It’s not unusual for a manga to have its origins in a video game, and La Corda d’Oro is one of them. Based off of a Koei romance game, it tells the story of ordinary high school girl Kahoko who finds herself competing against five gorgeous male music students because of a magical violin. Viz has released the final volume in the series, and you can read on for the review.
Back Cover Blurb
While Len studies the violin in Europe, Kahoko swears to keep him in her heart… as her musical inspiration, that is. But could he be something more? Kahoko finds it harder and harder to deny her feelings, but the boys of Seisou Academy seem bent on making her forget about Len. At long last, it’s time for her to make a choice – for music and for love.
La Corda was based on a romance videogame, and although there is some fretting from Kahoko about whether to continue studying violin, the main focus of La Corda’s final volume is the confessions of love and final sentiments from the male cast. Aoi’s “Special Edition” chapter provides a concise summation of everyone’s feelings (including Shoko’s) when he goes around asking everyone what they find attractive about Kahoko. However, the major heartthrobs – Ryotaro, Kazuki, Azuma, and Len – get to have their own heart-to-heart chat with Kahoko.
Although everyone’s completely in character for these scenes, the chapters feel rushed. Kazuki’s moment is only a couple pages tacked on at the end of Ryotaro’s two chapters, and we never get to see the Christmas party that was the impetus for Kahoko working in the music store (I was looking forward to seeing their Secret Santa, too…). Still, Kahoko finally makes her choice at the end of the volume although the touching closing scene is not without some frustration. As Lili, who makes one last appearance, so elegantly expresses, “Just kiss her already!”
Kure-sensei’s illustrations are lovely as always, and as a bonus, she includes fan-designed “ultimate date outfits” for Kahoko, Ryotaro, Kazuki, and Len. She also includes a two-page afterword at the end of the volume.
La Corda comes to its conclusion! The music aspect of the story has pretty much dwindled to Kahoko’s personal feelings about the violin, and the final chapters are mainly about which boy will win Kahoko’s heart. It definitely has the flavor of a romance videogame as one boy after another has his moment with Kahoko, so even if you disagree with Kahoko’s ultimate choice, you can just focus on the other scenes.
First published at the Fandom Post.