[Review] Sakamichi no Apollon / Kids on the Slope episodes 3 4 5

[3. Someday My Prince Will Come] [4. But Not For Me] [5. Lullaby of Birdland]

I’ve put off watching Sakamichi no Apollon long enough (the series finished airing already, forchrissakes), but there’s no way I can just not watch what’s supposedly the anime of the season, can I? So here begins reviews of long-aired episodes for any late watchers like me.

From episodes 3 to 5, the relationships between the characters progressed quite a bit, and what was originally a love triangle became… well, let’s see. Kaoru likes Ri’ko, who likes Sentaro, who likes Yurika, who likes Brother Jun, so uhh, a love pentagon? If only Jun would go gay for Kaoru, we’d make a full circle.

Meanwhile, though, Ri’ko has rejected Kaoru’s feelings, but he’s the main frickin character and you don’t just cut the main frickin character off like that when it’s not even halfway through the anime, so she’ll probably change her mind later. My personal favorite paring, Yurika and Jun, could work out, but Jun needs to fix whatever issues he has that sent him into hiding before anything can happen. Plus, it seems that Yurika reminds Jun painfully of a past love, but that’s no problem an anime character can’t resolve by the end of the season.

Overall, all the relationships and characters have developed nicely and realistically, and it’s not hard to see why it’s the favorite of the season. Incorporating the title jazz song into each episode is a great touch as well.

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