Title: “Sakamichi no Melody” |Artist: YUKI |Show: Kids on the Slope

There are good songs and there are good shows, and they don’t always go together. Then there are fantastic OPs and EDs that fit perfectly with their equally fantastic shows. “Sakamichi no Melody,” the OP for the one and only Kids on the Slope, is one of these. The anime tells the story of a group of teenagers in rural 1960s Japan, each with their own struggles and circumstances, and how they are brought together though jazz music. While the life changing power of music has been used in other anime storylines, Kids on the Slope is my personal favorite example. The OP’s music, lyrics, and visuals all carry this theme excellently. To sum it up with a line from the song, “this melody seems like love.”