Kids on the Slope

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  • TV-14
  • 2012
  • 1 Season
  • 8.2  (3,314)

In the spring of 1966, a teenage boy named Kaoru Nishimi moves to Kyushu, Japan with his family. Being a transfer student, Kaoru struggles to make friends in his new school until he meets the school's notorious delinquent Sentaro Kawabuchi. Despite having different personalities, Kaoru and Sentaro bond over their mutual love for jazz music.

As they begin to spend more time together, they also meet Ritsuko Mukae, a responsible and kind-hearted classmate who happens to be Sentaro's childhood friend. The three of them become close friends and often hang out at a basement jazz club, where they listen to jazz records and play instruments.

As Kaoru becomes more immersed in the world of jazz, he discovers his true passion for music and begins to develop his own style of piano playing. However, his love for Ritsuko and his desire to fit in with his new friends creates conflict within him. Meanwhile, Sentaro's troubled family background and involvement with a local gang cause him to struggle with his own inner demons.

Kids on the Slope is a coming-of-age story about friendship, love, and the power of music. The animation beautifully captures the essence of 1960s Japan, with its vibrant colors and bold designs. The jazz music, which plays a pivotal role in the anime, is performed by renowned jazz pianist Yoko Kanno and her band featuring some of Japan's finest musicians.

David Matranga, known for his work in Attack on Titan and My Hero Academia, voices the protagonist Kaoru Nishimi. He brings Kaoru to life with his introspective and nuanced performance, capturing the character's inner conflicts and growth throughout the series. Brittney Karbowski, who has voiced many beloved anime characters including Black Star from Soul Eater and Wendy Marvell from Fairy Tail, portrays the cheerful and compassionate Ritsuko Mukae. She delivers a heartfelt performance that perfectly conveys Ritsuko's kind-hearted nature.

Luci Christian, who has lent her voice to numerous anime series such as My Hero Academia and Fullmetal Alchemist, voices the rough-around-the-edges delinquent Sentaro Kawabuchi. She gives an incredibly powerful performance that captures Sentaro's vulnerability and emotional depth. The chemistry between the three voice actors is exceptional, bringing a sense of authenticity to the characters' relationships.

Kids on the Slope is a poignant and beautifully-crafted anime that explores the complexities of growing up and finding oneself. The characters are relatable and well-developed, and the jazz music adds an extra layer of depth and emotion to the story. Overall, it is a truly unforgettable anime that is not to be missed.

Kids on the Slope is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on May 13, 2012.

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All Blues
12. All Blues
June 28, 2012
It's graduation day at East High and Sen still hasn't returned. Will Kaoru and Ritsuko stay together or go their separate ways? And will Kaoru ever play jazz with his best friend again?
Left Alone
11. Left Alone
June 21, 2012
With his stepfather about to come home, Sen aims to run away, but someone is waiting for him outside... Later, as the school festival nears, Kaoru and Sen stress out over their competition with Seiji until they add a new member to their group! But then, on the eve of the festival, something happens that will change their lives forever!
In a Sentimental Mood
10. In a Sentimental Mood
June 14, 2012
Will Kaoru and Ritsuko ever be honest with each other about their feelings? Will Sen flunk his second year of high school? And finally, how will Sen react when he gets the news that his stepfather is coming home?
Love Me or Leave Me
9. Love Me or Leave Me
June 7, 2012
Brother Jun is leaving town for good, but will he do it without saying goodbye? Sen still hasn't forgiven him about Yurika. Meanwhile, Yurika's parents forbid her to see Junichi and pressure her to marry someone else! And will Ritsuko be able to let Kaoru know how she feels about him or will she let him go quietly as she did with Sen?!
These Foolish Things
8. These Foolish Things
May 31, 2012
Ritsuko questions her feelings for Sentaro as his popularity with the ladies increases. Junichi tries to scare Yurika away, but her feelings remain steadfast. The labors of love prove to be both futile and fruitful.
Now's the Time
7. Now's the Time
May 24, 2012
Sentaro is busy practicing with Seiji?s band, while Kaoru has been chosen as the class representative for the school festival, and the gulf between the two widens. But on the day of the festival, unexpected trouble occurs up on stage?...
You Don't Know What Love Is
6. You Don't Know What Love Is
May 17, 2012
It's the start of the second year of high school and Sentaro is in the dumps because he's in a different class from Kaoru and Ritsuko. But when Sen starts to make friends with Seiji, a Beatles fan with music aspirations of his own, Kaoru gets jealous and fears losing Sentaro forever...
Lullabys of Birdland
5. Lullabys of Birdland
May 10, 2012
Kaoru gets an answer from Ritsuko about their possible romantic prospects, but is it what he wants to hear? Later, Kaoru goes on a trip to Tokyo to visit his estranged mother for the first time in many years, with Sentaro along for the ride!
But Not for Me
4. But Not for Me
May 3, 2012
Brother Jun invites Kaoru and Sentaro to be part of a quartet for a Christmas gig at a jazz bar, but they've only got one month to get ready. Also, Kaoru feels pretty sorry for himself and jealous of Sentaro for "having it all", but comes to realize how paltry his own misery is when Sen reveals the secret of his birth...
Someday My Prince Will Come
3. Someday My Prince Will Come
April 26, 2012
Sentaro falls in love at first sight with the beautiful and sophisticated Yurika, who's a year older than him. Noticing this, Kaoru arranges a double date with Yurika, ostensibly to help the lovestruck Sentaro, but really to get him out of the way so Kaoru can focus on wooing Ritsuko. The three of them and Ritsuko go on a picnic in a nearby mountain, but it doesn't go quite as Kaoru hopes...
2. Summertime
April 19, 2012
Kaoru seems equally mesmerized by jazz and Ritsuko. Regarding the former, he meets "Brother Jun", a college student and jazz trumpeter whom Sentaro idolizes. When Jun, Sen, and Ritsuko's dad start up an impromptu jazz session, Kaoru finally joins in on piano to make it a quartet. Later, Kaoru is thrilled when Ritsuko accepts his invitation for a "study date", little knowing that Sentaro is going to make this a "combo", too...
1. Moanin'
May 13, 2012
Kaoru hates moving from Yokosuka to Kyushu, since it means leaving all he's ever known for a new place where the accent is so thick he can barely get by. A run in with local thug Sentaro changes everything, to the tune of a new friend and interest.
Where to Watch Kids on the Slope
Kids on the Slope is available for streaming on the Anime Network website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Kids on the Slope on demand at Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    May 13, 2012
  • IMDB Rating
    8.2  (3,314)