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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 successful 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.

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  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.

    Starlight Orchestra 
  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council: Jōyō is implied to have one; the school used to have a very bad reputation, and it was Seiji's being the student council president that saved the school rather than action from the principal or faculty.
  • Artistic License – Music: The Starlight Orchestra has its own uniform, which includes blue cravats, and female performers wear more colorful clothes than usually allowed in real orchestras – the heroine even weads red.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: SSR cards are daunting to raise despite being gifted with better stats; they're rare to begin with, which makes free limit-breaking difficult (doubly so if they're limited event cards), and manually limit-breaking them requires separate kinds of statues, which are hard to obtain (doubly so if it's a crossover character).
  • Bittersweet Ending: Miyazaki arc: despite the successful concert, the amusement park gets demolished anyway, with only the Ferris wheel spared. However, Sōji has overcome his stage fright and decided to pursue music again, and he and Takuto join the orchestra.
  • Continuity Reboot: This game does this for the franchise; aside from the setting and bits of the lore, this game divorces itself from previous games' cast, has a totally new plot, and can be played independently without knowledge of previous works in the franchise.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The heroine is referred to as "concertmistress" awfully frequently by an awful lot of characters.
  • Finishing Move: The "finale", triggered at the end of a won level if the "finale" gauge is filled to 100% and upnote . During the finale sequence, the team leader gets a Super Move Portrait Attack and a burst of points for spectators is achieved. Filling the gauge to 200% triggers an "SP finale", which gives even more spectator points.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: Official sources list Kei, Eiichi and Taiga alongside other main characters, but in-game they're not collectible since they're antagonists.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: The player character's name – Yui Asahina by default – is customizable and never spoken aloud even when written in dialogue.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: Card rarities are color-coded: red for N, silver for R, gold for SR and rainbow for SSR.
  • Limit Break: Each card comes with a set of level caps, with the next cap reached (a star added) every time a duplicate is summoned or when manually unlocked using statues. Each card's limits can be broken seven times; any duplicate summoned for a card that already has 7 stars will be converted into statues.
  • Officially Shortened Title: SutaOke.
  • Order Reborn: A mundane, non-fantasy version: the game's plot is about rebuilding the once-great Starlight Orchestra back from the ground up to take on national competitions.
  • Random Number God: Cards are collected via "scouting", which is basically a gacha.
  • Rare Candy: You can force level-up cards by feeding them music books; the higher the book's rarity, the more experience points given. Unlocking the training road requires another kind of materials (food), which must correspond with the character's home region. Limit-breaking requires another kind of materials (statues).
  • Skill Scores and Perks: The "training road" feature where you can increase a card's stats and unlock skills and side stories via a skill tree mechanic. Unlocking a node (called a "panel") requires materials that correspond with the character's region.
  • Super Move Portrait Attack: All characters present in a performance sequence get one each before the sequence starts, but the team leader gets a special animated one during finale. Concert levels begin with portraits of five main members.
  • Theme Naming: All over the place; the only school without a naming theme is Nakijin by virtue of having only one character.
  • Useless Item: Training road materials from Tokyo can be collected via walking, but are never used – no playable characters are from Tokyo.

Alternative Title(s): Kiniro No Corda

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