Posted by psgels on 31 March 2009 with categories: Some Quick First Impressions

La Corda d’Oro ~Secondo Passo~

Short Synopsis: Our lead character seems to have abandoned her magical violin.
Chance of me Blogging: 0% (It just feels too much like an inferior shoujo Nodame Cantabile)
I remember how the first season was pretty much an insult to classical music, in which a ditz without any musical background acquires a magical violin and cheats herself into a competition among the top students of the school she’s in. Thankfully, the second season seems to have improved a lot on it, and the lead characters seems to have realized that it’s much more fun to be playing by herself. There’s quite a bit of potential in her growth. She now seems to be incredibly talented because she can play with lots of emotions in her violin, but I guess that that’s much better than the magical violin. I’m still not sold on the ridiculously looking bishies, though. Especially that blonde guy was horrible. He reminds me of Fuwa Shou from Skip Beat! In fact, I could swear that the two of them share the same voice actor, and I can’t believe that he’s being forced to play his character straight this time. Talk about overacting here…

Chi’s New Address

Short Synopsis: Our lead character wants to go outside.
Chance of me Blogging: 0% (It’s a fun show and all, but I’d go crazy trying to blog it)
Awesome to see this series back. Chi is just as fun to watch as ever, and I’m surprised that the creators are actually continuing with the whole plotline of trying to find a new home for Chi. This is going to mean that dad, mom and Youhei are going to make way for a new family, and I wonder whether this new family has the charms of the original. Ah well, at least Chi will be the same. ^^;

Marie & Gali

Short Synopsis: Our lead character finds herself into some weird Italian-ish island.
Chance of me Blogging: 10% (Italy suddenly became a popular country to make fun of, hasn’t it?)
So… yeah. If you’re wondering what the “Gali”-part of the title means: it’s short for Galileo Galilei. What we have here is a bizarre fantasy setting in which a teenaged girl meets a very weird version of Galileo inside the tower of Pisa. I’m really not sure who thought of it, but for some reason it was kind of charming. It makes excellent use of its time of only 5 minutes to be either slapstick, make random historical references and be cute, and the combination works surprisingly well. It’s obviously never going to be amazing, but I have to admit that it was pretty amusing. Not to mention that Marie’s character-designs look very stylish.

7 Responses

  1. pgal says:

    La Corda d’Oro ~Secondo Passo~
    This show already has a number of main guys (and so few girls), and they had to add another three. One has already fallen for her!

    I am glad that they dropped the magical violin. I couldn’t tolerate her doing well because of ‘magic’

  2. Kim says:

    This is going to mean that dad, mom and Youhei are going to make way for a new family

    Well it doesn’t necessarily mean this :)

    Btw any ideas how many episodes this season is?

  3. astro says:

    Marie & Gali
    Just keep this in mind, it is a popular science anime, at least, it is what it supposed to be… That’s why Galilei dropt two balls outside the leaning tower of pisa and Madame Curie at the end. And you have to addmitm the character design kind of resembles the actual person.

  4. astro says:

    sorry, a little misspelling there. please excuse my english, i am chinese. but you know what i mean…

    anyway, i’m glad you like this show. it got some top-class staff and most of them worked together really well in the doremi series. i’d like to see what’s happening next.

  5. saris says:

    I can’t help but laughing at how you insult? Kaji-kun, that’s really funny. Well, he DID have the same seiyuu as Fuwa Sho,it’s Miyano Mamoru.I think Kaji’s fans from the La corda game will be shocked to see your comments about him haha. Since I don’t like Kaji’s personality much also so I don’t mind but Miyano-san is great in other sadistic roles like in El cazador so I think his overacting has some good points in other way XD.

  6. Chris says:

    La Corda d’Oro’s first season wasn’t anything really all that great but it did have a good amount of growth to the characters. The bishies may be large in number but the anime isn’t really that much of a harem, there’s just a lot of bishies.

    The magical violin I think was done pretty well in that it fails on the lead character and so she goes through intense training to find her own sound.

    The relationships were charming and the characters actually felt close, the only character which was HORRIBLE was the soccer star guy, just because his voice actor was insanely aggravating.

    The opening song is beautiful and the ending song continues to be awful.

  7. Sapphire says:

    The first season of La Corda d’Oro was terribly disappointing. ALL of the guys fall in love with her?! And she can’t even decide herself?! I spent most of the series waiting for a decision, until I realized I should stop wishing. It taught me not to watch an anime based on a dating game ever again.

    I also wish it had less angst, Kahoko’s depression was very tedious.

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  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 09:33 AM)
    But hey, a step in the right direction is still a step. And I’ll take it. I also like that we’ve learned both can go to the same place, instead of either or.
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 09:32 AM)
    Watched Death Parade’s third episode. Easily the best so far. Significantly better execution, felt a lot less forced. The weight of their situation actually added something to their story, giving the Queen Decim gimmick more purpose. That said, the game itself was still heavily underutilized beyond tangential connection to their living selves. And the setting still needs attention if we’re meant to care about it in and of itself.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 07:32 AM)
    Regarding isuca’s female protagonist, whatever anyone or I thinks or not of her character or design/situations involving her its another case of me wanting to beat her to death with a baseball bat. Not a good sign…
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 06:27 AM)
    *while the series took me a bit to get into
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 06:15 AM)
    Despite the fairly rubbish turn, twist this last chapter of shinigami and 4 girlfriends took and while it took me a bit to get into and felt it could have been funnier, it doesn’t ruin the manga for me, but this could have if it had gone on been better than the world God only knows.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:53 AM)
    I really don’t know…don’t know why I bother checking out these bottom of the barrel LN style trash knowing I’ll hate them…
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:51 AM)
    Oh Arms if only you could go back to your Genshiken, Elfen lied I”s days, you made three good anime.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:49 AM)
    *Delightfully mad
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:48 AM)
    I’ve seen a fair bit of stuff associated with Go Nagai now and theres an insane, mad mind at work there whether it be in the action, violence or humour, Isuca having a Go Nagai style monster is an insult.
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:18 AM)
    And the way they just trick you with that first scene. Go Nagai-like, grotesque monster, a mysterious girl saving the guy and then vanishing. It’s not top shelf, but at least looks like something you could work with. And then the rest of the episode happened.

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