Nodame Cantabile

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Your lie in April

Your lie in April

Kousei Arima was a genius pianist until his mother's sudden death took away his ability to play. Each day was dull for Kousei. But, then he meets a violinist named Kaori Miyazono who has an eccentric playing style. His monotonus life was about to change forever.

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EdtheRadical EdtheRadical says...

Both stories are about music and romance.  The characters have intriguing pasts and both have a great elements of comedy. 

theholyduck theholyduck says...

Your lie in april seems to be setting up to be a more childhood romance oriented, less serious anime in the same vein as Nodame Cantabille, It uses the same character archtypes, and it seems to be setting up the same kind of classical music focus. Where they differ is that Your lie in april is going for a much more, sparkling flowery rainbow vibe. So unless you object to that, give the other a go. 

PSNick PSNick says...

They both deal with music. Even though Nodame might be a little more "serious" in the way it deals with it, the music and art of "Your lie in april" can't be taken lightly. Highly recommend both shows.

trinhma trinhma says...

SPOILER!!

They are both about music. Piano to be exactly. 

The stories are similar but the age of the characters are different, which means the personalities are different. 

Both main chracters are traumatized about something. 

asterris asterris says...

Both have musical aspects to them and has a main character who's life is changed by the girl main character (and vice versa).

Nodame's plot ended up leaning away from romance and focusing on 'finding one's place in life', spanning several years, while it appears that Your Lie in April is about a shorter period of time and overcomeing one's past, or future...

Atalea Atalea says...

Both involve a guy with some sort of trauma and a playful girl who enlightens their life through music. Nodame Cantabile is a bit more serious than Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, but both are great shows!

un1que un1que says...

Nodame Cantabile... Just like this anime, I fell in love with that one as well right off the bat. The music, the story, everything about it. I personally LOVE classical music and my childhood "dream" was to become a classical conductor of sorts for the boston symphony. This anime and it's manga are phenomenal. Straight out of a Wikipedia this should save enough."The series has been adapted as three different television series: as an award-winning live-action drama that aired in 2006 followed by a sequel television special that aired in January 2008, and as an anime series spanning three seasons with the first one broadcast in 2007, the second one in 2008 and the third one aired in 2010. Two live-action movie sequels to the television drama, with the same actors, were produced with release dates of 18 December 2009 and April 2010.In addition, several soundtrack albums of classical music have been released, as well as three video games."

wiseleo wiseleo says...

Nodame is not nearly as sad and the music is better. The story will introduce you to what happens behind the scenes of a symphony orchestra. Its soundtrack is out of this world amazing. They recreated the imperfection of an entire orchestra, which could not have been easy. If you liked the sound in Your lie, you will be enthralled with Nodame.

Your lie also involves piano and features a few interesting music scenes. Be warned that it is a very very sad story. I think the best music is in episodes 2, 18, 21, and 22.

LiXue LiXue says...

Both anime's are about music. Both Kousei from Your Lie in April and Chiaki from Nodame Cantabile were raised musically and stick to scores while both love interests are free spirits who play how they want with almost no regard for the score. And while I personally think Nodame Cantabile isn't as serious as Your Lie in April, they are both music animes and the main characters do have overlapping qualities.

AllenCz AllenCz says...

Do you enjoy classic music? Are you interested in romance themes?

Then both animes are made jsut for you! In each of them you can met various artists, find dramatic plot and you will not be bored watching it. ;)

JVAnimeReviews JVAnimeReviews says...

Both musical anime's with lot's of focus on character development and character relationships.

memojuez memojuez says...

Both Anime Series are premised on improving oneself and one's relationships while doing one's best to reach the pinnacle of one'sdiscipline in musicality.  Bothshows  huge favorites of mine.

LadyPsychic LadyPsychic says...

Both anime are about a male character (who has gone through some sort of trauma) who's life is changed after meeting a female character.  Both series have romantic themes and involve classical music.  While Nodame Cantabile is more light-hearted, both series will likely appeal to the same audience.

Santis523 Santis523 says...

No spoilers here:

They both have a beautiful story of how it doesn't matter what obsticals may come your way, you have the strength to overcome them no matter what. 

Also they both show that just a little kindness can go a long way.

Now for the obvious reasons. 

They both are music oriented.

They both have a distressed main character with an obstical to overcome.

They both have Beautiful love stories.

and they both have stuff in their past that hinders them.

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FullmetalDragon FullmetalDragon says...

