Rating:
Average user rating 3.7
85

Cantabile Tomorrow: Episode 13

Sometimes I wonder whether the show would be served by upping the conflict and angst quotient, but then cuteness like this reminds me that entertainment doesn’t always necessitate a dramatic push-pull movement, and that minor triumphs can be just as satisfying to watch as the climactic, grandiose ones.

It is probably safe to say that mainstream Korean audiences do like more drama in their dramas (if we’re going off ratings), but I hope that doesn’t stop producers from making more slice-of-life shows because there is absolutely a market for soothing, cute, mellow (not melo!) stories of friendship and finding oneself.

SONG OF THE DAY

Chopin, Etude Op. 25, No. 11, “Winter Wind”Download ]

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

 
LESSON 13 RECAP

Fighting nerves, Nae-il stumbles onto the stage and sits at the piano for her first-round performance. Looking to Yoo-jin out in the audience calms her, and he thinks encouraging thoughts her way as she begins her competition piece.

She’s off to a good start, and Yoo-jin relaxes while the judges start nodding approvingly, noting that she’s the best so far. Teacher Do is pleased, too, recognizing that Nae-il is adding her own feeling into the performance: “Good,” he thinks. “Play just like that.”

Also watching is Teacher Yoon from the master class, who remains stony-faced through it all. Yoon-hoo, on the other hand, doesn’t look worried as he joins her in the audience.

Nae-il plays strongly through the end, and more than anything I love that she looks thrilled with herself. Teacher Do bursts into applause, and Yoo-jin joins in, thinking, “Good job, Seol Nae-il.” It’s like she can hear the thought as she nods back him, and Yoon-hoo notices their silent communication with a dip in his spirits.

We hear that Teacher Yoon came at Yoon-hoo’s request, but she informs him not to expect any more of her—Nae-il is no more than the girl who ran out of her master class. Yoon-hoo explains that he was afraid the teacher would let her prejudice close her ears to Nae-il’s playing in the final round (which she’s judging), so he wanted her to listen to Nae-il before then.

As they await the results, Nae-il fidgets nervously, simultaneously confident that her performance was good and worried that it wasn’t good enough. Teacher Do is just as nervous, but advises her to never let down her guard even if she feels confident, because arrogance makes a musician too lax.

Yoo-jin gets Nae-il’s text as he’s running to rehearsal, and although he’s just as anxious to know how she did, the moment he reads that she passed the first round, he says confidently, “Of course you did.”

Time for the Rising Stars to vote on a soloist. The orchestra is still divided down the middle, so when Il-lac moons all over Shi-won, his friends mutter, “Traitor.” Aw, can’t a guy even have a crush without being all political about it?

Yoo-jin counts the votes, and his furrowed brow alerts us to shenanigans. Both sides have schemed to keep the other side from “winning”: The S members divided their votes so that no A members could amass enough to win, and the A members voted for someone they could manipulate into giving up: Il-lac.

Il-lac is stunned to hear Yoo-jin pronounce him the winner and protests, asking if there was a mistake. Despite knowing otherwise, Yoo-jin says pointedly, “I’ll choose to think that everyone voted for the sake of the orchestra. I’ll trust that there was no other intention.”

The A members suggest that Il-lac choose a new soloist since he isn’t up for it, and Il-lac is happy to agree, naming Shi-won. But it’s Yoo-jin who cuts him off and reminds everyone that they agreed beforehand to abide by the votes, holding them to their promise. He names the Tchaikovsky violin concerto (which was Il-lac’s audition selection) as their performance piece, and the A’s glare in disgruntlement. Hey, it’s not Yoo-jin’s fault your dumb idea backfired.

Even so, Il-lac suggests that Yoo-jin open a revote or reconsider the matter, hesitantly asking if Yoo-jin is angry that he was named the soloist. Yoo-jin answers yes, making Il-lac momentarily more woebegone before clarifying that it’s because the A members have no respect for Il-lac. They knew he’d be afraid of ruining the concert for everyone and would take himself out of the running.

Instead of caving to their expectations, Yoo-jin tells Il-lac to prepare for three-hour lessons every day, “so that those guys can’t say a word about you.”

Aw, I love Yoo-jin’s continued trust in his friends. Il-lac stammers a bit that Yoo-jin likes him too much, but he’s obviously touched and encouraged by the show of faith.

When Yoo-jin comes home, Nae-il is there to surprise him (ineffectively, since he’s unsurprised to find her there) and asks him to praise her for doing well today. He merely replies, “You’ll do an even better job in the future,” which isn’t quite praise but is almost more effective, since he’s treating her success as a foregone conclusion.

They trim bean sprouts together as they chat about the solo selection, and he admits being surprised at the extent of the feuding; he’d believed the members would think of the orchestra more than their in-fighting. She asks if he was disappointed in his members, and he admits that he was.

Just as I’m thinking of how they strike me as a cozy old married couple, Nae-il comments on it too. She sighs that it’s nice to have Yoo-jin confiding in her, at which point he tosses away a sprout and barks at her to practice. Apparently the only way to get Yoo-jin to enjoy domesticity is to trick him into it.

Nae-il worries about her second round song selection, hoping she’ll be able to play a composer she feels “friendly” with. This turns out to be something of a struggle, as Teacher Do runs down the approved list of pieces, all of which are unfamiliar to Nae-il. Thus far she’s only played things she liked, which explains the gaping holes in her repertoire, now a clear source of chagrin for Teacher Do.

But there’s one piece on the list that she’s played before, a Chopin etude (“Winter Wind”). She looks rather scared at the thought of it but she gives it a try, playing it from memory. Her fingers fly over the keys as her mind flashes back to the last time she played it: She’d been a child, and the display of her talent had her teacher excited to develop her further. Yet it’s not a happy memory…

Watching her now, Teacher Do thinks how Nae-il isn’t “just good”—she’s amazingly, unnervingly good. Yoo-jin can hear it from outside the practice room door, where Yoon-hoo joins him to wonder why Nae-il’s piano is only now being heard by the world.

