Kids on the Slope

Kids on the Slope is an anime series
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"Kids on the Slope" (Sakamichi no Apollon) is a TV anime adapatation of the award winning manga by Yūki Kodama.


This series marks the return of Shinichiro Watanabe as Director of a TV anime, after the 2004 series Samurai Champloo.

The story revolves around Kaoru Nishimi a boy who is constantly moving due to his father work. He is accustomed to be an outcast and whichever school he attended, the first days had become a routine to him, until he starts to get along with Ritsuko Mukae the class-president and Sentaro Kawabuchi a problematic classmate, and their friendship grows based on the mutual love for music.

Sakamichi no Apollon takes place in a remote Town of Kyushuu Island in the Nagasaki Prefecture, late 1960's Japan.

Jazz Song Titles

Each episode title features the name of a Popular Jazz song/Composition from the epoch.

EpisodeEpisode Title/SongWriter/ComposerJazz Performer
1Moanin'Bobby Timmons/Art BlakeyArt Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
2SummertimeGeorge GershwinMiles Davis, Gil Evans, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald
3Someday my prince will comeFrank Churchill and Larry MorreyBill Evans, Miles Davis, Ghetto Swingers, Dave Brubeck
4But not for meGeorge and Ira GershwinChet Baker, Chris Connor, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis and John Coltrane
5Lullaby of birdlandGeorge Shearing and George David WeissChris Connor, George Shearing, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald
6You don't know what love isDon Raye and Gene de PaulChet Baker, Chris Connor, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Sonny Rollins
7Now's the timeCharlie ParkerCharlie Parker
8These Foolish ThingsEric Maschwitz and Jack StracheyNat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker, Count Basie
9Love me or leave meWalter Donaldson and Gus KahnElla Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Lena Horne
10In a sentimental moodDuke Ellington/ Irving Mills and Manny KUrtzDuke Ellington/Coltrane, Sarah Vaughn, Phyllis Hyman
11I'm left AloneBillie Holiday and Mal WaldronMal Waldron, Jackie McLean
12All BluesMiles DavisMiles Davis

Some performers are bolded because they are referenced in the anime or the song version is the most famous/similar to the anime


Trailer from the official noitamina youtube channel:


Opening Theme

"Sakamichi no Melody" by YUKI

Ending Theme

"Altair" by Motohiro Hata

Series Credits

Original US Poster Art

General Information Edit
Name Kids on the Slope
Name: 坂道のアポロン
Romaji: Sakamichi no Aporon
Publisher Tezuka Productions
Start Year 2012
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Aliases Sakamichi no Apollon
The Hill of Apollo: Kids on the Slope
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