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La Corda D’Oro ~primo passo~ – 01

OP Sequence

OP: 「Brand New Breeze」 by カノン (Kanon)
Watch the OP! Mirror 1 Mirror 2 (11.9MB, XviD)

Summary:
In the past, there was a young man who saved a small and mysterious creature. This young man’s dream was to start a music school, and so the creature that he helped promised to bless the school he created. And now, in the present, there is a Seisou Academy with a special contest. On this morning, Hino Kahoko is rushing to school and arrives as the first bell is ringing. When she catches her breath by the fairy statue in front of the school, an actual fairy appears in front of her. This fairy is excited that Kahoko can see him, so he decides to start the contest by ringing the campus bells. The entire school hears these bells and by the time Kaho arrives in class, everyone is abuzz about the contest. Kaho’s friend tells her about a past romance between two rival violinists who were brought together by a fairy. Remembering the fairy she saw earlier, Kaho decides that it must have been her imagination, but she accidentally blurts this out during class. The teacher punishes her by having her carry some stuff afterwards to class 2-A in the music department. Along the way, Kaho is accidentally bumped into by someone when she’s at the top of a staircase, causing her to lose her balance and drop all of the books. Fortunately, the same guy who bumped into her saves her from the fall by catching her. He ends up helping her carry the stuff to the classroom and introduces himself as Tsuchiura Ryoutarou.
When they get to the classroom, it’s apparent that they don’t fit in because the music department students have different uniforms. As they’re standing at the 2-A door, another boy approaches them and asks them to move because they’re in the way. He refuses to help them out since it has nothing to do with him. Afterwards, once Kaho has finished her task and has parted ways with Ryoutarou, she encounters the fairy again. This time, the fairy introduces himself as Lili, but before he can say much more, Kaho runs off. She returns to her own classroom, but the fairy follows her there and tells her that no one else can see him but her, causing Kaho to collapse in despair. It is later during lunch that principal announces the participants of the music competition: 3-B’s Yunoki Azuma, 3-B’s Hihara Kazuki, 2-A’s Tsukimori Ren, 1-A’s Shimizu Keiichi, 1-A’s Fuyuumi Shouko, and 2-2′s Hino Kahoko. Everyone, including Kaho herself, is surprised that her name got called. Kaho goes to see Kanazawa-sensei about there being a mistake, but he confirms that there is none. Kanazawa thinks that her being chosen means that she must have seen that, which Kaho immediately figures out is referring to Lili the fairy. Kanazawa also passes along a message telling Kaho to go to the practice room of the music department after school. Before Kaho can ask anything else, she gets interrupted by Yunoki and Hihara. The two realize who she is and introduce themselves – Hihara plays the trumpet and Yunoki plays the flute. When they try to guess what instrument Kaho plays, she declares that this has nothing to do with her and excuses herself.
Despite that, Kaho ends up going to the area with all of the practice rooms after school. She sees something sparkle in one of the room and goes inside to find Lili waiting for her. Lili calls himself a fata (latin for fairy), and explains that the fata think that music is a source of happiness – that’s why they spread music in order to fill the world with happiness. Plenty of people used to be able see them, but times changed and people nowadays can’t sense them anymore. Lili ends up giving Kaho a magic violin that he finished after years of research – with its magical powers, anyone can play the violin. But it’s actually still a prototype, so the user has to be on the same wavelength as Lili to use it. The fairy wants Kaho to try it out, but she protests because she doesn’t know how to play the violin. All of the sudden, Kaho’s arms start moving on their own into the right positions, causing her to scream and throw the violin away. Lili manages to catch it, but Kaho doesn’t want the violin back. Lili had an idealized version of what he expected to happen, but for now, he decides to give Kaho the violin and its case. After the fairy disappears, Tsukimori Ren comes into that room and kicks Kaho out so that he can practice. As she is walking through the school trying to figure out what to do, she finds three girls bullying Fuyuumi Shouko. When Kaho goes to intervene, they challenge her, since she was chosen, to play for them. Kaho doesn’t want to take back what she said and apologize, so she has no choice but to pull out the violin and try to play.

ED Sequence

ED: 「CRESCENDO」 by ステラ クインテット (Stella Quintet)
Watch the ED! Mirror 1 Mirror 2 (7.7MB, XviD)
I recognized Kanon’s voice as soon as she started singing the OP. I remember it from Angel Heart, where she sang the Gloria insert song. In any case, I love her voice and this OP as well (I’ve got the song on repeat now). The ED quintet is comprised of the main male characters singing, and it’s not a bad song.

