Nodame Cantabile

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Nodame Cantabile
Nodame Cantabile.jpgIt was either this or Nodame in a mongoose suit.
Original Manga Tomoko Ninomiya
Director Ken'ichi Kasai (Season 1)
Chiaki Kon (Paris-Hen)
Format Anime (TV), Manga, Live Action
Made By J.C. Staff
# of Episodes 23 (Season 1)
11 (Paris-Hen)
11 (Finale)
# of Manga Volumes 23


Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sum it up in a Sentence

The love and classical music careers of a strict, perfectionist guy and a sloppy, carefree girl.

Main Description

Nodame Cantabile

Taking place in the Momogaoka College of Music, Shinichi Chiaki is a top-grade student having been raised in a musical family. He struggles with what to choose for his major and where his career may take him when he suddenly meets Megumi "Nodame" Noda. Nodame is a strange student; she lives sloppily and does not learn music the traditional way. Rather, she is eccentric and likes to play by ear and by following her feelings. Her peculiar style grabs the attention of Chiaki, and Nodame begins to fall in love with him. Thus begins the rest of their tenure at college as Chiaki takes on large responsibilities and Nodame struggles to make a name for herself. Along the way, they meet other music students who have their own personal drama that may also teach something about themselves.

Nodame Cantabile: Paris-Hen

Chiaki continues his conducting career in France as Nodame goes with him to study at a conservatoire in Paris. They both meet new friends and globally-recognized musicians, and expand their horizons while putting their relationship to the test.

Nodame Cantabile: Finale

Nodame's playing career comes to a head when her playing and studies reach new heights, and Chiaki helps advise and guide Nodame and other friends in their playing. Chiaki also comes to terms with his feelings for Nodame.

There is also a live-actionnnnnn!

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Personal Opinions


Much like Honey & Clover, this is a series about people in college and has a more mature, if somewhat slower pace than most other series. However, it's interlaced with enough gag jokes and really does appeal to those who have played in an orchestra or ensemble before. If you don't enjoy classical music much, however, you might get bored real quick from all their talk about composers and the way pieces are meant to be played. Still, one could learn a thing or two from watching this series. The second season on is less college-y and kinda takes you on a vacation because they visit everywhere in France. If you like a bit of refinement and love along the way, then watch this series. --Willsun 10:07, 12 May 2011 (UTC)


This is one of those show where you love parts of it and you hate parts of it but never for a second wished you hadn't seen the show. The romance runs the full spectrum from cute to stupid, and is a very good window into the Japanese psyche. Personally I thought the end of the first season was just looking for a second season, but Chiaki is kind of an asshole so I guess it fits. Worth watching if only because Nodame is like the only example of a "random" character in a serious show that is actually funny.