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La Corda d'Oro, Volume 1
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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 goods).

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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.

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