Crunchyroll and Aniplex Play Beautiful Medlodies Together with La Corda D'Oro

World Anime Channel and Japanese Anime Company to Stream 1st Series and to Simulcast 2nd Series Along with Its Japan Debut

San Francisco, CA and Tokyo, Japan (March 19, 2009) —Crunchyroll and Aniplex team up to bring the 1st series of the charming and musical anime franchise, LA CORDA D'ORO, to Crunchyroll Anime Members starting on March 20, 2009 and to simulcast the 2nd series on March 26, 2009. More information can be found at .

The first series, LA CORDA D'ORO PRIMO PASSO, is a stylish and rhythmic anime set in the high school in Japan and is an anime based upon the highly popular same titled manga adapted by character designer Yuki Kure who also designed the original characters for the role-playing game series.

The second series, LA CORDA D'ORO SECONDO PASSO, will premiere on March 26, 2009 with a one hour special and will be simulcast to all Crunchyroll Anime Members along with its Japan debut. The availability of this anime to non-anime members will be limited and announced at a later date.

"I am excited that we can stream this latest series of LA CORDA D'ORO through our partnership with Crunchyroll," states Henry Goto Executive Vice President of Aniplex's International Business Development Group, “through this streaming, we hope to attract more of the overseas female anime fans."

Crunchyroll Senior Director Rob Pereyda states, "LA CORDA D'ORO is the kind of charming, exciting anime title that the Crunchyroll and world anime community yearns for. In fact, it was the tremendous amount of postings from the community fan-groups, electronic bulletin boards and overwhelming international love of the show that got LA CORDA D'ORO on our radar in the first place, so we are very happy to be able to give the Crunchyroll and global community an opportunity to obtain a true gem of an anime title through our simulcast."

Title Synopsis:

Kahoko Hino, the main character, goes to Seiso Gakuen High School that specializes in music. Her school has two curriculums, the normal course and the music course. She was taking the ordinary course and having a normal life until one day, Lili, the fairy gave her the magical violin. The following day, the competitors of the prestigious music contest are announced and Kahoko's name appears on the list. All the other competitors are elite students that take the music courses. How will the contest turn out?

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