Talented violinist Chiaki Shinichi really wants to become an orchestral conductor. In the final year at his Tokyo conservatory he finds himself living next door to a brilliant but ... See full summary »
Nodame (Juri Ueno) is still pining for the affections of Chiaki (Hiroshi Tamaki), but Chiaki wants them to concentrate on their musical careers and moves out. Chiaki then gets the ... See full synopsis »
This 2 night special takes off during their graduation, where Chiaki-senpai & Nodame left for Europe. The first special centered on Chiaki's story, the story tells about Chiaki's dream to ... See full summary »
Ken and Rei have been friends since childhood. Though he has been in love with her for years he was never able to tell her. On the day of her wedding to another man Ken sees a picture of ... See full summary »
Shuji (Kamenashi Kazuya) is one of the most popular guys in school. He tries to avoid Akira (Tomohisa Yamashita), because of his constant annoyance. But Kame isn't just like that. At home, ... See full summary »
Makino Tsukushi, coming from a humble family of reduced income, feels out place at Eitoku Gakuen, a school largely attended by the progeny of the most rich and powerful people of the ... See full summary »
Chiaki is a first class musician whose dream is to play among the elites in Europe.He is an infamous perfectionist, not only is he highly critical of himself, but of others as well. But his... See full summary »
Gokusen is the story of recently graduated Kumiko Yamaguchi, aka. Yankumi, and her life as a new high school teacher. Unlike the other new teachers at her school Kumiko gets placed with teh... See full summary »
25 year old Moriyama Mikuri graduated but had no job offers. She became a temporary employee but was even laid off. So while she is taking a break right now, Mikuri feels unwanted and ... See full summary »
Sawaki Chihiro, a hardworking student from Tokyo University right out of college, is having a hard time finding a job due to her lack of experience. At a job interview she meets Hyuga Toru,... See full summary »
"From Five to Nine" is a romantic comedy drama. It is a story of girl who works as an English teacher and dreams of moving to New York, but unexpectedly, she encounters a handsome monk, and the story begins.
Nodame Kantabire is a live action off shoot of the manga by Tomoko Ninomiya, which also has an animated counter part.
Overall this series keeps in the spirit of both the original work and the animated work in comical antics and gags, which are quite enjoyable to watch.
The cast is full of incredible actors, Ueno Juri portrays the unique and often times quirky Noda Megumi with the up most talent, while Hiroshi Tamaki does a an excellent job playing Chiaki Shinichi. The most notable actor is Ogawa Shinji, his over the top performance of Franz Von Stresemann is a sight to behold and most memorable in my opinion. The cast gives a great performance to bring out each individual character. You can not help but fall in love with the characters in the show.
The live action series deviates on some musical pieces that are performed and selected from the original work and animation, but nonetheless are great musical pieces to hear. Should not pose a problem in watching the series.
Tomoko Ninomiya does her homework with musical history, references, and technical term. Unless your an uptight classical musician you would learn a thing or two about classical music and be happy with it.
You will not be disappointed if you decide to watch this series. I highly recommend it.
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