* AssPull:
** The resolution of Rui's storyline in the Finale anime went mostly unexplained due to the time constraints.
** The live-action doesn't resolve nor explain minor (and even semi-important) plotlines in the special episodes and movies; for example Tanya and Kuroki's attraction never goes anywhere despite the ShipTease [[spoiler:and the two becoming official in the anime/manga]], and Rui's own issues are never explored even after her mother slaps her and drags her away from Chiaki and Nodame in the first movie.
* AwesomeMusic: Can we just give the whole series this and call it?
** Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" will never be the same again.
** Episode 11 where the entire first half of which consists of Chiaki and the A orchestra playing the ''hell'' out of Rachmaninoff. This is eventually followed by Nodame and Chiaki's amazing take on the same piece with two pianos.
** With a PublicDomainSoundtrack featuring music from [[LudwigVanBeethoven Beethoven]] to [[MauriceRavel Ravel]], that is performed by the RealLife Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, this trope is a given for fans of classical music. Notable performances include the concerts of the in-universe [[RagTagBunchOfMisfits S-Orchestra/Rising Star Orchestra]] from Season 1, and any pieces played by Chiaki or Nodame ([[BrilliantButLazy when she is properly motivated]]).
** Also of note are the anime OP and ED themes. In particular, the first OP [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZZAd3BVHV4 'Allegro Cantabile' by SUEMITSU & THE SUEMITH]] comprises lyrics of which are about the joys devoting one's life to playing music. Also the first ED theme [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZxggflHeRw 'Konna ni Chikaku de...' by Crystal Kay]] is beautiful. If there were a theme song for the tropes CannotSpitItOut, and AllLoveIsUnrequited, it would be this.
* EarWorm: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DV8tW29vrss "Allegro Cantabile"]]. The OpeningTheme is ''that'' awesome!
* GratuitousSpecialEffects: The Japanese live-action series, despite being a romantic comedy and drama, uses these especially for comedic effect such as when Nodame is sent flying. A little more acceptable since Japanese live-action comedies are more willing to use special effects for the sake of slapstick and bizarre scenes.
* HoYay:
** One-sided from Masumi towards Chiaki - he's not above always trying to hug him and even kisses him on the cheek once.
** Mine always seems awfully happy when Chiaki is around and is also very concerned with getting his [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything "radar"]].
** The violinist who takes Kiyora's place as the concertmaster also showed some signs, staring intently as Chiaki was unbuttoning his shirt and [[StalkerWithACrush following]] Chiaki around. He also immediately sets his sight on Matsuda once he becomes the replacement conductor.
** Nodame and Saiko have an... interesting encounter in a karaoke-bar where Nodame crashes into Saiko's chest and comments on how pretty shie is. 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 narmy due to the low production values involved.