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La Corda d'Oro, Vol. 1 by [Kure, Yuki]
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Kahoko Hino is an ordinary student at Seiso Academy until she encounters Lili, a spunky fairy who just happens to be on the same musical wavelength. Now Hino is in possession of a magical violin and competing in the prestigious Seiso Academy musical contest. Kure has created a world that is as delicate, and complicated, as a house of cards. Seiso Academy is segregated between the music students and the general education students, and the entire student body seems to accept music students as superior. Hino initially struggles with both her lack of musical ability and the cold treatment she receives from some other students. Yet her love of music and the emotional connection she has with her violin slowly begins to assert themselves. As Hino begins to come into her own, she catches the eye of five male students, four of whom are fellow contestants—more than just the competition will be in play as this story unravels. The musical element is a veritable love interest for the students and Kure's skillful character designs and chic artwork create endearing character that enhance this lyrical romance. (Oct.)
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Kahoko is a normal student in the General Education department with absolutely no musical skill, but all that changes when she catches a glimpse of an elusive fairy who lives on campus. The fairy grants Kahoko a magic violin, and before she knows it, she's nominated to participate in the school's music competition with five very attractive boys. Will she win love and fame, or will bitter rivalry rule the day?

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  • Publisher: VIZ Media: Shojo Beat; 1st Edition edition (Aug. 27 2013)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa7d791c8) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6a77b04) out of 5 stars A Kid's Review July 18 2009
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Age Appropriateness/Objectionable Content: Ages 12+ for brief language, mildly suggestive themes and mild violence

I really liked La Corda d'Oro: the artwork is enjoyable, the characters varied, the notes in the back on the classical pieces played were insightful and, perhaps most surprising, the little snips of sheet music shown in the background were accurate. I am a violinist and pianist myself, so the attraction to this series was perfectly natural, and I have only a few complaints. First off, while the depiction of Kahoko's way of holding the violin was most of the time accurate, the violinists out there who read this series may have noticed that the way she and Len hold their bows and where the bows are on the fingerboards don't really make for the 'gorgeous' sound that is implied. But the non-musician folks out there shouldn't be bothered by this; maybe I'm just too much of a perfectionist. *hee hee* Some people may find the 'magical violin' concept a bit far-fetched, but it wasn't a problem for me.
Altogether this has been a fun, upbeat series with a good mix of humor, drama, romance and fantasy. Overall, I highly recommend it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6a77e34) out of 5 stars Is it still worth reading if you've seen the Anime? Most Definitely Jan. 30 2013
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My first experience with "La Corda D'Oro" was through the anime...and I thoroughly enjoyed much so that I did purchase that collection. It wasn't until much later that I learned that there was a manga as well. I wasn't sure if it would be worth getting, though since I already saw the anime...but decided to take a chance...and it was worth it.

[up to this point, I've read up through volume 13...and am anxiously waiting for volume 14...i'll update as necessary]

Content notes: No fanservice, no real coarse language (or few enough that i can't even remember)

By now, you are probably familiar with the basic plot from both the product synopsis and other reviews. So we'll forego that. Instead, I'll just tell you what made it work for me. What made the manga work without getting boring was the fact that "it was different enough". What do I mean? The manga focuses on many of the things that the anime doesn't particularly focus on...and in fact, there are a few minor/major plot alterations (which work well for the manga). This is not a problem at all and is not a situation of "which is better". In fact, because of that, as a franchise, I was able to glean more during my reflections and find valuable chunks of wisdom (and entertainment). Simply put, the manga and anime have their own inherent value as each focuses on different aspects of music and life. There are also some expansions to events. In essence, though the anime was excellent...the manga does carry enough uniqueness to be excellent apart from the anime (or the other way around). In some ways, watching the anime doesn't fully prepare you to read the manga (and the reverse can be said, as well). Also, I especially enjoyed the detail put into characterization and character well as a closer look into their personal issues and struggles (musically and otherwise).

The pacing is also good. It doesn't go too fast, nor too slow...and the cliffhanger points are not annoying at all. I don't know how to explain it, but the cliffhanger points just "feel" awesome and accomplished. Also, the artwork is very good and detailed...though it is certainly following a more standard manga artwork style.

All in all, I am enjoying this series and hope to complete it soon. There's so many good lessons and ideas about musical perspective and musical practice...and how music can enrich lives in all stages of life. This is a very inspiring work for any musician or music teacher. Some may be turned off by the assumed "cheesiness" of a magic violin...but I can assure you that you would be missing out on such a touching and warm story. And besides that "cheesiness" isn't there. Some may be turned off by the assumption that this is a "reverse-harem" manga...but though it definitely carries some of the's very much about the romance of the music. Go ahead, give it a may find that this little gem might shine for you, too.

At the end of the volumes, there are extras, such as production notes, bonus manga from the author that elaborate on the main story or are completely stand alone. And there are very helpful endnotes that summarize important cultural or historical points covered in the manga, but may not be as readily understood or recognized by non- Japanese or non-music/musician readers.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6a77d80) out of 5 stars amazing story! July 6 2007
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The story is easy to follow and the artwork is amazing! It's a great story for people who love music, romance and a little humor. It even has information on the characters in it! It's a great story and i love it!
HASH(0xa6a77ad4) out of 5 stars Love this book!!! July 10 2013
By Rebekah k. - Published on
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I watched a few episodes of the anime last year and remember really liking it, so I decided to buy this. I'm so glad I did!!!! It's such a sweet story, with all kinds of music pieces and instruments, and great characters! I can't wait to order the next volumes!! The only downside I would have to say is that it was too short :) not because I read it super fast, but there wasn't a lot of text, so you got through it faster. (and to be honest, the art isn't "incredible", but it's very good, and the effects and backgrounds were great) But overall I loved this book and would definitely continue the series!
HASH(0xa698827c) out of 5 stars I loved the anime so I'm positive I'll love the manga ... Jan. 30 2015
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I loved the anime so I'm positive I'll love the manga even more(: Especially since I'm sure there will be more detail(: