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Nodame Cantabile [のだめ カンタビ−レ]


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Title:Nodame Cantabile
のだめ カンタビ−レ
Telecast:2006-10-16 to 2006-12-25
Season:Fall 2006

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TV Station:Fuji TV
Duration:11 Episodes
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Megumi Noda, or "Nodame," is a piano student at Momogaoka College of Music. Although she is an extremely talented pianist who can play by ear, she can't read music. She also hates to take a bath or clean her room. For her daily meals, she usually grabs something out of her friend's lunchbox.
Nodame soon falls in love with Momogaoka's top student, Shinichi Chiaki. Born into a musical family, he plays the piano and violin brilliantly. Although his major is piano, he has secret ambitions to become a conductor.

Based on the big hit comic book by Tomoko Ninomiya, this is the romantic comedy of two completely different personalities.
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1. Symphony No. 7 in A major [Beethoven]
2. Rhapsody in Blue [George Gershwin (arranged by Hattori Takayuki]

Actor/Actress Cast (32)
Ueno Juri
Noda Megumi aka Nodame (Piano)
野田 恵
Tamaki Hiroshi
Chiaki Shinichi (Piano/Conducting)
Mine Ryutaro (Violin)
Koide Keisuke
Okuyama Masumi (Timpani)
Mizukawa Asami
Miki Kiyora (Violin)
Saku Sakura (Contrabass)
佐久 桜
Uehara Misa
Tagaya Saiko (Vocal)
Takenaka Naoto
Franz Stresemann
Toyohara Kosuke
Eto Kozo
Ibu Masato
Mine Ryuken
峰 龍見
Nishimura Masahiko
Tanioka Hajime
谷岡 肇
Endo Yuya
Ookouchi Mamoru (Conducting)
Shiraishi Miho
Eto Kaori
Iwasa Mayuko
Ishikawa Reina (Piano)
Morisako Ei
Young Nodame
Kondo Koen
Tamaki Keiji (Clarinet)
Sakamoto Makoto
Hashimoto Youhei (Oboe)
Matsuoka Rinako
松岡 璃奈子
Suzuki Moe (Flute)
Matsuoka Emiko
Suzuki Kaoru (Clarinet)
Yamanaka Takashi
Iwai Kazushi (Contrabass)
Fukada Aki
Inoue Yuki (Cello)
Akiyoshi Kumiko
Momotaira Minako
Kichise Michiko
Hatano Hiroko
Kawano Keeko
Oikawa Mitsuhiro
Sakuma Manabu
Fukushi Seiji
Kuroki Yasunori (Rising Star: Oboe)
Mukai Osamu
Kikuchi Toru (Rising Star: Cello)
Sakurai Chizu
Aizawa Maiko (Rising Star: Flute)
Kimura Ryo
Takahashi Noriyuki (Rising Star: Violin)
Miyazaki Yoshiko
Noda Youko
Kuroda Chieko
Miyoshi Seiko
Masu Takeshi

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1. Brilliantly funny, brilliantly classic [Rating: 9/10]
Before I begin my praises, let me state the two, and only two, problems I had with this drama. First, I find the title a little misleading. It gives the impression that this drama is going to be about Noda Megumi, but as I watched it, it became clear that the emphasis is hugely on Chiaki-kun. This isn�ft a problem, per say, but I would have liked to have seen more development in Nodame�fs character. She develops musically, but her inner depth remains the same. And second, I disliked Stresemann. It wasn�ft so much the actor, Naoto Takenaka, who I think is grand. It was more the physical appearance�c and personality�c and�c I dunno. He just annoyed me. I cringed whenever he appeared in an episode. There is something so dirty about him. Whenever he opened his mouth, I felt sticky and disgusted. And he wasn�ft at all convincing as a conductor, which I suppose is a flaw in Naoto. He was way off beat and didn�ft follow the measure conducting that way it�fs supposed to be. But anyways, aside from these two points, the drama was perfect.

People may consider the comedy in this drama to be a bit �gslapstick�h but I thought it was artistically done. The physical scenes were well choreographed and the animated acting was refreshing. Ueno Juri was brilliant, as usual, but Hiroshi Tamaki pleasantly surprised me. He was surprisingly good in this comedic role, and much of the drama�fs success needs to go to him. I haven�ft read the manga so I don�ft know how closely the plot was followed, but the storyline was very good. It grew slowly in a delightfully liquid way. I was emotionally upset when the drama came to an abrupt end after the final performance.

Ah, the performances. There are few words I can use to convey just how divine the music was in this drama. I�fve always been a fan of classical music, so perhaps the �goverwhelming�h factor was downplayed on me a bit. But it�fs not just the music. It�fs the musical artists and their interaction with the audience. It�fs the members of the orchestra and their interaction with each other. It�fs the players and their interaction with their instruments. When Nodame sits in the audience and weeps, I weep as well. The music is powerful, yes, but it is made even more beautiful by the characters and the actors who play such characters. During that last performance�c when the violins lifted, I swear I had shivers dancing on my spine.

This is a drama you can watch repeatedly without getting bored. Writing this review is making me want to watch it again. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Reviewed by Wynter on 26 March 2007
2. Nodame Cantabile [Rating: 10/10]
This is a show that is comprised of 3/4's comedy and 1/4 drama. I won't really go into the comedy aspect of it as most people have already talked about how hilarious it is every single episode. Think of all the crazy physical comedy going on in a manga or anime brought to life and that's pretty much what Nodame Cantabile is in a nutshell.

As for the drama aspect I think this is where the show really sets itself apart as something special. It goes into a subject that I don't think we see enough in dramas which is with the character becoming part of something bigger than himself and undergoing a major shift in personality due to the effect of those around him, specifically by his love interest (or better described as his punching bag that goes gyabo! when you hit it) who is a polar opposite of himself. This show reminds me of Densha Otoko (made by the same director) in that yes it is a love story but more than that it's about becoming a better person because of the interactions with people we take for granted.

It is also reminiscent of Densha because of its great ensemble cast. There is of course the two leads who both seem like they were destined to play there respective characters, but the other orchestra members also give great performances that are so memorable. Special nods go to Eita(Mine) and Koide Keisuke(Masumi) who do so much with the little lines they are given. Also Kimura Ryou coming in in the last few eps as Kiyora(musically) and Masumi's(err.. romantically?) rival was a great decision, that guy is a comedy ace and brought in some fresh comedy when the series needed it. Most importantly though is Takenaka's portrayal of Stresman, he deserves some kind of award for stealing every scene he is in.

