When I first learnt about Nodame (pronounced no-dah-meh) I thought "hmmm. looks boring" but then remembered that was exactly the same thing I said to myself when I saw the ads for the film Phantom of the Opera. We went to see the live show at Her Majesty's Theatre back in London and loved it and enjoyed the film even more.
I say it to myself all the time but need to remind myself - "you never know until you try."
Nodame Cantabile revolves around Shinichi Chiaki who is a brilliant pianist who wants to become a conductor. When he was a young lad, he was in a plane *and* boat accident so is understandably scared of traveling - meaning that he's stuck in Japan - which also means that he cant go abroad to realize his dreams.
Chiaki meets a girl called Nodame ( the girl in the first pic of this post ) who is also a brilliant pianist who lives next to Chiaki. Nodame cant cook or tidy up and is rather messy - Chiaki ends up cleaning and cooking for her - its all rather sweet ^^;
Throughout the episodes we see how Chiaki and Nodame meet other characters and how they become involved with the S orchestra.
I think this is the only anime that has us in fits of laughter every episode (laughing is said to be medically good for one). I'm trying to pinpoint the type of person who would like this but cant - even mecha, more and bishojo lovers should give this a whirl.
Watching Nodame makes me wish that I could play an instrument - I'd probably choose the Piano.
For folks who are Nodame fans, you may be interested in the NDS game which came out a few days ago and the live action drama too.
My wife occasionally gets sets of manga that shes fond of from our local library and sought to ask about the availability of the original manga of Nodame Cantabile only to be told that there were 462 people already waiting!