Yoon-hoo sighs that he wants to show off her playing to others, but also wants to hide it away as a treasure because it makes him uneasy—similar to Nae-il’s own thoughts regarding Yoo-jin’s conducting.

He supposes that Yoo-jin feels the same, but instead gets back a different reply: that it’s up to Nae-il to decide what to do with herself, because she’s not an object. He says it without judgment, but I still kinda want to say, Booyah.

And then, Yoon-hoo informs Yoo-jin that he’s applying to the conducting department, and with Streseman’s recommendation to boot. So when Yoo-jin is called in to see the maestro, he asks why he wasn’t told about it, only to be reminded that it’s not something he should find a big deal. The maestro has bigger plans for Yoo-jin, starting with the idea to travel to Europe together, which he has already cleared with Dean Mina.

Yoo-jin is taken aback by the proposal, but Streseman asks directly if he isn’t going to go abroad—does he plan to keep conducting the Rising Stars even after he graduates? He points out that Nae-il gets to study in Europe if she places first in the competition, and asks if that had anything to do with Yoo-jin encouraging her to compete. And if so, is he really not going to go with her? I don’t suppose any of this is news to Yoo-jin, who seems like he’s consciously aware of his motivations, but it’s hard to shy away when it’s stated so plainly like this.

Il-lac feels dejected over the way the orchestra vote went down, but Shi-won assures him that he deserves this solo and can do a good job. She’s sweet in the supportive (almost?) girlfriend role, though in this case it may be even more meaningful to throw her support to him as concertmaster, and she tells him to do a good job.

Bolstered, Il-lac promises to do well enough that the others won’t be able to say a word against him, putting a finger to her lips in a silencing gesture… and then he sneaks that finger to his own lips in a sneak-kissy move. Lol. One of these days, you’ll work up the guts for a real kiss! At least you’d better.

But his confidence just isn’t there in orchestra rehearsal, where his intonation is all off and he’s missing shifts and sounding like a mess. His detractors smirk to themselves, while his friends look on in concern. Yoo-jin corrects him kindly, but is clearly dismayed at Il-lac’s subpar playing. Although everyone’s nice to his face about it, Il-lac’s clearly feeling vulnerable.

Nae-il practices her competition piece furiously, haunted by the memory of her teacher’s harsh lessons with this same etude. She has to force herself to chase aside the bad thoughts, and reminds herself to focus on coming in first place so she can accompany Yoo-jin to Europe.

Streseman watches from the hallway as Nae-il plays through her bad memories, then approaches with concern. He asks how she’s feeling, noting that her feelings come through loud and clear in her playing, and that her face looks harsher than the bitter winter wind evoked by the song.

Nae-il apologizes for letting other thoughts in while she’s practicing, but Streseman advises her to utilize her emotions, to pour all of herself into her playing. She has nothing to fear in front of the piano, he says—and once she lets everything out, she can be free to return to her normal, happier self. The words seem to have an effect on Nae-il, who promises not to avoid confronting her feelings.

Yoo-jin directs violin lessons with Il-lac, which aren’t going as well as hoped for, and picks up on a recent change in Il-lac’s playing. Il-lac admits to purposely pulling back because he’s afraid of getting carried away by his feelings, only to have Yoo-jin assure him that he shouldn’t lose that ability. As long as he doesn’t go overboard, he should be able to lose himself in the performance.

The advice renews Il-lac’s enthusiasm, with Yoo-jin giving him the greenlight to return to himself. He resumes playing, and already the results are improved.

Nae-il waits outside that evening, excitedly waving at the distance at an approaching figure until she belatedly realizes that it’s Yoon-hoo, not Yoo-jin. He notes her disappointment, and also her chilled appearance, reaching to drape his scarf around her neck. Nae-il shrinks back involuntarily, though, and adds that his constant teasing makes it seem that he likes her.

He asks if it would be such a bad thing, but Nae-il replies that he can’t like her. She excuses herself, leaving Yoon-hoo to sigh that he rushed things.

He joins Yoo-jin in the cafeteria later to announce that Nae-il rejected him. Yoo-jin’s first reaction is to smile; his second is to ask why Yoon-hoo’s telling him this. Yoon-hoo explains that he has nobody to tell, and that the gang wouldn’t take his side anyway. Yoo-jin supposes that he doesn’t have many friends, being the type to take things on himself. Spoken like an expert in the matter.

Yoon-hoo guesses that Yoo-jin knows that from experience, and proposes a ceasefire, just until Nae-il wins her competition. Yoo-jin replies that he hasn’t been fighting with Yoon-hoo, but his face sure takes on a conflicted look when Yoon-hoo states his intention to follow Nae-il abroad to study music. Isn’t Yoo-jin going to go too?

It certainly isn’t that he doesn’t want to, and the idea brings on another flashback to his childhood plane accident.

The Rising Stars hear that they’ll be entering into a competition of university orchestras, and scoff at the idea of using Il-lac’s solo to go up against formidable rivals, particularly one led by a conductor who was taught in Germany. The news has everyone determined to up their game.

Round 2 of the piano competition arrives, and Nae-il texts Yoo-jin to ask him to make sure to see her play. She isn’t quite “friends” with this composer, she says, but she’s acquainted with him and promises to work hard.

She’ll need to, because the competition heats up and one particular pianist, named Ka-ram, attracts everyone’s notice as the one to beat. To make matters worse, there’s a familiar face in the crowd: Nae-il’s childhood teacher.

Nae-il waits for a reply text from Yoo-jin but doesn’t get one, as he’s currently stuck in traffic trying to get to her performance in time. He ends up ditching the taxi and running on foot, arriving just as she’s beginning.