Alright, I know that I initially marked this series as having a poor chance of getting blogged because, well frankly, it didn’t sound that interesting. But then earlier in the week, when I went back and rechecked the schedule, I realized that there was a dearth of Sunday shows. It was this or Galaxy Angel, and since I haven’t seen any of the previous GA series, I chose this.
The first episode itself wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either – it had decent animation and ended up being an average introduction episode in terms of story that didn’t really wow me or win me over. Still, I can see some potential in this series. There were some overly shoujo moments made me laugh a little, and I’m a little curious how the whole music contest will work out. I suspect that by taking Kaho’s own violin skill (or lack thereof) out of the equation, this becomes not a series about a music competition, but instead probably about how she – as a normal girl – befriends all of these extraordinary guys and what happens from that.
I’ll probably give this a couple more episodes to see how the story develops before making a decision. As I mentioned above, the one big thing this show has got going for it is a Sunday airtime, which is a day that’s fairly light on other new shows. We’ll see what happens…

October 1, 2006 at 4:23 pm
68 comments »
  • October 1, 2006 at 4:30 pmshezaei_neko

    Looks nice….I’ll give it a try.
    Plus I love anime where the characters play an instrument…..
    This involves magic right?

  • October 1, 2006 at 4:32 pmOmni

    Yea, main character Kahoko has a fairy named Lili who gave her a special violin.

  • October 1, 2006 at 4:35 pmTohru

    Oh, looks interesting.

  • October 1, 2006 at 4:47 pmhashihime

    Lots of fun. Good OP. Good voice-acting from the lead. She really sells those shoujo feelings. And remember: all genres have their conventions, not just shoujo. Personally, I love the shoujo conventions and have no time for the conventions of mecha or monster-of-the-week. Welcome to a new season!

  • October 1, 2006 at 4:48 pmsento

    I thought the manga was pretty good so I’m looking forward to watching this. =3

  • October 1, 2006 at 4:55 pmbakaro

    Well from watching the first episode of Galaxy angel i can tell you what to expect:

    Fanservice
    Stupid “enemy’s” and story lines bassed on the enemy’s
    Some random good CG (not all the time)

  • October 1, 2006 at 4:59 pmLalita

    I’m curious about this one! I don’t like fairies that much, but it looks kinda cute! I wonmder why the story has so many male characters though! :) Thanks for the screencaps!

  • October 1, 2006 at 5:02 pmg-cel

    i will give it try

  • October 1, 2006 at 5:22 pmOskarAnly

    I’ll pass. This show doesn’t seem very interesting to me.

  • October 1, 2006 at 5:27 pmOh dear

    hmm…nice character design ^^

  • October 1, 2006 at 5:47 pmbaka-Kun

    What’s with all the shoujo and bishies lately Omni?

    Honey & Clover, NANA, Oran, ect… and now this, I mean this blog used to be so manly and butch, whatever happened?

  • October 1, 2006 at 6:23 pmdeina-kun

    Wow, that’s a lot of bishounen. o_o Another reverse harem series? xD

  • October 1, 2006 at 6:34 pmMidnight

    Oh, I remeber reading this in Shojo Beat. I was not that interested in it. The anime looks pretty though. That one guy has green hair in the anime… as a matter of fact they all seem to have bizzare haircolors. That’s haren series for you lol

  • October 1, 2006 at 6:51 pmemi

    Its way too sparkly for my taste. And definitely too shoujo-yi.

  • October 1, 2006 at 6:56 pmj

    Didn’t really like OP in terms of the music and also the actual material presented.

    I probably won’t be watching this, unless none of the other series give me my romance needs :D (still there’s always bokura ga ita)

  • October 1, 2006 at 7:07 pmSailor Enlil

    The character designs remind me of Aishiteruze Baby, in fact the female lead looks like a redheaded version of Kokoro-chin from that series.

  • October 1, 2006 at 7:09 pmNano

    Yay another shojo beat manga that is made into an anime!

  • October 1, 2006 at 7:24 pmRickaZ

    Ouran in Music, take away the houto club and place them in the music-blub, this time the main girl doesn’t have to dress like a boy but to prethend she plays good the violin…? Nani?
    ROTFL
    srry I know al of the above is way wrong but believe that was my first impression ^^ anyways the series look god, maybe I’l watch some few epi to see if the hole left by ouran can be loosened ^^

  • October 1, 2006 at 7:54 pmOri

    I think I will give this series a try, seeing how the anime quality isn’t all that bad.

