The beginning of summer, 1966.

Because of his father’s job situation, freshman high school student Kaoru Nishimi moves by himself from Yokosuka to Kyushu to live with relatives. Until then, Kaoru was an honor roll student who tended to keep to himself, but meeting notorious bad boy Sentaro Kawabuchi starts to change him. Through his devil-may-care classmate, Kaoru learns the attractions of jazz and finds the first person he can call a “friend”. He also discovers how much fun it is to play music with a pal.

Other characters include Sentaro’s kind childhood chum, Ritsuko, who is the daughter of a record shop owner; the mysterious upperclassman, Yurika; and Brother Jun, the much-admired leader among their peers. Set against the backdrop of a seaside town with a scent of American culture, this series is a drama about young people coming into their own, crossing each other’s paths, and finding friendship, love, and music!

  • » Episode12 All Blues
    • Screenplay: Yuko Kakihara / Shinichiro Watanabe | Storyboard: Shinichiro Watanabe |
      Animation Director: Shinichiro Watanabe / Jun Shishido | Animation Supervisor: Katsuya Yamada / Cindy.H.Yamauchi |
      Art Director: Shinichi Uehara
    • Sentaro has disappeared and Kaoru is trying to accept that fact so calmly that he hurts Ritsuko. Before they can make up, Kaoru is accepted at a university in Tokyo and the day that he’s going to leave town approaches! There was a time when Kaoru and Sentaro’s hearts beat in unison, when they shined through jazz, but what will happen to their bond now that Sen is gone? The startling final episode!

  • » Episode11 Left Alone
    • Screenplay: Ayako Kato | Storyboard: Kotomi Deai | Animation Director: Kotomi Deai |
      Animation Supervisor: Eiji Abiko | Art Director: Shinichi Uehara
    • After learning of his stepfather’s homecoming, Sentaro intends to leave for good without telling anyone…except someone is waiting for him outside! Later, as the school festival draws near, Kaoru and Sen stress out over their competition with Seiji, until they add a new member to their group. Then, on the eve of the festival, an event occurs that will change their lives forever!

  • » Episode10 In a Sentimental Mood
    • Screenplay: Yuko Kakihara | Storyboard: Mitsue Yamasaki | Animation Director: Minoru Yamaoka
      Animation Supervisor: Sorato Shimizu | Art Director: Shinichi Uehara
    • Sentaro’s love for Yurika has a sad ending as she eloped with Junichi. Meanwhile, Kaoru and Ritsuko have slowly been getting closer since the Christmas incident. Kaoru just can’t seem to take the next step, but when Ritsuko visits him while he’s recovering from a cold, Kaoru declares his feelings for her for the second time. And then, during the summer of their third year, Sentaro gets some unexpected news…

  • » Episode8 These Foolish Things
    • Screenplay: Yuko Kakihara | Storyboard: Hideki Futamura | Animation Director : Hisayoshi Shimizu |
      Animation Supervisor: Satonobu Kikuchi | Art Director: Shinichi Uehara
    • Junichi comes back home and he seems like an entirely different person. Sentaro can’t hide his shock at seeing the big brother figure he respects so much in such a shabby condition. Encouraged by his peers at university, Junichi has become a student protest leader there. However, he encounters unforgettable setbacks. When Yurika forces her way in to his apartment and sees the wounded “Brother Jun”, she resolves to devote herself to him.

  • » Episode7 Now's the Time
    • Screenplay : Ayako Kato | Storyboard : Ko Matsuo | Animation Director : Kotomi Deai |
      Animation Supervisor: Cindy.H.Yamauchi | Art Director: Shinichi Uehara
    • Sentaro is busy practicing with Seiji’s band, Olympus, while Kaoru has been chosen as the class representative for the school festival, and the distance between the two widens. On the day of the festival, as Kaoru’s eyes fall on Olympus and the appreciative crowd formed around it, he can’t hold back the flood of painful emotions. However, unexpected trouble occurs up on stage…

