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Nodame Cantabile  
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Description

Type
Manga

Related Series
N/A

Associated Names
Nodame Cantabile - Opera Hen
노다메 칸타빌레
のだめカンタービレ

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Latest Release(s)
c.#0 Character Book by cotton candy scans 14 hours ago
v.10 c.53.3 by Mayu Scans about 1 month ago
c.Epilogue by Eien Scans & HappyScans! over 4 years ago
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Status
in Country of Origin
25 Volumes (incl. Encore Opera Hen) (Complete)
+ Extra Chapter (2016)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1 (S1) (Skips Ch. 9,13,23.5,28.5,52,52.5,60,68,95,100,102,133)
Ends at Vol 23, Chap 136 (S3) (Abridged Vol. 11)

User Reviews
Nodame Cantabile by nightcrawler103

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11 topics, 65 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (1412 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.65 / 10.0
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Last Updated
June 22nd 2020, 2:35pm PST


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Year
2001

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
KISS (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Del Rey (Defunct / 16 Vols)
Kodansha USA (25 Vols - Complete; digital)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
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Monthly Pos #864 decreased(-44)
3 Month Pos #1087 increased(+233)
6 Month Pos #1425 increased(+226)
Year Pos #1517 increased(+62)

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On 1375 wish lists
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Gyabo!  
by Lyn Emerald
March 14th, 2009, 8:07pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
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  
by voraciouszest
February 12th, 2009, 7:09pm
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
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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D=  
by Starkick
January 24th, 2009, 5:57pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
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, though...how 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  
by kujika
November 14th, 2008, 7:28am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
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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gyaboo  
by pxhai
October 1st, 2008, 8:32pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
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...  
by pandaslayer0
August 6th, 2008, 12:00pm
Rating: N/A
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!
XD

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!

mukyaa!
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Nodame!  
by takotan
April 4th, 2008, 3:09pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
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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just beautifull  
by atrachan
February 18th, 2008, 3:48am
Rating: N/A
i like nodame cantabile a lot i accidentally started watching the anime and loved it and then continued the scans and loved it even more it's speaks about motivation determination and the good meetings we do in our life
really amazing one !
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Extremely unique manga  
by XileDragon
December 25th, 2007, 8:43pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
This manga is awesome, but I can understand people who cannot adapt to its style at first (like me). Fortunately, there is a great anime and live action available for such people. Once you have seen them and have been blown away by their quality, you can come back and read the manga so as to thoroughly enjoy it this time around. Can't wait for the next release!
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Fun  
by maniakMedic
December 10th, 2007, 2:20pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
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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