Released Year : 2007
No of Episodes : 23 (Completed)
Genre : Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance, Slice of Life, Josei
Plot : Shinichi Chiaki is a first class musician whose dream is to play among the elites in Europe. Coming from a distinguished family, he is an infamous perfectionist; not only is he highly critical of himself, but of others as well. The only thing stopping Chiaki from leaving for Europe is his fear of flying. As a result, he's grounded in Japan. During his 4th year at Japan's top music university, Chiaki happens to meet Noda Megumi; or as she refers to herself, Nodame. On the surface, she seems to be an unkempt girl with no direction in life. However, when Chiaki hears Nodame play the piano for the first time, he is in awe at the kind of music she plays. To Chiaki's dismay, Nodame moves into the apartment next to his and finds out that she is head over heels in love with him. Nodame Cantabile tells the story of Chiaki and Nodame, as they not only learn to deal with each other, but learn lessons from one another as they strive for the top of the musical world.
Our Review : Nodame Cantabile is strange in some regards. It has a good story, full of excellent music, but the transition into the anime medium is a rocky and half-hearted one. You'd think such a boundless medium as anime would be perfect to accompany some of the timeless symphonies of Schubert or Beethoven, but alas, Nodame gets the short end of the stick in their animation budget. Countless still-frame pans and awkward CG hands for the musical pieces detract from the quality of the scene. It's really better to just close your eyes and take it in, rather than look at the screen while Chiaki and Nodame are performing. Outside performance scenes, the animation is respectable enough, but it's subdued and bland so much that nothing leaves a visual impression.