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Nodame Cantabile

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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: Fridays at 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: 8.391 (scored by 94,148 users)
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Ranked: #1762
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Popularity: #422
Members: 219,403
Favorites: 4,613


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. - Heroine ends up  read more 
report Recommended by Orulyon
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 
report Recommended by algelic
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. 
report Recommended by ka-ki
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 
report Recommended by the_pillows
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. 
report Recommended by Kuro-chan
Both shows are centered around music. Drama isn't exactly similar in the two of them, but you'll probably end up enjoying the relationships developed between the characters. Koyuki could maybe be representative of Chiaki, as they're both struggling for a career in music. 
report Recommended by Xinil
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! 
report Recommended by Annisa
Nana and Nodame Cantabile are similar in that they each weigh heavily on music. Nodame Cantabile has much more comedy, whereas Nana contains more drama, but I'd group them close together in terms of character development and drama enthrallment. 
report Recommended by Xinil
Both series center around music even though the styles are very different the sense of humor from both series is light and interesting and they both have art styles that set them apart from other animes. 
report Recommended by Crimsonwill
Both are directed by Ken'ichi Kasai and animated by JCStaff. Each show is centered around two characters and their pursuit of an artform (in Nodame it is playing classical music, in Bakuman it is writing manga.) There is some character similarity also. Nizuma Eiji and Nodame are "instinct" types who work on feelings, while Chiaki and the Bakuman duo are considered to be "calculated" types who plan out their works as perfectionists. Both series present alot of detail in the creative process, with a classic relaxed slice of life pacing. Romance is also present, though it is not the focus. 
report Recommended by deadleeserious
It's all about the music.. Both animes are very good and about classic music... 
report Recommended by lolester
extremely similar atmosphere. developing characters and relationships. brilliant 
report Recommended by sugarplumfairy
Both of these shows are about cultivating the art of music in an Orchestral setting, where many characters face trials and tribulation to reach for the goal of being no. 1. Nodame is set during their college years and focuses on gaining international recognition whereas in Hibike, it's more focused on the high school setting and reaching for the Nationals. If you love your music, check these out! 
report Recommended by IchiroEX
the relationship between the main characters in both anime are similar.. Mihoshi is like nodame is a push over.. while Saku and chiaki are having trouble dealing with her but in the same time they don't mind having the girl beside them. 
report Recommended by yumiche
Both have a strong female lead moving towards stardom or surrounded by it, cool guys, romance and comedy- though the stories approach the idea in very different ways 
report Recommended by as3
Both are about talented young artists fighting to get somewhere in life, but the two have very different approaches to it 
report Recommended by as3
Both have to do with school and comedy with a little drama as well, a interesting melody (music) that plays in both series. 
report Recommended by sarah7
While Nodame Cantabile is about classical music and Chihayafuru is about karuta, both of them revolve around people following a passion most people would find odd nowadays. They are a bit slow paced, but feature very solid character development. Chihayafuru doesn't have the same amount of romance as Nodame Cantabile does, but it's there. And the female leads are just as clueless. 
report Recommended by Yamaro
Both anime begins with that the main male character (Chiaki, Ryuji) cleans the house of the main female character (Nodame, Taiga). Both are funny and about love (among other things). 
report Recommended by Mithrillion
Both series are comedic slice-of-life romances with perfectionist male leads and relatively strange female leads. The male leads are frequently frustrated with the antics of the female leads, but in the end both couples really do seem to care for each other. 
report Recommended by Triplicity
Romance, check. Whacky comedy, check. Whacky leads, check. 
report Recommended by kindle-kun
- Both are about classical music. - Characters grow up and mature in both shows. - Centered around piano as the main instrument, although Nodame Cantabile has a more wide array of charaters who play different instruments.  
report Recommended by Winatrix
The characters in both this movie and this anime series are very similar in both looks and how they both strive for their dreams through the arts. Through out watching this movie I couldn't help but think of Nodame Cantabile. Hope this helps! 
report Recommended by teaerine
Both are related to music, or rather, about music 
report Recommended by gmgkng
The relatioship between the protagonists are alike, and also is the humor. there are some parts that Kasahara really reminds me to Nodame. It's a really funny anime. 
report Recommended by a_i_r_e
Both are romance anime whose main characters are girls that are not typical "girl" types. For example, Nodame is messy and cannot cook for herself. Both couples are extremely cute, but Kimi ni Todoke's romance is more gentle than Nodame Cantabile. Also, if you enjoy music then Nodame Cantabile is a plus! 
report Recommended by butterflystudios
Both are slice of life comedies which include a serious artist who take themselves too seriously having their life turned upside down by eccentric characters. The artist then becomes better at what they do as they learn about life and what is really important in life. Both have a focus on friendship. 
