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An anime, manga, and live-action TV series centered around the two protagonists, Shinichi Chiaki and Megumi Noda (more commonly referred to by the whole cast as Nodame). The show begins at Momogaoka College of Music where both protagonists attend. Chiaki is a talented violinist and pianist, considered one of the top students at the school, who dreams of becoming a conductor. He is extremely handsome and popular, an excellent cook, very neat and ''stuck-up''. Nodame is an extremely talented but wild piano player whose ambition is to become a kindergarten teacher. She is a complete slob, a terrible cook, and generally acts extremely strange. The two first meet when Chiaki is thrown out by his piano teacher after an argument, and winds up being taught under the same teacher as Nodame. They later discover that their apartments are next door to each other.

The show follows the musical careers of both characters as Chiaki eventually decides to follow his dream and pursue conducting. At the same time, the relationship between him and Nodame goes through numerous highs and lows, growing ever stronger in the process. Chiaki eventually assumes control of Orchestra S, assembled by Franz von Stresemann, a conductor-in-residence from abroad.

''Nodame Cantabile'' is a sweet {{slice of life}} drama, and both the anime and live action drama have strengths. It has some striking similarities with ''Manga/HoneyAndClover'', another show produced by J.C. Staff about quirky young people who pursue creative studies at college (art school, in that case). 2 sequel seasons were released, "Paris Chapters" and "Finale", both of which detail the manga chapters that take place in Europe, mostly Paris. The anime in general follows the manga very closely, so much so that the season titled "Finale" isn't really a finale at all because the anime leaves the story open much like the manga did in those parallel chapters. The manga ended in September 2010 with a two-volume sequel collectively known as "Opera-hen", bringing the total volume count to 25.

The Japanese {{dorama}} was made in 2006, followed by two special episodes and two movies. A KoreanDrama remake called ''Naeil Cantabile'' (Tomorrow Cantabile) also started airing in October 2014.

The show is highlighted by its beautiful performances of classical music, as well as its seamless blending of said music into the creative lives of its characters. [[http://www.crackle.com/c/Nodame_Cantabile Season 1 is available in English]] on Crackle.

[[VerbalTic Gyabo!]]
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!!This show provides examples of:
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: [[DoggedNiceGuy Nodame]] likes Chiaki, but so do [[StalkerWithACrush the violinist]] Takahashi who takes Kiyora's place, Chiaki's ex-girlfriend Saiko and timpanist [[CampGay Okuyama]]. Oboe player Yasunori, in turn, has a crush on Nodame.
* AllWorkVsAllPlay: Chiaki is usually seen engaged in his studies, advancing his musical career, while [[SaveOurTeam saving an orchestra or two]] along the way. He's even pondering beauty and meaning of music in his life on his spare time. Nodame is a [[BrilliantButLazy talented but unmotivated music student]], often preoccupied with [[{{Otaku}} her favorite anime]] [[ShowWithinAShow Puri Gorota]] and generally being a CloudCuckoolander. She gets better in Seasons 2 and 3 [[CharacterDevelopment as she finds her motivation to strive for greatness]], with the help [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Chiaki]], her mentors, and her friends at the Conservatoire.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Famed Chinese pianist Rui, a ChildProdigy who joins the cast in seasons 2 and 3.
* BeachEpisode: The DVD special. Yes, [[{{Fanservice}} Nodame is wearing a bikini in it]].
** "D-Cup Devil!"
* BeautifulAllAlong: Nodame, when she's not making silly faces or dressing like a slob. Also see Chapter 11's cover.
* BeautifulDreamer: Nodame finds Chiaki asleep, and then [[DudeShesLikeInAComa sneaks a kiss]] on his cheek. Then again, he looks like [[http://img478.imageshack.us/img478/8392/0434st0.jpg this.]] Can't really blame Nodame.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: In the live action adaptation, Nodame always has perfect makeup on even though she's supposed to be a total slob. The make up is minimal though and justified as actors have to wear good make up due to the lighting when filming. Of course this is averted when Nodame overapplies the make-up and becomes a CosmeticCatastrophe.
* BetaCouple:
** Mine and Kiyora.
** Kuroki and Tanya [[spoiler: eventually.]]
* BigDamnMovie: The GrandFinale for the live-action series, and in two films at that.
* BilingualBonus: The live-action drama features English, German, and French lines with Japanese subtitles.
* BishieSparkle: Usually for remarking a well performed music (both around the performers and the audience). Played semi-straight around Professor Auclair (perhaps to emphasize his [[CloudCuckooLander different]] way to teach?)
* BlankWhiteEyes: Used pretty frequently, especially for Nodame.
