After my latest round-up post for the Spring 2012 anime season, I received a lot of comments saying I should reconsider watching Sakamichi no Apollon. Everywhere I went, it seemed like everyone was telling me to go watch it. So here I am on a late Sunday night sacrificing my sleep to give Sakamichi no Apollon a second chance with 2 more episodes.
When I finished episode 2, I was not impressed. For the most part, it followed the same lines as the first episode, which failed to gain my interest. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve seen the typical “trip to the beach” episode in anime. By this point I was wondering, “has the online anime fanbase gone crazy? what do they see in this show?”
Next up was episode 3, the last chance I was giving Sakamichi no Apollon to live up to the hype. It was like I was hit with a ton of bricks. The amount of drama packed into those 20 minutes was absurd. Episode 3 alone is already better than a lot of romance/dramas that I’ve seen over the years. Each turn of events was expected but shocking, and the characters’ reactions to each revelation were realistic and believable. In short, I was blown away.
I have now added Sakamichi no Apollon to my watchlist in the hopes that the rest of the series will be at least half as good as episode 3. As for all of you who recommended this series to me, I am now expecting it to be awesome and am holding you to your word :P