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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 16+
  • Released By: Del Rey
  • MSRP: 10.99
  • Pages: 208
  • ISBN: 978-0-345-49914-1
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Nodame Cantabile

Nodame Cantabile Vol. #13

By Danielle Van Gorder     September 02, 2008
Release Date: May 06, 2008

Nodame Cantabile Vol.#13
© Del Rey
Creative Talent
Writer/Artist: Tomoko Ninomiya
Translated by: Ikoi Hiroe
Adapted by: Ikoi Hiroe

What They Say

Nodame and Chiaki are spending Christmas in Paris . . . but not together. Nodame is performing in a nativity play while Chiaki is alone, brooding over the past. But when they see each other again, the sparks fly-threatening to ignite a fire that could destroy their romance forever!

The Review
It's Christmas, and Chiaki has returned to Paris with plans to spend time with Nodame. He's a little bothered by the fact that she didn't contact him at all while he was abroad, but when he finds nothing but an empty apartment (and a vastly oversized tree), memories of past Christmases put him in a foul mood. Nodame is off having adventures of her own, but when they're finally reunited it's not a happy occasion. Chiaki decides that the cold shoulder is what Nodame needs to force her to appreciate him the way he feels he deserves, but Nodame reacts in typical unpredictable Nodame fashion, leading to a very public confrontation. It might end up being Chiaki who has to change his ways.

In the end, though, their relationship stays pretty much the same as always. Nodame is moving on and trying new things with her music, even joining a chamber trio, while Chiaki's career continues to move forward. He receives an offer to be the resident conductor for a legendary part-time orchestra, the Orchestre Roux-Marlet. His agent accepts the position in his place, but as Chiaki looks into it more deeply, this might not be the star opportunity that it looks on the surface.

The Orchestre Roux-Marlet is a mess. They've been losing members left and right, performing without sufficient practice, and generally have no motivation at all. Chiaki infiltrates the orchestra under an assumed name to find out what the real story is, and it isn't good. Will he be up to the challenge, or will this orchestra destroy his professional reputation before it even has a chance to be established? On top of that, Elise is in town again, which is making Nodame more than slightly unhappy. This is not a high point in Chiaki's life.

Nodame is always a delight, but the focus on Chiaki's low points rather than high points made this volume especially interesting. This series is all about the characters and the changing dynamics between them, and the various members of the supporting cast really do a lot to drive the series along. More people need to be reading this.


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