Ao no Orchestra

Alt title: Blue Orchestra

Vol: 11+; Ch: 70+
2017 - ?
3.965 out of 5 from 164 votes
Rank #5,028
Ao no Orchestra

Aono Hajime was a prodigy violinist until he grew jaded with playing the violin due to personal reasons. Now in his third year of middle school, he struggles to decide his academic path. One day in school, he meets Akine Ritsuko, a hotheaded novice violinist who wants to enroll in a high school with a distinguished orchestra club. When he finds himself getting closer to Ritsuko and being brought back to the world of violinists, time starts moving again for him.

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Plot: It's your typical manga of a prodigy who stopped playing music, only for his passion to be revived by a girl who is passionate about it even if she is just a beginner. The characters are interesting and throughout the manga, they go through challenges of being a musician and playing in an orchestra as well as getting along with their fellow friends. Nice character developments. Art: Beautiful art style and character design, and the best part: ACCURATE music portrayals. The anatomy is pretty good, especially with the postures of musicians and the shape of the instruments. It's hard to get the shape of the instruments just right, especially string instruments, and this manga delivered. It isn't That accurate, but it is one of the most accurate art on musicians that I've seen so far, to be honest. Also, coordination of players, seating arrangements, music shops: quite accurate. It's good. Music: Music-wise, it is entertaining as well as informative. If you don't know how the classical music world works, this manga is a great introduction to it. It explains what is and why it is that way, while also moving the plot forward. The music system, seating arrangement, musical terms, attitudes of various musicians in general, it's quite accurate.  While not much music is introduced (as I am still in chapter 10 while writing this review), the ones that have been introduced are classical pieces that are easy to listen to and a good way to be introduced to classical music, especially orchestral works. Also, if you still have doubts about this manga, take it from me - an avid manga reader who is also a classical musician.

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