The opening of Sakamichi no Apollon/Kids on the Slope, to be precise.
Kids on the what now!?
Remember? The triumphant return of the dynamic duo responsible for Macross Plus: (director) Shinichiro Watanabe and (composer) Yoko Kanno? Umm, no? Or how about, say — the Cowboy Bebop team? Yep, there we go!
Right, so it’s in Japanese which’ll probably turn off a bunch (if not most) of ya. But, please, do check it out if you’re a fan of any of the 2 Japanese animation “icons” I mentioned. Or heck, if you generally love watching animu OPs as much as I do (you know — a person who has J-Pop mp3s in his player). It’s just worth checking out, for sure.
Well fine: the first few seconds may feel like a drag. You’ll see some lovely artworks and a couple of pretty shots, sure, but the song kinda just floats around the background until… it hits the 0:38 mark. Trust me when I say this, but (again) if you love watching opening songs — then you’re in for a treat! There’s this wave-y vibe that just dances around you after it hits around the 0:38 mark. Seriously man, it’s the text book definition of feel good.
Yeah, the animation was simply… beautiful, huh? Easily my next uber-fave after School Food Punishment’s “How to go”.
Oh, how’s the pilot episode then? Really really good. It’s almost everything what I wanted for in a slice-of-life story. Almost because of this one particular scene that may scream that, but clearly it really isn’t the full case given that they both like her. You’ll know what I mean once you watch the first episode, which you really should by the way if I haven’t made that very clear.