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Nodame Cantabile

Alternative Titles

English: Nodame Cantabile
Japanese: のだめカンタービレ


Type: TV
Episodes: 23
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 12, 2007 to Jun 15, 2007
Premiered: Winter 2007
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: J.C.Staff
Source: Manga
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.511 (scored by 62,650 users)
Ranked: #952
Popularity: #282
Members: 129,577
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Shinichi Chiaki is a first class musician whose dream is to play among the elites in Europe. Coming from a distinguished family, he is an infamous perfectionist—not only is he highly critical of himself, but of others as well. The only thing stopping Shinichi from leaving for Europe is his fear of flying. As a result, he's grounded in Japan.

During his fourth year at Japan's top music university, Shinichi happens to meet Megumi Noda or, as she refers to herself, Nodame. On the surface, she seems to be an unkempt girl with no direction in life. However, when Shinichi hears Nodame play the piano for the first time, he is in awe of the kind of music she creates. Nevertheless, Shinichi is dismayed to discover that Nodame is his neighbor, and worse, she ends up falling head over heels in love with him.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Noda, Megumi
Noda, Megumi
Kawasumi, Ayako
Kawasumi, Ayako
Chiaki, Shinichi
Chiaki, Shinichi
Seki, Tomokazu
Seki, Tomokazu
Sawashiro, Miyuki
Sawashiro, Miyuki
Stresemann, Franz von
Stresemann, Franz von
Ogawa, Shinji
Ogawa, Shinji
Kuroki, Yasunori
Kuroki, Yasunori
Matsukaze, Masaya
Matsukaze, Masaya


Yamamoto, Kouji
Yamamoto, Kouji
Kasai, Kenichi
Kasai, Kenichi
Director, Storyboard
Aketagawa, Jin
Aketagawa, Jin
Sound Director
Ikuhara, Kunihiko
Ikuhara, Kunihiko
Episode Director, Storyboard

More episodes Episodes(23/23)

Episode Title Aired
1 Lesson 1
Jan 12, 2007
2 Lesson 2
Jan 19, 2007
3 Lesson 3: Queen of Percussion
Jan 26, 2007
4 Lesson 4: Master Milch's Appearance
Feb 2, 2007
5 Lesson 5: Chiaki the S Orchestra's Conductor
Feb 9, 2007

Opening Theme

"Allegro Cantabile Sound" by SUEMITSU & THE SUEMITH

Ending Theme

#1: "Konna ni Chikaku de..." by Crystal Kay (eps 01-12)
#2: "Sagittarius" by SUEMITSU & THE NODAME ORCHESTRA (eps 13-23)

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Jul 20, 2010

I'm not sure why, but for some reason I've found myself reviewing certain franchises in reverse order. Then again, given the nature of Nodame Cantabile and its heroine Noda Megumi, maybe doing things in a not so normal manner is the way to go.

For those of you who don't know the series, Nodame Cantabile is based on the bestselling manga of the same name by Ninomiya Tomoko, and while I do like that particular work, the anime is a little bit special in that it's one of the rare occasions where the adaptation is as good as, or in this case better than, the original.

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Feb 18, 2009
"Let's go have some fun by playing some music."

Nodame Cantabile follows the lives of Chiaki, Nodame and an assortment of other musically talented characters attending Japan's top music university. Throughout their studies they encounter any number of trials and tribulations as their undying passion for the art grows evermore, and through each other they learn to appreciate music and performance in a whole different light, while also discovering true romance and what it is they want out of life.

The story is handled in such a mature, hard-hitting, ever so relatable way. A romantic, musically-focused plot about ardour in and outside of a relationship, Nodame Cantabile read more
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Dec 2, 2008
I've seen my fair share of music anime, but this is the first time the musical genre has been my first love: classical music.

STORY - "Work hard and you'll achieve your dream!" It's a very cliche and often-used storyline, right? Well, yes. Yes, it is, but that hardly means that the subsequent series has to be old and tiresome. I've said before that the best stories take something that's been done a thousand times already and somehow manage to tell it in a way that's better and more interesting. In a genre dominated by high school drama, Nodame Cantabile steps it up and uses college read more
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Aug 16, 2007
Personally, I think Nodame Cantabile is in a league by itself when it comes to chemistry between characters.

You can compare it to tons of anime that has that general theme of "practice hard and keep trying and reach for your goals"... but that wouldn't give you the whole picture. Each person of the central core of characters is so unique and distinct and finely tuned that it brings the idea of knowing a character to a whole new level. By the end of the series, you know their goals, their motivations, their attitude, their style, their history... and at the center of all read more
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Both series focus on the «discovery» of the true concept of music by music students. While the theme might be the same, these two shows have completely different moods. In Nodame you'll spend half the time laughing, while in Corda d'Oro it's mostly a serious mood sometimes bordering on depressive. Not to say that Corda is a bad anime... I liked it very much. It's just that it has a completely different take on music. Other major difference: in Nodame there are many interesting and different characters and many plot twists... while in Corda there are less characters, who aren't very different, and the story  read more 
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Both animes display some similarities:
- Male protagonist is a quiet calm composed person who excels at piano. In NC we have an adult while in Shigatsu we have a teenager. They have similar personalities and yet even though NC is targeted to an older audience it is Shigatsu which displays the protagonist with a much more dramatic past and more dramatic plot.
- Female protagonist is rather unique and loves to play joyfully her piano/violin. Personally I find NC's heroine a refreshing heroine because she is very centered in comedy and it is very crazy while Shigatsu's heroine delivers more tragic moments.
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Both are really well done slice of life series that focus on students attending college focusing on artistic subjects (fine arts for Honey and Clover and classical music for Nodame Cantabile). The artistic style in both series is similar as well with well rounded humor to balance things out. I also can't help but see similarities between Morita and Nodame. I keep thinking that Nodame is the female version of Morita. :D 
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Anime: Itazura na Kiss
it is similar by the relationship between the two lead characters
--both the girls are totally inlove with a guy who's really rich and popular
--both the girls seems idiot but really has something inside her~
--[the guys are both cold hearted!]--
--the flow of the stories pretty much up. 
reportRecommended by ka-su-mi
Anime: Sakamichi no Apollon
Both definitely have a similar feeling, "Nodame Cantabile" is about classical music, where "Kids on the Slope" is about jazz, but they both have the same goal that you should enjoy the music your playing and give it feeling and not just playing it like it's written on the music sheet. 
reportRecommended by Kuro-chan
Anime: Lovely★Complex
Both Risa and Nodame are silly and fun. The romance, drama, and comedy are very similar although NC is a bit more subtle and mature while LC is more exaggerated and ridiculous at times. For the most part, the characters in NC and LC are all searching for their own goals and trying their best to reach success and find happiness. Both anime are very deep in their own ways, realistic, and motivational! The most important thing is I finished them each in exactly 1.5 days. Go enjoy! 
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