With the first episode going live today, more news has come down about what's in story for Kids on the Slope. While Sentai Filmworks did announce the Kids on the Slope simulcast news over at Anime Boston this weekend, it wasn't clear whether that extended to a full on license and what that would entail. The company clarified that with a press release today that indicated that the new series that started streaming will indeed be released on physical media here down the line and it will get a DVD and Blu-ray release, which also means it will be getting a dub which is very welcome news.
The series is the long awaited reunion of the team of director Shinichiro Watanabe and composer Yoko Kanno. Produced for Fuji Televisions prestigious noitaminA block and based on the manga “Sakamichi no Apollon” by Yuki Kodama, the 12 episode series’ already blockbuster list of production credits grows even more impressive with the addition of character designer Nobuteru Yuki and scripting by Yuko Kakihara and his second season collaborator on Disney’s STITCH! anime series, Ayako Kato.
According to the manga author, Ms. Kodama’s, she said of the series: “When it comes to adapting this manga to anime, I can say with no reservations that the series has been blessed with a brilliant combination of staff members that couldn't be any better.”
Plot Concept: It’s the summer of 1966 and high school freshman Kaoru Nishimi is struggling to adjust to the latest of many moves in his young life, this time to his uncle’s home in the seaside town of Kyushu. It’s never easy adjusting. It’s never easy fitting in.
But this time will be different. This time he’ll meet friends who’ll change his life forever. And he’ll discover a new passion, one that grabs his heart and rocks him to his very soul.
It’s a music. A beat. A whole new way of looking at life. It’s called JAZZ, and together with bad boy Sentaro and music store girl Ritsuko, they’re going to follow their muse to wherever their music takes them! You think garage bands are something new? Think again and travel to a time when dreams and a couple of musical instruments really could change the world! Get ready to be blown away as the acclaimed team behind COWBOY BEBOP reunites for a tale of life, love and all that jazz in THE KIDS ON THE SLOPE!