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Nodame Cantabile  
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The son of a famous pianist, music student Shinichi Chiaki dreams of studying abroad and becoming a conductor like his mentor. Unfortunately, his fear of flying grounds his lofty plans! As he watches other classmates achieve what he has always wanted, Shinichi wonders if he should quit music altogether.
Then one day he meets fellow student Megumi Noda, also known as Nodame. This oddball girl cannot cook, clean, or even read a music score, but she can play the piano in incomparable Cantabile style. And she teaches Chiaki something that he has forgotten: to enjoy his music, no matter where he is.

Winner of the Kodansha Manga Award for Shoujo in 2004.


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Associated Names
Nodame Cantabile - Opera Hen

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Latest Release(s)
c.Epilogue by Eien Scans & HappyScans! (143d ago)
v.25 c.10 + Extra (end) by Village Idiot (1763d ago)
v.25 c.9 by Village Idiot (1768d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
25 Volumes (incl. Encore Opera Hen) (Complete)
+ Extra Chapter (2016)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1 [Season 1]; Vol 10, Chap 53 [Paris-Hen]; Vol 17, Chap 95 [Finale]
Ends at Vol 9, Chap 52 [Season 1]; Vol 16, Chap 94 [Paris-Hen]; Vol 23, Chap 136 [Finale]

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Nodame Cantabile by nightcrawler103

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Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (1351 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.65 / 10.0
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July 1st 2016, 10:30am PST



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KISS (Kodansha)

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English Publisher
Kodansha Comics (16 Volumes - Dropped; Digital)

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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by takotan
April 4th, 2008, 3:09pm
The setup isn't really that special. Two extremely talented and extremely... extreme people meet and clash on the battlefield of classical music. It's how Ninomiya draws an engaging world around them and where she takes them that makes all the difference. A huge ensemble cast that fills up a character book, a journey that spans two continents, and a slow maturation that becomes apparent over several years are the hallmarks of this manga, making it so much more than "that manga where they play music".

But the music! The music is awesome too. The characters' passionate performances and obvious love for their music is clear in the manga, but for a more complete effect one should watch the live-action, a mostly faithful adaptation with a stellar cast.

The art is decidedly josei and minimalistic in parts, not obviously "pretty" but well-done in a subtle way, with expressions conveyed well and details where they have the most impact.

Truly one of the best series I've had the pleasure to get into.

... Last updated on April 4th, 2008, 3:09pm
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Mixed feelings   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Arianne7
April 4th, 2010, 8:43pm
Parts of NC are great - memorable characters (the main ones - Nodame is adorable and INTERESTING, at least, not so much the side characters...) and a cute relationship. As a musician myself, I am familiar with most of the songs they mention so I've got personal depth in the connection with the story.

But the cons...if you aren't familiar with the music (and even if you are), the story can fall really flat. After a while, its Chiaki again...on the stage...conducting and looking all intense...flash to audience....flash to soloist...wait, haven't I seen this before? Yup, pretty much every other chapter!
It gets really repetitive and unemotional.
Also, the romance moves incredibly (sometimes painfully) slow. Its a pretty subtle story. But although pretty much nothing ever happens, when a small moment does happen, the couple is just so adorable that you have to smile.
Art is nothing special - plain and sparse. Its the story driving (or not driving) the action here, though the art does improve slightly.

The ending sucked (though not as bad as I thought it would reading these reviews).

... Last updated on April 4th, 2010, 8:45pm
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The Best out there   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ranmaru
March 31st, 2007, 12:23pm
Great read, The story only gets better, currently reading vol.12,
you should go ahead and read it. The characters are one of the best i've ever seen in a josei manga, they develop and evolve together, I really love this manga~~~<3

... Last updated on July 23rd, 2007, 12:10pm
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I'm somewhat dissapointed at the ending   
Rating: N/A
by skiesandwinds
December 4th, 2014, 1:33am
Okay, so I just picked up this manga and borrowed the whole tankobon from a friend and reat them through this 3 weeks and I've got to say I really like the concept, the comedy, the music that were being chosen as material, some characters,etc.
But after I finished reading the 23rd Tankobon (AKA final tankobon before encore) I'm beginning to feel really disappointed and have those WTF moment.

