Nodame Cantabile

nodame-cantabileNodame Cantabile / のだめカンタービレ is a Japanese drama series. This romantic comedy has total 11 episodes. Based on the hit comic book with the same title by Tomoko Ninomiya, this is a fun-filled quirky romantic story of two very opposite people. The opening song is Symphony No. 7 in A major by Beethoven, and the ending song is Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin. Both are arranged by Hattori Takayuki.

Megumi Noda or Nodame, is 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.

Casts:

* Ueno Juri as Noda Megumi aka Nodame (Piano)
o Morisako Ei as young Nodame
* Tamaki Hiroshi as Chiaki Shinichi (Piano/Violin/Conducting)
o Fujita Reo (藤田玲央) as young Chiaki
* as Mine Ryutaro (Violin)
* Koide Keisuke as Okuyama Masumi (Timpani)
* Mizukawa Asami as Miki Kiyora (Violin)
* Saeko as Saku Sakura (Contrabass)
* Uehara Misa as Tagaya Saiko (Vocal)
* Takenaka Naoto as Franz Strezemann (Milch Holstein by Nodame)
* Akiyoshi Kumiko as Momodaira Minako
* Endo Yuya as Okochi Mamoru (Conducting)
* Iwasa Mayuko as Ishikawa Reina (Piano)
* Takase Yukina (高瀬友規奈) as Tanaka Makiko (Piano)
* Kondo Kouen as Tamaki Keiji (Clarinet)
* Sakamoto Makoto as Hashimoto Yohei (Oboe)
* Matsuoka Rinako as Suzuki Moe (Flute)
* Matsuoka Emiko as Suzuki Kaoru (Clarinet)
* Yamanaka Takashi as Iwai Kazushi (Contrabass)
* Kobayashi Kinako as Kinjo Shizuka (Viola)
* Fukada Aki as Inoue Yuki (Cello)
* Kojima Tenten (小嶌天天) as Kanai Kento (Horn)
* Inoue Yoshiko as Suganuma Saya (Vocal)
* Ibu Masato as Mine Tatsumi
* Nishimura Masahiko as Tanioka Hajime
* Toyohara Kosuke as Eto Kozo
* Shiraishi Miho as Eto Kaori

* Fukushi Seiji as Kuroki Yasunori (Rising Star: Oboe)
* Mukai Osamu as Kikuchi Toru (Rising Star: Cello]
* Hashizume Ryo as Kimura Tomohito (Rising Star: Violin)
* Namioka Kazuki as Katayama (Rising Star: Horn)
* Sakurai Chizu as Aizawa Maiko (Rising Star: Flute)
* Kimura Ryo as Takahashi Noriyuki (RS: Violin – new concert master)
* Kuroda Chieko as Miyoshi Seiko (Chiaki’s mom)
* Hatano Hiroko as Kawano Keeko
* Oikawa Mitsuhiro as Sakuma Manabu
* Kichise Michiko as Elise
* Ito Takahiro as Segawa Yuto (Nodame’s childhood piano classmate)
o Ogawa Koki (小川光樹) as young Segawa
* Zdenek Macal as Sebastino Vieira
* John Hesse as Kyle Dune (Kiyora’s professor)
* Manuel Doncel as Professor Auclair (Judge in Maradona Competition)
* Iwamatsu Ryo as Noda Tatsuo (Nodame’s dad)
* Miyazaki Yoshiko as Noda Yoko (Nodame’s mom)
* Betto Yuki (別當優輝) as Noda Yoshitaka (Nodame’s brother)
* Eto Kansai (江藤漢斉) as Noda Saburo (Nodame’s grandpa)
* Ohkata Hisako (大方斐紗子) as Noda Shizuyo (Nodame’s grandma)
* Yashiba Toshihiro as Momogaoka teacher
* Masuda Keita
* Nagaoka Mami (photo stills)

Screenwriter: Etou Rin
Producers: Wakamatsu Hiroki, Shimizu Kazuyuki
Directors: Takeuchi Hideki, Kawamura Yasuhiro (川村泰祐), Tanimura Masaki
Music: Hattori Takayuki

2 thoughts on “Nodame Cantabile

  • Hi,

    I’m Lucy from Philippines, I love listening to orchestra music and was happy to see such anime and live action that involves orchestra. I’m excited that it will be aired on one of Phil television I’m sure everyone here will be delighted and to inspire lot of music talented young ones. Two thumbs up!

  • Hi!

    I’m mike from the UP College of Music. This drama really inspired me and many of my choir members and musicians!

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