Minnie: Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! A lot of our animes have already ended and have been sent to the “Finished Anime” category. Nodame Cantabile Paris-Hen will be joining that list after this review is done. Are all of you as hyped up as I am to see how they will end the Paris arc when the manga isn’t even finished with it? Will Nodame and Chiaki get married? Yeah right. But hopefully, it’ll be a beautiful end to a pretty good anime.
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Minnie: I am sorry I am late with this review. I’ve been out all day long and the minute I come back, it’s already ten at night my time. It’s fine though because I will spend the next few hours or so on my reviews. Again, I’m sorry but I need to take a break from typing once in a while. Have you guys ever played Risk? It’s fun but time-consuming. Terribly time consuming. Moving on from my daily rants, I bring to you the second to last episode of Nodame 2!
Minnie: For those of you who haven’t noticed, I have changed Nodame 2 to my solo section in the Fall 2008 page because well, Koala is backing out of this one. I am okay though because there are only two episodes left anyway. Plus, next season, with the exception of ToA and Toradora, everyone is going solo. Instead, we will have substitute writers for competition purposes in which who can review first gets the last cookie those who are behind schedule. I think this system will work better. Anyways, poor Tanya…
Minnie: First of all, it seems like my partner Koala has backed out of this anime for good. It’s a shame really since there are only three episodes left to this sequel. I realize that one of Koala’s arguments to not blogging this anime is absolutely true. Nodame 2 is very hard to summarize into words so I decide that I will still review/summarize but I will have more of my thoughts/pictures than the actual events of the episode. I hope no one minds the change… I still love you all though! Anyways, the episode starts with the end of last episode’s concert…
Minnie: From now on, I’m declaring weekends- missing Koala time period. How is it possible that he has more time on the weekdays than the weekend? Tennis right Koala? I guess it’s the opposite for me. I have too much time on the weekends and not enough on the weekdays. I wish we have forty-eight hour days. I can wish can’t I? Anyways, back to Nodame Cantabile Paris-Hen, i’m pleasantly surprised the subs are out later than usual this week. Unfortunately for Nodame, they’ll only be four episodes left after this one so it’s kind of sad to know this anime will be ending before all the other ones… but here is the review like always. ^^
Minnie: This is the weekend so you guys know what that means? My partner Koala has gone missing once more. Ric and I have told him countless times not to fall into trap holes but alas, he doesn’t listen. It’s so odd because I am a lot busier on the weekdays than the weekends, but it’s the opposite for him. Anyways, moving on from my daily rant, I bring to you episode 6 of Nodame 2! This week, I believe they updated later than usual but I may be wrong. Anyways, last week, we get a classic Nodame episode with the ending between Chiaki and Nodame but since I’m watching Nodame after all, their relationship might be reset once again… I’m hoping I’m wrong of course…
Minnie: The episode starts with a memory, like Episode 1 of Season 1. Chiaki asked his mother in the past where his father was and that Christmas should be spent with the family right? But in the present, as an older Chiaki, we see that his father in fact never return. I believe this is the first time they really talk about what happen to his father exactly. I might be wrong so please correct me if I am. Yes! Kuroki! Finally, after five episodes, Kuroki has made his appearance again in the Nodame Cantabile world. For those who have forgotten him, Kuroki is the person who plays the oboe in S-Orchestra. I read somewhere online that he’s in France too, studying music, and I’ve been waiting for him ever since then. Remember his crush on Nodame? I want to see how this plays out. Anyways, he doesn’t seem to know French very well either because he mistakes Tanya’s ‘gloom’ for ‘blue-green’. Now, he thinks he’s a blue-green thing! But coincidentally, he’s attending the same conservatoire as Nodame too. Yay! They meet again!
