English: La Corda D'Oro: Primo Passo
Synonyms: Kin'iro no Chord, Kiniro no Chord, Kin-iro no Corda: Primo Passo, The Golden Chord
Japanese: 金色のコルダ ～primo passo～
Oct 2, 2006 to Mar 26, 2007
24 min. per ep.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisHino Kahoko is a student whose school is divided into two branches—the Normal Branch, in which students wear grey uniforms, and the Music Branch, in which the students wear white. The school's tradition is a music competition, but it is more common that students from the Music Branch are chosen to compete. Kahoko is surprised one day to encounter a fairy named Lili. Solely because she is the only student to see him, she is the only student from the Normal Branch to be in the competition.
Kahoko doesn't have any musical knowledge, until Lili grants her a magic violin, one that anyone can play if they believe they can truly do it. Kahoko must now face the trials of the competition, her competitors, and her peers.
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Opening Theme"Brand New Breeze" by Kanon (eps 1-24, ep 26)
Ending Theme#1: "Crescendo" by Stella Quintet (eps 1-24, ep 26)
#2: "Brand New Breeze" by Kanon (ep 25)
Note: May contain SLIGHT SPOILERS. Nothing too major though.
Now~ to the review!
Other than La Corda, the only other series that I can think of that somehow revolved around classical music (that I've ACTUALLY seen) was Piano. I won't go into that series as I did DO a review for it. Because of the fact that I haven't a series like La Corda before, that caught my attention. And also having classical music as a major theme within the series definitely sparked my interest.
My first impression of the series was that it just caught my attention because it was a bit different than many series that I have seen in the past. And I'll admit that by just watching the OP sequence, you may considered it a harem (this case, a reverse harem = more main guys than girls) anime, which it really isn't. Sure, there are several parts that have slight fanservice, but nothing major at all.
For me, from just watching the 1st episode, I was hooked and HAD to watch more episodes and I eventually made a fansite for this series, which used to be called 'Musical Secret, but is now called 'Crescendo'. Whether that had anything to do with the ED song being called that, I dunno, but yeah...
What I didn't like was that sometimes the animation would be a bit strange and look awkward. For example, in particular, I didn't notice this one thing until Meagi, one of my staff members at Crescendo, sent me a pic from episode 4 where Kahoko's talking to Lili and his feet are facing in the opposite direction to where the rest of his body was.
In some of the later episodes, many of the character's faces and such just look weird, like the lines were drawn thicker than in earlier episodes. It wasn't that big of an issue, but with the slight inconsistencies was a bit of a turn off. Overall, the animation was decent, but it wasn't uber, uber vibrant but not bland either (well.. that depended on the episode as sometimes the colors looked a bit dimmer in some shots and brighter in others...). Kinda funny considering that they look a lot more vibrant in magazines and such. XD;
A definite strong point in the series was the music. Though I did already have a liking for classical music, because of this series, I've come to like it a whole lot more and that makes me happy. And gee, I never realized how MUCH music there was for the series. I don't even think that I even own it all -- 2+ gigs and there are STILL more CDs. T.T
With the plot itself, it isn't a complex one, though it did make me wonder if the plot was going to keep my attention long enough. Luckily it did, but the music and the bishies were MAJOR bonuses. In general, the series itself, because of the reverse harem-likeness (as there are many more male main charas than female ones) it gives off is aimed more towards girls, rather than guys. But, any fanservice that even shows up in the series is nothing comparing to other series that have MAJOR fanservice in then.
Even though this series is one of my favorites, there were some episodes that were a bit boring towards the end, say around episode 20, as the episode(s) were a bit boring because Kahoko's all angsty and such and when I found out there was a manga version, I noticed some differences, like in virtually any adaptation that originated from a manga first.
I noticed that some of the events that happened in between the selections were either excluded altogether, modified, or where just different. And also, since the manga itself hasn't finish the concours (from last I looked, they finished the 3rd selection but no word on the 4th and final selection of the concours), so the ending of the concours will be different probably in the manga than in the anime.
I really hope that there is a second season as the series itself originated as a game, than manga, now anime and the anime itself opened the possibility for a second season as it was an open-ended ending. There's a second game, so it's a possibilty that it could happen, but for now it's quite unlikely as the manga isn't done with the concours (aka not enough material for a second season) and if Yuki Kure doesn't adapt the 2nd game into manga form, it'll be less likely than if she did.