report Recommended by Paulwillson26
These are both rather happy anime that center around self growth in the MC, in Aishiteruze Baby the main character learns responsibility as he goes through many situations while raising his much younger cousin while in Nodame Cantabile she learns about truly understanding a piece of music and the joy it can bring to truly practice with the intent to get better. The key similarity however is the overflowing happiness both bring out, with a slight bit of romance on the side, In Aishiteruze Baby this is a bit more obvious and upfront while in Nodame Cantabile it is much more subtle. Both series do  read more 
report Recommended by Pirating_Ninja
Nodame is similar to Shiina in that they need a guy to take care of them but they are both extremely talented. Both have school settings and each series explores the talents that the characters have. 
report Recommended by moeichi
Nodame Cantabile looks like a high-class drama. Glancing at the poster, one would not expect the violinist to hit the pianist with a frying pan... but that is exactly what he does. Multiple times. In both shows, the male lead is a violent tsundere who routinely hurls comedic physical and verbal abuse at a hopelessly lovestruck "idiot" girl, but the girl refuses to be dissuaded and leave him in peace. Her tenacity and charm quickly win viewers' hearts, though his is harder for her to reach. Unlike the acclaimed character-driven narrative of Nodame Cantabile, Aho Girl is a simple 4-koma gag show in which the situation  read more 
report Recommended by nDroae
The two sets of main characters are very similar. Chiaki is comparable to Nozaki in how they are very stern individuals only focused on one thing. For Chiaki it's music and Nozaki it's his shoujo manga. Nodame is comparable to Sakura in that they have very up-beat personalities and that they share an unrequited love for a guy who is either oblivious to their feelings or is too busy to care. Though it's tough to compare Sakura to Nodame because there is no one character that comes anywhere close to being anywhere as unique as Noda Megumi. Nevertheless, these are both great anime for a lot of  read more 
report Recommended by ZachM
I think these shows are similar because they are both about passion and pursuing dreams. They both follow a realistic slice of life style with relationships and friendships evolving over time. Although the topics are very different, they are similar in the way they instantly hook you regardless of your prior preferences and by the end, you'll end up with a new appreciation of the topic, which in my opinion is the mark of a great anime.  
report Recommended by MightySheep
If you loved the character interactions between two characters like Holo and Lawrence and aren't too fussed with watching anime that aren't focused on plot than Nodame Cantabile is a great choice. 
report Recommended by PullBacktheDoor
A music anime with wonderful characters and great comedy to boot. However, Nodame Cantabile makes music more central to the story, and the characters are college-aged and, therefore, provide a nice change of pace from high school anime without going too drastic.  
report Recommended by Piano_Lady
Both of these shows are stories centered around adults. Although Nodame is about musicians and Net-juu no Susume is about online gamers, what makes these shows similar is the way the shows are focused on the daily life of adults. How the characters' passions, careers, relationships, etc, all intertwine. These shows are both surprisingly funny as well.  
report Recommended by dostluq
Okay, this is a wacky recommendation since both are different in target audience and content, but they are very similar overall. Both series have a simple but meaningful story about pursuing goals and overcoming trials featuring very realistic characters with very realistic motivations set in the real world. And if this helps, both are very simplistic and comedic in style with great execution: no overly idealistic deep dialogues, no unnecessary complexities of any sorts, no moe, no fanservice, no edginess or whatever that plagues today's industry. So if you're someone who appreciates anime on a personal level or just wants a refreshing experience, pick up  read more 
report Recommended by WarlockAppa
I wonder how this was not mentioned earlier ... If you want to watch an anime close to NC than i think SSP would do the job - the genres are preatty much far apart one eachother since NC its more science of life/comedy and SSP its Fantasy but none the less the music in both of them its tottaly awesome. 
report Recommended by Winternights
The often playful antics of Holo are very similar to those by Nodame in Nodame Cantabile. Additionally both of the main male characters in Spice and Wolf and Nodame tend to reject the presence of the growing relationship between themselves and the female protagonists of the animes.  
report Recommended by tanith
This is my first recommendation, also english is not my mother tounge, please forgive me for possible shortcomings. I am sure that everybody agrees with me that one of the most important elements of "Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi" is the protagonists dubbing voice, if you do not agree yet then you will find out as soon as you watch "Nodame Cantabile". Tomokazu Seki does a great job in entertaning the audience and defining the special flavour that makes both "SSDK" and "Nodame Cantabile" a pleasure to watch. Also in both anime the protagonist engages in a discipleship under a master with a rather sophisticated personality.  read more 
report Recommended by Shylp
I believe that both of these anime are similar in that both of them deal with schools that focus in something, Agricultural school in Gin no Saji and a Music college in Nodame Cantable. In those schools we are able to learn not only more about what they working with but we also learn more about the characters and people with in them as they go about life.  
report Recommended by popapop2
both have romance and are based on music, though in Ai Shite Night the music is rock whereas in Nodame Cantabile the music is classical 
report Recommended by Eriuu
Love in an orchestra. Except that Nodame Cantabile is straight and loads sweeter. ;p 
report Recommended by ladyxzeus
Suzuka has Track and Field... Nodame Cantabile has classical music... Both animes have characters at first which don't take what they do seriously. They devote themselves more and more as their love for the other character increases. Suzuka isn't based as heavily on track as Nodame Cantabile is on music. Suzuka has more drama while Nodame Cantabile has more performance. NC is a 2007 anime so it's somewhat more visually and audially appealing. Suzuka isn't as good, but it still has a strong story :) 
report Recommended by Godel
The stories have very different feels to them, and the characters are very different too, but both are interesting and unique mangas about characters pursuing careers in music. Though NC has a more mature story. 
report Recommended by as3
The story of love. Just a little bit of fantasy. That's our life. 
report Recommended by Dr_Agon
When I started watching Chance Pop Session, I got the same vibe I felt from watching Nodame Cantabile way back when. Though Nodame Cantabile is the superior anime, both are adorable and calming. If you like Chance Pop Session, you'll love Nodame Cantabile, and if you love Nodame Cantabile, it won't hurt to try Chance Pop Session.  
report Recommended by Winter
Similarities all around, two great dramas based in art colleges from JC Staff and director Kenichi Kasai. 
report Recommended by TheTsunami
Hetalia is a 5-minute ONA and Nodame is longer than that but I felt that the atmosphere and some of the randomness were quite similar. The drawings kind of reminded me of each other as well. Plus, "South Italy" (Feliciano) really reminds me of Nodame and vice versa.  
report Recommended by Deep
If you like one, you will definitely like the other. Although they both are very different artificially, on a more fundamental level they are very similar. They both excel at bringing you to a different world and creating unique experiences. The male leads are both strong, admirable, and popular with the ladies. The female leads are both quirky and fun. Music is an important component for both animes although more so for Nodame. However, you feel the same kind of joy, sadness, and passion when you watch them both. 
report Recommended by tigerz
Both are stories about different spheres of entertainment/art, but the stories are very different 
report Recommended by as3
Very different stories but both look at performers (figure skating/music) paths and their goals with comedy and romance 
report Recommended by as3
The key similarity is the interaction between the male and female protagonist and their character design (more or less). Chiaki (Nodame Cantabile) is very similar to Naru (Ghost Hunt) in the sense that they are both young, handsome, talented, narcissistic, self centered etc.. Nodame (Nodame Cantabile) is similar to Mai (Ghost Hunt) where they are both klutzie characters, a bit of an air head, but has a latent talent that surprises our male lead. The interaction between the two pairs is what makes the similarity stand out. The super one sided infatuation from both Nodame and Mai to Chiaki and Naru respectively are pretty much the same.  read more 
report Recommended by Jabberwock84
Both focus on the hardship of college life and students trying to better themselves. The relationship between the two main protaganists are also similar (Noda helps Chiaka & Misaki helps Satou). Where one is trying to help the other, out of blind love, but is seen as somewhat of a nuisance by the other. 
report Recommended by defected_monkey
The bittersweet struggle for music. Both show the powerful journey of music, & the devolvement of characters as they dive deep into the world of Music. Although, Nodame has a lot of Comedy & Romance you won't find in Nitaboh. Also, Nitaboh story is based on Japanese Folk Music while Nodame focuses on Westren Classical Music. 
report Recommended by feeq
Love-At-First-Glance. A girl madly falls in love with the ‘guy’ who does not want anything to do with her, but otherwised gives in. Both "Nodamn Cantabile" and "There she is" takes in this theme. The relationship eventually goes through a process where the 'guy' has to deal with inner-conflict with staying in relationship. "Nodamn Cantabile" has Chiaki and Nodame dealing with their dreams in becoming musician clash with trying to staying together. "There she is" has Nabi and Doki dealing with discrimination. Another great similarity is the hilarious antics of both parties.  
report Recommended by Corbit
Both series feature the ups and downs of being a superstar in the music/acting business. The relationships made by the lead characters share similar interactions. Akito and Sana share many characteristics with Chiaki and Nodame. However, Kodocha tackles much darker themes later on in the series. 
report Recommended by arimakenshin
Both share the same formula regarding character’s design: No need for extravagant hair colors or big sparkly eyes, just simple and “realistic” character designs. That, and the character’ personality is all you need to love them. Both are set up in the real actual world. Different premises, similar atmosphere, similar protagonist: a young 20 years old lady. 
report Recommended by idealparadox
The most striking resemblance I see in these two anime series is in the characters Arima and Chiaki - their background, character and weaknesses (which are all further explored in their respective manga series). Both are laugh-out-loud funny at times but have similar themed dark moments. If you didn't like the wait for Nodame and Chiaki to finally establish their relationship, Kare Kano is refreshing in that their romantic relationship hits off pretty early in the series. If you loved the romance between Nodame and Chiaki and wanted more, Kare Kano is for you.  
report Recommended by shrill
If you loved the role of music in Nodame Cantabile and want to experience an anime series that shares the theme in a completely different genre, then RahXephon is a must watch. Despite being a mecha anime series, music plays a central role in setting the atmosphere and representing characters' emotions and actions throughout the anime series. 
report Recommended by arimakenshin
Piano lovers may have been disappointed in the lack of "true" piano playing in Piano, and thus, I recommend Nodame Cantabile. 
report Recommended by Murasakebara