that ravel thing really bugs me, why didn't Chiaki refuse Rui request or why didn't he said sorry to Nodame after all those things that happened. Why it did it have to end like that? With all of Nodame's dream slowly being crushed and replaced by Chiaki and other musician around her without everyone ever give her a reason for her to do so (e.g. learning a lot of composition without telling her its a pre preparation for her concour, etc.)
Now, that I've seen it I could only see Chiaki as the unapologetic hypocrite jerk that he is.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by hagi
August 16th, 2007, 6:36pm
At first the art work had turned me off. I didn't like the main character. I hated the manga. But then as it progressed I soon began to actually like the story. It's a great comedy, and also a great read. Please don't just look at the artwork and go "Bleh" You might regret it sooner or later.
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so fly~   
Rating: N/A
by cyttonmyface
June 27th, 2007, 11:47pm
damnnnn.... never judge a book by its cover. i ran away from this just because the art looked terrible to behold. i tried the first volume and its fantastic. best manga ive read in awhile

... Last updated on June 28th, 2007, 8:31am
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Nodame Cantabile- Gyabo!   
Rating: 9.6 / 10.0
by NightSwan
April 28th, 2009, 10:49am
Spoiler (highlight to view)
Ok, first of all I have to come clean...
I've postponed reading this manga for over two years because I thought the art was ugly when I first tried it...
It's not ugly. It's actually quite good.
-_-;; *ashamed*

I will start by saying I really love this manga.
One of the reasons is that it doesn't go with any cliche. (well, almost. But what romance manga doesn't have some?).
Another reason is just how wonderfully well the characters are.
They're all so funny and touching. Everyone has his/hers own quirk.
In the end, you can't hate anyone. (Chiaki-oto is an ass, but well...)

It does a really good job with slice of life themes, as in letting us taste (the not so normal) everyday life experiences of Nodame, Chiaki and the others.
It's a page turner. It's full of crack. Really great gems of silly comedy.

Nodame is mostly a silly idiot.
Shinichi is mostly a music obsessed idiot.
Both of them are good people, and their relationship is heaps of fun, laughter and face palms. ^^
They make a really sweet and funny couple.
There are flaws, and Shinichi being the ass he is sometimes, just can't (most of the time) admit his affection for Nodame.
They make each other better. Striving for music and love.
So nice... hyahyan.
As I've said, they do have flaws, and their relationship is a big dope of sugary silliness.
It's frustrating sometimes. Shinichi's decisions and prioritizing.
But it's amazing to me how Nodame reacts.
There are few manga that have such characters, if at all.

I can blab on and on about this manga, and how funny it gets.
But it would only spoil.
So, if you have any doubts about reading this manga, don't waver. It's good.

It doesn't have much drama, but it does have lots of comedy and fun.
Do not be mistaken though, it's not what you would call a "light" read. It does get lighthearted, but sucks you in with deeper things as well.
Like relationships between other characters.

I like to type. lol

A small edit: I've been watching the anime, and one of its great points is that you can hear the music, but it also keeps the great funny atmosphere the manga has, and sticks closely to the plotline of the manga.

... Last updated on October 8th, 2009, 10:29am
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Gingeh
January 24th, 2009, 5:57pm
It's so sad this manga is probably never going to finish - I can't believe the mangaka has carpal tunnel syndrome. It really did stop at such a dramatic bit, depressing. But I reading this while it lasted, and would definitely recommend it, providing you don't mind having to make up your own ending.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by maniakMedic
December 10th, 2007, 2:20pm
As odd as this may sound being as it is that I'm on a site dedicated to manga, I'm not a huge fan of the medium. I'm a book reader, so pictures actually annoy me when I'm trying to read something. I've tried a few times to get into comics and manga but always ended up picking up something with over 600 pages and no pictures and found more satisfaction.

That being said, I love this manga. I was originally pointed in the direction of the live action show and was a bit cautious when I approached it. I couldn't figure out how classical music could be fun. I'm very glad I took the leap. The show is one of my favorite ever (not just within Jdramas). Since I liked that so much I thought I'd give the manga a try.

