Review: Nodame Cantabile [2006]

Nodame_CantabileTitle: のだめカンタービレ
Romantic Comedy
Broadcast network:
Fuji TV
Broadcast period:
2006-Oct-16 to 2006-Dec-25
Opening song:
Symphony No. 7 in A major by Beethoven, arranged by Hattori Takayuki
Ending song:
Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin, arranged by Hattori Takayuki
Original writing:
Ninomiya Tomoko
Etou Rin
Wakamatsu Hiroki, Shimizu Kazuyuki
Takeuchi Hideki, Kawamura Yasuhiro, Tanimura Masaki
Music: Hattori Takayuki


51st Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Drama
51st Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Actress: Ueno Juri
51st Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Director: Takeuchi Hideki
51st Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Musical Arrangement: Takeuchi Hideki
51st Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Opening: Hattori Takayuki
2nd Seoul Drama Awards: Best Miniseries
2nd Seoul Drama Awards: Best Director: Takeuchi Hideki
2nd Seoul Drama Awards: Best Music

Episode Titles:

Ep 01: Rhapsody of the weird pianist vs. the self-centered conductor
Ep 02:
An orchestra of failing freaks! The start of trouble!?
Ep 03:
The puny orchestra’s in a pinch!! Can love rescue the poor?
Ep 04:
A successful kiss!? The moving battle of a regular perfomance!!
Ep 05:
Goodbye Maestro! The love battle of school festival orchestras!!
Ep 06:
Goodbye S Orchestra!! A tearful farewell ceremony and a two-piano performance of love!
Ep 07:
The start of a new orchestra! A storm on the horizon for a romance passing by!?
Ep 08:
The first battle for a new orchestra! A romance that wavers in overcoming trauma
Ep 09:
Competition vs. studying abroad! Could the decision mean farewell!?
Ep 10:
A competition of ups and downs! A final chapter of confession and tears!!
Ep 11:
Goodbye Nodame!! A tearful Christmas performance
Special: Nodame Cantabile Shinshun Special in Europe


Ueno Juri as Noda Megumi aka Nodame
Tamaki Hiroshi as
Chiaki Shinichi
Takenaka Naoto as Franz Stresemann


Based on the hit comic book by Tomoko Ninomiya, this is a fun-filled quirky romantic story of two very opposite people.

Megumi Noda, or “Nodame” is a piano student at Momogaoka College of Music. An extremely talented pianist who wants to be a kindergarten teacher, she prefers playing by ear rather than reading the music score. She is messy and disorganized, takes baths several days apart and loves to eat, sometimes stealing her friend’s lunchbox when it is filled with delicacies.

Shinichi Chiaki, is Momogaoka’s top student. Born into a musical family, he is talented in piano and violin and has secret ambitions to become a conductor. An arrogant multi-lingual perfectionist who once lived abroad in the music capitals of the world as a young boy, he feels mired in Japan because of a childhood phobia.

They meet by accident. Nodame quickly falls in love, but it takes much longer for Chiaki to even begin to appreciate Nodame’s unusual qualities. Their relationship causes them both to develop and grow. Because of Nodame, Chiaki got the opportunity to lead a student orchestra and begins to have a broader appreciation of people’s musical abilities. Because of Chiaki, Nodame faces her fears and enters a piano competition. Opportunities open up as both begin taking risks, stretching themselves far more than they ever thought possible.

I Say…

Nodame Cantabile created quite a stir in the world of J-Dorama & it was only now that I got the chance to finish it. It was highly entertaining for me, and slowly it got me interested in also reading the manga (also famous now) & see the anime version as well. The story itself was quite addictive, and it’s making me wonder how they’ll make the follow up as successful as it is. Ueno Juri seems to be quite a moving actress in spite of a few irritating ways of playing the heroine. Well, Noda Megumi is supposed to be clumsy, not-a-care-in-the-world person anyway. But halfway through it I wished she didn’t exaggerate that much. As for Tamaki Hiroshi who’s very handsome by the way, it was my first time seeing his acting so I have no idea really how he acts or if he’s any good. On Nodame Cantabile, he compliments Ueno Juri’s exaggerations and it’s a good thing. Maybe from the beginning they were already instructed to do lots of exaggerations to make Nodame Cantabile sensational, don’t you think?

Last but not the least…the Oke perfs are worth the watch. So if you’re a fan of classical music and a lover of romantic comedy, I recommend Nodame Cantabile for your viewing pleasure.

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