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Setia is prisoner of Azurite, the tyrant king. She has a fiance waiting for her but the king seems to have taken a fancy in toying with her! But under his ruthless facade there appears to be...
Twelve-year-old Mitsuki Koyama is determined to become a singer, partially because of a promise she made to a long lost friend. Yet unfortunately, Mitsuki has a malignant tumor in her throat that causes her great pain when she uses her voice. In addition, her grandmother detests music and forbids Mitsuki to sing or talk loudly. One day, two Shinigami sneak into Mitsuki's room and accidentally tell her that she only has a year to live, prompting the now fearful and determined Mitsuki to head to the studio for an audition. While they intercept her for a second time, Mitsuki pleads for them to let her go; and seeing her determination, they decide to help her. To help fulfill her dream, Mitsuki's body is transformed into that of a sixteen year old girl - a body which nullifies her cancer as long as it remains intact. And so, Full Moon is born...
Both manga are dark yet touching stories about a lonely person finding a connection with a ghost who died tragically. Their bond grows stronger as they support one another through hardships including bullying by jealous fellow musicians and their mutual double-edged punishing love of music. Despite knowing that one of them is a living person and the other is dead, the harsh male lead falls for the optimistic female lead and her genuine enjoyment of music.
//spoilers// Both have a similar happy ending with the ghost being given a second chance at life including a May-December romance. //spoilers//
Hino Kahoko is a sophomore at a high school which caters to both general students, and the musically elite. On the first day of class, Hino meets a fairy named Lili and is entrusted with a magical violin; this violin has the ability to express the music in someone’s heart, even if they do not possess the talent for playing the instrument. With the violin in her care, Hino must now compete in a musical competition, but the guilt of not having true musical talent consumes her. Lili’s dream is to bring happiness to people with music, but Hino isn’t sure she has what it takes to be the one to do it. Can Hino perservere, or will she abandon Lili’s dream?
La Corda d'Oro and Kamisama no Sonata have music at the forefront of the hearts of the main characters followed by their bond with each other. Both manga deal with elitism in a music academy, handling a disappointing performance, competition and jealousy from other classmates, picking yourself up after failure, studying music abroad, the pressure to succeed and nourishing a love of music.
The harsh, arrogant male lead aspires to study abroad by winning competitions and disparages of the female lead's approach to music as something to enjoy and share with others. As they interact, both learn from each other. The male lead recalls his passion for the violin and the female lead is motivated by him to not give up on the violin even after a devastating incident that puts her into deep despair.