Ranked #96

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
Source: Manga
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.521 (scored by 60,259 users)
Ranked: #962
Popularity: #275
Members: 123,393
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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 Chiaki from leaving for Europe is his fear of flying. As a result, he's grounded in Japan.

During his 4th year at Japan's top music university, Chiaki happens to meet Noda Megumi—or as she refers to herself, Nodame. On the surface, she seems to be an unkempt girl with no direction in life. However, when Chiaki hears Nodame play the piano for the first time, he is in awe at the kind of music she plays. To Chiaki's dismay, Nodame turns out to be his neighbour and she falls head-over-heels in love with him.

Nodame Cantabile tells the story of Chiaki and Nodame, as they not only learn to deal with each other, but learn lessons from one another as they strive for the top of the musical world.

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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(16/23)

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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Nov 23, 2015
I was going to write a super serious review for this show.... But its past midnight, i have school in 6 hours and im super bored... So ill just write this like i really want to..

I feel like i've watched anime for too long... I've honestly seen all the shows i really want to see. I never have the feeling of "Damn, this show is amazing, and i even have other amazing shows qued up for later!" No. Its more like; wait shit im reviewing Nodame Cantabile lets go

So i've seen quite a few Romance/Music Animes, and for some reason they're just never bad. Think read more
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Nov 14, 2015
Perhaps one of the most underrated anime you'll come across.

Being a music anime, it's easy to understand why it wouldn't interest many when it comes to plotline. It was really by chance that I stumbled on this gem.

Probably the first thing you'll notice about this show is it's unique animation and art. While at first it might not appeal to the eyes, the designs really grow on you and fit the show very well.

When it comes to the characters, you can only say that they were on point. The main's, Nodame and Chiaki, enjoy really fun-filled chemistry while the supporting cast is really well done.

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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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Nov 13, 2015
This story is excellent. I really love all the characters in it, especially Noda Megumi. This might be the best anime about music I had ever seen. The story was awesome and hilarious at times when Nodame makes all those weird noises. At first I didn't like to watch this series because the pictures and the characters looked so weird. I didn't like the way the characters were drawn. They looked so different than other anime characters. But I didn't mind them later on because I was so much in love with the story that I didn't mind how the characters looked like. But truthfully 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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- 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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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-ki
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
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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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