Kaoru, the son of a wealthy family, transfers to a high school in the country, where he befriends Sentarou. They come from completely different walks of life, but share a common passion in jazz music. Their bittersweet high school life filled with friendship, love and jazz unfolds. Continue reading Sakamichi no Apollon Review — A-
Puedo escribir los versos más tristes esta noche.
Escribir, por ejemplo: ” La noche está estrellada, y tiritan, azules, los astros, a lo lejos”.
El viento de la noche gira en el cielo y canta. Continue reading Sakamichi no Apollon 12 — Poema 20
The last episode was really happy, so this one has to be a downer. Continue reading Sakamichi no Apollon 11 — He’s Leaving Home
Wow. This episode completely blew me away. The best episode of the season, by far.
Sakamichi knows how to do romance. To overgeneralize broadly, romance anime tend to come in two flavors: first, the endless back and forth of will they / won’t they, filled with love triangles, such as Kimikiss and True Tears. Then, there are the star crossed lovers who only have external obstacles and their own fear to overcome, such as in Whisper of the Heart.
Both of these styles have their charm (I adore all the shows I mentioned above), but Sakamichi walks a fine line between these two extremes and manages to succeed. There are love triangles which add some tension, but the characters aren’t fickle. The only one who sort of changes her mind is Ritsuko, and I would argue that she doesn’t really change: she simply comes to understand herself better.
My favorite scene was the one where Kaoru met Ritsuko at the park:
Kaoru clearly hasn’t gotten over it. Continue reading Sakamichi no Apollon 09 — Romance Done Right