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Lariel's Kiniro no Corda Tv Review

Kiniro no Corda tv Review

Hino Kahoko was just an ordinary student at Seishou Academy. Without a glimpse of warning or whatsoever, a magical fairy, Lili, drops a magical violin into her lap. The very next day, her name pops up on the list of entrants for a music competition, and though reluctant, Kahoko gives way to Lili's nagging and eventually joins the concours. Progressing through the story, Kahoko must learn to deal with the prejudice of her fellow concour members, and her growing love for the violin, as well as music.



Lariel

Story & Characters

Kiniro no Corda is an anime which portrays the story of Hino Kahoko, a perfectly average student at the Seishou Academy. Now, our academy here is divided into two classes (fans of VK, do not be confused) the General Education (Gen-Ed, for short) and the Music Department. Students in Gen-Ed study as regular students, while those in the Music Department choses their own particular instrument as their course of study. Our heroine happens to be a 2nd year student of the Gen-Ed who understand nothing whatsoever about the elegance of music. Naturally, Kahoko would be instantly freaked out when a mischievous fairy, Lili, drops a magical violin into her lap. The next thing she understands -or at least, conscious of- she's being forced to take part in a music competition the prestigious Seishou Academy holds annually. Well, it can't be that bad... except that throughout her life, Kahoko has never ever played or touched a violin. So what does that leads to?

Next on to my rantings. It's basically another typical anime with a big bunch of bishonen; we shall term that as male harem. Or specifically, another Ouran. You have, yet again, a not-much similar plot which focuses upon Kahoko's growing attachment to her violin and music, not to mention her concours peers. There is nothing to venture beyond that carefully planned story, so fans of suspense and adventure might find this a bore. No major "baddie-guy" to discover, nor an irreplaceable treasure discovered after episodes and episodes of watching; Kiniro no Corda simply offers a slow pacing plot that tells of... well, refer above.

Characters... as spectacular as they were, were extremely fake. And when a fake comes from me, there is nothing good. The manga might have changed my perspective slightly, but the anime was horrendous. There was only meager, if not, no development whatsoever from the boys, and I was forced to think that the producers had already graded them perfect. "No sense of reality" is what I desire to spat out, but that would be insulting.

Rating: 5

Art

Decent, nothing outstanding, but nothing to frown at either. Though I have stated before that bishonen boys are always worth another tipping glance, they just possess the same qualities. Ehem. Flawless, scar-less skin. Certain personalities- they're either happy-go-lucky, an ice man, and your regular guy. Somehow, four of of the five bishies in Kiniro no Corda fits the description like a shoe thong. But let's get back to the art part. Throughout the entire series, rarely have the characters' expression changes. Initally, I didn't pay much concern to the art, but as the series dragged on, I found myself saying aloud "Gee, are they lacking in imagination or budget or What?"

Not to say that the quality was poor. But you have a pretty sucky presentation and a not-so satisfying OST. At least they could have done well with the art.

Background? Just your little ol' Seishou Academy and a few places scattered here and there. No changes, and extremely repetitive. While constant is good, I wished they'd altered the BG of certain well-deserving scenes. There is frankly, almost nothing to review about upon the art. I cracked my head into wondering what to yap about in this section.

Rating: 6

Sound

Are you a fan of Bach? Chopin? Or the famed Mozart, even Beethoven? Then Kiniro no Corda is the perfect anime for you. Well, at least the music is. Being a violinist and one who enjoys classical music myself, I enjoyed these sections most, and somehow... winced at how much they actually altered. The OP theme, performed by Kanon, was a variety of sentimentality and pop. Good, and worth listening to. Her voice isn't actually attractive, but it's the hip-hop of the song that might pique your interest. I can say differently for the ED theme. Conjured by our five boys of the show, the Stella Quintent, Crescendo is as likable as... a worn teddy bear. With a metaphor like that, I'm not actually sure if I'm convincing you to listen to Crescendo or to run far, far away from it.

The seiyuus. As usual, I will give my standard "fairly tolerable". But occasionally Kahoko's whining about her fate makes you possess the instant itch to wrangle her. And Jun Fukuyama, famous for voicing a world-wide known character, Lelouch Lamperouge, was given the role of a sleepy cellist. He barely has ten sentences in one episode. Ten! The rest of the casts are tolerable, and the best? The seiyuu of Yunoki Azuma, whom I possess an extreme dislike for. Despite my hatred for the bishie, his seiyuu, Daisuke Kishio, perhaps best known for his role as Kaname Kuran from Vampire Knight, has an obvious talent for voicing both the black and white side of Azuma. Split personalities which totally screamed whoa. How Kishio pulls that off, I will never know.

Rating: 7

Presentation

Let's say I've wasted three days finishing Kiniro No Corda, which certainly dragged on like a snail. Eventually I decided to grade this a "it was fun while it lasted, but I am never going to watch this again. No, good sire. Not even to drool over Len Tsukimori and his genius skills with the violin."