Overall, this series was really good and is definitely one of those series that can be viewed again and I won't get sick of it. I can't say that it's one of those 'you'll love or hate it' series, but the first few might be a bit slow at first, depending on the viewer. I enjoyed watching it and I do recommend watching it, or at least give it a try. read more
Hino Kahoko, a high school girl who has never played an instrument in her life, is given a magic violin. In turn, she must compete in a competition (the Concours) with several elite music students from her school. It's a story about Kaho learning to love the violin and music, while deepening her relationships with her fellow competitors.
The story is not for everyone. This is a character driven series through and through. The plot loosely falls around the Concours, but the purpose of the Concours is to contribute to character development. That being said, the character development is outstanding. I barely noticed the lack of plot- simply seeing these amazing characters interact and grow had me yearning to see the next episode.
The story really falls flat when it comes to romance. This is a reverse-harem at its core (based on a dating sim), so I was not surprised by how things ended up. Still, the lack of any concrete romantic development or even a hint on Kaho's part as to which guy she likes best is very frustrating. Yet, there are just enough romantic moments to make you want to see something more. This cannot be written off as a simple "friendship" series.
Hino Kahoko is a decent, but bland lead. I liked her determined approach to the violin, and her character development was well done. During the anime, we see Kaho persevere, doubt herself, face a major setback, and ultimately triumph. While I enjoyed this, her inability to choose one guy was irritating. This flaw really shows through in the La Corda Special, where she can't even begin to make a decision as to which guy she likes best. It was very annoying to watch this.
Each male has a distinct personality, because this is a harem-type show. You have all of the usual suspects- the cheerful and clumsy guy, the guy all of the girls are in love with, the cold but good-looking guy, the cute and innocent guy, etc. I found all of the boys to be interesting, enjoyable characters. To some extent, every character develops, which is refreshing. Tsukimori was definitely my favorite character. I liked how his approach to his music gradually became gentler throughout the series. All of the characters are cute, both inside and out!
Music is where this anime shines...which is what I expected from an anime centered around a music competition (hehe). In 25 episodes, a wide variety of classical music is introduced, which I really enjoyed.
The OP and the ED songs are outstanding. In particular, the OP "Brand New Breeze" had great music, great art, and overall, it was very cute! It tells us exactly what the anime is all about. The song gives a feeling that Kaho is singing to each of the boys. The ED music is also very good- it seems like the boys are singing back to Kaho. I like the call and response format of the OP and the ED.
I loved, loved, loved the character designs. This is what attracted me to the show in the first place. Each character has a distinct, unique look, right down to face shape. All of the Bishounen are good-looking, but my favorite character designs are Tsukimori, Shimizu, and Tsuchiura.
Apart from character design, animation was average.
VALUE / ENJOYMENT (9)
In case you didn't notice, I adore this anime. The story it told was heartwarming. I would only recommend watching it again if you really love the story. Or if you really love Bishies.
The Bottom line:
The music, character designs, and the characters themselves are easily the strongest components of the show. Recommended for fans of Shoujo anime. Skip this one if you dislike indecisiveness in romance.
If you liked this, you may also like Aishiteruze Baby (a series that gives off the same warm and fuzzy feeling as La Corda), or even Peach Girl (a reverse harem with a more concrete romance story).
(kamika:This was my first review! Feedback is appreciated. Thanks! ) read more
La Corda d'Ora is a reverse harem story with a heavy dose of music. I first heard about it when I was really into Nodame Cantabile and Ouran High School Host Club. So I thought,"Wow, it combines two great shows -- how perfect!" Only... it wasn't, which was disappointing. It does combine music with a reverse harem, but -- in my opinion -- it doesn't do music as well as Nodame and it doesn't do romance as well as OHSHC. I guess you can't have everything at once.
What it does have is great music. Ave Maria, which is one of my favorite pieces of all time, plays a pretty prominent role in the series. And there were some other pieces that I really enjoyed -- familiar and new to me. And it also has a great collection of really, really gorgeous bishies. ;) Like, when you think of traditional hot anime guys -- this is it. They're so pretty. So pretty. ^.^
Plot wise... story wise... character wise... it's okay. It has a nice overall theme/message/moral. If you go in with average expectations, a fan of reverse harems or bishies or music-themed animes would be pretty satisfied. More satisfied if you're looking for eye or ear candy.
