Base on role-playing game series targeted at female demographic audience under the Neoromance series from Koei. The title is ltalian for the Golden String. An anime adaptation, titled La Corda d'Oro: Promo Passo (In Japanese: Kiniro no Corda: Primo Passo), was 1st broadcast by TV Tokyo from October 2006 - March 2007. Later 2 Episode anime special, entitled La Corda d'Oro: Secondo Passo (In Japanese "Kiniro no Corda: Secondo Passo), was aired by Kids Station on March 26, 2009. // Kahoko Hino is a student at Seiso Academy, one with an ordinary life. One day, Lili - the mischievous musical fairy who had blessed the original founder of the school - finds Kahoko running late to class. Delighted that she is able to see him, Lilli grants Kahoko a magical violin, and a place in the school's annual musical competition, which many students in the music department die to partake in. Kahoko refuses, only to be pressed on by the fairy, who constantly nags her until she finally gives way to his pleading. She reluctantly accepts the instrument. As she practices her pieces, Kahoko is amazed that she can play any piece on the violin as long as she knows the tune and plays it with her heart.She later gets more attached to the surrounding boys in the competition. 'La Corda d'oro' literally translates to 'the rope of gold', but it is taken into consideration as 'the golden string'. Primo Passo means 'first step', while Secondo Passo means 'second step'.
Kazuki overhears Hino muttering about Yunoki and her and he thinks they are getting married. Actually, Yunoki told Kahoko about a fiance "candidate", Ayano, and how she was being too persistent in chasing after him. Azuma lied and told her someone else was in his heart, and asks Hino to pose as his "love". Meanwhile, Kazuki has told everyone in the concourse (except Shoko) about what he heard, and they visit the Yunoki house. Hino meets Azuma's younger sister, Miyabi, and thinks that she is a bishōjo (a beautiful girl). Ayano comes, (another bishōjo) and she immediately tells him that she doesn't mind if there were someone in his heart, she would always be ready to marry him. Miyabi says that Ayano is a 1st year in high school, and although she has a pedigree, is pretty, and studies hard, she is "terribly good at getting the wrong impression". Azuma's grandmother returns though, forcing Shimizu, Kahoko, Kazuki, Len, Miyabi, Ayano, and Ryotaro to hide. She is very strict and tells them to leave. Hino later confesses to Ayano that the relationship between her and Yunoki was a lie, but Azuma tells her that she should try other different things, as she is still beginning high school. Later, Ryotaro meets his ex-girlfriend Mizue Sakimoto. She accidentally thinks that Hino is the girlfriend of either him or Len.
Azuma tells Kanazawa that he will withdraw from the concourse because he's going to study in England. This rumor started to spread in the music department. Azuma then confronts Kahoko about this. Kazuki is also dismayed of hearing this without Azuma telling him. Like Azuma, Kahoko also tells Kanazawa that she will withdraw. The next day, Keiichi looks for her in the practice room but instead saw Len and told him that he wants to hear Kahoko's music. Len also overhears Kazuki, that Kahoko is giving-up violin. Therefore, he confronts her. He tells about his childhood memory about almost losing his ability to play the violin. He then asks her if she doesn't like playing the violin. She says she doesn't while crying then runs out.
It's the day of the last selection and everyone is surprised to know that Yunoki has come back from England. He only went there to cancel the transfer. Hino is in the dressing room to change outfits but is interrupted by Amou and Mori with some bad news. Mori's arm is sprained. She got in a bicycle accident. Making it even worse is that Hino is supposed to be the first to perform. Having no accompanist, Shoji, her former accompanist, replaces Mori. Everyone also agrees to change the order of performance for Hino to practice with Shoji. First to perform is Yunoki. She thanks him because he is the reason that she forgave herself for deceiving everyone because he himself deceives everyone. Second, to perform is Hihara. She says that he is the first person who told her to enjoy music and he has always helped her. She will do her best performance in gratitude of his encouragement. Next is Fuyuumi. She is not as nervous as she was before when the concourse started. Next, to perform is Shimizu. He changed his cello to a baroque style to fit with his song. She thanks him because he taught her many things about music and she learned a lot from him as well. Next is Tsukimori. Hino is called to come back from practice because it's almost time for her to perform. She thanks him because he is the first person who showed her the beauty of the sound of the violin. Second to the last, Tsuchiura. He has always been worried of Hino. She says that she wouldn't have gotten this far if it wasn't of his encouragements. Lastly, she performs Ave Maria in her school uniform. She thanks the violin for it brought her to many wonderful encounters and memories. She thanks Lili because he was the one who introduced her to music. At the end of the selection, Tsuchiura, Tsukimori, Yunoki, Hihara and Shimizu plays Elgar’s Salut d'Amour for Hino.
