The website for new television anime Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope) has revealed a trailer and revealed its production staff which includes composer Yoko Kanno (Cowboy Bebop, Wolfs Rain, GitS: Stand Alone Complex) and director Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo).
It is the 1960s and the story focuses on Kaoru Nishimi, a smart but naïve young boy who has had to move around Japan a lot due to his father’s job. His circumstances make him something of an outcast but at his latest school he starts to get close with class president, Mukae Ritsuko, and bad boy Sentaro Kawabuchi who tends to skip class and get into fights. What unites the three is their shared love of jazz!
This is an adaptation of Yuki Kodama’s manga and will be the first time that Yoko Kanno and Shinichiro Watanabe will have worked together in the twelve years since the Cowboy Bebop movie. Other names in the production staff include Yuki Nobuteru (Escaflowne, Record of Lodoss War), Ayako Katoh (Chihayafuru) and Yuuko Kakihara (Sora no Otoshimono, Persona 4: The Animation). The anime is being co-produced by Studio Tezuka and MAPPA (Masao Maruyama’s new studio).
The anime will be aired in Fuji TV’s Noitamina block from April.