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Nodame Cantabile – 07

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Summary:

With only six days left until the concert, the S Orchestra still can’t play up to Chiaki’s expectations, particularly not Mine in the concert master role. The other teachers in the school have started discussing disbanding the group since they don’t think very highly of the students in it, but they end up deciding to let Stresemann’s A Orchestra win the competition first. A Orchestra is actually holding their rehearsals too at that time, but Stresemann leaves early to go on date. On his way out, he’s approached by a conducting student named Ookouchi who wants to be given the chance to conduct the S Orchestra, but Stresemann surprises him by asking for a bribe. Ookouchi then goes to check out the competition by spying on the S Orchestra. When several of the musicians – including Mine – run out in tears because of how Chiaki is treating them, Ookouchi feels that he has nothing to worry about if the S orchestra hates Chiaki.

That night, while Chiaki is trying to figure out what to do with the orchestra, Nodame feeds him her homemade onigiri and makes him watch an anime called Puri Gorota. It’s about a bunch of kids who go to space and has a moral at the end that says humans can’t live alone. Nodame compares him to one of the characters name Kazuo, but Chiaki doesn’t think much of it until the next day when he finds that everyone has improved considerably. The problem is that none of them are keeping an eye on his conducting, and Chiaki gets a feeling of being alone before he briefly faints. When he later thinks about how the orchestra is finally doing what he told them do, he can’t help but also feel that something is missing. He finally figures out what it is after Nodame starts playing her rendition of Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony. Just like Nodame, Chiaki realizes that the S Orchestra’s playing is pure, uncalculated, and individual – this is why Stresemann put them all together and why Mine is the concert master.

The next day, Chiaki tells the S Orchestra to forget everything they’ve done so far and allows them to play in the way that Mine originally wanted. They practice really hard right up until it’s time for the concert and don’t even have time to go home to change out of their S Orchestra t-shirts. After telling everyone to have fun, Chiaki starts conducting the S Orchestra’s version of Eroica. Partway through, Chiaki notices that Mine wants to do the synchronized violin raising that he and the other violinists had previously demonstrated. Though not entirely gung-ho about it, Chiaki finds a spot in the music and allows them to go through with it. Everyone, including the teachers, ends up being quite impressed with the S Orchestra’s performance. Stresemann even feels sick after having seen all that and decides to let Ookouchi take his place in conducting the A Orchestra. Ookouchi’s first outing as the conductor of the A Orchestra subsequently ends in a complete disaster. In the aftermath, the teachers have decided not to disband the S Orchestra and now admire Chiaki’s abilities. Nodame meanwhile finds Chiaki asleep on a bench outside. She steals a kiss and then runs away before he wakes up, but it turns out that Chiaki was awake the whole time and let her kiss him as a thank-you.

Preview:

Nodame Cantabile   07   Preview 01 Nodame Cantabile   07   Preview 02 Nodame Cantabile   07   Preview 03

I believe the Puri Gorota anime shown in this episode is the same one from the drama version of Nodame, though it’s the first time I’ve seen it. There were a lot of familiar voices in there, including Kugimiya Rie and Kudou Haruka, the latter of whom is extra interesting because it’s another connection this show has with Honey and Clover. In any case, it’s good to see that Chiaki finally gets a taste of success as a conductor this episode, partially thanks to the realization that everyone in the S Orchestra is somewhat like Nodame. Actually, that reminds me that although the show is named after her, I feel like we haven’t gotten to see enough of Nodame (when compared with Chiaki) in the past few weeks. In many ways though, I guess Chiaki is the main character and Nodame is more like his muse.
Anyway, next week starts volume four of the manga, and someone comes to take Stresemann away.

February 22, 2007 at 9:01 pm
11 comments »
  • February 22, 2007 at 9:55 pmscootarski

    this show is continuously awesome. i love it. i wonder how it compares to the manga though since i never read it. is the manga still running or is it over?

  • February 22, 2007 at 10:34 pmshirokiryuu

    I can’t wait to watch this episode! Wait, which screen shows this Ookouchi person?

  • February 22, 2007 at 10:45 pmHaohmaru

    @scootarski, still ongoing. It’s at chapter 104 right now.
    Lovin’ this so far.

  • February 23, 2007 at 1:57 amImpz

    Me too, I am like so excited to watch the next episode later today when I have the raws/subs with me. This is really great and it excites me to read Omni’s post whenever I have time to prepare myself for the next episode.

    Cheers!

  • February 23, 2007 at 4:53 amwakarimasendeshta!!!

    uhhohh!! …can wait to see this one

  • February 23, 2007 at 11:08 amlinkinstreet

    Omni Wrote
    Actually, that reminds me that although the show is named after her, I feel like we haven’t gotten to see enough of Nodame (when compared with Chiaki) in the past few weeks.

    No, it’s not about Nodame, but of a cantabile named after her, which I suspect Chiaki will learn to like and implement in his quest to become teh best conductor.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cantabile for meaning of this term

  • February 24, 2007 at 5:25 amPanda

    A few eps back chiaki and maybe someone else too described how Nodame’s piano playing is like a cantabile, I think thats all there is to cantabile. She’ll proabbly end up as part of the orchestra.

  • February 24, 2007 at 3:22 pmmello

    *laughs* ok ….this show is damn fukn funny ….gawd i love the funny faces each charecters express lol …i truely luv this show :D damn the afro guy dude is so damn funny XD

  • February 24, 2007 at 8:01 pmLissa

    I know. This series is so funny, I can’t stop watching it. ^__^

    ooo. Rachmaninov next episode? i like the piano concerto no. 3 better. cant wait XP

  • February 28, 2007 at 5:01 pmShinSenshi

    The one minor annoyance that I have about this series is the serious lack of realistic musical animation. Sure, sometimes it’s there but often times we get a bunch of stills of playing. It would definitely be of a higher production level to do musical animation, but it would really increase the authenticity of the music in the series. One reason a music series like this is superior to a manga form is hear the music, but you expect to SEE it too, right?

    They used to do that in movies a lot too, have fake musical playing and dub it. Now at least movie production has for the most part authenticated a lot of musical moments (even if they are still dubbed)

  • March 1, 2007 at 10:01 pmdsong

    Mine saves Chiaki’s bacon…

    Something tells me that this won’t be the first time.