Yoon-hoo isn’t surprised to see that Teacher Yoon is back today, and when she asks why he didn’t specifically request her presence here, he replies that he knew she’d come anyway. Ha.

Nae-il comes out wearing a long face, and everyone puzzles over her obvious heavy mood. She looks downright angry as she plays the etude—fiercely, almost frantically—and the judges shake their heads that she’s playing way too fast. It’s a far cry from the perfect performance she showed with her textbook Haydn in Round 1.

Yoo-jin knows it’s a rocky performance and Teacher Do says grimly that it’s all over. Nae-il is so upset with herself afterward that she won’t come out of the bathroom, despairing that she ruined everything.

Yoon-hoo says optimistically that Nae-il put in a good performance—it just didn’t happen to suit the competition. On the other hand, Teacher Do barks that a player has to be prepared to follow competition rules when they come to a competition. You’ve gotta play the game to win the game.

Still, they crowd around the bulletin board hopefully when the results are posted, and are elated to see that Nae-il’s name made the list after all. Teacher Do exults, and holds up a hand for a high-five that gets left hilariously hanging.

We see in a flashback that Teacher Yoon had played an instrumental role in swaying the judging panel in Nae-il’s favor. They’d agreed that she had talent but had been ready to drop her anyway; she’d ignored the competition’s rules and played too much in her own way.

And so, Teacher Yoon had pointed out that she’d like to see more of Nae-il’s playing, which had a personal appeal. The other judges had admitted to the same curiosity over what she’d play next, and had decided to advance her.

Yoo-jin calls Nae-il with the good news, texting her the message when she refuses to answer the calls out of shame, thinking she’d failed. The good news lures her out and she launches herself at Yoo-jin in a fierce attack-hug (I love that Yoo-jin is attacked regularly with hugs, and that he obviously doesn’t mind them anymore).

Teacher Do rescues Yoo-jin from the hug and drags Nae-il away to prepare for the final round. Meanwhile the student expected to win, Ka-ram, also advances to the finals, and it turns out that she’s a student of Nae-il’s mean old teacher.

Nae-il’s name is distinctive enough to catch the teacher’s eye, and when Ka-ram asks about her, the teacher sniffs that while Nae-il is very talented, she’s nobody to worry about because she can’t handle competitions.

Be that as it may, Nae-il’s confidence meter is back to full as Teacher Do goes over the selection for finals. She’s unfamiliar with the pieces, so he selects Liszt’s “La Campanella” for her, and they get to work.

Orchestra rehearsals continue, and Il-lac’s playing is much improved, to the relief of all his friends. In fact, it’s the arrogant trumpet player who squawks in the middle of a run-through, and Yoo-jin makes it a point to tell everyone to put in additional individual practice. (Cutely, when he says he won’t single out the mistake-maker, Su-min points a finger immediately in Trumpet’s direction, having no problem with it.)

Despite the progress, Il-lac has second thoughts and worries to Yoo-jin about making a mistake during the concert. He hems and haws before getting to his point, asking if it’s possible to swap soloists and have Shi-won play the concerto instead.

Yoo-jin flatly denies the request, asking what happened to Il-lac’s renewed drive. He assures Il-lac that he’ll perform well if he continues to practice, closing the door to further argument.

Nae-il works through her competition piece, thinking herself through the interpretation as she plays, and Teacher Do is amazed. Not just at her progress, but the fact that she got here all on her own, because he didn’t teach her any of this. “How can such a person exist?” he wonders.

Teacher Do calls Yoo-jin to request his help, which must have to do with Nae-il’s absorption in practice. Yoo-jin finds her playing at the studio late into the night until she literally conks out at the piano, falling asleep on the keys.

He carries her home on his back, and she sleepily asks him to come to Europe with her. Yoo-jin replies that it would be nice if he could, and when she promises to make it so, he thanks her for the thought.

Then when she promises to work hard so she won’t be embarrassed in front of him, Yoo-jin answers that she doesn’t have to win first place. He says she was right before when she talked about playing freely and with enjoyment, because she has to be happy in her playing in order for her listeners to be happy. Nae-il comments that he’s changed a lot, but adds that she still wants to take first place.

Soon it’s the day of finals, and Mini Min-hee and Mom head over to cheer Nae-il on. Nae-il is in good spirits as she prepares backstage… until she comes face to face with her old teacher in the hallway. Ack.

The teacher is just SO condescending about having expected Nae-il to have quit already, and essentially sniffs that Nae-il is wasting her time since her student Ka-ram will take this competition.

The encounter has Nae-il deeply rattled, and exacerbating the matter is seeing Ka-ram playing the same Liszt piece she’s selected. Other competitors comment that they’re glad they didn’t pick the same song, lest they be compared unfavorably.

Nae-il is slated to follow her, and the old nerves resurface as she’s instructed to head outside for her turn. Choking back her panic, Nae-il gets up—and bolts the other way.

She runs out the back door and through the lobby, stopping only when her escape path is blocked by a new arrival. Yoo-jin.

 
COMMENTS

You know, I almost wanted the episode to cut out before Nae-il ran into Yoo-jin, even though that would have left me feeling added angst—because the moment she ran into Yoo-jin, I felt like all would be right with the world. Such is the power of their rapport that I feel like the question isn’t even whether she’ll win, but whether she’ll be able to perform in peace (and let the results happen as they may).

I don’t actually want Yoo-jin’s presence to become some sort of magical talisman for Nae-il, so I think there’s a line that should be observed here as he guides Nae-il along in conquering her trauma. The show has done a pretty good job of respecting that their musical paths must be taken independently—the beauty is that the paths are parallel and complementary, but they’re not the same path—so it’s not a huge concern for me. But I did have the thought in this episode that I just wanted Yoo-jin to be there to make it all better, and then brought myself up short because that isn’t actually the thing I want for Nae-il. Let’s avoid the “codependency is romantic” message, shall we?

