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  • Kids on the Slope is a Japanese manga series by Yuki Kodama. An anime

  • television series adaptation of the same name aired in 2012. It is directed by

  • Shinichirō Watanabe at MAPPA and Tezuka Productions with music provided by

  • acclaimed composer Yoko Kanno, reuniting the two who previously worked together

  • on Macross Plus and Cowboy Bebop. The anime has been licensed in North America

  • by Sentai Filmworks. Plot

  • The beginning of summer, 1966; because of his father's job situation, freshman

  • high school student Kaoru Nishimi moves by himself from Yokosuka to Sasebo in

  • Kyushu to live with relatives. Until then, Kaoru was an honor roll student

  • who tended to keep to himself, but meeting notorious "bad boy" Sentaro

  • Kawabuchi starts to change him. Through his devil-may-care classmate, Kaoru

  • learns how much fun it is to play jazz and finds the first person he can call a

  • real friend. Characters

  • Kaoru Nishimi Voiced by: Ryōhei Kimura, Chris Patton

  • Kaoru is a brainy young man who moves during the summer of his first year in

  • high school from Yokosuka to his uncle's house in Kyushu. In fact, Kaoru has been

  • moving from place to place ever since he was a little kid due to his father's

  • constant departure to work on a ship. That, combined with his expanded

  • family's expectations for him, causes him to become an extreme introvert. But

  • after Kaoru encounters Sentarō, he starts to change, all while learning the

  • joys of jazz. Kaoru is a skilled pianist, familiar with classical music

  • until he meets Sentarō and he starts practicing jazz music with him. Kaoru

  • has unrequited feelings for Ritsuko who loves Sentarō instead, until Ritsuko

  • herself starts reciprocating his feelings.

  • Sentarō Kawabuchi Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya, Andrew Love

  • Sentarō is a wild 1st-year high school student who meets incoming student Kaoru

  • at Higashi High School. Sentarō is mistakenly thought of as a thug by his

  • peers, who fear him due to his tall and strong figure, but really he is a kind

  • and bighearted person. In the beginning it seems he is the exact opposite of

  • Kaoru, yet somehow they hit it off when Sentarō starts to share his love for

  • jazz. As the child of an American soldier and a Japanese mother, Sentarō

  • is shunned by his grandmother and foster father, but gets well along his younger

  • siblings. The drums are Sentarō's instrument of choice.

  • Ritsuko Mukae Voiced by: Yuuka Nanri, Rebekah Stevens

  • Ritsuko is a classmate of Kaoru and Sentarō and an old friend of the latter.

  • This kind, always cheerful and charmingly-freckled high school freshman

  • is also the poster girl for Mukae Records, her family's record shop. The

  • basement of the shop has a practice studio that serves as a hangout for

  • Sentarō, Kaoru, her father, and occasionally Junichi. She is a devoted

  • Catholic just like Sentarō, and is in love with him. However, even though

  • Ritsuko denies Kaoru's initial advance and confesses her love of Sentarō to

  • Kaoru, she later begins to feel emotions for Kaoru instead.

  • Junichi Katsuragi Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe, David

  • Matranga Junichi is idolized by Sentarō, whom he

  • affectionately callsBrother Jun.” In fact, the friendship between Junichi,

  • Sentarō, and Ritsuko goes back to when they were kids. Junichi goes to college

  • in Tokyo, but whenever he comes home, he always stops in at Mukae Records and

  • jams on the trumpet, playing jazz with Sentarō and Ritsuko's father. Later,

  • Junichi becomes involved with a political revolutionist movement; as a

  • result, he stops attending college and becomes disinherited from his family.

  • Tsutomu Mukae Voiced by: Zenki Kitajima, David Wald

  • Tsutomu is Ritsuko's father and the owner of the record shop where Sentarō

  • and Kaoru play jazz. He plays double bass and occasionally joins in with

  • Sentarō and Kaoru. Yurika Fukahori

  • Voiced by: Aya Endō, Maggie Flecknoe Yurika is a sophomore at Higashi High.

  • Though the daughter of a well-to-do family, Yurika has a spunky, polite and

  • strong personality and is brimming with curiosity. She becomes acquainted with

  • Kaoru and the gang after Sentarō helps her out by chance. Sentarō falls in love

  • with Yurika, but she takes a liking to Junichi instead, after she is introduced

  • to him by his friends. Later, after Junichi becomes disinherited, Yurika

  • begins living with him, which causes a drastic change in her life.

  • Shigetora Maruo Voiced by: Ayumu Murase, Greg Ayres

  • Shigetora is Kaoru's seemingly dorky classmate who has a passion for trains.

  • He is the one who arranges Sentarō's ticket when Kaoru travels to meet his

  • mother and also becomes part of Matsuoka's rock band. At the beginning

  • of the anime, classmates compare him to Kaoru in order to mock Kaoru.

  • Seiji Matsuoka Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto, Blake

  • Shepard Seiji is originally seen with Yurika in

  • the art club, Matsuoka's secret dream is to start a rock band to help support his

  • family. He asks Sentarō to play drums at the spring festival with his rock band,

  • much to the chagrin of Kaoru. Mariko

  • Voiced by: Amina Satō, Cynthia Martinez Mariko is Kaoru's cousin, who often acts

  • bratty towards him and sometimes uses the favor of her mother to get Kaoru

  • into trouble. It seems that she enjoys hearing Kaoru play the piano.

  • Media = Manga=

  • = Anime= An anime TV series adaptation of the

  • manga started airing on the noitaminA timeslot of Fuji TV on 12 April 2012.

  • The opening theme is "Sakamichi no Melody" by YUKI while the ending theme

  • is "Altair" by Motohiro Hata. The anime series was broadcast on Viz Media's Neon

  • Alley online channel on January 17, 2014. The anime also aired and continues

  • to be available on Crunchyroll in English-speaking countries around the

  • world. Episode list

  • Reception The manga series won the 57th Shogakukan

  • Manga Award for general manga. References

  • External links Official anime site

  • Kids on the Slope at Anime News Network's encyclopedia

  • Kids on the Slope at Anime News Network's encyclopedia

Kids on the Slope is a Japanese manga series by Yuki Kodama. An anime

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