It's fantastic. I spent the better part of one day just reading through NC (with breaks; the pictures were too much for my eyes). Is they anybody that doesn't love Nodame as a character? She's funny, sweet, and over-the-top in a way that actually endeared her to me. Chiaki, as stuck up as he is, has enough moments where his inner self shines through that I don't want to beat him over the head with a baseball bat. Then of course there's Mine and Masumi. If you want to know about them, you'll just have to read the manga or watch the live action (which is one of the closest adaptations of anything written I've ever seen).

I guess because I could never get into manga before and I don't really know what typical manga artwork is, the drawing style of NC seems just fine to me. Like I said, the pictures hurt my eyes after a while, but that's normal for me with any comic/manga. While it is simple overall, the orchestra scenes are enough to make up for that in spades.

I'll be sad to see this series end, but I'm also looking forward to seeing where everybody ends up. And I'm not going to lie, I want to see the entire manga series made into a live action series with Ueno Juri and Tamaki Hiroshi. They have fantastic chemistry and Ueno Juri just plain rocks as Nodame.
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Overall - I enjoyed, nevermind my nitpicky review   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by BlueWhiteStripe
November 17th, 2011, 9:51am
Overall, I really liked this manga.

Things that tired/bored me:

Nodame's I can do this, no I can't.
- while this is actually fairly realistic, as a plot point it started to become overdone. students have many more problems besides their schoolwork. the author could have focused more on how they pay the bills, especially since Japan lacks many of the student scholarships the US has, so they often have to foot the bill of college while in college (with the help of parents.)
- also, this grew frustrating to me because as a university student, I am constantly worried about graduating within 4 years (currently looking at 5, double major worth it?) and yet Nodame's family has no problems with continuing to pay for her education and living expenses.
- I would also be bothered by the fact that Nodame has spent a good 5-6 years studying music without planning to go into it, but there are lots of people like that. they go to med school and then don't become doctors, etc.

Nodame's and Chiaki's Established Relationship
- Chiaki just seems to get with Nodame because she's there and doesn't seem to be going away and because he really admires her piano playing.
- I don't even remember why Nodame likes Chiaki, since it happened right at the beginning.
- Once they're together, they never seem to consider the other's feelings. I realize a lot of the humor in this comic is character driven but after a while the dynamic of their relationship quit being funny and just became frustrating. The only change they seem to have toward each other is Chiaki deciding to be with Nodame. Their are no conversations of "It bothers me when you do this." "Okay, I'll try to change my behavior." Of course, I always expect more from josei manga, so it was frustrating to see their relationship be played out a bit more like a shoujo manga.

Paris vs. Japan
- The author repeats storylines, which I don't mind too much becuase she tends to tweak them enough to be interesting, however I grew frustrated that she would pick up and drop different threads seeming at random. For example, she kept introducing side characters with a lot of pomp and implications that they would be necessary for the plot line but then were reduced to a joke or recurring mr. i-have-a-friend-who-has-a-friend-that-can-do-this, be it set up a concert or find 20 amazing players in time for a show.

While the above bother me, they didn't start bothering me until the end of the series. Especially when I realized I was on the last volume, and it didn't seem like the story lines would be better wrapped up.

The Art
- I actually liked it, because the characters weren't all the same body shapes just with different hairstyles that a lot of mangaka do.
- though her art was lacking when it came to the character's expressions. many of the characters looked pained when they were performing, which would constantly lead me to believe their performance was going poorly, until it ended and everyone said how good it was.

- I liked that my predictions weren't always right, particularly in the beginning. It was nice that the story didn't always take the turn I expected, which made it interesting and exciting to read.
- It made it a bit more mature (josei-like) and reminiscent of real life.

While I seem to have focused on a lot of the flaws in my review, I actually really did enjoy this series, save the abrupt ending. While there is the 2 volume continuation, I didn't enjoy it all that much because it felt like the characters were pulled back in time, where before the ending may have been abrupt, but it also felt like the characters had matured a little, but the sequel seemed to erase all maturation from the characters for humour's sake.

If you liked this manga, check out Matsumoto Tomo's works like Beauty is the Beast (Bijo ga Yajuu) and Kiss (which is another manga about piano players.)

... Last updated on November 17th, 2011, 9:56am
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