The TV anime series Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope) - airing in Japan from April 12, 2012 - is co-created by studio MAPPA and Tezuka Productions, based on a slice-of-life manga by Yuki Kodama. The coming-of-age story of "love, friendship, and music" follows a naive boy and a scruffy boy in a provincial town in Nagasaki Prefecture in the late 1960s. In the early summer of 1966, Kaoru transfers to the local high school from Yokosuka. Thanks to his family's nearly constant cycle of moving from town to town, Kaoru has only known school as a difficult place for readjusting everytime. However, on his first day at this new school, he meets a boy and begins a new direction in life. As he gets closer to the class president Mukae Ritsuko and the "bad boy" Kawabuchi Sentaro, the three of them find common ground in music - namely jazz - and Kaoru finds himself actually enjoying the new town.