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Nodame Cantabile (Manga)

Nodame Cantabile

Alternative Titles

English: Nodame Cantabile
Synonyms: Nodame Cantabile: Encore Opera-hen, Nodame Cantabile Backstage
Japanese: のだめカンタービレ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 25
Chapters: 150
Status: Finished
Published: Jul 10, 2001 to Aug 25, 2010
Authors: Ninomiya, Tomoko (Story & Art)
Serialization: Kiss


Score: 8.571 (scored by 5501 users)
Ranked: #1012
Popularity: #288
Members: 13,018
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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 moves into the apartment next to his and finds out that she is 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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The last 2 volumes (vol.24 & 25), Nodame Cantabile: Encore Opera-hen, contain sequel to the main series.


Nodame Cantabile was licensed in North America by Del Rey Manga and is licensed in France by Pika and in Spain by Norma Editorial. The series has also been adapted as three different television series: an award-winning live-action drama that aired in 2006, followed by a sequel television special that aired in January 2008, and as an anime series spanning three seasons with the first one broadcast in 2007, the second in 2008 and the third in 2010.

In 2014, it received a South Korean drama adaptation titled "Cantabile Tomorrow".

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Oct 12, 2009
There's a long standing argument that the book/manga is always better than the animated/live action adaptation. More often than not, the adpated version is often presented in a condensed form (Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy for example), and proponents of the book/manga will argue that relevant, even necessary, parts of the story are left out, and that the overall story is somehow "spoiled" because of this.

It's interesting then that Nodame Cantabile is one of the few manga on which people generally agree that watching the anime or live action adaptations only serves to enhance the story.

The manga, created by Ninomiya Tomoko in read more
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Apr 24, 2008
As a former student of music I found this to be an absolutley fantastic read. The story is realistic and has a good feel to it. The characters in multidimensional and engaging and the understanding of music and musical terms is very good.

I would reccomend also listeing to the nodame cantabile CDs in accompanyment to reading the manga, it makes it a much more enriching and enjoyable experience.

The only downside to this is that tje romantic development is very slow, though it does not fall into any of the typical shoujo manga cliches.
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Oct 11, 2007
What can I say?! I loved the animated Nodame, so why can't I not love the manga?

Although I started reading at chapter 50 or something, which is where the animation left off, I'd still say it's worth the read.

I don't know though if you'd love reading the manga when you haven't watched the animation first because you may never appreciate the music behind each story. But there are NC fans out there that started with the manga rather than with the animation, so I can't say much.

Storywise, it is a good read. If you liked how the story went through the animation, read more
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May 7, 2008
What should I say... it´s 4:30 in the morning and I really can´t stop reading it!
While reading this story, I´m listening to the songs that make part on the manga/anime/drama as well... is just wonderfull.

It´s wonderfull to think that a manga can transport us to different places, cultures, interests.
A while ago, this kind of music was nothing but boring songs to me, and in some few episodes, it turned out to produce such great feelings, capted in every note.

I always prefer wachting things first and then read the real story, because we can sense the original idea and read more
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