When Miu was young, she was fascinated by the piano and took up lessons.
When the show opens, Miu is in middle school. She is shy, a soft-spoken girl who doesn't have a lot of confidence in herself. Her friends would describe her as "sweet" and "quiet." At this point, Miu has been taking piano lessons for some time and while people have told her that she's gotten very good over the years, Miu herself feels she's not really good at anything—including the piano. Her teacher, Mr. Shirakawa, is often frustrated with her playing. Although she plays every note exactly correct, her heart just isn't in it...
Meanwhile, Miu's come of the age when she's noticing boys and this shy young lady has noticed the handsome Kazuya Takahashi—even if he hasn't noticed her.
This is Miu's story. The story of a young girl who is on a journey to discover the melody within her own heart and the courage to express it.
I’m usually into slice-of-life anime, but Piano was just too real. Usually, slice-of-life anime isn’t really close to life, because if that happened, it wouldn’t be that interesting. Everything that happened in Piano had a high probability of happening in real life, so I wasn’t really interested. I’m not saying it’s bad, but I don’t think it’ll ever be one of my favorites.
One thing I noticed about Piano is that the story focused more on the lives of Miu’s family and friends. It was only in the last 4 episodes that the focus shifted to Miu. I guess it was better that way, because Miu was kind of uninteresting. Her friend Yuki was more interesting. So was her piano teacher, Shirakawa-sensei. I also love the fact that most of her family loved to drink and be merry.
I did like the voice actors for this anime. Ayako Kawasumi played the role of Miu. I don’t think it was Miu was one of her best roles, but she’s great nonetheless. Jun Fukuyama, one of my recent favorites with roles such as Lelouch Lamperouge from Code Geass and Kimihiro Watanuki from xxxHOLiC, was great as Takahashi.
I noticed the character designs right away, because the design is very similar to Ah! My Goddess’. That’s mostly because Kousuke Fujishima, who did the original manga of Ah! My Goddess, was the one who did the original story and character designs for Piano. All in all visuals were okay, although there wasn’t really anything special about it. Simplicity was the key feature of the visuals, and if you prefer simple over extravagant, then you’ll like Piano.
The music, as expected, consisted of a lot of classically-influenced piano music. I was really impressed when I found out that Ayako Kawasumi played the piano for the opening song. She’s certainly very talented. The ending theme, “Kokoro no Oto” by Yoko Ueno, was also very nice – I memorized it right away.
Since it was very close to real life, one good point to add about it is that it’s very easy to watch. If you want to watch something that’s not so complicated like most anime these days, or if you want to watch something that’ll relax you, then Piano is for you. read more
Well this show is quite boring most of the time, and it is listed as "romance", but it only hints at the romantic interests of some characters. If you begin this show thinking it will be a love story, full of drama, and boyfriend/girlfriend relationships, stop! It has very little drama(and it potrayed poorly), and even less romance. Now if your into the whole "slice of life" and reality anime series, then give this show a shot. It takes a different approach then most of those series (Air, To Heart, etc), instead of following a male lead, it follows a female. Most, if not all of this show is about Miu Nomura's relationships with her family, friends, and Piano teacher(and a bit about her playing the piano, although not as much as you'd expect from some anime named "Piano"!).
Oh, and the only reason I finished this show was because it was on "On Demand" for free, and I had nothing else to watch at the time.
Plot: There really is no plot in this anime, at all. It does sort of end, as a "coming of age" story, but very little happens in the story. I thought to be a story there has to be some sort of obstical for the character(s) to overcome (person vs person/Person vs nature/ person vs self?) apparently my English Teacher was wrong, because there are NO obstacles to overcome in this anime. There is very little progress in the show, and it is very slow.