Nodame is really well done with the best musical arrangement I have ever heard in any drama and it is a shame that it isn't more popular than it is. I'm guessing that once it becomes more accessible this show is going to be recognized as one of the best, if not the best of 2006.
Reviewed by sucigam on 8 January 2007
3. Great! [Rating: 8/10]
I enjoyed this drama lots!

I'm actually one of those that only write a review on dramas that I either really really like or really really hate. Dramas that don't leave much of an impact or are just so/so, I leave alone.

okay..with that said, I absolutely recommend this drama to anyone who's looking for great laughs but not so much that they forget reality. What's great about this movie is that it's able to be humorous and cute without losing any of its depth or meaning.

some of my fave parts/scenes:

*when Nodame and Chiaki play together for the very first time in sync. I loved how Chiaki adjusted himself to Nodame's "freestyle" method of playing instead of trying to get her to play by the score (his way) scene was beautifully done

*when Chiaki shampoos and dries her hair.Cute

I also like the way they portrayed personal growth and character development throughout the movie. Each time, it was clear what lesson Chiaki, Nodame and any other members of the s-oke had learned.

really really worth the watch
Reviewed by alice_sunshine on 24 August 2009
4. Great! [Rating: 8/10]
I enjoyed this drama lots!

I'm actually one of those that only write a review on dramas that I either really really like or really really hate. Dramas that don't leave much of an impact or are just so/so, I leave alone.

okay..with that said, I absolutely recommend this drama to anyone who's looking for great laughs but not so much that they forget reality. What's great about this movie is that it's able to be humorous and cute without losing any of its depth or meaning.

some of my fave parts/scenes:

*when Nodame and Chiaki play together for the very first time in sync. I loved how Chiaki adjusted himself to Nodame's "freestyle" method of playing instead of trying to get her to play by the score (his way) scene was beautifully done

*when Chiaki shampoos and dries her hair.Cute

I also like the way they portrayed personal growth and character development throughout the movie. Each time, it was clear what lesson Chiaki, Nodame and any other members of the s-oke had learned.

really really worth the watch
Reviewed by apple_of_my_ai on 24 August 2009
5. Quirky musical drama [Rating: 8/10]
Though this drama may seem serious at first, it also tends to have hilarious anime-like moments such as amusing sound effects when someone is being hit (gyabooooooooooo!). The characters are colorful as well--Nodame, a piano-playing genius, who can't read music and is a slob of a girl with a disaster area for an apartment; Masumi, an afro-clad guy has the hots for Chiaki (also a male); Mine, a violin player with a wild, but funny side; and 'Stresemann, a perverted orchestra conductor, who is supposedly German (with a cringe-inducing accent) in the show, but looks Japanese, with a bad tan and obviously fake nose and wig. :D The main character Chiaki is the one of the serious players in this drama, but there are times when he has his moments (looks of horror and disbelief when it comes to Nodame's outrageousness).

Most of this drama is about performing in an orchestra and preparing for the future after graduating from their musical college, but because of all the hilarious moments, this drama is really great.
Reviewed by sadacori on 7 July 2007
6. 2 dramas in one [Rating: 8/10]
This is really 2 dramas in one. There is a totally-stupid-and-funny-manga-like component, and a more serious component.
The Manga-like scenes are hilarious and I just watched the first episodes just to see more of them. Then it became a bit tedious, but the director of the drama was smart enough not to let the story revolve too much around the fun part and build a serious story around it.
I almost dropped off the series at episode 3 as I was getting tired of the jokes, and basically nothing was happening to the story. Then I tried again, and I'm very glad that I did, because then the story becomes really interesting. The actors are great, the music very well chosen, and the concerts along the series are great to watch too.
Superb drama, with a mix of everything in it.
If you are not sure you like it by episode 3, don't give up! It's worth continuing to the end
Reviewed by Jackykero on 30 June 2007
7. Reminds Me of How Jdramas Used To Enchant Me [Rating: 9/10]
It's simple, yet fresh in delivery and fine in execution, a mark of top notch direction. The whole casts and characters are marvelous including ALL supporting casts and chars. And there are some of the most celebrated classical pieces... and one of coolest arrangements of my favourite Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue".

A lot have been said about Nodame Cantabile, and there's still a lot more to be said, but let me reiterate some. What grabs me most is the character development. Despite the tone being mostly comedy, at the end, I have this feeling of relief as everyone had gone through their own (wonderful) life-altering journey. And the ever subtle romantic development really befits Chiaki and Nodame's characters.

This has been an interesting (romantic) story. And as the final curtain dropped, I gave the drama a standing ovation.

Encore, please!
Reviewed by chaos on 5 June 2007
8. Bravo!! [Rating: 8/10]
A well-adapted series led by Ueno Juri and Tamaki Hiroshi. Juri played her part very well and Tamaki certainly shone in the leading role. The supporting characters were well represented by the rest of the cast, Takenaka being a very interesting 'Stresemann' character. Mizukawa Asami was probably my fav character in this series :) - she looked quite professional and i'm actually curious if she played the violin for this filming of the series. The comedy in the series served the dorama well and certainly did not overwhelm the underlying storyline and the more serious issues the characters faced. Last of all, the background music and classical pieces chosen for this series were surprisingly well-picked. I would definitely recommend this light-hearted comedy without reservation! Bravo!!
Reviewed by Shindou on 25 January 2007
9. Your patience will be rewarded [Rating: 8/10]
This one is a bit unusual for 2 reasons: The first reason is obvious, and I must say hilarious the first time you see it; it is the totally-crazy-Manga-like scenes; they make the first episodes just fly. The second one is that the dorama changes quite a bit beyond the second or third episode. It becomes more serious, more interesting, more subtle, more rewarding.
So, stick to it at least until episodes 4 or 5. I almost stopped watching it at episode 3 because I was getting a bit tired of all the Manga-like jokes. But then I am glad I did not, because it becomes really interesting then, with a balance of everything that makes a good dorama: laughter, emotion, surprises, interesting characters, action, etc. So, stick to it, your patience will be rewarded!
Reviewed by Jackykero on 25 December 2007
10. Fun, but quite overrated. [Rating: 7/10]
This was a mostly enjoyable show, however, it's quite overrated. The best thing about it by far is the music. The musical segments are wonderful. You can really tell the cast put a lot of time into learning their instruments. Tamaki Hiroshi is ok as Chiaki, but Ueno Juri really overplays her part. I know this is adapted from a manga, so I expect a certain amount of overacting, but the Nodame character was too much. They should have toned it down just a bit, as well as the gay character, he was also overplayed. I also never believed the love story for a second, whether it was the actors, directing or script, I just didn't. Still, it was fun to watch and the music certainly made it worthwhile overall.
Reviewed by bettebogart on 13 February 2008
11. Enjoy [Rating: 8/10]
I enjoyed watching this. Usually, I write reviews on movies that i either really LIKE or really HATE. Movies that don't leave much of an impact or movies that are just so/so, I leave alone.

