La Corda d’Oro the manga ran in LaLa magazine in Japan from 2004 to 2011. The story originally started out as a role-playing video game aimed at a female audience. The character designer for the game Yuki Kure, then went on to adapt the story into a manga. It’s no surprise then that this shoujo series contains a reverse harem full of noncommittal relationships.
The Gist: Kahoko Hino attends Seiso Academy, a high school known for its music department of talented students. Kahoko isn’t a musician, though. She attends the general education branch of the school. That is, until she sees a fairy on campus. The next thing she knows she’s been entered in the school’s prestigious music competition!
At a loss, she confronts the fairy, only to be given a magical violin and told to do her best to show others a love of music. Competing against a meek younger girl and five handsome young boys is intimidating when you only have magic to rely on. While Kahoko learns how to play music from her heart, the others discover a deeper meaning behind their own love of music.
I recommend this series for shoujo fans who love bishies or music. Word of warning though, it can start to get frustrating after a while when Kahoko doesn’t make it exactly clear which guy she favors. What’s that? Which one did I pick? My favorite was Ryotaro because he was smart, athletic, talented, and protective. But, I’m a little biased since I did marry a pianist. 🙂