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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Del Rey
  • MSRP: 10.95
  • Pages: 186
  • ISBN: 0-345-48369-3
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Nodame Cantabile Vol. #07

By Eduardo M. Chavez     January 17, 2007
Release Date: October 31, 2006

Nodame Cantabile Vol.#07
© Del Rey

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Ninomiya Tomoko
Translated by:David and Eriko Walsh
Adapted by:David and Eriko Walsh

What They Say
Shinichi has always wanted to conduct his own group of musicians. Now, with the Rising Star Orchestra, his dream is becoming a reality. But there are many challenges to overcome: delayed rehearsals, too many soloists vying for the spotlight, and arguments over what piece of music they should play.

Meanwhile, Nodame has troubles of her own. Etoh-sensei is trying to give her piano lessons, but she wants nothing to do with him! Nodame would much rather be helping her friend Shinichi - now that a grand hall has been reserved for the Rising Star Orchestra's big debut... and Shinichi must prepare for the biggest show of his life!

The Review
Nodame Cantabile at its best is a story about a young man�s struggles through adulthood. Chiaki�s character looks perfect on the surface. The guy is good looking, popular and talented; he is as close to perfect as it gets. Inside that good looking shell is a young man with deep rooted fears that are much more serious than the fear of flying. Chiaki has a fear of failure. Since returning to Japan from the grand music halls of Europe, he has feared that he could never go back. And if he does get a chance would he be performing or listening?

So as Chiaki and crew move on from college to graduate school the doubts he had are still there. Fortunately, through the help of his piers and the inspiration of a quirky (crazy) young woman he has found himself leading an orchestra consisting of the best and brightest Japan has to offer modern classical music.

The real world is calling Chiaki. If he is ever going to make a name for himself; if he has ambitions of making Japan a source for classical music then he is going to have to take on the challenge himself now. There were moments before where he could have quit. He had his doubts about his talents in college. But now he realizes that he has a chance with so much talent still around to test his ability on a semi-pro level.

Can his version of classical be performed by this new wave of young musicians he has picked? Or will Chiaki�s hopes for success continue to come only in his dreams?

The less Nodame with every new volume trend continues in this latest volume. And this time round, I found keeping Nodame to a minimum actually helped out more than usual. Typically Nodame is used for two reasons - inspiration and comedy. With the focus on Chiaki as of late, seeing the young conductor figuring out his problems on his own helps illustrate how much he has grown up since the start of the series. There was a point where Chiaki was reclusive and introspective. He is still a little of both, but he understands his role in this project he has taken on. Anything but full emersion would be detrimental to the orchestra�s success. And when we do see Nodame, we begin to see her working on her own future; making decisions about continued advance education and future careers. The realism has been notched up. An air of seriousness has begun to roll in and most importantly the music is coming in loud and clear.

Nodame continues to be one of the more inspired stories in manga right now and even slow somber moments as in this latest volume entertain on many levels.


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