Both series are romances set around classical music, involving a fairly uptight pianist and a carefree girl. Lots of awesome music in both. 

erikaxvanessa erikaxvanessa says...

Both animes include music as a main theme, with a vary "strict" by the book male pianist and a more free, erratic female protagonists who makes music their own. The personalities of the female protanogists are similar. Both bring in elements of comedy.

Your lie in April is just more "poetic" than Nodame Cantible.

melethorn melethorn says...

Because of the solid musical foundation in both series. The romantic angle is different, as well as the general feel I would say. Nodame is in my view a lighter series, despite them both being dramas. Your lie in april is more on the bittersweet side throughout. I found the writing and musical knowledge behind both captivating tho, and being a lover of classical music, had immense pleasure of both series.

odee2004 odee2004 says...

They are both the same in terms of music and love story though the other one is tragic. 

I'm sure you will have a good time watching the too serie. :)

La Corda D'Oro ~primo passo~

La Corda D'Oro ~primo passo~

Hino Kahoko is a sophomore at a high school which caters to both general students, and the musically elite. On the first day of class, Hino meets a fairy named Lili and is entrusted with a magical violin; this violin has the ability to express the music in someone’s heart, even if they do not possess the talent for playing the instrument. With the violin in her care, Hino must now compete in a musical competition, but the guilt of not having true musical talent consumes her. Lili’s dream is to bring happiness to people with music, but Hino isn’t sure she has what it takes to be the one to do it. Can Hino perservere, or will she abandon Lili’s dream?

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palefox palefox says...

Nodame and La Corda are quite similar in that they both are about music and have a romantic feel. La Corda d'Oro is a bit more of a Shojo anime, with plenty of bishonen and bits of romance. Still, you would probably enjoy the music and fall in love with the characters too!

icehanyou icehanyou says...

Both series are full of music and fun. The main character in Nodame is very much like Hino because she doesn't think that she can play very well; but in reality everyone loves to hear her play. No magic violin is in Nodame, though... just a normal piano. 

tetra tetra says...

If you love classical music and anime about people who love classical music you really should watch both Nodame and la Corda d'Oro. Additionally both anime are beautifully animated, and has well thought out plots.

LaughOnceInARedMoon LaughOnceInARedMoon says...

Both Nodame Cantabile and La Corda D'Oro follows a group of students going to school for music, and involves the competitions that they participate in. If you enjoy classical music I think you would like these series.

Kez Kez says...

Both animes are very similar. Nodame in Nodame Cantabile plays differently based on her feelings at the time. This is also how Hino from La Corda played her violin. Both are very emotional and leave an emotional impact.

algelic algelic says...

Both series focus on the «discovery» of the true concept of music by music students. While the theme might be the same, these two shows have completely different moods. In Nodame you'll spend half the time laughing, while in Corda d'Oro it's mostly a serious mood sometimes bordering on depressive. Not to say that Corda is a bad anime... I liked it very much. It's just that it has a completely different take on music. Other major difference: in Nodame there are many interesting and different characters and many plot twists... while in Corda there are less characters, who aren't very different, and the story isn't that unpredictable.

kevn57 kevn57 says...

Both are about music students, and both have strong female lead characters that are just a bit strange. Both animes have a strong appreciation of classical music and just by watching you can't help but learn something new about music.

Fonz Fonz says...

Both series features competitions involving classical instruments and follow characters in their evolving relationships with other participants and with music itself.

risuta risuta says...

La Corda D'Oro and Nodame Cantabille are both music anime that combine classical music, with romance and a bit of comedy! If you liked the beautiful music and sweet moments of one of them, you'll find the same characteristics while watching the other! They are both cute and you will surely enjoy watching one if yo have watched end liked the other!

Caramelo Caramelo says...

Both animes are about music! Music lovers are sure to enjoy them. The realtionships in between the characters are sweet too, just that for La Corda, the ending was a bit wrong because the main character didn't end up with anyone. At least the animators didn't make it apparent.. But overall, both La Corda and Nodame Cantabile are really good!

chamomille chamomille says...

Both series let you enjoy the master pieces of classical music. You can learn about hard work that people studying music must face and the sacrifices they have to make. If you liked one, you would surely liked the other.

MariJine MariJine says...

A strong musical theme is present in both animes. Both heroines exhibit an inate love and joy in playing their respective instruments. Both heroines are also happily surrounded by handsome males that add romantic interests and comedy to their lives at school. It is inspiring to see the growth each character makes along the way throughout each story!

sorcerer101 sorcerer101 says...

