First Impressions: Sakamichi no Apollon


An anime about jazz.

First Impressions: Opening

HorribleSubs doesn’t have karaoke, so I can only judge the song based off the melody. I liked the song, it’s called “Sakamichi no Melody” by YUKI.

First Impressions: Episode

Here’s our main character. He’s the average top-of-the-class, cynical transfer student. He hates the sun that shines on him, and the classmates around him. He’s used to moving, which may explain why he dislikes people. To most people, he’s the smart, spoiled rich kid. To him, most people are intolerable assholes. A few punks tantalize him in class, but he shrugs them off as insignificant beings who rely on a group; however, a classmate warns him about a notorious thug. Also, who the fuck timed this episode.

He gets nauseous whenever something sporadic breaks his equilibrium, in this case, a premeditated thrown ball to the head. He heads for the roof to find solace; however, something’s blocking the way. He removes the sheets. I hope this isn’t a prelude to a romance. Anyways, he learns that Kaoru, our main character, desires entry onto the roof. He decides to aid him by getting the keys from the thugs. He presumably defeats the thugs, and he acquires the keys. He offers to sell the keys to Kaoru for 100,000 yen [1236.25$], a bargain; but, he leaves instead.

In class, he learns that Sentarou, the guy who aids him on the roof, was the foreshadowed notorious thug that he was warned about. Sentarou decides to “pick” on Kaoru; Kaoru asks him for a favor. He wants to borrow the keys, although he can’t pay the 100,000 yen. He gives him the keys, and he heads to the roof, where it’s raining. Sentarou follows him. They arrive on the roof, Sentarou finds the roof boring, Kaoru tells him to head back to class then. Kaoru attempts to lose him by running in circles on the roof, Sentarou just follows. After a brief struggle, Sentarou throws their umbrellas off the roof, to ultimately have fun. They get wet.

The class president brings them their P.E. clothes to change into. She compliments Kaoru without his glasses on. His inner monologue reveals that he really did enjoy the rain. Back at class, he notices that he’s no longer anxious while being stared at. He has a dream that night, presumably of his father. The dream revolves around his father promising him a grand piano, which he does get, but he tries to tell his father that he wishes for something else, much to the dismay of him, he wakes up without making the request.

The next morning, he’s pestered into playing the piano by who’s presumably his sister. She tells him to play it, she’ll take responsibility for whatever happens. He plays a song, since I know very little about classical music, I don’t know what song it is, but, I would assume it to be relatively common “Clair de Lune” by Claude Debussy. His aunt comes downstairs, and scolds him. Who’s now presumably his cousin, blames him for playing his piano in unison with his aunt; his aunt reveals that Kaoru was raised by a single father, his mother abandoned him when he was a child.

The class president, Mukae Ritsuko, teases him by calling him by his first name, essentially flirting. He asks her if she knows of a place where they sell classical music records. She says that she has a lot of records at her house, and invites him over. Unfortunately, our penguin misinterprets this as promiscuity; surprisingly, he follows. Her father owns a record store, he greets him respectfully. Ritsuko discovers that Kaoru plays the piano, given this, she drags him to the backroom. Her father stops her, by saying that plain outsiders aren’t allowed back there. She reassures him that Kaoru is a dear friend of both her and Sentarou. Kaoru attempts to refute her claims, but, he’s dragged regardless.

He heads downstairs with Ritsuko, to discover Sentarou there. Sentarou expresses his indifference for Kaoru’s classical music playing abilities, he only cares for jazz. Kaoru’s mesmerized by Sentarou playing the drums; Ritsuko pesters Kaoru to play the piano; Sentarou tries to refute her demands, by saying only jazz music is allowed. Kaoru attempts to play a jazz song, but Sentarou claims it’s incorrect, not due to the notes played, but through the feelings invoked; he didn’t put enough spirit into it. Kaoru suggests a group playing session, they both decline, they leave afterwords. Kaoru asks Ritsuko about the song that Sen was playing, he buys the record afterwords. They become friends afterwords.

First Impressions: Ending

The ending was fine. It’s called “Altair” by Motohiro Hata meets Sakamichi no Apollon

First Impressions: Concluding Thoughts

Really reminded me of Nodame, primarily because of the music, and the main protagonist. They’re also both Josei’s. According to my MAL statistics on things I enjoy to watch the most [http://mal.oko.im/mdz], I’m a 20-30 year old female who really loves thriller dramas. So that’s cool, it was an enjoyable episode. Didn’t get to see too much of the OST though.

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4 Responses to First Impressions: Sakamichi no Apollon

  1. grek14 says:

    Why no Concluding Thoughts :O

  2. splitter4 says:

    Thanks for the review. Got me interested in it.
    The song Kaoru plays on the piano is “Clair de Lune” by Claude Debussy. Also, why did you use the same pic for “First Impressions: Opening” and the first pic on “First Impressions: Episode”?

    Keep this up, I like your style.

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