The contest has long ended. Kahoko continues to play the violin. A mysterious student transfers into her class. The new principal decides to form an ensemble out of the participants in the contest, but excludes only Kahoko.
Kahoko struggles with her self-doubt and admits to being afraid of appearing on stage again while Kaji says that he'd long given up on playing music. Kaji faces the stage again and plays beautifully with everyone, after Hino plays her violin in Osaki's place. To thank her Kaji kisses her hand.
Yunoki has already left and the theme for the final selection has been decided. “Setting Free”. After class, Hino returns Amou's lost negatives to her. While returning the negatives to their closet, Amou drops a box of old stuff from a shelf. The girls find a cassette tape in it which Amou plays on her tape player to hear a mysterious male opera singer. Kanazawa then rushes into the room and tells the girls to not tell anyone about the tape. At home, Tsukimori accepts his mother's offer to accompany her in a charity concert. The next day, Hino goes to Manami Instruments to buy a tuning fork and sees Tsuchiura practicing. Outside the store, Hihara and Tsukimori are there. Hihara tells that in front of the store was where he decided that he would leave track team to join the brass band. Inside the store, the storeowner shows a video of Tsukimori when he was still in elementary where he joined a concourse. This video was the one that inspired Tsuchiura to join a concourse once when he was in elementary, too. Going home, they meet Osaki with some children handing flyers to a volunteer concert. Hihara and Tsuchiura plays Entertainer to get the attention of people so that they can handout the flyers. After that, Tsuchiura walks Hino home and told her that just as Paganini inspired Liszt, her violin playing inspires him and Hino started to blush.
At the rooftop, Hino meets Tsukimori and gives her a ticket to the charity concert. He says he wants her to hear his music. The next day, practicing at the park, Kazuki waits for Kahoko to finish practice and they go to a cake shop. Lili says to Kahoko that she and not anyone else play the violin. Keiichi also tells her that her sheet music is in her heart. Before the concert begins, Kahoko sees Tsukimori on the seaside and tells her that her music is sincere. At the concert hall, Kahoko sees the other concourse participants. Kahoko is surprised to know that all of them got their ticket from Misa Hamai, Tsukimori’s mom. She realizes that she is the only one that he invited. Tsuchiura somehow realizes that and gets a little irritated. After the concert, all of them went backstage to the waiting room to thank his mother for the wonderful concert. After the concert, Hino tells everyone that she will play a song that is more like her and says she's going to do her best. She then hugs Shoko and Kazuki is somehow jealous. Then she invites Shoko to eat cake and all the guys were fascinated to see the real Hino.
The principal arranged for a 3 day-2 night training camp. The theme is “The one and only tune”. Hino wants to go sight seeing but doesn't know where to start so Hihara asks her to go with him to the park. They both played Gavotte there. After they play, Hino goes by herself but gets lost. Fortunately, Osaki, who's there to help a friend in a beach resort, finds her in the street. At the rest house, Yunoki tells Hino to go to the entrance hall after dinner. Yunoki shows Hino the Queen of the Night flower which only blooms once on a summer night. He plays a song just for her while the flowers bloom. It's already late at night and Hino can't sleep. She finds Kanazawa making a snack for himself and asks her to join him. Next day, they go to the beach to have some fun. Then Shimizu asks Hino if she can listen to his music. He takes her to a church and plays. After that, she goes to the aquarium where she sees Tsukimori. He was asked to help cheer up a dolphin by playing the violin. Before dinner, Tsuchiura asks Hino to accompany him. He plays a song just for her and as the room is filled with a romantic feeling, the ceiling lights up and shows the constellation. It's the last night of the camp and Amou shows up. Everyone then asks Hino to play a song for them, she then plays Elgar’s Salut d'Amour, being accompanied by Fuyumi.
