Sakamichi no Apollon OP
(Kids on the Slope)
“Sakamichi no Melody (坂道のメロディ)” by YUKI
used as OP for episodes 1 – 12.
The singer definitely has a slightly different voice than what we are used to, but that’s part of what makes this song good. Very beautiful animation that accompanies the music, as well as illustrating what the entire anime is about.