He Made Me Rewatch It – Kids On The Slope

Nah, not really but kind of. I had a convo with RaistlinΒ about music anime and we came to talk about Kids on the Slope and a sudden urge to rewatch it came over me. So, today I have spent the day doing just that.

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Kids on the Slope is one of my favorite music anime. I love music anime over all and this one differs a lot from most of them. First of all, it’s not pop music but jazz. Jazz! I love jazz. I breathe jazz. I used to be on the board of the youth section in our jazz club in the city I live in. I’ve spent so many nights I can’t even count them hanging around in a smokey basement stomping my foot to the tunes of Chet Baker and Charles Mingus. I have seen my biggest role model rock (!) his french horn and totally slay every jazz tune he ever played. I love jazz, what can I say.

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So, I rewatched the anime today and it is just as good this second time as it was the first time. I watched it in one go that time too and the emotions were running wild from beginning to the end. It is a very emotional anime if you see the subtle changes. At first glance it might just look like an ordinary high school show with some romance and drama (not really because it isn’t that dramatic to be honest), but with some jazz thrown in. But it’s so much more. I’d say that the most important part is the friendship that is forming and growing between the two male main characters. They are what binds it all together along with the girl in the middle. She is what comes between them but also what unites them.

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Love. Friendship. Jazz. That’s how I would describe the anime. There are two love stories that are interweaving, breaking hearts in it’s process. Friendships between more or less all characters are at one point or the other rocky but somehow it calms down, even though it might not always get back to how it is expected to. And that’s what I like, it is like life itself. Despite being only 12 episodes there is a lot of character development. I love character development.

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Then there’s music. All music is absolutely fabulous. The OP, the ED, the background music, the jam sessions and the performances. It’s all just so splendid. And it is pure happiness to see the bliss when they jam away down in that basement of theirs. (you did know that all jazz is to be played in a basement right? That is an unwritten rule.) You can of course watch this anime even if you aren’t a fan of jazz. It’s a shame if you chose not to because of the music because it is a damn good anime.

I just want to say; if you haven’t seen this I think you should. It is a very feel good kind of anime. Even though I kind of cried my way through the last two (and a half) episodes, it ended with a big smile all over my face. Now I sit here grinning like an idiot.

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32 thoughts on “He Made Me Rewatch It – Kids On The Slope

  1. Okay…..remembers an earlier conversation and something you said that went along the lines of: “I really am not very good at writing reviews”. You remember that right? Hmmm…did not figure you for a liar (and this is ofcourse a total jokeπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚). You do realise that you wrote a review here that is totally awesome right? I made you rewatch this? I totally want to rewatch this now because of your review!
    You manage to capture the heart of what makes this anime so incredible: friendship. That for me was why I liked it so much. That feelgood feeling you were left with, and the awesomeness of true friendship. That combined with the jazz music that really was just perfect for this anime made it so very, very special. I have a grin on my face now too. Because of this review! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
    Wonderful post, and of course thank you 😊

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    1. Still not writing reviews. *very adamant* Well, maybe a little. It’s mostly my thoughts but I figured that I should explain my thoughts so everyone understood. I mean, I could writer something like:

      Oh my god, I love this, this is so amazing, and the music, I just, oh dear, I am dead, like, oh.my.god…

      Wait, no, I don’t even talk like that. πŸ˜‚

      Yes, you are so right. The friendship is the most important part. Everyone who talks about the romance being the most important part, I wonder how they look at this anime. That is just something that ignites and fules events pushing their friendship forward. Oh, it is so good. This is one of those anime I could rewatch immediately again. I read a review of the manga and I suspect that you get a lot more background and a little bit more story if you read it. It is after all 9 volumes so it should be more content. I feel a little like those 8 years between graduation and they meet each other again, I would like to know about them a little at least. And maybe a little after they meet again (even though that really isn’t necessary but I love Richie’s and Sen’s relationship. I can imagine those two as two old men sitting on a bench telling their grandkids about all the pranks they did when they were in high school. Sigh)

