Nodame Cantabile Episode 17
Tomoko Ninomiya based the character of Megumi Noda on a real-life counterpart with the same name. Ninomiya first learned about the real Noda when the latter, a music college student at the time, posted a photograph of her messy room on a website Ninomiya managed. This inspired her to start a comedy series about a sloppy music student. Ninomiya consults with Noda about musical details, claiming to receive inspiration from her, and thanks Noda in the acknowledgments of every tankōbon volume of Nodame Cantabile. Noda, currently a piano teacher in Fukuoka (the home-town of her fictional counterpart), composed the music and co-wrote (with Ninomiya) the lyrics for the "Fart Song" Nodame plays in the first episode of the anime series, and visited Ninomiya upon the birth of her son.
Nodame Cantabile Episode 17
Music direction was by Daisuke Mogi with original music by Takayuki Hattori, with several works of classical music featured in each episode. The orchestral music was performed by Nodame Orchestra, which consisted of members specially selected for the live-action drama with professional support from the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. The Orchestra was conducted by James DePriest, Permanent Conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, who would later have his name and likeness used in the Nodame storyline as the musical director of the fictional Roux-Marlet Orchestra. The opening theme for both the drama series and special was the first movement ("Andante Cantabile") from Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, and the ending theme was Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, both performed by the Nodame Orchestra conducted by Toshiaki Umeda.
An episode of PuriGorota: Uchū no Yūjō Daibōken (プリごろ太 宇宙の友情大冒険), the fictional anime series that Nodame watches, was created by J.C.Staff for the drama. The anime was written and directed by Ken'ichi Kasai, the director of the first season of the Nodame Cantabile anime. Segments of the PuriGorota anime were shown during episode 4 of the Nodame Cantabile drama, with the complete anime released as a DVD extra with the Nodame Cantabile anime series.
The first season was released on 8 DVDs between April and November 2007. A box set was released in February 2008 with an additional 15-minute original video animation (OVA), taking place between episodes 8 and 9. The series has been licensed in Russia and South Korea. The first DVD of the second season was released on 24 December 2008.
The live-action drama received the 2007 Japanese Drama Academy Awards for Best Drama, Best Lead Actress (Juri Ueno), Best Direction (Hideki Takeuchi), Best Music (Takayuki Hattori), and Best Title Song; the show was also recognized overseas as Best Miniseries at the 2nd Seoul Drama Festival. Juri Ueno also was named Best Newcomer at the Élan d'or Awards for her performance, and the next year was named Best Actress at the International Drama Festival in Tokyo Awards for reprising her role as Nodame in the television special. The New Year's Special in Europe received an average household rating of 20.3% and 21.0% for the two nights it was broadcast in Japan, making it them the highest-rated drama episodes of the week. The first soundtrack album for the drama, Nodame Orchestra LIVE!, reached number seven on the Oricon album chart, breaking the record for highest ranked classical music album.
The opening episode of the anime series broke the record for audience share for its time-slot. The first DVD volume debuted at number 3 on the Oricon chart for anime the week it went on sale.
After a couple episodes of endless drag intertwined with elements of humor here and there, the drama finally ends with the couple hugging at the train station proclaiming their devotion to each other. Two monkeys come walking on the opposite side of the screen and kisses thus ending the entire drama.
About the next four episodes, I would definitely recommend watching them together or at least watch episode 51-53 together, because storywise it makes no sense to separate these three episodes. And episode 54 containes maybe one of the most iconic scenes from the series that I think plays well with the context in episode 53, and would make for at great in depth discussion.
Speaking of episodes, I know it will not be relevant for quite some time, but not matter what you guys decides to do, PLEASE make sure to watch episode 82-84 together. This is super important, you will know why when you get to them.
I think two per episode is the best for you guys since I do like you guys analyzing things and there is going to be a lot of that with the end of season big round up talk. It feels just like yesterday with a dying Kircheis getting Reinhard to promise to conquer the universe.
Yeah, the dorama is great. It took me a little while to get used to, but eventually I came to love it. I loved Juri from the beginning. And it took me a few episodes to get used to Tamaki (because he looked too pissed in the first episodes), but eventually I thought he was great as well. And the Mine I picture in my head, is the live action Mine. Funny how that works. :p
In the anime I imagine Nodame is kind of cute, but not gorgeous, because Chiaki frequently dismisses her looks (as in this episode). This makes the romance between them a little sweeter. But you would have to have had your eyes poked out to think Ueno Juri is anything other than a stunning beauty. :love: 041b061a72