Nodame Cantabile

Nodame Cantabile (2006)

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Based on the hit comic book by Tomoko Ninomiya, this is a fun-filled quirky romantic story of two 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 read moreher 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 got the opportunity to lead 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.

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Apr 19, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
This was the first Japanese drama I've ever watched and I still find it difficult to find another that compares. Whether you are a musical person or not, this drama will definitely find some way to lure you into the musical world.
First things first. The music: Absolutely amazing. I love the way they make the music the epicenter of everything in this drama. Sure, it has a cast of wacky characters, read more but when it comes to the music, everything else just goes to the background. You forget the silliness and instead get lost in the musical atmosphere.
Secondly, character-wise I think Nodame is by far the cutest most silly and lovable female leads of all time. Chiaki, is just an absolute stud in this and I fell for this guy instantly. Some might complain about the romance between the two characters, calling them childish and what not. But I found it to be so entertaining and enjoyed ever minute! The rest of the characters are hard not to love and I found myself wishing a happy ending for each and every one of them.:))) (Especially disco guy! Hahaha.)

It was because of this drama, that I started playing the piano again. I had given up on it in high school, but this drama brought me back to it and helped me appreciate the world of classical music once again. :)
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May 8, 2011
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
I've given it the highest score in everything, because it's my most favorite story ever. Being a big lover of classical music and always charmed by world of musicians I really couldn't ask for anything better. The acting is outstanding, not only the leads, but also the supporting characters are all very lively and unique. Some of them may feel a little bit overdone, especially foreigners played by Japanese actors, but they read more will make roll with laughter. Takenaka Naoto as Franz Strezemann was just epic. Apart from all the enjoyable silliness, the drama, at least in my opinion, was very touching at times, especially the follow-up story in specials and movies. That's why I highly recommend to watch it all.Even my husband, who usually don't care about that "asian stuff" that I'm crazy about, loved it and watched it 3 times with me. If you like classical music, but you think of it rather emotionally than seriously and you enjoy anime-like gags, you will have a blast watching this. I did!
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    Anjaly Jun 21, 2017

    No words for the music... Awesome. Bt felt like watching a Stephen chaw movie

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    souldoc70 Feb 15, 2017

    Time to rewatch , loved it the first time many years ago. Need to get into the feel again

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    shiroi-ookami Feb 12, 2017

    Just watching it. Really funny, especially Tamaki Hiroshi's acting. It probably helps that the actor himself is very funny with a great sense of humor too. And yeah, he's beautiful beyond words. Great chemistry with the main actress.

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    John1122 Nov 27, 2016

    This series is in contention to be my favourite drama of all time. it's such a well rounded package, with a great story, great acting, a delicate balance of comedy and seriousness.

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    claudya87 Sep 25, 2016

    After re-watching this..I remember how silly and over-the-top the characters can I love and also cringe while watching it is beyond me..I still love the series though, lol.

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    WhiteLilly Aug 31, 2016

    Now, I am watching this finally. And over half of the series in, I realize that one of the supporting actors (with the goofy role of Sakuma) plays a supporting role in the most serious and historic Japanese drama ever (Yae no Sakura), which I am currently watching, too! You should have seen my face when I noticed that.... What a clash of roles!

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    naccu May 22, 2016

    They changed the picture :P

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    Annalisse Feb 2, 2016

    It'll make you laugh, cry, and just smile from the warm fuzzy feels from start to finish. I can see why this is a much loved drama!

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    Blademan2 Jul 10, 2015 - edited

    Bringing in the homosexuality and the, once again needless trash triangles, just cheapened this otherwise most awesome drama, that added above mentioned filthy stinky trash just kill a most wonderful masterpiece, the main female character, as much as she was really silly and simple, she so captivated me, to me she'd be every man's dream, just so adorably beautiful, and her playing, just wow, she moved me every time with her most gorgeous piano playing. And the rest of the music in this drama was just wow, so gorgeous. Had it not been for the despicable trash triangles, and the even more disgusting and despicable homosexuality, this would have been a very high and solid 10 for sure. The only reasons this got a 6 from me is because of our main female lead and the music, I was in tears from being moved countless times.

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      Blademan2 Mar 31, 2016

      Likewise, would love to do the same with you, we're all entitled to our opinions. Too bad too sad for you loser.

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      TheGrowlingStomach Apr 29, 2016 - edited

      oh my god I just burst out laughing reading your comment. you crack me up. Team Oyaji lol

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      Mody Apr 29, 2016 - edited

      Entitled to opinion he says. Thinks it gives him the right to be a sexist homophobe.
      All his comments are about how either women are evil or homosexuals make him sad because his masculinity is fragile.

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      TheGrowlingStomach Apr 29, 2016

      I feel like you just delivered Blademan2 a fatal virtual throat punch. very impressive haha

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      tropka Apr 30, 2016

      came here today to make a rec but ugh seeing his comments on all my drama pages spewing hate makes me sick to my stomach. the only consolation is that sometimes they are under a spoiler

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    Yojijukugo Jun 21, 2015

    Ueno Juri is amazing, but i'm not sure, as someone who supposedly suffers from a form of asperger's syndrome she sorta annoyed me a bit. Good premise, excellent classical music

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    crazy_drama_ghost May 8, 2015

    Ueno Juri's acting WOW!!! thumbs up!

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    Kawaitanee Apr 19, 2015 - edited

    Please, what song is played at beginning of ep 4?

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      namopanik Apr 12, 2016 - edited

      Prokofiev's Dance of the Knights from Romeo and Juliet ballet (you mean when they're sitting on the couch, right?).
      / Lol, I just saw the date. Nevermind.

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      Kawaitanee Apr 12, 2016

      Its alright :) Anyway, thanks for answer I will check it. I love music from Nodame :)

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    darkangel662008 Feb 22, 2015

    I just finished watching the Korean version and now I'm downloading it again to re-watch it for the nth time!!! But I'm still getting excited just thinking that I'm going to watch it again!!! Kya!!!

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    Kezia Azalia Nov 11, 2014

    i just finished this drama a few weeks ago and it's really goodddd!! sugoiii <3
    I love chiaki senpai, he's so freaking handsome! and i really like his smirk so funny and adorable. Tamaki Hiroshi <3

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    phryxzia_azalea Nov 7, 2014 - edited

    For how many years that this drama had been sitting in my PTW list unnoticed, I just realized that this drama was really good. I recently watched this out of curiosity for a compare and contrast with the Korean remake. I did not regret in doing so 'cuz it so hilarious but heartwarming.

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      Lifunia Nov 20, 2014

      Which version is better according to you then? Korean or Japanese?

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      phryxzia_azalea Nov 20, 2014

      To be honest, this Japanese version is way better. Which version you like better?

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      Lifunia Nov 22, 2014

      I haven't watched them yet, but since the japanese came out first I was thinking of watching that one first :)
      Just wanted to know your opinion ^__^

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      phryxzia_azalea Nov 22, 2014

      well i guess, it's up to you. but then i would say just give it a try first.


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    Oct 16, 2006 to Dec 25, 2006
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    Fuji TV
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    45 min.


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    8.4 (scored by 7,330 users)
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