What I do like about Yoo-jin being there for Nae-il is that rather than calming her enough so that she goes out there and kicks ass, the message is more along the lines of “Be yourself, that’s enough for me.” And of course the beauty of that is that Nae-il’s pure self is worthy of being named the best anyway, when she’s true to her talent and unfettered by demons and nasty teachers and rigid rule-makers.

It’s nice to see this appreciation come out in Yoo-jin with the other friends too; Il-lac’s flash of insecurity was a well-placed counterpart to Nae-il’s conflict, showing them experience similar crises of confidence. A really lovely side effect of Yoo-jin being such a vaunted musical talent is that it makes him so effective when bolstering his friends’ flagging confidence. Sure, it’s nice when your buddy (or your doting dad) tells you how good you are, but when it’s Yoo-jin? Well, you can’t argue with him because he’s never going to lie just to make you feel better. When he tells you you’re up to the task, well, you believe it and work extra hard to ensure that his estimation wasn’t misjudged.

I suspect we’re about to revisit Yoo-jin’s trauma next, which feels like a natural next step, and one I’m eager to see since it’s his turn to put a foot forward. (I LOVE Yoo-jin, but he’s in danger of becoming too perfect, and I always find heroes—or any character, really—more interesting when they’re working through stuff.) He’s done plenty of supporting in recent episodes, and now I want to see everyone return the favor (again). In a big-picture sense, the movement of this show sometimes feels like a three-legged (or maybe many-legged) race—marked by cooperation and steady progress, with everyone looking out for each other and holding each other up when someone takes a stumble. The steps may be ungainly at times and I can get antsy for quicker progress, but in the end I’m warmed by the camaraderie and collective growth.

RELATED POSTS

Tags: , , , ,

85

Required fields are marked *

i was waiting for this!!!

it seems like almost everyone got a hair cut of some sort.
i can't believe it ends next week :(

0
14
reply

Required fields are marked *

It's already almost over?! I love this series to death and I share your disappointment (and disbelief) that it's ending next week! =(

0
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

According to Dramafever, it's supposed to run for 20 episodes, not 16.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

And asianwiki says 16. . . what website should we believer?? TT_TT (secretly wishing/hoping for 20 episodes)

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Dramafever has exclusive streaming and licensing rights from KBS, plus it is co-proudcing the series, so it's safe to say that it's 20 episodes.

0

Noooo... I thought there were 20 episodes? :(

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I think Korean audiences do love slice of life....the latest example being Misaeng....which is as simple a drama can be and still getting good ratings....

so this is no excuse of low ratings for Cantabile Romance

'just saying!

0
8
reply

Required fields are marked *

But Misaeng is something most viewers can relate to because it is about the workplace. Tomorrow Cantabile is about music and the characters are not only students but students of a musical academy. That's something most can't relate to. The Koreans may like the manga but not watch a 2nd adaptation of it. I also don't think they love classical music like the Japanese do. I am purely speculating on the last bit. Anyway, I think the production company has made the wrong bet. They should have chosen a story with kdrama tropes like BOF - chaebol heirs and candy girls with lots of angst and conflicts.

0
5
reply

Required fields are marked *

+11111

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

As for me, I'm glad that the production company made the wrong bet. Chaebol heirs and candy girls are a dime a dozen, there are so many of those already done. I like them just fine, but who'd wanna eat the same kind of candy all the time? Variety is nice...

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I agree. Just bummed that there won't be more eps or Season 2. And definitely awards are out. I care least about them but just unfair for the actors.

I find many dramas draggy. I love them at the beginning and then they fizzle out. This one just keeps getting better without any huge build up. It's like something that warms your heart and make you grin silly. To wrap everything up in 2 more eps feels rushed for me.

0

This drama doesn't even focus on the music all that much, contrary to what I expected. The problem with Tomorrow Cantabile is that it isn't 'slice of life' at all. It's not that people can't relate to students at a musical academy, it's that the student life portrayed here is so unrealistic it doesn't strike a chord (with me at least). Everything in the production is too glamour-fied, from the clothes of all the actors, to the fancy school grounds, to Il Rak's dad's restaurant. Throw in the pointless school politics, orchestra rivalries and unnecessary love triangles etc. and it's clearly out of the realm of 'slice of life'. I find that the description you wrote about BOF almost suits this drama actually.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I agree with you with the fact that the drama is glamour-fied, but most Korean dramas are like this, unrealistic in clothes, housing, and appliances(acording to social class). Yes, the pauper heroine has a samsung galaxy note 5 or what have you, but I think that's the way most producers are. Big, spacious rooms and with much detailed objects. .However, I don't think that dejects from the plot so much, and it wasn't much as a love triangle as a Yoo-Jin-wake-up-call-on-your-feelings-for-naeil-thing.

0

Compared to Liar Game, Cantabile Tomorrow took too many episodes to feel like a standalone show. I almost gave up at episode 4, until it started to pick up a few episodes later.

There were too many unnecessary characters, silly politics, script .... argghhh ... It's ok. What's keeping me watching this drama are the main leads.

Sorry CT fans, but Liar Game is just sooo good. Makes me wonder if Cantabile Tomorrow was picked up by another production company and in cable?

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm not a huge of CT fans and I loved all TvN drama except Liar game, sorry.

I'm a supervisor of psychological test. And I gave up Liar Game in episode 2, sometimes I cringe while watching it. Gossh,,, psychology isn't like that (I mean mind reading). And a professor cannot even judge a people with that simple way because he can destroying the life of others..

maybe, it's all about personal preference.. :)

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm loving and hating Yoon Hoo's character. As a fan of both the anime and Jdrama. I'm not quite sure where his character will go or do or affect Naeil and Yoojin. But so far, he's keeping Yoojin on his toes so he's okay for now. :)

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Alas no kiss scene yet. Are they gonna end it with a handshake or just a hug?

