Nah, not really but kind of. I had a convo with Raistlin 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.