To be perfectly honest, I think Kids on the Slope is a very well-rounded, well-directed and well-produced show. Animation is top notch, voice acting is good and the 60’s feel that the show is going for is done perfectly. Humor is placed at exactly the right moments to either alleviate tension or simply keep the audience entertained, and the drama is done in a way that it’s not totally overbearing. Oh, and did I mention that it has fantastic music? Simply put, it’s an objectively good show.
But here’s the problem. Though production values are high, the anime still boils down to this: an anime about teen romance and angst. Not really a bad thing per se, but for an anime that uses jazz as a hook, they seldom use it to spice up the story. The parts of Kids on the slope that I was really enjoying were the times that they actually play music – but then I realized that I could get the same experience by watching old YouTube videos of Bill Evans or similar people. I’m a fan of jazz, not angsty teen romance – so for all intents and purposes, I will no longer continue watching Kids on the Slope.
Kids on the Slope is a crappy J-Drama that pretends to be about jazz. It’s trite, overdone and downright generic if you remove the “jazz theme” from it. Besides, the damn show doesn’t even use jazz to it’s advantage. It’s just there to… uhhh… what is it even doing here? I could replace jazz with something entirely different and it would just be the same – boring love polygon thingy that lacks any real value. Kids on the Slope is overrated. Get over your pretentious selves and see the show for what it really is.