Minnie: Chiaki is in front of his room and notes that Nodame is late. He even reminded her that he’s leaving today for Holland. With thoughts of Nodame, she appears while he’s leaving for the airport I assume. She runs up and hugs him. Chiaki seems to have accepted it despite her being late until he sees Kuroki behind her. Talking to Kuroki, Chiaki pushes Nodame away from him. It seems that originally Kuroki plans to study in Germany but I guess he made the switch to France. Without a goodbye kiss, Chiaki leaves for work. Because Nodame doesn’t have the key to his room with her, she has to go back to her room to search for it. I believe that Kuroki always imagines/sees Nodame in a softer and nicer light than she actually is. It’s quite a shocker for him of course to see a messy room and the collection of sexy Chiaki photos too! Haha. After listening to her play the piano, Kuroki is not resolute in practicing his oboe.
Minnie: In any case, Kuroki must be doing a lot better because this pretty, “nice” girl name Katherine asks him to be her duet partner for a test. An oboe and flute duet does have a nice ring to it. Happily, Kuroki confirms that Nodame must be a good-luck charm. For Nodame, she seems to be getting the hang of her new environment. Relaxed, Nodame plays the piano while Chiaki calls her, only to meet her voicemail. During this time, Chiaki and his manager (I’m assuming) have a talk about Christmas. Chiaki plans on returning to France to spend Christmas with Nodame (aw how sweet Mr. Tsundere) but he says that the whole family for Christmas image that his manager mentions is overgeneralization, which brings back the memory from earlier. What is shocking to me is that- Chiaki always has to call Nodame, not the other way around. He has never been treated so ill by a woman before! Hahaha! How amusing!
Minnie: By the way, Katherine dumps Kuroki for a better trio. Yeah. That’s harsh indeed. So, now Kuroki is tearful and calls Nodame who mistakes him for Chiaki. I bet he called her because he wants to hear her voice but anyways, Nodame asks Kuroki if he wants Chiaki’s cell phone number since Chiaki will probably arrive Christmas night. Kuroki says it’s okay and is about to hang up when Nodame asks if he’s free Christmas afternoon. Uh-oh? Meanwhile, Chiaki is on his way back home by train (can’t stand the plane eh?) and is wondering if Nodame is waiting for him. As for Nodame, the reason why she asks Kuroki is because her friend needs them both to play the donkey part. This is so amusing. XD Nodame wants to play the front of the donkey but makes a bunch of excuses and reasons why Kuroki shouldn’t. Hahaha. Oh Nodame!
Minnie: As expected, Nodame is not home to greet Chiaki and he’s disappointed. At the sight of the awkward growing tree, a man comes in and says that he helped Nodame carry the tree there. Chiaki guesses that he might be the painter who lives in the attic. But surprisingly, he knows Chiaki’s name and asks if he wants to join him for wine. The scene jumps to Nodame and let me say- this is why I love her. She thinks of this amusing dance for the donkey when Jesus is born. Of course, she has Kuroki in on it. XD Back to Chiaki, the man turns out to be a painter who is also an acquintance of his father. He used to paint drawings- the images that Chiaki’s father portray in his music. Even though he asks Chiaki if he wants to see it, Chiaki declines and waits for Nodame to come home miserably. Insecure, he thinks back to his past once more…
Minnie: The play is a huge success, part of it thanks to Nodame. I must admit she really is good with kids. Thanks to Nodame, Kuroki comes to the resolution that she is not overwhelmed by the French culture because she has a strong self. He wants to be more like her and fit into this country better. I’m relieved to hear that Nodame decline an invitation to food to spend Christmas evening with Chiaki. At least, she won’t keep him waiting for too long now. I hope Kuroki can fit into his environment better too. Anyways, Nodame hurries home and passes by Chiaki without noticing. This probably hurt Chiaki more than he imagine. But she stops and notices his smell. She asks for him but he ignores her. They get into a fight about how she never calls him, in which she replies that she has nothing to talk about and that she was busy too. Because of the past with him and his father, Chiaki feels cheated with Nodame about how uncaring she is towards him. He thinks she’s not serious about him despite her saying all those sweet words. All of this leads to… breaking up?! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Minnie: I only said that up there for suspense. The next part is probably the best scene in Nodame 2. I don’t even know if I can describe how awesome it is in words. You have to see it for yourself. I’ll summarize it: Nodame beats Chiaki up in such a cool fashion in front of a crowd. Yes! I’m serious! It’s so beautiful. She almost kills him to by strangling him. Now, Chiaki must make a hard decision- death or Nodame? “Let’s start over again” said Chiaki, throwing away his pride for once. With those magical words, Nodame reverts back to being cute again and hugs him. The crowd cheers. I cheer. Everyone is happy now. Chiaki will change for Nodame! Yay! For Christmas, Chiaki listens to Nodame play the piano. Very classy. Very nice ending. I don’t know what more to say to this episode- it has everything I love about Nodame Cantabile as an anime and more. Thank you for such a fabulous episode!
