Foreign Friday: la Corda d’Oro

This week’s Foreign Friday entry is la Corda d’Oro by Yuki Kure.

The Story

Every few years, the prestigious Seisou Academy holds a prominent musical competition, and only the very best students at the Academy are allowed to participate. Though all are eligible to apply, only students from the music department actually make it to the competition…until now.

The Charaters

Kahoko Hino is your average high school girl who is thrown into the word of classical music when she is accosted by a persistent fairy who gives her a magical violin. She a likeable girl who discovers a passion for music, and it is easy for a reader to identify with her. She shares the stage with a host of characters (mostly boys). All the characters feel well developed, if a bit stereotyped.

What I Thought

This series focuses on two things: music and boys. Like Hikaru no Go, la Corda d’Oro has an educational element; this is all about classical music. If you are interested in instruments, and want a story about a girl who discovers the world of classical music, then it’s a good one. In terms of boys, its pretty much your typical shojo romance. Kure’s art is bright and enjoyable, making it a fun and entertaining read. There are currently 14 volumes available in English in the U.S.

There is an anime adaptation which is worth watching, although it hasn’t been dubbed into English and must be watched with subtitles.

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