We've often heard the adage that the book is always better than the film/TV series, but how true is that statement? There are many cases where the written work is superior to the adaptation, and the reasons for the sometimes massive differences range from the limits of one's imagination and ability to visualise, to important chunks of plot being left on the cutting room floor.
Sometimes though, the difference between the two is very small....
So, Nodame Cantabile is finally over, and with it we say our collective goodbyes, gyabos and mukyas to the odd couple of the classical world. The aptly named "Finale" follows directly on
from Paris Chapter, and not much has changed since the end of the second series. Chiaki is still conducting the Marlet orchestra, and they are progressively getting better thanks to him and the concert master. Nodame is also improving thanks to her lessons with Professor Auclair, however she feels that Chiaki is drifting further away from her.
The one thing that has always surprised me about the entirety of Nodame Cantabile is how closely the anime tries to follow the manga, however while the majority of the tale is transposed extremely well, there are occasions where the adaptation only touches on the manga storyline. For the most part the plot in Finale flows rather well and, as with the rest of the series, the music allows one to appreciate the story in a manner that simply isn't possible in the manga. However, if one has read the manga then there may be some confusing occurences in the story, one example of this being the absence/alteration of a huge chunk of storyline from the final two episodes.
For many people the changes in the anime won't be an issue, regardless of whether they've read the manga or not. The story in either form is enjoyable, and while the manga may contain more plot,there are elements of the anime adaptation that more than maks up for the changes.
In terms of design and animation, Finale is very much in the mould of the first two series, something which should come as no surprise since J.C. Staff are responsible for the trilogy (and OVAs of course). Character designs are just as eclectic as they were before, and the European settings are just as good as they were in Paris Chapter. Animation is pretty much on par with the previous series as well, including the dreaded 3D fingers playing the instruments (something which has long divided opinion since it's not the best CG in anime, but is reasonably accurate in its usage). I didn't mind them personally, however they do interrupt the flow of the story a little (while you pause to chuckle at how robotic they are that is).
The star of the show though, as any fan of the series will know, is the music. While Finale may not be as heavy with the classical pieces on display as previous outings, there is enough here to enhance the story and add vibrancy to the series. One thing that I was pleased to hear was the more subtle thematic music used in the series, and many scenes were made without any accompaniment, something which is laudable given the series is top-filled already.
In addition to the quality of music, the acting is also very good throughout the show, but given that the cast is pretty much that of Paris Chapter, this should be no surprise. Seki Tomokazu is in fine form as Chiaki, while Kawasumi Ayako continues to bring out Nodame's oddness and eccentricity.
As far as the characters go, this is probably the weakest of the three series for Nodame and Chiaki. While the cast generally receive a decent amount of development, the overall quality seems a little rushed, especially in the last two episodes. It would have been better if Finale was a 12 or 13 episode series as the bits that have been left out of the manga shed a new light on Chiaki's feelings for Nodame, something that has been hurried in the anime version.
That said, those who have only watched the anime will probably find the characters to be pretty good overall.
Finale is a nice way to end the series as it continues to use the tried and tested formula of the first two seasons - mixing slapstick comedy with classical music. While the show does have some niggling issues that could have been resolved, these shouldn't really cause any major problems with one's enjoyment of the series, even if one has read the manga.
On the whole Nodame Cantabile: Finale is a good addition to the franchise, but not a great one. The somewhat rushed development of the characters during the latter half of the series may annoy some people (those who've read the manga for example), however those who love the show in its entirety will probably be happy enough with the results.
As it is, this is an enjoyable show that rounds off the franchise in a fairly pleasing manner, and if anyone is sad about the series ending, well, the encore has already started.
Nodame Cantabile is truly a master piece because it got you hooked up from the 1st season till the 3rd season ending with beautiful music and awesome storyline it makes a really great anime.
Story: Nodame Cantabile Finale story follows up 2nd season as Nodame and Chiaki struggles between work and their relationship. Meeting people and playing wonderful music with well known musicians from all over the world. As Nodame is becoming better and more popular its time for chiaki to struggle the same way as Nodame struggled in the past.
Art: Calming and beautiful.
Sound: Beautiful classical music... which isn't so popular nowadays but still captures
you into the story of the song.
Characters: All kinds of characters from 1st season till 3rd season developing really nicely , changing characters and everything else.
Enjoyment:Really Really enjoyable anime especially for music lovers ... because you can hear all kinds of classical music. Without music there is an awesome storyline which starts funny in 1st season and gets more serious over next 2 seasons in 3rd season it concludes and ends without any regrets.
Overall: A perfect anime , calming , funny and romantic without leaving u any regrets.
This may be quite unfair but I really want to rate this show based on all 3 seasons and I am going to do just that.
~~ This is based on my experience after watching S1,S2 + S3 ~~
Where do I begin? Ah. Nodame Cantabile is one of my favourite romance series and that being said, I do watch a lot of romance anime and although I do love the typical 'love at first sight' sort of thing - let's face it. It doesn't always happen in real life and Nodame Cantabile shows love in a realistic setting.
I personally love the "find someone who makes
you a better you" type of romance because a good partner will always make you a better type of you and in Chiaki x Nodame - it was beautiful. We see the two of them mature as they move along from one stage to another, facing difficulties and learning to accept one another's flaws. It takes a lot of work and that's reality. And I love romance animes when it's real.
Love is a really funny thing. It's really difficult to interpret but I always find that small things really do matter. It's not about the big things that couples have to do - it's the small things that people normally don't really care about.
For example, Chiaki constantly taking care of Nodame - cooking for her, cleaning her room and laundry, etc
That to me, is love at its simplest form.
If you enjoy a series filled with funny characters, amazing classical music and slowly developed romance - then this is definitely the show for you.
So, I just finished watching Nodame Cantabile Finale, the last season of Nodame Cantabile, and so my memory is still fresh about it, not that the anime is short forgotten, not by any given means, because this may well be one of the most memorable anime that I will ever be given the chance to watch.
Watching Nodame Cantabile was just not simply watching but it was about having an experience as well. See I have 0 experience with musical studies, so I can't relate with the situation of the characters, but still after watching Nodame Cantabile I felt like I was experiencing the struggle of
being an musical student, not just a musical student but also an average student. The show gets very well the feel of the academical experience, this meaning things like the time that you have to manage so you can focus on studies and the sacrifices that you have to make, or other things like love/romance which is another aspect that the show gets really freakin' well.
The show is really calm and kinda episodic in a way, although the story progress every episode, which brings the slice of life feel that suits very well the nature of an anime like this.
The characters is probably one of the many things that makes this show so enjoyable, Noda Megumi is probably one of my favorite characters ever, and in a nut shell all characters are highly likable and really relatable being in their interactions with each others or the choices that they make in life as the story keeps progressing, which helps the show have a realistic feel to it.
The Soundtrack is really amazing as you might aspect from an anime like this. Being when characters are performing on stage with an orchestra or solo, or just having a normal conversation.
Overall I highly recommend Nodame Cantabile (All the three seasons) if you want to watch a really good slice of life show with awesome character development and romance.
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