Saturday, March 20, 2010

「Nodame Cantabile」

Today, I'll introduce 「Nodame Cantabile」 which is written by Tomoko Ninomiya.
This is the comic for girls which is really popular in Japan.
In fact, the series has been adopted as two different television series: award winning live-action drama and anime. And also, it was cinematized as a live-action movie twice.
You could see how famous this comic is, right? kkk
Then, I'll show you the summary of this comic.

Megumi Noda ( her nickname is Nodame) is a piano student at Momogaoka College of Music. She is an extremely talented pianist who want to be a preschool teacher. She prefers playing by ear rather than reading the music score. She is messy and disorganized, takes baths several days apart and loves to eat.
Shinichi Chiaki is Momogaoka's top student. Born into a musical family, he is talented in piano and violin and has secret ambitions to become a conductor. He is an arogant multi-lingual perfectionist. He wanted to go abroad to improve in his music skills. And also, others recommended him to study abroad because he has a talent. However, it was impossible to him because of his childhood phobia of airplanes and the ocean. Because of it, he felt there's no future in him. He disappointed at himself and grew desparate.
Then, they meet by accident. Nodame quickly falls in love, but it takes much longer for Chiaki to even begin to appreciate Nodame's unusual qualities. However, he noticed her hidden talent in piano and began to be with her to draw out her talent. The relationship causes them both to develop and grow. Along the way, they meet some crazy people ( I mean, a person with a striking personality) and make lusting friendships. Because of Nodame, Chiaki gets the opportunity to lead a student orchestra and begins to have a broader appreciation of people's musical abilities. Because of Chiaki, Nodame faces her fears and enters a piano competition. Opportunities open up as both begin taking risks, stretching themselves far more than they ever thought possible.

This comic puts a gag into the story. So, it doesn't makes you boring even if you don't know about music well. And also, this comic is good for enjoy learning music because this comic describes each song in details. Actually, it is one of the reasons why my piano's teacher likes this comic. kkk

In addition, several soundtrack albums of classical music of Nodame Cantabile have been released. I have some of them and those are really good^^♪ And also, the music score of selections from Nodame Cantabile has been sold. I have one of them and played some songs by piano ^^ Nodame Cantabile is very good comic to enjoy music ♪
This is one of the scenes in live-action drama.
This is the scene when the student orchestra showed to Chiaki how could they improve without him. The guy in the audience is Chiaki. The mongoose ( Nodame said it's mongoose)who plays a keyboard harmonica is Nodame. The song they are playing is Rhapsody in Blue (by Gershwin). It's one of my favorite songs in Nodame Cantabile^^

I really recommend you to read Nodame Cantabile^^
These sites show about it in details. (about live-action drama in Japanese) (about live-action movie in Japanese)

Thank you ^^☆

1 comment:

Alisha Stafford Feitosa said...

Ha! I wasn't expecting a giant mongoose!