First Impression- Kin’iro no Corda Blue♪Sky

For total domination. …And bishounen sparkles. 

Yes, weekends look like they’ll be wonderfully shoujo-oriented for me this season. I’ll be covering Kin’iro biweekly (probably) and Kamigami weekly. Actually, the latter of those titles has surpassed my expectations (mahou shoujo will do that). But first, let’s see what Kin’iro had to offer. …Because I’ve done about 6/12 routes for this one. ヽ(´ー`)ノ


Because all children are this into playing musical instruments.

I was wondering what they would do with Kanade’s character for the anime since she… doesn’t really have one in the game. She was more of a combination of stereotypical heroine traits, really. I didn’t even know that she had green eyes until the anime, because they hid her face 99% of the time. The cheerfulness wasn’t anything surprising, and neither was her clumsiness. However, it was a little surprising in how much she looked up to Ritsu. I guess there were hints in the game, but I wasn’t kidding about the lack of personality. After so many heroines in these adaptations who either take the back seat of the plot in favour of the route characters or the heroines who have next to no personality whatsoever (Brothers Conflict, Amnesia, Arcana Famiglia), this is an awesome change. So yes, she’s kind of stereotypical, but it’s better than we’ve been seeing recently.



So far, the storyline is deviating nicely from the game. A lot of the mechanics the game has (since it’s kind of a stat raiser) definitely would not go well in anime form, so it’s good that they’ve found ways around that. …Plus it probably helps that there’s a manga too. I imagine that the anime follows that. They’re also not ignoring Kanade! She actually has a part in the storyline here, with her change of heart between her childhood and now. Obviously something happened in between. Hopefully this means that Kanade won’t be overshadowed by the other characters, and that she’ll remain plot relevant for most of the series, and having her want to play violin competitively again seems like a good overarching plot. They’ve also given hints about other important things that happen in the plot within this episode, so there will indeed be some sort of plot to this anime. …Not that I was really worried about that in the first place. They did the first anime to this series well enough.

If you couldn’t tell, this game has a shit ton of characters. Also, they’re all pretty much stereotypes. Though that works nicely with this series because it’s so shoujo that it hurts. They didn’t introduce all of the characters, and I’m surprised that they introduced so many in the first episode, because of the high number. Though this does give a good introduction to how the schools all view one another. I suppose the characters will be easier to remember with more the more exposure they get too.


From Seiso, the school Kanade suddenly decided to attend, there’s Ritsu (obviously), his younger brother/Kanade’s childhood friend #2, Kyouya, Daichi (the one who hit on her within seconds), and the girly, serious kouhai (and the only male route character in an otome game that I’ve played who is voiced by a female) is Haruto. Jinnan is the school with the oresama who plays the silent violin (or “electric violin”, if you prefer), named Chiaki. The one with the accent that I can’t place and ~fabulous~ purple hair is Toki. As for the characters that attend Amane… The game has Reiji’s name spelt as “Leiji” (because lol Japan and it’s L’s and R’s), so I’ll be going with that, I guess. (I went with “Laito” as opposed to the less weird-looking “Raito” in Dialovers, so I might as well do the same here.) He (Leiji) has major issues with Kanade (which actually seem kind of justified, because she’s totally forgotten about him xD). The blond character who knew that Leiji was irritated is Sei. He has issues too (and may or may not carry a piano with him outdoors). There’s one more route character from Amane who wasn’t introduced. The only character from Siseikan (pronounced “shiseikan” because apparently whoever was in charge of the english text in the game wanted to be difficult) who was introduced was Yukihiro. He’s the one with the blue hair. There will be two more route characters from that school.

So hopefully that helps clear up who’s who in this. But their character stereotypes should also help with that, as the series goes on.

I’m actually kind of disappointed in the OP to the anime. The visuals are great (since the took the cliche flowery/moonlit/whatever ones from the game xD), but the song isn’t nearly as cheesy as I was hoping it to be. I don’t know if the song is different in the original games, but in the Full Voice Special that I played (/am currently playing), the OP consists of all 12 route choices singing simultaneously.  On top of that, the lyrics are just about 14 to 1 level embarrassing. Loosely translated by me, some of the lines go like “The sun shines wherever you go~.” or “Try your best! Don’t give up on your feelings! With those awakened wings, fly high in the sky!”. …Which actually maybe don’t seem so cheesy typed out in English. Maybe it’s just the effect of having them all sing at once. Anyways, in contrast, this OP sounds more rock oriented. Though in incorporation of the string ensemble music in there was a nice touch~. I can’t wait to see how they animate the performances. …Because as you got a hint of from the solo performances here, there will be waterfalls and flower fields. It’s just as ridiculous as it sounds.


They’ve already got the -dramatic shoujo reaction- ending screen perfected.