  • » Episode6 You Don't Know What Love Is
    • Screenplay: Yuko Kakihara | Storyboard/ Animation Director: Jun Shishido |
      Animation Supervisors:Eiji Abiko | Art Director: Shinichi Uehara
    • Kaoru and the rest have moved on to their second year of high school, and with the new school year comes a new classmate, Seiji Matsuoka, a flamboyant Beatles fan right down to the mushroom cut. But Seiji also fronts his own rock band and invites Sentaro to be the drummer. Sen refuses at first, but after hearing about Seiji’s troubles, he feels sympathy for the pop music enthusiast. Finally, Sentaro agrees to join the band, but what about his passion for jazz…?

  • » Episode5 Lullaby Of Birdland
    • Screenplay: Ayako Kato | Storyboard: Shigeyuki Miya | Animation Director: Minoru Yamaoka |
      Animation Supervisor:Kazunori Aoki | Art Director: Shinichi Uehara
    • Ever since the kissing incident, the relationship between Kaoru and Ritsuko has deteriorated. Feeling awkward about visiting the record shop, Kaoru enters the New Year without showing up once at jazz practice. But one day, he receives a letter that contains information about his mother’s present situation. And so, Kaoru heads for Tokyo to be reunited with the mother he hasn’t seen for over a decade, with Sentaro tagging along.

  • » Episode4 But not fo me
    • Screenplay: Yuko Kakihara | Storyboard: Toshiya Shinohara | Animation Director: Sayo Aoi |
      Animation Supervisors:Manabu Akita/Marie Tagashira | Art Director: Shinichi Uehara
    • One day near Christmas, Junichi returns from Tokyo, bringing with him an offer of a gig for the pleased Sentaro and Kaoru. The location is a jazz bar in the nearby downtown area and the two boys, who have never played for an audience before, are equally full of nervousness and anticipation. On the other hand, after Kaoru suddenly declared his love for Ritsuko days earlier, relations between the two have been strained...

  • » Episode3 Someday My Prince Will Come
    • Screenplay:Ayako Kato | Storyboard:Katsuyuki Kodera | Animation Director:Shizutaka Sugahara
      Animation Supervisor:Michinosuke Nakamura | Art Director: Shinichi Uehara
    • Over the summer at the beach, Kaoru and friends meet the beautiful Yurika Fukahori, who's a year older than them. Sentaro falls in love at first sight with the sophisticated girl. Noticing that Sentaro's efforts at their daily jazz practice are halfhearted, Kaoru arranges a double date with Yurika on Sentaro's behalf. The three of them and Ritsuko go on a picnic in a nearby mountain, but it doesn't go quite as planned...

  • » Episode2 Summer Time
    • Screenplay:Yuko Kakihara | Storyboard :Makoto Bessho | Animation Director:Hisayoshi Shimizu |
      Animation Supervisor:Katsuya Yamada | Assistant Animation Supervisors:Eiji Abiko | Art Director: Shinichi Uehara
    • After Kaoru witnesses Sentaro playing the drums one day, the sounds of jazz keep echoing in his head. Shortly afterwards, a visitor comes to the record shop run by the father of Ritsuko, a classmate of Kaoru's. Sentaro chats with Junichi Katsuragi, whom he affectionately calls "Brother Jun", and then the two launch into an impromptu session in the basement studio. Kaoru can't conceal his excitement at seeing a live jazz session for the first time ever.

  • » Episode1 Moanin'
    • Screenplay: Ayako Kato | Storyboard: Shinichiro Watanabe | Animation Director: Kotomi Deai
      Animation Supervisor: Cindy.H.Yamauchi | Assistant Animation Supervisors: Manabu Akita / Daisuke Niinuma /
    • Separated from his father, Kaoru Nishimi transfers to a high school in Kyushu, where his uncle lives. However, on his first day at school, unable to cope with an unfamiliar environment and looks of curiosity from all around, Kaoru is overcome with nausea. He runs out of class and heads for the roof of the school in a panic, but waiting for him there is Sentaro Kawabuchi.