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Kiniro no Corda  
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Kahoko Hino is a student at Seiso Academy, one with an ordinary life. One day, Lili - the mischievous musical fairy who had blessed the original founder of the school - finds Kahoko running late to class.

Delighted that she is able to see him, Lilli grants Kahoko a magical violin, and a place in the school's annual musical competition, which many students in the music department vie to partake in.

Kahoko refuses, only to be pressed on by the fairy, who constantly nags her until she finally gives way to his pleading. She reluctantly accepts the instrument. As she practices her pieces, Kahoko is amazed that she can play any piece on the violin as long as she knows the tune and plays it with her heart. She later gets more attached to the surrounding boys in the competition.

Also contains the Kiniro no Corda 2 (La Corda d’Oro 2) and Kiniro no Corda 3 (La Corda d’Oro 3) stories.


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Associated Names
บทเพลงสีทอง (Thai)
금색의 코르다
A Corda de Ouro
Cung Đàn Vàng
La Corda D'Oro
La Corda D’Oro 3
The Golden String
The String of Gold

Groups Scanlating
Alice Dreams
Cat Chan Scans

Latest Release(s)
c.Special 2 by Raindrops (1315d ago)
v.16 c.Story 3b by Raindrops (1375d ago)
c.Special by OoCelestialWingsoO (1382d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
17 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1

User Reviews
La Corda d'Oro by Asuka_Masamune

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User Rating
Average: 8 / 10.0 (519 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.93 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 11th 2015, 12:09am PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
LaLa (Hakusensha)
LaLa DX (Hakusensha)
LaLa Special (Hakusensha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (17 Volumes - Complete)

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Weekly Pos #1006 increased(+88)
Monthly Pos #1737 increased(+49)
3 Month Pos #2019 decreased(-3)
6 Month Pos #2077 increased(+120)

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Forum Posts
La Corda D'Oro 3 Gets Anime 565 days, 20 hours, 56 minutes ago
Aoi Kaji (Spoilers) 1267 days, 10 hours, 49 minutes ago
New La Corda D'Oro Manga in September 1313 days, 3 hours, 47 minutes ago
I'm a bit confused. 1450 days, 9 hours, 26 minutes ago
Favorite Pairing?/Pairings? 1459 days, 2 hours, 52 minutes ago

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My favorite Shoujo Manga so far!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Asuka_Masamune
December 15th, 2010, 6:29pm
I have followed this story since many years and it never have dissapointed me.
The plot is great, also the characters and of course, the wonderful and unique drawing style of Kure-sensei.

Is interesting to follow a story that turns better and better any time and is very different from the popular concept of Reverse Harem that people use to have. In this story the love triangle is more than clear and it is not a story with the typical airheaded heorine who falls for every male around her, she have a clear crush for just one of the guys. In my opinion, the heroine is fantastic, since she is not stupid and don't do things like another shoujo manga's heroines would do and it is very refreshing, since anyone can like her wuthout say in any moment of the story "I would have do another thing istead what she done", because in emotional matters, Kahoko is very smart and is very great to see her in action.

The story is not childish, quite the contrary, it is serious and fun at the same time.
Is so great to see the develop of situations between Len and Ryotaro, since they hate and sympathize to each other at the same time. They're two smart and great guys who will fight to the end for Kahoko's love. I think is great to see cool guys just like they have emerging from a Yaoi manga fighting just like to death.

This is a manga for someone who is looking for a serious story that includes musical culture, romance, comedy, a heroine with a high emotional intelligence and, of course, surrounding guys to entertain our eyes.

This is my favorite shoujo manga and one of the few ones that I like a lot, since most of shoujo manga tends to makes me sick in a certain point because the heorines become idiots or the plot get bored. Kiniro no Corda is different from all them and I will always love it.
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Rating: N/A
by shinorei
June 6th, 2008, 11:27am
The manga is really good. It first starts off slow, introducing the characters systematically and then later in the series, it gets better and better as the female lead meets up with guys that eventually falls in love with her. It's cute seeing how that happens, as it's more in pace with real-life, rather than other shoujo mangas which have the guys falling for the girls almost immediately (too fast).

Another bonus for this manga is the classical music -centered plot. The female lead doesn't know any real music for the first start, so she kind of relates with most (or some) or the female readers here, giving them space to fantasize, etc.

It's really good, reading this manga as the artwork is clean and there aren't too many speeches. Mostly the plot centres on the female lead's dilemma to do well in music, facing a few obstacles on the way.

Personally, the anime does the manga no justice. So if it's possible, read the manga before watching the anime. Or.. if you've read the manga, then don't watch the anime. However, if you're not planning to read the manga, I guess it's not too bad to try and watch the anime. But let me warn you, it would not be as smashing as the manga! biggrin
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by windshadow
August 7th, 2009, 12:37pm
For one, i love the guys. Actually maybe just Hihara. But whatever.

