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Piano no Mori

Piano no Mori

Alternative Titles

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

Information

Type: Manga
Volumes: 26
Chapters: 242
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 5, 1998 to Nov 5, 2015
Genres: Drama, Seinen
Authors: Isshiki, Makoto (Story & Art)
Serialization: Morning

Statistics

Score: 8.331 (scored by 1771 users)
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Ranked: #2842
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Popularity: #1183
Members: 5,169
Favorites: 163
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Volumes: /26
Chapters: /242

Synopsis

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.

(Source: KEFI)

Background

Piano no Mori had been previously serialized in now-defunct Young Magazine Uppers between August 1998 and November 2002 (1998 #9~2002 #22). It resumed serialization in Morning in April 2005 (2005 #20).

The manga won the Grand Prize for best manga at the 12th Japan Media Arts Festival in 2008.

An anime movie adaptation premiered in 2007 and was nominated for the 2008 Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year.

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Characters

Ichinose, Kai
Ichinose, Kai
Main
Amamiya, Shuuhei
Amamiya, Shuuhei
Main
Ajino, Sousuke
Ajino, Sousuke
Supporting
Maruyama, Takako
Maruyama, Takako
Supporting
Chinpira
Chinpira
Supporting
Ichinose, Reiko
Ichinose, Reiko
Supporting
Homeroom Teacher
Homeroom Teacher
Supporting


More reviewsReviews

teng
Apr 8, 2010
I first stumbled upon Piano no Mori while searching for a sports manga. At first I thought it was going to be something boring; however, after a few chapters, I realized I could not stop reading. My first impression of the manga was that it was about some elementary school kids and music, however, it soon progresses into something greater. I know most of you do not enjoy reading mangas about elementary kids as it takes away a lot of the drama; however this is not the case for this manga. As seen later on, the childhood of the characters sets the stage for a read more
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disincanto
Jul 27, 2015
Piano no Mori, the Piano Forest, an old mysterious magic piano left unattended on the edge of a suburb of “ fireflies ” where everything seems already written; It is there where all begins, where the game starts for the one who will become one of the best pianists of his “ time “; in his fantastic magic world; The Perfect World of Kai. The first part tell us about his childhood, his life and that of some of his friends, while the second part already adults and ready to face the challenges of their journey.
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tlne
Dec 28, 2012
“In my first time listening...it struck me in the depths of my heart. And it instantly, completely, captured my soul.”

I’m sitting here, writing a review for this manga I just so happened to stumble upon (and actually surprised by the quality of it too). Piano No Mori, aka. The Perfect World Of Kai, is like a painting; beautifully raw, and yet, framed by some crude, seriously harsh reality. Looking back on the story, I don’t think it could be explained any other way.

The story is set in a rural town somewhere in the late 90’s. We’ve got this one boy who is, maybe not “rich”, read more
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