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Nodame Cantabile

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The studious and uptight Chiaki is well-known as the top pianist of his school, and dreams of becoming a world-class conductor like his idol, Viera; but his fear of flying (which makes studying abroad impossible) combined with a recent break-up and dismissal from his piano instructor causes that future to seem both bleak and unlikely. After collapsing outside of his apartment, drunk, Chiaki inadvertently meets a young woman named Nodame who, while quite talented at the piano, is unclean, clumsy, and haphazard. Despite being almost polar opposites, the two begin to grow closer and work, together, to overcome the obstacles in their careers.

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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Nodame Cantabile: Paris TV 2008 Sequel
Nodame Cantabile: Special Lesson DVD Special 2008 Side Story Episode released with the DVD boxset. Set between episodes 8 and 9.
Puri Gorota: Uchuu no Yuujou Daibouken OVA 2008 TBD
Nodame Cantabile OVA OVA 2009 Same Franchise Special OVA released with volume 22 of the manga.
Nodame Cantabile: Finale TV 2010 Same Franchise
Nodame Cantabile: Finale Special DVD Special 2010 Same Franchise
Nodame Cantabile OVA 2 OVA 2010 Same Franchise Special OVA released with volume 24 of the manga.

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Nodame Cantabile 2001 TBD
Name Role
Shuichi SHIMAMURA Character Design
Kenichi KASAI Director
Suguru MATSUTANI Music
Tomoko NINOMIYA Original Manga Creator
Kouji YAMAMOTO Producer
Atsuya TAKASE Producer
Nobuhiro OSAWA Producer
Yukihiro ITO Producer

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Nodame Cantabile Arcanum 8.5/10 Oct 2, 2007

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Lovely Complex

Lovely Complex is a story of a boy and a girl. The girl, Koizumi Risa, is much taller than the average Japanese girl; and the boy, Atsushi Otani, is much shorter than the average Japanese boy. Due to their immense difference in size and constant bickering with each other, the duo is unwillingly the school’s comic relief. As Risa and Otani continue to provide endless laughter for the masses, their friendship develops; and with that, so does Risa’s feelings for Otani...

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VivisQueen

Both anime approach romantic comedy with a similar odd-couple device. The couples start off disliking each other, then find through their life experiences that they share something quite deep and unique. Although Lovely Complex is 'cuter' than Nodame Cantabile (which occasionally gets serious in tone), the comic sketches are of the same level of silliness. More than that, Lovely Complex has a similar depth of characterisation whilst getting the same hard laughs out of you.

Sandineyes

Nodame may put romance on the backburners for a good bit of the series, whereas Lovely Complex is almost purely about it, but the relationships in both series have a remarkably similar love/hate/stupidity thing going on. Both have some silly humour, but treat the romance parts seriously.

lungcancer

Watching a girl fall head over heels for a guy has never been so entertaining. Both Animes share that aspect, along with alot of hilarious situations to accompany the engaging story.

doremouse

Similar relationships in both stories. The guy and the girl actually behave like a married couple from the very first moment they meet. Except the guy is a bit slow in seeing this funny eccentric girl as his girlfriend. How long will it take him to forget his prejudice and realise how good she is for him?

Both series are positive and funny as well as romantic and psychologically accurate.

Piano no Mori

Piano no Mori
  • Movie (1 ep x 100 min)
  • 2007

Born into the wealthy family of a famous musician, Shu Amamiya feels it is his fate to become a professional pianist. But when he transfers to a new elementary school, his goal is threatened by an obnoxious classmate, Ichinose Kai, who has the ability to produce beautiful sound from a piano that was thought to be broken. The two quickly become friends; however, their friendship is tested when they face off in a competition to determine who has the better skill, greatest ambition, and the strongest love for the piano.

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Himitsu

Piano no Mori and Nodame Cantabile are not on the same level when it comes to comedy, but then the surrounding storyline would be about playing music. There are unique plays of character relationships and interactions in the two titles. What was most common, in my opinion, was having a main character as a prodigy piano player, yet they play "wildly" or not according to the professional way of playing the piano.

