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Nodame Cantabile

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
Authors: Ninomiya, Tomoko (Story & Art)
Serialization: Kiss


Score: 8.551 (scored by 6261 users)
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Ranked: #972
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Popularity: #323
Members: 15,321
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Volumes: /25
Chapters: /150
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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 Shinichi from leaving for Europe is his fear of flying. As a result, he's grounded in Japan.

During his fourth year at Japan's top music university, Shinichi happens to meet Megumi Noda or, as she refers to herself, Nodame. On the surface, she seems to be an unkempt girl with no direction in life. However, when Shinichi hears Nodame play the piano for the first time, he is in awe of the kind of music she creates. Nevertheless, Shinichi is dismayed to discover that Nodame is his neighbor, and worse, she ends up falling head over heels in love with him.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

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


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.

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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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