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.
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..
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!
Nodame Cantabile centres around working hard, innocent love, and has doses of comedy while still being musical and serious. While Beethoven centres around the love triangle more than anything else, it has its comedy and is focused on the orchestra that is formed by the famous maestro Kang Geon Wu. The two dramas are alike at some points, but are also very different. If you liked one, you'd probably like how different the other is, while still giving you a déjà vu notion.