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      1. But you know what? And I am really being serious now (yes I know despite being crazy I can be serious at times as well lolπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚), but that’s what is really the most essential part of writing a review: explaining why you love (or hate) something so much, and convincing the person who reads it to watch it (or avoid it). And that’s what you managed to do with this post! So yes….that is why I am saying, this really was a truly beautiful review: that really captured the spirit of this amazing anime😊
        The romance part is not the heart of it…it’s what eventually drives them apart, and then becomes that thing that brings them together again. Because in a true friendship, friends can forgive each other. And that’s what I loved about this anime so much. It was such a real feel good series.
        Hmmm….even though as I just said, don’t read a lot of manga…I might want to check this out as I enjoyed it so much…
        Hmmm….darn it, now I have another thing on my list lol πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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      2. I’m just gonna keep the things come to put on your list. 😈 Hehe, well, my manga list is getting long now. But I’m an avid reader and I read fast. I have been reading books since before I could read. Heck, I wrote my first book when I was five. I drew the pictures and then I told my mom what she was gonna write. A very fruitful collaboration, we did quite a few of those. 🧐 Anyway, I used to read like 3 or 4 books at the time when I was a tween/teen. So, having more than one manga going is easy peasy. (can you tell I like to read? It’s the best way to calm down before sleep for me. But it has to be a real book and not on the ipad because then I am awake the whole night. Blue light kills my brain.)

        I think that if people start to watch Slopes expecting a romance they will get disappointed. Yes, it is there, but it is not important at all in the way most romance anime make them out. Well, it isn’t shoujo so people shouldn’t expect cringy teenage girls but still it is about teenagers so I think some might get the wrong expectations. I also know that there are people who have watched this anticipating some boys love since the two mc have that kind of bromance (in my world a bromance is a very strong friendship between two men and nothing else.). They would be very disappointed too. Ah well, I wish people could just watch anime for what it is and stop trying to see things that aren’t there. (that especially aplies to fujoshis and their neverending non-canonical shipping of boys in non-boys love anime/manga. But also other people who has to analys and break down anime and try to understand every little bit of it. Why though? Why do you have to analys every little thing? Why is it so important to understand? Is it bad to not understand? I don’t understand this obsession with understanding everything.)

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      3. Haha: good because of course I am going to keep adding things to your list as well (insert very evil laugh here πŸ˜ˆπŸ˜ˆπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚).
        Well, the thing is, I really love to read a lot myself as well, but I have only so many hours in a day. In between my dayjob, my blog, watching anime, and other stuff, I have about 5-6 hours of free time on weekdays. Thank god for weekends, but still it’s at times hard to keep up with it all. That’s why I am pretty happy with the theme months now as it gives me some time to do other stuff I usually don’t get around to.
        But no, can you tell me please if you like to read? Because that really wasn’t clear to me πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Seriously though, I never read on the iPad either (except the blog of course duh…). But no for me it’s physical books/manga all the way. 😊😊

        Haha, I don’t understand that either. There are people that like to overanalyse movies for instance, trying to understand everything in it. My thoughts: why? It’s just a movie..enjoy it! The same with anime. I have this very simple rule..I either enjoy it, or not. But I’m not really trying to overanalyse every single bit…it would drive me crazy (erm….yes, bad example as of course I am already pretty crazy πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚).
        But yeah Slopes has this way of heading towards something with the bromance, but then it changes totally. Which I thought was awesome! I really like it when something heads into a totally unexpected way. That…and Slopes is just awesome. I never try to put lables on anything either. Because really who cares about that πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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      4. Thank you! Finally someone who understands me. 😊 If everyone could just enjoy whatever medium it is they are watching/listening to instead of just trying to interpret it. It’s like with Evangelion and this whole biblical interpretation people are trying. The creator has actually said that there is nothing but some inspiration. They never meant for anything deeper. Still people are adamant to find deeper meaning in it. Which is fine of course, if you want to see a duck in the pond and interpret it as a shark, by all means.

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        Unexpected is good. Slopes gets so incredibly sad though, in the end. He just disappears and they (especially Richie) walks around in a fog, searching for him. It’s just a coincidence he finds him again. And that makes me so sad because what if he hadn’t met (I just lost her name) at the hospital? Had they never met again then? That thought breaks my heart. So, the final scene, when they run off from the church is just pure happiness four my heart after been crying the two previous episodes. ❀

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      5. Haha: I have seen people go into entire debates over animes/movies trying to analyse every single tidbit, going into lengthty arguments on trying to interpret what a certain scene might mean or the higher or deeper meaning of it. I really don’t see the point. For me it’s entertainment…and pure and simply just that. If I had wanted to find out every deeper meaning behind things I might have become a psychiatrist (which I don’t think would have worked out for me πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚).
        It does get sad…(though…Your Lie in April really left me in tears with 12 boxes of cleenex tissues not being enough). But I am glad for the way it ends. It really gives me an incredibly good feeling. And as I said yesterday the scene in the church where they play the song together made me grin from ear to ear. Such a terrific and amazingly powerful scene. Wonderful show…and I’m really having the urge to watch it again now. Not kidding about this either 😊

