Nodame Cantabile 11
Wow, the anime rendition of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 really blew me away. Well, I mean music-wise, people said that it was played too slowly, but because I am not trained in music in any single way, I have nothing to say about it. Perhaps it was intentionally done that way because Stresseman told Chiaki to play it “with feeling and sexiness” (made up quote).
However, the concert, graphics-wise, was spectacular. People can assume that it would be mostly stills, because the previous times there were instruments being played, stills were used most of the time. In this particular scene, however, it was actually mostly CG of the instruments being played; the piano, in particular. The keys were actually being pressed down, and it even showed those super intense parts; that was cool.
I have no idea whether or not he’s actually hitting the right notes, but goddamn, this looks really really good. Sure, it may not be like OMG KYOANI quality, but this is one hell of a budget buster. The violin bows actually move, and you can see them get lifted up and down; the flutes and clarinets look like they’re actually being played, and even the timpani vibrates when it’s struck.
I forgot the rest of the episode though, aha, silly me for watching this in the early morning.
Anyways, I have a job interview in about half an hour, so I’d best be wrapping this up.