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Watch out, I'm about to gush fangirlishly about how awesome this one is.

Nodame Cantabile
Rating: [Enjoyability: 5/5] ["Feel good factor": 5/5] [Delivery: 5/5] = Overall: 5/5

Summary (DramaWiki):  Megumi Noda, or "Nodame" is a piano student at Momogaoka College of Music. An extremely talented pianist who wants to be a kindergarten teacher, she prefers playing by ear rather than reading the music score. She is messy and disorganized, takes baths several days apart and loves to eat, sometimes stealing her friend’s lunchbox when it is filled with delicacies.  Shinichi Chiaki, is Momogaoka’s top student. Born into a musical family, he is talented in piano and violin and has secret ambitions to become a conductor. An arrogant multi-lingual perfectionist who once lived abroad in the music capitals of the world as a young boy, he feels mired in Japan because of a childhood phobia.  They meet by accident. Nodame quickly falls in love, but it takes much longer for Chiaki to even begin to appreciate Nodame’s unusual qualities. Their relationship causes them both to develop and grow. Because of Nodame, Chiaki got the opportunity to lead a student orchestra and begins to have a broader appreciation of people's musical abilities. Because of Chiaki, Nodame faces her fears and enters a piano competition. Opportunities open up as both begin taking risks, stretching themselves far more than they ever thought possible.

Me: This...was the perfect drama. Honestly.  It was funny without being corny, romantic but not overly mushy, and was overall...heartwarming. I never use that word, but it's the only one I can think of applying here.

The acting and character development in Nodame Cantabile was nothing short of spectacular.  Every character has their flaws, and not one is depicted as that annoying idealistic "perfect" person that's always present in every J-drama.  Their flaws only make them more lovable, especially the way that they work through them.  The ending was perfect.  It actually made me cry because it was ending, but it also made me happy because each and every character had grown visibly throughout, and I was only filled with confidence for how well they'd do later in life.  I think this is one of the few dramas that does a really good job of showing that the characters REALIZE how much they changed, and how much of that they owe to their friends.  It's really touching, all the more because regardless of whether you're a classical musician, the principles in this drama (growing up, making friends, being true to yourself, facing your fears) are things that everyone can relate to.  

I can only babble incoherently about how much I loved this drama.  Really, this is not one to miss.  It's not suspenseful, and won't have you watching compulsively, but you'll find that it's slowly growing on you and by the end you're not even surprised.  Yes, it's that good.

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