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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
نودامي كانتابيل
노다메 칸타빌레
Nodame Cantabile - Opera Hen

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Latest Release(s)
v.25 c.10 + Extra (end) by Village Idiot (1255d ago)
v.25 c.9 by Village Idiot (1260d ago)
v.25 c.8 by Village Idiot (1293d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
25 Volumes (incl. Encore Opera Hen) (Complete)

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: 8.8 / 10.0 (1283 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.75 / 10.0
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January 13th 2015, 7:05am PST

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KISS (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Del Rey (16 Volumes - Defunct)

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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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Rating: N/A
by Chibiheaven
October 13th, 2011, 12:59pm
I've been meaning to read and watch this for years now. I finally got the chance to watch all three seasons of Nodame Contabile, and am now downloading the entire series for reading. *-*
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GREAT ENDING If u read the entire series!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by hinaru77
August 7th, 2011, 2:32am
People the ending sucks. But my questions is “Did u only read 23 vol of it?” Cause if u read through vol 24-25 you get a very great series just like School Rumble and Usagi Drops. Watch the anime ans i'd love it. Now i'm about to watch the drama which i heard is ACTUALY according to the series. But awesome plot awesome characters awesome manga. THIS IS A MUST READ!
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Rush Ending however still GREAT   
Rating: N/A
by fuchsia
March 31st, 2011, 10:28am
I'm so sad that this great manga ended with rushed ending >.<
but, however It's still one of my favorite manga ever. Never bored reading it again and again then giggle at every sweet moments of Chiaki Nodame, expilicit ir not.
Plus, reading this manga kinda motivating me to know more about classical music
A must try!!. You'll never regret reading it
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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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by letshugapanda
March 27th, 2010, 9:19am
This manga is quite a slow one if you're lookin for some romance. Buuuuut, it's really gooood anyways! cuz cuz it's really cute and has a funny kinda sarcastic humor. : D But also, sometimes it makes you wanna just tell the story to HURRY THE *BEEP* UP! oh well. It's awesome anyhow.
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Just Heart-Warming   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by chocoholic935
February 8th, 2010, 12:13am
I just love this series so much and the anime just makes it much better with all the music. I always find this series really touching. Oddball Nodame with the genius Chiaki is a great pairing as their relationship brings out the best of both of them. I love how this stuck up man becomes so enchanted or drawn in by Nodame's music no matter how much it sucked in the beginning. You could say they need each other. Nodame always brought out the love in music that Chiaki strived to perfect and move foward with. Also Chiaki brought out the desire to become better from within Nodame. Their love through music is so touching and you can feel it. (I especially love the anime because they use such touching music!!!)
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Some people felt disappointed with the ending and truthfully, I was too. But later, it felt just right. Nodame's dream was to play together with Chiaki conducting, but she felt such impact from playing with you know who...=). Then Chiaki realizes how much he loves Nodame's piano and how he wants to bring it out onto his stage and tears fall. This couple will be together forever and will always support each other and never let the other's music fall behind!!!! (Even though Nodame has a little catching up to do -.-)

... Last updated on February 8th, 2010, 12:16am
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So disappointing.   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Papaver
December 6th, 2009, 7:52am
The comic was great, and I used to give it 8 for rating. But the ending is so disappointing. I'd rather think that it hasn't ended, unfinished is better than badly finished.
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Awesome!! definitly a MUST READ!!   
Rating: N/A
by Kazeko
October 16th, 2009, 2:41pm
At first I wasn't sure about reading this manga, specially because it was focused in music and I belived that'll be boring- I couldn't be more wrong. I just couldn't stopped reading once I started. The plot is original, complex characters and not the typical ones, you can really feel the music (which was amazing for me), the artwork really improved through the series, etc.
Although it seems to be taking to long I didn't want it to end either. (I didn't love the ending but I suppose that the autor let many thing to the imagination of the fans)
It's gonna be hard to find a manga that'll complete the hole left by Nodame Cantabile, but even good things must end
I can't really add anything else that people haven't said before.
Just one thing more, It really is worth reading, just give it a try and you'll love it!!
pd: I didn't give it a 10 because of the ending
pd2: I loved the live-action:
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Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by qiqi92sg
October 14th, 2009, 2:01am
I was going to give it a 10, but ending's are very important and this one was a let down. Other than that, the plot was great, just a little draggy for more impatient readers, but it's really one of it's kind.

... Last updated on October 14th, 2009, 2:35am
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