That said, this movie is worth the watch. I love the part where Chiaki and Nodame play together for the first time. This happens after Chiaki's frustration to get Nodame to play by the score (his way), this is also when he discovers that by adjusting to her "free style" they are in perfect sync. I also thought it was cute when chiaki was washing and drying her hair (*^_^*)

The movie is funny without losing any depth and it showed personal development and growth through each experience.
Reviewed by alice_sunshine on 23 August 2009
12. Excellent [Rating: 9/10]
While I agree the title can be a bit misleading, as the story seems to revolve more around Shinichi - and hence Shinichi's character develops more than Nodame's - who cares about the title when this is one of the best dramas ever to be produced? Ueno Juri and Hiroshi Tamaki excel in their roles as Nodame and Chiaki Shinichi respectively; the rest of the supporting cast do well in their roles as well. Humour can get a little exaggerated at times and Stressman puts me off because he's both creepy and perverted (but let's give him the kudos for good acting), but this is still a must watch. I have never loved classical music so much before.
Reviewed by Limes on 29 November 2009
13. Nodame will make you love classical music. [Rating: 10/10]
This is my favorite drama so far. It's very inspiring. Before Nodame, I never really listened to classical music. But after Nodame, I began to become more interested and listened to classical music a lot more! :D
This drama gives background to some of the classical music, making you understand it, and somehow relates it to the plot. Also, when Chiaki/Tamaki conducts, you can feel the characters' passion, and it somewhat sparks your own. At least, that was what happened with me. :P
I recommend you watch it! :) It's also packed with comedy and a little bit of romance, so you'll really enjoy it. :D
Reviewed by sandreen on 29 April 2009
14. The fun never stops [Rating: 9/10]
Very enjoyable drama, that is definitely one thing people can say about this drama. It's also good to see this drama stem away from the university love story type dramas and in that sense it creates its own genre. I really loved it - the leads were perfect, and they were backed with a very strong support headed by eita (who is getting better and better as an actor himself). I havent read the manga, but even so its obvious that this drama pays it respects to the manga very closely as the characters are portrayed as almost comic or cartoon-like. Very watchable and memorable!
Reviewed by dekatrain on 7 October 2007
15. awesome classic! [Rating: 9/10]
what i really love about this series was the awesome classic music. i've always loved classical music and to have such a dorama that featured the gorgeous sounds of piano and violin totally had me drooling. i love how chiaki was acting cool but fell for the funny nodame who doesn't even know how to clean her room nonetheless. i really think that this was one of the best dorama in 2006 and i actually couldn't find fault with this series (except for the exagerrated scenes which are forgivable). you're missing half of your life if you wouldn't watch this series.
Reviewed by ssie on 19 April 2007
16. It MAKES ME KNOW the meaning of the word "GANBATTE [Rating: 9/10]
If you watch this film until the end, you will learn many things..
But the most impressive things is about GIVING YOUR BEST
for what you have been done,
for what you have been dream,
for what you have been through,
and for what you have been lived for..
When you learn it, you will feel like enjoying your life so much and the things around you..

It really makes me want to try the best to do my part of job, giving the best and enjoying it..

It's recommended to you especially to people who like classic music..

Reviewed by Chris_Ito on 8 June 2007
17. Wonderful! [Rating: 10/10]
After watching the anime, I fell in love, so decided to watch the drama and ... WOW! I loved it! The actors were great, esp. Ueno Juri as Nodame...she's soooo cute! This jdorama seriously got me interested in other jdoramas. I've seen a couple so far and none of them even compare to Nodame! It doesn't have TOO much drama (which i like), and is friggin hilarious! The CG sequences were hysterical, esp. combined with the wonderful acting.

I'm going to show this series to my friends because I'm sure they'll love it too!
Reviewed by someone_03 on 6 October 2007
18. BRAVO! [Rating: 9/10]
This is probably the funniest dorama series I've ever seen. All the actors did a great job, and the story was so well written that it's hard to believe this is a comedy series, not to mention it's based on manga, which usually have pathetic storylines. The performance scenes were very moving, and they did a very good job displaying the passion in music.

Nodame Cantabile features CG that make you feel like watching anime. It effectively removes cheesiness in manga-based doramas. Hopefully this is the the new trend!
Reviewed by 8thSin on 13 December 2006
19. nani kore? one of the best drama ever! [Rating: 10/10]
i just finished watching this drama and it definitely a must watch! it made me interested in classical music and like 'Mine', i swapped to a classical guitar...hehe. its nice and peacefull. one day my friend passed me a drama. i was like "nani kore?". he said its about classical music and its hilarious. i was like "heh?classical music? hilarious? since when?" after i watched the first episode, i cant stop watching cause its just too good!! great acting, great music, not to mention some funny animations. BRAVO!!!
Reviewed by taiki on 28 July 2007
20. Entertaining and Fun [Rating: 10/10]
The most slapstick, entertaining, and fun drama I've ever seen with great, great music and a star-making performance by Ueno Juri as the sloppy, ditzy, and adorable Nodame. Equally as good is the travel-phobic musical genius Chiaki, played by Tamaki Hiroshi. There are very few missteps and they're completely overshadowed by the spirited and energetic performances of the entire cast. Few dramas can endure repeated viewings, but this is one of them. Highly and enthusiastically recommended. :D
Reviewed by bmwracer on 5 July 2007
21. Delightful drama that fills my heart with joy [Rating: 10/10]
Nodame Cantabile is the best live-action adaptation of a manga I've ever seen. It's full of comedy, touching and inspiring music, larger than life characters who are all very endearing and funny. All the elements just blends perfectly together to create this masterpiece of a drama. Tamaki Hiroshi and Ueno Juri are fabulous together as Chiaki and Nodame. No one else can play these lovable lead characters the way they did. Highly recommended!!
Reviewed by shanghai_honey on 4 August 2008
22. Amazing Series [Rating: 10/10]
I don't know if it's the time in my life or the magic of the series, but its the first time I've found myself seriously emotionally invested with the characters of an Anime or Drama (I watched both in rapid succession). Nodame breaks my heart every time she says "Chiaki-sempai" with her cute mouth.

