Nodame Cantabile Season 2 (2008): Paris-Hen
のだめカンタービレ (Nodame Kantābire)


Nodame and Chiaki arrive in Paris and their story continues with new friends, challenges, more beautiful music and, of course, lots of Nodame gaffes and gyabos! Chiaki wants to make his presence known to Vieira Sensei by winning a competition for conductors, while homesick Nodame has her hands full coming to terms with her new surroundings.
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Nodame Cantabile was serialized in Japan by Kodansha in the magazine Kiss from July 2001 to October 2009. The series has been adapted as four different television series: as an award-winning Japanese live-action drama that aired in 2006 followed by a sequel television special that aired in January 2008, as an anime series spanning three seasons with the first broadcast in 2007, the second in 2008 and the third in 2010.

Alternative titles

– Nodame Cantabile: Paris Hen
– のだめカンタービレ 巴里編
– Nodame Cantabile 2
– Nodame Cantabile: Paris
– Nodame Cantabile: Paris Chapter
– Нодамэ Кантабиле (второй сезон)
– 交响情人梦 巴黎篇
– 交響情人夢 巴黎篇
– nodame 2

TL;DR Review

I hate to admit it, but I find the art for the second season of Nodame Cantabile had gotten worst and lazier. The first season blended the art and 3D CGI seamlessly. However, the 3D CGI is pretty apparent and prominent.

The second season is more of what you love from the first season, minus any new character development. The location had changed from Japan to Europe, and most of the quirkier characters got left behind in Japan.

Chiaki and Nodame relationship seem to be as vague as the first season. Neither seems to have developed more than what was already shown at the end of that season. This season fill more like a filler than anything. I don’t think you would have missed anything if you go from the first season to the final season. As much as I love Nodame Cantabile, I struggle a little to finish this season.

I still highly recommend this series to the fan of the series or those that love romantic comedy and classical music. Nodame Cantabile contains some violence and suggestive themes/dialogs. Parental guidance is advised.

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Featured Music

Nodame Cantabile Season 2 (2008): Paris-Hen

A collection of notable music and song from this series.


Opening Theme

– “Sky High” by The Gospellers (with melody taken from the Third movement (Allegro scherzando) of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2)

Closing Theme

– “Tokyo et Paris” (東京 et Paris, lit. “Tokyo and Paris”) by Emiri Miyamoto x solita (with variations on the theme from Ravel’s Boléro)
"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."
"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."
"I will play it once. So memorize it with those ears that you're so proud of."
"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."
"You can't sit around envying other people's worlds. You have to go out and change your own."



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