I cannot believe that I prefer the drama over the series. I despise dramas usually because of all those crappy actors and the low budget. (Yeong-ae Lee in Dae Janggeum is the big exception, of course *hrr*) All in all, the drama is funnier and I even have the impression that the music sounds better and even more intense.
If I hadn’t watched the drama, I would most likely like this version though. I love classical music and I love the way J.C. Staff handles their josei adaptations: The aquarellic style and the soft character designs are so lovely. The VAs are doing a good work - but cannot be compared to the live action actors, imho. To me, it feels like the anime is just like the drama, just everything is damped down: The music, the feelings and the characters. In the drama, Nodame was such an eccentric and funny character that she was annoying at the beginning. And Chiaki was an arrogant bitch. In the anime, they both seem a bit colourless.
Another objection I have is that I know already that the anime will end at the same point as the drama - but that says nothing about the quality of the anime, of course. It just is a reason why I find myself unable to fully enjoy this adaptation of Nodame Cantabile - even though I think that this adaptation is good.
PS. In case you haven’t read my post about Memories, Milkmaster and I finished the drama in one evening. (We watched until midnight, to be exact.) It was a fun ride, but I seriously don’t feel like blogging about it ^^;;;
PPS. I wished Dragosmore had explained “ore-sama” just like the guys who translated the drama. (It’s not like they did the best job with their numerous apparently rather ignorant german, french and italian “proofreaders”.) But this word underlines Chiaki’s personality, therefore, I think it should be mentioned.