Cantabile Tomorrow is the new buzz drama co-hosted by DramaFever and KBS2 Javabeans on Dramabeans writes: I always want a drama to succeed, but I approached with both optimism and hesitance, and not just because I really enjoyed the previous versions of the series (anime and J-drama; I haven’t read the manga). I will argue that perhaps the cult surrounding the show may exaggerate just how good it is, so I would encourage new viewers to go in with as open a mind as possible; there’s always a risk that the preexisting hype may color your opinion against a show just as easily as it might color it in favor of it. (Although others are recapping this drama I want to put my own spin on it as well.)
Cha YooJin’s memories of Europe are all about classical music and his muse was Sebastian Viera. His father was a pianist and YJ is a musical genius who refuses to be limited by his narrow minded teachers. His fear of flying prevents him from studying abroad even though he dreams of being a conductor.
YooJin gets dumped by his teacher and his girlfriend on the same day so he goes on a drinking binge. But that day YJ hears Naell’s music the first time.
When Naell gets back from her part time job at the nursery, YooJin is passed out in front of her home. She shakes him, pokes him, and cuddles him but he doesn’t wake up. So she takes him in.
YooJin wakes up from sweet dreams of beautiful music in a room like a dumpster. He screams a couple of times especially when he encounters a cockroach. Then he showers and decides not to remember what happened.
ProfDo tells ProfAhn that YooJin is hopeless but PA disagrees. YJ is the best student in the school. So they make a bet. YJ and Neill are arguing about last night which gives the profs the idea to have them play a piano duet.
ProfAhn gets the leftovers, the students that other teachers can’t handle, and he encourages creativity. Naell is a pet piano prodigy that can’t read music.
llRak decides to take his exam on an electrical violin because the rock music of today is the classical music of the future. His teacher is reluctant to pass him but agrees to let him take the exam again as a duet with a pianist .
Naell’s cockroaches are migrating into YooJin’s home so he decides to do something about it. Naell blames the mess on a lack of trash bags. So YJ puts on a mask and gloves, bags her “treasures” and mercilessly throws them out.
With all the trash out, the piano has a whole new sound. She plays a spontaneous “overture of love” and he asks her to play it again just like she did earlier, but he will kill her if she doesn’t change the name. She is not ready for such a passionate expression and she doesn’t remember how she played it.
YooJin remembers how she played it earlier because he has a photographic memory for music. So he makes her play it over again until she gets it right. Before leaving he begs her to act like they are strangers at school.
Director has a plan to increase the recognition of the school by bringing in a famous conductor, Maestro von Stresemann, principal conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic and London Symphony. There will be some big changes.
ProfAhn introduces Neuil as his favorite student to YooJin and says they have to do a piano duet together. If they do the duet it’s an automatic A+ and he doesn’t have to come to lessons. YooJin agrees to those terms.
Naeil memorizes her music and can’t follow a score. When YooJin tries to force her she flashes back to a bad teacher and freaks. She bites him and runs out.
IlRak tries to persuade YooJin to play the duet with him. But YJ is preoccupied with thoughts of Naeil and walks away without even noticing IlRak.
Meanwhile the pervy conductor, Maestro Franz Stresemann, is wandering around the campus incognito taking pictures of various students. He pauses when he sees the dean, Song MiNa, and comments on her beauty then and now.
YooJin cooks for Naeil and promises to cook breakfast tomorrow. They apologize to each other. A pianist’s hands should never be injured. He recorded her part of the duet so she can memorize it easier.
YooJin can’t stand the smell of Naeil’s unwashed hair so he decides to wash it. She feels like a princess. To him it’s like washing a dog. “What breed?”
Naeil memorizes her part and plays it accurately but there is no life in it. So YooJin tells her to play it however she likes and he will follow. He is the only one that can do that but he guides her like a conductor would. Both of them are enraptured with the music and YJ’s hope is renewed. DramaFever