Hino tries to immerse herself in practice to keep from feeling that pang of guilt for placing 2nd. She's so immersed in practice that she doesn't even think about the upcoming mid term exam. Lili, seeing her neglect her studies, takes away her violin until after the mid terms. Lili tells Hino that she shouldn't ignore things like sleep to practice the violin. Hino starts to catch up on her social life. As she begins to study, she realizes how much she misses the violin. After feeling like she failed the mid term exam, she goes to the music room to receive her theme for the 3rd selection, which is the irreplaceable thing. After receiving the theme, Hino hurries to find Lili for him to return the magic violin but Lili has reason not to return it. On the way, she meets up with Tsuchira and Tsukimori as they get into an intense argument. After calming them down, Tsukimori shows a little compassion as he corrects Hino's hand position on the violin and advices that she looks in the mirror to ensure the positioning. When she arrives home, her mother sends her on an errand to deliver something to her older sister. After delivering it, she catches sight of a museum showcase on the history of stringed instruments. She meets Shimizu there. While there, Shimizu tells her a truth; that she herself did not know about her, She loves the violin. Knowing this fact made Lili returns the magic violin, proud that she finally figured it out. The next day, she got her exam back. Her score was 53. Yunoki interrupts her despair. After teasing her and calling her names, he calls her by her first name, indicating intimacy.
In the conference room, for the concourse meeting, Amou and Mori talk about their impression of the male participants while Hino and Shoko just listen to them. Amou also talks about the "Violin Romance" and asks Hino, who is a violinist, who she's most interested among the male participants. None of them know that Kazuki, Ryotaro, Len and Keiichi were eavesdropping on their conversation. The next day, Hino can't practice at home so she goes to the park to practice. She then sees Kazuki playing basketball with his elder brother and friends. Suddenly, his brother and other friends go home saying they have something to do. The both of them see Ryotaro with his ex-girlfriend, Sakimoto, and they join them. After, Ryotaro and Kazuki play a one-on-one basketball game. Sakimoto tells Hino about her junior high relationship with Ryotaro. When Kazuki is injured, Hino runs inside the court to aid him. Sakimoto, then, asks Ryotaro to escort her on going home. After having Hino washing his injury, Kazuki realizes that he has feelings for her.
Hino is still affected of what Tsukimori has said. It seems that even Hihara, Tsuchiura, Tsukimori and Shimizu are also affected by Hino's troubles. Moreover, it affects their performance in the third selection. Seeing how great Tsukimori and Tsuchiura's performance level, Hino has felt that she is never going to be as good as them. She wishes strongly to the magic violin to help her have a good performance, causing the strings to snap during her performance.
Since Hino has started to play the violin without the magic, it sounds horrible. She tries her best and keeps on practicing. Moreover, it has been the talk of the school. Hihara is greatly affected of what is happening and Hino tries to cheer him up. Hihara also tells her his story about the time he quit track team to play the trumpet. Because of the intrigue about her around the school, her friends cheer her up. Hino is about to go home then she saw Yunoki's car at the gate. He takes her away by force to have his last dinner in Japan with her.
After the first selection, Tsuchiura was added to the participants for the concourse. All the seven participants including Kanazawa went Fuyumi's family villa for four days and three nights. Hino apologizes to Tsuchiura about him being in the concours and he rubs her head and says that its alright and she begins to blush. After a night of sharing a room with each other, i.e Tsukimori and Tsuchiura, they immediately demanded Kanazawa to change their rooms. So,Len is with Azuma and Ryotaro gets a room with Kazuki and Shimizu. Hihara is shown for the first time as being serious in his huge crush on Kahoko, which comes out when he falls on her by accident. He also is shown as someone who thinks of girls as very different from guys....'smell like sunshine and butterflies" to be exact and Tsuchiura gets irritated when that happened.
