Shinichi Chiaki is a first class musician whose dream is to play among the elites in Europe. Coming from a distinguished family, he is an infamous perfectionist—not only is he highly critical of himself, but of others as well. The only thing stopping Shinichi from leaving for Europe is his fear of flying. As a result, he’s grounded in Japan.
During his fourth year at Japan’s top music university, Shinichi happens to meet Megumi Noda or, as she refers to herself, Nodame. On the surface, she seems to be an unkempt girl with no direction in life. However, when Shinichi hears Nodame play the piano for the first time, he is in awe of the kind of music she creates. Nevertheless, Shinichi is dismayed to discover that Nodame is his neighbor, and worse, she ends up falling head over heels in love with him. – My Anime List
Based on 15 review scores:
Completely and utterly perfect. Romantic without being too much so–comedy timing is flawless–loveable characters, engaging stories, something to easily be invested into.
The Nihon Review
Despite these minor flaws, Nodame Cantabile is an excellent anime, and one of the recent pinnacles of the josei genre. Even though the year is not over yet, I can already say with certainty that Nodame Cantabile is going to be among the best anime of 2007. I knew from the first episode that this was going to be a good series. I never could have predicted it’d be this good.
Overall, noitaminA is a timeslot with two faces: post high-school antics and horror, all with some kind of experimental touch (save from Honey and Clover perhaps, but I haven’t seen that one yet). noitaminA is a very charming series about a bunch of conservatory-students. On paper, it’s one of the duller concepts that came from the timeslot, but it makes up for that with a number of downright awesome characters. I can understand why this series happily sat on top of AniDB’s ranking for more than half a year.
The Story Booker
I love this series, truly. 9/10 is my score for those of you who need numbers.
I for one Love this anime and recommend that you watch it! if you’re having a bad day just sit back and watch a few episodes you’ll see that it’ll quickly lighten up your mood. its freak-in’ awesome!
There is not much left to say other than I love Nodame Cantabile to pieces. The main characters are crafted with enough emotional depth and layered nuances to come off as believable, and the plot, while not complex, is sincere and uniquely engaging in its simplicity. I wish with my heart and soul that we are bestowed with more josei titles of this caliber in the future.
Quite simply, this is a superbly produced anime. Few titles are able to keep audiences watching merely with good pacing alone, but Nodame Cantabile has certainly attained grandmastery of the art. Fewer yet can inspire audiences worldwide to appreciate the beauty of music written centuries ago. And only Nodame Cantabile can do it with the perfect dose of humour, drama and energy to make it appealing to all viewers.
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Given the current glut of high school romantic comedies, Nodame Cantabile is a breath of fresh air because of its more mature yet whimsical take on love and life.
You don’t have to be interested in classical music to get into this show. It’s a story of life, love, comedy and dreams.
Seems like they’ve pulled out all the stops when making “Nodame Cantabile”… and what a splendid piece of work it turned out to be.
Nodame Cantabile is a joy to watch. It’s funny but capable of sincerity, and watching the engaging cast of characters grow and mature is compelling. The animation is not impeccable but it’s well directed and the series knows where its strengths lie. Anyone interested in a comedy that is more relatable to those who have gone on to post-secondary institutions, look no further.
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