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10May/0711

Nodame Cantabile (2006)

Nodame Cantabile

Japanese Title: のだめカンタービレ (Nodame Cantabile)
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Music
Starring: Ueno Juri, Tamaki Hiroshi, Eita
Screenwriter: Etou Rin
Directors: Takeuchi Hideki and Kawamura Yasuhiro
Episodes: 11
MPAA: PG

Synopsis
Based on the hit comic book by Tomoko Ninomiya, this is a fun-filled quirky romantic story of 2 very opposite people.

Megumi Noda, or “Nodame” is a piano student at Momogaoka College of Music. An extremely talented pianist who wants to be a kindergarten teacher, she prefers playing by ear rather than reading the music score. She is messy and disorganized, takes baths several days apart and loves to eat, sometimes stealing her friend’s lunchbox when it is filled with delicacies.

Shinichi Chiaki, is Momogaoka’s top student. Born into a musical family, he is talented in piano and violin and has secret ambitions to become a conductor. An arrogant multi-lingual perfectionist who once lived abroad in the music capitals of the world as a young boy, he feels mired in Japan because of a childhood phobia.

They meet by accident. Nodame quickly falls in love, but it takes much longer for Chiaki to even begin to appreciate Nodame’s unusual qualities. Their relationship causes them both to develop and grow. Because of Nodame, Chiaki transfers into the Conductor Division, leads a student orchestra and begins to have a broader appreciation of people's musical abilities. Because of Chiaki, Nodame faces her fears and enters a piano competition. Opportunities open up as both begin taking risks, stretching themselves far more than they ever thought possible.
Source: DramaWiki

Rating: A (Excellent)
Rewatch Factor: High
Comment: One wouldn't expect great storyline develop around a music drama, but that is just what "Nodame Cantabile" is all about. It was a well written and well directed drama with a cast that shines on-screen. This drama is in the category of its own regarding the sense of quirkiness and humor. I can say that I have laughed whole heartily while I was watching it, and missed it terribly after I finished it. Ueno Juri is a delight to watch in the role as the lovable girl who marches to the beat of her own drum, Nodame. And Tamaki Hiroshi is magnetic as well as convincing in the role of a genius musician (Did you know that the man doesn't know any music notes prior to filming this drama? Amazing!). Additionally, I love Tamaki Hiroshi's little facial expressions throughout the drama; they are absolutely hilarious! Not enough good things can be said about this drama because it's one of those dramas where one don't have to analyze anything and just enjoys it for what it is. I definitely recommend this drama to any music lovers out there, and if you're not a music lovers you will become one after watching this drama.

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  1. i love hiroshii .. heart nodame . why didnt they have season 2 ? i thought the movie will be much longer until they arrived at paris . *disapointed*

  2. I believe there will be a special of this drama that focuses on Nodame and Chiaki adventure in Paris. So you can look forward to that special. =)

  3. I JUST LOVE IT! SOO MUCH!

  4. i love this movie so muchhhh.. inspiring and amusing sometimes 😀

  5. give a season 2,,ok. i’ll be waiting for that. because i love so much this fiLm.i’ll be waiting!!!!!!!!

  6. i so so love nodame-chan.. thumbs up to Chiaki-senpai.. this drama is really really great !! wish that they’ll have season 2 !! chiaki-sama and nodame chan forever !!

  7. gosh!!
    amazing!!
    so awesome!!
    great!!!
    i watched 11 episodes in only one nite..
    can’t take my eyes off of it!!

  8. I Love u very much……………………………….

  9. Love this Live Action drama, much more funnier than the anime!

  10. da most feveret movie of mine..heheh:)
    luv all da character in dis movie so much!!!!
    sukida chiaki:)

  11. Just finished watching this series in one breath… I am so glad I took up violin… this drama is very inspiring…


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