If you like Nodame Cantabile then you would also like la corda D"Oro ~primo passo~. I"m saying this because both of them mostly have music in them. Also, both anime starts out as music but, in the middle-ish alot of love is coming through. And thats what they have mostly in comman.

joykimlee joykimlee says...

Both are sugoi to watch, listen, feel, learn, enjoy and appreciate classical music through the eyes, ears and heart of a female student protaganist.  Even hard rockers will convert into classical buffs.  Must watch for all music lovers!

Vinniesama Vinniesama says...

Well, as someone said before me, yes, both are romance stories with the theme of classical music heavily poured upon both.La Corda D'Oro is paced a lot faster than Nodame Cantabile, and has more characters.In short, if you love classical music and a good hunk of drama to get your teeth into, Nodame Cantabile and La Corda D'Oro are the animes to look out for. ^_^

Chia5ra Chia5ra says...

  1. classical music
  2. shoujo
  3. music school
  4. especially for music lovers
  5. invokes passion for music
  6. increase music knowlege

Honey and Clover

Honey and Clover

Art college: cradle of romance, home of bittersweet moments. Takemoto is struggling to find his direction in life, while his roommates Morita and Mayama are moving confidently - or recklessly - towards their goals. Enter Hagu-chan, the childlike and beautiful prodigy whom everyone admires; and thus the love triangles begin. Together, the trio explore the pain of first love, the trials of romantic conflict, and our loyalty to those annoying people who happen to be our closest friends.

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Roxas Roxas says...

Both shows are slice-of-life shows centered around college students trying to get along in their careers while dealing with various personal issues. The episodes of each show have a very similar feel, and both contain both a healthy amount of humor and serious plot/character development. Nodame Cantabile is less episodic, but otherwise the two are quite similar.

Aydan Aydan says...

These two anime have the same feel, same atmosphere, although it must be said that Nodame Cantabile is focused one less people, while Honey and clover has different couples to explore.

Ariadna Ariadna says...

Honey and Clover and Nodame Cantabile are realistic and emotional; they are made to reflect a part of our lives: college. While watching, you may fall in love with art and also with the characters that are so well-developed. Both series are about dreams, about people, and their thoughts and doings. Surely, they will change your vision of the future. Indeed, they are two masterpieces of the genre.

KasugaSan KasugaSan says...

If you happened to like josei anime with a bit of slice of life, then Honey Clover and Nodame are good choices.  Both stories revolve around college students and their quests for inspiration and love.

Dragoon24 Dragoon24 says...

Both series have a collegian atmosphere and involve one-sided love. While the characters are vastly different, both series concentrate heavily with the development of the main characters and how they "grow-up". If you've enjoyed one, you'll probably like the other.

argona argona says...

both have the same atmosphere and feeling:cute,lovely,relaxing and of course funny with slices of life.though nodame cantabile is less episodic and centers on less characters.in both we see different characters becoming friends and filling the empty places of each other's life.

Stellar Stellar says...

Honey and clover is an anime that takes you through a broad spectrum of feelings over the 26 episodes it lasts. This is thanks to a well written story and interesting characters acting it out. Nodame Cantebile does the same thing, but with more comedy and more music. You will also recognize a familiar animation style if you've seen either because they are very similar.

jurexplay jurexplay says...

Well, starting with animation, both anime are very similiar. I'm not sure about the studio's they were produced in but watching NC I can't get rid of the image of H&C, it kept distracting me in the begining. Both series are so hilarious that you won't be able sit still for more than 5 minutes and I mean it! If you have at least a tiny sense of humour you will fall in love with both of these anime. I'm almost absolutely sure that if you enjoyed one of them , the other will definitelly not dissapoint you!!

Tomte Tomte says...

With both series focus on characters entering their adult life while dealing with the day to day struggles of school life.

Merryberry Merryberry says...

With a slice of life look at the world of students, aiming for some goal in their life that they still have no idea of where they are heading is just one of the striking similiarities between these series. Indeed, they do not end there, with the same likeable characters, outstanding music and animation, Nodame Cantabile and Honey and Clover are one of the best combinations going.

cygaretka cygaretka says...

If you liked one, I'm sure you will like the other ! They have very similiar charm, a warm atmosphere. Both are talking about art college students and their aspirations. H&C an NC are realistic, touching and has very good fabula.

kenikki kenikki says...