Hino asks Tsukimori how to restring violins. He takes her to a violin artisan, Mr. Nakata, out-of-town. Mr. Nakata is amazed how the violin was build but he is surprised not to see any label on the violin. After going to Mr. Nakata, they go to Manami Instruments to buy new string. They meet Tsuchiura, playing the piano, there. After picking and restringing the violin, Tsuchiura helps Hino on tuning the violin though it doesn't sound good. The next day, Hino starts to practice again. Tsuchiura finally decides to quit soccer to pursue the concourse. He then thanks Hino for helping him play in public again.
At the beginning of the episode Hino tries to return the violin to Lili but a cat interfered. On her way home, she meets Shimizu. He plays a song for her and requests her to play one for him yet she refuses and leave while crying. She then sees Osaki and they ride a ferris wheel. He tells her about his perspective about music. The next day, Hino again brings the violin. She puts it on the ground and turns away. She then hears Tsukimori playing Ave Maria and it reminded her about experiences because of the violin. She has then decided that she doesn't want to be parted with her violin and wants to continue to play it. Lili shows up happy but tells her that even if the strings are replaced, it won't be a magical violin anymore. It will become just an ordinary one.
Osaki asks the concourse participants to help him on a violin class. Kahoko, Len, Keiichi and Kazuki helps him. After a quartet performance, the children start to practice. Kahoko seems to be guilty and jealous of not being able to play normally. After class, Hino comes back to the room to get the other violin. Alone, she tries to play and it does not sound good. Len comes in and interrogate her about the awful sound. She runs out to the swing and cries.
Kanazawa asks Hino to come with them shopping for food and souvenirs, leaving Tsuchiura, Hihara, Yunoki and Tsukimori at home. Kanazawa left a note saying that they can pre-heat the food for lunch. Unfortunately, Tsukimori burnt the food thus having Tsuchiura make lunch. After the dinner, Tsukimori fell asleep. When he woke up, he heard Hino playing and he made a duet with her. Upon returning to school, Tsukimori is chased by school newspaper reporter Nami Amou. He stumbles upon Hino who just finished practicing her violin and covers her mouth when Amou's voice is heard just outside and after she passes, he releases his cover over her mouth prompting her to leave. While walking away, Hino comments on how she felt Tsukimori's cold hand before and this time it was hot with a burning feeling, realizing what's happened she runs back to the practice room to discover Tsukimori leaning against the wall almost unconscious. As she is about to call for a doctor Tsukimori stops her and losing complete conscious his head falls on her shoulder.
On the day of the first selection, Hino turns up dressed informally through her ignorance. Thankfully, Lili shows up in her dressing room and uses magic to provide her with a selection of dresses. At one point, Hihara enters without knocking and sees her wearing a nun's habit. However, Lili quickly switches her back to the school uniform and Hino attempts to pass it off as "seeing things". A teacher then directs Hihara away from the girls’ dressing room. Hino and Lili eventually choose a knee-length white dress. During the performance, Hino's accompanist ducks out, criticizing Hino's lack of commitment to music practice. Tsukimori arrives at the scene and defends Hino, while her accompanist runs away crying. Hino goes on without accompaniment; after a few notes, she is asked to leave the stage because all participants are required to have an accompaniment. Tsuchiura steps forward from the audience and takes the place of Hino's accompaniment. Tsuchiura tells Hino to forget their arguments, and the two take the stage. Hino plays Chopin's Tristesse, or "song of parting" but she feels that it is not an ending, but a beginning, during the performance; Tsuchiura admires Hino and her way of performing. Everybody, even the judges, remarks on how joyful and vibrant the piece sounds when Hino plays it. The concourse members, too, are overcome with emotion. Then Tsukimori goes on and gives a powerful performance. In the end, Hino comes last in the selection and Tsukimori comes first.
The second selection has started. After a few performances, Tsukimori goes to the waiting room. It's almost his turn but he still hasn't come back yet. Therefore, Hino, Tsuchiura and Hihara look for him. Hino finds Tsukimori in the locked closet. When they go back to the concourse, everyone is already leaving the auditorium. When everybody has gone home, Tsukimori's mother and Hino hears him play in the auditorium.
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