Watch La Corda D'Oro ~primo passo~

La Corda d'Oro ~primo passo~ (also labeled as Kin'iro no Corda ~primo passo~) is the first season title of the Japanese anime based off a manga of the same name, which itself was based off of a role-playing video game. ~primo passo~ is a 26 episode series about the female high school student, Kahoko Hino, whom is given an enchanted violin by a fairy to be used as she participates in a highly prestigious musical competition, the Intramural Concourse, loaded with handsome and attractive males.

Kahoko is not a music student, but her mystical ability to see the fairy Lili is what inspires the fairy to give Kahoko the violin. The violin's magic allows the user to perform expertly as long as they are lover of music, regardless of actual talent or prowess. Kahoko is swiftly given a chance to put the violin's music to work, having befriended a fellow student, Shoko Fuyuumi, who is being bullied. When Kahoko stands up for Shoko, she is challenged to play by Shoko's tormentors and succeeds flawlessly.

As Kahoko continues to progress as a violinest within the Concourse, she learns more things about the world of performances and performers. These elements span ideas such as injured fingers can affect a performance's strength and resonance, the musician Chopin's pieces were not composed for the violin (but Kahoko eventually procures a copy of Chopin's Allegro, transposed for the violin), and that any performance within a recital hall or for a major event demands that all performers dress formally (Kahoko arrives for a performance in casual clothes, with Lili's magic modifying them to be a knee-height white dress).

As the series is very much about music and performance, especially with the violin, it highlights several musical pieces, most of which are played by Kahoko for musical selections. These pieces include F.J. Gossec's Gavotte, Chopin's Allegro as well as his Tristesse, Pachelbel's Canon un Gigue in D-Dur, Franz Schubert's Ave Maria, Entertainer, Elgar's Salut d'Amour, and even Tchaikovsky's Melodie in E-flat major OP 42 no.3.

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2 Seasons, 30 Episodes
March 24, 2009
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La Corda D'Oro ~primo passo~ Full Episode Guide

  • With the pressure of appearing on stage Kahoko doubts her abilities on stage. It will take the help of her friends to bring her back from the edge.

  • Even though the music contest within the school has ended, Kahoko has continued her own violin practice. Kahoko, like many of the other contestants, resume their practice to once again perform and compete against each other. After encountering a lower classman, Kiriya Etou, some very cold and harsh words were exchanged...why was he so cold...

  • Even though the music contest within the school has ended, Kahoko has continued her own violin practice.Kahoko, like many of the other contestants, resume their practice to once again perform and compete against each other. After encountering a lower classman, Kiriya Etou, some very cold and harsh words were exchanged...why was he so cold...

  • Even though the music contest within the school has ended, Kahoko has continued her own violin practice.Kahoko, like many of the other contestants, resume their practice to once again perform and compete against each other. After encountering a lower classman, Kiriya Etou, some very cold and harsh words were exchanged...why was he so cold...

  • It's the day of the last selection and everyone is surprised to know that Yunoki has come back from England. Everyone takes the stage to perform and a select few decide to end the ceremony with a special musical number...

  • Yunoki has already left and the theme for the final selection has been decided: 'Setting Free'. After class, Hino returns Amo's lost negatives to her. Suddenly, a pile of old stuff has fallen from the shelf as they discover a cassette tape with someone singing...who is singing?

  • 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.

  • Hino tries to return the violin to Lili but get distracted, so on her way home, she bumps into Shimizu. He plays a song for her and requests her to play one for him, she refuses and leaves in tears...

  • Azuma tells Kanazawa that he will withdraw from the concourse because he's going to study in England causing this rumor to spread in the music department. Azuma then confronts Kahoko about this - as she too has been considering dropping out - disappointing Kazuki who is dismayed upon hearing this.

  • 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.

  • In the conference room, for the concourse meeting, Amo and Mori talks about their impression of the male participants while Hino and Shoko just listen to them. Unbeknownst to them, Kazuki, Ryotaro, Len and Keiichi were eavesdropping on their conversation...

  • Kazuki overhears Hino muttering about Yunoki and her, and he automatically thinks they are going to get married. However, in actually, Yunoki told Kahoko about a fiance "candidate", Ayano, and how she was being too persistent in chasing after him. Meanwhile, Kazuki tells everyone in the concourse, with the exception of Shoko, about what he heard...

  • 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.

  • Yunoki continues to insult Hino, telling her to quit the concourse. The next day, Hino tries to tell her two friends about Yunoki's sudden negative personality but before she can tell them, they spurt on about their love for Yunoki. She encounters Amo at the stairway, and as she tries to tell her about Yunoki, she hears Yunoki's voice behind her. Surprised, she slips on the stairs and falls down...

  • 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.

  • The second selection is coming close and Hino still hasn't decide what song she will play. Being stressed like she is, practicing violin every time she has the chance causes her to be in a fight with her friends. At home, Hino accidentally broke her music box, which was a birthday present from Mio and Nao which played Pachelbel's Canon. After fixing her music box and reconciling with her friends, Hino decides to play the Canon for the second selection.

  • After falling asleep Tsukimori awoke hearing Hino playing. Upon returning to school, Tsukimori is chased by school newspaper reporter Nami Amo. He stumbles upon Hino who just finished practicing her violin and covers her mouth when Amo's voice is heard just outside and after she passes, he releases his cover over her mouth prompting her to leave. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. However, 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...

  • Episode two introduces Len Tsukimori, a highly talented but very conceited second year music student. He is disdainful towards Hino and her friend Ryoutarou, a member of the Soccer Club, when they meet. Despite this, when she hears Tsukimori practicing the violin, she is greatly moved and give him great praise, which he haughtily dismisses. After hearing him play, Hino is able to recall the feelings and with the magic violin, she is able to play the piece, which Lili tells her is Schubert's Ave Maria.Hino also meets the friendly, outgoing third-year music student, Kazuki Hihara, on the rooftop. Hihara tries playing Gavotte, Hino's practice piece, on his trumpet, but Hino is puzzled that the melody sounds different from when she plays it.

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