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Personally, I hope there'll be a kiss. At the end, at least. But this was to be expected though.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Urgh, it almost over and there is just only a few sweet scenes. Thanks for recap

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I can't wait for Naeil to hypnotize Yoo Jin & cure his childhood trauma because the j-version made the hypnotizing scene hilarious so I'm expecting on how this scene is going to be carried out

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Awwww. I felt bad for Yoohoo when he got rejected by Naeil. Such cutie pie should be paired with a nice character too. It will totally surprise me if Mini Minhee pair with him.

Oh man. It is going to end next week. I'll probably be suffering from Naeil's cantabile withdrawal.

And is it just me or did anyone feel that Naeil's practice version of La Campanella is actually more soulful than the Ga Eum's performance on stage? I don't know whether is that delibrately to make the music sound so technical for Ga Eum's in the drama but Naeil's have so much emotions going on playing the same piece. :/

0
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

*Ka ram not Ga Eum

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Dramafever indicates it has 20 episodes.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

maybe they are running the last 4 eps themselves. Ok, I am just going crazy at the prospect of this ending next week

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hahah! I hope so too! It relieve my syndrome by abit.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Kiss or no kiss, I would say, it doesn't matter. For me,a romance with a non existent kiss but still satisfying watch means writer, producer are really good with their art of story telling.

Not all relationship full of kissy time, but doesn't mean less loving.

I find YJ and NI relationship are strong and sweet...even without a kiss. JW and SEK are both really good in conveying passion and desire, without having to act on it.

No kiss? I am fine :-)

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yeaaaah......but even better if there's some kissing, right? :-D

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I continue to see why I love the show but not the ratings. The show does not spoonfeed how and why things happen just like many kshows. It leaves the audience to have to work through motivations and intentions. For example why Prof. Do asked Yoo Jin for help. One line would have done so: "she won't stop playing..help me." It works for me because surmising it makes me part of the dialogue, but I can see how it does not work for a general audience--thus the lackluster ratings.

0
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

No, I think alot of Koreans were just turned off by the first few episodes and didn't continue watching. It's similar to sentiments I've read on here. Either way, all that matters to me is that a show doesn't get cancelled or has episodes reduced because of low ratings. I hope everyone that worked on the show is proud of their work.

0
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I think you are right -- I love classical music, had no experience with the j-drama version, liked the cast, etc. -- but this show lost me early on. Almost everyone -- student and faculty alike -- seemed so immature, and I am never a fan of a child-woman heroine, although I like the actress in this case. I kept watching because of the recaps through 8 episodes, thinking I must be missing the thing that was going to kick the show into high gear for me, but it just never happened.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

That's my case too. I am a HUGE fan of the Jdrama, and the show completely lost me in their first few episodes. I went back into it cause I kept up with the recap. I still skipped four or five episodes and have no desire on watching those. I like the drama now, but like you..it's because the heroine is not as immature as she was early on. It was such a huge turn off for me.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Me too. I like the show now but if it wasn't for JW I would have dropped after the first weeks because I felt nothing for the characters. They were too childish and flat like paper.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Good episode. Loved the musical pieces, it was really fun. And kudos to CT for always making me laugh. The characters have heart, and that's most important, in my book

I can't believe it's going to end next week. Better luck next time, ratings wise. But this drama has won my heart on so many levels. I wish more people appreciated it. Here's hoping it'll follow through to the end.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Very few dramas that those outside of korea like seem to do all that well inside of korea ratings wise

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Oh noooo
even the recap is up here.It means episode 13 has already aired and its 3 more to go.ONLY 3 episodes....week after this I'm back to a severe case of Morose Mondays.

This drama is passing by me and I can't do much to keep it. why why did DF raise my hopes of a 20 episoder NC??

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

About the codependency thing: I had similar worries this episode, when Nae-il asked him to be there for the second round. Didn't she say that she could only do well if he was there or something to that effect? But I was happy to see that she didn't even look for him in the audience before she started (he wasn't there yet), so that is definitely reassuring. Of course she wants him there, but I don't think she really believes that he's her talisman.

I see a lot of people lamenting the lack of romance. Mutual support and understanding are pretty romantic in my book. However, the second Yoo-jin gathers his courage and reaches out for her in whatever fashion (hand hold, hug, kiss, whatever), I think that everyone's going to fall over dead with the sweetness of it all. Or maybe that'll just be me. :) Our old married couple is just too cute already. We've yet to have a true commitment from him (publicly or privately), so I have a feeling that that moment will be the culmination of the romance angle for this drama. Kiss scene or no, I think that it'll be satisfying.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

"Codependent" = good description in recap. As much as I enjoy the friendship development and intimacy between the leads that is helping them progress as individuals, I really wanted the last scene to be of her getting mad and/or showing that she believes in her own skills and walk out on the stage.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

my heart just broke for Yoon Ho. :(

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

me too :( I really, really like him.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

different from u ladies, i want a kiss (...ess), but i save it for the last, in Jeju perhaps because we will see NI's mum. Call me pervert I dont really care, but instead of drinking coffee in Droptop, I want to see some dropping skirt, jacket, etc...But i guess it is a wishful thinking, thinking that SEK is 19 and she has an image (?). but i want a kiss, and please make it sweet instead of a kiss that makes me want ti throw a punch to the director...*sigh* i should direct this drama...

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thanks for the recap JB! I can’t believe next week are the final episodes. I also thought there would be 20 episodes but there are only three episodes left. I’m really going to suffer from CT withdrawal. Mondays won’t be the same.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

While I like the connection/bond between our leads, I had hoped that Naeil would at least pluck up the courage to push through her traumas on her own. There are plenty of manga-turned-drama comparable to this one, but I believe that the reason I skipped a lot of original adaptation's episodes is because the female was too reliant on the male lead. I had hoped that the Korean adaptation would lessen some of that.

