Guest aikomidori Posted November 25, 2006 Share Posted November 25, 2006 のだめカンタービレ art/story by Tomoko Ninomiya Shinichi Chiaki is the top piano student at his university and an excellent violinist, but Chiaki doesn't care about playing these instruments as much as he dreams of someday being a conductor. Chiaki, however, has several deeply rooted fears about traveling, and so finds himself "trapped" in Japan. Because he's trapped, Chiaki starts to question exactly how far he can possibly go in music, especially when he's passed over again and again for others he thinks are less worthy of musical scholarship and fame.Recently dumped by his girlfriend for a "sausage" looking fellow, passed over for a chance to go overseas, removed from his star spot in the piano competition because he walked out on his piano instructor, Chiaki is at his limit. This is when he meets Nodame, or Megumi Noda. Nodame is a free — if filthy — spirit who reminds Chiaki that music can be fun. She reminds him what drew him to be a conductor in the first place and, in learning how to deal with Nodame, Chiaki learns how to deal with others. Chiaki begins to realize what is possible for him, even within the country of Japan.For Nodame, Chiaki is everything she isn't. Clean, neat, dedicated, studious and inherently arrogant about his accomplishments and capabilities, Chiaki constantly bullies her into being more serious about life. He sees potential in her and her abilities as a pianist that she doesn't care about. She loves Chiaki and wants to be with him, but, because she's not serious about her piano studies nor her personal hygiene, Chiaki denies her affections again and again.But Chiaki and Nodame complete each other in ways no other can, a musical compliment that neither of them can completely escape entirely. Watching them grow as people and musicians, and even as a couple, is an interesting ride.There's also an anime version scheduled to come out in January '07..the cast list is:Megumi Noda: Ayako KawasumiShinichi Chiaki: Tomokazu SekiFranz von Stresemann：Shinji OgawaRyutaro Mine: Shinji KawadaMasumi Okuyama：Yoshinori FujitaSaiko Tagaya：Hitomi NabatameYasunori Kuroki：Masaya MatsukazeKiyora Miki：Sanae KobayashiToru Kikuchi：Junichi SuwabeSakura Saku：Mamiko NotoKouzou Etoh：Kazuya NakaiCredit to the Nodame Wiki pageResources:The Nodame Cantabile live action page @ SoompiMemento (summaries & caps)C1 Anime FansubsVolumes: 25 (Chapters) http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=791Anime Episodes: Season 1: 24 + 2nd Season: 12*This series has also live action drama and films. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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