Chiaki Shinichi wins a composition contest and becomes an orchestra conductor. Chiaki then goes with Frank to observe the orchestra and is astonished by their poor performance. It seems due to lack of funding the orchestra lost many of its members. Meanwhile, Nodame prepares for a graduation exam at her music school. She is happy that Chiaki has finally become a conductor and becomes even more enthusiastic when Chiaki asks her to play "Bolero" with the orchestra. But, her excitement soon turns to disappointment when Son Rui takes her part in the "Bolero" performance.
Based on the comic "Nodame Cantabile" created by Tomoko Ninomiya and first published July 10, 2001.