|▪||RELEASED BY:||SENTAI FILMWORKS|
|▪||ASPECT RATIO:||16:9 ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN|
|▪||AUDIO:||JAPANESE DD 2.0 W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES|
|▪||RUNNING TIME:||325 MIN|
|▪||REVIEWED BY:||HOLLY ELLINGWOOD|
Talking to invisible people only you can see can get you into unusual situations, so when Kahoko Hino encounters a tiny fairy named Lili on the way to school, she's shocked to find herself entered in a competition for her school's elite music program! That might be wonderful, except Hino doesn't even play an instrument, let alone own one! But Lili has a solution for that as well, and attempts to give her a magic violin. Hino refuses at first, but weakens, perhaps noticing how many good-looking boys seem to be in the program. But now she's competing against a host of other talented students, and Hino really can't play a note!
Contains the first 13 episodes on 2 discs in one hard shell case.
The anime adaptation of La Corda D’Oro by Yuki Kure has been wonderfully brought to life in the animated series. It is a magical journey that takes viewers to the heart of music and its many joys. Because Hino has no experience with instruments, but a deep seated love for music, she is the underdog to start with when she is surprisingly chosen to enter the all school music competition. The music fairy has given her a magic violin that brings out her heart and as she progresses through the four different matches (selections) of the competition, her learning and talent grow.
As she learns more about music, she also learns more about the elite music students of Seiso Academy. In the first half of the season there is the aloof Len, a prodigy violinist whose concerns are expressed through a cold demeanor. Haruhi, the trumpet player is a feisty fellow who becomes one of Hino’s friends and main sources of support. Also there is the slug-a-bed pretty boy Shimizu, the cellist, who is kind yet out of it most of the time. Rounding off the main young men in her new life are Ryotaro and Yunoki. Ryotaro is also from the general education area but hides a rare musical talent while Yunoki hides a side to him that no one would expect from the exemplary student.
The first half of the season covers her introduction to the often snobbish students of the music department who look down on the general students. Her first and second selection competitions are shown, each with their own obstacles as she begins to learn about music and performance and gain confidence in her abilities. However, after the second selection, worry gnaws at her. She wonders if it is truly her own talent or simply the magic of the violin that creates the beautiful music. If it is solely the power of the violin, then she questions how fair it is for her to compete. These worries are exacerbated by Len whose comments play into her doubts, and then Yunoki, who by the end of the last episodes in this first box set reveals a disturbing side that might mean nothing but trouble for Hino.
The anime is sheer delight. I love it. The intrigues around the characters and handling of the group surrounding Hino is artfully done. She has more than one potential romantic interest but it is still too early to tell which one can win her heart. The music is dazzling. It is full of gorgeous classical pieces, carefully chosen to reflect each new challenge Hino faces. The anime has a nicely added edition of special etudes by the fairy Lily at the end of the credits to fill viewers in on tidbits about music.
Complimenting the lovely music and atmosphere are the equally beautiful visuals. The anime is a brilliant shine of rich colors and appealing character designs. It stays very close to the manga in looks and the added touches to help bring performances to life are wonderful.
Bonus features include trailers of other anime titles along with clean closing and opening animation.
Music and dreams create magic in the wonderful anime La Corda D’Oro!