Apr 19, 2012

Posted by in Spring Anime 2012 | 2 Comments

Sakamichi no Apollon

Well, well, well… What do we have here? I honestly thought that it would be another boring anime, but it’s actually very good. I suppose that you have to like this sort of thing, and I usually don’t, but I found it very amusing. Yes, for me this is a must-follow, despite having only seen the first episode.

The artwork is good, just good. I have seen a whole lot better. But what’s more, I also feel that the, erm… How to put it… I think that the “frame rate” didn’t quite match Sentarou’s drumming. That’s quite disappointing in itself, but I could be wrong though. I have only seen it once, plus I didn’t pay that much attention in the first place. I guess I was too busy with the story.

Speaking about the story, I think it’s very interesting. I usually don’t go for this sort of thing, absolutely not, but I found this very amusing. The art may be quite imperfect, but I sincerely believe that this story more than makes up for that. I have very high hopes for this one, seriously. It sort of reminds me of someone.

Anyway, the answer is yes. I definitely recommend Sakamichi no Apollon. I usually make my recommendations genre-specific, but I feel that this anime may draw in all sorts of anime fans. I suggest that you just give the first episode a try and see if it’s to your liking.

Plot Summary: Because of his father’s job situation, freshman high school student Kaoru Nishimi moves by himself from Yokosuka to Kyushu to live with relatives. Until then, Kaoru was an honor roll student who tended to keep to himself, but meeting notorious bad boy Sentaro Kawabuchi starts to change him. Through his devil-may-care classmate, Kaoru learns the attractions of jazz and finds the first person he can call a “friend”. He also discovers how much fun it is to play music with a pal.

Other characters include Sentaro’s kind childhood chum, Ritsuko, who is the daughter of a record shop owner; the mysterious upperclassman, Yurika; and Brother Jun, the much-admired leader among their peers. Set against the backdrop of a seaside town with a scent of American culture, this series is a drama about young people coming into their own, crossing each other’s paths, and finding friendship, love, and music!

  1. stealspartansbcglobalnet says:

    Can anyone tell me the title of the song Kaoru plays on the piano in the first episode of Sakamichi no Apollon? He plays the song at around minute 14-15.

  2. I loved this anime. Each and every episode of it!!

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