Kids on the Slope Blu-ray
About Kids on the Slope Blu-ray
Kids on the Slope complete collection contains episodes 1-12 of the anime directed by Shinichiro Watanabe.
It's the summer of 1966 and high school freshman Kaoru Nishimi is struggling to adjust to the latest of many moves in his young life, this time to his uncle's home in the seaside town of Kyushu. It's never easy adjusting and it's never easy fitting in, but this time will be different. This time he'll meet friends who will change his life forever, and he'll discover a new passion, one that grabs his heart and rocks him to his very soul. It's music. A beat. A whole new way of looking at life. It's called jazz, and together with bad boy Sentaro and music store girl Ritsuko, they're going to follow their muse to wherever their music takes them!
Special Features: Interviews with Shinichiro Watanabe, Shun Ishiwaka & Yoko Kanno, Japanese Previews, Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation.
Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
- Publisher: SENTAI FILMWORKS
- Media: Blu-ray
- Spoken Language: English, Japanese
- Subtitle Language: English
- Genre: Drama, Romance
- Themes: Historical, Music, School Life, Slice of Life
- Age Rating: 14+
- Run Time: 300
- Year Created: 2012
- Release Date: 5/7/2013
- Dimensional Weight: 1
- Region Code: A
Ratings & Reviews
If you like character studies type anime storylines this is for you
Pretty much the character study of the three main characters in a Japanese High School back in 1966 who are in a Jazz Band (yes Jazz not Rock&Roll) and what they go through trying to deal with their own personal demons (not real demons just my way of saying what you go through growing up in high school - loves/disappointments/searching for direction in your life). Very well done on a very mature level - this is NOT a comedy!
Excellent Jazz plot 60's period piece- well done, try it!
This is an superb anime from the Spring 2012 season that surprised me. I didn't expect a whole lot but after liking another music anime BECK, I figured why not? Have to say it ended up grabbing me and not letting go. Although, fair warning, I am in my late 40's so the 1966 setting doesn't zoom over my head like it might for some. YMMV.
What I really like about KotS is as follows:
- Excellent writing. The story is superb and makes use of real events in 1966. I also liked the character development for a 12 episode anime.
- Good artwork and animation. I like the style, it fits the story.
- Gets you emotionally invested in the main characters. I really cared what happened to them, can't say that about many anime series.
- Great historical accuracy, from buses and uniforms, to lack of today's society norms (no cell phones obviously!)
- Absolutely great jazz music and syncro with the anime, not an easy job.
I give it a 9/10.
A Unique Work
I enjoy anime, but we all know that anime can be filled with the same cliches when it comes to creating interactions between male and female characters. This story avoids those. It is mature storytelling in the brilliance in which it deals with the characters. They story hooked me and I cared about each character. Their feelings and reactions are realistic. There is no fanservice, just great story. If you are looking for a great story or an anime to watch with family, spouse, or the uninitiated anime fan, then this is your pick.
Beautiful Story and Music to match it
by David -
Wow where do I begin this show really does draw you in once you give it a chance. This is a story about true friendship and how you evolve and grow through the years with your friends. I can't really capture the magic of the show in words. It truly is an amazing show with excellent story telling and writing. The music is impeccable and I loved just watching the scenes of them jamming out and how beautifully it sounded and how it was animated so well. Take a chance on this anime and buy it you won't regret it.
Very Much Relatable ~~~ A Must Have
by Kian -
This is definitely one of the best anime, in my opinion. It immerses you into the characters world where you almost or can relate with all of the ups and downs. When I finished the series I just kept thinking about the characters and what might happen if the series continued. Just as how our lives continues into an adult. Kids on the Slope is a must have for any slice of life or romance genre fans.
A Jazz-infused gem
When it comes to Anime and Video Games, it is the Director and Composer that I follow most religiously. Thankfully, Kids on the slope is one of those cases where one of my favorite Directors worked with one of my favorite Composers to create a brilliant work.
Kids on the Slope is considered a "josei" anime, which means that it is aimed towards women, but as a guy I can guarantee you that it's great for anyone who's into a more down-to-earth show with a bit of romance in it.
This Anime reinforces to the viewer just how important the strongest of friendships are, even when they have their periods of difficulty. It's truly a show to treasure.
Slice of Life has never been better.
by Mojoanimeo -
Lets start this off with the fact that Shinichiro Watanabe and Yoko Kanno together means pure magic. Watanabe is so good at any genre he touches. The humanity and beauty he pulls from the characters and stories is just simply amazing. Yoko Kanno in turn creates music that matches his style effortlessly.
As for the show itself the animation is stunning, beautiful motion, character designs, world and palette that all balance perfectly with the setting and the style. (Side note I'm a professional animator, so good animation is something that does not slip by me and saying that this show is stunning in its movement). The theme of music and friendship is strong and a joy to watch.
My only complaint is that there is not more, I miss these characters already and want to see where life takes them.
As for the blu-ray the show looks crystal clear and stunning.
Don't hesitate if you are a Shinichiro Watanabe fan, Yoko Kanno fan, Slice of Life fan or enjoy historical shows about music.
Lovely and memorable
by Hailey -
I've always adored this show, as I do enjoy most works by shinichirō watanabe. It has beautiful animation, a lovely soundtrack (even if you're not entirely into the jazz genre) and an engaging, laid-back story. I think it's a good show to knock out in a day if you just want to relax.
The DVD's arrived safely, packaged nicely in one single box which made it small and easy for storage.
Great Blu-Ray for a show that'll make any man cry
by Blaze -
Well, I just spent the past five hours binge-watching all of the Kids on the Slope and I loved it. It's a coming of age story, which I usually like, but I don't normally love them this much. In the first episode, I had a big smile on my face. I loved the characters and their interactions. When the drama came in, I thought it was a bit melodramatic at first, but I soon grew to love it. The second half is better than the first half. The music is amazing. It's made by Shinichiro Watanabe, the man behind Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo, so you can expect the music and style to be good, but I think this has the best soundtrack out of all his shows. The characters are all great. I love seeing their interactions and developments throughout the story. And the ending, my god, it's one of my favorite endings in an anime. This is one of my favorites and I'll defiantly rewatch it. As for this Blu-Ray, the quality is amazing and you get all the episodes.
Excellent Slice of Life Jazz series
by Adam -
A bit slow to start, yet the characters quickly become interesting. The music is a good starter for jazz. The Japanese reimagining of English songs and covers of classic jazz are phenomenal. There is enough drama and romance for a slice of life. I'll admit I got teased for the bro-mance between the two main characters. The setting is post-war Japan and so there is a line of American racist language from a drunk in a club and some fist-fights as fore-warning. Plenty of drama and romance and jazz. I'd highly recommend this for someone new to Anime as an alternative to Studio Ghibli or Attack on Titan.