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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

Groups Scanlating
Eien Scans

Latest Release(s)
c.Epilogue by Eien Scans & HappyScans! over 2 years ago
v.25 c.10 + Extra (end) by Village Idiot over 7 years ago
v.25 c.9 by Village Idiot over 7 years 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]

User Reviews
Nodame Cantabile by nightcrawler103

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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (1389 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.65 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 8th 2018, 3:21pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
KISS (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Kodansha Comics (25 Volumes - Complete; Digital)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #428 increased(+52)
Monthly Pos #745 increased(+92)
3 Month Pos #996 increased(+40)
6 Month Pos #1055 decreased(-4)
Year Pos #1038 decreased(-99)

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On 1336 wish lists
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Forum Posts
Nodame Cantabile Gets 1-Shot Manga in February over 2 years ago
where can I read vol 24 over 7 years ago
Nodame Cantabile Manga Has Not Yet Ended over 7 years ago
Nodame Cantabile Manga to Bundle Anime DVD, CD in April over 8 years ago
Nodame Cantabile: Finale DVD to Have Unaired Episode over 8 years ago

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An Unparalleled Work Of Art   
Rating: N/A
by Dalis
September 23rd, 2017, 1:02pm
This was one of the most attention grabbing, entertaining manga's I've read, and I have read a ton through the years. It grabbed your attention from the beginning and it kept you captive until the very ending. The plot was exquisite , the characters well thought out and the characters themselves were memorable even after the story ends. The music pieces were well picked and thoughtfully planned, blending perfectly with the story. The character growth is well paced and there is a romance that doesn't overshadow the story, and vice versa. I also rate based on the number of volumes, and to say that I am well satisfied with the number of chapters in this story would be an extreme understatement. Overall, this was an astonishingly wonderful read, and I recommend to everyone as we all can relate to this,musically inclined or not.
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Heart-warming comedy + introduction to classical music   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by thepinkguava
November 30th, 2015, 8:44am
You can only appreciate the story if you see the anime or the live-action first. Once you're hooked to either of those, you will want to check out the manga. The art is simple, yet pleasing to the eyes (I especially love the posters of the characters). I regard a manga very highly if it makes me do further research and Nodame Cantabile has made me look up classical music (I'd only heard of Mozart and Beethoven before but now I know a lot of composers so essentially I feel more refined now lol). This manga would appeal to those who love 'tsundere' main character and light-hearted (slow) romance. The ending might be frustrating to some people but luckily it's redeemed in Nodame Cantabile: Opera Hen (don't expect a grand romantic gesture though but still the ending is satisfying). I hope they would animate the Opera chapter one day.

P/S: This is my first review on a public website and I have to say that I only discovered this 'gem' 5 years too late than the rest of the 'otaku' world. It's not too late for you to pick up this amazing manga.

... Last updated on November 30th, 2015, 8:56am
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Expanded my Horizons   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Localjrw
August 21st, 2015, 7:15pm
I read this after watching the anime. It is an amazing Slice of Life Comedy, with a slowly developing Romance. It made we laugh so many times as I watched the characters strive for their goals. The fact that it got me listening to classical music while reading it, looking up the pieces being played and listening to them, is one of the reasons I rate this series so highly. It expanded my horizons and any manga that can do that is unusual.
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Years later....   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by blueseeker
July 4th, 2015, 7:43am
I can't believe this story is so good even a second time but this time fully translated. I'm really surprised that the emotions I felt years ago I was able to experience again. Just perfect!
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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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i love the main characters!   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by whitespade
July 30th, 2014, 5:35pm
i like music, but im not crazy about it so i dont understand most what's saying here. i treat this manga like other sport manga - i just read over all the technical points and go straight to the characters. because that's what's important to me in these type of manga - the characters.