Don't get me wrong, I love the hugs and the aegyo, and Mr. Grumpy pants.. but I wouldn't have minded if they this adaptation didn't portrayed the heroine as someone who's always visibly affected whenever the guy she likes isn't paying any attention to her. It reminds of ISWAK, started out cute, but just went bleh on the female characterization right at the end.

I know that it's impossible since this is based on the manga, but I'd really hoped that Naeil's world wouldn't just revolve around YJ and playing music just to be around YJ. I want her to want it because she wants it for herself, she wants to better herself, and not solely due to wanting to accompany him abroad. I sometimes feel bad because her actions kind of appear pathetic at times.

0
11
reply

Required fields are marked *

I feel like she’s been doing plenty of facing her fears without a lot of Yoo-jin assistance lately. I guess it’s just a matter of viewpoint. In recent episodes, she’s focused on piano, almost to the exclusion of everything else. Yoo-jin’s about the only thing/person that penetrates past her competition focus. Does that make her "pathetic"? She started down this road because she was inspired by him musically. I think it's realistic that she would think about him at a time like that.

Now, as far as her motivations for being in the competition, I think it is more due to her wish to stand as an equal to him, musically speaking. Remember her talk with Stresemann all those episodes ago? She has to start taking music seriously, or she risks losing him, because that’s his language, really. It’s hers too, in a totally different way, but she has to meet him in the middle somewhere. He, even from the very beginning, starts towards that midpoint, but she is slower to follow because of her trepidation about performance and competition.

But that's just my take on it. There's a lot more to it than just wanting to follow him to Europe, at least in my opinion.

0
7
reply

Required fields are marked *

I actually like the element of her wish to be of an equal part with him in the drama, but I guess I'm just not really on board of the idea that she (sometimes) gets disheartened whenever she's unable to see/speak with YJ. I think it goes without saying that YJ cares enough for her, and supports her dreams.. so his presence or words need not be repeated at all times in order to drive the idea that he cares for her, imo. It makes her appear clingy and pathetic as a woman, that's how I see it.

The aegyo and the cute scenes between them are something that I love seeing, but I also don't want her to limit herself in what's expected of her because she would like to chase after YJ, and to subsequently be his equal.

I mean, what if.. they get together... and God forbid, he breaks up with her? I have a feeling that she'll grow detached with her music when that happens... which is what's saddening. Even in the Jdorama, when the female lead ran away, it took the guy to pick her up and push her to get back to her path. I just wish... that dramas wouldn't depict female leads like that. Then again, this is an adaptation, and it's based on an original manga so there's hardly anything they can do about the characterization. I think I just expected that we'd get a wee bit of twist in this.

Most of her motivations in music is codependent with YJ's. I don't think she'll embrace it without him. She'll probably abandon it in heartbreak, which in away, will just prove that music isn't her passion in the long run. I hope that Naeil finds her self, one that's apart from YJ's. I really would like to see her confidently play because she likes being on stage, and not solely because she wants to do him proud.

0
6
reply

Required fields are marked *

i don't think she will give up music just because YJ breaks up with her....she didn't give it up even though she was traumatized as a child.

i love how YJ looks at her with fondness in his eyes...totally in love hhahaha....

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm sorry.. what I meant was that Naeil might give up pursuing music as an artist-- like going on stage and performing because she loves the art.

Yoojin drove her to pursue greater heights, so the codependency angle concerns me as well. If she gets her heartbroken, I'd rather not see her go back to simply teaching music to little kids. If she does want this for herself, then I'd like to see for once that she wants it not because of YJ, that she wants it because it's her dream.

0

*might be spoiler-ish*

I think in the Jdrama, that was touched upon…about her going back to teaching music to little kids. I think if that's what she really wants, why is that such a bad thing? Yes, she's awesome…but she has every right to choose what ever paths she wants to go. Chiaki, as he watched her playing piano for little kids said it to himself, that he couldn't help himself wanting to take her with him because of how beautifully she plays the piano. I honestly think after watching that ending (I think this is the movie part), if there was anyone breaking up with anyone it would be Nodame, not Chiaki. And if in the end she chooses teaching, it would not be because she can't match Chiaki, but because that's what she really wants to do.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I have no problem with her going back to teaching, but as I was saying.. then it only proves that "this"--whatever it is she's doing right now isn't exactly her dream--it's primarily because she wants to catch up with him.

Naeil plays beautifully, and plenty have said that she deserves to share that talent with the world, but if that's not really want she wants.. if that's not what her dream is really about... then why is she forcing herself to play? This is why I think her playing on stage has more to do with YJ, and less to do with her own wants. Sure she can choose to play on stage, but I'd rather that she uses her connection with YJ as an inspiration rather than as an attachment to her performing on stage. It's obvious that whenever YJ isn't able to speak with her.. or reassure her... or calm her.. that she has trouble playing. And while some might argue that that's her trauma talking, I still think that she should come out of it on her own.. rather than constantly have YJ there to get her out of that feeling.

0

I understand that we want "stronger" and more independent female characters in kdramas. However, we also cannot expect one that's perfect. Maybe a strong, independent woman will be appropriate in another drama but in Nodame Cantabile. Nodame has always been strange and childlike. In TC, they used Naeil's younger self to convey the child persona in her. It was not too long ago that she bade her younger self good bye so to expect her to suddenly become a strong woman will be far fetched. She is taking baby steps but she will slowly assert herself.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I can think of characters that are childlike, naive, pushovers, etc. but that aren't co-dependent on anyone. Ninako from the manga Strobe Edge is like that. She's a typical shoujo heroine in many ways, but what makes her so wonderful that despite what makes her seem weak, childish, immature, admiring a guy too much (etc.) she very clearly exists as an individual of her own, with no need to be defined by or be co-dependent on anyone else.