Lately, there seems to be more "development" taking place.

But then again, they've gotten even more characters in. I know it's because of the otome game, but still, this is getting to be quite a chore. You can obviously see who she's into now, so the new guys are merely serving as eye candy and to make you go: _____ is so hot/cute/drool-worthy !!!!

I'm one of those who have only a bit of a qualm for the slow pace this is going, but really, the massive number of guys have led to most (if not all) of them being flat characters.

Still, despite the magic violin thing, the people are relatively real. Hino is a main character i enjoy reading about. She's not too rash, not too shy, just trying to do her best and getting stuck or confused as she goes about doing so. Also, Hihara's silent admiration for her was beautifully portrayed. I think this touch of realism is what keeps me hooked onto the series.

Quite a relaxed and light read, no pain (unlike Ouran where you go all wretched after looking at that beautiful window scene when Kaoru looks at Haruhi), no dark traumatised past, plenty of eye candy and good art, read for fluff.

I'm giving this a 7 because it's what it sells itself as. A light fluffy read for females that is not too over the top. A decent (initially, when existing) plot with good art.

... Last updated on August 7th, 2009, 12:40pm
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Yay for classical music!!   
Rating: N/A
by vampyre1manga
October 8th, 2007, 5:13pm
I love this manga if for nothing more than it focuses on classical music, most of it western. I used to play the viola (basically a deeper version of the violin) and it is nearly impossible to find books set in the modern world that have the hero/ine playing Beethoven instead of Pink, Queen, or Korn. I also like the plot, and that most of the characters are deeper than they appear. It's an easy read, and addictive (I'm going crazy because I went to four different stores and none of them had volume 5 in English. Gah, it's frustrating!!!). Anyone can read it. I recommend it highly.
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Had Potential   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by xailah
August 30th, 2011, 9:11pm
The beginning areas of the manga, specifically the first concour, had a lot of potential. It focused on music, the feelings, but mostly the love for music. After that, the manga slowly degraded to stupid, irritating, and needless drama and cliches. I was hoping to see the growth of Hino with her violin. All I saw was very little character development overall, needless introduction to new character(s) who were soon left in the shadows and forgotten, and a ton of cliche scenes. The ending felt... rushed and uninspired. I think the beginning was great, but after that... I wish I never read this after seeing what it degenerated into. What a waste.
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Inspiring :)   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by cuttlefishii
December 30th, 2009, 8:40pm
As someone who has only somewhat recently joined band despite being a sophomore in high school, I found this series very inspiring and encouraging (Particularly after the 3rd selection). When Kahoko works hard, it makes me want to work even harder to achieve my dream of getting good enough to become a music education major. And when I reach a slump in my practicing, reading a couple chapters of this series pulls me through. So I sincerely thank Kure Yuki for creating this series smile
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I like it   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Auro-Cyanide
July 14th, 2009, 6:25pm
I must say I have a soft spot for reverse harem and La Corda D'Oro is one of the best. I like that the girl dosn't fall over herself for one guy. Alot of people winge about the amount of guys (and there are ALOT) but you have to remember that this is based on a game that amounts to a dating sim. It is supposed to be like that.

I don't think Hino is spineless. I think she shows alot of bravery and courage. It's just she tends to be more... normal I suppose. She isn't in your face tough or bubbly, she actually reminds me of a normal human, quite and shy sometimes, dislikes confrontation, laughs with her friends and has akward embarressing moments. She just is alot quiter in tone then other heroines, and it's not a bad thing.

And finally, alot of people worry about the magical violin thing, and truthfull I thought it was a bit weird too, though nothing to stop you reading it. Remember it is based on a game. And how else would you get a total ametur into music like that. Like any manga, sometimes you just have to let go of your rationality and get on with it.
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Typical Shoujo Stupidity   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Molenir
June 9th, 2009, 12:11pm
I like Shoujo mangas. I'll admit it. I normally am fine with all the silliness that you find in the typical shoujo story. I watched the anime when it came out, and thought, why not give the manga a try. As I started to read it, I found myself thinking, this girl is just brainless fluff. Chapter 4, was particularly pathetic, as the girl is 'challenged' with her music, and rather then responding as most girls would, instead acts idiotic, and ends up having to be saved by one of the guys. I mean come on, if a bunch of girls challenge you, and say moronic stuff like, we'll never acknowledge you, say, "well, I have no desire to be recognized by you, as for whether or not I belong in the concourse, why not wait til the performance before making a decision."