  • October 1, 2006 at 8:18 pmm

    I realize that it says not to ask for or give links to raws/subs, but I just wanted to know if if someone IS subbing it.
    Thanks

  • October 1, 2006 at 8:40 pmwontaek

    OP and ED was much below quality I would expect from music oriented Anime. I don’t see how they can make the series work if they don’t get great music.

  • October 1, 2006 at 9:30 pmSailor Enlil

    Hmm, now this is quite a story. If the traditional “rules” of anime plotting are applied here
    Show Spoiler ▼

  • October 1, 2006 at 9:54 pmSaruko

    yay for music anime!

  • October 1, 2006 at 10:37 pmdeina-kun

    I kinda thought Kohako looked more like a red-head version of Ukyou Ayane’s Omori Mio in Desire Climax, but I can see how she looks like Kokoro-chin in Aishiteruze. :]

  • October 1, 2006 at 10:54 pmtensai_otaku

    I really think you are making a mistake!!
    Galaxy angels 2 it´s not direct linked to any other GA old series!!
    And it´s too much funny ONMI, and I´ve seen this one(here) too and I really think it´s TOO BORING!!!I was Almost sleeping seen this one.But on the other hand after GA2 01 I Changed my mind about the fact that this series did not have my old GA caracters and could be bad to a NEW GA with NEW caracters with a very promissing idea.And also for the ones here that like yuri potential yuri caracters can be seen by the very first episode.But I really think that caracter is a HENTAI one and not a yuri one, but ok because they are funny and the bad guy from the start, the little one with the seiyuu from the ” JUU HATSU BUY ” from magikano is too hilarious.So I recommend GA 2 and not this one.TOO BORING and i think we had too many series like this primo passo ” a pussy and alot of …(you know what dic..ks)” with this very boring cliche style.Here at home we know this types of animes as the ” LET´S JUST FILL SOME HARD DRIVE BEFORE THEY REALIZE WE ARE NOT WORTH AND DELETE US”
    :D :D

  • October 2, 2006 at 12:37 amSquall

    probably just try some eps if it is good i will watch it

  • October 2, 2006 at 1:11 amasian182

    hmm seems like an odd anime feels like a harem except in reverse with the other types we’ve come to kno about, but like harems it will always be a barrel of laughs and more

  • October 2, 2006 at 2:04 amwontaek

    Now I have seen it, here is a scathing criticism of this anime.

    Beginning: Electronic Synthesizer Orchestral imitation on very light piece. I am not impressed.
    OP: Not bad but weak.
    BGM: Consistantly light music. It sounds Baroque, but of variety that is used as light comical fares. No way you can do anything serious with this music
    Why Violinists? Throughout the world, Violinists are known to be more likely of being egoist.
    Flute: Easiest piece of them all?! ( Grieg’s Peer Gynt Morning )
    Trumpet: Easy again. Fit for 2nd year trumpet player
    Violin ( Tsukimori Ren ): OK but not impressive
    Cello: Techniquely OK but nothing else.
    Clarinet: Easy again. Some Elementary Students can play that.
    Carmen Fantasy: Finally something worth paying attention to. I guess a very goood junior high violinist can do something similar ( but aren’t these guys High school Music students? )
    ED: Just Bad. It could have been made better if they did a full male quartet arrangement or Barbershop Quartet arrangement ( there is a difference between them ), but I fail to see how they could use such low quality music for music oriented show.

    Japan boost of best Classical music training in Asia outside of Israel. Although it would cost more money and time to hire real musicians to make this anime, in this anime about music, it is something they should have done. It would do very well to promote the anime by actually holding an audition for each instrument: Even if the prize is just hourly labor fee and name on the credit, I am certain dozens, if not hundreds of music majors in High school and college would have applied to the audition. The anime clearly chose not to utilize this to full extent. Even though they may introduce better performance later on, the damage is done: This anime already feels like an insult to classical musician and something not worthy of viewing.

