- Episodes : 25
- Genre : Comedy, Drama, Harem, Magic, Music, Romance, School, Shoujo
- Air Date : October 2006- March 2007
- Published/Studio : Aniplex, Hakusensha, Koei, TYO
Music anime has had a resurgence in the last few years with the release of Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, Fuuka Carole and Tuesday and many others. With this advent, we are able to appreciate older anime just as much and relive their glory that continues on throughout the years. Such is the case with La Corda D’oro: Primo Passo. This 2007 anime is often looked over for more popular, modern titles but continues to be one of the better music anime as well as topping out as one of the best reverse harem anime as well. When Hino Kahoko is blessed with a magical violin, her life changes forever. Suddenly given the ability to perform above her current level she has skyrocketed into a contest that she could never have dreamed of entering before. As she bonds with the other contestants, she must learn to balance her passion for music with romance and school work. While La Corda D’oro: Primo Passo has many great qualities, there are a few that stand out above the others.
Obviously a music anime will have music, however the way that the creators portray the classical music in this anime brings a welcome warm fuzzy feeling to your chest. By seeing Hino and the other characters being so drawn into their music, we feel a sort of kinship with them and our hearts, as viewers, react naturally. It is easy to identify with such a universal concept and La Corda D’oro portrays this admirably. Classical music is often misunderstood as boring and snobby; however, in this show we learn how it can be used to connect and portray emotion.
Generally, in reverse harems, the protagonist lacks character development; however, Hino Kahoko is different. As a viewer, we can identify with her because of her natural reaction to every situation. She is not dimwitted and she seeks to understand more about the world that has been introduced to her. Hino’s ability to make the best out of every situation is alluring and draws us to her as a character as we hope that we too can share her optimism. Hino is relatable in a world full of anime characters that are either overpowered or fall flat. Her refreshing nature allows for La Corda D’oro to be a truly great anime.
The Supporting Characters
No reverse harem is complete without its leading selection of males to choose from. The five characters that grow closer to Hino are not only attractive in looks, but also have personalities to match. Each man has a talent that makes them unique but distinguishes them from one another. Len Tsukimori, the violinist, is cool and aloof while Ryotaro Tsuchiura, the pianist, is approachable and warm. None would make a negative pairing and it allows the viewer to develop a favorite couple to root for in the end.
There are many reasons that we could give to convince you to watch La Corda D’oro: Primo Passo. It is an often overlooked anime in both the music and reverse harem genres that we believe should be widely celebrated. Despite the heavily displayed romantic undertones in this anime, any viewer can find a reason to enjoy it. Hino Kohoko, Kazuki Hihara and the others in this anime portray a deep friendship that transcends just the basic bonds and brings us enlightenment into the magic of music.
We hope that our article has convinced you to watch the wonderful anime that is La Corda D’oro: Primo Passo. As always, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them in the comments section below.