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Kids On the SlopeHDTV-14Closed Captioning

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High school freshman Kaoru has moved many times in his life, so he's not used to settling in and feeling welcomed. But when he moves in to his uncle's house, he meets a delinquent and a girl whose family owns a record shop. Their mutual love of music will revolutionize not only their lives but the lives of people inspired by their music.

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I am a huge Shinichiro Watanabe fan. I thought Cowboy Bebop was brilliant (and am very frustrated by it's continuing unavailability on iTunes), and Samurai Champloo nearly as good--although I am more kindly disposed to SF than Samurai entertainment, so that partially colors my opinions. Heck, his Animatrix shorts were the best of the lot in my opinion. But this?


It's not the animation itself, which is up to the same high standards of those other two series. It's certainly not the music, which is by the wonderful Yoko Kanno, who did the music for both Champloo and Bebop. So what is it?

Partially the storyline, I suspect; I am probably at this point in my life too old for teenage bildungsroman stories, particularly those set in the recent past of a country I've never visited. Partly it's the characters, none of whom I am able to find myself caring about (particularly the whiny lead character). And partly it's "the girl" of the romantic love triangle, the pigtailed schoolgirl looks of whom just annoys me on a level way too deep to analyze. This is the direction Watanabe has gone since the gun-toting Faye Valentine of "Cowboy Bebop"? Seriously? Oy.

So you put it all together and you end up with what is, for me, "Meh". Two episodes, and I just gave up. My 17 year-old, anime- and manga-loving daughter might like it, but if you're a fan of Bebop or Champloo, well, I'm just not so sure. And it bums me that, judging by his previous output, we're going to have to wait until 2018 or so before we see another new series by Watanabe. Sigh.

Your mileage may vary, obviously.


I don't know about sourhead below me but this was a decent anime to go along with. I liked it to where i watched the whole season, if you want to pass by time, listen to some good jazz/blues, AND enjoy dramatic and comical scenes then i'd recommend this.


I never thought that I would like this show when I purchased it on a whim but after watching it twice I fell for it... I love the music and romance/drama and this show has all of that and more... cant wait for more shows like it in the future

Kids On the Slope
View in iTunes $14.99
  • HD Version
  • Genre: Animation
  • Released: May 13, 2013
  • CCin English

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