How embarassing to be a nearly 30 year old guy and swoon at a fictional character like that!

Don't miss this one. It's fantastic!
Reviewed by phlargo on 23 March 2008
23. Tears [Rating: 10/10]
I'm almost lost for words right now.. I just finished wathing this series, watched it all in one go, holy shit, It's funny as hell, almost fell off my chair, i don't know how many times, and moreover, i couldn't stop the tears from falling in that last episode, so damn amazing. And i'm a guy... really this stuff.. pweh..
So if you want to watch a drama with excellent actors, you'll get a bit of everything in this drama. Watch!"
Reviewed by Doff on 25 January 2007
24. Not a favorite, despite Chiaki [Rating: 3/10]
I don't get it. This drama is so popular, but it hasn't clicked for me. There is no character that I really care about. Nodame is flaky and whiny, Chiaki is full of himself and always whipping her upside the head, and the gay guy with the afro is just irritating. And I typically like the gay guys in jdorama.

The best parts are when the orchestra plays, so I keep watching it, hoping it will get better.
Reviewed by glacier on 11 September 2007
25. Excellent. [Rating: 10/10]
Ueno Juri is the reason this dorama is so good. She shows she is not only a talented actress, but an excellent comedian. All the cast is simply perfect, specially Tamaki Hiroshi (his facial expressions are hilarious!) and Koide Keisuke (who plays Masumi). This dorama is a must-watching to everyone who hasn't seen it yet.

I can't wait to see the movies and the second season of the dorama!! ^^
Reviewed by suerinn on 12 September 2009
26. Drama at it's Best [Rating: 10/10]
The reason why this drama is so great is because of the amazing talents of the actors. There were always great funny moments and cute moments that it's hard to stop watching. The music was wonderful and beautiful. I think the people who didn't like this drama either have no sense of humor or have no idea about what a great drama is. Definitely my favorite drama of all time and I've seen many.
Reviewed by kireiyuhi on 10 May 2008
27. Simply the Best [Rating: 10/10]
Best of Ueno Juri and Tamaki Hiroshi! The combination of love, friendship, and most importantly, the ambition of striving to the utmost for everyone's dreams is the beauty of this drama. The selection of the classical music is excellent. Most pieces can be appreciated by even audience not familiar with classical music.
Casting is also superb. Bravo!
Reviewed by Saint Seiya on 10 June 2007
28. Nodame Cantabile rules! [Rating: 10/10]
I just finished watching this drama and it was awesome. The infusion of classical music in this drama makes it quite elegant and yet, it's still light and funny. The actors were also able to do justice to the characters they portray. Artists have relatively different temperaments and they were able to capture it in their acting. This is one cool drama.
Reviewed by katpira on 24 April 2008
29. for classical-music lovers [Rating: 9/10]
their chemistry is really good, even though nodame's super-hentai.
Nodame's voice gets sort of annoying at times, but that aside,
the plot is good, as is the music, and chiaki-senpai is super-hot. xD
All in all, it's a joy to watch and relaxing to listen to.
Although, there's not much romance till you get to the special episodes.
Reviewed by ismellpudding on 26 August 2008
30. Send in the clowns [Rating: 6/10]
Take a bunch of circus clowns, dress them as students, give them violins and timpani instead of kazoos and slide-whistles, and you've got Nodame Cantabile. If you like circus acts, you may love this show. If you like classical music, better turn off the sound and play your grandpa's Spike Jones vinyls.
Reviewed by shari on 3 April 2007

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1. Comments by donna8157 [Rating: 9/10]
One of the most entertaining series of 2006. Ueno Juri plays the role of Noda Megumi, a carefree brilliant pianist who has a love for an anime series and eating. One day she meets the most coveted boy in their music school and instantly falls head over heels for him. He can't say the same about her, but is impressed with her piano playing. Tamaki Hiroshi plays the part of Chiaki Shinishi, Megumi's love interest and one of the wealthiest and most talented people in school. His dream is to become a conductor and to do so he must study abroad, however he has a fear of planes and boats seeing as he had traumatic experiences with both as a child.

Those two meet and their lives change and intertwine with one another. With the help of Streseman who enrolls into the school as a conductor, the musical careers and outlooks of the students there change for the better. The students reach for goals higher than they could have imagined before because their fellow teachers and friends continue to push them to do better than what they initially thought they could accomplish. It was very touching and optimistic, yet down to earth.

This drama was so much fun to watch and I loved the two main characters who had great chemistry with one another. This is one of the most adorable and most memorable coupling in a drama in awhile. The music was beautiful, too. I really hope that they decide to continue with a second season.
2. Comments by SayaOtonashi [Rating: 6/10]
Technically speaking this dorama is one of the bests I've seen so far. Besides that, I expected much more (maybe because of the high ratings it was getting) and just got disappointed. Music is really good and the show made me want to learn more things about classical music; concerts impressed me a lot. Manga-like scenes made me laugh (and that's quite difficult) but I wished there were more of them. Chiaki-senpai is too cool, too egoistic, too egocentric and too rigid; Nodame is annoying, why does she talk and walk and run as a 5 year old girl? She was too 'cute', I didn't like it at all. Story itself was a bit messy as well; I understood the progression Chiaki-senpai makes but somehow I felt it was not very well explained. But not everything's bad; I managed to end watching it (although I have the 2 specials I don't feel like watching them) and music is superb. I only got (a bit) touched on the last concert (lovely!). Special mention to the (in all senses) weird Stresemann; Takenaka Naoto is just great as always. The best thing in this show: the music!!!
3. Comments by phlargo [Rating: 10/10]
Greater than the sum of its parts. The story is well design and neatly packaged. The characters are so endearing and special. Good introduction to classical music if you've never been a fan (you'll certainly fall in love with some of the music). Great soundtrack (not surprising).

