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Sakamichi no Apollon – 12 (END)

「オール・ブルース」 (Ōru burūsu)
“All Blues”

Whatever else you might think of the final episode – or of the eleven that preceded it – I think it’s hard to argue that Watanabe-sensei isn’t a directorial genius of the first order.

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June 28, 2012 at 8:39 pm Comments (59)

Sakamichi no Apollon – 11

「 レフト・アローン」 (Refuto aroun)
“Left Alone”

Of all the episodes of Sakamichi so far, this one might be the most difficult to get a handle on.

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June 21, 2012 at 6:45 pm Comments (30)

Sakamichi no Apollon – 10

「イン・ア・センチメンタル・ムード」 (In a sentementaru muudo)
“In A Sentimental Mood”

As many different styles, shapes and sizes as great anime come in, how alike they are is more striking than how different they are.

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June 14, 2012 at 8:24 pm Comments (24)

Sakamichi no Apollon – 09

「ラブ・ミー・オア・リーブ・ミー」 (Rabu mī oa rību mī)
“Love Me Or Leave Me”

If Tsuritama is Oscar Peterson – bright and brash and slightly out of control, bursting with creative flair, Sakamichi is Bill Evans. Not a note is wasted, and not an unnecessary one added.

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June 7, 2012 at 4:37 pm Comments (39)

Sakamichi no Apollon – 08

「ムード・インディゴ ジーズ・フーリッシュ・シングス」 (Mūdo indigo jīzu fūrisshu shingusu)
“Mood Indigo These Foolish Things”

And lo, with the simple question “Would you like a persimmon?” was the fujoshi movement born in Kyushu, 1967…

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May 31, 2012 at 5:52 pm Comments (27)

Sakamichi no Apollon – 07

「ナウズ・ザ・タイム」 (Nauzu za taimu)
“Now’s The Time”

Well, that’s certainly going to give the fujoshi something to talk about…

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May 24, 2012 at 5:56 pm Comments (56)

Sakamichi no Apollon – 06

“You Don’t Know What Love is”

If you ask me what my favorite NoitaminA series this season is, my answer might have to be “What time is it?”

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May 17, 2012 at 6:31 pm Comments (25)

Sakamichi no Apollon – 05

「バードランドの子守唄」 (Bādorando no komori-uta)
“Lullaby of Birdland”

“Realism” is a term that gets thrown around almost as much as “slice-of-life”, and likewise incorrectly most of the time – but Sakamichi no Apollon is that rare series that earns the descriptor.

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May 10, 2012 at 5:39 pm Comments (22)

Sakamichi no Apollon – 04

「 バットノットフォーミー」
“But Not For Me”

Really, it isn’t supposed to look so effortless as Watanabe-sensei is making it look.

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May 3, 2012 at 5:35 pm Comments (46)

Sakamichi no Apollon – 03

“Someday My Prince Will Come”

Why does everyone make this anime thing out to be so hard? Just do it like that.

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April 26, 2012 at 3:53 pm Comments (40)

Sakamichi no Apollon – 02

「 サマータイム」

It would be hard to imagine an anime having two better opening episodes than Sakamichi no Apollon.

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April 19, 2012 at 5:12 pm Comments (53)

Sakamichi no Apollon – 01


How can a show with such ridiculously high expectations possibly exceed them?

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April 12, 2012 at 3:09 pm Comments (82)