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Lately, I’ve been craving to watch a new anime series, and I decided to finally check out Nodame Cantabile. I’ve always wanted to watch it because the anime featured classical music, which I adore as an aficionado and as an amateur musician myself. So I started it last night and spent all of my Sunday watching the first season. Below is my spoiler-free review!
* THIS ANIME CAUSES PURE CLASSICAL MUSIC ORGASM. All the orchestra scenes, the piano performances, all the musical terminology being featured in the anime . . . *_* I was in classical music heaven!
* All the supporting characters (From Mine to Masumi to even Stresemann . . . they really added to the whole series.
* I was impressed they added a couple of homosexual characters to the series. It somehow made things feel a bit more realistic.
* THE CLASSICAL MUSIC. Yes, I am emphasising this again!
* Maybe it’s just me, but I almost felt like Chiaki was almost too perfect (despite his fear of flying and his uber-strict musicianship) of a character. I mean . . . good looks, rich, talented, smart, domesticated, and all those musical abilities . . . I dunno. I think I preferred someone like Mine over him.
* A lot of the classical pieces performed in the episodes are ones I’m not familiar with — which is a good thing since I get more exposure to different classical pieces. However, it’d be still nice to have a lot more pieces that are “overrated” and “famous” once in a while!
* In the first episode, Nodame intrigued me (her incredibly messy ways and her hygiene . . . ) but then she pulled the whole “I LOVE YOU SENPAI” thing and acted really stupid . . . ugh. Ever since she proclaimed her love for Chiaki, I’ve lost any respect for her. She’s a great player, I admit, but her annoying love for Chiaki just turned me off. Yes, I’m aware this anime is supposed to be a romantic comedy, but I think it would have been better without the whole romantic aspect.
* I did mention I liked Stresemann, but man his philandering ways were just too much for me. I don’t deny he’s a good conductor, but I’d certainly would not want to go partying with him!
It wasn’t a bad anime per se, but it wasn’t exactly the best thing I’ve ever seen neither. I mean, I really think it would have been better if Nodame hadn’t gone the “I LOVE YOU” route with Chiaki . . . I tried to like her, and there were times she was all right, but I found myself just getting aggravated with her throughout the whole series.
I did enjoy all the classical music bits in the anime. In fact, those are the only reasons why I’d even bother to watch the next two seasons. But I dunno if I can stomach any more of Nodame. Twenty-three episodes of her was a bit too much for me.