* BlueWithShock: Happens a lot to Nodame — and everyone who gets involved with her.
* BookEnds:
** The first anime season uses these expertly, with the first scene of episode one, a flashback, running alongside a "narration" (words appearing an otherwise blank screen) about memories, and the final scene of the last episode continuing the thought to reflect one of the series' big themes and the development of the characters. Makes an already touching finale so damn-near perfect.
** In the live-action drama, the first song that the group together as an orchestra was Beethoven Symphony No. 7, as well as being the first time Chiaki conducted. At the end of the series, they played this song again, being the last time Chiaki would conduct in Japan with this orchestra, since they were all graduating and going their separate ways.
** In one of the final events of the story, Chiaki encourages Nodame out of her slump by [[spoiler:getting them to play the piece they first performed together, Mozart's ''Sonata for Two Pianos in D major''.]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Most of the maestros featured in the series are like that, such as Stresemann with his pervertedness and Viera with his obsession for toys. Even Nodame's teacher in Paris, Professor Auclair, is pretty quirky too.
* TheCameo: Hige Danshaku in season two during Nodame's recital at a French castle. Hige Danshaku is a manzai duo whose theme is that of a French-born Japanese nobleman (Louis Yamada LIII) and his butler (Higuchi-kun). In the manga, the microbes from Manga/{{Moyashimon}} make an appearance in Nodame's curry!
* TheCapitalOfBrazilIsBuenosAires: When Chiaki goes to [[spoiler:SaoPaulo, in Brazil]], the guy that received him in the airport takes him to the beach. Almost everyone knows that city has no beaches so near. Some other related stereotypes are also shown, played straight and {{Lampshaded}}.
* CatchPhrase: "GYABOOOOOOO!"
* ChainLetter: Masumi sends one to Nodame when he first hears about her closeness to Chiaki, and orchestrates several bad luck pranks on her.
* ChekhovsGift: The pocket watch Stresemann left with Nodame turns out to be instrumental in helping Chiaki to overcome his phobia of flying.
* ChildProdigy: Several, unsurprisingly. Nodame herself used to be one as a little girl, Season 2's Sun Rui started performing internationally at age 10, and Luca is a child also accepted into the same conservatory as Nodame. Of course, neither compares to the real life child prodigy in season 2, Mozart!
* ContrivedCoincidence:
** Earlier Chiaki initially decides to live in Prague when he learns Nodame was going to Paris. Then it's revealed that his father is relocating to Prague, and his mother knows that Shinichi would not want to make contact with him - sure enough he also moves to Paris with Nodame.
** Nodame hears Ravel's ''Piano Concerto in G Major'' for the first time and is inspired to perform it with Chiaki. However, that is also the same piece Chiaki is to perform with Rui. It absolutely breaks both of them when they find out separately.
* CovertPervert:
** Quite a few, whether it be Nodame trying to take Chiaki's shirt off or the replacement violinist Takahashi watching Chiaki take his off in the change room. Though it’s mostly all played for laughs.
** Chiaki surprisingly exhibits some aspects of this too, such as his reaction when he discovered Nodame is actually a HiddenBuxom and his reactions to girls with revealing chests in his face.
* CloudCuckooLander: Plenty of them, ranging from Nodame to [[spoiler:Yadovika, the Hungarian composer and Theremin player girl]].
* CoolandUnusualPunishment: After taking first place during his first conducting competition in France, Chiaki is kidnapped by [[BeleagueredAssistant Elise]], [[TricksterMentor Franz von Stresemann]]'s agent and manager, with the goal of forcing him to sign on with her publicity agency. When he refuses even after being beaten up by one of her bodyguards, she resorts to [[FelonyMisdemeanor tickling him with backscratchers until he submits]].
* CompressedAdaptation:
** The first series had 23 episodes to cover the first nine volumes of the manga and didn't leave out much. The next series had 11 episodes to cover the next seven - yes, people noticed. The third season drops a storyline completely to fit the rest of the material in.
** The Japanese drama took minor stories out but otherwise covered the first nine volumes. The two specials that followed covered the next seven volumes - while the first special episode covers the conducting competition arc fully and accurately, the second episode cuts out even more than Paris-hen. The following movies also cut out a lot of stories, mostly ones relating to the supporting characters.
* ConcertClimax: Many episodes culminate with these, especially milestone concerts for orchestras and its performers.
* ConspicuousCG:
** Close-ups of musical instruments are clearly computer-rendered.
** Same goes for the characters playing those instruments. Sometimes it can make a concert scene look realistic in ways that normal animation just can't pull off.
* CoversAlwaysLie: Most of the manga covers show Nodame playing instruments she does not play.
