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.
Fourteen-year-old Amano Ichigo is a would-be pâtissière who acquired her love of sweets from her late grandmother’s desserts. After meeting the talented Henri Lucas at a local sweets festa, Amano convinces her parents to let her attend the culinary Marie Academy so that she can fulfill her dream. However, as she’s only armed with a positive attitude and no real cooking skills, Amano quickly finds herself at the bottom of the class. Luckily, she soon meets Vanilla, a sweets spirit who’s here to help Amano reach her full potential. Alongside good friends such as Rumi and the three gorgeous Princes of Sweets, Amano will bake, mix and sift her way to the top!
both anime is about a gifted heroine and meeting and helping interesting people as she goes along with life.
Although they don't seem to have much in common, both are about lovable, klutzy girls with a lot of hidden talent the story of how they realize their abilities and follow their dreams.
The story lines are similar despite the two fields of the culinary and musical arts being very different. Both of the main characters meet people who help them realize their dreams and teach them how to get ahead in that field. They both even wind up in Paris => Another interesting similarity is the level of detail both anime go into with regards to their respective field. After watching Yummeiro Patissiere you start seeing chocolate in a whole new light, and after watching Nodame Cantabile, music suddenly seems much more interesting as well.
If you liked one, you're sure to enjoy the other.
Holding strictly to his family's creed, Kou Ichinomiya has never once, in his life of privilege, owed anything to anyone – that is, until a self-proclaimed Venusian named Nino saves him from drowning in the wake of a dire accident involving Kou's pants. Eternally indebted to the supposed extraterrestrial, Kou moves into her little community under the bridge along the Arakawa river. Ripped from his life of luxury and success, the young Tokyo U graduate now must adjust to his well-appointed hovel, strange new neighbors, and peculiar lover, Nino.
Both titles involve a young, handsome, successful male protagonist who finds himself in the company of people he wants nothing to do with, at the forefront of which is a strange girl. As the girl uncovers more of the guy's softer side, a romantic relationship develops. Nodame Cantabile and Arakawa under the Bridge will appeal to older audiences who enjoy outgoing, explosive comedy that point to deeper themes.
Neo Venezia, the pride of planet Aqua, is a quaint city filled with canals and easy-going people. Many companies operate their gondolas on the canals, giving tours to tourists and locals alike, but the most famous of them is the Aria Company. Follow the adventures of Aria's young apprentice, Akari, as she learns the tricks of the trade from her beautiful senior, Alicia. Together with her friends Aika and Alice, apprentices of rival companies, and their seniors Akira and Athena, they train their skills as gondoliers, meeting new people and learning new things about the city each day.
Yano Motoharu is the most popular guy in class, the school’s basketball ace, and highly charismatic to boot! No wonder Nanami Takahashi can’t resist falling in love with him. When Yano returns Nana’s feelings, things seem too good to be true and the two begin a relationship; but Yano has a contradictory personality which confuses Nana most of the time. On top of that, tragic events in Yano’s past won’t stop haunting their relationship. Unable to halt their passionate feelings, are Yano and Nana heading for disaster or can they save each other from irreparable hurt?
Both Nodame Cantabile and Bokura ga Ita feature sweet, slow-paced, relationship-centered stories that are surely to melt one's heart. Both series also feature top-notch soundtracks and are sure to absorb the viewer into the characters that are hard not to love.
Chihaya Ayase is a famous beauty at her school, but she’s far from a conventional girl. Three years ago in her final year of elementary school, Chihaya and her friend Taichi became infatuated with the card game, Karuta, after connecting with a lonely boy named Arata Wataya. But when the trio graduated from elementary school, they each went their separate ways but shared one common goal: to excel in the game and meet each other at the national championships. Now, Chihaya is attempting to share her passion for the game by creating a competitive Karuta club at school, but when she reunites with Taichi it seems that maybe she’s the only one with the intention of fulfilling their childhood promise...
Another josei series about another eccentric girl completely devoted to her hobby/sport/instrument. There's a bit of romance, a diverse cast, and a very in-depth, yet accessable look into the subject matter. The main difference is that I (and probably most other people) find music much more interesting than karuta, so Nodame Cantabile ends up being a more rewarding viewing experience, whereas Chihayafuru gets bogged down by epidode after episode of matches of a card game that I'm only sort-of interested in.