"There have been enough anime about music and friendship at this point to say that on paper, Kids on the Slope is not exactly doing anything revolutionary. Despite this it somehow manages to be a much more refreshing experience than almost any of its contemporaries. This is not because it does something completely out of the ordinary or groundbreaking in the genre. Rather, what Kids on the Slope has that so many other anime of its kind lack is vision. Director Watanabe Shinichiro has a clear and concise goal in mind in adapting this josei manga by Kodama Yuki: communicating a love for jazz music."