Ueno Juri at her best! Nodame is sooo sweet and cute. It's hard not to fall for her. There are times where some of her emotional responsed feel a little overdone. She's brilliant when she gets pissed at Chiaki and lays the Nodame-smack down. Gyabo!

Tamaki Hiroshi is great in this as the (mostly) unflappable Chiaki. He's very well done and emotionally balanced. His mannerisms are graceful and his facial responses are superb. Even though I'm a bigger Juri fan, I really think he made this drama.

Almost all of the other characters are at least pretty good. Such a varied ensemble. Mine and Kiyora (why didn't we see 10x more of her!!!) deserve special mention for being vulnerable and arrogant, both.

Special mention to Mine's dad - he's a hero of mine :)
4. Comments by abbyneesan [Rating: 10/10]
A really awesome drama!! Kinda ashamed to admit it, but I was hesitant on watching it because Tamaki Hiroshi was a bit old in my opinion (even though he isnt!!!! Im just an insane psycho freak sometimes) but his character turned out to be one of my favorites. Ueno Juri was great too but Eita really stole the show in my opinion. He's such a cool guy and his hair was awesome!! All the characters contributed so much to the show and they all shined even though there were a ton of people in the cast.

And of course, the soundtrack was absolutely amazing; why wouldn't it be when the show features such well-known classicals? I enjoyed the orchestra performances immensely and I like how the actors were playing the instruments themselves (or were they? Lol they looked like they were so ya xD). Now I really wish I hadnt given up on piano!

Anyways Nodame Cantabile is an awesome drama that I won't be forgetting anytime soon...it has now joined Nobuta wo Produce, 1 Litre of Tears and Hana Kimi in my list of all-time fave dramas!
5. Comments by Sasaya [Rating: 9/10]
Of all the dramas I've seen, Nodame Cantabile holds a special place in my heart. With its unique charm, I was hooked with the first episode. Everything about it was comical but also well-balanced with a healthy dose of gravity, which doesn't define the series as wholly comedic. The special effects were a pleasure to watch. As an adaptation from the manga, I was pleased to see that there was an animated quality of the series without looking too fake.

Although I do question the authenticity of conducting, the acting was well-executed. I adored Ueno Juri's Nodame and Tamaki Hiroshi's Chiaki. The entire cast got along well, and it was apparent near the end. All the actors looked as if they would cry together on set. This series will remain as my top recommendation to those who are just getting into Japanese dramas. Gyabo!
6. Comments by nishishi [Rating: 8/10]
Overall a good dorama.... Splendid casting... a nice plot and scenes that made me laugh my head out!!! But yes.. i must agree with those who say that Nodame Cantabile is a lil bit overrated..
I mean... its a good dorama (at least imo) but there r many other better than this.
IMO the major problem in Nodame is the ridiculous number of characters in the story (and its not like they appear just one episode and disappear.. they continue appearing on the dorama as the show goes on...) I found a lil hard to pay attention for the main couple, the two teachers, the maestro, the S-oke's members, the R-S member's, Chiakis's ex-girlfriend, the school director, Nodame's friends, the gay violinist, Mine's father, the reporter and his assistent... Damn... do they really need that many characters???
7. Comments by kneehard [Rating: 10/10]
Haven't watched such an entertaining dorama like this one for so long. Ueno Juri gave an excellent performance as well asTamaki i'm-not-sure-what's-his-1st-name-is. It's great to see Ueno-san potray an anime character that is also realistic at the same time. She really did surpass my expectations because I have really only seen her in more sombre roles before (Orange Days, Kindaichi 2005 & Swing Girls). And Tamaki-san showed that he can inject humour and emotion into his usual cool-kakkoii facade. Oh, I must not forget to mention the rest of the cast gave a kampeki performance too, especially Eita, and the Myoja timpani player.

Highly recommended to everyone who enjoys a good laugh. Not for those looking for serious love relationship dramas.
8. Comments by joychin [Rating: 9/10]
This is another drama that i really like. With great cast as well except for the mushroom headed guy who acted in liar game.....can't stand him....he's so annoying. The performances are really nice especially the very first one by S-oke and i wonder who tot of the idea of them doing some action while playing XD.......well,japanese people ARE creative aren't they XD.One of my fav songs from the drama is symphony no.7......so nice......even on the piano when nodame played. Oh oh! I really really really love the cello dude in rising sun!!! The specky playboy called......MUKAI OSAMU!!!! He's so tall and super cute with glasses ^^. I've never exactly seen him acting before.....but i do hope he gets a major role one day :).
9. Comments by yurifly [Rating: 10/10]
Possibly the cutest drama i've ever seen. I first saw ueno juri in Engine and I thought she was really good. Here she just amazes me...the way she talks, the way she acts around chiaki, gosh i can't think of anyone perfect for the role. Tamaki Hiroshi is great too and i love how he can pull of being kakkoi and completely silly at the same time. (not to mention he is HOT). The pace of the drama was very good...it was funny without being slapstick and dramatic as well without being cheesy. In normal situation, I would be appalled by how Chiaki physically abuses Nodame (come on those punches?!?!), but the scenes were choreographed so comically that I had to laugh all the times. I can go on and on, but in short, LOVE IT!
10. Comments by Swedish_Japan_Lover [Rating: 10/10]
Absolutely one of my favorite Jdramas! I am a big fan of classic music so this was just exactly my taste! The development of both characters and story was in perfect speed and very exciting as well. The lovestory was sooo cute and enjoyable! I really have no complaints of this drama. It was totally amusing and loveable! The humor was outstanding with all the special effects like pink cheeks and small hearts flying around combined with classical dramatic music and Ueno Juri and Tamaki Hiroshi characters were so...GOOD!!! That goes for Eita and Mizukawa as well or... the rest of the whole cast! Fantastic! (Takenaka Naoto is my god... I can't stop laughin at his character and dialect...)

