Sakamichi no Apollon
It’s been far too long of a wait for director Watanabe Shinichiro (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo) to be reunited with the composer for Cowboy Bebop, Kanno Yoko (Aquarion EVOL, Macross Frontier). Fourteen years later, the duo is tackling the adaptation ofKodama Yuki’s coming of age manga about two young men’s friendship, and their bonding over a mutual passion for jazz music beginning in the summer of 1966. Nishimi Kaoru (Kimura Ryouhei) is a bespectacled intelligent young man who moves to Yokosuka to Kyushu during his first year in high school, but because he has been moving around for so much of his life, he’s never been able to make lasting friendships and is quite introverted … until he meets Kawabuchi Sentaro (Hosoya Yoshimasa), who is his exact opposite in personality. With Kaoru on the piano and Sentaro on the drums, the pair are eventually joined by some fellow classmates as together, they discover friendships, love, and most importantly, themselves – all through the universal language of music.
Also reminds me to go read the rest of the manga.