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Characters: Nodame Cantabile

Shinichi Chiaki

Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (JP), Doug Erholtz (EN)
Live action portrayal by: Hiroshi Tamaki

An accomplished pianist and violinist, but is also known to be a perfectionist when it comes to music and is highly critical of himself and others. As he opens up to others (with much prodding from Nodame), he becomes more caring of his friends and readily lends a hand to his friends should they need help. In university, he was extremely popular among the female students due to his good looks and musical ability.

Megumi "Nodame" Noda

Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (JP), Kate Higgins (EN)
Live action portrayal by: Juri Ueno

A free-spirited second-year music student. She is depicted as a complete slob: her cooking and cleaning skills are atrocious to the point of having mushrooms growing on her clothes and poisoning anyone who dares to eat her food (yet she's never been poisoned). However, she is an incredibly talented pianist who primarily plays by ear, in a cantabile style. She is in love with Chiaki and she follows him around constantly, claiming to be his "wife", and leans on him to help her get through sticky situations.

Maestro Franz von Stresemann

Voiced by: Shinji Ogawa (JP), Terrence Stone (EN)
Live action portrayal by: Naoto Takenaka

An elderly, highly-respected internationally famous conductor who comes to Momogaoka Music Academy as a guest instructor.

Ryutaro Mine

Voiced by: Shinji Kawada (JP), Grant George (EN)
Live action portrayal by: Eita

4th-year violin student in Momogaoka. He is something of a primadonna whose violin technique is seen by himself to be deeply personal but by others to be simply sloppy. He sees Chiaki as a rival for attention.

Yasunori Kuroki

Voiced by: Masaya Matsukaze (JP), Joe Cappelletti (EN)
Live action portrayal by: Seiji Fukushi

A talented oboe player who falls for Nodame at first sight. He tends to be phlegmatic and quiet, other people think he has a Zen-like aura. First seen as part of The Rising Star Orchestra, then later joined Chiaki in the Marlet Orchestra in Paris

Kiyora Miki

Live action portrayal by: Asami Mizukawa

A prodigious violinist Chiaki met at the Nina Lutz's seminar.

Masumi Okuyama

Voiced by: Yoshinori Fujita (JP), Steve Staley (EN)
Live action portrayal by: Keisuke Koide

A 4th-year timpanist (percussion) and an okama. He developed a crush on Chiaki and always admired him from afar.

Saiko Tagaya

Voiced by: Hitomi Nabatame (JP), Cindy Robinson (EN)
Live action portrayal by: Misa Uehara

Chiaki's ex-girlfriend. Coming from a wealthy family, she majors in singing (more specifically opera). She is the "belle" of the school due to her looks and voice.

Sakura Saku

Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (JP), Karen Strassman (EN)
Live action portrayal by: Saeko

A double bass player in Chiaki's S orchestra, whose family was in financial trouble because her father's business was about to go bankrupt.

Kouzo Etoh

Voiced by: Kazuya Nakai (JP), Dave Mallow (EN)
Live action portrayal by: Kosuke Toyohara

A piano teacher also known as the "harisen teacher" (Paper Fan-sensei). He was Chiaki's teacher at the start of the story, but after Chiaki blew up at him for scoffing at his dream of being a conductor, Etoh threw Chiaki out of his class.

Hajime Tanioka

Voiced by: Mitsuru Ogata (JP), Robert Buchholz (EN)
Live action portrayal by: Masahiko Nishimura

A piano teacher at Momogaoka, said to specialize in "drop-out" students.

Toru Kikuchi

Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (JP), Peter Doyle (EN)
Live action portrayal by: Osamu Mukai

A womanizing cellist and one of the founders of the Rising Star Orchestra.

Frank Latoine

Voiced by: Shintaro Asanuma

A French piano student who lives in the same apartment complex as Chiaki and Nodame.

Tatiana "Tanya" Vishneva

Voiced by: Shizuka Ito

An attractive Russian senior piano student who lives in the same apartment complex as Chiaki, Nodame, Frank, and Yunlong. Her piano playing is somewhat mediocre and she lacks confidence in her ability, which seems to be the reason behind her fixation on finding an affluent boyfriend in France.

Yunlong Li

Voiced by: Satoshi Hino

A Chinese piano player who lives in the same apartment complex as Nodame and Chiaki do in Paris.

Rui Son

Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara

A world-famous Chinese pianist who is making a gradual comeback.

Jean Donnadieu

Another of Vieira's students, who also works in Paris and considers himself a rival to Chiaki.

Charles Auclair

Voiced by: Motomu Kiyokawa (JP), Terrence Stone (EN)
Live action portrayal by: Manuel Doncel

An esteemed and well-known professor of piano at the Conservatory where Nodame studies.


Voiced by: Tomoko Kawakami (JP), Karen Strassman (EN)
Live action portrayal by: Michiko Kichise

Stresemann's hard-nosed agent and business manager.

Sebastiano Vieira

Voiced by: Masashi Ebara (JP), Steve Kramer (EN)
Live action portrayal by: Zdenek Macal

A world renowned conductor and Chiaki's mentor.

Seiko Miyoshi

Voiced by: Kotono Mitsuishi (JP), Cindy Robinson (EN)

Chiaki's mother, who retained custody of Chiaki after her divorce with Chiaki's father.

Masayuki Chiaki

Voiced by: Kenyuu Horiuchi

Chiaki's father and a famous pianist. He left Chiaki's mother when Chiaki was still a young boy.

Yukihisa Matsuda

Voiced by: Hiroki Tochi

The conductor Chiaki chooses to replace him as conductor of the Rising Star Orchestra.
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