News has broken over at ANN that MVM are going to release the anime Kids on the Slope in 2013. ANN report that “Although there is not a confirmed release date yet, MVM said it would “probably” bring the series out in the second quarter of 2013.”
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 it was the first time that Yoko Kanno (Wolfs Rain, GitS: Stand Alone Complex) and Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo) 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 was co-produced by Studio Tezuka and MAPPA (Masao Maruyama’s new studio).