* AssPull: The resolution of Rui's storyline in the anime. Trust me, you're better off knowing.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" will never be the same again.
** Not to mention Episode 11, the entire first half of which consists of Chiaki and the A orchestra playing the ''hell'' out of Rachmaninoff.
** Can we just give the whole series this and call it?
* DudeNotFunny: Chiaki frequently uses physical violence against Nodame, played for laughs in the manner of a BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine. In the live-action version especially, however, it comes across as less slapstick and a bit more disturbing...
** Which is an interesting study in DoubleStandard since female {{tsundere}}s doing the exact same thing to male anime characters who act like Nodame for RuleOfFunny are given a pass.
*** The DomesticAbuse trope had an entry about this, which ''dripped'' with Chiaki hate as well as [[PossessionSue Nodame Sue-fication]]. Phew, thank God it went away.
** In one of the Paris-Hen episodes, Nodame even ''admits'' to playing up the BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine simply because Chiaki's such a ''perfect'' StraightMan. Chiaki, needless to say, is not amused by this revelation.
** And in another Paris-Hen episode, Nodame ''herself'' [[{{Yandere}} becomes extremely violent against Chiaki]]. Sure, it's played for drama, but did she really need to kick him in the head?
** He's not the only one who lays the smackdown on Nodame, however. Masami once hit her [[BerserkButton for touching his instruments]], and [[ButtMonkey in the same episode]] Saiko mistook a drunk Nodame for a pervert and gave her an epic bitchslap to the face. Both are PlayedForLaughs.
* EarWorm: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DV8tW29vrss "Allegro Cantabile"]]. The OpeningTheme is ''that'' awesome!
* HoYay: One-sided from Okuyama towards Chiaki.
** Mine always seems awfully happy when Chiaki is around, he is also very concerned with getting his [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything "radar"]].
** Also the violinist who takes Kiyora's place as the concertmaster showed some signs, staring intently as Chiaki was unbuttoning his shirt and [[StalkerWithACrush following]] Chiaki around.
* LesYay: Nodame and Saiko have an... interesting encounter in a karaoke-bar. It's rather short-lived though, since Nodame is very drunk and Saiko clearly not interested.
* {{Narm}}: In the live-action version, the scenes where Chiaki flashes back to his childhood traumas can be extremely [[{{Narm}} narmy]] due to the low production values involved.