Tidbits on Apollon – 03

I haven’t updated for some time although I tried to because I just had difficulty coming up with the right string of words to convey how I feel. But I just wanted to write how I felt, because I think Sakamichi no Apollon deserves it. At heart, Apollon is a romance show, but it’s different because it’s a romance show that’s directed by one of the greatest anime directors ever.

Within the dynamics of unrequited love Shininchiro Watanabe constructed a series that also puts the characters forward not only in their romance but in their growth as people. Only the greatest romance series could do so with consistency, as Honey and Clover did. In that sense the second episode served as an intermezzo for the third and first episodes. The third episode was simply beautiful to watch because it was borne of selfishness that is one of the hallmarks of true love.

It was only when it was too late that Kaoru realized Ritsuko’s fondness for Sentaro, that he had realized how much he had hurt her. What he had done in the ending was to confess in his own nerdy way, that he liked Ritsuko and not Yurika, and it was great to watch.


It’s also not hard to love a series whose lead character reminds you of yourself.

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4 Responses to “Tidbits on Apollon – 03”

  1. Emperor J Says:

    I thought it was a really good episode. It was tinged with the right amount of optimism and at the same time disappointment to ensure this doesn’t end up a smooth ride for anyone. Personally, I don’t really relate to any of the characters, but I can at least envision this being a somewhat realistic scenario.

  2. Ryan A Says:

    I think we’ve yet to see the personal growth of the characters, especially Ritsuko and Sentaro, but I can understand the poignancy of the story. I think that’s the power, that Watanabe is very direct with the storytelling and doesn’t rely much on cunning. Sharp and to the point, and that’s partly why I find it difficult to think or write about, it’s really kind of like, “what else is there to say?” Of course, some bloggers are analyzing the music, context, production values, and what have you, but the meaning is much more peculiar at this point. I’m eager to see how it all wraps up, and what kind other conflicts we’ll see.

  3. Michael Says:

    Actually, that came to my mind as well. I’m no music major; the philosophy and the context isn’t all that difficult to decipher, so it’s just really a fun ride. What else is there to say, indeed?


    Exactly. It’s a beautiful thing, this series.

  4. Oscar Says:

    i am hooked, completely addicted to this anime
    i cant recall how many times i rewinded tracks from the OST! cant wait for the second OST to be released in July!
    the animation is a superior to any other anime around!
    i think Sakamichi will be marked as one of the best anime to ever be created.

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