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Nodame Cantabile

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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
Genres: Comedy Comedy, Romance Romance, Slice of Life Slice of Life
Demographic: Josei Josei
Serialization: Kiss
Authors: Ninomiya, Tomoko (Story & Art)


Score: 8.431 (scored by 84708,470 users)
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Ranked: #1542
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Popularity: #543
Members: 23,217
Favorites: 827

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Nodame Cantabile
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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 has been publishing the series digitally since July 26, 2016.

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

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Nov 20, 2015
WarlockAppa (All reviews)
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 read more
Apr 18, 2017
ginnerzapata (All reviews)
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 read more
Mar 22, 2012
taigataiga (All reviews)
Ah, Nodame Cantabile. I'm a big fan of yours. The anime really got me hooked up-- from the first season, second, til the finale. It was really breathtaking. So I tried to give the manga a chance.

Story: 10
I'm not gonna talk about the story though, it's completely stunning, because the manga and the anime is just the same. The story is unbelievably realistic, and as the story goes on, it doesn't forget about the main topic, which is music. To me, this is undeniably the best music-themed series ever. The story doesn't lack of musical knowledge, instead we're offered so many musics, in this case, read more
Apr 26, 2012
rokkugoh (All reviews)
I absolutely LOVED this manga!!!! I should have read it a long time ago, as a huge fan of the live-action. Chiaki manages to be even MORE dreamy in the manga (despite Hiroshi Tamaki playing him in the live-action) and Nodame is definitely less annoying and even really cute in the manga. And their relationship is just so adorable. Aww. Side characters are also excellent and memorable, especially the R-S Oke members and Stresseman.

It also expands on so much more than the live-action did (understandably) with many volumes taking place in Europe and Chiaki/Nodame's adventures there. read more

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