Minnie’s Overall Rating for Episode: 10/10 (a classic Nodame episode)
Minnie’s Anticipation for Next Episode: 7/10
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
Minnie: I can’t believe they update 3/10 of my animes in the same day at the same time. I’m a bit exhausted from typing but it can’t be helped because I try to be ahead of myself in order to bring everyone reviews. I should be used to this amount of typing since I chat a lot and write a lot of chapters. EEK! A spider just crawl on me. T_T I hope that doesn’t affect my reviewing. Anyways, since we ended with a conclusion last episode, I don’t really know what is going to happen this episode since I haven’t read the manga. I’m one of those people who watch first, read later since most likely the manga is still on-going. Is it a weird habit? Maybe.
Minnie: Stresemann is back! And touching Nodame in all the wrong places in front of Frank. I feel sorry for the guy who doesn’t know that this perverted, old man is actually the infamous conductor Stresemann. But yeah, after touching her, Nodame invites him to her room where she makes him tea? He touches her piano and realizes that she hasn’t touched her piano at all since it’s so rusty. As for Chiaki, he’s been taken hostage by Elise or Stresemann’s strict manager. Thanks to her tickling tactics, Chiaki agrees to sign a contract with “the devil”. Poor Chiaki. Anyways, he goes home to find Frank freaking out about Nodame being tacken away by a man who is lecherous and looks like Stresemann. I’m sorry Frank but it IS Stresemann. Good luck when you know the truth for yourself.
Chiaki: Honestly, if someone beforehand had asked, “Do you think Chiaki is ticklish?”, I would have most definitely answered no. But, anyhow, that’s a rather… odd, yet entertaining way to persuade someone to sigh a contract. And, Stresemann… *sighs* You’re still you. I hate you, so very much (in a person, not character way), but this anime would have gotten nowhere without you, and it looks like that won’t change.
Minnie: Chiaki hurries over to where he’s supposed to meet Stresemann and that old man is with girls again. However, Nodame is indeed with him and she’s dressed up in a Japanese kimono in which Stresemann bought for her as a present? I laugh when her wig fell off. Soon enough, she learns that Chiaki must travel around the world with Stresemann for 3 months. Chiaki hates planes so they’ll be traveling by train. Nodame is very sad but doesn’t say anything to Chiaki. He gives her his key so she can practice with his piano whenever she wants. In the next scene, Nodame cooks bad vegetation food for her friends. One of her friends is a Chinese male name Yunlong whose mother is in the hospital due to food poisoning. He’s quite a sensitive one when it comes to his mother and is currently homesick. Nodame is upset and claims that her “husband” is cheating on her by having affairs. Hehe.
Garrick: Poor Nodame. You didn’t mention that at all. I feel totally sorry for Nodame, who traveled all the way from Japan to France, only to be left behind once again by Chiaki, who decides (or, is forced) to go on a conducting tour with Stresemann around the world. It makes me feel sorry for Nodame so very much. And… when she doesn’t get… too… sad, and takes it well, it just makes me feel all the worse for her. *hugs*
Minnie: Frank arrives with bad news. He didn’t get the professor he wanted under the name of Charles Auclair. Instead, Nodame did and Frank is throwing a tantrum. Poor Frank. He switched schools in order to be Auclair’s student after all. Then, from here on, the episode revolves around Nodame’s dream. Before she meets Chiaki, she only plays the piano ”for fun”. However, now that she is in France, her priorities have to be straightened out. We get a short phone conversation between Yuko from season 1 and Nodame. Apparently, Chiaki is doing very well- debuting in his concert in China where he meets the infamous Sun Rui. Chiaki replaces Stresemann in conducting for that one concert. Nodame watches Rui plays a very complicated song on television and I think envious of her talents.
