Piano no Mori (TV)

Forest of Piano

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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
Genres: AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, DramaDrama
Themes: MusicMusic, SchoolSchool
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.311 (scored by 4776547,765 users)
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Ranked: #24282
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Popularity: #1604
Members: 112,426
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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


Nakatani, Gaku
Nagasaki, Yukio
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Opening Theme

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"Umi e (海へ)" by Kai Ichinose (Piano)

Oct 21, 2018
Woeppa (All reviews)
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 read more
Jul 8, 2018
KANLen09 (All reviews)
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 read more
Apr 21, 2019
Red-beak (All reviews)
If you like learning about things then you will like this anime. I've learnt a lot about classical music, it's status in society, people's reaction to great talent, and an appreciation for the art of piano.

Nothing is confusing for people who don't know anything about classical music.

The story is told where we are introduced to the performer's background story/their motivations to compete in the grand stage of piano, before they play their piece. We aren't just listening to the music, but we get to hear the thoughts as they play. This brings an emotional element to the performance where we are able to read more
Jul 4, 2018
AbeldeMedici (All reviews)
Piano no Mori anime, like the homonimous film, tells the story of Kai Ichinose, an incredibly talented pianist child, whose free style however fails to convince the strict judges of the competitions. Sôsuke Ajino, a former master pianist, takes him as his pupil and vows to make the world appreciate his talent.

If you saw the film, you already saw the best part of it. The problem of this anime is that after the first arc (which was already covered in the film version) the story suddently stops moving forward and keeps moving in circles around the two same ideas: Amamiya (Kai's friend-rival) is frustrated read more

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