Hino shows over and over, that rather then being a strong heroine, with opinions and desires of her own, she is merely a typical brainless heroine, who constantly needs to be saved. Grow a spine girl! After reading a good portion of this manga, I find myself thinking something unusual. That the anime is better then the manga.
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Worth a read   
Rating: N/A
by Silver Fantasy
June 11th, 2011, 8:43am
The best thing about La Corda is that it has something central to the story besides empty romance: Music. This sets the foundation for it to become one of the better shoujo mangas out there. I personally never found the romance to be too slow, because I prefer it subtle and drawn out a bit, but some may find it tedious to keep waiting for any action.

What I also love about this manga is the laid back and comfortable feeling the story gives off. It’s not fully plot oriented, but there’s always something they’re working towards. It’s not like most series where there’s a bunch of needless comedy or drama that just goes on and on without much substance. Furthermore, the art in La Corda is very good. Not the absolute best, but up there. I also adore Kure’s paneling style. It’s really simple but totally gets the job done with minimal shoujo sparkles and/or dusty flowers.

The whole magic fairy thing was kind of ridiculous at first but it never really became important in the series. I know this was a major turn off to many folks who wanted to try the series. I assure you the “fairy” is barely a part of the story. It was just an excuse to give Kahoko a magic violin that kind of ends up seeming more like a normal one, to be honest.

In any case, this is obviously a reverse harem manga with pretty eyecandy bishounen and a girl that doesn’t really notice how unrealistically popular she is. The guys are all relatively well developed and each have their own character type that sets them all clearly apart. The only thing I have to complain about is the heroine. Kahoko’s not horrible by any means, but she certainly was the weakest item in this series. She attempts to have a backbone multiple times but fails at all of them. Though she doesn’t gawk over the bishonen that surround her, and is honestly dedicated to music and exceptionally hard working, she still is far from what she has the potential to be. Kahoko is considerate, well-mannered, and generally simple. She’s not super genki, but not tomboy either. She never does anything wrong and is pretty much always selfless. A bit too goody-goody for my taste. I suppose all this is just a really sugar-coated way of saying she has absolutely no personality whatsoever. I can describe the rest of the cast with one word but for her, all I can muster is ‘bland’. In fact, I distinctly remember her for her blandness (which is actually more sad than it is ironic).

She would have been more likeable had it not been for the fact that she gets depressed and mopey roughly every third chapter because she feels guilty for being a “liar” and using a magic violin. That and the fact that she continuously compares herself to Tsukimori and thus feels completely inferior all the time. Maybe it would have been more helpful to her situation if she spent that time honing her skills and actually using what she had wisely, working towards a positive direction. Then again maybe I’m the only one who believes that whining or lying to yourself about not loving music will seriously not get you very far in life. It really irks me when I see descriptions of Kahoko on websites that describe her as being honest and straight-forward. She may be honest, but trust me, she’s about as labyrinthy as they come, with no ill-intention of course (why, that would be unfathomable!). She also possesses this distinct talent for being unable to straighten up her backbone and say anything even remotely aggressive or that could possibly offend anyone, even if she knows it’s the truth (I believe doormat is the right term). In short, she lacks confidence and it’s painful to read. I really have a problem with characters forcing smiles to cover up sadness in front of people, especially when said people are trying to help them open up.

But as much as I have ranted about Kahoko, she’s not unbearable to the point that I had to drop the story (like with Fruits Basket). I rather enjoyed the entire La Corda series and the other characters were interesting enough to keep me going. It was a little predictable in nature, since you could roughly tell who she would pick from the beginning, but this is one series where that actually doesn’t affect the quality of the work as a whole. Though, the ending itself was rather abrupt and there were many things left unaddressed but it was still an incredibly fun series. I would definitely recommend La Corda to anyone who likes shoujo and doesn’t mind better developed but slower romance.

... Last updated on June 11th, 2011, 8:44am
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by hoacj
April 8th, 2010, 1:37am
I've been reading this series for a long time now, anticipating the releases whenever it's early or delayed. At first, I was captivated by the Art, and of course, the musical element and the beautiful men, LOL. The heroine, really, and truly was completely outshone by all the other characters, and I believed it to be pretty useless to acknowledge her existence in the manga all through the later chapters. However, for some very odd reason, I started realising I was being drawn in to her character as she really does develop, although slowly, but humanly (besides the fact that every guy is drawn to her for no apparent reason).
But yes, I love this manga maybe because I'm bias, as I appreciate all manga involved with music (and beautiful men biggrin).
So yes, it would be quite enjoyable for the fluff, as it contains an overcrowded amount of that element, the bishies, the appreciation of music.
I like it, probably only one of the many fluffy shoujos out there I'd touch.
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