There’s really not a whole lot to say yet, but this was everything I expected. Maybe this wasn’t as flashy as Kamigami was, but if you’re looking for something that’s straightforwardly shoujo, this would be it. There probably won’t be any mind blowing revelations or plot twists (er, depending on what you consider a “mind blowing revelation”), but there should be some cute romance moments ahead, as well as an actual plot in between them. …Plus some decent classical music. If you appreciate string music, the game certainly had some nice pieces in it.


They already accomplished the impossible and made Haruto look (kind of) manly.


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18 Responses to “First Impression- Kin’iro no Corda Blue♪Sky”

  1. zztop says:

    I understand most of these dating games are only available in the Japanese language. I’m assuming you have good fluency in reading/listening Japanese, Kara?

    I hope you found my STB spoilers informative, & that it solves some of your confusions on the plot & Kojou’s past. 😉

  2. Highway says:

    This one definitely wasn’t as good as the other one. And the ED song was typical of having a bunch of guys who aren’t singers sing, really flat.

    I kind of fear that this show will be the kind of show that’s just not good, but not so bad it’s funny. Ritsu is just too serious about everything, and Kyoya is way overprotective, so much so that you know he’s just aching to break out of that friend zone he’s doomed to be in.

    • Karakuri says:

      I’m still not entirely sold on KamiAso, despite the awesome first episode. At least I know Corda will be consistent.

      Er, Ritsu’s seriousness was kind of an ongoing joke in his route, but you right about Kyouya wanting desperately to be out of the friendzone. ..Unfortunately, I believe he’ll be the angst ridden one if the anime plans on kind of following the game.

  3. anaaga says:

    I always avoid violin-related anime because I will always end up flipping the table at the inconsistency of the hand’s animation and the song being played by the character (especially during vibrato), but at the animation on the hand is decent so far.

    I actually like the OP song. Not cheesy, yes, but I like the fusion of classic song with the upbeat pop song.
    I’m also interested with the type of songs that will be played by the musical instruments in this anime (especially the electric violin. I was really impressed with that), so I guess I’ll be watching this anime for the songs… And the bishies

    • Namika says:

      Well, the animation is the only thing I disliked about this show. It wasn’t terrible but it looked too unnatural, if you ask me.

      • Kyokai says:

        Watch Kamigami and you will wonder what is up with all the blooming flowers!

        • Highway says:

          I thought it was obvious what was up with all the blooming flowers: they were hilarious! I laughed every time they put them up with a new guy. And color-coded flowers, too!

          • Kyokai says:

            Imagine all that CG! Aaagh, my eyes but it was hilarious nonetheless. Perfect for the series.

    • Karakuri says:

      I remember being annoyed with Tamaki’s piano playing in Ouran, but I’ve stopped caring about musical instrument playing in anime since then. I’ve come to accept that nobody is ever going to animate it correctly. OTL

      The electric violins are so cool~. They play this one song in the game (which I have no idea what the english equivalent is), and it’s really awesome.

  4. Namika says:

    Uuuuu~ I’m SO on a shoujo wave right now xD
    This wasn’t half bad, if you ask me. Cheezy, girly and stuff, but I like it. Especially because bishies and music are in this. I don’t see myself dropping this anytime soon :3

    • Karakuri says:

      Yay! If you’ve seen the first season, it was pretty consistent. I’m not expecting much other than cheesy shoujo things, but it should be good.

  5. akagami says:

    The first episode turned out how I expected it to, so that’s a good thing. I wonder if Lily is going to appear, since Kanade has skill and doesn’t need a magic violin. I wonder if Lily is going to show up at all in this series.

    I couldn’t find anyd ecent quality version of secondo passo, so I’m relegated to watching it on youtube.
    Ahhh, my eyes~~~~~~ ~(>_<~)

    • Karakuri says:

      I wonder about that too. I haven’t seen them all game, but the anime has already proven that it’s not going to follow the script exactly.

      Yeah, I remember watching it in low quality. Luckily your eyes won’t hurt for long, since I don’t think it was too many episodes. xD

      • akagami says:

        Just two thankfully.

        Does the game have single routes or can you hit several in one playing?

        • Karakuri says:

          Eh, I’m sure you can do more than one route at a time, minus the ending. The game plays through scenarios you unlock by meeting certain affection requirements. Though certain scenarios are needed for a character’s endings and sometimes they can happen at the same time as another character’s. …So you can probably play up to a point and hit several flags, but you need to restart from places in order to get all of the endings.

          …I’m too lazy to figure out how to do it efficiently, so I’ve just been restarting my game over and over after a certain point whenever I finish a route.

  6. Shanako says:

    Lily did appear in this episode ! Look the statue of the school XD.

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