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Piano no Mori

Piano no Mori

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


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


Score: 8.381 (scored by 2391 users)
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Ranked: #2542
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Popularity: #1118
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Volumes: /26
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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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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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Nov 10, 2017
Maffy (All reviews)
A delightful combination of classical music, piano, chasing your dreams and well developed characters! It is serious, yet upbeat and holds its ground well for an underdog story, including some nice clichés of that type of story without tiring the reader at all.

It starts with the meeting of 2 children, brought up entirely different; one was born and lives in a red-light district with his loving mother and the other in a warm, rich family that gives everything to him, but their true common ground is the piano which came early into their lives in very different ways. There are no big twists and the read more
Apr 8, 2010
teng (All reviews)
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
Jul 27, 2015
disincanto (All reviews)
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.
Dec 28, 2012
tlne (All reviews)
“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


Recent News

NHK Announces Three New TV Anime Series to Air in 2018

NHK Announces Three New TV Anime Series to Air in 2018

The official site for NHK has revealed three new TV anime series to air in 2018. Piano no Mori (Piano Forest) is getting a TV anime adaptation to air on NHK in Spri...read more

Manga 'Piano no Mori' Begins Final Arc in August

Manga 'Piano no Mori' Begins Final Arc in August

Editors of Kodansha's Morning magazine announced that Makoto Isshiki's manga Piano no Mori will resume serialization in August. The series had been on hiat...read more

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