The plot is pretty simple. The synopsis hits the nail on the head and there really isn't too much more to it. The characters are a little shallow, a little cliche... a little under-developed. The biggest problem for me was probably the conflict felt by the main character and how she reacted to it. I liked the beginning of the show; it was pretty entertaining. But in the middle, I got so frustrated and turned off by the angst and the whining that I actually dropped the show: I didn't care what happened next because I was too annoyed to watch. (The time between release of episodes probably made that worse -- I might have barreled through if I had the whole series at once.) Not everyone is going to feel that way about the main character or the show -- I just personally have low tolerance for that character type.
After several months, out of boredom, I decided to go back and see if I could just finish it off since I had gotten all the way to episode 20 while it was being initially fansubbed. It was the beginning of the end so a lot of the annoying behaviors that drove me away were gone and it went back to being a nice, if somewhat predictable, story with great music and pretty bishies.
To be honest, more than anything... it makes me want to watch Nodame Cantabile again. Maybe it isn't fair to compare the two, but I can't help it -- I compare everything to anything. ;) And, as a matter of personal taste, I think I prefer when things are a little bit more romance and a little less harem, so that probably skews my score too. I didn't think it was a masterpiece or a must-see, but it was cute and entertaining and watchable because I like all the genres it falls into. read more
I was really not going to give this series an eye, after reading a chapter of the manga it seemed lame and confusing. For some reason though, maybe because I was bored I started downloading the first few episode. This anime is so much better as an anime than a manga. Music can't be represented very well on paper. ^^
I love the way the story is cute and fresh. I don't watch very many animes based on activities, but I'm glad I watched this one. The character are just so lovable and pretty. BISHONENS!!! Nyaaaa ><. Give this a try if you atleast like music. Which just about everyone does.
Exactly the same everything, drawings, genre, harlem and all but better because of they are idiols!
/! For sure if you like one, you WILL like the other /!
- Same romance ambiance, where you have a (naive) girl, who will charmed all boys. (bishonen)
- Musical ambiance, just in Kin no Corda it's just instrumental ambiance, and Uta no prince it's songs, dances, compositions.
- Same bishonen style : cute boy, friendly boy, cold guy, schizophrenic guy.
- the heroine begin with novice skill, but she become better (the best).
the Only DIFFERENCE : in Uta no prince you don't have the fantastic touch, the heroine have real skill, and not a fairy behind her.
It's OBLIGED you like one, you will like the other.
Both falls into music/romance/harem genre anime. In Kiniro no corda the MCs are using musical instrument while in Uta no prince sama the MCs are singer/songwriter/composer. Both has good looking guys with different personality.
One girl surrounded by a group of handsome guys. Both invlove schools for musicians.
In his type of argument, music, more bishonens, harem reverso.
Both are anime about music & are reverse harem.Both are made from visual novels of the same names.If you like one then you will definitely like other one.
Both anime are musical.Also, there is only the one main heroine surrounded by bishies!
Both are harems...
Reverse harems, with a somewhat timid female lead. However, Kiniro focuses more on classical music, while UtaPri is about a school for pop idols. If you like one, you'll definitely like the other.
They are actually very similar, uto no prince sama is basicly a bording school of music, composing and singing, where a girl comes to the school, and there a a few boys with differnt personalities, that all admire her! Then there is kiniro no corda a bording school of again music but this time focusing on intrumetal music. And a girl again is surronded by boys, and helping her! kiniro has a twist of magic though! But if you like one you probily you would like the other! Oh and i LOVE both of the sound tracks, also they have pretty good art!
Both series are reverse harems based on an otome game so expect to see some hot n' steamin' guys complete with tsunderes and shotas! Both are music related as well.. For Kiniro no Corda, the guys are talented mucisians while Uta no Prince-sama, the guys will be aspiring idols~
True that there are fewer guys present in UtaPri, but hey.. they look even hotter than the guys of La Corda! (*/∇＼*)ｷｬ
♡Girls...get ready to fall in love!♡
Both are animes about music and have harem in it. they are both very similiar.
Both focus on music while Kiniro no Corda is into instruments and Uta no Prince-sama have musicians. Both also have reverse harem.
Both female protagonists must learn some form of music (violin and composing) with little or no former experience. The two go through a period of little self-confidence, and have to overcome that with a lot of practice and learning. Some jealousy is directed towards the two.
They are surrounded by male students who help them and they befriend. Both happen to be prodigious in their respective music schools and have to compete with other students. The competing musicians and idols are admired by the rest of the student body. Also, these two animes encourage that love of music is enough motivation.
It's hard for me to not think about either of these series when watching them tbh.
Both series features music as a prominent theme throughout each episode with the main female protagonist trying to learn the style and art of it.
