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  • 2006
  • TV
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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


avg. score 4.2 of 5 by 3158 users
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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


original creator


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..
read more more reviews by ayumi674

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!
read more more reviews by junho1582


17 Jan, 2010
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.


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ineedaboy518 18 May, 2011
I hate myself for not liking it... but I did not enjoy it. I feel like I'm being fickle since so many others adored it. Not only was it too slapsticky for me (want my animes and dramas SEPARATE) but I wish there would have been more develpment of the romance between Noda & Chiaki. The music was lovely, but the plot was so boring and slow moving IMO.
sleepingstar 08 May, 2011
Quite probably one of the funniest things there is.
catchxfireflies 06 Apr, 2011
This was the first drama I ever watched... good thing I loved it or else I might have stopped and missed out on all the other good ones! <_<
paprika 26 Mar, 2011
For me one of the most hilarious things here after Noda and Chiaki's relationship is Strezemann's accent. I literally repeat every his phrase rolling on the floor and laughing. It is even more fun when you speak japanese though
Anyway, awesome drama. i haven't watched a lot of dramas but i'm already sure this one is the best ever shooted. Better then anime, btw
genosan 23 Feb, 2011
My thoughts on the dorama itself are very one sided because I love classical music so this dorama would always appeal to me.

The comedy works well without causing the dorama to become too silly or too off course however it does fizzle out towards the end as running gags become stale. The main characters like the comedy also works well especially Nodame and Chiaki because you can actually see how they change yet they still manage to retain their contrasting personalities.

The issue apart from the comedy was so many of the supporting characters to Chiaki and Nodame I found I really couldn't care about because the dorama didn't attempt to make me care about them at all. You find out very little about them and are then expected to have some sort of emotional investment in them by the end. I mean really?

Also the plot was fine for the most part, it ends strongly and starts very strongly without ending up been too ambiguous. However it does fade and become a little dull in the middle of the dorama and at times it doesn't create excitement when it really should be doing. Although as I said it does all the correct things at the end of the dorama as well as the start which is most important. 4/5
kristin551 01 Feb, 2011
This was actually my second drama ever, second to Orange Days. It's based off my favorite manga, so for me it was a must-watch. I have to say, this is truly amazing. EVERYONE should have to watch this!
blackstones 17 Jan, 2011
Awesome!! Ueno Juri ♥
soina 25 Dec, 2010
I didn't have high hopes on this serie 'cause I wasn't really a fan of animanga. But this was absolutely amazing! The cast is full of amazing actors, the soundtrack was beautiful and the jokes made me laugh!

I was also really surprised how well Ueno Juri was able to act Nodame! I'm sure she has had quite a hard time preparing for that character! :--o