Anime Review: Kids on the Slope

Japanese Title: 坂道のアポロン (Sakamichi no Apollon)

Episodes: 12

Release date: Summer 2012

Adapted from: Sakamichi no Apollon by Yuki Kodama

Studio: MAPPA and Tezuka Productions

Content warnings: none

Consensus Points

  • Radiates charm

  • Lovable characters

  • Shows a side of Japan you rarely see in anime

  • Fantastic jazz soundtrack that'll sweep you off your feet

  • Great concert animation

  • Realistic character struggles and conflicts

  • Doesn't give characters an easy way out of their problems

  • Heartwarming depiction of romance and of male friendships

  • Surprisingly great humour

  • Well-paced

  • Sharp art and character designs

  • Rather melodramatic at times

  • Some moments could've been handled better

  • Unnecessary use of Japanese honorifics in the English dub

Check out our individual reviews for Kids on the Slope below!

JoJo Battsu's review

Dr. Bugs' review

Emperor Penguin's review

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