Both series features a prominent male cast who each specifies in music with different personalities and appearances. They make special bonds with the main female protagonist throughout the series as well.
Both series also contain elements of drama, comedy, music, and romance.
Both animes about music. Also there is one main character surrounded with group of guys.
It got very romantic because every boys that a girl met feel in love and try to get her love them, have very good music to listening, there a lot of handsome/cute guys in the shows!!!! ^.^
Both anime are about music... in both anime it turns around a girl who loves music and is taking music lessons... during the episodes the two girls will meet diferent guys that will fall in love with her but one of them is more important to her <3
•both are a reverse harem
•both girl protagonist are naive and timid and surrounded by beautiful Bishōnen boys
•both anime contain music, where the protagonist and supporting boy cast compete to be the best at there respective fields
•both anime supporting characters develop feelings for the protagonist girl and fall in love with her as the story develops
•both have very simple, plot, which can be overlooked by the music being played in both animes
•both anime girls struggle with criticism among there peer groups
•they are very similar in the reverse harem, bishounen, romantic, musical way, if you liked one you would probably like the other.
The music situation and girl position in harem are similar. Both don't go to detailed into the romance and the music used it pretty good. If you like Primo passo u will 100% prince-sama, if you have watched prince-sama and not Primo passo I think you should still watch it even though it might not be as thrilling as doing it vise-versa.
They're both alike in its genres = music, romance, comedy.
They do have the same story plot that shows how music can change anyone and to strive hard for what we really dream of.
Both have a reverse harem structure, where the sweet, "natural" girl is surrounded by very talented, very good-looking men. Both focus on music, with Primo Passo featuring more classical music, and Uta Pri featuring pop music. Neither one has a very great plot structure - you won't be surprised by anything that happens, and the obstacles encountered by the protagonists are overcome fairly easily.
Both are about music. In La Corda, it's more about classical music. I heard a couple of songs that I used to listen when I was younger. It's kind of nostalgic. And in Prince-Sama, it's modern music that you could dance on =P. For me, it was a world to discover of high ranked talent. It made myself wanted to learn more. ^^'
Both of these are Reverse Harem anime and both take place in a music school, involving music students trying to progress as musicians and many male students are effected by one girls determination and love of music.
If you liked UtaPri, then you're pretty much guaranteed to like La Corda D'Oro as well. Along with being a reverse harem type anime based off of a video game, it also embraces the musical theme, though in La Corda, it's centered around instrumental music instead of vocals. La Corda also contains a wide selection of handsome guys with unique personality types. I think the heroine in La Corda is a slight bit more interesting as well.
Both are reverse harems that circle around music! ♪
Both are really similar shows with the main girl being surrounded by a bunch of guys with different personalities in a music school setting and a little supernatural element...
Though, Uta no Prince is more light-hearted and funny while La Corda D'oro is more dramatic.
Fun shows to watch if you're a girl!
School of music. A lot of cute boys who are engaged with the protagonist. Oh,yeah,they are similar. :-)
They both have reverse harem, and they are both about music
Both UtaPri and Kiniro no Corda are essentially anime based around music appreciation. Kiniro no Corda takes this a little more seriously whereas UtaPri likes to focus more on the comedy, but both really like to delve into how music can be life changing. Also, both mc's begin as novice to music, but through the series begin to grow through their love for it. Both are also an odd sort of reverse harem in that all the pretty bishies fall for your girl, but romance almost never plays a part in the show. Also, both are FANTASTIC
-all the guys characters crush on the girl
-music themed anime
Kiniro No Corda and Uta no Prince-sama both have the harem AND the music aspect. In Kiniro no Corda there's more using instruments while Uta no Prince-sama has instruments and vocals. The messages given through the music are absolutely astounding but I have to say that so far in Uta no Prince-sama the messages in Kiniro no Corda are much more powerful and have larger meaning. As for the harem aspect, in both there are also similar characters such as Azuma Yunoki and Jinguji Ren. Maybe even Ittoki Otoya and Kazuki Hihara. Either way, both are very strong in their music aspects and they have a lot of similiarities. The plots are also very good in my opinion and I reccommend that if you liked either, watch the other.
-Both are about music, one classical, the other one pop. Both contains amazing beautiful music
-both contain a kind and shy heroine surrounded by hot and talented guys
-both contain a little bit of fantastical theme (fairies and royalty etc.)
