Posted on 7 June 2012 with categories: Sakamichi no Apollon

So Apollon decided to use the time before its finale in order to resolve the romance between the side-characters. This episode was all about Jun and Yurika, and actually a really good balance to the angst of the previous episodes, by finally actually resolving things, getting people to clear up misunderstandings and getting one couple together. After so many complicated feelings, this episode removed a lot of the different tensions and brought the cast back together, and it’s great that this is done before the finale.

Now we have three (yes, Apollon will be 12 episodes) episodes left for the three main characters. It’s here where all of the build-up needs to come together, and this series has to make use of its build-up. A great example of how to do this was with Yojou-han Shinwa Taikei. These three episodes will need to excel in this show’s own ways, most likely through impeccable acting and great character-development.

The rotoscoped scenes by the way look as good as ever. I mean, compare this to Tsuritama where it’s obvious that the biggest amount of budget was blown in the first episode, here the creators are still able to keep up a consistent animation quality up. The rotoscoped parts may not be as impressive compared to if they were had-animated, but still they look really impressive, and good unlike any other TV-anime out there.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

4 Responses

  1. clovy says:

    HUH… why 12 episodes only! D8
    I want soooo much more from Apollon… I just love the characters here where all are so likeable including Yurika (I know a lot ppl hate her, no idea why).

    I hope Apollon won’t end up to hanging ending 8_8.. kinda felt Kaoru might end up transfer/move to other place and separated from his friends (Please let me be wrong T_T). and yeah you are right, the rotoscope was excellent :) .

  2. rufe says:

    I actually found this one of the most moving episodes of the series to date. Especially the session toward the end of the episode.

    Have to admit the parting at the train station was a little cliché, but I love how Jun’s emotions get the best of him at the end.

    Just fantastic.

    • rufe says:

      I wonder if part of why I found their last session so emotional is because I’m a musician myself. So many of my most talented friends have been dragged out of the music world by injury. Even though Jun never really aspired to be just a musician and he was basically called to the realities of adult life, it was painful to watch Sen watch him leave.

  3. kero says:

    Awwwwww

    I loved the duel scene! and as cliched as the last scene was, it still got to me. Yay for eloping lovers on a midnight train!

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