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      6. That is so fascinating, people being so passionate about something so trivial really. Because it is trivial, an anime or a manga or anything else. I think it is a western thing. I read an interview with a mangaka once and she got the question if the was any differences between her eastern and western readers. The biggest difference was that the eastern readers just read the manga as it was and didn’t really think to hard about it while the westerners started to think around it and analys the events and tried to anticipate what would come next. She found it rather strange since it was only a manga for entertainment and not something she had any deeper thoughts about herself. There were no hidden meaning in it. Just as the creator for Evangelion has said with all the biblical symbolism all the people think is in it. There is none according to him. He was just a bit influenced by the bible because it was a cool story but it is nothing more than that. (also, he was probably high when he read that story. 😎 ) Still people debate to this day about the symbolism. Fascinating.

        I have to see Your Lie in April. Maybe on Monday when I am alone. I can’t watch stuff where I cry a lot when I have people around me. Also, I don’t want to be forced to pause, that is the worst when you watch something sensitive.

        I find it so endearing when that priest comes in and admonish Sen for playing the drums even when he’s told he can only play them on special occasions and he takes Ricchie’s hand and they run down the slope laughing, just as after the concert where they make up. That’s when I start to laugh from pure luck.

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      7. Haha, it is a bit like modern art at times: I look at paintings like that and really wonder if I am missing something. You just see a line and two dots for instance, and people say it is art. Huh? πŸ€”πŸ€”
        I do like to discuss anime/movies…but not over analyse everything. Just things that for instance someone liked/did not like. That for me is fun. But not how for instance a character made a jump that seemed impossible but still made it without any injury. So what: it’s entertainment people 😊😊 People I think will always be determined to keep trying to understand everything. I for one just stand at the sidelines when that happens, and just shake my head in amusement lol πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
        Well: the funny thing is: there is over the top slapstick comedy in your lie in april in the beginning….but then…naw…not going to tell. I just hope you will enjoy the series. For me it is my number one anime. Yup…of all time 😊😊
        You know what: you describing that scene again gave me goosebumps. Just by thinking back on that scene again. It really was absolutely amazing and so beautiful. Unless you are made of stone you would not laugh with joy at a scene like that 😊😊

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      8. Yes, the modern art. And those people who stand and stare at it and nod and looks like they really understand it. I always imagine how the artist come into his studio one day and find his three year old with a crayon in his hand making a nice drawing for his daddy. And that is what is hanging at the gallery. πŸ˜‚

        I go with the tv-logic explanation when stuff happens that isn’t possible. Also, it’s animation. Or on screen. It’s supposed to be impossible. BUT IT’S NOT REALISTIC!!!. Remember that post? Yup, standing on the sideline here too, letting the youngster discuss. I think it is an age thing. One day they will wake up and realise that it isn’t important to understand everything.

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      9. Haha…I am very tempted at moments like thst to just stand there and nod myself as well. To go into some lengthty discussion about how beautiful said painting is and how it brings out all the wonderful textures…blah, blah, blah πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I don’t think I would be able to keep a straight face for long though 😊😊
        I wouldn’t be surprised if some of them were made by three year olds. They certainly look like it at times πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
        Haha: of course I remember that post 😊😊 Hmm, maybe it’s that old saying: we are getting too old for this sh*t😊
        But I never let it bother me: I like it I like it, logic be damned lol πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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      10. I have been to plenty of arts museums from I was probably a toddler up until I was a teenager. My parents are real art freaks. Do you have any idea just how boring it is for a kid to look at abstract art? Do you know what kids do when they are bored? Yup, they study the adults and imitates them. Nod away! 😎 🧐

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      11. Haha, I thought that was just meπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I did that as well. I had to go to one of those “Art” museums with my class from school, and inwas seriously bored out of my skull. It was the worst field trip ever …Ugh πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I think I still have some recurring nightmares from that πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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      12. I was at a museum once (well I’ve been there more than once actually but that was the first time) when I was like nine or something. They had this tall, probably 5 meters or so, thin metall man. A statue. It was horrendous. It scared the hell out of me because it stood in a corner and I wasn’t prepared for it. Anyway, that stupid statue haunted me for days aftewards. It chased me in never ending stairs. It came up from under my bed. It floated on lakes. It was creepy as fuck. See, art is destroying young peoples minds. It is the devils work. πŸ‘Ή

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      13. Haha, I know I shouldn’t laugh about this…but it’s the way you told the story that really made me laugh anyway πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
        I think that whoever made you enter that museum has to held accountable for abuse. Maybe to solve this trauma, you should head back to the museum and hack that statue apart with a sledge hammer πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ It can do wonders for your mind! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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      14. Laugh away, it’s fine. I am, sort of, over it now. 30 years later and I only dream a little about it. Once a year or so. 😎 Yeah, my parents have put me through a lot in the name of “the arts and culture”. Not sure I am more cultural thanks to it. They (read my mom) don’t think highly of anime and manga, that’s for sure. “Cartoons and comics, such nonsense.”

