Sakamichi no Apollon Episode 3

The complications begin this week. Ritsuko becomes jealous of the new girl Yurika Fukahori for the attention she gets from Sentaro, showing that she truly does have a crush on him. Poor Kaoru tries to help her, but his efforts are misinterpreted as an interest in Yurika himself. But he finally gains the courage to admit to Ritsuko that she is the one he truly likes. Early confessions like this are always problematic. Even if Ritsuko accepts (which is unlikely because she likes Sentaro), there will always be something that gets in the way because there’s still so much of the show left.

I’m just guessing she turns him down and maybe later falls in love with him, but his affections are elsewhere and the drama will commence from there. Then again, we can’t assume that Sentaro’s love is so simple either. It may very well be the case that he realizes that he actually likes Ritsuko and he dumps Yurika or something. Or we could go the Occam’s Razor route and just say that Ritsuko ends up with Kaoru and Sentaro ends up with Yurika…we’ll just have to see. I look forward to seeing where this goes. I also think that the pigeon (Sarah) should do something epic…just because…it would be awesome?

Sakamichi no Apollon Episode 2

This week’s episode takes an interesting turn. Besides the predictable parts…Kaoru not being able to emulate the jazz music without the feeling, which he finally gets when he joins the jam session. Asking Ritsuko out and Sentaro joining them. That stuff didn’t surprise me. What surprised me was first off, the bit with the church. I wasn’t expecting Kaoru to react the way he did when he saw Ritsuko and Sentaro in the church. Is it because the perception of Christianity is different in Japan? If I found out one of my friends was Christian, I’d just be like “cool…” Also, Sentaro abruptly cuts Ritsuko off when she’s explaining the cross and the rosary…what could be the reasoning behind that?

Also in the episode, I felt like there were some parts where the whole Sentaro/Kaoru bromance might be getting emphasized, but all of that was tossed out when Sentaro suddenly falls in love with the woman he saved. I had absolutely no idea that was coming…and I’m wondering where the show goes from there. Will he be forced to enlist the aid of the less abrasive Kaoru in his endeavors? Although Kaoru isn’t exactly the leading expert on relationships…Another thing. How did I not notice in the first episode how cool the background music is? I must not have been paying attention. Well, the show still looks promising, and we may possibly get a direction for the plot next week, so I’m looking forward to it.

Sakamichi no Apollon Episode 1

Bromance mode engage. This show’s about Nishimi Kaoru, who transfers into a new school and has trouble with other people. He also doesn’t have the best outlook on life. He meets Kawabuchi Sentaro, a more carefree guy who is commonly feared by the other students as a delinquent. But this guy turns out to be a big fan of jazz and introduces Kaoru to it as well. Throw in Mukae Ritsuko, a childhood friend of Sentaro and the class rep. I’d say that this episode was a pretty good start. I have no idea where this is going, but shows about music are typically cool with me. Kinda looks like the three main characters will start a band or something.

There was also that kid who really likes radios…maybe he’ll be broadcasting them. The opening theme sounded really good, but the voice was kind of annoying to me. If you don’t mind it, it’s a great song. The ending is also pretty good. The background music in the show was kinda weird, though. Why did it sound so creepy? I get that the mood was serious, but why does it sound like demons are gonna fly out of Kaoru’s chest? I’m definitely intrigued by this show…curious about where it will go. Let’s hope the bromance doesn’t get too intense (*cough*No. 6).