After the death of her father, Ren Taki travels to Vienna to fulfill a promise she made to him: attend the Melite Conservatory of Music. While traveling there, she meets the flirtatious musical wunderkind Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who is surprised to hear her plan to enroll at Melite.
As it so happens, Melite is an all-boys school! After talking with the headmaster, Ren enters the school as a student under the male alias "Rentarou." Sworn to secrecy, Mozart is assigned as her roommate. In this new place, Ren meets eccentric classmates such as Johann Sebastian Bach and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; but since they live in the same dormitory, keeping her secret from them is a difficult and never-ending task.
With Mozart's help, she hides her gender while making every effort to remain in the prestigious school. Surrounded by peers of unimaginable talent, Ren strives to match their skill and compose resonating musical pieces.
It's a very lighthearted manga, it's very enjoyable since it doesn't really have a complex storyline. It does portray the characters in a very amiable way, and no one should expect to really learn anything, I mean some facts are correct, like Beethoven being deaf (though not from a very young age, as they represent here), or the fact that the composer Rentarou Taki did die a year after he returned from Austria of tuberculosis. Overall its a very light read if you enjoy reverse harem, though it doesn't really focus on the romance aspect as much, it's more similar to those of friends, kind
of like Ouran High School Host Club, though without so much plot.
To preface this review, I am a (hopefully somewhat) seasoned classical musician, so I have a fair amount of knowledge going into the manga. This is a reverse harem (guys fight over a "girl") AND gender bender manga (girl pretends to be a guy), so if you're not into that stuff, go read something else.
Story: 5. There were definite plot holes that the author put in the plot. Each of the composers is from a completely different era; at least the author could have ordered their age a bit better? For example, Haydn is portrayed as a little kid, but Mozart, who is drawn
much older than Haydn, definitely looked up to Haydn as a budding composer and musician. Just saying. Mozart is god, but not god to the point where everything revolves around him. Other than that, it's a decent and lighthearted plot but really not anything special.
Art: 7. It was clean and well drawn for the most part. However, the mangaka obviously does not know how to draw certain musical instruments which put me off a bit (if you want to see a good example of musical instruments in anime, watch Hibike Euphonium. Gosh they did an amazing job animating that oboe).
Characters: 6. The author basically went on the classical composer stereotype and ended it there. Also, the MC is a guy IRL but is a girl in the manga for some odd reason which I feel doesn't do the real composer justice. However, I'm somewhat biased towards this whole situation, but the characters aren't too deep or unique so it gets a 6 either way.
Enjoyment: 8. Guys, there's finally a manga about classical music that's not Your Lie in April! I enjoyed reading this manga and relating it to my personal knowledge of classical music.
Overall: 6.5 Mediocre plot and characters, but it's not easy putting together the pieces especially with composers ranging from the late 1600's to the mid 1800's. I'm a classical music buff, so combining two things that I enjoy really just made this series so much more enjoyable. This series is definitely a good stepping stone for those who want to know more about classical music and for those who want something in the same music genre as Your Lie in April.
An enchanting story about a Japanese Girl being able to study in Vienna. She has to overcome the cultural challenges along with finding her own footing while being surrounded by musical prodigies. It's a remarkable and cute story about a girl trying to fulfill her own way while meeting astounding people who will influence the classics in the future.
If you like harems and romance stories, this is a great one to read. I highly recommend it. This book is really wonderful in that they portray the most famous musicians really well; it actually made me go back and listen to their songs.
I gave the
story an 8 since I feel like the protagonist should encounter more inner conflicts since the story is slow and seams repetitive. Otherwise, it's really enjoyable.