the mcs - they are one note. they dont change, they dont develop or acquire some new insight in themselves. however, their interaction is hilarious. i love the way chiaki, even though he looks foreboding, is easily bullied. i think he's pushed into liking nodame - he always hit her, but he always take care of her. she single mindedly decide she like him, and her emotion seems to envelop him and he just succumb to it. so nodame, even when she look like she's the victim of domestic violence, she actually have the upper hand in manipulating chiaki. i really love their relationship till the end.

other characters are also good as there are so many i cant remember their name, but i never confuse one with the other, as they have distinct face and personality. thus even though the art is not anything to write home about, it is skilled enough.

do read this as the plot is exciting enough, and the characters are wonderful.
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Absolutely fantastic.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ricecakesforlife
December 16th, 2013, 9:14pm
My first review on this website. I absolutely adored this series. I relate to the entire atmosphere and content of the story. Growing up, I've always been immersed in the classical music scene with 13 years of piano, and competitions. I'm always enthralled by the author's interpretations of pieces that I've listened to growing up. The gags and jokes that clearly shows the author's sense of humour is RIGHT up my alley -- I'm always laughing while reading each chapter. The art style seems to be so-so to most people, but I'm actually a huge fan. Perfect proportions, clean lines that are never placed wrong. Chiaki is so good-looking to me.
I was so sad that this series ended at 133 chapters....
The ending received some negative feedback, but I enjoyed it. It remained true to the series' josei nature, and was open-ended (which I appreciate). Soft, light, enjoyable... this is Nodame Cantabile.
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Lightheartedly Overwhelming   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Fantasier
October 6th, 2013, 10:45am
Nodame Cantabile is exactly a definition of 'love comedy'.

The story is fantastic. It's hilarious, and when it comes to dramas, it gets amazingly touching. It is usually told fascinatingly through music pieces. The couple is so adorable and cute! The love of them, especially Nodame, may not make much sense, still we can tell that it's not 'fake'. Plus, does love even make sense? (Aww, such a cliche) The romance may seem separated from the other parts of the story, but things are put properly that never annoy me, rather making me like them.

I forgot whether I got bored somewhere in the story or not, probably I did. But after reading the whole thing I just felt cheerful and lively.

The art is not that bad and someone was just exaggerating it. I've seen worse and this is not even called 'bad'. It's OK for me. Note that I'm a guy that cares more about stories than arts.

I don't see why people keep complaining about the end. It's already pretty well ended, even without volumes 24, 25, which are more like extras in my opinion.

... Last updated on October 6th, 2013, 10:47am
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Loved it.   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by pierzing
February 13th, 2013, 3:06am
It's not a deep manga, but rather a really simple and light-hearted one which shows a glimpse of a musician's life, at surface level pretty much. Add in repetitve storylines and you've got Nodame Cantabile! I'm way too biased towards this manga to rate it fairly. I was charmed by its musical aspect, as a band geek. If you love music, the classical type that is, or have been in a instrumental band of some sort; please do yourself a favour and check this manga out.

... Last updated on February 13th, 2013, 3:15am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Penpendesarapen
August 23rd, 2012, 8:11am
This is one of the most brilliant mangas I have ever read. I always loved slice of life themes but this manga brought it to a whole new level, add up the classical music. I don't really love classical music before but nodame cantabile converted me totally. I read the manga all the way, waited for the scanlations and never once I thought it was boring. Sure the artwork is simple, but the execution of the concepts are amazing. The use of the key points, establishing shots, paneling, angles, toning, composition in this manga were all well done. I think the simplistic design of the characters is really a part of the mangaka's technique, which is something very unique. Her technique is apart from the mainstream (the normal large eyes, small nose and mouth manga character), so at first, you might find it hard to adjust, but as you go along the way, I assure you you'll be used to it and after sometime appreciate it as well. as an artist myself, I know she is very talented. I look up to her as an artist. her characters are also deep, almost as if they are real. you will understand me if you read it, if you want to hear the music (which are all beautiful) I recommend watching the anime as well smile
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