For the society members out there who enjoy harem shows, I would definitely recommend Kiniro no Corda. Ignore my blasted insults above and go ahead. You might think differently. For you guys who are values sensibility and practicality out there, hear my advice: head straight for the manga and never the anime. Even better, don't touch anything related to the series, with the OSTs as an exception. For some absurd reason, this series was extremely draining. Not out of pure suspense, see. More or less a sense of boredom that will leave you mentally exhausted.

Somehow, Kiniro fans will end up butchering me for this review.

Rating: 6

Final Verdict

5.83 (average)

Reviewed by Lariel, Jul 16, 2008

Comments

  1. shoujoboy Jul 16, 2008

    1. What the holy hell is Kiniro no Corda? I'm a colossal dork who gets burned by the sun in 3 seconds flat, and I have absolutely never heard of this show?

    2. Don't you hate writing reviews for shows that are average? Finding words to portray the middle road is so much more difficult than "it was amazing" or "it sucked hard". I personally know I am terrible at reviews that hang around in the middle.

    3. What the holy hell is Kiniro no Corda?

  2. Ephemeral-Garden Jul 16, 2008

    Agreed. I was watching this anime last week and I was thinking "Yeah, another anime with a girl as main character and whole lot of boys," I really dislike anime like that, the result is really predictable.

    Another Fushigi Yuugi! XD

  3. xangel0 Moderator Jul 16, 2008

    its known as La Corda d'oro or the golden string or something like that ^_^'
    leave this link, hope it helps
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin'iro_no_Corda
    havent seen this, and not planning to see it ^_^'

  4. jakulito Jul 16, 2008

    I was reading this with a grin in my face expecting every sentence to be another blasting after reading part of the first section.

    Seriously, I liked the way you described this show without... wait... hmm... leaning towards dissing and managed to give it that average feel.

    On to the anime itself...

    Quote by shoujoboyWhat the holy hell is Kiniro no Corda?

    Same here... same here...

  5. davidh01 Jul 16, 2008

    All right! We have a nice review here. Objective, balanced, yet straight to the point. You've convinced me to steer clear of this one, despite the potential merits of the soundtrack (which is always important in my view). Well done - thumbs up.

  6. norine07 Jul 18, 2008

    well written review, although i have to say the show has yet to end. there were a lot of cliff hangings. like who she's going to end up with and like when the new character would show up.
    if you enjoy watching the show, the movie is coming out soon, already confirmed and in the making. hopefully it solves all the cliff hangings cause well i really want to see them together. the show is getting too draggy.once again Lariel good review~ =]

  7. IzumiChan Jul 23, 2008

    lol, I agree with most of what you said, except I never really noticed the backgrouds and since Shimizu's voice was so slow and irritating, I was rather glad he didn't have many lines, lol~ xDDD
    But I enjoyed it was a whole... it was a show that made me go "Kyaa~" a lot... >w<''
    But, see:

    Quote by LarielFor the society members out there who enjoy harem shows, I would definitely recommend Kiniro no Corda.

    Now I feel bad as a person, lol~ xDDD

  8. enchantressinthedark Jul 31, 2008

    Quote by LarielLet's say I've wasted three days finishing Kiniro No Corda, which certainly dragged on like a snail.

    So..................basically you're blaming me for your precious time wastage by getting you to watch La Corda D'Oro.

    But I so agree with you, the storyline is like......flat all the way. No climax. No whatever. Well, exclude the fact that we totally screamed and clapped in front of the TV for Len (lol), the show is certainly draggy.

    I totally hate Kahoko's whining about her incompetence. >_<

  9. narunarunarunaru Feb 28, 2009

    there will be a season 2

    merged: 02-28-2009 ~ 01:43pm
    i can't wait..

  10. chumbariwap123 Apr 24, 2009

    woah! cool review :D

  11. pigmypuff Jun 03, 2009

    I'm melted with the guy..so good looking

  12. yuyuppi Jun 17, 2009

    like harem I guess

  13. Fanatik007 Jul 02, 2009

    very good review,thanks

  14. lordryo Jul 21, 2009

    Loved it!

  15. ResonantSoul Jul 23, 2009

    Great!

  16. lordryo Jul 28, 2009

    Good review.

  17. SchRita Aug 23, 2009

    Thanks for the review!

  18. Sanisa Sep 19, 2009

    Ummm La corda)))))

  19. haruki1244 Oct 01, 2009

    yeah you're right.
    i agree with you.
    but i haven't noticed that the backgrounds always repeat itself.
    haha.

    this is a nice review!

  20. SchRita Oct 31, 2009

    Thanks for the review!

  21. doo7749 Jan 24, 2010

  22. ai-yame Jul 08, 2011

    A fairly-written, objective review we have here. Good job! :)

    So that means one should only watch La Corda d'Oro if and only if you support harem / reverse harem. xD

  23. Chikaru-chan Jun 24, 2012

    It's harem but I really liked this series. Especially I fell in love with classical music <3

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