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Freedom and guilt in Sakamichi no Apollon

When you watch Sakamichi no Apollon, I think it’s important to ask why the story is set in the late 1960s. Continue reading

Sakamichi no Apollon Ep. 1: Improvisation

Initially, our narrator Kaoru comes off as though he’s a straight-up misanthrope: “I hate everything about this. This sunshine, beating down on you from morning onward… These students, who don’t have a thought in their heads… It all makes me want to throw up.” He even takes the time to mock his classmates’ dialect. Maybe Kaoru is justified in his hate; it would appear as though some people are as quick to judge him as he judges them. But then again, why treat everyone so disdainfully just because of a few bad eggs? Continue reading