Both are josei anime involving college students and they both include heavy doses of comedy with some romance and drama. Although H&C feature more romance and drama than NC, it's still a large chance that you'll like one if you liked the other.

NimirRa NimirRa says...

Artists and Musicians have long been known for their peculiar ways. Though highlighted moreso in Nodame, these two shows are an easy recommendation. They share themes of self improvement, romance, and just the right amount of drama.

eaper eaper says...

Each of these series focus around college level artists/musicians trying to fulfill their dreams. Throughout the stories, they both manage to create a lot of humor, some romance, and some drama, although H&C is more romance/drama driven and slightly more mature. If you enjoyed one series you'll likely enjoy the other.

discospider discospider says...

Both shows have very similar art styles and are centered on the lives of college students. With this comes the similar humour of an eccentric character who pesters the more collected characters and also a similar romantic tension that comes with their encounters. Much of the struggles are also centered about life and growing up in an art world. 

Itazura na Kiss

Itazura na Kiss

Kotoko Aihara has always been in love with Naoki Irie; he’s tall, handsome, and rumored to be the most intelligent student in Japan – who wouldn’t be? Only one thing stands in the way of a relationship with Irie: Kotoko is ditzy and is at the bottom set of her school, and Irie-kun hates nothing more than ditzy, stupid girls. When disaster strikes and Kotoko is forced to move in with Irie-kun’s family, she suddenly sees her chance to bridge the gap. After all, even cool, super-intelligent guys must have a soft spot, right?

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setupex2 setupex2 says...

Itazurana kiss and nodame cantabile revolve around a common theme and that is: The guys that they like or love are superior to them in every way but despite that they always try to be with them and try very hard to improve and become better for the sake of their love. The guy that they adore seems cold and distant, but as they spend more time together they guys soften up a bit and start to reveal their emotions through cold words of encouragement.(They desire that the girl would work hard so they can be together later on) Both of these anime are well written because you candefinitely tell that from the begining their personalities are very different, but as they spend more time together they start to show some traits from each other.

tiny9ie tiny9ie says...

It involves the long development of a relationship and its hardships and doesn't have the conventional female character, and both are total messes.  I love both of the mangas, however Itazura's is incomplete. However Nodame doesn't have much kissing etc. 

AyaSeiran AyaSeiran says...

Both Nodame Cantabile and Itazura na Kiss have male protagonists that are "perfect" in every way. Both are very critical and can speak their mind bluntly.

Even the female protagonists are very similar, both females can't cook, aren't very smart academically, but there is something about them that just gets the males in either series smitten.

The other similarity is that the males are striving to be something and the females only do their best just to be by their side- motivating each other.

shadowolf shadowolf says...

Both series have similar characters in that they both have a somewhat clumsy girl who is in love with a popular talented guy who is not interested in the girl at first. Each series then focuses on the relationship between the girl and boy and how they grow closer. If you like the characters and their relationship in one you should try out the other.

KiyoneSaya KiyoneSaya says...

Both anime center on girls trying to improve upon themselves so they can be with the man they love. Although it may not be easy both set of main character learn to compromise to be with eachother. With air headedness and cold yet funny behavior both anime are very entertianing while displaying the depths of love.

Kirisawa Kirisawa says...

If you enjoyed Nodame Cantabile, then you will definitely feel the same way when you watch Itazura Na Kiss and vice versa. In NC, Nodame is not the smartest girl in the area. She's clumsy, weird, but there is something special about her. Its the same in Itazura Na Kiss. The girl is also not the smartest cookie in the batch. This is what makes both male leads become attracted to them. They both have something special. In NC, the male lead is wise, smart, and does everything correctly. He is also popular amongst all the guys in the school. In Na Kiss, the male lead is also that way. At first, you would think, 'Why would he ever pay attention to a girl like that?' but that is what we call 'opposites attract.' Nodame and Chiaki are completely different people with different ways of thinking. So are the female and male lead in Na Kiss. You will enjoy this anime if you love the comedic, romantic stylings in either one of them!

MFM MFM says...

Both anime are about a girl who's an airheaded and with more value than she thinks. She falls in love with a handsome guy who, at first, seems to have no interest in her but finds out how wonderful she actually is later on. Both anime evolve through time and characterize the changes in their lives. Both are great romance anime shows and have their funny moments although I find Nodame Cantabile funnier. If you like one, I'm sure you'll enjoy the other one as well. 