Garrick: Wow, Rui is good. Not much else I can say, since, other than providing a simple synopsis of this part of the episode, I don’t really have any other feelings.
Minnie: Chiaki is indeed with Rui because they go shopping together. Rui stops by a jewelry store in which Chiaki remembers Nodame asking for a ring. Because he doesn’t know her ring size and is embarassed by the whole idea, he instead wants to buy her a cute necklace. However, Rui butts in and tells him that giving jewelry to a woman is like giving a collar to a cat. Chiaki has this mental image in mind and we are left guessing whether he goes through with the purchase or not. Back to Nodame, she doesn’t remember her first day of school and rushes to board the metro with her two friends. She seems to be in a heap of trouble adjusting to this type of school that requires registration and other such things. She doesn’t want to be late or miss any of her classes so she runs fast to her first class.
Garrick: Wow. Is it just me… or does the Cat sound so much like Nodame? A stray cat finding a home with Chiaki, and following him around. Being fed, cleaned… all that stuff. And when the cat’s owner finally decides to give that cat a collar, it signifies, “You’re mine, and mine alone.” Isn’t that cute? Of course… Chiaki’s just in denial. He knows he likes Nodame. He’s just too… Music-oriented to admit it to himself.
Minnie: In class, Nodame realizes that she is no match against the other students because they are all Chiaki’s basically. She doesn’t seem to like her first class very much and I sympathize with her. The professor Frank speaks of before is none other than the judge who is interested in her back in Japan- Auclair. He asks her to play for him a song she enjoys. Instead, she plays the song she heard on television with Rui. As for Chiaki, he parts ways with Rui and her mother, who seems strict. Stresemann talks to Chiaki about Nodame and why he treats her like this. Good job old man! As for Nodame, Auclair doesn’t like her playing at all and calls it horrible. He wants to hear her play a song she likes, not a hard song to impress him. This leaves us a cliffhanger (sort of) to figure out what both Chiaki and Nodame will do next.
Minnie: Overall, the episode is all right. For one reason or another, I didn’t like it as much as previous episodes because the humor is just not there for me. The humor is not as good as Season 1 and that’s disappointing. I understand where the plot is going and I like it but there are some interactions I feel are either rushed or unnecessary. There is a lot I can nitpick about but I won’t. Overall, I enjoy it enough to watch it through before reviewing but after 3 episode, this one is the least memorable I think. Still, it’s Nodame and I will watch it to the end.
Minnie’s Overall Rating for Episode: 7/10
Garrick’s Rating For Episode Three: 8/10
Minnie’s Anticipation for Next Episode: 10/10
Garrick’s Anticipation Scale: 7/10
-Minnie and Garrick
Minnie: Really Koala. The OP is not THAT bad. It just really sucks if you put it side by side with last season’s because in my opinion, it’s a decent song and funny pictures but for some reason, it doesn’t fit the anime in my head. Then again, I’ve only watched one episode thus far. “Gyabo! Anime Festival?” That is how Nodame starts off the episode alongside the otaku Frank. They are abusing Chiaki again by doing all this in his room. Haha. His competition starts on the same day as the festival but thankfully it’s 10 days long so Nodame tells Chiaki she will attend at least one day for sure with a cute smile. In the next scene, Chiaki freaks out to find himself on an Otaku train. It’s okay Chiaki. I’ve been there before and now, I’m quite used to it. Nodame attaches a lucky charm to Chiaki’s baton. I wonder if he will leave it on…
Minnie: Chiaki arrives to his competition and picks up his slip to find that he’ll be conducting Haydon Symphony Number 104 in D major. A nearby couple celebrates in an amazing draw of Rossini and Mozart by the woman. A fellow Japanese name Katahira doesn’t like the sight of his and he quickly befriends Chiaki. Apparently, the man of that couple is Jean, a famous person who won first place in a Belgium competition, and his girlfriend is Japanese too. Oh, more info: Jean is Viera’s apprentice. This got a lot more interesting. There’s a quick scene of Nodame and Frank watching fireworks at that festival. Then, we get back to the good stuff- Chiaki’s preliminary round. Once again, Chiaki has proven how charismatic he can be by receiving early fanboyism from a violinst (I think?). The judges find Chiaki young but talented. Uh-oh, they also find Jean as well. This is going to be tough.