Rating: 10(0)
11. Comments by Kitsuchi [Rating: 8/10]
This series made me realize things about classical music and orchestras and stuff. That it's actually beautiful music. Although I got bored at times watching this, I can still say that I enjoyed this in the end. Maybe it's not a must-watch, but it's worth watching anyway. It's not a waste of time. Great music, excellent acting, interesting plot, funny and serious... This series barely lacks anything. I was touched in the last scene. It should be hard to film this kind of series, about classical music.. but it all went so good and looked very real.
This series actually reminded me of 'Hana Kimi'.. It has many resembles, but they are both excellent in their own ways. Watch ^_^.
12. Comments by poopiefish [Rating: 6/10]
It was a pretty entertaining watch. I was reluctant to watch it due to the hype; in the end, it didn't exactly prove worthwhile, but it was still a fun ride. The humor is pretty good. Nodame wasn't exactly 100% lovable to me, and neither was Chiaki; both of them got on my nerves at times. The premise/lesson of the drama was an interesting topic: passion in music (I think this applies to every type of art actually), but in the end the series only managed to touch on the surface of the topic, and didn't provide much insight, which contributed to the series' failure to achieve a lasting presence in my heart. I suppose I shouldn't expect too much from dramas though... eh?
13. Comments by Jackykero [Rating: 8/10]
I liked this one for 3 reasons. First, the totally-crazy-Manga-like scenes, especially in the beginning. Then, the music all along the Dorama, particularly the big concerts. And finally, because it was what I qualify as a "good" dorama, which has a balance of everything: laughter, emotion, surprises, interesting characters, action, etc. I almost dropped off at the second episode, I was getting tired of the jokes - maybe there were too many of those - but then I am glad that I kept going because the jokes stop a little bit and as the story becomes more serious it becomes more interesting. So, stick to it at least until episode 4 or 5 is my advice.
14. Comments by dekatrain [Rating: 9/10]
Very enjoyable drama, that is definitely one thing people can say about this drama. It's also good to see this drama stem away from the university love story type dramas and in that sense it creates its own genre. I really loved it - the leads were perfect, and they were backed with a very strong support headed by eita (who is getting better and better as an actor himself). I havent read the manga, but even so its obvious that this drama pays it respects to the manga very closely as the characters are portrayed as almost comic or cartoon-like. Very watchable and memorable!
15. Comments by Susan [Rating: 10/10]
FANTASTIC! Best drama of 2006 that I have seen so far. Tamaki Hiroshi really surprised me! He completely threw himself into the role of Chiaki. Ueno Juri as Nodame as well! Although some elements of the story had to be left out due to time (Awwh, why can't dramas be longer sometimes), I felt like the adaptation was expertly achieved. Everyone involved dud an amazing job reproducing what makes Nodame Cantabile really shine in anime and manga. I'm excited for the future! I hope that, following the Paris Special, they continue in some form!
16. Comments by idiotcat [Rating: 9/10]
pretty good, a really good cast, in my opinion. silly, fun, and funny. the musical performances were great and the development of the orchestras were fun and fulfilling to watch. I think Ueno is a great actress, but her character nodame was getting pretty annoying towards the end. after a while i just wanted her to be normal and not a freaking weirdo anymore. and the lisp kinda made me twitch. Eita was again excellent, as always, and the main character whom i've never seen before was quite good as well. overall a really good story
17. Comments by pash [Rating: 7/10]
It would deserve 10/10 for the music, and 1/10 for the obnoxious stupidity of some characters (i.e. Masumi should be put out of his misery imho) and of many scenes. Still, the music is just too good, as is the idea that even just a small percentage of the viewers will be drawn to classical music thanks to this dorama (sidenote for those who will venture for the first time in a theater or concert hall: no, you don't have to wait until someone shouts "Bravo!" before you are allowed to applaude, LOL). Therefore I'll be generous: 7/10 ;)
18. Comments by aiscess [Rating: 10/10]
This is one of those live-action series which is definitely a must see. You will definitely love the tandem of Ueno Juri and Tamaki Hiroshi. Ueno is very funny and lovable as Nodame. As for Chiaki, it�fs been a while since I�fve watched Tamaki in a comedy, or should I say, done a comedy since �gWaterboys: The Movie�h but he�fs still as funny as ever. Added laughs from Eita & Kaede Kosuke (both from Waterboys Season 1&2 respectively). And you will definitely be mesmerized by the musical pieces that they feature every episode.
19. Comments by Nermal [Rating: 10/10]
The gem of the season!

Having read of course the manga first (and still reading), I was more than overjoyed hearing there would be a drama, especially starring Tamaki Hiroshi whom I`ve been following since WaterBoys the movie.

While the manga is excellent, it is hard to write a�@manga about music... without music. The drama gave me exactly what I wanted. Excellent music, the goofiness of the manga and a very well balanced cast!

