Kin-Iro no Chord is the long awaited anime about band! As a band nerd, I pretty much have to watch this and enjoy it. So does the anime end up looking sharp or falling flat (ugh!)?
Hino Kahoko is a student at Hoshisou High School. This particular school has normal classes as well as special music classes. Since Hino can’t play an instrument, she’s just a regular student. Like most anime protagonists, Hino ends up running late to school. She stops at the school’s fairy statue, and sees the school’s Shotacon fairy. Since she’s able to see the fairy, it whips up some magic and rings the school bells. This is the sign that some kind of music contest is about to start.
Later on, an announcement is made for the contestants of the contest. Apparently, you need to have really colorful hair to participate… Hino is also chosen, along with some hot guys and a cute/shy clarinet player. That fairy thing shows up again and gives Hino a magical violin. Apparently, she’ll be able to play it really well even though she doesn’t have any musical training. At the end of the episode, Hino saves hot clarinet girl from bullies. But the bullies want Hino to play the violin! It’s time for a good old fashioned violin war!
The story hints that Hino and the tsuntsun blue-haired violinist will hook up. I really think she should get with the trumpet player, because trumpet players are way cool. The musical aspect of the anime hasn’t really shown itself yet. I really want this anime to be the equivalent of Yakitate for music. Like the trumpet player will have to play a really high note on a deep mouthpiece, and he’ll use some kind of weird embouchure to pull it off!
The character designs are fairly good. I’d prefer hot girls to hot guys in anime, but whatever. They made the trumpet player all laid back and cool, which is pretty close to real life. Also, the clarinet player is hot! The shota fairy kind of gives me the creeps.
The animation is decent. There’s not very much action, but at least the characters hold their instruments correctly (as far as I can tell). Trumpet guy has a weird tilt, but he’s probably just trying to look cool. Also, the super deformed part was pretty entertaining.
An anime about music should really have a good OP and ED. The OP for Kin Iro no Chord is okay. It’s a little slow and engrishy, but it’s not bad. Actually, I should say it’s better because of the Engrish. The ED is a little too guy heavy for me. And the guys sing really girly. In unison. I say pass on the ED.
It’s probably too early to say whether Kin Iro no Chord will end up being good or bad. I really like the fact that it’s an anime about band, but on the other hand, it’s a reverse harem. And I don’t like dude-centric anime. If the musical aspect overcomes the bishie factor, I may keep watching this.