SaoriJade SaoriJade says...

I agree with all the other comments; When I watched Nodame Cantabile it remindedme a lot of Itazura na Kiss. They have similar types of characters and situations in the plot.

MHT87 MHT87 says...

Female leads in both shows are same as well as male leads. The ladies have nothing better to do with their lives but to chase some male lead who are constantly thinking of themselves and their futures while the girl is a complete loser. The only reason that will keep you watching those shows is hoping the female lead will stand up for herself.... Unfortunately that wont happy

Mllt Mllt says...

Pretty much the entire time I was watching Itazura na Kiss I kept thinking how much it reminds me of Nodame Cantabile. The two stories are fairly different, with Itazura na Kiss focusing mostly on high school romance and eventually set in the medical field while Nodame Cantabile is all about romance between musicians in the world of classical music, but the dynamic between Chiaki/Nodame and Noaki/Kotoko is almost exactly the same: the girls drive the boys crazy until they eventually, (begrudgingly) acknowledge how much they love them. Both series show the relationship over the course of several years and feature a cast of hilarious side characters, and both are just well written shows that were so much fun to watch. If you've seen one, definitely check out the other!

gpviolin gpviolin says...

Both these love stories are really engaging and easy to love.

Chiaki and Naoki:

  • Both are the cool and intelligent type
  • Both of them initially don't like the female leads
  • Both develop feelings for the female leads mid series almost suddenly
  • They both don't like admitting the strength of their affection
  • They both push the female leads to realize their full potential

Nodame and Kotoko

  • Both the non-glamorous and unconventional female leads
  • Both lack motivation/sense of purpose with their careers
  • Both find their calling (in careers) because of their love for the male leads
  • Both the female leads get jealous of the female attention that the male leads get

Bibliophili Bibliophili says...

Both have a snobby rich guy and a clumsy girl, however I feel like Nodame Cantabile has more depth to it and is more realistic. Nodame is also talented in her own right in a way that the heroine from Itazura is not. Chiaki is a tsundere in the most realistic way possible, and though it takes time he really does love Nodame. The hero in Itazura may be a tsundere but for the most part it feels likd he's just going along with things because it is easier that way. Regardless I enjoyed both greatly I tazura na kiss is more lighthearted and shoujo while Nodame Cantabile is more Josei or slice of life in my opinion. They are both great and worth a read/watch.

BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad

BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad

Koyuki is a downcast fourteen-year-old boy who feels disconnected from life. Socially unpopular and lacking confidence, he takes some solace in his fandom of fluffy J-Pop. However, when he saves a strange dog from a group of cruel young bullies, his life changes forever; for through this encounter he meets a genius guitarist named Ryuunosuke and subsequently is introduced to the world famous rock band Dying Breed. Now, he uses his innate singing talent and beginning guitar skills to join with the indy startup band Beck, learning to live a life unlike anything he has ever known...

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KasugaSan KasugaSan says...

If you like music of all kinds, then Beck might do. Although it's a pop, rock and roll type of band it's still music nonetheless. It's also a 'slice of life' type of anime. So you liked the music genre and slice of life drama in Nodame, then you might like Beck too. Although, it may not contain as many comedic elements as Nodame Cantabile.

simukaid simukaid says...

Watch a group of young teens struggle to be recognized in the music world in both Beck and Nodame Cantabile. Both contain music from old classics to modern Japanese rock.

LaughOnceInARedMoon LaughOnceInARedMoon says...

In both of these series we see a group of young adults that is deeply involved with music. While Nodame Cantabile has more humor in it than Beck I got the same feeling from both of them.

xandersnape xandersnape says...

The anime style of the show is quite similar if you liked that aspect, and although they're not alike in genre, the music in both shows is good. Plotwise, the anime is quite different, however they both share the same undertones of young people and the choices they make.

jurexplay jurexplay says...

Well, both shows concentrate on character realtions and music. Although in terms of music they are almost absoulutelly diffrent, both anime try to show that by hard work any kind of slob can become a good musician.

miercoles13 miercoles13 says...

Both series seem to share a type of feeling you can only get by getting to know the main characters very well, you sometimes feel nervous just as they are about to deliver a performance and excited after seeing them succeed.

winzar winzar says...

Both this anime are music based anime. but Nodame cantabile si more centred on Classical music and composition.

