More Reviews
REVIEWS Pillars of Eternity Review
Obsidian Entertainment creates a retro Infinity Engine RPG funded by Kickstarter. Is it as good as previous Infinity Engine games, or does the novelty quickly wear off?

Game of Thrones: Episode 3 - "Th Review
Either you win or you die... or you just stay the same.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Final Fantasy: Record Keeper Preview
The official Final Fantasy 2D sprite-based demake I never knew I wanted.

LATEST FEATURES 9 of the Best Indies at PAX East 2015
Indie gallery alert! We're featuring the likes of Titan Souls, Pollen, NOCT, and We Happy Few.

Evolve's New Behemoth Is Terrifying
Behemoth is bigger than your average Evolve monster, but he sure knows how to roll quickly.
MOST POPULAR FEATURES Top 50 Pokémon of All Time
Can you believe there are now six generations of Pokémon? Six!! That's a crazy amount of different creatures to collect. But which are the cream of the crop? Don't worry, Magikarp isn't actually one of them.

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP shandog137
The perils of the Hype Train…
By shandog137
Posted on 03/09/15
The recent release of Evolve and The Order 1886 really got me to thinking about the disparity between the perspective of sales-driven publishers and the quality-driven purchases of consumers. The “Hype Train” is nothing new, but the way it is utilized has been creating far more...

MEMBER BLOG

Nick_Tan Nick_Tan's Blog
PROFILE
Average Blog Rating:
[ Back to All Posts ]
Kids on the Slope - Best Anime This Year, Watch For Free?!
Posted on Wednesday, July 11 2012 @ 15:32:02 Eastern


Kids on the Slope has just finished its 12-episode run and I highly recommend watching all of it, perhaps in one sitting if that's your style. Jazz is a central theme that brings the characters together, which is a great thing considering that this has reunited Shinichiro Watanabe and Yoko Kanno who both worked on Cowbop Bebop (an animé that does not need an introduction).

It's been a terribly long time since there's been a Japanese animation that doesn't flaunt any gimmicks and concentrates on the characters, treating them fairly and as realistically as a slice of life drama can (since Honey and Clover, for me). The relationship between the loner nerd Kaoru, (usually) unflappable tough guy Sentaro, and potential sweetheart Ritsuko reveals why they need each other.

Still, things don't work out just because it would be uplifting or poetic. Admiration usually doesn't meet its expectations. But there's always a silver lining to the resolution, and nothing speaks to this more than the ending.

Both the animation and music are incredible, with strong interpretations and improvisations of jazz classics as well as gorgeous, soft artwork that are almost Miyazaki-like in detail. There are even some scenes where you can see the hands animated on the piano keys, and they are actually playing the right ones.

The full season of Kids on the Slope can be legitly viewed on Crunchy Roll [http://www.crunchyroll.com/kids-on-the-slope]. The animation is English-subtitled... as it should be.
comments powered by Disqus

 
More On GameRevolution