VivisQueen

Not only are the two about classical music, they really go out of their way using masterful music and stunning animation to capture the passion involved in this musical genre. In both Nodame Cantabile and Piano no Mori, the characters are driven by their different motivations for playing music, but in the end, the only thing that can produce truly moving sound is a love for what you do. Inspiring and sensory delights, both anime are worth checking out if you liked either one of them first.

eaper

Each of these have a similar theme of trying to make it into the world of the pianist. Also, each one has a character that has raw talent but lacks practice and one that has both.

whimsical

These two are animes about gifted piano players who are different to conventional pianists. They both have beautiful animation as well as sound. Nodame is about a college going girl while Piano no mori is about a child. In both these anime the main characters have an exceptional sense for music and both are worth a watch!

Skip Beat!

Skip Beat!

Kyoko moves to the big city with the prince of her dreams Shotaro; he wants to make it big in the entertainment business, so she works hard at many different jobs to support him as he achieves his dream. However, one day, Kyoko accidentally discovers the horrible truth: the love of her life thinks of her as a 'plain and boring woman!' Outraged, Kyoko swears revenge – she will make it even bigger than Shotaro in the entertainment world. The only question is, how will she fulfill her desire?

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kujika

I think it's very possible that you'll like that anime too, because...

... both anime have eccentric yet talented female leads, who have their own share of self-doubts though.They are not annoying like girls from many other anime tend to be.

... the main male lead is a genius and most of the time acts aloof but likes to tease.

... the comedy is actually something to laugh about too.

... many new chars are gradually introduced, making the plot interesting.

Kjubaran

Its same way: energetic girl with talented-all-wanted charismatic guy as senpay-lover.

Even Nodame is ended and Skip beat not...so maybe this is difference but...i think you will like it

eaper

I'm not completely sure what draws these series together in my mind, but it is probably sense of comedy in each series is extremely similar and extremely well done.

electricutie

Both center around an eccentric female lead who's natural abilities are nothing short of genius. They both work hard to refine their skills through-out the series, idolizing tsundere males. 

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Glass Mask (2005)

Glass Mask (2005)

Maya is a dreamy young girl whose clumsiness is matched only by her absent-mindedness. While others have given up on her, the legendary actress Tsukikage sees her hidden potential and offers to take Maya under her tutelage. Maya loves the theatre more than anything, and as there's not much she can do about it at home, she chooses to run away with Tsukikage. The world of theatre is harsh, however, especially for a naive young girl far away from home. While she finds new friends who support her, her mentor has powerful enemies and Maya is often on the receiving end of their ruthless plans. In face of the adversity, Maya must constantly fight to develop her skills to catch up with her unbelievably talented rival, Ayumi, if she hopes to inherit Tsukikage's legendary role: The Crimson Goddess.

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Darkest

it both about girl, who have extraordinary talent but they not yet enough skilled. Also it both have clearly expressed romantic notes.

RAQ154

Both animes revolves around passion, in nodame cantabile , nodame had passion to learn piano while in glass mask maya devoted herself for actingIf you like one , you will like other 

wiseleo

The Glass Mask is a masterpiece made by a perfectionist. It is by far the #1 anime on my list. It will grip you starting with episode 1 (just try to not show emotion at the swim scene) and will not let you go.

The stories are similar in how characters gradually become  world-class performers.

Watch the OVAs as well. :)

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Ouran High School Host Club

Ouran High School Host Club

Ouran High is a school for the extremely wealthy or, in Haruhi's case, the extremely talented. But no amount of talent will help when Haruhi accidentally drops an eight million yen vase in a music room. The vase was the property of Ouran High School Host Club, a group of attractive young men who, for a fee, provide their time and affections for their lovesick clientele: the female students. Fascinated by this strange new specimen, a poor and clumsy commoner, they force Haruhi to work for them until the debt is repaid; but they get a lot more than they bargained for...

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roukew

The story is different and the kind of humor is a bit different. But somehow, thinking of these titels I can't help but connect them in my mind. It might be the art style that does it, but I really think they should be watched both (and will be enjoyed both) if you liked either one of them.

sorako

Both are centered around the idea of a humorous love story that seem to inch along each episode involving more friendly characters to expand the cast and plot. The characters are lovable, each falling into a unique "anime cliche" (from the dark, handsome lead, to the cute chibi chan, to your favorite afro cross-dresser) that only make you smile more and become more invested in the entire cast. Seriously, if you're a fan of comedic love stories, both are for you!

eaper

Each of the series are centered around absurd love stories with plenty of laughs. Beyond that there isn't much in common, but I still think each series would be enjoyed by anyone that enjoyed the other.

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