I was pretty disappointed with the manga’s ending and so, despite retroblogging the first season and Paris-hen, held off on episode blogging for Finale. I did watch it though to see if the anime would change my mind about the manga’s conclusion. It hasn’t.
I left a comment over at Rabbit Poets:
But I’m still more than a little cheesed off since it’s not even the beginning of the end, just the end of the beginning for their story and it’s disappointing to see things left off without at least some of kind of dramatic finale or, at least, some tying in back to the beginning i.e. playing piano in the room full of trash.
I have since learnt that there is a one volume sequel entitled Nodame Cantabile Encore – Opera-hen. Reading just the first (and so far only available) scanlated chapter has reinforced my feeling about how the story has ended at the end of the beginning. I understand that it’s often counter-productive to prolong a story after a certain point and especially if the mangaka wants to stop – her heart won’t be in it thereafter. But Opera-hen shows that this story is very alive, kicking and screaming to be told. *goes off to scream WRRRYYYYYYY and other such stuffs*
Surprisingly I’ve come to like the Tanya and Yasunori pairing a lot. Despite their disastrous first meeting, they’ve helped each other become better musicians and better people.
Yasunori x Tanya even manage to steal Nodame’s limelight when they visit their old college in Japan (with a mention about the above subtitle line too). I had such a good laugh from the excellent buildup and then takedown. Certainly I would love to see Opera-hen animated.