- The Japanese romanization is being used for this wiki to avoid confusion with the series's comics and animated TV series, which have their own individual twists on the unlocalized games.
Kiniro no Corda (金色のコルダ, Kin'iro no Corda, literally: "Golden Corda"; Corda meaning "string" in Italian) is a romantic simulation video game series made by Ruby Party for the female audience. The official name of the series is transcribed in Italian as La corda d'oro. Often abbreviated as "Corda", Kiniro no Corda is the third Neoromance entry. The series's character designer and illustrator is Yuki Kure.
To contrast itself from the heavy fantasy settings found in the Angelique and Harukanaru Toki no Naka de series, Kiniro no Corda is set within a modern setting. Based on fans' responses from surveys, Ruby Party decided to make the series a school themed story. The magical story elements found in the previous series are gradually downplayed as well, instead focusing on simulating a regular school day. Players are only able to meet and greet characters during a specific time and day in the week.
Another trait unique to Kiniro no Corda is the method of story telling. Other Neoromance titles give players the choice of focusing on a particular character, offering a normal ending if conditions for a character's story path aren't met. However, Kiniro no Corda unites the protagonist's story goal and a character's scenario in a single game. The protagonist may continue their school routine and will automatically receive an ending with the character who likes her the most. To obtain a character's "true" ending, the player will need to coordinate their playthrough to a character's set of events. Events and romantic scenes can be missed entirely if the player is too careless with managing their schedule.
The main protagonists in this series are completely silent high school girls. Special illustrations within the games will avoid showing her face or are drawn in first-person perspective. Any conversation options that appear in the games will not have her speak words, instead offering third-person commands such as "Approve" or "Deny". Ruby Party developer, Ayako Tsukaguchi, explains that this approach lets players say their own personal responses to the situation rather than select a predetermined quote that doesn't necessarily agree with them. Characters will address her by her default name if players use it, even speaking it aloud during voiced events.
Fairies exist within the world. They can't be seen by most people since they are always hiding themselves with spells and magic. Calling themselves Fata, they enjoy humans' company and especially like listening to music. Within the Fata is a fellow named Lili, an "Argento" or ancient Fata who can utilize magic at will. Long ago, a man was able to see him with his naked eye and quickly befriended the fairy. The man founded a school and asked Lili to grant it the blessing of music. Lili promised and has since resided by the school as its rumored guardian. Since then, a monument of Lili can be seen at the entrance of the school.
Lili watches over a high school named Seiso Academy. It divides the students by General Education or Musical Education, the musical students hoping to be a part of the school's rich history of talented musicians. The Musical Education department holds a classical music competition with the most dexterous players in the school each spring. The competition is divided into four stage performances in front of the student body and professional music judges.
The Fata view the competition as a festival of music and want anyone who they think is qualified to participate. Lili chooses and magically enters each member into the competition. As long as a competition is taking place, all of the participants can see and talk with Fata. Normally, participants lose the ability to see Fata once the annual competition ends, but there are exceptions to the rule.
Each protagonist in the series is an eager violinist who enters various musical competitions. She interacts with her rivals and friends while practicing any composition that is available to her. As the only female violinist, students are wondering if the school's rumored "Violin Romance" will take place. Supposedly, a pair of violinists fell in love with one another during one of the school's musical competitions. Twenty-five years have gone by without incident. People wonder if the protagonist will make the rumor a reality.
A sense of story continuity is kept throughout the series as returning characters directly recall story events in each title. The third installment takes place eight years after the events of the first three titles, an unprecedented act so far in the series. The protagonist in this entry plays in an ensemble in a nationwide tournament. The third title removes the fairies from earlier installments in favor of characterizing the "magic of music", or the lead musician's power to move their audience. A particularly skilled performer can invoke a particular mood and image to momentarily emerge from their style of music, a phenomenon known as "Maestro Field".
The Another Sky spin-offs has the protagonist attend one of the three main rival schools appearing in the third title as opposed to Seiso. The AnotherSky titles keeps the same tournament, but each title has their own changes and characters to diverge from their base.
- Kiniro no Corda
- Kiniro no Corda 2
- Kiniro no Corda 2 encore
- Kiniro no Corda 2 f
- Kiniro no Corda 2 f encore
- Kiniro no Corda 3
- Kiniro no Corda 3 Full Voice Special
- Kiniro no Corda 3 AnotherSky feat. Jinnan
- Kiniro no Corda 3 AnotherSky feat. Shiseikan
- Kiniro no Corda 3 AnotherSky feat. Amane Gakuen
- Kiniro no Corda 4
- 100man-nin no Kiniro no Corda
- Kiniro no Corda Octave
Kiniro no Corda has several live events, publications, and drama CDs for the franchise. A fan book serialization called Corda Tsushin was made for the series. A comic incarnation of the first two games was created by the series's character designer and was published in LaLa, completing with a total of seventeen volumes. The comic has been completely translated into English by Viz Media as a part of their Shojo Beat lineup.
Neoromance ♥ Festa Seiso Gakuin Festival 4 is the first live event which has the Corda cast acting under their dual character roles. Fans who attend Gakuin Festival 4 and Neoromance 20th Anniversary can receive a special character message CD.
The third title had two special short stories that are included within the comic volumes and is being revived as Blue Sky. Both Kiniro no Corda and Blue Sky have been adapted into TV anime series.
Mobile phone dramas were also made for the series. They star characters who appear in the first two games.
A multimedia project titled Kiniro no Corda Project ff (fortissimo) is a story which takes place three years after f encore; it includes every character from the series's social game either in college or three years older than they were during the main series. The first exposure to the project is scheduled to debut as a live stage drama at Neoromance ♥ Festa Kiniro no Corda feat. Seiso Gakuin. Free voice samples of the dramas can be heard at the CDs' B-'s Log hub. The official promotional video can be seen on YouTube.
The series and its social game were the focus of channel β's third episode.
Kiniro no Corda
|Kiniro no Corda|
|Kiniro no Corda 2 • encore • f • f encore • 100man-nin|
|Kiniro no Corda 3 • AnotherSky|
|Kiniro no Corda 4 • Octave|
|Kahoko Hino • Len Tsukimori • Ryotaro Tsuchiura • Keiichi Shimizu • Kazuki Hihara • Azuma Yunoki • Shinobu Ousaki • Shoko Fuyumi • Nami Amou • Aoi Kaji • Mari Tsuzuki • Shouma Fudou • Kanade Kohinata • Kyoya Kisaragi • Ritsu Kisaragi • Daichi Sakaki • Haruto Mizushima • Nia|
|Hiroto Kanazawa • Akihiko Kira • Yousuke Fudou • Takumi Sunaga • Souichiro Ogura • Rei Takigawa • Hanataro Okahori • Shoka Ryu|
|Shiseikan High School|
|Yukihiro Yagisawa • Shiro Hozumi • Arata Mizushima • Wataru Kanou • Kouhei Iori • Masanori Nagamine • Brass Band Club|
|Jinnan High School|
|Chiaki Tohgane • Housei Toki • Mutsumi Serizawa|
|Amane Gakuen High School|
|Leiji Myoga • Sei Amamiya • Sousuke Nanami • Takafumi Hido • Shiori Myoga • Ryoko Mikage • Aleksei Zhukov • Sora • Tono|
|Lili • Kiriya Etou • Junya Niwa|