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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 - S1E23

#1 - Lesson 23: Future


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 from 17 votes.

Nodame Cantabile - S1E11

#2 - Lesson 11: Piano


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 from 18 votes.

Nodame Cantabile - S2E10

#3 - Lesson 10


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 from 12 votes.

Nodame Cantabile - S2E4

#4 - Lesson 4


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 from 13 votes.

Nodame Cantabile - S2E1

#5 - Lesson 1


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 from 17 votes.

Nodame Cantabile - S3E11
#6 - The Last Lesson
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 from 11 votes.
Nodame Cantabile - S1E7
#7 - Lesson 7: Kazuo's Many Years
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 from 19 votes.
Nodame Cantabile - S1E6
#8 - Lesson 6: Secession
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 from 17 votes.
Nodame Cantabile - S1E18
#9 - Lesson 18: Awakening
Season 1 - Episode 18

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

The episode was rated from 18 votes.
Nodame Cantabile - S1E9
#10 - Lesson 9: Music Festival
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 from 19 votes.

Last updated: oct 20, 2020



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.


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


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

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