Kaoru is a new student in yet another school. When suffering from an anxiety attack, he meets bad boy Sentaro on the roof. Despite his rough edges, Sentaro strangely befriends Kaoru. After being dragged headlong into his life, Kaoru discovers Sentaro’s love of jazz, and the two begin to play together.
I was deeply impressed with this series! I am not a huge jazz fan, nor one of slice of life animes, but this one proved the exception. The art is gorgeous, and the directors did a fantastic job with the characterization and pacing of this series. Each of the characters could fit into certain archetypes, but at the same time Sentaro and Kaoru were true to life. About the only character I had trouble with was Ritsuko, just because she was sort of passive too much of the time. However, I liked the turns her character took later in the series. I also liked that the romance in this series didn’t play out as expected. Kaoru’s mooning over Ritsuko would have been annoying, but the constant challenges made it very real and made it more enjoyable to watch. Because of its slower pace, it’s a very relaxing series to watch. You don’t want to miss this one.