Piano no Mori (TV)

Forest of Piano

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Piano Forest, The Perfect World of Kai
Japanese: ピアノの森
English: Forest of Piano
German: The Piano Forest
Spanish: El Bosque del Piano
French: Piano Forest
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 9, 2018 to Jul 2, 2018
Premiered: Spring 2018
Broadcast: Mondays at 00:10 (JST)
Producers: NHK
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Gaina
Source: Manga
Genre: DramaDrama
Themes: MusicMusic, SchoolSchool
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.311 (scored by 5543455,434 users)
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Ranked: #28982
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Popularity: #1745
Members: 128,316
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A tranquil tale about two boys from very different upbringings. On one hand you have Kai, born as the son of a prostitute, who's been playing the abandoned piano in the forest near his home ever since he was young. And on the other you have Syuhei, practically breast-fed by the piano as the son of a family of prestigious pianists. Yet it is their common bond with the piano that eventually intertwines their paths in life.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Nagasaki, Yukio
Sound Director
Maeda, Kunpei
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

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"Umi e (海へ)" by Kai Ichinose (Piano)


Jul 8, 2018
I have no idea how to judge this, but do have a clear idea of it, so with the anime adaptation of both the Madhouse film and the completed manga itself, let's see what you get with the 1st half of this series while waiting for the 2nd cour to be set next Winter (at the time of this review).

As many would suggest, watching the film made by Madhouse in 2007 is a plus (or how I would interpret it as a MUST) because Gainax clearly rushed out of proportion, seeing that the manga made an extensive approach to cover the emotions felt by the ...
Feb 20, 2019
Mixed Feelings
Alright, this anime might be hard to review, but I'm up for the challenge.

Story 5/10
The story was alright but lacking through all the piano playing.

Art 6/10
The art was fine, but the use of CGI was jarring.

Music 6/10
The music was fine. There was a LOT of piano playing. Don't get me wrong, I love the piano, it's one of the most beautiful sounding instruments in my opinion. There was just a lot of it and none of it really stood out to me.
Oct 21, 2018
I've never been so bored binge-watching an anime before. I wanna get this review out of the way so I can ultimately forget about this show and move on with my life.

Story - 5
It's fine and leads to a few fun ideas throughout the show, but none of them are really developed interestingly. I think. Honestly, I don't remember. I literally am writing this review five minutes after binging the entirety of this show and its blandness has led me to forgetting everything about it. Also I'm still irritated about the fact that Kai is apparently "The Chosen One", but whatever.

Art - 7
Easily the most ...

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Recent News

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Recent Forum Discussion

Movie or TV????
Half-MagePrince - Apr 17, 2018
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On Episode 8: This is probably a question for manga readers... What happened 25 years ago?
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