I’ve been looking forward to watching the Nodame Cantabile anime ever since that one Gin Iro no Chord anime disappointed the band nerd inside of me. So is Nodame Cantabile the band anime I’ve been waiting for?
Nodame Cantabile is the story of Chiaki Shinichi, a top pianist who wants to become a professional conductor. He kind of ruins his whole school career by fighting with his piano instructor, but it’s okay since he doesn’t want to become a professional pianist anyway.
By chance (and by chance, I mean passed out while drunk), he meets Noda Megumi, or “Nodame” for short. She takes him into her super messy room and begins playing piano to cure his hangover. Or something. Chiaki promptly escapes and finds out that his apartment is actually next door.
The next day at school, Nodame runs over to Chiaki bringing him his belt that he left at the apartment. Rumors and speculation abound. “Nodame and Chiaki-sama did what!?” While lounging at home, Chiaki gets a whiff of some crazy funk and finds out it’s Nodame’s room. He actually goes in there and cleans the place up for her.
Later on, Chiaki finds out that his new teacher is also Nodame’s teacher. He instructs them to play a piano duet, Mozart’s sonata in D major K448 together. It’s the same one that Tamaki plays in Ouran High School Host Club! They get 8 minutes to practice, and when they start, Nodame totally screws it up.
Chiaki forces Nodame to practice with him, and also washes her hair. Yeah, Chiaki is kind of a clean freak. They end up playing the duet well for the next lesson, though Nodame is noticeably “doki doki.” She ends up thinking that she might be in love with Chiaki! Chiaki flat-out denies this.
I’m fairly convinced that this’ll be the anime for me to watch this season. Forget about the lolis, this is an anime about music! I hope they start doing Yakitate-style explanations of music theory!
It’ll really be interesting to see how Chiaki’ and Nodame’s opposite personalities will interact. Like Nodame will totally mess up her room only a day after Chiaki cleans it. I really think Nodame is a really interesting character. She’s actually cute in that “what a weirdo” kinda way. She makes some pretty weird faces when she plays. Plus her piano bag totally owns.
The animation quality is what you would expect from J.C. Staff. The backgrounds are the typical watercolor ones that they like to use. I like the attention they paid to detail. Like the piece of music they showed was the part that they were actually playing.
The OP and ED are surprisingly not piano duets! The OP is this electronic-ish rock. The ED sounds like something you’d hear on a DDR soundtrack. At first I didn’t like the ED, but it’s grown on me. I’d say that I like the OP and ED equally now.
Sure, I’ve only seen about four of the new Winter 2006 anime, but I’m thinking Nodame Cantabile will be the one I stick with. I’m not sure how many anime I’ll be able to watch, but this one goes at the top of my list for now. I mean, how often does an anime about music come along? All they need is an awesome trumpet playing character now.