* DemotedToExtra: Almost the entire supporting cast of season one less Kuroki the Oboe player don't come back to season 2-3. Some of them return in Finale's episode 0 DVD special as well as a few cameos in the season itself. Justified by the setting change from Japan to Europe.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Quite a few due to the many AllLoveIsUnrequited instances, such as Kuroki for Nodame, Nodame for Chiaki [[WillTheyOrWontThey (sometimes)]], Masumi for Chiaki, Son Rui for Chiaki...
* {{Dojikko}}: Nodame's clumsiness is often quite over the top.
* DreamTeam: The Rising Star Orchestra is formed as this, in which the members from fellow schools were selected.
* ElegantClassicalMusician: Almost every female character, and almost all of the guys, too.
* FlowerMotifs: The usual emotional changing of the background to flowers, feathers, or whathaveyou. Do mongooses and fake anime characters count?
* ForgetsToEat: Both Chiaki and Nodame do this when engrossed in serious practice or study.
* GenreShift: Although a romantic comedy, ''Nodame Cantabile'' focuses a great deal on classical music appreciation.
* HomageShot: The reference to ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' in Finale series of the anime, episode 10.
* HostClub: Gender-inverted with the club "One More Kiss".
* IWasQuiteALooker: The college director in her younger days. So much so that she could attract both the then upcoming conductor Stresemann and violinist Kai Dunn.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: In the 1st Season, episodes are numbered "Lesson". In the latter 2 seasons, they are numbered "Leçon" (Lesson on French)
* ImaginedInnuendo:
--> '''Nodame:''' "Do you remember what happened last night?"
* {{Josei}}
* JustFriends / BetterAsFriends: Stresemann and the school's principal decided to be this after the principal had an illness that stopped her from playing the piano when she was younger. Stresemann's assistant Elise mentioned that if not for this illness, the two of them may have become lovers.
* {{Kotatsu}}: Proves to be the bane of Chiaki's existence. '''IT TURNS PEOPLE INTO LAZY SLOBS!''' He has Nodame to thank for introducing it to him, and almost ruining his life there and then. When he finally gets the chance to clean up his apartment and throw the table away, Nodame takes it from the trash and [[CrowningMomentOfFunny mentions how someone threw out a perfectly good Kotatsu]]. Chiaki was less than thrilled about it.
* LastMinuteHookup: Implied to be getting there with [[spoiler: Son Rui and Frank]].
* LethalChef: Nodame and Son Rui displays all the usual traits, although Nodame can at least manage rice balls.
* LevelScaling: Chiaki's competitions and Nodame's exams. They overcome their challenges in Japan, move to France, and find out everyone in France is ten levels higher.
* LiterallyLovingThyNeighbor: Nodame and Chiaki are next-door neighbors in their apartment complex.
* LiveActionAdaptation: A Japanese drama adaptation aired in 2006 followed by two special episodes and two movies, and a Korean adaptation "Naeil Cantabile" started airing in 2014.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: There's a few orchestras to deal with, so naturally, there are a lot of characters.
* LocalHangout: There's Uraken, the Chinese restaurant owned by Mine's father and is close to the university.
* LoveBubbles: Featured in Mine's hilarious ImagineSpot of Chiaki.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: [[CloudCuckooLander Nodame]] to [[StraightMan Chiaki]]. Chiaki takes a while to warm to Nodame, though.
* ManlyTears:
** Everyone, including [[TheStoic Chiaki and Kiyora]], get a bit teary as they realize this may be their last concert together before they all go their separate ways.
** This is also the response that the music critic in Season 1 gives for one of Chiaki's performances.
* MisfitMobilizationMoment: The S Orchestra's performance at the school festival.
* MissedHimByThatMuch: Nodame and Chiaki frequently go through this.
* MistakenIdentity: A non-comical example when the Roux-Marlet Orchestra is lacking members for a concert, so Chiaki calls up Nodame to play the celesta. Nodame is ''incredibly overjoyed'', but when she arrives at the theater, Rui takes her to the entrance—and Theo recognizes the world-famous concert pianist instead, assuming that Rui was the one Chiaki called in.
* MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels: Subverted. As Nodame learns French, she's taught "everyday phrases" that are anything but everyday. Nodame being Nodame, however, is fully aware of the translation of these phrases and is confident that they will be useful.
* NoblewomansLaugh: Chiaki's agent from the second season. Amusingly, in the anime's second season, Nodame adopts this laugh (as well as a new voice) as she passes herself off as Chiaki's wife to the orchestra staff.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Nodame encounters Saiko and Chiaki in what appears to be a compromising situation at one point. Subverted later when Saiko wants to turn it into exactly what it looks like.
