OH GOD MY HEART. Sakamichi no Apollon was just way too sweet. It was so much fun to watch, and I loved the setting and the characters, even if they pissed me off so much. SECOND SEASON OF THEM AS ADULTS AND GETTING MARRIED AND POPPING OUT KIDS PLZ.
Sakamichi no Apollon takes place in the year 1966 when Kaoru Nishimi moves to a small seaside town to live with his aunt and cousin. At his new school he meets Sentarou Kawabuchi and his childhood friend Ritsuko Mukae. Eventually the three form a friendship and their bonds grow stronger thanks to the two boys interest in jazz and their jam sessions in Ritsuko’s father’s record store. We watch as the three grow up and face challenges in their friendships and love lives.
Sentarou’s and Kaoru’s friendship is just great. They’re such opposites of one another than they pretty much need one another. It’s a very slice of life format and takes place mostly during their three years of high school, which sometimes felt a bit rushed. They essentially had to fit 9 volumes of manga into 12 episodes, so it’s to be expected. Sometimes the character’s reactions to their problems was frustrating, but hey, people aren’t going to respond perfectly so I actually think this is a good thing. When the moments were happy it was spectacular, you just wanted these three to be friends forever and for everything to work out.
The animation was pretty good, especially during musical scenes where Sentarou and Kaoru played their music. Speaking of music, this entire series is filled to the brim with awesome music from the 60s, with heavy influence on jazz. The OST is probably one of the best parts of this series, and shouldn’t be ignored.
If you like slice of life and drama anime, you have to watch Sakamichi no Apollon. You have to watch it, and enjoy it, and sing along to it.