Nodame Cantabile
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Nodame Cantabile

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Synonyms: Nodame Cantabile: Encore Opera-hen, Nodame Cantabile Backstage
Japanese: のだめカンタービレ
English: Nodame Cantabile
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 25
Chapters: 150
Status: Finished
Published: Jul 10, 2001 to Aug 25, 2010
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Comedy Comedy, Romance Romance, Slice of Life Slice of Life
Themes: Adult Cast Adult Cast, Music Music
Demographic: Josei Josei
Serialization: Kiss
Authors: Ninomiya, Tomoko (Story & Art)


Score: 8.411 (scored by 93629,362 users)
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Ranked: #2142
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Popularity: #654
Members: 27,330
Favorites: 884


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Nodame Cantabile
Volume 1


Shinichi Chiaki, the perfectionist son of a famous pianist, is in his fourth year at Momogaoka College of Music, hoping to achieve his secret dream of being a conductor. His admiration for his father led him to pursue a career in music. As much as he wants to return to Europe, his phobia of flying traps him in Japan where he now lives.

One night, he passes out, and ends up being taken in by Megumi "Nodame" Noda. Upon first glance, Nodame is a talented pianist, but she is also slobbish and eccentric. What's even worse is that she is his neighbor and he ends up forced to work with her. Though it sounds like a recipe for disaster, Chiaki is drawn to this girl who makes him remember the love for music he once held. Just what does the future hold for this musical duo?

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Nodame Cantabile has 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.

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

The series was published in English by Del Rey Manga; in France by Pika; and in Spain by Norma Editorial. Kodansha has taken up the English license, and published the series digitally from July 26, 2016 to June 27, 2017.

The last two volumes, titled Nodame Cantabile: Encore Opera-hen, contain a sequel to the main series.

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Nov 20, 2015
Three words are enough to introduce Nodame Cantabile: lovely, passionate, and inspiring.

This beautiful musical rom-com manga follows the life of the arrogant musical genius Chiaki Shinichi as he weaves through the music conservatory he is enrolled in. A bump in the road caused him to meet Noda Megumi or “Nodame” and this energetic weirdo just nonchalantly drags him into many life-changing moments he will never experience if ever they didn’t meet.

You may ask “why would I even dare to read a musical manga?” Of course this already has one excellent anime adaptation and two sequels to it, so it is wise to just go for ...
Apr 18, 2017
I have years reading mangas and watching anime and this is the first time in my life I got the needing of doing a Review.

I'm a musician, being the piano my principal instrument. This is the first time I see something like this: The use of the pieces, the descriptions, the use of terminology that would make even non-musician enjoy classical music. Really loveable. The characters' personality is incredible! It is one of the funniest manga I've read in my life.
The art is incredible! I'm a graphic designer and I cannot think of another thing but a masterpiece! I mean! is incredible how such ...
Aug 15, 2022
Mixed Feelings
Art: bad. Especially in the first volumes, the characters are more crudely sketched than drawn, there's very little detail.
Story: so and so. Too long and with way too many panels dedicated to people playing music and fascinated audiences.
Characters: mixed. The two main characters are well described, and a few secondary characters are good. I hated the group of opportunist students (especially the despicable, stingy Chinese pianist) sponging off the protagonist. Apart from these, there are so many secondary characters, that most aren't described in any depth.
Enjoyment: not bad at the start, but as the manga dragged way too long, felt relieved when it ended

This is ...

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