Laughter from beginning `til end, this series is bound to become one of your favorites! ^^
20. Comments by Filah Mohidin [Rating: 10/10]
tamaki is sooo hot and gorgeous!!first dorama i watched he acts in remote control which he became the 2nd hero,but i didn't expect he was soo great acting in nodame cantabile..he's such a nice,adorable and wonderful actor..i like him conducting the orchestra,playing piano and violin...seems he is so talented in musical instruments!not to forget juri ueno,she is sooo kawaiiii...even though she acts like a lazy ham but she's doing really well in playing her roles!!love them to be together for the next new doramasa,perhaps!!(^_^)
21. Comments by Ralbol [Rating: 9/10]
Une serie vraiment tres agreable a regarder. Des personnages nombreux et sympathiques, des moments droles (pas mal de mimiques tirees du manga ET bien adaptees), une musique geniale (ah, le classique...). Et bien sur Nodame chan ! l'actrice est incroyable et illumine tout (meme si elle n'est pas tres belle).
Dommage que certaines scenes un peu nian nian (dont le dernier episode dans sa quasi totalite) gachent l'impression generale. On sent aussi un certain essouflement a la fin, il etait temps que ca s'arrete.
22. Comments by ScrappedShinigami [Rating: 10/10]
If I had realised how much I was gonna enjoy this dorama I would have put it in my DVD player the second I got it. In fact I had this several days before I actually put it on and once I started watching it I was hooked!
I'm so glad I brought this on a whim, it is extremely funny and I just LOVE how the relationship develops between Nodame and Chiaki. It's really heart warming. There were moments that really made me 'squee'
Anyway a darned good show very funny and cute and Tamaki is so handsome <3 ^__^
23. Comments by Sakebitosan [Rating: 7/10]
A comedy about an undisciplined but brilliant piano prodigy who develops a symbiotic relationship with a disciplined pianist who dreams of becoming a conductor yet is hampered by naysayers. This could have worked as a serious drama but is presented as an even mix of serious drama with screwball comedy. In this case the comedy works, and does not obscure the serious message about determination in achieving one's goals. A little predictable, but well worth the time. Formerly available on Crunchyroll.
24. Comments by Azalea [Rating: 10/10]
Funny!!!!!! ;D
This is excellent drama! Good actris, good actor, good Script writer
did you know...
Before I watched this dorama, I like music classic enough, but after I watched this dorama I coldn't stop to watched it again and again and I bought a lot of classical music and of course until now I always hear classical music.I feel my home is full of bright sounds of violin, piano, oboe, flute, timpani, cello, contabass, etc.
Love...love Nodame...
I'm waiting for 2nd season....
25. Comments by lightningemperor [Rating: 9/10]
I would have to say that I wasn't expecting a lot from this series but wow, I'm glad that I was completely wrong! Excellent acting from all the cast. I haven't been so immersed in a series for a while that I would have to lose sleep just in order to watch it. The mix between love, comedy and music is the way to go. And Takenaka Naoto's role as Strezman...PERFECT. Absolutely hilarious! I definitely recommend this series and definitely hoping for a special or a 2nd season(maybe).
26. Comments by atheon [Rating: 9/10]
Jan 2007: This is one of the few dramas that made me cracked up like hell almost every episode. The most hilarious jdrama I've seen this year. Gotta love classical music after watching it, thumbs up for the actors for putting alot of effort to make the instrument playing scenes looked as real as possible. Nodame and Chiaki were such a CUTE couple =D Love the cast, Stressmann's weird accent rocks lol. The ending scene was touching, typical but fits perfectly to end this drama.
27. Comments by Anime Dad [Rating: 9/10]
Unfortunately i'm not as good as Wyn-chan at reviewing dramas, so i'll just say that it lives up to all the hype - and more. Juri Ueno IS brilliant, and although I found the Stresemann character irritating at first, in the end I didn't mind him at all. Takenaka Naoto has an impressive voice at least. Tamaki Hiroshi was great as the uptight Chiaki-senpai, and the rest of cast are uniformly excellent.

Nodame Cantabile should be on everyone's must-watch list.
28. Comments by Shindou [Rating: 8/10]
From all the dorama i've seen, this one is the most anime-like to date. the actions are sometimes exaggerated nicely but i definitely well-adapted for tv. As the dorama progresses, i found myself getting drawn into the series as i developed an attachment to the characters. As a music-lover, their choices for the difference pieces throughout the series were well-picked and suited both series and character development. A most entertaining series, bravo!!
29. Comments by tetsukei [Rating: 9/10]
Another anime/manga-styled drama. The actors go all out to give the comic touch, and the classical music is, needless to say, totally entertaining. I was running to my piano, just like Nodame, after the first five episodes. Presents very real issues that musicians face in their everyday lives e.g. work prospects, dwindling enthusiasm, angst from self-criticism and tough competition etc. Thumbs up (if you can keep your thumbs up while laughing)!
30. Comments by bmwracer [Rating: 10/10]
Excellent drama with some great classical music. You have to watch this drama with a good stereo/surround system or else you're cheating yourself from the emotional impact of the music... Ueno Juri and Tamaki Hiroshi are cast perfectly as the likable, quirky leads, with fine performance from the supporting cast... And this drama doesn't lose anything from repeated multiple viewings... It's that good. Highly, highly recommended viewing. :)

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1. junny
Awesome chemistry between Tamaki Hiroshi and Ueno Juri! I really love Tamaki's turn as Chiaki senpai, he had wonderful facial expressions that just cracked me up big time. And how hot was he when he was all immersed in music? Be it conducting or playing the piano, Tamaki oozed sexiness! Ueno was so charming, goofy and sweet as Nodame, you can't help but root for her to get together with her Chiaki senpai. And the music featured was perfect, I loved every piece chosen and it's great for people who like classical music. The supporting cast was awesome too, really liked the camaraderie of the orchestra folks!
2. joychin
This is another must-watch drama. Ueno juri,eita and the afro dude's acting was great. As for Hiroshi.....at some parts,his acting look kind of fake but oh well,he still looks great! The one thing i really enjoyed is the piano playing and the orchestra. The songs were really great and nodame really inspired me to try to play the songs. This drama is a little animeish but i really think it's super funny and it was a good choice to follow the anime style......i've never seen any drama which is like that before. This is another must watch drama to all jdrama fans
3. shanghai_honey
Nodame Cantabile is the best live-action adaption of a manga I've ever seen. It's full of comedy, touching and inspiring music, larger than life characters who are all very endearing and funny. All the elements just blends perfectly together to create this masterpiece of a drama. Tamaki Hiroshi and Ueno Juri are fabulous together as Chiaki and Nodame. No one else can play these lovable lead characters the way they did. Highly recommended!! Two thumbs up!
4. sevenine
This is quite possibly the best romantic comedy of all time. Nodame Cantabile should be listed in thesauruses everywhere under "awesome". Not only is the music brilliant, the plot, script, filming, costumes, special effects, etc. are all excellent. And I dare you to watch this drama without falling in love with the eye-rolling (and uber-hot) Chiaki, or the insanely adorable (GYABO!) Nodame. Or both. Or all the characters in this drama.
5. KJjap
A very complicated relationship between a rich orchestra conductor and a young pianist ( who is a bit of a *hentai*!).... Honestly, I hated the series when I first started to watch NC. Found it boring and I wondered how that kind of a story was going to evolve... But I watched it till the end and I seriously don't regret it. I luv NC and it got me liking classical music, orchestra and piano ( in which I had no interest whatsoever).
6. fate-ss26
Instant classic! Love the plot, music, everything, and of course the acting is top notch. Ueno Juri rocks one of the most iconic roles ever in J-doramas, and Tamaki Hiroshi...he's just a perfect Chiaki-senpai. Hysterical humour throughout, excellent flow, pace and conclusions, plus great production value overall. What more can you ask for? This one is a must watch (and own, if you have the extra money to burn).
7. Char350
Excellent adaptation of the manga; heck it's even better than the anime version. The cast was awesome and their musical performances were really moving and overflowing with emotion. You can really feel the emotion from each player because of both the actors the directing. This is probably the best manga-to-live action adapation I've seen in a long time. And one more thing.... MONGOOSE FOR THE WIN!! XD XD XD
8. Nermal
Great from beginning `til end! It kept me entertained every week and aching for more all the time. This turned out to be a very nice drama for the end of the year 2006.

