OkamiHime95 OkamiHime95 says...

The 2 main characters are quite similar, and the anime's themselves both deal with music, romance, and various other topics. Their OP's are amazing too, so why not check them out? ^^ 

BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad

BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad

Koyuki is a downcast fourteen-year-old boy who feels disconnected from life. Socially unpopular and lacking confidence, he takes some solace in his fandom of fluffy J-Pop. However, when he saves a strange dog from a group of cruel young bullies, his life changes forever; for through this encounter he meets a genius guitarist named Ryuunosuke and subsequently is introduced to the world famous rock band Dying Breed. Now, he uses his innate singing talent and beginning guitar skills to join with the indy startup band Beck, learning to live a life unlike anything he has ever known...

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Ishmoo Ishmoo says...

Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad has an extremely similar atmosphere to Sakamichi no Apollon in many ways, though the setting and style of music vary greatly. The emphasis on a developing friendship between two young men is strikingly similar, as are the tribulations they go through as their bond deepens. The music is fantastic in both, though more rock and punk centered in Beck. I'd have to give Beck a slight edge over Sakamichi no Apollon in quality, though it pains me to say so being a huge Watanabe fan. Both have top notch writing and well developed characters though, again, I'd rate Beck higher in both.

lovesnsd lovesnsd says...

If u like Sakamichi no Apollon, u will like Beck and vice versa as Beck is rock and more modern verison of Sakamichi no Apollon and Sakamichi no Apollon is Jazz and 60's version of Beck

discospider discospider says...

Both of these shows are centered around boys who don't belong but find their place in rock/jazz. You will see many of the same struggles and joys of finding friends with whom you can play music with. While there is the obvious music connection, the similarities go beyond that into a similar atmosphere and feel.

Humice Humice says...

Both animes deal with the themes of using music as a release to help their teenage main characters deal with loneliness they both try to identify the themes of their respective music. Rock music for Beck and Jazz for Kids On the Slope (Sakamichi no Apollon)

Marvelman Marvelman says...

Sakamichi no Apollon and Beck both share themes of friendship, love, and passion. The styles of both shows do a great job of creating a realistic feel and get you to like the characters through tales of their feelings.

Additionally, both shows do a great job with their soundtracks and implementing music into the show without getting into a supernatural theme. If you want a realistic story of friends, aspirations, music, and life in general, Beck and Sakamichi no Apollon go very well together.

Sianeka Sianeka says...

If you liked Beck, and seeing the interplay of characters to whom music is a big factor in their life, then I'd recommend checking out Kids on the Slope.  And if you enjoyed following the growing friendships and ties main guy Kaoru Nishimi makes due to his music in Kids on the Slope, then check out the formation and trials and tribulations of newly formed rock group Beck. Kids is a bit more slice-of-life and features jazz rather than rock as Beck does, but both anime are about how music changes the life of the main protagonist.

ApolloLight ApolloLight says...

I think both the shows relate because they both are about enjoying music and how it be used to show/share emotions. The both have sub plots which makes the show even better. The only difference in the type of music the show cover. Beck is more rock while kids on the slope is jazz.

NerdConsultant NerdConsultant says...

both are about Young people coming to terms with there lives and there love of music and have some incredible well written music eve though styles are diffrent. both shows also have similar characters and tones

Waiting in the Summer

Waiting in the Summer

One day, while testing out his new video camera on a bridge in town, Kaito Kirishima sees a bright blue light in the sky and is inexplicably knocked over the side, awakening the next morning in bed with no memory of the event. But upon heading to school, the boy notices a new face that’s familiar to him somehow - her name is Ichika Takatsuki, and she’s new in town. Kaito’s friends, noticing his interest in the girl, all resolve to make a movie this summer and cast her as the lead, to which she immediately approves. Now, the group embarks on what will be a truly memorable summer that no one will forget, as Kaito and Ichika slowly, and clumsily, begin to fall in love.

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chad28 chad28 says...

Waiting in the Summer (Ano Natsu de Matteru) and Kids on the Slope (Sakamichi no Apollon) contain a group of friends, school life, love triangles and an art form (filming and music respectively).

I think that if you liked one you'll probably like the other because of these elements, including the love and friendship story.

snivets snivets says...

Both of these shows are charming and bittersweet. The clumsy way the characters try to express their feelings for each other is similar, as is the drama that results because of people's romantic interest. I'd recommend both to people who like a tangled mess of love triangles.

ofall ofall says...

the "love triangles" in both are similar. in both, person A likes person B who has been friends with since childhood and is in love with person C, who likes person D, likes person E, who likes person D back. The way the characters interact with each other is similar and the both end in a way that may make you shed a few tears, but its happy.

WaveMasterJohn WaveMasterJohn says...

