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.
In the world of Prestal, Noble men perform noble deeds for noble purposes. All of this is performed under the careful gaze of the Guild, a race apart who live in cities in the sky. We see this world through the eyes of Claus Valca and Lavi Head, as their travels take us above, beyond and through Prestal, and their actions cause ripples that shall never fade.
Last Exile and Nodame Cantabile are NO WHERE NEAR similar shows, however, their characters play out very similarly. Both Nodame and Lavie are the female counterparts of the main male characters, and when times get tough, they break down and push away their loved one. Similarly, both Chiaki and Claus are strong willed men of action, and push through any obstacle that gets in their way.
Tadayasu Sawaki and his long-time hometown friend Kei Yuuki are finally away from home and ready to start university. They attend Tokyo's College of Agriculture, and the adventures start from day one! But that is to be expected, as Tadayasu has a special ability that is conducive to adventure and glory, especially in the world of agriculture and biology: the man can see, communicate, and interact with microbes! With ambitious sake-brewing upperclassmen, a sadistic postgraduate, and a clean-freak colleague, things can only become more exciting for the duo!
While both anime are a specialized comedic twist on the slice-of-life genre, they both prove to be very unique and can be appealing even to those who may not find anime with a school setting very interesting. At the same time, if you're a university student or can appreciate aspects of college life these series may appeal to you, as they both take place in/around a college.
The personalities found in both Moyashimon and Nodame Cantabile are a bit over the top, but are still very unique. Each of the cast characters are hard-working (most of the time) and have incredible talents that you don't find in most students. While the comedy is mostly slap-stick and a bit over the top, both are semi-educational in that Moyashimon and Nodame feature a plot around microbiology and classical music, respectively.
In other words, if you like anime that teaches you a little something new while focusing a funny cast with unique talents, both shows should strike the nail on the head.
Nitaro's mother passed before he was old enough to remember her, and after smallpox leaves him blind at a young age he finds a connection to her through music and her shamisen guitar. Happily, Nitaro finds out that he has an aptitude for the shamisen and his skills are soon recognized by a goze (a traveling female bard) who takes it upon herself to teach him the traditional style of play. However he quickly realizes how restrictive this style can be and, frustrated, he begins the long journey to find and perfect his own style of play.
Both of these series deal with classical music, Nodame Cantabile with the European style and Nitaboh with the traditional Japanese style. They are about accomplishing your dreams of music through hard work and dedication, and never deviating from the course that you have chosen no matter how difficult it is.
Awayuki Himeno is a normal schoolgirl who is in a bind: her father’s remarriage yielded two new cruel stepsisters, and to top it off, she meets seven men who call themselves Liefe Knights. They reveal to her that she's a Pretear, someone who can lend powers to them when their powers aren’t enough to defeat the evil creatures called mayouchuu. Now, she has to fight the ambitious Fenrir, whose only purpose is to leech the life force from all living beings. Can Himeno save the world and find a way to deal with her growing feelings for one of the Liefe Knights?
Both heroines in Nodame and Pretear have a partner who has a cold and grumpy facade but actually is very warm and gentle at their core . Both guys harsh most of the time to the heroines. So if you like that love-hate relationship where the heroine is often times the one who comes out stupid (^__^), careless and very cute/charming, I recommend these series.
Lonely Kaoru Nishimi has lost count of how many times he has moved schools thanks to his father's naval career. Newly landed in Kyushu, he finds most of his classmates instantly antagonistic towards him and suspicious of his elite background. Only two other students seem not to mind who he is – the infamously abrasive Sentarou and the gentle Ritsuko. Unbeknownst to Kaoru they have a passion for jazz, and they're about to pull him out of his stiff, joyless world into theirs of loose, swinging self-expression. Through friendship and frustration, love and despair, Kaoru will learn that life has a wealth of experiences in store for him!