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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.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoMoanin'||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.||24:53||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSummertime||For Kaoru, Ritsuko is just as interesting as his new found love of jazz. A meeting with a trumpeter that Sen idolizes leads to an impromptu jazz session, one that spurns Kaoru into asking Ritsuko out on a "study date".||24:56||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSomeday My Prince Will Come||Sentaro has found a new love in Yurika, a sophisticated beauty who is a year older than him. Kaoru, ever the opportunist, arranges a double date with Yurika.||24:52||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoBut Not For Me||Jun invites Kaoru and Sen to be part of a jazz quartet at a Christmas gig. The thing is, they only have one month to prepare. Kaoru becomes jealous of Sen for "having it all", and must come to terms with these new feelings.||24:52||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoLullabies of Birdland||Kaoru finally gets a straight answer out of Ritsuko about their relationship, but is that what he really wants to hear? Kaoru travels to Tokyo to visit his estranged mother, and Sen tags along for the ride.||24:53||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoYou Don't Know What Love Is||Sentaro feels blue because he isn't in the same class as his friends. Sen forms a friendship with Seijii, which makes Kaoru jealous.||24:53||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoNow's the Time||The rift between Sentaro and Kaoru widens as they both fulfill obligations elsewhere. The school festival arrives and trouble comes with it.||24:53||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThese Foolish Things||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.||24:53||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|9||HDClosed CaptioningVideoLove Me or Leave Me||Sentaro and Junichi attempt to mend their friendship before Junichi leaves with a one-way ticket to Tokyo. Sentaro finally realizes Ritsuko's feelings for him, but it may be too late. Yurika begs Junichi to take her with him to Tokyo.||24:55||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|10||HDClosed CaptioningVideoIn a Sentimental Mood||There is something at stake for everyone - Kaoru and Ritsuko must confess their feelings for each other or risk not knowing happiness together, and Sen rides a fine line between passing and failing his sophomore year.||24:54||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|11||HDClosed CaptioningVideoLeft Alone||Sen plans to run away, but there is someone waiting for him outside. The upcoming school festival has Kaoru and Sen stressed. An unforeseen event transpires and changes their lives forever.||24:54||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|12||HDClosed CaptioningVideoAll Blues||Graduation day has arrived, but Sen has yet to return. The question remains as to the state of Kaoru's and Ritsuko's relationship, and Kaoru hopes to play jazz with his best friend one last time.||24:22||$2.99||View in iTunes|
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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