Apollon is so underated in my opinion, but then again its rather hard to come across. (thus the rec.) Apollon and Ano Natsu is a strange combination. Story wise both wereexcellent in character development and plot. It might be better to point out some diffrences first though.Apollon focuses a lot on music, whileAno Natsu uses the slice of lifecard. Now Ano Natsu is deffinitelynot just slice of lifein fact Apollon shares some of this as well. Another key note in differentiaing between the two would be is there isa little more romancethan in Ano Natsu than in Apollon. They do have some "love traits" in common though. 

Carole & Tuesday

Carole & Tuesday

Fifty years have passed since mankind began migrating to the new frontier: Mars. It's an age where most culture is produced by AI, and people are content to be passive consumers. There's a girl scraping a living in the metropolis of Alba City, she's working part-time while trying to become a musician. She's always felt like something is missing. Her name is Carole. There's another girl. Born to a wealthy family in the provincial town of Herschel City, she dreams of becoming a musician, but nobody around her understands. She feels like the loneliest person in the world. Her name is Tuesday. A chance meeting brings them together.

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Hutai Hutai says...

Both anime unites people who love music as they experience the daily strugles, romance, hardships, personal growth and the wonders of friendship. 

Kari5 Kari5 says...

Both of these shows are about new friendships, personal growth, and beautiful music. They are relaxing stories with amazing music, and have similar vibes. Young musicians meet amd form unlikely friendships and deal with the hardships of youth and creating music. If you enjoyed one, I highly recommend the other.

twiddledeevgc twiddledeevgc says...

They're both musical dramas focusing primarily on character growth and development with music simply being the theme by which it takes place.

Pandigirl5 Pandigirl5 says...

This slice of life anime Kids on the Slope is very reminiscent of Carole & Tuesday for me. Maybe it had do with the young characters trying to find themselves through music or that I could relate to the characters themselves. It might have both. But depsite the two genres of music being different from one another, I love the passion and growth that each show gives to the audience. With it's steady pace of plot, likable characters & well-written backstpries for it's characters I enjoyed both of these shows greatly.

Honey and Clover

Honey and Clover

Art college: cradle of romance, home of bittersweet moments. Takemoto is struggling to find his direction in life, while his roommates Morita and Mayama are moving confidently - or recklessly - towards their goals. Enter Hagu-chan, the childlike and beautiful prodigy whom everyone admires; and thus the love triangles begin. Together, the trio explore the pain of first love, the trials of romantic conflict, and our loyalty to those annoying people who happen to be our closest friends.

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snivets snivets says...

Although the characters in Sakamichi no Apollon are younger than Honey and Clover's, both shows tell coming-of-age stories about friendship and complex love triangles (or maybe pentangles?) with a serious-dramatic tone and a side of light humor.

AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

Another josei series about a love dodecahedron that's as complex as it is unrequited. While Kids on the Slope features jazz music, and Honey and Clover focuses on art, both are full of characters with passion and drive. If you liked one, and are looking for another mature series with bucket loads of drama, definitely check out the other.

Funari Funari says...

Sakamichi and H&C both center on relationships between people first and art second. While H&C has the main cast doing some rather crazy antics at times, when it comes to drama between people, they're both pretty normal. People have believable issues instead of gigantic problems that would require psychiatric aid. Their relationships are riddled with the same uncertainty most people can recognize. A lot of introspection, stupid decisions and one-sided love with the hope of it turning into something else. Sentaro and Morita also reminded me of each other with their random appearances out of nowhere and complete indifference to what other people thought of them.

Nana

Nana

Nana Komatsu is on her way to Tokyo; now she can finally be with her boyfriend after a year of dating long-distance! On the train there, Nana Komatsu meets Nana Osaki – a girl who shares her name but seems to be everything Nana Komatsu is not; cool, street-wise, and a punk rocker. The two hit it off and spend the entire journey getting to know each other, but when they get to Tokyo, circumstance separates them seemingly forever. However, fate is not finished with these two. Whilst hunting for a place to live the two Nanas again cross paths. They decide to share a flat and become best friends in no time. Nana K. must learn to be independent and mature, while Nana O. works on becoming famous with her band; but together, they will learn about love and loss, and the growth that comes with it.

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Bronia Bronia says...

Nana and Sakamichi no Apollon are both anime with heavy themes about friends, love, and music!

Nana centers around adults in the Punk Rock scene (in 2003) trying to get famous whereas Sakamichi centers around teens who play jazz (in the 1960s) and are just trying to figure out life. Despite the differences, both anime have dynamic main characters and interesting secondary characters. Both have fast-paced stories that tug at your heartstrings.

If you liked one, the other is a must-watch, even if the music isn't to your taste the anime surely will be!

Funkgun Funkgun says...

Two polar opposites that become great friends?

Romanic situations, good drama.

Oh, and lots of music in both, centering around great sequences of animation in the music?

