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のだめカンタービレ (Nodame Cantabile)

I’ve recently finished watching a Japanese series called Nodame Cantabile* and it has left me beaming with renewed hope and inspiration. Based on a manga by Tomoko Ninomiya, Nodame Cantabile‘s live-action television drama version became an instant hit worldwide in 2006, as well as its Animé version in 2007.

Nodame Cantabile is a heartfelt story about a cheerful, aspiring pianist, Megumi “Nodame” Noda (played by Juri Ueno), and a strict, aspiring conductor, Shinichi Chiaki (played by Hiroshi Tamaki), and their beautiful journey together where they’ve learned what it means to dream, live, and love.


There are three things I like about this series. First, it courageously tackles finding oneself and fulfilling one’s dreams despite all odds and limitations. Second, it generously features classical music such as the brilliant works of Rachmaninov, Liszt, Brahms, Gershwin, Beethoven, Chopin, Bach, Debussy, Schumann, Stravinsky, Schubert, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, and Mozart. Finally, although it is a serious story, it is filled with funny, Animé-ish humor that will tickle the childlike fancy in all of us.

I recommend Nodame Cantabile live action drama series, which is comprised of two seasons and four short movies, to everyone who loves pursuing dreams, classical music, and light, goofy humor. ♥

*In music, “cantabile” means “in a smooth, lyrical, flowing style.”


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