Characters: This anime has many interesting characters! If there is a strong part of this show, it is the characters. Takahashi (the guy Miu has a crush on) is interesting and mysterious, Yuuki has the whole "tomboy" thing going on witha bit of a twist, very interesting, Miu's teacher is the MOST interesting character so of course they decide to give him the least amount of screen time, and even Mui's mother and father are pretty cool , and don't get the time on screen they diserve. Miu is a pretty decent character, but her attitude is very "off", and she is dull when compared to the others. However she does have the whole "cute/ innocent" thing going on, that could have been developed more, but instead they decided to make the show even more boring, and go nowhere. And although this anime has GREAT characters, that are very interesting, they don't do anything interesting at all. This show had a a lot of potential, but it didn't use it!
Art: It's pretty cool, and matched the whole "slice of life" thing it has going on. Pretty realistic, and all the characters and backgrounds look good. However don't look for anything amazing, or lots of hard work being pu into the animation. It is just "above average" but seeing how the characters don't do anything, it's just walking and talking animated pictures. There is no place for them to shine the animation, but it does bring in that "realism" feeling by looking so realistic.
Sound: Another great part of the show, that doesn't get enough time to shine, is it's music. The classical music that would possibly save this show is sometimes not even bothered to be played in an episode. Although when some music is playing, it's useally good.
Dubs: I never watched the Japanese Verson, sorry, so I have no idea what that verson is like. As for the english verson, it is acceptable. Nothing horrible, very well rounded, but it allows a few actors to "shine", but not Cowboy Bebop or anything amazing like that. Marc Diraison gives the best performance by far, as the Piano Teacher. But since he's barely in the show this does not really matter. Sean Schemmel (Adult Goku in DBZ , English Dub) does have a small part, and is probally the most known actor here. Pretty much if you like dubs, watch it, but this is not an amazing dub, that a sub only guy would like. So if your a subber, keep the Japanese track on no need to test out english on this dvd. But if you like dubs, not bad enough to resort to subtitles. I have no complaints with the dub (expect that it is very boring, but I blame the plot, there's not much exitement you can throw into this show. The plot kills everything pretty much), so I suggest this to other dubbers .
Final Vertic: If you like slice of life shows, watch this show. It brings something new to the table. However it is very boring, and drags on, and has almost no plot. Watch for the characters and the "realism" , not for romance or music.read more
As with all series that I watch, I try to at least watch the first two episodes, unless I really~ (and I mean REALLY~~) hated the first episode or is having trouble finding the next ones, and with this series, I completed it surprisingly. Why surprisingly?
My first impression of this series that it seemed like a series that was about classical music, the piano to be more precise, which to my knowledge the only other anime series that dealt with classical music were La Corda D\'Oro and Nodame Cantabile.
As I started to watch this series, from what I noticed, the piano, much of the time played the backdrop of the series and mainly revolved more around Miyu and the ones around her. To be honest, I have no idea why I completed this series as it was really boring and seemed more like a documentary of Miyu\'s life than an enjoyable show. Even as a documentary that it seemed to be, I\'ve SEEN better ones and that\'s sad as most documentaries bore me anyway (but I have seen awesome ones though. :P). O.o;
The only reason that I can even think up about why I finished this series would because I had really nothing better to watch at the time and I was too lazy to drop it. If I did have something better to watch, I would have most likely have dropped it.
As for the animation, character designs and such, it was alright. Unlike some other series that I\'ve seen, the colors for the animation weren\'t that vivid and seemed quite bland to me. As for character designs, they were kinda plain and with Miyu herself, her hair just seemed a little wierd... I know in anime/manga/video games, characters can have gravity-defying hair, but hers just looked funny.
Nothing special stuck out in the overall sense, even though the music aspect of it was what caught my attention in the first place (as I love classical music and very few series revolve around it). I think that this series had potential to be better than \'just average,\' maybe not extraordinarily good, but a series that I wouldn\'t forget about.
I have to say that I wasted how ever many hours it took of my life watching the whole series and is just one of those series that isn\'t a rememberable series that blends in, rather than sticking out from other series. Nothing too much more to say than it was quite the disappointment for me as I was hoping for more. read more