        I suspect it is one hell of an expensive statue. Like, queen Elisabeth of England expensive. They would throw me in jail and forget about me for the next hundred years or so. ☠️

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      15. Haha: glad to read your are almost over it. To have a recurring nightmare on it once a year doesn’t sound to bad I guess πŸ˜…πŸ˜…
        Well..I have one advantage…my mother totally loves movies, comics and anime as well…so I never had to go through cultural stuff. Except the occasional visit to a musuem which wasn’t too bad I guess.
        Naw….you just have to go in a disguise. And I am sure it will be fine. Other than that you can always hire someone to do it. I’m sure there are proffesional hitmen out there that take care of statues for a living πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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      16. Oh, I want to be that kind of hitman. The kill-the-statue hitman. Sounds like something that could be in a Dr Who episode. The only one who can blink at the crying angels. πŸ™ˆ

        You’re lucky to have such a cool mom. I want one of those too. 😊

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      17. That could be my next project: killing the statue for you. In fact it could be our collab project. You giving me the order, I end up killing the statue and ending up in jail. Do you think that would be something people would be interested in on our blogs? πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”
        Haha…she is okay..definitely no complaints on that front 😊😊

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      18. I think it would be a success actually. Especially if we cosplay while doing it. I can be the dude in the van outside but I want to be PenPen. You can chose whoever you want. I am generous that way. 😎 πŸ€— (this smiley is supposed to reach out it’s arm and hug. I disagree, it is a smiley who claps it’s hands in excitement. Just a sidenote.)

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      19. Haha..oh man…these comments lol πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
        Hmm…well what kind of costume should I wear. I could go as Lord Darth Vader? Naw..to obvious….erm….I know: I could go as Asta from Black Clover…all I would have to do is start screaming and the statue would be instantly destroyed. That and all the guards would become deaf. Of course you are allowed to wear ear plugs 😊😊
        Erm….i always thought it was a smiley that claps it’s hands in excitement πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ Wow..now I feel really old πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

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      20. I know right! Me too. I am certain everyone thought that but I hoovered my mouse over it yesterday and that’s what it said. Ridiculous. They are wrong! Wrong I say!

        Asta sounds reasonable. I think we can get away with it if you start to scream like him too. Everybody would get totally confused by that scream. Also, a penguin walking by when some idiot is screaming banzai (that is a must when you break him in half) while smashing that stupid, tall, scary piece of “art”. It’s just a very vivid dream. They do a lot of drugs in Denmark… 🀀

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      21. Of course they are wrong. The only other explanation is that we are both wrong, and of course we both know that is completely impossible so there πŸ˜‚(Erm…..we are right about this right? πŸ€”πŸ€”).
        HahaπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I suddenly had this image of me running around in a penguin suit….that is an even more terrible image of me covered in all those ingredients….erm… I think at least πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Wow I really think too much in images πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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      22. We are never wrong, and penguins are cute.😎 I think I would prefer you in a penguin suite because you covered in those ingredients include you in nothing but those ingredients. Now you are free to chose which is most terrifying. 🧐
        *nope, not the only one thinking in pictures* πŸ˜‚

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      23. Okay: total brain shutdown here because I began thinking in pictures πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
        I think I will stick to the penguin suite. Somehow that one all of a sudden sounds much more appealing. Really no idea why though πŸ€”πŸ€”

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  2. I still haven’t actually made it to the end of this anime. I’ve tried a couple of times but for some reason always just kind of stop mid-way. At this point this isn’t even on my try again list, not because I dislike the first half but just because it clearly doesn’t hold my interest enough to keep going.

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    1. I wonder why that is? It’s interesting. I think a lot of why I love it so much has to do with their love for the music and the way they bond over it. I recognise myself in that. I don’t care so much about the love story going on, that is completely uninteresting to me. So maybe if I didn’t have the same passion they do for the music I might have seen it differently. Well, at least you gave it a second chance as well.

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