Kids on the Slope is twelve episode animated adaptation of the manga series 坂道のアポロン Sakamichi no Apollon by Yuki Kodama. Directed by Shinichiro Watanabe with musical accompaniment by acclaimed composer Yoko Kanno. (Whom together previously worked on Cowboy Bebop). KOTS follows high school student Kaoru Nishimi in the Summer of 1966. After moving to Kyushu to stay with relatives he meets bad boy Sentaro Kawabuchi and Ritsuko Mukae things begin to change. Essentially, a coming of age tale set to the key of Jazz.
Aside from all of that Sentaro experienced racism because of his American ancestry. Which is another scope, that I hadn’t quite expected. As well as the presents of Christianity. One of the things I really loved about Sentaro was his strength towards his convictions. He was outraged by discrimination that wasn’t even targeted at him. And when most would have ignore it. He gets up and walks off stage.
Yoko Kanno, THE GOAT. Did a phenomenal job with the music score for this anime. It felt old too me. It felt like lives irony. It felt like love. You felt what coming of age tale should feel like. Ups, down, good times and bad. There was a taste of it all.
Her version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic My Favorites Things, was hands down my favorite song from this series. Moaning was another song that stuck with me. The music was dope . This I can not stress enough.
All in all, i would highly recommend Kids on the Slope.