Will Nodame's recital be a resounding success, or will her fear of Mozart overcome her?
Writer/Artist: Tomoko Ninomiya
Translation: Ikoi Hiroe
Adaptation: Ikoi Hiroe
What They Say
MOZART COSPLAY RECITAL?
Summer is supposed to be a time for relaxation, but life-changing events are in store for Nodame and her friends. She's about to play her very first recital the chateau of a Mozart-obsessed, cosplay-loving Frenchman! Meanwhile, Chiaki is making big plans for his orchestra, Kuroki is rehearsing for a major audition, and Tanya is looking for love in all the wrong places. How will they ever survive this summer "vacation"?
It's summer break, and Nodame's recital is coming up fast. Tanya, meanwhile, has had to cancel her exciting summer plans in the south of France, and immediately decides to accompany them in the hopes of meeting up with someone nice (and rich). Unfortunately for her, She's stuck with just Kuroki. Once at the castle, they make the discovery that their host is a bit of a Mozart fanatic, which leaves Nodame on edge. She's still not comfortable with Mozart, but she manages to remain unusually focused on the coming recital.
The recital itself is just fantastic the way it plays out, managing to balance the oddball humor that is Nodame's trademark with some fabulous character moments that really bring all of the character development from the last couple of volumes to the forefront and show how much Nodame has developed as a character. She's still herself, of course, but she's clearly growing much more comfortable in her skin, and is also more confident as a musician, actually living up to the potential that she's had all along.
In addition to the great character moments, there are some really funny moments, especially involving the costumes and Nodame and Chiaki's fight in the garden. While the series overall has been excellent, it has had its high and low points - this is definitely one of the better volumes overall.