Nodame Cantabile (2006-2008)
Directed By: Hideki Takeuchi
Manga Created By: Tomoko Ninomiya
My first Japanese drama is the live-action adaptation of Nodame Cantabile.
I never read the manga nor have I watched the anime version. I have no interest in the manga, but I should watch the anime since the classical music performances are amazing. Personally, I think music theme manga should be heard and visually appreciated as oppose to being read. So you probably won’t see me reading the manga, and I know I should actually watch the anime, but I haven’t gotten any interest in doing so.
Shinichi Chiaki is an arrogant perfectionist and dreams of being a conductor. He’s even the top student at Momogaoka College of Music. While Megumi Noda or “Nodame” is a piano prodigy, but prefers to play by ear instead of reading musical notes. She is a bit messy and eccentric.
The two meet accidentally, and Nodame quickly becomes infatuated with Chiaki. It takes Chiaki a while to accept Nodame’s personality and strange traits. Yet their relationship helped each other to grow and develop as better people. In addition, they develop everlasting friendships with fellow students at the college.
When watching Japanese dramas, especially when they are adapted from manga, actors and actresses tend to overexaggerate their manga character counterparts. I’ve gotten used to it, but it does tend to make the characters seem fake.