Way Back When: When Nodame Met Chiaki, Together Forever. – you don't know me.
Nodame Cantabile is essentially a small story, particularly that of an eccentric, aspect however, is this: the maturity and growth of their relationship. the world surrounding them may be fiction but the trust, affection and. Chiaki Shinichi is a brilliant student of the piano class, son of a great both on music and on life, and their relationship will become closer and. Made me realize just HOW REAL Chiaki and Nodame's love relationship is, from the teenage/youth kind of romance, but then it developed into a more mature.
They live in apartments next door to each other, but have never met before until a bad night finds Chiaki slumped, drunk, against the wall outside his apartment. Chiaki is a hard-working, tidy, excellent violinist and pianist with a trauma-induced terror of flight and the ocean which are leading him to despair over his aspirations of becoming a conductor, trapped as he is in Japan by his own fear. Does it sound like the beginning of a shallow Hollywood romantic comedy?
But if you thought yes, you would have been very, very wrong.
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Music always steals the screen with this show and the speakers, quite frankly. But the developing relationship between Nodame and Chiaki is the driving force behind the story. It is comedic and sometimes touching, with emotions often understated, but nevertheless made my world.
The thing that makes this relationship an absolute treasure in the world of romances is that all antagonists are internal. While there are several would-be romantic rivals for both Nodame and Chiaki, ultimately, none of these rivals poses any sort of a threat and often their affections go unacknowledged or even unrecognized. The true antagonists, which grow stronger and deeper as the story progresses and Nodame and Chiaki grow closer, are their insecurities, their failures, their hopelessness and fear.
Of the three versions of this story, I find that I prefer the TV drama. The manga, while the original work, is my least favorite version, since you can only hear the music if you either have it in your head or have a convenient recording on hand. Both drama and anime seem to have inspired many a person with little interest in classical music to give the genre a chance.
The drama, while preferable overall to me, seems to have music which is either perfect or with supposedly blatant mistakes subtle enough that my ears cannot catch them while the characters gripe about them, or so exaggeratedly bad as to be trying on the ears. Either way, however, the music in both is gripping, and pulls you in as much as the story itself.
The end of the series is what really makes me love it. The end is almost everything to me with most stories, because the end defines everything about my state of mind when I step away, sigh and look back. On the rare occasion that a wonderful story meets a horrible ending, I choose to live in denial about the ending in order to continue loving the rest of the story. But otherwise, the ending is quite heavily weighted in forming my opinion.
And in that respect, the ending of this series was perfect to me. To summarize, Nodame, who decided to change her aspiration to becoming a concert pianist with the aim of performing with Chiaki one day, is certain that she and Chiaki will be a pair unrivaled in the musical world.
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So certain, in fact, that she dies a little inside when Chiaki not only performs the concerto she wanted to perform with him with piano prodigy Son Rui, but performs it better than Nodame had imagined she herself and Chiaki would have. Sunken into despair, Nodame resolutely maintains her upbeat demeanor, though Chiaki realizes something is wrong; following a night together, she proposes marriage to him, and he brushes it off as a joke.
Following the astounding performance which was so moving that even Chiaki, for all his understanding of her musical potential, is left staggering in awe and admiration, she whilst avoiding Chiaki decides to retire from professional performances, and reverts to her desire to be a teacher.
Chiaki finds her and confronts her. She is worried that their performance together will be less than she has imagined, and if it is, she fears she will stop loving him. Chiaki, who has learned through trial and error that neither reason nor spontaneous displays of affection can move her, drags her away quite literally, in fact to perform together the first duet they ever performed: Some people express dissatisfaction with the ending.
In a way, I can understand why. Or perhaps even, when she wore the ruby heart-shaped diamond necklace he gifted to her for their first concerto together.
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Finally, what I love most about these two is this: I thought this point was most aptly shown near the end of the show in part two of the movie-version: They return to a room with two pianos, how it all began. Both of them stayed mum, facing each other. As if realizing that they are indeed at an engulfing crossroad in their relationship, uncertain if they could come to a mutual decision or the ground would just shake and disintegrate, irretrievable to each other from here onward.
He sat down on the bench of the piano on the left side and she did the same, crossing the room to the other piano. And then… She tapped the keys of her piano.
He followed suit; they played a duet together with him keeping up to her every beat. Slowly, the air lifted. Like the way a tone is affected by a change in the weather.Nodame and Chiaki accidentally in employment-agency.info
The two of us began… in a filthy room… with Beethoven. And then two people playing Mozart in a small practice room. No matter what struggles lie ahead… this joy… will see us through. Which brings me to this: Open-ended damn right, but complete.