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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.
  • Beta Couple: With Kiyora.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Music-wise; when introduced he's much more into playing rock and hates classical music with a passion because of how limiting it is to him, but has a change of heart after meeting Nodame and Chiaki and breaks up his band to focus on classical music.
  • The Lancer: To Chiaki, both as the concertmaster in the S-Orchestra and eventually as his self-proclaimed best friend.
  • Love at First Sight: Found Nodame cute upon their first meeting, and made several hints in that chapter/episode that he felt attracted to her/wouldn't mind dating her. He gets over it though and becomes her best friend instead.
  • Nice Hat: Begins to sport one after the original series.

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.
  • Ascended Extra: Unlike the anime/manga he still occasionally shows up in Paris-hen of the drama and even went to Paris with Mine to visit Nodame and Chiaki and see Kiyora perform.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me / Love at First Sight: Chiaki's concern and stopping Masumi from falling while carrying his timpani up the stairs made him less depressed about moving to Tokyo and was what started his crush.
  • Berserk Button: Really, anytime someone gets too up close and comfy with Chiaki, Masumi is sure to come running.
    • Hilariously Played for Laughs when Mine and Kiyora discover the violinist Noriyuki has an extreme crush on Chiaki. Kiyora only needs to holler loudly for Masumi to come barging through the door.
  • Funny Afro
  • Straight Gay: Neither camp or over-the-top macho.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He's claustrophobic.

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.
  • Advertised Extra: Normally found on the drama posters and other teasers with other main and side characters but plays a much smaller role than Mine and Masumi. She still has more presence here than the anime/manga though (see her Ascended Extra entry).
  • Alliterative Name
  • Ascended Extra: Hardly seen again after her arc in the anime/manga but is more present in the drama, even going on to join the R☆S Orchestra.
  • Older Than She Looks

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
Live action portrayal by: Eiji Wentz

A French piano student who lives in the same apartment complex as Chiaki and Nodame.
  • Ascended Extra: Gets to do a bit more in the drama than the anime/manga, such as going to Nodame's recital and taking some of Yunlong's parts.
  • Love at First Sight: He couldn't stop thinking about Nodame after she met him and went back to Japan after the entrance exam. He grows out of it after he sees her otaku side and has to deal with her watching the same Purigorota episode over and over again - in his room.
  • Occidental Otaku
  • Surprisingly Good Foreign Language: In the drama where he is heard speaking French temporarily.

Tatiana "Tanya" Vishneva

Voiced by: Shizuka Ito
Live action portrayal by: Becky

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.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Is entirely absent from the drama adaptation. Any of his parts left in is given to other characters instead.
  • Mr. Exposition: Gives Nodame (and hence viewers) some information on Son Rui, who like him is from China, and shows her a video of one of her performances.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: His parents have high expectations of his piano playing, and it's mainly why he came to Paris to study.

Rui Son

Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara
Live action portrayal by: Yu Yamada

A world-famous Chinese pianist who is making a gradual comeback.
  • Child Prodigy
  • Hair Flip: Does one before she begins to play. Nodame imitates this in attempting to perform a piece as well as Rui in video footage.
  • Well Done Daughter Girl: She's often irritated by the pressure from her mother, but she really does love performing just for her.

Jean Donnadieu

Live action portrayal by: Giry Vincent

Another of Vieira's students, who also works in Paris and considers himself a rival to Chiaki.
  • Jerk Ass: Subverted. Despite being Chiaki's rival and his girlfriend's enjoyment in gloating in their faces, he's a genuinely nice guy who thinks well of Chiaki and even comforted him after his embarrassing performance in the 3rd round of the conducting competition, and scolded said girlfriend for being rude about it.
  • The Rival: To Chiaki.
  • Surprisingly Good Foreign Language: Giry Vincent was the only non-Japanese actor that didn't need a Japanese voice-over in the drama adaptation and spoke quite fluently. He studied Japanese in university and is a fan of the culture.

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.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He has his quirks which weird out others, but he's a well-respected pianist that teachers at the Conservatory and was a judge at Nodame's piano competition.


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: Kenyū 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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