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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.


Related Series

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 6 years ago
v.25 c.9 by Village Idiot over 6 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 (1380 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 #473 increased(+67)
Monthly Pos #677 increased(+156)
3 Month Pos #982 increased(+36)
6 Month Pos #1058 decreased(-92)
Year Pos #938 decreased(-43)

List Stats
On 1949 reading lists
On 1322 wish lists
On 2288 completed lists
On 150 unfinished lists
On 610 custom 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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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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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by harmonize
October 14th, 2009, 1:26am
It's kinda rush at the end, although it's very like Nodame.
Spoiler (highlight to view)
How I wish it would end up with a concert of Nodame and Chiaki
But still, 10+ for the charming Nodame Cantabile. I'll miss her very much :'(

... Last updated on October 14th, 2009, 1:26am
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It was amazing reading it, but the ending....   
Rating: N/A
by djbreezy
October 12th, 2009, 8:15pm
The charm of this manga had me stick with it till the very end, but sadly the ending didn't live up with what the manga had to offer. In truth, my love for Nodame even makes me doubt that the series has ended. Surely the uniqueness of nodame and chiaki's adventures shouldn't end like that? Sadly, I was wrong. But don't let my discontent push you away from Nodame. You will enjoy reading it. In fact, it's one of the few manga you wish wouldn't end. I would recommend reading this manga to anyone who would enjoy hilarity with a unique romantic touch. Still, I cannot let go my dissappointment in Nodame's ending.
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No real ending   
Rating: N/A
by Myuym
October 12th, 2009, 4:51am
I thought it was a great manga, but the ending is almost non-existent so I subtracted 2 points from the total. If it would have had a better ending I would have given it an 9. now only a seven. It really did deserve a much better ending.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Romashk
October 12th, 2009, 3:04am
it's different, and interesting. I like that it doesn't really feel like 23 volumes and yet there are lots of things to remember it by. BTW Anime is as good as the manga, so you shouldn't miss out on "Nodame Cantabile" in any form of media smile))
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simply amazing ^^   
Rating: N/A
by darcyaglow
October 7th, 2009, 9:01am
Nodame and Chiaki are really unique characters. It is not like i can "feel" the music through the manga (the artwork is not that good though) but this weak point disappeared with the touch of the anime. Amazing >.<!!!!
Manga & anime, I love both. I never dare to watch the live-action. Having a live-action means that the series is popular and much loved, but if it turn out to be a failure, people who watch without knowing the original version will have the wrong view point of the series.
I'm a fan of this series, I love the anime version best and I always hope that the live-action and movie never exist. It's really painful when someone (who knows I like Nodame Cantabile) tell me that they've tried the live action or the movie and it's not good. >"<

... Last updated on November 15th, 2010, 5:16pm
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G.R.E.A.T. read!   
Rating: 9.8 / 10.0
by shoujo22
September 30th, 2009, 2:00pm
This is, by far, one of THE BEST manga series that I have EVER read. Coming from a family with a strong musical background, and knowing what it's like to feel pressured and stressed to achieve certain success from early childhood and up, I must admit that I was a little hesitant about reading this manga. I thought "Now why in the world would I want to read about someone else's musical drama when I've suffered my own trauma?!" But, unable to fight off the temptation, I gave NC a try....and instantly became hooked. I can't shower this series with any more praise than everyone else already has. I mean, the characters are awesome, and the storyline is strong, clear, and flows perfectly, and the overall tone is a lot less tense than I'd initially thought it would be.

The only reason why I haven't given this series a 10/10 is because I'm waiting for the final chapter . If the ending does not disappoint, then I'll definitely raise my rating to the max.

Highly recommended series here smile

... Last updated on September 30th, 2009, 2:05pm
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The Grand Finale   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sweetlunacy00
September 30th, 2009, 5:15am
Oh please, I don't think I can take it if the ending of this manga sucks. I mean, I love this manga and I've followed it from the very start. I am expecting a totally romantic and funny ending. One that is befitting of the whole idea of the story. Haven't tried reading Nodame Cantabile yet? Then you're missing out. This one's a must read and it's finally (but sadly) coming to an end. 10+/10
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