Nodame Cantabile, Volume 1

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345481726
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/26/2005
  • Series: Nodame Cantabile Series , #1
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2008

    a fun-to-read classic!

    This is a graphic novel that anyone can enjoy. It humorously explores the challenge of pursuing perfection without losing the original wonder of the music. It is easy for a non-musician to get around the musical technicalities and appreciate the vast array of colorful characters in store--led by none other than Chiaki and Nodame. There has never been a more mismatched pair--hot-tempered perfectionist Chiaki and the incorrigibly eccentric Nodame--yet despite their differences, their love of music draws them together and inspires them both to pursue their abandoned dreams. There is little drama in this series, and while some might watch the growing relationship between Chiaki and Nodame very closely, the focus is much more on the daily lives of these crazy individuals. Personally, I've found the relative levity of the plotline to be refreshing. That said, the value of what this series has to offer should not be overlooked. 'Nodame Cantabile' is truly heartwarming--an unforgettable mix of humor, craziness, passion, and the importance of friendship.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2007

    I love this series

    I can't even begin to tell you how many times I've started a manga series just to stop a couple of volumes or even chapters in because I'm bored out of my mind. (I'm a book reader so I find the pictures to be bothersome.) This series has actually managed to keep my interest enough that I've ready every bit of it that I can find anywhere. I watched the live action show first and can say that it is one of the closest adaptations I've ever seen of any written media to film or tv. In reading the manga afterward I was amazed at how well the live action stuck to the original story. Think '300' where the director chose panels from the comic to build to and you'll have an idea of what they did with the tv series. This manga series will definitely make you into a fan of classical music, even if you've never been partial to it. If you've never heard Chopin's etudes (featured in this manga and the show) I highly recommend them as being both very fun to listen to while at the same time broadcasting their difficulty to even the most musically dumb among us. Nodame is sweet, determined, and incredibly messy. Chiaki is cold and aloof on the surface but every once in a while you get a glimpse at what lies beneath. The supporting cast is great. I can't decide whether I like Mine or Masumi better. This series is definitely worth giving a try. I'm glad I took a chance on it and you will be, too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2007

    Sweet, funny, and inspiring

    This manga was an incredibly wonderful read. Chiaki's disappointed outlook and Nodame's out-of-this-world messiness really bring together a hilarious yet inspiring story. How Chiaki makes friends and moves toward his dream (stumbling all the while) really made my heart go out to him. And Nodame's amazing cantabile is sure to get any piano player back on the keys!

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