I don't think characters can only be weak candy damsels in distress vs. perfect kickass heroines that need no one, there's a lot in between, many shades of grey that one can apply. The problem with Naeil is that, unlike with Nodame, much of her character from the very start revolved about Yoo-jin only, and if they end up pushing a 'co-dependence message' it will reinforce that her existence is defined only by YJ.

0

Ohh. What is ISWAK? I totally agree with you. I have not read manga nor seen the J-drama. Is this reliance on her man true to the original character? I find myself working hard to keep my eyeballs rolling back into my head.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

(Spoilers on the manga & Jdrama)

I wouldn't say she isn't strong, but more that she is quite true to her emotions. Whenever something important comes up and when Chiaki tries to console her, she would always reject him. Though his methods were quite deserving of a slap. This happened twice in the manga, and even Stressman said in the end Chiaki got "dumped" by her. (This was when he went to watch her performance with Stresseman,

I can understand seeing Nodame as relying on Chiaki in the beginning, but later on its more like guidance. Chiaki stirs Nodames inner musical love, his contrast of professionalism compared to her sloppiness in the story is the key in the beginning. Just like how Nodames music is appreciated by Chiaki, his devotion and passion (and skill obviously) motivates her to improve herself.

That's why in the end of the series, she wants to become a kindergarten teacher because its easier, and more true to herself. However Chiaki can't bear seeing her waste her talents, because he wants to see her on the stage again. So when they play together in the finale, he shows her through their performance what fun and greatness there is in professional playing. He guides her back onto enjoying professional performance.

It's been awhile since I've read the story, but that's what I remember anyway. Really enjoying the discussion guys!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

@Skwonto ISWAK - It started with a kiss (Taiwanese) or Playful Kiss (Korean)

------------------------
Truth is, I actually expected this characterization of Naeil because I've seen the Jdorama. I guess I was just expecting that they'd tone that one a bit, and add some independent (read: non-YJ motivated) drive when it comes to her fulfilling her dreams of performing on stage.

Thing is, I'd like to see her take her talents to new heights not just because she wants to be at par with YJ, or be with him. Does that mean that if YJ were to break up with her then she'll find that this 'dream' isn't really her dream? I have no problem with her teaching music, but if that was what her ultimate dream was... then why hadn't she pursued it? I think that this dream of hers performing is way too attached to YJ's dream, and that's where I have a problem with. I don't hate Naeil for it, but it really reminds me of It Started With a Kiss way too much. (SPOILER)She started out with no dreams other than to be with the guy she loves, and when he pursued medicine, she pursued nursing to be with him. Granted that she grew to like that profession, but it still sucked seeing her suck at something that she clearly wasn't good at, and she's fabulously failing at everything only to keep up with the male lead.(END SPOILER)

I don't believe that there's anything wrong with having someone who'll inspire you to pursue something, but if your dream revolves around that person, and is codependent with your relationship with that person, then that's where I have a problem with.

Again, I don't think there's much that I can do about the story since it is based on a manga, but there's nothing wrong with expressing frustration over it. Lol

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Being such a huge fan of the original J drama version, the anime and manga, I was vastly apprehensive about how the K version would turn out but the makers proved all my misgivings to be unfounded. Loving this one so much that I'm resenting the fact there's no guarantee of a second season. Without the Paris chapter the story will only be half-done IMO.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I like the actor for Yoonhoo. The character he's playing on the other hand, not so much. I don't know why.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I've been waiting all along for Yoojin to realize that he actually loves Naeil. But at this point, I don't even care about it. The fact that they understand each other and are there for each other all the time is more than enough for me. I've never seen such a couple in dramaland before. I love it so much that I can't even say it in words.
I am so happy with this show. Is it really 16 episodes? I wish they would extend it. I honestly don't want it to end. Almost all the dramas that I love end at 16.
P.S I totally love Ilrak *kiss*

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I love this couple. I don't know if they will ever say to each other, "I love you", but I think they are both very aware of their love for each other. This episode showed us that Yoo-jin is definitely planning his future with Nae-il in mind and vice versa.

Can't believe this drama is aready ending next weke. I am really going to miss it, and I will be hoping for a Europe chapter that the J-drama did.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

idk, just too scary watching TC nowadays.. It has totally won my heart and I never in this drama-level of excitement. Really hoping this drama will never end ....

or I don't think I'll be able to watch the last episode tbh :(

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

i went to my sister's wind ensemble concert tonight &found myself really noticing not just the conductor and his movement and energy but also how he silently interacted with the musicians. I've been to lots of these concerts but I feel like its only more recently that I've paid the conductor (or even individual musicians) much attention. Usually I just listen to the music as a whole without thinking too much about the parts that make up the whole :)

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Gosh, I swear Joo Won just has the best smile in dramaland

0
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Me too!!!

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ohh, me three :)

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Just a slight turn of the corners make me quiver and when those dimples come out, I am done for!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I can't wait for nae il (get it? heh)!!! The episode was so intense and the cliffhanger! Even though I know what will happen, this still drives me insane. I wish there were a preview but I guess that would be a big giveaway (again, even though I know what'll happen)!

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I know right!!! The story is so intense!!! ?

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thank you for the recap JB. Yes, I think Korean viewers like their dramatic dramas so Tomorrow Cantabile does not give them those stuff. On the other hand, the discerning viewers who like solid cable dramas like Misaeng and Bad Guys may find the genre of Tomorrow Cantabile not their cup of tea. So this drama does not have its audience. I find it such a pity because this is one of the best K dramas I have seen in a long long time. It's not just the romance but the characters, the messages and almost everything. At first I thought it will just be the funny and music, like what the J version offered. But this K version just tops it. It is so awesome and definitely underrated.

0
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

I agree! I know ratings are important for them but i hope the cast and crew aren't disheartened because there are still people who have enjoyed what they produced. Wish i could tell that to the team somehow. I can see the effort they put in the show.

