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Sakamichi no Apollon


Alt Names: alt Apollo ze zboczaalt 坂道のアポロンalt Kids on the Slopealt Склон Аполлона
Author: KODAMA Yuki
Artist: KODAMA Yuki
Genres: Award Winning Award WinningDrama DramaJosei JoseiMusic MusicRomance RomanceSchool Life School LifeSlice of Life Slice of Life
Type: Manga (Japanese)
Status: Complete
Description: Nishimi Kaoru has moved from city to city and school to school because of his father’s job. So the first day at his new school was just routine for him. Being intellectual and the new transfer student, he has always been seen as an outcast and all Kaoru had to do was bear it until the next time he moved. But things were slightly different this time. First, he started to get close to the class president, Mukae Ritsuko, and, secondly, unlikely as it seemed, grew closer to Kawabuchi Sentaro. Sentaro was infamous for getting into fights, skipping class and was an overall bad boy. Strangely enough, the three of them find common ground in music, namely jazz, and Kaoru finds himself actually enjoying the new town.

It won the 57th Shogakukan Manga Award for general manga.
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Chapters

Title Group Contributor Date
Vol.11 Ch.0: Official Fanbook - Apollon of the Waves
sukikatte KidCongo 19 April 2013 - 05:40 PM
Vol.10 Ch.50: Bonustrack 5
sukikatte KidCongo 31 December 2012 - 02:54 PM
Vol.10 Ch.50: Bonustrack 5
Fabulous Max Scans fabulousmax 18 January 2013 - 01:40 PM [A]
Vol.10 Ch.49: Bonustrack 4
sukikatte KidCongo 31 December 2012 - 02:52 PM
Vol.10 Ch.49: Bonustrack 4
Fabulous Max Scans fabulousmax 18 January 2013 - 01:32 PM [A]
Vol.10 Ch.48: Bonustrack 3
sukikatte KidCongo 31 December 2012 - 02:49 PM
Vol.10 Ch.48: Bonustrack 3
Fabulous Max Scans fabulousmax 18 January 2013 - 01:27 PM [A]
Vol.10 Ch.47: Bonustrack 2
sukikatte KidCongo 31 December 2012 - 02:48 PM
Vol.10 Ch.47: Bonustrack 2
Fabulous Max Scans fabulousmax 18 January 2013 - 04:06 AM
Vol.10 Ch.46: Bonustrack 1
sukikatte KidCongo 31 December 2012 - 02:46 PM
Vol.10 Ch.46: Bonustrack 1
Fabulous Max Scans fabulousmax 18 January 2013 - 01:04 AM
Vol.9 Ch.45: SCENE 45 [End]
sukikatte KidCongo 21 June 2012 - 04:47 PM
Vol.9 Ch.44: SCENE 44
sukikatte KidCongo 21 June 2012 - 04:45 PM
Vol.9 Ch.43: SCENE 43
sukikatte KidCongo 21 June 2012 - 04:43 PM
Vol.9 Ch.42: SCENE 42
sukikatte KidCongo 21 June 2012 - 04:41 PM
Vol.9 Ch.41: SCENE 41
sukikatte KidCongo 21 June 2012 - 04:40 PM
Vol.8 Ch.40: SCENE 40
sukikatte KidCongo 07 June 2012 - 04:36 PM
Vol.8 Ch.39: SCENE 39
sukikatte KidCongo 07 June 2012 - 04:31 PM
Vol.8 Ch.38v.2: SCENE 38
sukikatte KidCongo 07 June 2012 - 05:59 PM [A]
Vol.8 Ch.37: SCENE 37
sukikatte KidCongo 07 June 2012 - 04:25 PM
Vol.8 Ch.36: SCENE 36
sukikatte KidCongo 07 June 2012 - 04:22 PM
Vol.7 Ch.35: SCENE 35
sukikatte KidCongo 31 May 2012 - 04:45 PM
Vol.7 Ch.34: SCENE 34
sukikatte KidCongo 31 May 2012 - 04:42 PM
Vol.7 Ch.33: SCENE 33
sukikatte KidCongo 31 May 2012 - 04:39 PM
Vol.7 Ch.32: SCENE 32
sukikatte KidCongo 31 May 2012 - 04:35 PM
Vol.7 Ch.31: SCENE 31
sukikatte KidCongo 31 May 2012 - 04:33 PM
Vol.6 Ch.30: SCENE 30
sukikatte KidCongo 20 May 2012 - 06:26 AM
Vol.6 Ch.30: Cena 30
Aquaria Scanlator & Koisei Scans Aquaria Scanlator 12 March 2015 - 02:46 AM [A]
Vol.6 Ch.29: SCENE 29
sukikatte KidCongo 20 May 2012 - 06:24 AM
Vol.6 Ch.29: Cena 29
Koisei Scans & Aquaria Scanlator Aquaria Scanlator 12 March 2015 - 02:43 AM [A]
Vol.6 Ch.28: SCENE 28
sukikatte KidCongo 20 May 2012 - 06:22 AM
Vol.6 Ch.28: Cena 28
Koisei Scans & Aquaria Scanlator Aquaria Scanlator 12 March 2015 - 02:35 AM [A]
Vol.6 Ch.27: SCENE 27
sukikatte KidCongo 20 May 2012 - 06:20 AM
Vol.6 Ch.27: Cena 27
Koisei Scans & Aquaria Scanlator Aquaria Scanlator 12 March 2015 - 02:32 AM [A]
Vol.6 Ch.26: SCENE 26
sukikatte KidCongo 20 May 2012 - 06:18 AM
Vol.6 Ch.26: Cena 26
Koisei Scans & Aquaria Scanlator Aquaria Scanlator 12 March 2015 - 02:28 AM [A]
Vol.5 Ch.25: SCENE 25
sukikatte KidCongo 10 May 2012 - 05:23 PM
Vol.5 Ch.25: Cena 25
Koisei Scans & Aquaria Scanlator Gendalph 24 September 2014 - 11:35 PM [A]
Vol.5 Ch.24: SCENE 24
sukikatte KidCongo 10 May 2012 - 05:20 PM
Vol.5 Ch.24: Cena 24
Koisei Scans & Aquaria Scanlator Gendalph 24 September 2014 - 11:35 PM [A]
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Vol.01 Ch.03: Cena 3
Aquaria Scanlator & Koisei Scans Aquaria Scanlator 27 September 2012 - 12:16 AM
Vol.1 Ch.3 Read Online
Mavi Manga kaichou-chan 4 weeks ago
Vol.1 Ch.2: SCENE 2
Stiletto Heels KidCongo 17 April 2012 - 09:41 PM [A]
Vol.1 Ch.2: Scene 2
Fabulous Max Scans fabulousmax 18 January 2013 - 01:47 PM [A]
Vol.01 Ch.02v2: Cena 2
Aquaria Scanlator & Koisei Scans Aquaria Scanlator 27 September 2012 - 12:09 AM [A]
Vol.1 Ch.2 Read Online
Mavi Manga kaichou-chan 21 July 2015 - 03:09 PM
Vol.1 Ch.1: SCENE 1
Stiletto Heels KidCongo 17 April 2012 - 09:41 PM
Vol.1 Ch.1: Scene 1
Fabulous Max Scans fabulousmax 18 January 2013 - 01:12 AM
Vol.01 Ch.01v3: Cena 1
Aquaria Scanlator & Koisei Scans Aquaria Scanlator 26 September 2012 - 11:55 PM [A]
Vol.1 Ch.1: :')
Mavi Manga kaichou-chan 14 July 2015 - 12:22 PM


84 Comments

OK, I'm an old geezer nearing sixty.  Younger folk now are far more divorced from the 1960's than I was from the 1920's when I was a teenager.  I don't personally remember a great deal about the sixties, other than how it affected me as a bratty kid.  While this may not be an "historical" manga, it is certainly a period piece.  It belongs up there with Studio Ghibli's "Up on Poppy Hill."  This manga serves several purposes beyond plain old "good reading."  It is a story that may introduce the J-pop generation to jazz, a genre that is still going strong among music afficionados (think Joe Hisaishi).  Within the story, there are a number of great lessons about tolerance and what could be called racism (prejudice against "half-Japanese", as well as class prejudice that destroyed the mc's family).  It also chronicles the end of a great cultural upheaval in Japanese society after World War II.  If a great story like this can educate younger people about what was going on in Japan during that era, you can call it "period", "historical", or whatever.  The main point is that it's a manga written by a fantastic writer who knows her jazz, knows her history, and can put together a really great read.  I can nitpick with the best, but won't, for fear it could take away from the awesomeness of this manga.

