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The first DVD for Nodame Cantabile: Finale, the third and final television anime series based on Tomoko Ninomiya's Nodame Cantabile manga, will ship on April 7 with an unaired episode. Besides the unaired episode, the first volume will feature the first two television episodes, credit-less opening and ending animation footage, and promotional videos.
The story of the original manga and its animated and live-action adaptations centers on two music prodigies who find themselves on parallel paths in Japan and later Europe. A Nodame Cantabile side story manga series launched Kodansha's biweekly Kiss magazine in December, after the main Nodame Cantabile manga series ended in the same magazine in October. The first of two live action Nodame Cantabile Saishū Gakushō (Nodame Cantabile: The Final Score) films opened in Japan on December 19, and the final television anime series premiered this month. Del Rey is publishing the 17th volume of the manga in North America this month.
Images © Tomoko Ninomiya, Kodansha/Nodame Cantabile 3 Production Committee
Update: According to the official website for the anime, the unaired episode will be titled "Mine to Kiyora no Saikai" ("Mine and Kiyora's Reunion").
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