The new anime series from the director of Cowboy Bebop. Exciting?
Sakamichi no Apollon (aka, Kids on the Slope) is set in the late 1960s, about a teenager who has never lived too long in the same place, due to his father’s work. But for the first time of his life, he will start enjoying his new home, after making some friends who share the same passion for jazz.
Just another music-themed coming-of-age story? Remember, it’s directed by Shinichiro Watanabe: among other things, he’s responsible for some of the best anime series ever produced — a great storyteller, he excels at making you care for characters. What’s particularly interesting with this project, is the whole music thing.
In the past, Watanabe has always made an efficient use of music; to set the mood of the story, or, to convey narrative. For example, the score from Nujabes in Samurai Champloo, the song Stairway to Heaven in Cowboy Bebop — it wasn’t just some kind of tribute to pop music!
In other words, it has the potential to be different from the recent anime series involving high-school bands, with kawaii characters acting so cool, singing cool Japanese songs, and dreaming of becoming famous…
Sakamichi no Apollon will begin airing in April 2012 (on Fuji TV, in the Noitamina slot dedicated to risky-or-original anime projects).