Okay, let’s begin my first review. It is about an anime that I finished watching recently. I begin to take interest in this anime because it said to be an anime about Jazz music. Though Jazz is not really my fave, I thought that this anime will worth watching because of the high rating and rank too.
Sakamichi no Apollon takes the time of around 1960s where Japan is not as modern as now with some influences of the Western. The story tells us about a friendship of three high school’s students, Kaoru Nishimi, an introvert who just moved in and somehow awkward, Sentarou Kawabuchi, a man who loves jazz and is famous for his strength, Ritsuko Mukae who is Sentarou’s childhood friend and a member of a family-owned record shop. At the beginning we were told that Kaoru is more into classic music. His interest at Jazz begins after saw Sentarou played a Jazz music and Kaoru felt that if he can play Jazz he will be able to “defeat” Sentarou as he has a feeling to Ritsuko.
What makes this anime interesting is that how this anime pictures that sometimes you just can’t escape so easily from the things you love (in this case it’s Jazz and their friendship). Despite of their own personal matters, they are united by Jazz music. However, you can pretty much read the story from the beginning with the classical opening where two very different guys meet. if you are looking for a real music anime, then Sakamichi no Apollon is not one of them. It is true that Jazz music plays a part and you can hear some Jazz musics here in the anime, but it’s not the point. The story focuses more on the up and down in their friendship.
The opening song titled “Sakamichi no Melody” by Yuki is great (though in my personal opinion Yuki’s voice is not that good but She has great songs). The ending song is “Altair” by Motohiro Hata is so-so. But if you like Jazz you will enjoy the insert song such as “Moanin”, “But not For Me”, and “Lullaby of Birdland”.
MyAnimeList rating: 8.49/10
Personal rating: 7.5/10