Minnie: The results are in! I don’t think anyone is surprised that Jean and Chiaki passed. But Katahira too? Cool. There seems to be some sort of rivalry/hate issue between Katahira and Jean’s Japanese girlfriend, who I don’t think is worth my time remembering her name. I’ll leave that to Koala if he wants to. The second prelims are so exciting! It thrills me to see both Jean and Chiaki being two aggressive, talented competitors for the top spot. Chiaki=perfect! Now, there are only 6 conductors remaining and they’re all GUYS?! Well, I don’t think any girls entered the competition anyway… I must say that Jean guy is very photogenic. He looks amazing in a photo unlike the other 5 but that’s besides the point. Third prelims is going to be rough. And Chiaki is tired and missing Nodame?!
Minnie: Nodame kisses Chiaki’s picture- Je t’aime indeed! XD That same violist (which I really question the sexuality of) calls Jean the White Prince after naming Chiaki the Dark Prince. This is going to be fierce since Chiaki and Jean is conducting the same song. Jean’s colorful. After a quick mishap with the French horn, Chiaki is losing his orchestra to the point that he conducts a mistake. This looks like the end for him. Frank seems worried but for Nodame, she wants to stay behind and talk to him. Nodame tries to comfort him but yeah, she got strangled instead. Yuko (that’s her name) laughs at Chiaki for his performance but Jean reassures him that there’s nothing to worry about. Like Chiaki, I like Jean though I dislike his girlfriend.
Minnie: Chiaki’s drunk and allows Nodame to stay at his place but of course, it’s never that easy for poor Nodame since she sleeps on the couch and Chiaki sleeps on the bed. Katahira’s round is up next the following morning and that dude’s insane. He flies while he conducts. I mean- wow? Nodame loves Katahira’s conducting, and Chiaki wishes to bring that same smile to her face. The results are in- 3 left: Jean (expected), Katahira (sort of expected after that performance), and Chiaki?! Jean’s right after all. Chiaki and Katahira are both celebrating while Jean watches them with content.
Minnie: During the drawing, there is a lesson to be learn here: if someone draws for you consecutively awesome, fitting songs for you to conduct, don’t dismiss that person’s good luck at the last minute and draw for yourself out of pride. You’ll end up like Jean who is now regretting his stupid decision. Another lesson to be learn here: Always let your lady draw for you. Look at how it turns out with Nodame. Or… it’s just Nodame and her good luck like always. That works too. Jean talks to his Sensei, Viera, only to find out that he knows Chiaki and calls him his apprentice! Anyways, Nodame and her lingerie is hilarious. I’m sorry Nodame but I think Chiaki’s married to his music, which is such a shame because you’re awesome.
Minnie: Now for the finals! Chiaki gives a funny speech. The orchestra’s smiling. He’s using his lucky charm baton Nodame gave him. And he’s playing the piece he admired when he was a child. Guess what? Run out of time- they skip to the results with Chiaki as the winner. Frank and Nodame run up to him and Frank gets to him first and hugs him. Poor Nodame. XD Jean calls Chiaki his sempai for learning under Viera sooner. Aw! A cute embrace exchance from Nodame and Chiaki and a confusing end. That woman knows a certain perverted conductor! He’s back next episode I tell you! o_O Overall, a nice episode. I didn’t like how they cut off the last part of the competition but it must be done I guess. Again, i am looking forward to the next episode. More Nodame/Chiaki~
Minnie’s Overall Rating for Episode: 9/10
Minnie’s Anticipation for Next Episode: 7/10