  • October 2, 2006 at 2:38 amfugue

    oh, wow! another Kanon song. i know nothing about her, but her songs have me hooked. i’m gonna watch this just because she’s singning the OP ^^

  • October 2, 2006 at 8:48 amSanjana

    Wow the character design looks great, it seems o be a good anime.
    Thank you Omni :)

  • October 2, 2006 at 1:34 pmmuhi_kira

    hmm actually i more like the manga than anime (in the anime the characters design dissapointed me “i think”)
    i think i pass this anime

  • October 2, 2006 at 7:50 pmZzz…

    Step 1: apply a heavy layer of napalm
    Step 2: salt the scorched earth
    Step 3: turn over the soil to mix the salt deeper into the ground and to expose the still moist under-soil
    Step 4: apply a second dosage of napalm

    The right and proper way to treat this show…

  • October 2, 2006 at 9:54 pmjojo

    a shoujo ?! … nothing wrong with that !!
    I think it’s silly that people will complain about shoujo’s being too common and boring but don’t seem to mind yuri and yaoi being just as corny !
    and if shoujo has to much pretty boys , well shounen has too much pretty “annoying” girls !! and tooooooo much Fanservice
    !!

    anyway .. I would like to see this one get a chance to be viewed .

  • October 3, 2006 at 4:30 amRuka Tatsuya

    Someone asked earlier If any group is ubbing this.
    And yes, there is a group subbing it and its name is “Shoku-Dan” and Im one of the translators subbing this.
    The episodes will be posted at the Forums: http://www.shoku-dan.plutosking.com/forum/index.php?act=idx

    -Ruka

  • October 3, 2006 at 5:57 amfayte

    well…the first episode consist more than one chap in the manga…I’ve been looking for scanlations of it in manga version and was glad to hear that it became an anime already….thank goodness…’m really exited on what will happen next…since i laid my eyes on this anime, i’ve been searching for the episodes of it…hope i could watch one…>_

  • October 3, 2006 at 6:51 amfisherman horizon

    didnt really notice that the purple long hair playing flute was a guy initially. Need to change glasses.

  • October 3, 2006 at 9:25 amZeepish

    It’s just a matter of preference, i guess. I like this show much more than Galaxy Angel. No offence to Galaxy Angel’s lovers >_

  • October 4, 2006 at 3:39 amAi-Tan

    The character design look cute, but the anime itself seems boring. I might, just might try the first episode. I’m not quite sure yet, and i already have a lot of animes that i’ve decided to watch, so this might not come to that list. ^^;;

  • October 19, 2006 at 6:12 pmjenjen

    teehee…
    i liked the manga and i read like the first 3 chapters but idc i liked it.. i hope the anime will be good!
    btw, the manga’s name is kinira no corda or sumthing like that…i dunno why the manga and anime names are diferent
    i love shoujo!

  • October 20, 2006 at 5:51 pmTJ

    Overall, not a bad first episode. This one had a little bit of charm to it. The main character’s expressions and reactions are very similar to Sora in Kaleido Star. If there are people who liked Kaleido Star, I think this will be right up their alley. I went in expecting this to be a bit on the sappy side, so I wasn’t that bothered by all the cutesy stuff.

  • October 20, 2006 at 11:12 pmGia

    The premise was pretty standard as far as harem animes go. I love the music aspect of the anime and the animation’s decent. But I can’t get over the fact that she’s handed this musical violin and can (I’m assuming) play amazingly. The others actually worked for their art; they can be portrayed as snobbish or what have you, but they actually put in the effort. I was hoping for some balking on her part. Doesn’t she feel the least bit… fake? All that moral diatribe aside, I agree with you and I plan to give it a few more episodes before I write this anime off.

  • October 21, 2006 at 6:33 pmsleepybabe

    anyone know whr can i download the op?
    i love the song “brand new breeze”!!!

  • October 24, 2006 at 7:23 pmMiharu

    I really love the manga series and I’ve been searching all over for episodes to either download or purchase (DVD), if you anything about that can you please tell me? Thanks for uploading the OP and ED sequences!!

  • October 26, 2006 at 6:25 pmBasilisk

    There seems to have been an explosion of anime & manga based on dating sims as of late. (Kanon’s been around for a while, but now we have Crescent Love and this) Oh well, at least it’s for girls this time around. (Unlike most stuff based on dating sims) I can’t complain too much now that we’ve finally gotten some equal time.

  • November 4, 2006 at 3:00 amsonghunter

    !!! are you blogging this?? PLEASE BLOG IT. >_> um, I realise it’s a little late to now. But so far only one episode has been subbed, I think, by StrawberryMintSubs or something. And I think many people don’t understand Japanese in the raws.

  • December 24, 2006 at 2:55 amSarah

    Some people ARE subbing it, never fear! It’s only subbed up to episode 5. If you search it up on youtube.com you can watch it for free.

