It’s called Sakamichi no Apollon, and it’s supposed to be this slice-of-life, coming-of-age story set in the late 60s… with jazz. You probably should know by now that I love coming-of-age stories so this sounds, indeed, very exciting. Plus check out the staff that’s involved because it’s such an impressive team:
Director: Shinichirou Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo)
Music: Yoko Kanno (Cowboy Bebop, Macross Plus, Escaflowne, Wolf’s Rain)
Character Design: Nobuteru Yuuki (Escaflowne, Xenosaga, Chrono Cross)
Script: Ayako Kato, Yuuko Kakihara (Stitch TV series, P4 The Animation)
Supervising Animation Director: Yoshimitsu Yamashita (House of Five Leaves, Hyouge Mono)
Animation Production: MAPPA (New Madhouse, not Badhouse) /Tezuka Productions
The first 2 or 3 should stir up some discussions and excitement. Kanno and Watanabe haven’t teamed up since Cowboy Bebop, if I’m not mistaken. And Nobuteru Yuuki may not be a household name to some, but he’s a damn good artist in my book since he was involved in a lot of my favorite shows, namely Escaflowne, Lodoss War and Toward the Terra. In short: Sakamichi no Apollon has a lot of potential to be one of the year’s best.
The series will broadcast on April 2012 in Japan (pretty soon, I know). April 2012 — that’s the same month the new Eureka seveN project will also be airing. Wow, that’s 2 triple-A-like shows being premiered on the same month! Amazing.
Here’s a quick synopsis of the show, by the way, as well as the 30-second PV:
“Nishimi Kaoru has moved from city to city and school to school because of his father’s job. So the first day at his new school was just routine for him. Being intellectual and the new transfer student, he has always been seen as an outcast and all Kaoru had to do was bare it until the next time he moved. But things were slightly different this time. First, he started to get close to the class president, Mukae Ritsuko, and, secondly, unlikely as it seemed, grew closer to Kawabuchi Sentaro. Sentaro was infamous for getting into fights, skipping class and was an overall bad boy. Strangely enough, the three of them find common ground in music, namely jazz, and Kaoru finds himself actually enjoying the new town.”
The drumming animation… so good.