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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.

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I had a lot of fun watching The Idolm@ster. I enjoyed the large cast and different types of characters and really watching these girls grow and become idols. I’m really hoping for second season, since there is so much more that can be done and I feel like they have a lot of material from all the video games they can use.

The Idolm@ster is about a large group of girls who are part of a talent agency trying to make it big. The show follows these girls through the up and downs from the very start of their career all the way until they become household names.

As I said, I love the large cast. I know it’s just a gimmick to get as many different character types as possible, but I don’t care. I like it. It was fun watching these girls growing and learning about the industry, enjoying themselves and still care about each other. I also really loved the animation, and I think the biggest thing I loved was that the dance scenes weren’t made in 3D like I see in other shows that do dance sequences. I don’t really like that since it sorts of removes you from the show and you’re suddenly thinking “Oh, they’re in 3D now.”

What annoyed me the most is PRODUCER-SAN. That one typical male protag that everyone is suppose to relate to. It was just so more obvious in this series because he doesn’t even have a name! WHAT. The bits of forced drama were kind of annoying as well. But nothing that really ruined it for me, so I guess it wasn’t that bad!

If you like cute stuff, cute anime girls and music and 2D girls dancing around then I say WATCH THIS NOW. Because it really is fun, cute and really heartwarming, especially towards the end.

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