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  • 2006
  • TV
  • Japan

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romanized nodame cantabile

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based on manga
title nodame cantabile
author Ninomiya Tomoko (二ノ宮知子)


genres comedy, romance, school, music


language Japanese


country Japan
type real
format TV
network Fuji TV (フジテレビ)


date 16 Oct, 2006 - 25 Dec, 2006
episodes 11
duration 54 minutes
air day Monday
at 21:00 - 21:54
status released


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For as long as he can remember, the arrogant and skilled perfectionist Chiaki Shinichi has dreamed of going back to his favorite city of Prague and studying under the great conductor, Sebastino Vieira. Unfortunately, due to a fear of air travel developed when he was young, he is trapped in Tokyo at the Momogaoka College of Music, surrounded by people he pretentiously considers beneath his talent. His next door neighbor, Noda Megumi (who prefers to be called Nodame and is completely besotted with him), is an odd bubbly otaku of a girl who doesn't bathe for days at a time, loves food of any kind, and lives in a state of constant chaos and filth -- all of which thoroughly disgusts Chiaki. When the eccentric German conductor Franz Strezemann unexpectedly appears at Momogaoka and forms his own orchestra out of the most unlikely candidates, an unprepared Chiaki is put in charge at Nodame's suggestion. Though initially tyrannical and set in his ways, Chiaki eventually recognizes that Nodame has true talent when it comes to piano as well as people. With her encouragement, he not only moves closer to his ultimate dream of becoming a world famous conductor, but begins to think more openly about the individual styles of the musicians in his charge -- and music itself.




Chiaki Shinichi
Noda Megumi
Mine Ryuutarou
Okuyama Masumi
Miki Kiyora
Franz Von Strezemann


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27 Dec, 2012
As far as classical romantic comedic dramas go, this is as good as they come. From the popular manga/anime Nodame Cantabile is one of my favorites out there. Comedy? It has that in spades. Romance? Takes a while to really develop but it is good. Drama? You’ll soon find yourself wrapped up in the character development of this drama. Music? Maybe the best there. The cast here is top notch, with Ueno Juri (Orange Days, Last Friends, Swing Girls), Tamaki Hiroshi (Atsuhime, Komyo ga Tsuji, Water Boys), Eita (Atsuhime, Orange Days, Water Boys), Koide Keisuke (Rookies, Gokusen 2, Oishii Proposal), Mizukawa Asami (Last Friends, Godhand Teru, Fuurin Kazan), Saeko (Nana, Dragon Zakura, Tenka) and the list keeps going. The music is of course classical featuring many songs throughout but most notably is "Symphony No. 7 in A major" by Beethoven and "Rhapsody in Blue" by George Gershwin as the opening and ending themes of the drama.

Really an overall great drama, I never thought I’d actually cry watching someone compose classical music but this drama really does it in all aspects. I highly recommend it to both drama fans, comedy fans and classical music fans..
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06 Sep, 2011
Chiaki is arrogant, yet skilled. Nodame has potential and lacks willpower. They both visit Momogaoko College of Music in Tokyo and while Chiaki dreams big with his talent and skills, he is bound to stay in Japan because he's bad with flights, ships and every other possible way to leave the island, Noda Megumi is quite the opposite. She has skills of her own but lacks at some places and doesn't really dream of pursuing a career in music alone. When they meet their lives slowly start to change as they start to adapt to each other. Typical drama setting, like poor girl - rich boy. Hey yet another Hanadan? Not at all!

This drama is truly gorgeous, precious and deserves the love it gets, because if you overlook its few weaknesses, it's a very nice story.

No parental opposing, no overly cheesy love scenes (though would've liked some more romance, maybe in the specials/movies?!), more animanga-like action, better annoying characters (they won't make you wanna turn off the tv) and better main characters, like really!

Ueno Juri & Tamaki Hiroshi are a dream-like pair of main actors and they did a very decent job. Sometimes Tamaki is a little stiff at acting, but overall I enjoy watching him (his voice is not for me though…). Also there were many good supporting actors, like Koide Keisuke. Takenaka Naoto shocked me with his appearance, though he didn't seem german (from a german's pov) his accent is awesome (seems american though, lol).

On another note music-wise this drama is awesome. I listen to classic sometimes, never played any though and I'm no pro at this field at all, yet the music is stunning.

Overall a very decent drama, which could use some more romance maybe, but it lives up to the themes of comedy, friendship and most of all MUSIC very well. I would've loved to see some more deeper emotions, but that's just my POV. I can see why people love this drama. Good story, funny at times, good characters and nice pace (someone said it's slow, but except for the romance everything moves fast). There should be more dramas like this one out there, because it's one of those I barely noticed I'd already watched 11 episodes (I could've watched 20 more with this concept) and even though I was a bit sceptical at first (guh~ some creepy bad acting with the foreigners and funny german here and there…) I enjoyed this drama whole-heartedly!
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Both accord a main part to classical music, especially piano. And both have protagonists who support each other to overcome loss, problems, and incertitude.

12 Nov, 2011
If you liked the caricatural edge and the comic-based acting of Nodame Cantabile, you might like Anna-san no omame, since it's somewhat the same. Lily (Anna-san no omame) and Nodame (Nodame Cantabile) could be sisters separated at birth. Be warned though, Anna-san no omame puts the "E" in "Exagerated". But if you don't take it seriously, you'll have a great time.


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missiealice 25 Mar, 2019
A Ueno Juri é uma ótima atriz e não imagino outra fazendo a Nodame.
missiealice 08 Oct, 2018
Obra prima que a gente não desapega nem depois de mais de dez anos. Espetacular.
dodi1d 11 Dec, 2013
To be honest, this drama is good I really enjoyed it... but the things I didn't like Juri's acting is so annoying >< and there is no romance scenes between the main roles and it bothered me because the two of them were so cute together! Chiaki is handsome I liked him♡ also, what I liked the most is that the drama was talking about music, that's why I enjoyed it because I love music, and I enjoyed listening to all the orchestras♡
kamereon 14 Feb, 2013
perfect cast, perfect music, awesome story. an all time top 10.
ayumi674 27 Dec, 2012
i learned to really appreciate many new classical music thru this mini series... sugoi...
highly recommmended!
alex3 06 Sep, 2012
I really didn't like Juri as Megumi. I don't know why but it wasn't it. But drama - like an anime - is totally awesome.
kiraning 10 Mar, 2012
With the two leads exuding incredible charm (both in their own unique way) and a very interesting (and hilarious) supporting cast, is it any wonder that this drama managed to get people listening to classical music? The treatment of the subject matter was detailed and very well done. Added bonus? Everyone literally looked and acted as if they had just stepped out of a comic book.
ally 04 Dec, 2011
Totally awesome. It was funny and the plot was good. Tamaki Hiroshi's acting is really good. And I love hearing classic music so this was a plus.

This drama lacks romance, though. So for people who love couples squeeshing together or fighting a lot, this drama doesn't has any of it.