Piano no Mori
Forest of Piano
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Piano no Mori

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Synonyms: Forest of the Piano, The Perfect World of Kai
Japanese: ピアノの森
English: Forest of Piano
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 26
Chapters: 242
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 5, 1998 to Nov 5, 2015
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Drama Drama
Theme: Music Music
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Morning
Authors: Isshiki, Makoto (Story & Art)


Score: 8.331 (scored by 46044,604 users)
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Ranked: #2752
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Popularity: #1216
Members: 15,360
Favorites: 378

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Forest of Piano
Volume 1


In the middle of a forest rests an abandoned piano. If one were to walk by, they may hear music coming from it, and sitting at the chair is a young boy: Kai Ichinose. He lives with his young, single mother—who works as a prostitute—and he is somewhat of a troublemaker at school when it comes to defending transfer student Shuuhei Amamiya from class bullies.

Shuuhei comes from a family of distinguished pianists, so he is expected to follow in their footsteps. He practices rigorously every day to live up to his parents' expectations. Meanwhile, Kai—with help from his teacher, a former pianist legend—wants to not only reach Shuuhei's level of success, but also wants to become the best pianist from Japan. This rivalry between the two friends will not only raise their talents to new levels, but it will also inspire other rising pianists from all over the world.

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Piano no Mori 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.

The series has been published digitally in English as Forest of Piano by Kodansha USA since October 23, 2018.

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Nov 10, 2017
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 ...
Apr 8, 2010
Preliminary (62/242 eps)
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 ...
Jul 27, 2015
Preliminary (Unknown/242 eps)
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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