Like [b:The Book Thief|19063|The Book Thief|Markus Zusak|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1352395325s/19063.jpg|878368], Nodame Cantabile is a series of books I would love to read, savor, read again, and sing about. If it were a person, I would marry it.
This is the image that started it all:
At the time, I wasn't into anime and manga the way I used to be in highschool, but then I saw this photo and fell in love with the guy
. Yes, I happen to have a penchant for falling for bishounen (those gorgeous men that plague anime whatever genre). I mean, look at them:Besides, Chiaki is a gorgeous classical pianist/conductor! Gimme!
From the synopsis:The son of a famous pianist, music student Shinichi Chiaki dreams of studying abroad and becoming a conductor like his mentor. Unfortunately, his fear of flying grounds his lofty plans! As he watches other classmates achieve what he has always wanted, Shinichi wonders if he should quit music altogether.
Then one day he meets fellow student Megumi Noda, also known as Nodame. This oddball girl cannot cook, clean, or even read a music score, but she can play the piano in incomparable Cantabile style. And she teaches Chiaki something that he has forgotten: to enjoy his music, no matter where he is.
It looks like your typical disillusioned guy meets manic pixie dream girl. But it's so much more than that.
What I got from this series is that to be successful, one must work hard and never let go of your dreams. It's going to be a hard road, but it'll be worth it. If you really love something, you strive hard to improve upon it. I know it's a little cliche, but it's true: When you love, you strive to be better.
This series is quirky funny, with a lot of quirky characters. And yet, I felt the realness of their problems. I was pleasantly introduced to the world of classical music and the people who want to make it in this industry. Being a frustrated musician myself, I was thoroughly invested in this world. I didn't even think I could enjoy classical music, but Nodame Cantabile made me appreciate it. But it's not just about the music.
The thing I loved most in this is how Tomoko Ninomiya created her characters. They all felt real and flawed, yet they were people you wanted to aspire to be. Be they minor or major characters, they come alive from the pages; you like them, you hate them, you don't forget them.
Chiaki and Nodame's relationship is strange, yet it works. Personally, I think it's perfect, because they bring out the best in each other, they challenge themselves and each other, and as a result, they become two very admirable characters. That goes with the other pairs in this series. They're the kind of relationships I just want to have.
*queue severe frustration*
I could go on and on. What can I say? I loved the weirdness!
I read the manga, watched the anime version
for this, and the drama version
, downloaded all episodes and movies, listened to almost every soundtrack, I have a stuffed toy of Nodame as a mongoose
, and the only thing that's missing is the complete collection of the Nodame Cantabile manga. I'm a crazed fan. It's been three years since I started this series, and two years when it ended. If I could, I would read the whole mange online again if it wasn't so bothersome to read manga online. I still rewatch the series, and it still brings tears to my eyes. Seriously, if you love this series like I do, I think we would be great friends.