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Crunchyroll Adds Kids on the Slope TV Anime

posted on 2012-04-06 09:28 EDT
Adaptation of Yuki Kodama's Sakamichi no Apollon manga to premiere on Thursday

The media site Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will begin streaming the Kids on the Slope television anime on April 12 at 12:30 p.m. EDT. The website will stream the series in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

The story of "love, friendship, and music" follows a naive boy and a scruffy boy in a provincial town in Nagasaki Prefecture in the late 1960s. In the early summer of 1966, Kaoru transfers to the local high school from Yokosuka. Thanks to his family's nearly constant cycle of moving from town to town, Kaoru has only known school as a difficult place for readjusting everytime. However, on his first day at this new school, he meets a boy and begins a new direction in life.

The anime adapts Yuki Kodama's coming-of-age manga Sakamichi no Apollon. The project is reuniting Cowboy Bebop's director Shinichiro Watanabe (Macross Plus, The Animatrix's "Kid's Story," Samurai Champloo) and composer Yoko Kanno (Macross Plus/Frontier, Escaflowne, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex). Nobuteru Yuki (Record of Lodoss War, Escaflowne, Space Battleship Yamato 2199) is designing the characters, and Yoshimitsu Yamashita (Hyouge Mono, Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~) is the chief animation director at the studios MAPPA/Tezuka Productions.

The series will premiere on Fuji TV's late-night Noitamina programming block in Japan on Thursday.

Image © Yuki Kodama, Shogakukan/KIDS ON THE SLOPE Committee

Update: Image and background information added.


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