8.2
182 votes
Nodame Cantabile

Nodame Cantabile

Fuji TV 2007

At a top music academy in Japan, Shinichi Chiaki's arrogance is matched only by his top-notch piano playing. But when Chiaki and the teacher get into a fight, he's demoted to the reject class. Chiaki is left to pursue his dream of being a conductor while surrounded by a bunch of loser musicians and one annoying girl, Noda, who has proclaimed herself Chiaki's girlfriend. It doesn't help that Noda, who insists on being called Nodame, lives right next door to him.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Nodame Cantabile

Nodame Cantabile - S3E9

#1 - Lesson 9

8.89

Season 3 - Episode 9

Nodame has been absent from school and Chiaki starts looking desperately for her, just to find that she was rehearsing for a concerto with Stresseman in London. Pieces featured: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 by Chopin

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Nodame Cantabile from 9 votes.

Nodame Cantabile - S3E10

#2 - Lesson 10

8.78

Season 3 - Episode 10

Nodame's concerto with Stresseman becomes a huge success worldwide. However, she loses the will to keep playing and disappears for a while. Meanwhile, Chiaki finally comes at terms with his feelings for her.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Nodame Cantabile from 9 votes.

Nodame Cantabile - S3E6

#3 - Lesson 6

8.67

Season 3 - Episode 6

Nodame finds that Chiaki has hidden from her the connection between the piece and his concert with Rui and she can't hide from him her dissatisfaction for not telling her sooner. After looking at how much difficult pieces Nodame is studying with her teacher, Chiaki cancels an important trip to Italy just to lend a hand to her.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Nodame Cantabile from 9 votes.

Nodame Cantabile - S1E23

#4 - Lesson 23: Future

8.53

Season 1 - Episode 23

Chiaki conducts his last piece with the Rising Star Orchestra and contemplates how he even got there in the first place. With Nodame still away in Okawa, Chiaki is urged to persuade her to return to piano by visiting her home town after the concert. Chiaki and Nodame share an intimate moment at the riverbed as her father catches sight of them from his boat. Chiaki and Nodame will be looking forward to seeing each other in Europe. The pieces performed in the episode are Symphony No. 7, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven and Piano Sonata D845 by Franz Schubert.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Nodame Cantabile from 17 votes.

Nodame Cantabile - S1E11

#5 - Lesson 11: Piano

8.39

Season 1 - Episode 11

It is finally Stresemann, Chiaki, and the A Orchestra's turn to perform for the school's fall festival. They manage to captivate the audience with their Rachmaninoff performance. Chiaki and Stresemann go their separate ways as Stresemann returned to Europe the next day. Nodame becomes desperate to perform in an orchestra like Chiaki and is left with a message and present from Stresemann. Saiko, still thinking about Chiaki, comes by for a visit. Nodame also comes by after practicing Rachmaninoff for days without bathing and hardly any food. The piece performed in this episode is Piano Concerto No. 2 by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Nodame Cantabile from 18 votes.

Nodame Cantabile - S2E10

#6 - Lesson 10

8.33

Season 2 - Episode 10

Nodame's first recital becomes a huge success, to the point of her receiving other proposals for job.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Nodame Cantabile from 12 votes.

Nodame Cantabile - S2E4

#7 - Lesson 4

8.31

Season 2 - Episode 4

Chiaki rehearses for his debut concert in Paris, and finds that Nodame is troubled as she is not doing fine at the conservatoire. While he tries to cheer her up, their relationship ends up moving a little forward.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Nodame Cantabile from 13 votes.

Nodame Cantabile - S2E1

#8 - Lesson 1

8.29

Season 2 - Episode 1

Chiaki and Nodame arrive at Paris to hone their musical skills. While he who had lived in France before easily adapts himself to their new environment, she must face some difficulties herself, including having to learn the country's language.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Nodame Cantabile from 17 votes.

Nodame Cantabile - S3E11

#9 - The Last Lesson

8.27

Season 3 - Episode 11

Back in Paris, Nodame spends her days quietly playing for children while her friends wonder if she will ever resume her studies or her career. Determined to put Nodame back on track, Chiaki asks her to play with him-- the same piece they played together when they first met. This episode also tells us what has happened to some of the characters they met in Paris. Piece Featured: Sonata for Two Pianos in D major by Mozart.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Nodame Cantabile from 11 votes.

Nodame Cantabile - S1E7

#10 - Lesson 7: Kazuo's Many Years

8.26

Season 1 - Episode 7

Chiaki is still having trouble getting the orchestra into shape, and everyone's confidence shatters under his harsh criticisms. With help from Nodame, Chiaki finally realizes Stresemann's reasoning behind the S Orchestra just in time for the concert subscription series, and the S Orchestra manages to impress their audience with an unorthodox display. The piece performed in the episode is Symphony No. 3 Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Nodame Cantabile from 19 votes.

#11 - Lesson 6: Secession
8.24
Season 1 - Episode 6

The S orchestra is to perform before the A orchestra at the upcoming concert. However, Stresemann takes "business" leave and Chiaki is forced to take his place conducting the S orchestra. In a twist of events, Stresemann quits the S orchestra and in revenge against Chiaki, plans to lead the A orchestra in humiliating the S orchestra at the concert. With the concert just a week away, Chiaki becomes the S orchestra's new conductor. The piece performed in the episode is Symphony No. 3 Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Nodame Cantabile from 17 votes.

#12 - Lesson 18: Awakening
8.22
Season 1 - Episode 18

Finally the time comes for the R-S Orchestra's first concert.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Nodame Cantabile from 18 votes.

