Nodame Paris Episode 4
Minnie: The odd thing when it comes to Nodame episodes is that I have a hard time following it and typing a review at the same time. I feel like I can’t stop watching the episode long enough to pause it and write a whole paragraph on what just happen. That is why I usually miss a lot of key events when typing Nodame reviews but at the same time, I’m happy to just sit back, enjoy it, and review later. It is definitely true for this episode. I am typing this review right now after I finish watching the entire episode. Actually, to be honest, I can’t really recall all the sequence in this episode because it moved so fast. There is one thing I am sure of though- I love this episode. Hopefully, Koala does a better job at summarizing this episode than me.
Garrick: Welcome to my world. Honestly, I usually wait a few hours to let the initial, “OMG” factor of the episode wear off, since I don’t want my opinion to be skewed. But, in order to keep up with the reviews, I’m going to review now. Hopefully, then, I can summarize this episode well.
Minnie: I am still unsure what to say. XD In the beginning, Chiaki returns to Paris and expects Nodame to greet him in his room but finds out that she’s not even there. Chiaki is frustrated a bit at this and yeah, I gather that he’s so used to Nodame that it sort of bugs him. I remember Nodame returning to her room, being all sad and emo because of what happen to her at school. Chiaki won’t leave her alone until she rants her day to him. At last, Chiaki requests that Nodame replays that same song to him on the piano. Obeying him, Nodame plays it as horribly as last time. Chiaki stops her from playing and kisses her and yeah, that’s when my mind went blank for this episode. Their first kiss is NOT romantic at all and rushed BUT I love it so much I can’t concentrate. >_<
Garrick: Surprisingly, that kiss didn’t surprise me too much. It was sudden but, the way Chiaki reacted led me to some conclusion of that form. Anyway, continuing on the episode, Chiaki upon returning to Paris after a 4-month world tour, begins practicing conducting with the Wiltford Symphony Orchestra. Chiaki is getting his time’s worth in conducting practice and experience. Meanwhile, Nodame has one more class with Charles Auclair. In this class, Nodame realizes the problem with her playing. Auclair teaches her that each song is more than simply notes. Feelings have to be expressed, and, quite oddly, this was shown through Nodame’s own composition, the Mojya-Mojya Suite. Ironic, hm? Anyway, Chiaki has one performance in Paris with the Orchestra, and he invites the apartment-mates (sadly, except for Yunlong), and his family to watch. As the performance finishes, Nodame goes into Chiaki’s dressing room to get an autograph, but gets more than that. Chiaki hugs her, most likely glad that Nodame is back to normal… however normal that may be.
Minnie: The reason why I love this episode is because the first half sounds like a classic Nodame Season 1 episode with Nodame struggling to find her love for the piano again. Then, the second half is basically fluff. Not bad fluff as in fluff episodes. Fluff as a term in fanfiction which means cute, romantic moments between the two characters. This episode is so romantically fluffy that I wonder half the time if I’m watching the same show. It’s not bad. It sends my inner fangirl squealing because I adore the couple but it’s just so odd. I love it and yet I can’t write a decent review about it.
Garrick: Rather than re-learning to love the piano, Nodame’s learning how to express herself through the piano. Oddly, she’s normally good at it… too good. But, as you would expect, she exists only in extremes. She’s either way too good at expressing herself in her music (Mojya-Mojya Suite) or can’t do it whatsoever (Transcedental Etude). About your second comment, fluff? In a way it is, but hey, Chiaki and Nodame’s relationship really needed a push, don’t you think? Anyhow, Chiaki and Nodame go out to what seems to be an art museum in Paris, and they end up making a whole lot of cryptic, confusing relationships between painting and music. It’s rather interesting, but… well, confusing for some, I’d assume. After the trip, they decide to eat some roasted chestnuts, where Chiaki tells Nodame that he’s leaving once again, but this time, to Holland. Poor Nodame, but once again, she’s ready for it, but now, is ready to try harder in her music. I’m looking forward to see how Nodame’s going to do. Moreso than Chiaki, since he always does well.
Minnie: I’m sorry guys for my lousy review but Koala will make up for it because this episode is just so fluffy and cute and so different than the usual episode of Nodame which I am used to. Let’s talk Ouran Host Club anime for an example. After all the fun and humor of each episode, there’s a sudden episode where Haruhi and Tamaki are acting like a real couple in a serious manner. It’s like an anime decides to throw a curve ball at you. Okay, I’m exaggerating. I can understand why this episode turned out like this especially after that talk between Chiaki and Stresemann. But seriously… is Chiaki officially dating Nodame now? Or are they going to revert to nothing happen next episode? Why is this episode so strange to me? Am I overreacting? Koala help!
Minnie’s Overall Rating for Episode: 6/10 or 9/10 (As of the moment, it’s either a 6 or a 9, nothing less, in-between, or more… What a strange episode…)
Garrick’s Rating of Episode Four: 7/10
Minnie’s Anticipation for Next Episode: 6/10
Garrick’s Anticipation Scale: 7/10
-Minnie and Garrick