So am I crazy or is this actually historical? Set in the 1960s, has all sorts of stuff about jazz and culture set during that time, all those student protests and movements? Hell it even showed a bit of stuff about the end of the war.

 

Baka lists it as Historical, yes, though both Batoto and there list the Historical genre as "....old or ancient times".........so, yeah, I guess it's a matter of viewpoint.

 

I'd personally call it a "period piece" to use the theatrical term. It's certainly that, as you point out it's set in a particular era other than the current one.......but yeah, that's not a category/tag available on most manga sites. Historical really should be applied to it in my opinion.

Beautifully done. Reading these sort of manga is always a treat, and there's obviously not many like them.

 

It's scary what kids think is "HISTORICAL" nowadays.

Historical Tag removed, as this is obviously not.

So am I crazy or is this actually historical? Set in the 1960s, has all sorts of stuff about jazz and culture set during that time, all those student protests and movements? Hell it even showed a bit of stuff about the end of the war.

Those bonus tracks are amazing

Chapter 04 is missing a page:

Spoiler

Probably one of the best manga I read in 2013-2014 :')

Every good friendship is a little gay. Anyways, I was so scared that it wouldn't turn out well, but I love the last bonus track!

*exhales* what a great read.

Beautifully told, light hearted story that just makes you feel good when you read it. The omake ending chapters were the icing on the cake.

 

This is a great companion series to read alongside with Piano no Mori.

Bwahaha!  Pirate no Apollon!

I'm not always a fan of side-story omake, as they often feel tacked-on. But these are fantastically well-done and evocative.
Ah, that incredible sad feeling of longing when you finish a good manga. Full of the melancholy of satisfaction.

And yet, when you see them all grown up, you realise it'll never go back to what is was. That is, until you read it, once again, from the start of course.

Splendid.
Thank you random button for bringing me to another great series!
Ah, what lovely extras! I was sure that was it and I'd never see those crazy jazz-loving birds again until I reread it. But here we are with gaps filled in and touching codas . . . sigh . . .
I really like this manga because the characters are believable and it doesn´t have any filler chapters.
If someone likes to read romance manga that isn´t full of cliches then you have to read this manga!
Thank you very much for the extra chapters!

I've missed the characters so much. It's like I've really grown attached to them and all of them are precious! The last extra is pure gold. My heart couldn't contain all the feelings, I literally couldn't stop grinning! Gah! I really wish there would be more...
omfg i wonder how many times i cried ;^;
I skipped from chapter 20 directly to the end because I couldn't stand how much drama there was. I loveeee this manga. I think I'll start crying now.
I started and read the entirety of this series today. I couldn't stop. I kept pushing through this series' unbelievably realistic drama begging for a happy ending, and even though it held out on me to the very end, I got one. This series was my happy new year. Thank you.
Sukikatte,

Thanks so much for these "bonus tracks." Since reading the first 45 chapters, it leaped to onto the list of my five favorite manga. The bonus tracks were a great icing on the cake, and kept the delicacy and great story of the original. It also got me to rediscover a lot of good jazz (which was good for amazon.com, as I bought a bunch of Bill Evans, Art Blakey, and three recordings of "Lullaby in Birdland). Thanks to the mangaka and the scanlators for a great ride.
The newest volume is so damn beautiful. I have been given one of the best post-Christmas gifts ever. It is wonderful to know that I have finished 2012, a great year for both translated manga and anime, with one of the greatest Josei mangas of all time. I have said it once, and I will say it again, Kodama-Sensei is a genius, pure and simple. She has some of the best dialogue, plot, and character development I have ever seen in a manga. Thank you Kid Congo and Sukikatte scans for bringing us the latest volume of "Sakamichi no Apollon". The fans, including myself, truly appreciate it.
Wow! This goes in my favourites list. Thanks go to Comadrin for pushing me to read it.
theroadstopshere, I love the picture you're talking about, but what sticks in my mind is last chapter p. 37
Spoiler

That image grabs my heart and won't let go.
Kodama Sensei promised another volume devoted to side characters. I'm so hoping that happens! I'll keep this in my follows for awhile, just in case. 💒🌅
It's scary what kids think is "HISTORICAL" nowadays.

Historical Tag removed, as this is obviously not.
superb, along with the ending, which is really rare nowadays
makes me glad that i devoted time to read it, and not just kill time
especially considering i read really bad manga yesterday

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