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  • Art Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Del Rey
  • MSRP: 10.95
  • Pages: 196
  • ISBN: 0-345-48531-1
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Nodame Cantabile Vol. #08

By Eduardo M. Chavez     February 28, 2007
Release Date: January 31, 2007

Nodame Cantabile Vol.#08
© Del Rey

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Ninomiya Tomoko
Translated by:David & Eriko Welsh
Adapted by:David & Eriko Welsh

What They Say
It's showtime for Shinichi's new Rising Star Orchestra. Renowned critics and famous musicians have gathered to see the debut performance. Meanwhile, Nodame is playing hypnotist on Shinichi, trying to cure him of his fear of flying. After all, she wants her true love to be able to perform abroad. But will the concert take Shinichi's career to the next level? And if Nodame succeeds in freeing Shinichi of his panic attacks, will she be left behind?

The Review
It�s show time and the Rising Star Orchestra is going to make their debut. But Chiaki is not going to be the only character making an impact in this volume. Megumi will be tickling the ivory on stage as she battles for a place along side Chiaki-sama in the symphonic halls of Europe. Yes, Europe! Chiaki is going back and Megumi is the reason why. And no, Chiaki is not fed up with his crazy stinky lazy neighbor; he is competing with her and complimenting her as she gives him the strength to take his talent to the next level.

Throughout the first seven volumes, Ninomiya was always able to meld musical themes with romance comedy in her quirky josei college drama. With this latest volume, Ninomiya drops most of the comedy and shifts the focus on the music of Nodame Cantabile. Schumann and Mozart become the supporting characters when Chiaki takes the stage for a chapter or two. When we see Nodame working on her fairy-tale romance, she is not in the kitchen or in a mongoose costume. Nope Nodame's Schubert might be the way to winning Chiaki's heart. Bach, Saint-Saens, Lizt, Chopin and Ebihara are now as important as Mine, Okuyama and Etou. Music from these great composers set a tempo for this series; providing drama and expression at times when Nimomiya has her characters preoccupied with their blossoming futures. So each song is expressing the tone and pace and the cast follows that lead.

Ninomiya has always shown that music can express different feelings and colors. Can music express itself in drama? Absolutely!

Music is expressive in so many ways. And whether it is with a music video or with a manga it has a beat and emotion that can be felt in so many ways. Nodame Cantabile, the manga, reads to a different beat � up-tempo with some quirky accents and always very playful. I cannot get enough.


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