Enter Hikawa Naomi, son of a music critic and Ebisawa Mafuyu, a young prodigy pianist who suddenly dissapeared from the music world. Together they formed a rockband with members involved in classical and rock music.
sayonara piano sonata, as you can expect from the title it's about music (no shit sherlock) being only 16 chapter makes it compact and easy to read, i just read it overnight
a farewell piano sonata that get through the reader. that what i can say about this series. still, at first time i read the "piano sonata" on the title i imagine it was about classic music only like nodame cantabile. but, it seems like the writer had good sense of modern music as well, they put some rock n roll like paul mccartney's blackbird as well beside the chopin's fantaisie impromptu. i can say
myself as music enthusiast, when it comes to music i'm very picky. thus i can say the writer had some sense on music
the story is good. still, i even say that story is "classic" from the character it has. the childhood friend, the strange senpai, the tsundere girl and typical main character of this harem sitation that would fit into story. the school life with not-too-realistic type of school life made it more classic than the music in the series. but, still had some elements that suprise me in the corner of the story.
as for the art. well. it's not that detailed like vagabond type drawing, but it's not that unique as well. it's just typical. maybe it comes from the novel illustration character design but still, it doens't hit me on the spot
in conclusion, i can give this series 7.8/10. despite how mediocre it is. this series ending still give more feels than your average love-comedy manga
Sayonara Piano Sonata was a good manga to read simply because it shows how each one affects the other and how music became the center of all things.
Story-wise, it was good. The pacing and the interactions of the characters though some characters should have been given some importance such as the parents of the Mafuyu since they were introduced latter in the story[the mother that is]. It would have been better if the parents' problems were a bit exposed rather than a preview.
The art was... okay. It was not bad, but there were times where I felt the artist was too tired
to draw especially the details of the fathers of the two protagonists. I, honestly, love how the artist draw the characters [mafuyu and nao] well 'xcept for the fathers...
As for character development, I think it was good. The characters resembles the youth now a days where they want to break-free and escape. A breaking-free/following your dreams type of manga.
hmm... all in all, it was a light-hearted manga, nothing heavy comes from it though sometimes you need to research on classical music they're playing so you could follow. If you want a manga to just pass time and not to think to much I guess this is a manga for you. Enjoy reading it til the end.^^
“-Boy, What do you think mankind lives for? The answer is simple: Love and Revolution. In my opinion love, revolution and music are inseparable.-”
REALLY a good read, I love how everything was related to music at first but later it is more like a complement of their story
I felt the end a bit rushed, I get the idea about running away and living your dreams but where’s the revolution?! I mean I feel like there was something else, this manga needs a more volumes! A lot was not revealed, I guess I need to read the light novel, however they managed well
to develop the story in few chapters.
I really liked the character design, especially Mafuyu and Kyouko, Naomi and Chiaki seemed a bit average to me, also Nao’s and Mafuyu’s fathers felt a bit plain, I enjoyed a lot the musical scenes, it was like you could almost listen what they were playing.
All of them had well defined personalities, Mafuyu’s story was touching, main characters complement each other, they had more like an emotional love than a physical one and I liked that. Kyouko was the coolest character in the whole manga, and the mind behind the plan and we couldn’t even get to know her story!
Some characters should have been given more importance such as the parents of Mafuyu and Nao, I guess, again, I need to read the light novel
I would really like to see this well adapted on anime, It was a good experience listening to the music in the manga while reading it, like it complemented the feeling behind the story
Basically, it’s a short read about friendship, love and music with a satisfying end.
I went in to this manga with high expectations, as it was illustrated by one of my favorite up-and-coming manga artists, Aka Akasaka. I've also seen a lot of praise for this manga in the reviews so I figured I might read it, as a story about music is never not interesting...
Is what I'd like to say, but I sadly can't.
This manga sucks.
If you're expecting a good story, Sayonara Piano Sonata is nothing of the sort. It starts off with a pretty cliché premise about a guy-meets-girl...in a dumpster, and both of them coincidentally have backgrounds in the classical music scene. Naomi Hikawa, our main
protagonist, is the son of a well-renowned music critic, and he himself occasionally writes critiques as well as being passionate about music, yet more on modern rock. Mafuyu Ebisawa is a piano prodigy who suddenly disappeared from the scene, who only seems to play guitar these days.
This kind of premise could be taken into interesting scenarios, as well as good character interactions, but this manga has nothing of the sort. This manga feels more like an exaggeration about music, playing into a tune as extravagant and clichéd as possible, while trying to romanticize everything when it feels so flat. There was no hint of the series becoming a promising story until the 11th chapter, when I felt it went to a more original, unpretentious route. It was too late for that, sadly, as the manga had to take two-thirds into the story to become interesting, and it's not even as good to redeem itself from its disproportionate chapters.
I am not a connoisseur of music, nor do I play piano, nor do I feel the pulse of the beauty of life through my veins whenever I hear a track play. But I know when to notice unlikable and flat characters that are only supposed to be understood just because they have a grim past. None of the characters are amazing, and the melodrama is dragged out inconsiderably—and don't get me wrong, it's natural that this manga would rely on such methods—but the whole ordeal feels so forced and makes too much of an effort to shove in sad moments.
The most expectations I had hopes for were for Akasaka's art—and the most disappointed I've been as well. Yes, it's good—but it's surprisingly bland. It may be bias on my stand, but I didn't feel it stood out as much as Akasaka made Instant Bullet enjoyable even with a lackluster resolution. There were some high points with the art, and it shows in the last few chapters, but I just skimmed through it so fast because it's pretty standard. Character designs were fine, and I like how it looks like a prototype of Akasaka's current style evident in Instant Bullet and Kaguya Wants to be Confessed to.
It doesn't need as much exposition at this point that I did not enjoy this manga. At its highest points, it is pretty average, and at its lowest points, it was a boring series. Read it if you must, but you'd better be off with other good music manga, like Solanin.