`Kids on the Slope' has quickly become my new favourite anime. By the opening sequence I was hooked, and rushed through the series in three nights, and would happily watch it again. To put it simply, this is just a lovely series and I really can't fault it. If you're a fan of anime and have a parent, friend or significant other who simply thinks it's far too weird for them to comprehend, sit them down and watch `Kids on the Slope' together. I'm getting teary just thinking about it.
The director behind this series is no other than Shinchiro Watanabe, who is responsible for brilliant action-packed series such as `Cowboy Bebop' and `Samurai Champloo', so `Kids on the Slope' is a rather different genre of anime for him to get behind. The music is also second to none, especially those amazing jazz medleys, thanks to Yoko Kanno, who has worked on `Cowboy Bebop', `Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex' and `Honey and Clover'. If you needed even more convincing, the opening song, "Sakamichi no Melody" is sung by YUKI.
Of course, if you're not big on your anime and have no idea who any of these people are, that doesn't mean this show can't be appreciated for what it is: charming, funny, emotional and an all-round enjoyable watch. There are no explosions, robots or magical girls here, so there's nothing to distract you from the relationships between characters and smooth jazz. Don't forget that smooth jazz. The only thing that could improve this series for me would be a whole episode dedicated to the jam sessions.