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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 (1338d ago)
v.25 c.9 by Village Idiot (1344d ago)
v.25 c.8 by Village Idiot (1377d 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]

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Nodame Cantabile by nightcrawler103

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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (1296 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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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sosise
July 3rd, 2009, 6:16pm
like most of my collagues, i was looking down at this particular manga. no art, poor potential (at least at that time--i am not into classical music). then a volume brought everything to live. i bought the whole set (it was until 13 that time) the next day. i even argued with my parents as they dissaproved me buying alot of comics. (What are you, a junior schooler?)

the story about two funny, full of live and likeable characters. the supporting charas are quite perfectly designed too, they can be an ass sometimes but can be the hero the next page. (i am talking about milch/Stresseman here). and you can't just stpo laughing--it made me laugh more than Ouran HS, or any other stories out there.
warning, once you get hooked up you can't stop reread and reread again the whole sets.don't read it in exam period, lol.

... Last updated on October 4th, 2009, 10:03pm
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good one   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by cuteninja
May 16th, 2009, 1:21pm
i always loved piano but this manga pushed my love to max i even dream of playing piano in dream. i cant get one though sad . the writer has done amazing job with story light romance.sweet sad encouraging. and more. i thank u for continuing so soon after your baby being still must need rest.wishing u a happy life ( if the writer ever reads this its for u ).
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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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Multi-faceted Manga   
Rating: N/A
by artdjmaster
April 8th, 2009, 11:34am
When I first looked at the covers of this manga at the bookstore, I totally thought it was ugly and not worth my money.

When I went to the library, I found volume 7, took it out, and read it on the subway home. I was so captivated by the art, characters, story, and musical aspect that I got out the remaining volumes the next day.

Of course, now I'm buying the manga volumes because the artist truly deserves support for creating a fantastic series. All the details of the series are listed below, so all I recommend you to do is try a volume for yourself from the library and see how you like it.

If you can, buy the volumes to let Del Rey Manga know that people want this manga and they'll hopefully change the cruddy release schedule.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Lyn Emerald
March 14th, 2009, 8:07pm
I start reading Nodame in december of the past year. I was kind of boring of studiying so I said to myself that I was gonna read some manga. I saw in baka-updates that the manga had good reviews and rating so I give it a try, at first I thought "ugh ugly art" but it just took one chapter to captivate me completly. It was soooo good that I constantly interrupted my studies just to read it and I was in examn period. It is sooo good that makes me become interested in clasical music, and the art I totally love it now.
It's a manga with passion, with a point of view, we see ppl fighting for their lives and dreams, they evolve, they grow, they are completly adorable, you just burst in laugh, in a month It became one of my favorites mangas, and I totally suffer when the mangaka stoped because of the pregnancy.
If you are looking for a good manga you are in the right place, and in just a second you will fall in love with it.
And all the characters are great ALLLL of them. Ahhh just read it.
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Brilliant and Inspiring   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by voraciouszest
February 12th, 2009, 7:09pm
Nodame Cantabile follows the story of Noda Megumi and Chiaki Shinichi from their beginning as music students in Japan, to their continuing fight to succeed in Paris. The two meet as neighbours and fellow students. At first Chiaki is disgusted with Noda, or as she likes to be called, Nodame. She is filthy, has a very poor sense of hygiene and happens to be quite idiotic. Contrastingly, Chiaki is uptight, in all manners possible. He is arrogant and determined, but very talented. After hearing Nodame's 'Cantabile' style of playing the piano, Chiaki somehow gets roped into a relationship of sorts with this weird creature.

What can I really say about Nodame Cantabile? For a Josei manga, it is extremely popular among both sexes. I have to attribute that to the fact that Ninomiya has created two very likeable and human characters. The cast of supporting characters are also very enjoyable, and are often used to lighted the tension of certain scenes, or add depth to the current storyline.
The development of Nodame Cantabile's characters is, most likely, the whole point of the series. For Chiaki, his career as a conductor is of the utmost importance, even though it often causes conflict in his relationships. Chiaki easily has the drive to succeed, whereas Nodame is often torn between becoming a renowned pianist or spending more time having fun and following Chiaki.

Technically, Nodame Cantabile is still enjoyable. The artistic style of Ninomiya has improved the longer she has been creating this series. Though by no means fantastic, the art is enjoyable and does a good job of setting the scene. You can find examples of this during many of the musical pieces where the art is relied upon to portray the atmosphere created by the music. Ninomiya has done this well.

There is one weak point in Nodame Cantabile, and for this reason, I couldn't give it a perfect score. Like most popular manga out there, Ninomiya seems to have stretched this series further than it should go. It's always a little unfortunate to see the same plot lines being repeated further on in the story. You will see the same story lines used in the 'Japan' half being repeated in the 'Paris' half of the series.

In the end, all I can do is sincerely encourage you to read this manga. If you are one of the very few people who haven't tried it yet; What are you waiting for?

... Last updated on February 12th, 2009, 7:09pm
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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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Really good   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kujika
November 14th, 2008, 7:28am
Well one year ago I started reading it but it got so boring after some time I stopped. After watching the anime though, which I think is a much better introduction into the series than the manga, I started reading again.

And it did have to end at such an interesting point, didn't it? <_<

I think I read that the mangaka's baby is due so we'll have to wait a long time for the next one ^_^

... Last updated on November 14th, 2008, 7:50am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by pxhai
October 1st, 2008, 8:32pm
At first sight, i dont like the art and ignore it. But now im hooked. One of the greatest manga ever.
Love it alot. MARRY ME NODAME!!!
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this... is... the... greatest... ever...   
Rating: N/A
by pandaslayer0
August 6th, 2008, 12:00pm
i dont think i can fully express the brilliance of this manga in words, so while i sit here making sounds only imitable by a turkey accompanied by repetetive hand motions, i shall do my best to bestow a review...

for starters. its good. REAL good.
this manga has practically anything you could ask for. a solid plot, and a nice one at that, characters that grow and develop whilst you love them to death, and indescribable moments that can either warm your heart, make you laugh out loud, make you scream in anger, or possibly all of them at the same time [its possible, this manga proves it]

I was just zooming around on the internet one day, when i happened to come across the wierd name: "Nodame Cantabile", and, after being slightly intrigued by synopsis, promptly got the first volume.
a few days later, all 15 volumes [at that time] were obtained, read, and reread. i had absolutely no idea that i could love a manga that much.

this is one of the mangas, that you wish would never end, and constantly curse the author [whom we all love] and scanlating groups for not bringing out those chapters sooner [we all love you guys to]

so this manga is a must read. a contender for "greatest manga of all time", truly.

and to those who say that this manga sucks, or deserves anything less than an 8.5 [which would be pushing it - but i shall let that slide becuase i dont know where you live]:

"gyaboo" to you!

and i would also like to use this opportunity to echo the words of the head of the scanlating group: if there are any girls out there like Nodame, FIND ME NOW!

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