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Nodame Cantabile Live Action
のだめカンタービレ (Nodame Kantābire)

Synopsis

Shinichi Chiaki, an arrogant, multilingual perfectionist, is the top student at Momogaoka College of Music and has secret ambitions to become a conductor. Born into a musical family, he is talented in piano and violin and once lived abroad in the music capitals of the world as a young boy (namely Prague), but is trapped in Japan because of his childhood phobia of airplanes and the ocean.

In contrast, Megumi Noda, or “Nodame”, is a piano student at Momogaoka, notorious for messiness and eccentric behavior. Despite being very talented, Nodame prefers to play by ear rather than according to the musical score; thus, she is regarded as sloppy and playful. When 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. Along the way, they meet some crazy people (like Masumi, Mine, and Stresemann) and make lasting friendships.

Because of Nodame, Chiaki gets 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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October 16, 2006

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Overview

Nodame Cantabile has been adapted as a live-action television drama broadcast in 11 hour-long episodes from 16 October – 25 December 2006, on Fuji TV, covering events up to volume 9 of the manga.

Music direction was by Daisuke Mogi with original music by Takayuki Hattori, with several works of classical music featured in each episode.

Alternative titles

– Nodame Cantabile
– のだめカンタービレ
– Nodame Kantābire
– 交响情人梦
– 交響情人夢
– 노다메 칸타빌레
– Нодаме Кантабиле
– Нодаме Кантабіле
– จังหวะรัก หัวใจดนตรี
– วุ่นรักนักดนตรี
– Nodame
– noda
– โนดาเมะ

TL;DR Review

Nodame Cantabile (Japanese: のだめカンタービレ Hepburn: Nodame Kantābire) is a manga by Tomoko Ninomiya. This is one of the rare series where there was a live action drama show before the anime.

This review will cover all the Japanese live-action version together, including the TV Drama and the movies.

As much as I want to like the live-action drama and movies, I find I have to force myself to watch them. The anime does a better job retelling the manga as you can do things in anime that you can’t with live actors. Take for example the character Stresemann in the live-action. He is played by a Japanese actor instead of a German actor, likely due to the language barrier. He is played to be an over the top weirdo. The Stresemann in the anime has a little more subtlety and usually only show his true weirdo self to people close to him. I cringe every time I see Stresemann show up in the drama.

The live-action movie takes place within the second season of the anime. It is incredibly awkward to watch. Seeing a live actor act like their anime counterpart is quite strange and unnatural.

Overall, I would say skip the live-action drama and movies and just stick with the anime. Nodame Cantabile contains some violence and suggestive themes/dialogs. Parental guidance is advised.

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Featured Music

Nodame Cantabile Live Action
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Chiaki
"Senpai, I know I'll have the performance of a lifetime with you someday. But... It won't end there. We'll both go back to music and try to top that."
Chiaki
"No matter how painful, no matter how much solitary struggle awaits us, because we have joyous moments like this, we can face the challenges over and over again."
Nodame
"I will play it once. So memorize it with those ears that you're so proud of."
Chiaki
"For someone who says all those sweet things, you don't even take me seriously. Just like how you treat music. I can't keep up with you. Go find a man from your own planet."
Chiaki
"You can't sit around envying other people's worlds. You have to go out and change your own."
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