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Retailer: Yuki Kodama's Kids on the Slope Manga Gets Live-Action Film

posted on 2017-04-27 08:00 EDT
Manga about 2 boys in 1960s inspired TV anime in 2012

Retailer Rakuten's listing of this year's June issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Flowers magazine features a cover image that reveals that Yuki Kodama's Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope) manga is getting a live-action film adaptation. The magazine will ship in Japan on Friday.

The manga 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. However, on his first day at this new school, he meets a boy and begins a new direction in life. The manga won the General Category of the Shogakukan Manga Awards in 2012.

Kodama launched the nine-volume manga in Monthly Flowers in 2007, and ended the series in March 2012. Shogakukan published a one-volume spinoff manga titled Sakamichi no Apollon: Bonus Track in November 2012.

The manga inspired a television anime adaptation on Fuji TV's late-night Noitamina programming block in April 2012. Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired under the title Kids on the Slope, and Sentai Filmworks released the series on home video in 2013.


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