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Yuki Kure made her debut in 2000, with the story Chijo yori Eien
ni (Forever from the Earth), published in monthly LaLa magazine.
She was born on December 4th, and is from Chiba prefecture. La
Corda d' Oro is her first manga series published. Her hobby is
watching soccer games and collecting small goodies (fancy
Kahoko Hino is an ordinary student at Seiso Academy until she encounters Lili, a spunky fairy who just happens to be on the same musical wavelength. Now Hino is in possession of a magical violin and competing in the prestigious Seiso Academy musical contest. Kure has created a world that is as delicate, and complicated, as a house of cards. Seiso Academy is segregated between the music students and the general education students, and the entire student body seems to accept music students as superior. Hino initially struggles with both her lack of musical ability and the cold treatment she receives from some other students. Yet her love of music and the emotional connection she has with her violin slowly begins to assert themselves. As Hino begins to come into her own, she catches the eye of five male students, four of whom are fellow contestants-more than just the competition will be in play as this story unravels. The musical element is a veritable love interest for the students and Kure's skillful character designs and chic artwork create endearing character that enhance this lyrical romance. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
High schooler Kahoko Hino is the only student at Seisou Academy who can see Lili the music fairy, so even though Kahoko isn't studying music, Lili gives her a magic violin that grants her playing skills but not the emotion and commitment necessary for good performing. Entered against her will in the school's prestigious music competition, Kahoko becomes inspired by the playing of her opponents (mostly gorgeous boys). After coming in last place in the first round, Kahoko is practicing in this volume, when suddenly suave and seemingly kind flute player Azuma (who came in second) begins harassing her in private, pushing her to withdraw from the competition and leaving her shaken. Azuma's behavior seems contrived to spice up a story that's been somewhat bland. It features occasionally involving drama but only light and shopworn humor and tame romantic hints between Kahoko and, alternately, cold-mannered violinist Len, fun-loving trumpeter Kazuki, and soccer star Ryotaro, who's returning to piano performance after a bad childhood experience. Still, Kure's artwork is attractive, and the performance scenes are evocative despite the absence of sound. This ongoing shojo manga, accurately rated for teens, is recommended for larger collections and wherever the musical subject will draw interest.-S.R. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.