Both series focus on the «discovery» of the true concept of music by music students. While the theme might be the same, these two shows have completely different moods. In Nodame you'll spend half the time laughing, while in Corda d'Oro it's mostly a serious mood sometimes bordering on depressive. Not to say that Corda is a bad anime... I liked it very much. It's just that it has a completely different take on music. Other major difference: in Nodame there are many interesting and different characters and many plot twists... while in Corda there are less characters, who aren't very different, and the story isn't that unpredictable.
This anime are similar becouse they're about music ;)
Both revolve around classical music.
La Corda DOro similar to Nodame Cantabile most because of the music in both of them. The characters are alike, exept the part that in LCD there is the magic touch... I enjoyed both of them because of the music~
they both revolve around classical music and have the main characters learning so that they become good in their chosen fields. though nodame cantabile is more of a love story then Corda d'oro (reverse harem). both are excellent shows
They're both in essence about music, although they have somewhat different approaches. Nodame is more comedy while La Corda is more drama / romance. I'd also say that Nodame is a bit more serious about the music part since there's no magic involved and all that but basically both series are passionate and stresses the joy of playing it.
They are both centred around classical music. Though Kaho plays the Violin and Nodame plays the Piano. There's also a lot of romantic moments in both of the animes.
If you liked La corda d'oro, you sohuld definitely watch Nodame Cantabile. It is funnier, but it also has to do with classical music and it has a pretty good story. I recommend it to the ones that like that sort of anime.
Both revolve around music related storylines with female leading roles.
Both are romance+comedy genres but I would say in Nodame Cantabile comedy thread is more important than romance, while in La Corda it's just the other way about. Both are about music. Action takes place in high school. Character sets are similiar. Both series are really enjoyable, especially if you like classical music :)
Similarities - classical music, romance, and the desire to become better
they both are related to music, and they are both classical musics. they bothe have romance in it too.
It uses classical music as the core element.
One of the main themes is classical music. Both are romanctic comedies, but La Corga is more shoujo, while Nodame is more josei.
If you love classical music, then you'll enjoy watching both anime. :)
Both of the anime are about clasical music which ia so elegant. Besides,both of them are full of comedy...hehe.So,everytime you watch it,you will feel the excitement ^_^
Both series are about classical music, romance and comedy. As simple as that.
both revolve around music
If you like Kiniro no Corda: Primo Passo, better watch Nodame Cantabile. These shows are pretty similar, especially if you like musical anime. Both of this shows revolve around classical music though Primo Passo's a show that was kinda serious and Nodame Cantabile's something comedy-like, I think they're still similar, yet these shows are worth watching and must watch if you really like music, I'm sure you won't regret watching both of this.
both of them are musical, romance, and light comedy.
Just think of Nodame Cantabile as La Corda d'Oro with a mature spin to it. Both anime revolve heavily around Classical music, although Nodame Cantabile is more serious about it. Both of the main characters play violin also. Both anime take place in school (a music conservatory for Nodame Cantabile).
If you're looking for a more mature and "grown-up" La Corda (minus magic fairies), then this anime's for you.
Nodame-chan is somehow more credible than the fairy skill of Kaho-chan :)
both are romances about musicians, subtle comedies and very nice to watch.
Both series features music as a primary theme that mixes in comedy and drama into the story.
Both series' main protagonists are very talented but also cold towards their peers but deep down cares for those around him. The main female protagonist also has skills and is looking forward to demonstrating them to the world.
Both series takes place at a school like setting featuring students interested in the art of music that explores the genre in its finest form.
maybe the plot is different but this two animes share somethings in common : Female main character with standard abilities surrounded by professional & handsome male group who help her to be better + the fairy thing + school contests
Watching the second episode of Yumeiro Patissiere I kept being reminded of La Corda D'Oro. Sure the fairies have different ways of working between the shows but there's quite a few similarities there otherwise.
meeting "fairy"-like creatures...
having taught by one...
trying to appeal to others...
both are kind of reverse-harem type...
both stories are kinda cliche...
well, the main character of la corda who plans to excel in playing violin also encountered a fairy but instead of sweet fairy, she encountered a music fairy...
The basic theme is different, cooking vs music. But in both anime the main character, both females in a group of other males mostly, strives with their group to be better. The idea of making other happy is shown alot throughout both also the idea that you need to love cooking/music and be happy yourself in order to be good.
Theres the slightest bit of romance and great friendships that start a little iffy. But in a personal opinion i think they were both joyful anime and very worth watching. Hope this helps ;]
These two shows have very similar plots, except Yumeiro Patissiere takes place at a (middle school) pastry school and La Corda D'Oro takes place at a (high school) music academy. Seriously, it's practically the same show.
