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Piano no Mori (TV)

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Piano Forest, The Perfect World of Kai
Japanese: ピアノの森


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: Fukushima Gainax
Source: Manga
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.361 (scored by 5,939 users)
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Ranked: #21872
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Popularity: #2057
Members: 33,050
Favorites: 43
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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
Sound Director
Yuuki, Aoi
Theme Song Performance
Itami, Aki
Series Composition

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"Umi e (海へ)" by Kai Ichinose (Piano)

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"Kaeru Basho ga Aru to Iu Koto (帰る場所があるということ)" by Aoi Yuuki

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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
Jul 14, 2018
PyraXadon (All reviews)
If there's one thing I wish this show did, it was to just cut off ALL dialogue and just let the BGM play.  Unfortunately, like most music-based shows, that's never going to be the case, but one can hope.


Piano no Mori introduces us to two boys, Shuhei Amamiya and Kai Ichinose, each of whom play the piano with different upbringings towards the instrument.  Shuhei is from the city and is taught by his father, who is a professional pianist and provides him with the formal training any aspiring pianist would dream of having.  Kai on the other hand is from a place called 'Forest's Edge', 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
May 19, 2018
Karhu (All reviews)
The music genre hasn't been very rewarding in the recent years. Moeblobs playing instruments within school club and some melodrama series aimed for teenage boys. It's been nearly 6 years since Sakamichi no Apollon came out, and over a decade from the peak of music series when we were lucky to get ridiculously high quality series such as Nana, Beck and even Nodame Cantabile -- not to leave the comedy masterpiece, Detroit Metal City unmentioned. Now, Piano no Mori has landed, and based to the first 6 episodes, we are as close to these mentioned series in terms of quality as we can realistically expect.

The read more


Recent News

Fukushima Gainax Seek to Rehabilitate Image of Regions Hit by Tsunami Through Anime

Fukushima Gainax Seek to Rehabilitate Image of Regions Hit by Tsunami Through Anime

The release of 2018's Piano no Mori marked a milestone for Fukushima Gainax. A complete anime adaptation of the award-winning manga – a tale of two boys ...read more

'Piano no Mori' TV Anime Announces Second Season for Winter 2019

'Piano no Mori' TV Anime Announces Second Season for Winter 2019

The official website for the TV anime adaptation of Piano no Mori has announced a second season for the series. It will be broadcast in Winter 2019. An illustration ...read more

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