Also known as La Corda d'Oro (The Golden String), Kin'iro no Corda is a series of Otome Romance Games developed by Koei with a manga and anime adaptation. The anime adaptation gives a face to the nameless protagonist in the form of Hino Kahoko, an ordinary high school student who was given a magical violin by Lily, the spirit of the school.
Every few years, the prestigious Seisou Academy holds a prominent musical competition, and only the very best students at the Academy are allowed to participate. Though all are eligible to apply, only students from the music department actually make it to the competition... until now.
The series proved succesful and spawned various sequels: the first two ones feature Kahoko, but Kiniro no Corda 3 takes place 8 years after the first game's timeline, featuring a new protagonist joining Seisou High School: Kanade Kohinata, as well as a new set of guys (but with the old ones doing cameos). The latter one was greenlit for an anime series in the Spring 2014 Anime season, and received a continuation with the game Kiniro no Corda 4.
- Anime of the Game: La Corda d'Oro: Primo Passo and Secondo Passo (a 2-episode OVA).
- Ascended Fanboy: Kaji.
- Brought Down to Normal: After the strings get fixed, the violin is still no longer magical, so Kahoko has to play fair and square (and actually train harder) from then on.
- Cast Full of Pretty Boys: Pretty much a given. Hell, just look at the trope image.
- Classical Music: Lots and lots of it. The performances in the game and anime are actually pretty good.
- Elegant Classical Musician: Almost all of the cast.
- Foils: Among others: Hino and Tsukimori, Tsukimori and Tsuchiura, and Hihara and Yunoki.
- Heroes Want Redheads: All the boys towards Hino.
- Heroic BSoD: Happens to Kahoko when she breaks her violin's strings.
- Jerkass: Tsukimori, but he develops into a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. Yunoki when he reveals his dark side.
- Keet: Hihara and Kaji.
- Last-Name Basis: Many characters refers to others by their last name.
- Love Confession:
- Out of all the characters, Tsuchiura is the first to directly confess to Hino in Chapter 71.
- Tsukimori in Chapter 75.
- Meaningful Name: La Corda d'Oro means "the golden string" in Italian.
- Oblivious to Love: Hino, to the rest of the boys' crushes on her.
- Official Couple: Tsukimori and Hino in the manga.
- Pinky Swear: Between Hino and Tsukimori when she asks him to attend the competition in Chapter 65.
- Poor Communication Kills: Most recently in the manga, Tsukimori kept it a secret of when he was leaving to study abroad from Hino because of how much she means to him. When Hino finds out the day he's leaving, she comes to the conclusion that she wasn't important enough to Tsukimori to be told of this. They get better.
- School Idol: Azuma Yunoki
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: A funny incident involving Tsuchiura's ex. Involves both Tsukimori and Tsuchiura denying that Hino is their girlfriend.
- Shrinking Violet: Fuyuumi.
- Theme Naming: The main characters all have kanji in their last names that refer to the days of the week. Hino has the "sun" character from Sunday, Tsukimori has the "moon" character from Monday, Hihara "fire" from Tuesday, Shimizu "water" from Wednesday, Yunoki "tree" from Thursday, Kanaya "gold" from Friday, and Tsuchiura "earth" from Saturday. Of course, by the time they added Kaji and Etou to the cast, they had run out of days to work with...
- Those Two Girls: Hino's two best friends.
- Tsundere: A bit with Tsukimori and Yunoki. Also, Etou.
- Unwanted Harem: Do I really have to explain by now?
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Seriously, nobody's hair color is the same as any other (just take a look at the top image, for crying out loud! It's a rainbow of manliness!). Hair dye must be really cheap in this world.