Nodame Cantabile Live-Action Review

I can sum up this show in one word; brilliant. Everything about it was AMAZING. There are so many reasons why this show is a groundbreaking title in its genre (and why it is superior to the manga and anime it is based off of).

I will admit that the show was a little hard to get into at first, but once the characters started to develop I just couldn’t stop watching it.

I loved the use of language in the show. I understand French and German (and of course, English), so this show was really fun to watch coming from the perspective of someone who has studied music and is fluent in more than one language.

I was impressed that for the most part the show was filmed ON LOCATION. This means that when the characters had a concert in Italy, they shot footage; IN ITALY. This shows that directors really took the representation of the show’s visual aspect serious.

The music in the show was outstanding. The directors pulled in all of the classical pieces most music enthusiasts are familiar with but gave them a twist and new life at each concert that Chiaki conducted throughout the series.

The most amusing aspect of the show is the female lead, Nodame, who THANK GOD is not a tragic heroine in distress type that we see in so many other shows. Nodame is not at all what you would expect a classical pianist to be. She is a slob. She never practices her music. She falls asleep on ransom park benches. She drives her mentor, Chiaki, crazy. And she is WONDERFUL. You come to love every one of her dysfunctions the more you watch the show and love her for her quirkiness.

The male lead Chiaki is just amusing as a neat-freak conductor who has a fear of flying on airplanes. This prevents him from becoming a world class conductor in Europe because he can’t leave his home country of Japan. Fortunately, he meets the quirky female lead Nodame who encourages to pursuit his dreams and overcome his fear of flying. This is cleverly paralleled with his fear of failure and not living up to other people’s expectations. By listening to Nodame’s advice, he learns to overcome his fears of flying and not becoming a world class conductor, one concert performance at a time.

I can’t tell you enough how much I love this show! It has just the right amount of humor and touching moments. There are a lot of really good life lessons in it, especially the reoccurring theme of never giving up, no matter how many times you fail. I also love the friendship between all of the characters and the relationship that develops between Chiaki and Nodame. This has easily become one of my favorite dramas of all time. Chiaki and Nodame forever!

The show will make you laugh. It will make you cry. It will make you think about your life and how everything you do impacts the people closest to you for better or for worse. It will make you want to be part of the music making experience, as it centers on the progression of different musicians as they make their way through college and then the larger music industry when they go out into the world after they graduate from their individual music programs.

This show will please audiences of all ages and will continue to inspire viewers to pursuit their life goals, no matter how impossible or out of reach they may seem.


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