* OddCouple: Ambitious perfectionist Chiaki with the wild and uncontrollable Nodame.
* OfficialCouple: Not hard to figure out that its Chiaki and Nodame. For starters, they appear together in every anime opening and every credit sequence. And during the course of the show, not one of the [[RomanticFalseLead other suitors that appear]], for either character, pose any serious romantic challenge. Furthermore the main premise and appeal of the show revolves around the evolving relationship between them. OppositesAttract indeed...
* OfficialCoupleOrdealSyndrome: Even after they've achieved the goal of going to Europe together, Nodame and Chiaki still discover the importance of their relationship in addition to furthering their own goals and aspirations.
* OnceMoreWithClarity: It's established that Chiaki's fear of planes came from the sudden emergency landing he experienced returning to Japan. Then Nodame uses hypnotherapy to cure his phobia, and it's revealed that [[spoiler:a young Chiaki was drawn to the elderly couple next to him because they had also attended a performance conducted by Vieira. During the landing, the husband started to suffer from a heart attack and Chiaki was the only one who saw his medicine bottle roll away out of his reach. The old man died shortly after and Chiaki believed he was guilty for being the only one who saw this and couldn't help.]]
* OppositesAttract: Chiaki and Nodame.
* {{Otaku}}: Nodame, who is a big fan of [[ShowWithinAShow Puri Gorota]], and Frank, although soon after he admits he's nothing compared to Nodame.
* PaperFanOfDoom: Harisen-sensei is ''named'' after his paper fan, which was instrumental in causing the rift between him and Chiaki. He later gives it up in order to convince Nodame to take lessons from him.
* PastelChalkedFreezeFrame: The anime uses these a lot during concerts.
* PimpedOutDress: Masumi wears one, which he made himself, for the S Orchestra's performance of "Rhapsody in Blue" in Episode 10.
* POVBoyPosterGirl: Nodame is the titular character, but the story is mostly told through Chiaki's perspective and inner thoughts.
* ProductPlacement: The show is sponsored by Yamaha. Guess what brand ''every'' piano is. It's not that surprising since a lot of music-school pianos are Yamahas even in France.
* RaceForYourLove: Chiaki has two instances of this, although he is not in danger of losing Nodame forever — he just has important revelations regarding what she means to him.
** The first one has him going all the way from Tokyo to Kyushu to find Nodame, who returned to her hometown.
** Then later in the Europe story arc, after Nodame has had her own doubts about performing and goes to play with some local schoolkids, Chiaki runs over to see her.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits:
** The S-Orchestra is this. When they are recruited by Stresemann, many of the members are so-called underachievers, and Chiaki especially got frustrated during their practices. Their delivering smash-hit performances in concert is a classic ZeroToHero story.
** Then there's the Roux-Marlet Orchestra, when Chiaki is to become their permanent conductor and finds that the members are in disarray.
* RedOniBlueOni: Nodame - red, Chiaki - blue.
* RunningGag:
** Chiaki purchasing canned food whenever something is troubling him.
** Stresemann trying to cop a feel on Nodame.
* SaveOurTeam: Of the musical variety with the orchetra. Starring Chiaki in his first full-time conducting job with Paris' Roux-Marlet Orchestra. The orchestra itself has [[GloryDays a storied and prestigious 150 year long history]], and was conducted in the past by Chiaki's [[TricksterMentor famous mentor]], [[LovableSexManiac Franz von Stresemann]]. But when Chiaki becomes it's regular conductor, he finds it has fallen on harder times. Its [[ClubStub short on members]], and those who remain are [[HowTheMightyHaveFallen unmotivated and demoralized by a recent streak of lacklustre performances]]. After an absolutely dismal concert with Chiaki conducting, he vows bring the orchestra back to its former glory. He did it before with the S Orchestra in Season 1, and he'll do it again.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Chiaki and Nodame.
* SchoolFestival: Which leads to an absolutely brilliant performance by Nodame and the "S Orchestra".
* SecretTestOfCharacter: Tanioka's first assignment for Nodame and Chiaki is to perform Mozart's ''Sonata for Two Pianos''. Chiaki thinks it is a lesson for the technically inept Nodame, but after the performance is a success, it's revealed that it's also a lesson for himself, in learning to cooperate and work with others.
* SequelEscalation: In the second season, Chiaki and Nodame move to Paris. Yes, it's harder than Tokyo.
* SequelGoesForeign: The original story arc in Japan concludes with Nodame and Chiaki being set to go to Europe, and their adventures continue abroad.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Even when she ''is'', Chiaki still treats Nodame this way. He still has trouble saying it on a whim, but eventually he stops correcting people who refer to her as his girlfriend in the Paris seasons.