#13 - Lesson 8
8.22
Season 3 - Episode 8

After Chiaki and Rui's concerto, Nodame and Chiaki spend the night together and she proposes to him in the following morning, just to be rejected by him. However, Chiaki starts to wonder about how serious she was at that time, and Stresseman pays a visit to her. Pieces featured: Piano Concerto in G major by Maurice Ravel and Third Movement of Piano Sonata No. 31 by Beethoven

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Nodame Cantabile from 9 votes.

#14 - Lesson 9: Music Festival
8.21
Season 1 - Episode 9

Stresseman sends Chiaki, Nodame, Mine, and Masumi to a musical festival where each takes lessons from famous musicians in order to better their playing. An unprepared Mine is quickly overwhelmed by the many talented musicians there. Meanwhile, Chiaki is ordered to look out for Stresemann and thanks to Stresemann's hangover, is also made to conduct an orchestra (the piece performed is the Symphony No. 5 in F major, Op. 76, B. 54, by Antonín Dvořák). Nodame is yelled at by the festival director, Nina Lutz, for not having motivation. At the end, however, after much practice, Nodame plays Bartok's Allegro Barbaro magnificently, but disappears from the practice room just as Lutz comes to see who was just playing.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Nodame Cantabile from 19 votes.

#15 - Lesson 9
8.18
Season 2 - Episode 9

Nodame travels to Saint-Malo with Chiaki, Tanya and Kuroki for her very first recital. However, her companions are worried about her insecurity, as she usually has trouble in playing pieces by Mozart.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Nodame Cantabile from 11 votes.

#16 - Lesson 3
8.18
Season 3 - Episode 3

Thanks to Chiaki's encouragement, Rui decides to keep playing and a special concert featuring both is arranged. Stresseman is seriously depressed over the death of a friend of his and Chiaki, on the way to attend one of Nodame's recitals, have a surprising reunion with Sebastiano Vieira and he decides to accompany him instead. Pieces featured: Italian Concerto, BWV 971 by Bach, Op. 19 No. 1 "Sweet Remembrance" from Songs without Words by Felix Mendelssohn, Polonaise Fantasie by Frédéric Chopin, Légende No. 1: St François d'Assise by Franz Liszt

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Nodame Cantabile from 11 votes.

#17 - Lesson 10: The Notion That 'Where it can Charm'
8.17
Season 1 - Episode 10

The school festival is here and the S Orchestra is to perform without the aid of Chiaki, who is busy practicing with the A Orchestra with their performance. Chiaki discovers what was missing from his playing courtesy of the S Orchestra, but Stresemann tells him to disregard it for their upcoming performance after insisting on it throughout all his practices. The pieces performed in this episode are Piano Concerto No. 2 by Sergei Rachmaninoff (brief) and Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin (pianica version).

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Nodame Cantabile from 18 votes.

#18 - Lesson 4
8.17
Season 3 - Episode 4

Tanya starts to feel jealousy when Kuroki is asked to take care of a young japanese girl who is trying to enter the conservatoire. While trying to get closer to him, she starts to wonder about her own future as she is near her graduation.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Nodame Cantabile from 12 votes.

#19 - Lesson 5
8.15
Season 2 - Episode 5

Kuroki was having trouble to adapt himself to life at Paris until he meets Nodame at the conservatoire. Meanwhile, Chiaki is feeling insecure as Nodame does not answer his phone calls and wonders if both will really be able to spend Christmas together.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Nodame Cantabile from 13 votes.

#20 - Lesson 20: World
8.13
Season 1 - Episode 20

Nodame advances through the preliminaries of the Maradona piano competition, while the R-S Orcherstra's fame increases, drawing more and more attention. The pieces performed in this episode are Piano Sonata D845 by Schubert, Prelude and fugue no.16 (only the fugue) WTK book 2 by Bach, Etude Op. 10, No. 4 by Chopin, Transcendental Etude No. 5 "Feux Follets" by Liszt and L'Isle Joyeuse by Debussy.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Nodame Cantabile from 15 votes.

Last updated: oct 20, 2020

Comments

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I can only think of one thing when the great series Nodame Cantabile pops up into my mind... "GYAAAAAAAAAAAABO!" This is one of the finest animes that I've watched and if you have any interest in slice of life, romance/comedy and music, this is a no-brainer. You'll instantly fall in love with all of the characters, and the ever-developing dynamic between Chiaki and Nodame is truly a joy to behold. I can't get enough of the comedy in this series with the goofball Nodame anchoring it all down. The story is very well-done following the journey of these two through their college lives, with their love toward each other and with music. And my god. The music. If you have any interest in music, you'll be floored by all the spectacular classical pieces that they've worked into each episode. Time after time, the creators interweave a character's real-time analysis and feelings/emotions about a piece being played almost as a substitution for direct dialog to progress through countless critical scenes. You'll truly find depth in the pieces that could take an individual a life-time to notice. This is without a doubt one of the most fantastic romantic comedy animes out there (right there with Toradora although with less drama). Do yourself a favor and watch this ASAP.

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A very heart warming anime with a great plot. Every episode will make you want to watch more. All the Characters were incredible, Nodame was the best Obviously. Ending was a bit unsatisfactory, as there was no proper explanation of [spoiler]Nodame's and Chiaki's Relationship[/spoiler]. My Ratings - Season 01 : 9/10 Season 02 : 8.5/10 Season 03 : 8/10

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Very easy/fun anime to watch, especially the first season.

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