Fresh cast of young actors mixed in with veterans, this proved out to be a very interesting bunch. A good render of the manga, this is obviously not to be missed, especially if you like classic music! ^^
9. tAz
I watch this drama having no expectation whatsoever, because I had no idea what this drama is about. I simply wanted to see Ueno Juri in a different role and i was wondering why so many people love her in here. I found my answer. I never got sick of this drama, it's just funny unique and totally entertaining! a must watch, even if u don't know any of the people in it!
10. aimare
My most favorite drama. So funny and great acting.
I can't help falling in love with Nodame and Chiaki.
I believe nobody can play the role Nodame as great as Juri Ueno.
And Tamaki Hiroshi is sooooo handsome and cool as Chiaki.
The classical music pieces in this drama are very well chosen. They are all my favorites.
I would give this drama 100/10.
11. chibichan
wow, definitely vote for this. This is the most entertaining dorama i ever watch. Just like HanaKimi i like the funny, silly, and goofy things in this dorama, but even more i fell in love with Nodame and Chiaki character.
After watch it, i tell my sister and friend to watch it, and guess what they really like it too...
12. JuLy
Hwakakakakkaa!!! such a GREAT WORKS!! its perfectly SUGOI like the manga's. Also enjoys the symphony from Beethoven, Mozart, Rachmaninoff even Chopin from Chiaki's and Nodame's finger. Viva S Orchestra!! have a great time & laugh watching those people from the weirdo jungle hahahha...SuGOi!!
13. souldoc70
Ueno Juri was awesome;i believe no one else can play Nodame like Ueno san.Tamaki san not too bad either; he really has these sexy sad eyes that totally mesmerised me. I love the other supporting casts i.e Masumi,Mine and Kiyora.Fantasatic smusic and the jokes are not too exaggerated.Bravo!!
14. Stresemann
Funniest show I've ever seen. Was shocked to find a live-action version of a show not only live up to the original, but surpass it. Hooked me on J-dramas instantly. Chiaki, Nodame and Mine are all great, but nothing makes my day like Franz Stresemann. That guy's the greatest.
15. ScrappedShinigami
Romance, Comedy & Classical Music... what more could you ask for? This is an amazing show! (My favourite -in fact.)
Ueno and Tamaki had amazing chemistry, it was really well acted and the show had a great ending considering the manga is not yet done <3
16. tobu
classical is old no more! Ueno Juri and handsome Tamaki Hiroshi made crap people like me listening to Ravmaninov (or Rafmaninov whatever is spells). Ueno's acting was damn funny, i never laughed to a japanese drama this hard. I really hope for nodame 2
17. jekert
i can't help but swoon over nodame's cuteness. hehe. this is one funny drama that's touching at the same time. i especially like the whole classical music thing because it reminded me of the time when i was part of an orchestra. hehe. loved it a lot.
18. ester_grace
The best live action ever, brilliant acting from the whole casts (esp. ueno juri, tamaki hiroshi, koide keisuke).. Perfect combination between romantic love story, comedy and music. It will make u think that classical music doesn't boring at all.
19. kepe
It's 100% entertaining. Watch out on the first 3 episode as things move-mix chaotically (and a bit too comical). You just need to be patient and watch until episode 4 forward, which at that point you will begin to realize and love this dorama.
20. atskv9
It never dragged, all the actors were great, the soundtrack was amazing, the story was awesome, and the execution was well thought out. It would be really hard me to find anything I didn't like about this drama!
Gan-batte Kuda-sai :D
21. cwenting
An excellent drama for 2006!! Interesting plot and theme which brought out the world of classical music to people! Characters are well chosen, music is great, together with a few funny exaggerations, it is a must see drama for all!
22. Jani
O Nodame, you took my heart away! The years will bear testament to the gem of a series that is Nodame Cantabile. Full of laughter and poignant moments that will continue to tug at the heartstrings no matter how long time passes by.
23. missind33
One of my first series I watched, and I loved it! The music was beautiful, the cast was fantastic, and the comedy and romance were there! I loved this series! Seing it live (with music) and with live actors made this series shine!
24. Signo
This is definitiv not a "mediocrity" drama! It's an "unbelievably" classical music drama ! ;) One extra point for this great soundtrack and the great performance of ueno juri!!! the two special episodes are also very good.
25. Teenah
This is one of my favorite dramas!! I love the cast, they were reaaaally great. I really loved this since I love classical music. I enjoyed it so much, and not just me, but my family~!! It's for everyone!! Love it!!
26. Wu Xueli
Hilarious! Liked the manga but really loved the drama if only for Tamaki Hiroshi and Ueno Juri. All that classical music was wonderful too. Truly a heady, perfect mix of comedy, romance and music! Intoxicating...
27. beryl_28
I love the music theme the dorama was set in. Ueno Juri aced in her role as Nodame, and Chiaki-senpei spiced up the whole dorama to the max! I especially enjoyed Koide Keisuke's performance in the dorama. :D
28. Sehla Mizerable
THE best drama I've seen!..period.

This drama make me fell in love with Classical music.

The characters are lovable especially Chiaki and Nodame.. Ooh I so love this drama!! Funny and hilarious!
29. junie1028
perfect chemistry between chiaki senpai and humourous nodame!!!
totally recommend all of u all to watch this!!!
it really helps in de-stressing...
i was LOL X100% while watching this..
30. weetzie_bat
i swear no words can describe how much i love nodame cantabile. it wasn't my first drama but it is my first drama love! first love never dies! lol! seriously, everything about this drama is perfect.

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