That’s not to say the show isn’t good – it is, very much so. It’s just that Kids on the Slope isn’t the ground-breaking masterpiece everyone seems to be saying it is.
I think for a show to really stand out as an anime, it has to present itself in such a way that you’ll think: “If this wasn’t anime, this won’t be as effective.” Any form of entertainment can have a good story, realistic characters, et cetera, but I think this show lacks… that anime-ish feel. Sure, it’s a good show and all, but I don’t think stuff like Apollon would be remembered in the long run for the sole reason that it’s just not “anime” enough.
Apollon can work as a live action drama, and I think it would have been better if that was the case. Story-wise, we have been treated to a teen romance thingy, the kind of stuff we usually see from those J-Dramas targeted at teenage girls. I was expecting more jazz and friendship, but I’m getting the feeling that this show will go deeper in angst levels and generic teen romance. Not necessarily a bad thing, as our director is clearly demonstrating his talents very well and making the most out of the material he has, but I think someone with Watanabe’s talent should be working on a different show altogether.
As for the technical aspects, I don’t have anything new to add. The animation’s great and the music is fabulous. I simply don’t approve of the general content very much.
So yeah, though I like Kids on the Slope, I really think that it’s highly overrated at this point.
This week’s post is short and kinda messy because of two reasons: one – because I don’t have much to say about this anime for now, and two – I just got a tutoring job, which means I won’t be blogging as often as I did a week ago. Hopefully, I’ll be back on track when my schedule becomes less taxing.