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Nodame Cantabile Season 3: Finale
のだめカンタービレ (Nodame Kantābire)
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Synopsis

It’s Nodame’s third and final year at the Conservatoire de Paris. Her dedication to become a professional piano player and Chiaki’s consolidation in Europe are making their skills flourish, but they also seem to be forging unfavorable consequences into their relationship. Forbidden by her teacher to participate in contests, Nodame feels that the gap between herself and Chiaki is expanding to a dangerous length.
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Rating

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Animation

  • Animation quality and consistency for that time. 

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Story

  • How well the story flows and keeps you engaged.

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Pros

Character design
Dialogs
Music
Plot
Visual
World building

Cons

Slow-pace

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Overview

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: Finale
– のだめカンタービレ フィナーレ
– Nodame Cantabile 3
– Нодамэ Кантабиле (третий сезон)
– 交响情人梦 最终篇
– 交响情人梦Finale
– 交響情人夢 最終篇
– Nodame 3

TL;DR Review

Season 3 of Nodame Cantabile pick up right after season 2. Thankfully, there is actual character development in this season. We see their struggle as they are slowly drifting apart.

In the end, I see there’s a bigger growth with Nodame’s character over Chiaki’s. She is just a wonderfully written character that never seems dull, despite the same jokes being used over and over.

The animation had improved over the last season and is more in line with the first season. The 3D CGI blended wonderfully with the scene so that you can’t even tell 3D CGI was used for some scenes. The writing was also an improvement, as the last season feels more like a filler season, where nothing significant happens. Despite we are getting a lot of dialogs on classical music lecture, it never feels dull.

I love both the opening and closing theme for this season. “Manazashi Daydream” by Yuu Sakai being the opening song and “Kaze to Oka no Ballad (風と丘のバラード)” by Real Paradis with Nodame Orchestra is the closing theme.

I 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.

Gyabo!!

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Featured Music

Nodame Cantabile Season 3: Finale
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

– “Manazashi ☆ Daydream” by Yuu Sakai (with a variation on Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring from the cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147 by J.S. Bach)

Closing Theme

– “Kaze to Oka no Ballad” by Real Paradis with Nodame Orchestra
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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