Both have a girl who attends a school that revolves around skills (one is music, the other is cooking). Both of the founders for the schools had a relationship with a fairy, and so there is a big statue of the fairy at the front of the school. The girl meets a fairy and at first is a bit shocked (Kahoko from Kin. no Corda more so) but then gradually builds a friendship and trust with them. The fairies help the girl with a skill that they are absolutely terrible at, but then the girl slowly get better and can do things on her own.
The fairies, the competitions, and the characters are all quite similar. (And that statue!)
I liked Yumeiro better.
Faries/Spirits that help an inexperienced main character hone in on their artistic potential in order to build skill and technique.
La Corda and Yumeiro are both Shoujo and Reverse Harem and involve a girl who joins a competition, though only a "newbie” in what the competition is about. They both also have a Spirit/Fairy.
Reverse harem, although La Corda D'Oro is more serious. There ARE quite a few funny areas too. Also, the main characters' (a.k.a. Haruhi and Kahoko) personalities are similar.
Both are reverse harem and is fun to watch though Ouran High is much more fun than La Corda..still im sure you're going to enjoy both series..:D
Both are school anime with a central female character surrounded by a lot of handsome guys. The girl comes to play a significant role in their lives helping them to change. Also, what both animes have in common is a rather ambigous romance line, when practically any male character has a potential to become a love interest for the main heroine.
these two series seem like they don't have an ending. there are a bunch of guys, one girl and most of the guys(or all) are into the girl. lol. anyway, in both of these series you'll cry, laugh, and love these animes. both of these have music too, that is if you like music as much as i do. but these two are just awesome. ^^
If you're a fan of one girl being surrounded by a bunch of guys, then these are the animes for you. All the male love candidates are as differeent as can be, and you've got a nice selection of pairings to choose from ;)
both are worth a look.
it's set in a school, each with a kinda of "club" where the main character gets attached to...
Like Ouran, La Corda has the huge (and very clueless) romantic pairs. And of course, all of the male cast falls for the violin-loving heroine, Kahoko Hino. It's funny and filled with music!
they both having a group of high school students consisting of a girl among a bunch of charming guys who all are liking her. Only that Kiniro no Corda has a second girl but pretty much unthere cause of extream silence she has. with some love complications an challenges.
They're so reminding me of each other!
One girl surrounded by several popular guys at school in both of these series. Yup.
But beyond that, both series contains plenty of drama and comedy. The characters all have various views on the main heroine and she gets to understand more in both series as the episodes progresses.
There's also romance in both series although not fully explored in the anime adaptations; reverse harem.
While both of these shows have completely different settings (La Corda focuses on classical music while Harukanaru is a fantasy and magic anime) they are both anime based on dating sims by the same creators. These two shows are both reverse harems, meaning a female character surrounded by a lot of males. The settings are different by the main focus is still present, that you the viewers will wonder who the female lead will end up with .
Reverse Harem + Bishounens for all those girls. o_o Also made by Koei, as well.
La Corda is the same type of anime as Harukanaru, both drawn by the same artists. La Corda is about a girl who doesn't know anything about music and with some magical help starts excelling in playing the violin and there are loads of hot guys around her. Harukanaru Toki... is also about a girl with many other male characters who are hot, though it is set in the past. There's also magic in it. They're both cute, and they're both enjoyable anime so watch them
Both are adaptions of a Neoromance game by KOEI, and they both have a reverse harem.
These animes have very similar characters; one being shy, one being silent, one being hyper, etc. The stories are also similar in a way. It's about life during school, the hardships the characters face and friendship being very important. The school is also divided into 2 different groups, the "average" students and the "advanced" students. Even though La Corda D'Oro is about music and Special A is more about competition and sports, they are both very fun to watch.
The characters frequently reminded me of the ones in Special A, although they're different in their own way. Also, both stories are about a group of seven people that are being ranked and the main characters are very passionate.
They both have a strong female character, surrounded by good-looking, extremely talented male characters. Both have a light-hearted, romantic feel - the story line never gets too deep, but they are both enjoyable to watch.
Kiniro no Corda: Primo Passo, or La Corda d'Oro as it is more commonly referred to, is a romance shoujo anime, much like Special A. La Corda d'Oro is set in a school and has many different characters that are set in a 'club' like environment. It also has students with special abilities and every character has a different personality which allows you to like or dislike characters for whatever reason.
I actually watched La Corda d'Oro before Special A; I'm certain that if you like Special A, you will like La Corda d'Oro for the same reasons.
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