Nodame Cantabile [のだめ カンタビ−レ] One of the kind... Something that broadens my horizon... on music, on drama production... No wonder it's awarded the Best Drama.
chaos's artiste votes (5)
Ikuta Toma [生田斗真] Hmm, his Nakatsu stole the show in Hana-Kimi (and the reason Hana-Kimi is worth repeated viewing in my book). His Nakatsu IS the epitome of high school life and joy: fun, fearless, childlike enthusiasm, full of energy, sincere, added with healthy dose of self-doubt, confusion, and identity crisis...
And to think that he was able to pull off almost diametral personality of the troubled Oribei Junpei in Hanadan2 so well... Hmm, honestly, Ikuta-kun, I don't care about you singing, but you MUST seriously consider acting for life! You will fly high!
I often wonder... had he been the Domyouji Tsukasa instead...
Kubozuka Yosuke [窪塚洋介] The most talented and promising Japanese young actor. He has unique charm and brings souls to his characters, not just a star, he is definitely an actor!
Sanada Hiroyuki [真田広之] had yet to see him in tv series...
but watched him in Ring, Last Samurai, Tasogare Seibei
and he deserves the be one of the great actors...
Ueno Juri [上野樹里] What else... I feel the music in her. Whether she was Nodame (Nodame Cantabile), Tomoko (Swing Girls), or Ayumi (Orange Days)...
I'll be watching you, Juri-chan!
chaos's dramas (2)
Long Love Letter [ロング・ラブレター〜漂流教室] Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched) interesting storytelling, interesting theme, top notch acting, groovy ending theme.... could've been better though...
Nodame Cantabile [のだめ カンタビ−レ] Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched) The only thing that holds me back from giving it a 10 is......... the show has to end.
chaos's drama reviews (2)
Long Love Letter [ロング・ラブレター〜漂流教室] Unusually unique [Rating: 9/10] Long Love Letter is not for everyone. The theme (human survival: physically and emotionally) is brought in role playing games style: world destruction due to humans wrong conduct on the environment.
*** spoiler warning ***
I particularly like the storytelling: it jumped back and forth to the future and today, and also flashbacks, to reveal each character's story and the loss brought to the ones they left behind. Just like puzzles, that I think, would not appeal and be confusing if this drama was shown one episode per week since I would run out of patience.
Mainly covered by despair and depressing atmosphere throughout, at times can be funny, the drama slowly built hope and positive stance towards life, to live today, tomorrow and the future. Regardless the slow pace at times, this is a unique and refreshing drama.
Tokiwa Takako (Misaki Yuka) and Kubozuka Yousuke (Asami) were good actors as always. Misaki's cheerful and optimistic nature balances the gloomy mood. Asami, although obviously younger and did look too young to be a teacher but it worked!, was calm but rather mysterious since he didn't have anyone left behind. The students were also interesting, each one has story to tell, that sadly weren't explored enough.
Nodame Cantabile [のだめ カンタビ−レ] 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.