I don’t know if it’s my all-time favourite, but this is definitely memorable. Only Chiaki can make a threat of rejection into something totally romantic and beautiful. In episode 11 of Nodame Cantabile, Chiaki goes to Nodame’s hometown and while on the way to find her, she happens to call him and tell him that she’s decided to study abroad in France. She’ll have to take an exam for the music conservatoire there. As she’s telling him about her dreams of them performing together, he runs up and hugs her from behind ❤ Nodame is totally stunned by his sudden appearance as he tells her she must pass the exam.
Chiaki: Let’s go to Europe together. If you reject ore-sama for the second time, I definitely won’t forgive you.
Nodame: Umm… (smiles) Merry Christmas!
Chiaki: Merry Christmas! (tightens hug)
Precisely because Chiaki is so sparing with his affection that this whole scene, complete with the gorgeous sunset and riverside backdrop, is so precious and squee-worthy. Mr Hotshot Conductor knows how to hit the right romantic notes at the right time!