* ShoutOut:
** Live-action, end of third episode: ''[[MobileSuitGundam "SIEG ZEON!!!"]]''.
** In Paris-hen, the next door neighbor, Frank, is an otaku who collects merchandise of Shakogan no Shana, another JC Staff anime.
* ShowWithinAShow: Puri Gorota - Type 2 (Nodame is a huge fan of it) and 3 (the very existence of that show made a difference).
* ShyFingerTwiddling: Done by Nodame when she asks Chiaki out.
* SingleIssuePsychology: Played with; Chiaki had a bad experience on a plane as a kid and developed a crushing fear of non-land based travel as a result. It only takes one hypnotherapy session with Nodame and he's "cured" - however she just makes him completely forget the incident, instead of curing the fear. It's seen afterwards that he's still comically afraid of non-land based travel, it's just that he can take it when there aren't any other options.
* SingleGirlSeeksMostPopularGuy: Nodame towards Chiaki. Fortunately, they are neighbors and opportunities come for both of them to greatly help each other.
* SliceOfLife
* StalkingIsFunnyIfItIsFemaleAfterMale: Nodame, of course. And, yes, in season two it's shown she ''does'' have those sort of photos of Chiaki and she does want to do ''that'' with Chiaki. One does not want to know how many times she ''sniffs'' him.
* TenMinuteRetirement: There are several instances where Nodame loses focus and seriously considers quitting piano lessons. Sometimes she recovers herself, sometimes Chiaki needs to help her regain her focus.
* ThisAndThat: When Stresemann first meets Nodame, he attempts to seduce her, and refers to this when going to a love hotel. Nodame is oblivious as to his meaning, but Chiaki, still within earshot, gets it and steps in to intervene.
* TrainingFromHell: Working with Chiaki is like this, as people like the S Orchestra and Nodame find out the hard way.
* TrainStationGoodbye: A brief, accidental one when Nodame goes with Chiaki to the station intent on accompanying him to Prague. Chiaki kicks her off, only to realize his rival Jean is accompanied by his girlfriend Yuko. He is only able to share a last glance with Nodame as he leaves. Averted because Nodame goes to Prague with Frank for an anime festival and she stays with Chiaki for the rest of his competition.
* TranslationConvention:
** Kai Dunn of the Berlin Philharmonic arrives in one episode, but has only a limited grasp of Japanese. While the episode renders everything in Japanese, handy notes appear whenever the characters are in fact speaking German.
* The second season takes place in France, so all the characters in France, including Russians and Chinese, are speaking perfect Japanese in a fansub with English subtitles.
** Lampshaded and justified when the live-action series shifts to Europe. It is explained a short way into the two-part special and the two films that the characters will speak or be dubbed in Japanese to reduce the need for subtitles on-screen.
* TrashOfTheTitans: Nodame's apartment. Chiaki just can't resist cleaning it up. He hilariously faces deja vu as he visit Rui's apartment in France and sees she's ''just'' as bad as Nodame, and he has to stop himself from instinctively trying to clean it as if it was Nodame's.
* {{Tsundere}}: A few characters especially toward their love interests - Chiaki to Nodame, Tanya to [[spoiler:Kuroki]], Kiyora to Mine.
* UnsoundEffect:
** Not exactly a sound effect, but, in the manga, you can't hear the actual music. The manga simply states the name of the song being played -- and if you aren't familiar with the song, you're stuck with just the pretty pictures. It's also hard to know how well or badly the characters are playing.
** Nodame's badger, whose presence is seen in Nodame's emotional outbursts.
* UptightLovesWild: Chiaki to Nodame.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: The end give some insight of what happens to some characters.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Nodame and Chiaki. In the first season of the anime they seem to get together in the end. For the second season this apparently has been reset with Chiaki [[ShesNotMyGirlfriend constantly denying they are dating.]]
* WorthyOpponent: A few which helps characters set goals and strive to become better.
** Despite displaying some traits of a musical ArrogantKungFuGuy, french conductor Jean Donnadieu is this during Chiaki's first conducting competition in France. Its actually his girlfriend Yuuko who does most of the [[TrashTalk trash talking]], much to his chagrin.
** Rui and Nodame towards each other. Nodame's in awe of Rui's talent and prestige and her ability to play with Chiaki, and so she often strives to be as good as her. Little to her knowledge, Rui also views her as one - despite being a CloudCuckooLander, Nodame's interesting, erratic and spontaneous playing and her ability to draw people with it is what makes Rui jealous herself.
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