I think that you may watch both because the have different approch to the music: one is more "pop" and one is more professional but i find out that Nodame is funnier than Beck because the protagonist (nodame) is a very crazy girl and all the situation she createsare out of mind!

Aganoth Aganoth says...

Both of these wonderful anime are, at their cores, about the finding, understanding, and love of music.  It could also be said that both deal with finding your own type of passion to Music (Joy of performing vs. Joy of performing perfectly).

While both follow different paths to these ends, I think it's pretty obvious that they're still inline; if you like one you will like the other (Disliking Rock or Classical withstanding).  

lagman92 lagman92 says...

There is of course the difference in type of music, Beck being Rock, and Nodame being classic, But both instantly catches you. And even though you might think "yuck" at one of the things, you'll be suprised.

The music is great in both. But not only music. There's a deeper story in both nodame and beck, wich is just as catching, if not more.

So i higly recomend these.

eaper eaper says...

Each of theses stories center around long shots trying to make it into the music world, either a small band or a student led orchestra. Although Nodame is definitely more of a comedy, they both have plenty of laughs and serious parts.

JonStark JonStark says...

Nodame Cantabile is lighter and brighter with better protagonists although I find Beck's music to be superior ( maybe cause I listen to rock more).

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 kujika says...

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 Kjubaran says...

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 eaper says...

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 electricutie says...

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. 

uniquenettie uniquenettie says...

The charismitc male leads both have a lot of natural talent with plenty to spare and both are extremely hard workers.  The females are very inexperianced with everything but they both have the it factor that the males notice and it intrigues both males characters. To the point that neither male leads know what to do with the females once they realized they have become attached to them. If you like one you'll more than likely like the other.  Both also show you the good and bad side of show business.

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FullmetalDragon FullmetalDragon says...

Both series are romances between a kinda crazy girl and a charming, almost stoic guy. Very cute, very funny. 

Nana

Nana

Nana Komatsu is on her way to Tokyo; now she can finally be with her boyfriend after a year of dating long-distance! On the train there, Nana Komatsu meets Nana Osaki – a girl who shares her name but seems to be everything Nana Komatsu is not; cool, street-wise, and a punk rocker. The two hit it off and spend the entire journey getting to know each other, but when they get to Tokyo, circumstance separates them seemingly forever. However, fate is not finished with these two. Whilst hunting for a place to live the two Nanas again cross paths. They decide to share a flat and become best friends in no time. Nana K. must learn to be independent and mature, while Nana O. works on becoming famous with her band; but together, they will learn about love and loss, and the growth that comes with it.

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joykimlee joykimlee says...

Both are subarashi josei romance drama with great music.  Classical for Nodame vs Rock for Nana.  Light hearted comedy for Nodame vs epical slice of life for Nana.  It's a tie for the best in music and romance genres.  Must watch for all females!

cygaretka cygaretka says...

You will love these two series. They are not very similiar, there are diffrences in characters mentaly, the way that their are working to makes their dreams come true, even music is completly diffrent. Nodame Contabile is more pure, altought Nana shows relationships and live more directly. But both are the best series about music in anime history .

Galadriel Galadriel says...

Nodame Cantabile and Nana have many things in common, both are josei type animes, both feature music as a main genre (classical for Nodame, rock/punk for Nana) and both feature a nice romance aspect (romantic comedy for Nodame, dramatic slice of life for Nana), i recommend this one especialy for females and for those who seen one of them for sure they will enjoy the other one as well.

eaper eaper says...

Each of these series are about the difficulties of the music world, have plenty of laughs, and the main a character that is similar in how absurd they are (Nodame and Hatchi). If you enjoyed one of these shows, you'll like the other.

RedCrossRobbery RedCrossRobbery says...

Of course the series feel similar, having to deal with music, but moreso the feeling of similarity I get is from the way the music progresses the storylines. In both shows, they really put their souls into their music, and through this, they learn about themselves (whether that is a good or a bad thing).

Lel0uchViBritannia Lel0uchViBritannia says...

both are great animes in which main character is trying her best to acheive her passion along side with love,romance and friendship valuesIf you like one you will for sure like other 

Lovely Complex

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 VivisQueen says...

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 Sandineyes says...

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 lungcancer says...

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 doremouse says...

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.

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Piano no Mori

Piano no Mori

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 Himitsu says...

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 VivisQueen says...

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 eaper says...

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 whimsical says...

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!

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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 roukew says...

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 sorako says...

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 eaper says...

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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