  • December 30, 2006 at 9:01 amCelessa

    I really like this series *full of bishie goodness* and I’m looking forward for more episode reviews. I’ve seen ’til episode 5 and so far it hasn’t bored me. I think strawberrymint *did I get that right?* via bitorrent is subbing it.

  • January 2, 2007 at 11:31 pmSatoko

    i loved this anime..but you can’t see most episodes =[ and a lot of it is raw

  • January 26, 2007 at 3:50 pmkowkow

    this’s very fun! why randomc dont summary it T_T
    i want to know story very much
    thx for strawbery mint sub

  • February 4, 2007 at 1:24 pmamber

    i really like this anime and it is getting better

  • February 19, 2007 at 10:39 pmSaruko

    i just got the manga today, i didn’t even know of this series till now. Even though I normally read your blogs.

    Now to go off and look for some fansubs and get obsessed with another music series.*stillinnodamemode*

  • February 25, 2007 at 3:19 pmSum1

    Kokoko doesnt deserve any credit for her violin playing. It just isnt fair that she gets a magic violin that lets her play so well without undergoing any practice.

  • March 14, 2007 at 10:07 amhannah

    I assure you..it’s cool!!!!….BISHOUNEN GUYS!!

  • May 5, 2007 at 8:04 pmPuchi

    A bit too shojo for me, but I’ll keep watching it, I like anime with music as one of the main themes ! I’ll forward to the OST !

    by the way, at the end of this episode, Ren plays Carmen on the violin, does somebody know where I can find this recorded ? (it was great!!!)

  • August 8, 2007 at 4:56 amuwi chan

    Cool!!! Amazing!!! Incredible!!! Soooo Sweeet!!! Dont know how to say,,,

  • August 12, 2007 at 3:39 pmediblesushi

    OMG!! i lov tis anime so much.
    after i saw my friend reading the manga, i decide to watch the anim.
    im so glad i did. its the best but im only up to episode 18. *sniff*sniff*
    the uploader only put up 2 episoded each friday.
    o well, i guess i hav 2 wait till the nex friday.
    *pacing bac n forth* AARRGGGHH!!! i cant wait!!!

  • February 10, 2008 at 10:06 pmAbbey

    I like this anime^_^ I have watch it at crunchyroll.com, they have complete series. hope theirs a second season of this anime. really love it.

  • March 23, 2008 at 3:44 amAlicia

    Pls put more pics!! Thanks, n most of ur pics r KAWAII!! >_

  • April 10, 2008 at 11:56 pmNina

    where is the episode 2?

  • May 7, 2008 at 10:58 pmreshma

    i really liked the title track and the anime is also good
    can u tell who sang the title song?

  • May 24, 2008 at 12:34 pmdeadlydevil

    al the guys r SEXY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • July 22, 2008 at 9:20 pmtango

    can somebody tell me when is primo passo season 2 upcoming and can i find the peimo passo season 2 for download……………..

  • October 10, 2008 at 9:52 amtakuyachan21

    hey i know i’m late but i totally love this manga “la corda d’oro primo passo.
    i love kahoko & len / kahoko & ryutaro’s pair. theyre cute sometimes kahoko with azuma keiji and kazuki also rocks. i like the scene when kahoko has tears in her eyes after hearing shinobu play the violin.
    in India right now it is being telecasted on animax.
    a request to u——————
    please add capeta’s episode review also pls pls pls

  • October 24, 2008 at 8:26 amMiyaChan48

    I really, really <3 this anime’ ^___^-

    I suggest you guys should watch this too =]

    Because of this anime’ I was inspired to play the violin ^___^- although I’m playing the guitar =]

    I <3 it! ~

    <3Kahoko x Len<3

  • November 11, 2008 at 10:22 pmnica

    this is story is really nice.. the characters are all handsome .. ehehe.. so kilig!!

  • May 30, 2009 at 1:27 pmnabila

    in the photo asowme. by the way ho is hino love?. and the song is awsome to i sing not want to stop and i try again oh ya why la corda doro primo passo not have episode2 and not have a some games , the dvd like that! bye – bye

  • November 21, 2009 at 2:03 amabidah

    this film is goooood .its laike something like my hearts can feel thats emotion kohoko hino *(the characters film)the film is insteresting film everrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!iiiiiiiimnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn mmmmyyyy lliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiifffe!!11111111

  • February 17, 2010 at 8:31 amHima

    all the pictures were great and i wish they were pictures of season 2