I'm amazed Bronia's rec was the only one on here so far.

If you dug one, you might like the other. 

linanimex linanimex says...

Both anime has this music theme in it. Both anime are similar by the complicated romances. And both of them can make you cry.

White Album 2

White Album 2

Third-year student and guitarist Haruki Kitahara wants nothing more than his Light Music Club to play at his upcoming, final school festival. But soon, the other members quit, and Haruki resigns himself to playing one last solo jam session in the now-empty practice room. As he strums the chords of his favorite song "White Album", Setsuna, the school idol with an amazing voice, and Touma, an extraordinarily talented pianist, suddenly join the performance from an adjacent classroom and atop the roof, and Haruki becomes determined to keep the club going. Though one of the girls would rather avoid the spotlight and the other is a loner, Haruki’s passion wins them over and they agree to join. Now, with the performance date fast approaching, the trio spends all of their time together practicing, learning the joys of friendship, and the heartache that comes from falling in love with the same person...

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canvballstar canvballstar says...

Both animes focus on the premise that music is an integral part of their lifestyle. This includes both animes cast members forming a band and the enjoyment of playing as a group. Romance and love triangles are also key factors during both shows tenures.

chad28 chad28 says...

White Album 2 and Kids on the Slope (Sakamichi no Apollon) are about a group of friends, their school life, the love triangles between them and their passion for music.

I think that if you liked one you'll probably like the other because of these elements, including the love and friendship story.

rammyramramram rammyramramram says...

Both of these series use music as a way to form a truly intense love triangle. Both tore my heart to pieces. White Album 2, I'd argue, is more relentless than Sakamichi no Apollon / Kids on the Slope in how it treats its heroines. Sakamichi no Apollon / Kids on the Slope spends more time building characters before dropping into the drama.

Ristorante Paradiso

Ristorante Paradiso

Located on a small street near the center of Rome, the Casetta dell'orso is a small yet popular restaurant staffed by a group of older, bespectacled gentlemen. Nicoletta is a twenty-one-year-old woman who has just arrived in Rome to meet with her estranged mother's husband, who owns the restaurant. She intends to inform him that not only was his wife married once before, but also that she is her daughter - a secret her mother desperately wants kept. When she arrives at the restaurant Nicoletta becomes enamoured with Claudio, one of the waiters, and begins to spend more time there. Despite the age gap, Nicoletta finds her feelings towards Claudio growing; and after making a promise to keep her mother's secret, Nicoletta begins working at the restaurant as an apprentice chef. Now she is trying her hardest to become a good cook, but can Nicoletta overcome the difference in age and win the quiet Claudio's heart?

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chii chii says...

Both anime have a delightful adult feel to them while exploring the characters within the show. Both have a very similar art style to them and make you feel happy just to watch even though neither show is super light-hearted. Both also have an underlying plot of food (risto) and music (apollon) while still keeping up with the romance and drama. Check out one if you liked the other.

Yumenator Yumenator says...

Ristorante Paradiso and Sakamichi no Apollon don't have a common plot idea, but there are many minor thing that bonds them. Firstly - the "warm" animation. Then the OST. Both animes' seem to have a very delicate and elegant music track. Also, both are about romance that focuses on one-sided love which then turns into something else.

Whisper of the Heart

Whisper of the Heart

Whisper of the Heart is a touching Ghibli slice-of-life story, about a young girl named Shizuku. While riding the train, she notices a fat cat riding alongside her. Following the cat, she finds a shop where she is told an enchanting story of a gold statue named "The Baron". WotH follows Shizuku in her struggles to grow, and her budding love with the shopkeeper's son.

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hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both of these animes involve a little bit of romance, a little bit of drama, and plenty of beautiful music. While Whisper is more classical than Sakamichi, they both have the same feel. If you like animes about kids reaching for their dreams, these are the animes to watch. 

tootalls tootalls says...

Both have romantic aspects and the eliment of music loving people coming together to make grreat music with each other.

Can't only like one of them.

Paradise Kiss

Paradise Kiss

Yukari is a typical high school student on the fast track to attending a university, but her boring life leaves much to be desired; that is, until a motley crew of fashion design students ask her to model their new clothing line: Paradise Kiss! Now, Yukari must choose if she will reject the life her mother has laid out for her, and start making choices on her own for the first time. While taking her first steps into adulthood, Yukari also begins to realize that with freedom comes responsibility; a life in the fashion industry isn't an easy one, especially for someone unsure of her own intentions…

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dandere dandere says...

Both anime are josei and slice of life. Both have the same kind of feeling to them. Both have a lot of romance between the characters.

snivets snivets says...

I think both Paradise Kiss and Kids on the Slope appeal to an older audience. The romance and friendships are similar, and the atmosphere in both turns from innocent to bittersweet by the end.