I also love the bond and relationship that Yoo Jin and Nae Il have for each other. No need for touchy feely to know they care and respect each other.

0
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

i agree lets watch this drama until the end. :) Hope korean viewer will watch this drama...

and thanks JB! For your great recap in every episode!!!

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yup I do feel so too. The low ratings really does not justify the quality of the show. It is awesome that the production continue to maintain and actually it does improve as the story progresses. :)

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Such a cute, special drama with a lot of heart. I am really going to awfully miss this one :(. I also hope the cast and crew somehow receives the positive feedback from the fans for doing such a wonderful adaptation.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thanks for the recap JB!

This drama does indeed lack the angst that drive most Kdramas, but I am really enjoying how this drama focuses on character growth.

It's a coming of age drama, and while there aren't huge "highs", I look forward to seeing it every week, and celebrating the little victories won by each of the characters as this series progresses.

Yoo-jin and Nae-il's relationship is so sweet and enduring, and although there are no sweeping moments where they actually "fall in love" like in most K-dramas, this is a romance that I can definitely get behind. I love how important they become to each other as they go through their challenges together and support each other. I also like how they challenge each other to grow as individuals, with each having to get through their own fears to get where they want to be. For me it was the same feeling when watching the J-drama Nodame Cantabile. Nodame and Chiaki's relationship was one that I adored, envied and wanted for myself.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I have never seen such a couple in kdramaland. So different but so lovable.

I enjoyed Chiaki and Nodame in the Jversion but somehow I didn't buy into their love. It'was like something missing. In this version, I am totally sold

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

And the fact that Joo won himself confessed that Shim Eunkyung is closer to his type of girl adds up my excitement everytime they shared couple moments :D

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

REALLY??
o.O.o
When did he say that?Ahh my shipper heart can't take it anymore.
OMG!
The BTS of him warming his hand and fixing her hair.......

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

He said it in KBS's Guerilla Date Entertainment Weekly. Here's the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNpJt3oXIUw
It was an automatic answer, almost without a pause.
But first of all I'd like to emphasize that I'm not spreading gossip, merely stating the obvious fact, although not entirely verbatim *cough*

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Word. No codependency. Yoo Jin is too perfect. He started out imperfect. By middle of ep 1, he's on a steep upward slope to perfect-Dom. Whereas, Naeil doesn't even know how to walk, figuratively and physically. Come on Drama people! How much do I love Il-Rak and those around him? His crush? His Dad? Love them!!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Love reading your recap and comments, JB.

This is a drama I will be watching again and again. There are so many heartwarming, cute, sweet moments. You just want to root for Yoo-jin, Nae-il and Il-lac.

I love Joo won’s portrayal of Yoo-jin.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

nae-il all high: competition is not as big a deal as I thought
and aleluya from händel's messiah playing in the background totally cracked me up! :D

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

JB, is it actually just 16 episodes? or is it 20 episodes, with 4 special episodes to air online perhaps thru dramafever?

I'm hoping it's the latter. I could totally use more cute moments from NI and YJ, and the rest of the gang as well! ^^ I'm hoping it's 20 eps so we could have more skinship and kiss scenes! ^^

I was also thinking how they look like an old married couple, sharing life's woes over dinner prep and then Naeil said it right then and there! heh!

And that indirect kiss from Il Rak and Shi Won! So cute! :P

And I like that piggyback scene. Aside from that swoon worthy smile of Yoo Jin, it's nice that Naeil was piggybacked because she was drunk with MUSIC and not with alcohol as in most kdramas where the heroine gets piggybacked by the hero because she's dead drunk.

Yoo Jin and Il Rak bromance is so awesome! Will Yoo Jin-Yoon Ho bromance ever happen? Or will it be a bromance triangle between these three? aaaaahhhh I can't believe we're down to the last 3 episodes. T________________________________________T

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I think the ending will tie in with the teaser trailer where Yoo Jin and Naeil were in Salzburg. In there, Yoo Jin voiceover said at the place where music lingers in the ears, he met Seol Naeil. He said it figuratively and now seeing how their relationship grew and blossoms, I get the meaning. I think it is such a wonderful story of growth, of 2 unique persons connected by music and love for each other.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

This is now a show about the value of therapy. Both leads are horribly broken by childhood experiences... to the point where they can't function in the world. They both should've been in therapy for the past decade.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Finally finished this episode and I don't get the complaints about Naeil being overly dependent nor that her life revolves around Yoo Jin only.

In this version, I actually see Naeil having her own friends(I didn't get that deep a bond between Nodame and Mine, Masumi nor bestie in Sakura. They were just fun), speaking her mind and even telling Yoo Jin he was wrong. I didn't see that in Nodame. I didn't complete the manga so my reference is the Jversion. I think in this adaptation they made Naeil stronger than Nodame. Her toned down but still occasional childlike behavior now is because that's part of her personality.

There is nothing wrong in her wanting Yoo Jin to be in the audience nor feeling anxious about disappointing him. I find it completely normal, not just for Naeil but for any young performer.

In the piggyback scene, Naeil tells she will make sure Yoo Jin follows her to Europe. Don't you think it should be the other way round? If she is such a weakling, she should just be content to stay with Yoo Jin in Korea because she knows he cannot travel. And despite Yoo Jin telling her that she doesn't need to win the competition, she says she still wants to do it anyway.

Hence, I see Naeil behaving just like any girl would when she has a guy she loves and cares about. Not to mention someone who shares that bond in music. If you are her and have a boyfriend like Yoo Jin, wouldn't you want him to be in the audience, wouldn't you want to delight him with your performance, wouldn't you want him to be with you when you go to the place which is like a mecca for music lovers?

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Who is the ctress who plays Nae ll's evil first teacher! I swear I've seen her before!

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Actress even... Ugh

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

when will carry on. im soo bummed i luv the series to birs

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *