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Oldtaku no Radio # 020 – Kids on the Slope

Kids on the Slope sees Cowboy Bebop‘s Shinichiro Watanabe (director) and Yoko Kanno (music) adapt Yuki Kodama’s manga about youths in 1960s Japan (Kyushu) who find each other and themselves through jazz. As MAPPA’s first production, KoTS needed to make a splash. Its musical performances, VA work, art, storyboarding, choreography, characterization, and soundtrack make it an anime of legend. Find out what went into making this insanely enjoyable anime and what hosts Jared and Ink as well as guest Alex Osborn got out of it. (We do run long on this one, but there is a lot to unpack here.)

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Runtime: 2 hr, 16 min

Show Notes

  • Opening Song: “Through the Glass” by Kaz Mirblouk
  • 0:00:00 – Introductions!
  • 0:39:00 – Spoilers!
  • 1:43:50 – Twitter questions!
  • Ending Song: “Money 1973” by NO FUTURE
  • Kids on the Slope is streaming on Crunchyroll and HIDIVE and can be purchased on DVD/BD via Sentai FilmworksRightStuf, or Amazon.
  • Twitter: Ani-Gamers, Oldtaku no RadioInk, Jared, Alex
  • Alex also writes/edits for IGN and vlogs on YouTube.
  • Ink also writes for Otaku USA Magazine and The Fandom Post and is the official bad sports anime correspondent on Taiiku Podcast.
  • Jared also writes for The Electrum Edition and Wave Motion Cannon.
    • Alex Osborn's profile

      In addition to contributing to Ani-Gamers, Alex writes news (and the occasional anime review) in a freelance capacity for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter and check out his video content on YouTube.

    • Ink's profile

      Ink contributes his own pieces and edits those of others pertaining to anime, manga, and games. His reviews and analyses have also appeared in the pages of Otaku USA as well as online over at The Fandom Post and Taiiku Podcast.

    • Jared Nelson's profile

      Jared discovered anime in the early 1990s through stacks of third-hand fandubs and Streamline Pictures tapes. By the tender age of 16, he was humming Macross 7 songs in art class, dreaming of Asuka Langley and hanging Rurouni Kenshin posters on his wall. A few years later he moved to Japan where he worked as an ALT (assistant language teacher) in Ibaraki and Fukuoka Prefectures. While he returned home with a deep appreciation for Japan, its culture, and its public transit system, Jared fell out of anime fandom and only returned in 2010. A self-proclaimed 3rd-level bard, Jared enjoys tabletop gaming and game design, video gaming, giant robots, history, comics, and most recently manga. He is also eternally late to the party.

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