[Kids on the Slope]: Episode 10 | In a Sentimental Mood

note:  We’re in the final stretch of Kids on the Slope!! HUGE thank you to weekendotaku has been helping me a great deal by participating and creating these banners, and thank you to everyone that’s been keeping up with the series!

Spring is around the corner. Spring expresses a sense of change in our trio’s lives. A blossoming love for the future, and the past coming back to the present. How well will our trio deal with these changes?


Ah young love! Kaoru struggled this episode with accepting the fact that finally Ri-chan has realized her own feelings for him even though she doesn’t outright say it. It’s implied with the knitted gloves; but he can’t shake the feeling that deep down in her heart she’ll always like Sen more. It probably doesn’t help him when Ri-chan does make comments in regards to Sen a lot; but she had a point when she lectured him about having confidence in himself. With their feelings reciprocated; I wonder if it’s public knowledge.


Sen actually helped play matchmaker a bit this episode. I wonder if he picked up on the the two’s mutual feelings for one another just because Ri-chan was playing “Someday my Prince Will Come” or if it’s because he was surprised that Ri-chan hadn’t told her Dad about Kaoru being sick. Either way, I’m glad he was the bridge that closed the gap between Ri-chan and Kaoru because it eventually led up to them mutually expressing their interest.


With the news of Sen’s step-father coming home, Sen looks a bit worried, with his Sister Sa-chan equally worried about the dynamics of the family once their Dad is back in the picture. After working hard to pass exams and start the new school year alongside Kaoru and even planning to be in the School Festival again with a new medley; he’s lied to Kaoru and is planning to run away. This caused my jaw to drop; Sen had done so well hiding his feelings that I was not prepared for him to really think about leaving!

Overall, this episode picked up a bit and I’m really excited for the last two episodes and what’s in store for us in the finale! 🙂

This episode’s title is based on the jazz song of the same name, as performed by Duke Ellington and John Coltrane. It definitely does have a sentimental melancholic feel to it.  Give it a listen and let me know your thoughts on the song.

What did you guys think of this episode? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂


3 thoughts on “[Kids on the Slope]: Episode 10 | In a Sentimental Mood

  1. I definitely enjoyed this episode more than the last too (which weren’t bad, but just a tad bit confusing at times). I liked the way how Kaoru ran after Ri-Chan even though he was as sick as a dog. That made for a very fun scene. I wonder what will happen next though. I was pretty shocked myself with Sen who might be leaving. Also I feel there is going to be a lot of tension in the next episode when Sen’s step-father returns home. With only two more episodes to go, I am kind of getting worried about the fact if they are going to be able to provide a good ending to the series. It seems like there is still quite a lot of story to tell, but we will just have to wait and see I guess 😊 Great post as always!

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  2. Seeing Kaoru and Ritsuko finally understanding each others’ feelings was very satisfying to watch. I worried that they would squander their opportunities and never really get together before the series end, but the way Kaoru really stepped up and shoved aside his insecurities was nice to see. A different kind of running down the slope 😛

    The time skip really threw me off once again, though. It was late winter/early spring at the start of the episode and then into summer and the school festival by its end. I understand glossing over details, but there’s so much about the interactions among this group that I feel like we’re missing. Kaoru even laments that he’s gotten nowhere with Ritsuko over the course of a season. At least the audience hasn’t either? :-/

    Can’t wait to see what’s going on with Sen.

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