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Piano no Mori  
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A tranquil tale about Shuhei Amamiya, who transfers to Moriwaki Elementary filled with hope and ambition about his new life. But it doesn't take long before he gets picked on by the class bullies, and gets involved in a dare to play the mysterious piano in the forest, leading to his meeting an enigmatic child that goes by the name of Kai Ichinose, who seems to be the only one capable of getting sound out of the thought-to-be broken piano. His ability earns him the respect of Shuhei and his music teacher, former master pianist Sosuke Ajino. At first Kai is resistant to refining his art but after hearing Sosuke play a Chopin piece he just can't seem to play by himself, he relents.

Note: Received the Grand Prize for best manga at the 12th Japan Media Arts Festival in 2008.


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Associated Names
ピアノの森 - The perfect world of KAI
วัยกระเตาะ ตึ่งตึงตึ๊ง
Piano Forest
Piano Hutan
Piano no Mori: The Perfect World of Kai

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Latest Release(s)
v.18 c.165 by Easy Going Scans (6d ago)
v.18 c.164 by Easy Going Scans (13d ago)
v.18 c.163 by Easy Going Scans (20d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
26 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 6, Chap 41

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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (426 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.73 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 4th 2015, 11:18am PST



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Morning (Kodansha)
Uppers (Kodansha)

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
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Monthly Pos #558 decreased(-43)
3 Month Pos #534 decreased(-29)
6 Month Pos #433 decreased(-44)

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On 898 wish lists
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Why havent I written a review??   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by demonofchaos
March 4th, 2015, 11:34pm
This manga is amazing. The characters and plot are well written and the author makes music interesting without bringing in magic or supernatural elements like seeing the audiences heart. There are many emotional and touching moments as we see the hardships kai's life and how he perserves through it.
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Not yet a masterpiece, but almost there   
Rating: N/A
by asnanime
January 21st, 2015, 8:05pm
This is a great musical/art based manga. The story is engaging and there is a good amount of complexity surrounding each character. I read a lot of manga and this is one of the top ones for sure.
The story is about Kai and how he developed his passion for piano. I love the rivalry that Kai and Shuhei has. They are friends but also "rivals",at least according to Shuhei. It's definitely a manga worth reading. Give it a try.
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Baniita
February 26th, 2013, 5:11pm
Interesting read, definitely. I can't put it down, until it gets to the romance, which is a complete joke. They pop out of nowhere and the couples have no chemistry whatsoever. Kai's paired with a girl and he's way prettier than her, and we have no idea why he likes her--what. As usual, the male bonds are more interesting and have much more depth.

Kai's teacher is probably the most interesting character, followed by Kai himself. ...ugh, please don't DARE put him up with Kai's mom. It's total BS.
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Rating: N/A
by Choreboy
September 27th, 2012, 1:58pm
After sifting through all the ecchi, hentai, harem, and cliche knock-offs, I've finally found a gem! It's heartwarming without the romance and the cliche incidents that go along with it. It's so very real. There doesn't appear to be any pointless fan service, aside from a bit of nudity that adds greatly to the substance and struggles of the pianists, and the artwork is quite original. Ah, yes... the artwork. Finally an artist who doesn't portray an adolescent girl as something of sexual desire. I did find it weird how Kai's shirt magically changes it's lettering over and over. I've noticed it in chapters 3, 4, and 5. It even changes on one page a twice in one chapter. Maybe the mangaka is trying to say something through it, or maybe it's just a terrible case of the bloopers. In any case, I'm glad I checked this manga out. I really just can't stop reading. I may stay up all night just to catch up to the releases (chapter 105, 73 to go) and that's very unusual for me. The depth of each character slowly comes out and you really do feel for them. For anyone looking for a change of pace from the vast majority of sexually oriented manga, this is definitely an excellent read. I can tell that much only 22 chapters in. I can see why it won grand prize in 2008. This one is a keeper.

... Last updated on September 27th, 2012, 4:06pm
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Not up to the good part of the meat, so don't think this is a bad manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by HanaTenshiHimeko
June 20th, 2012, 10:28pm
Meh, I like it. I can see why some people hate it after the timeskip. This isn't going to be an indepth review for the time being since I feel the story is still developing and I feel that I can get into the good part of the meat really soon.

Basically a story of a son of a famous pianist and a no-named boy; both had been playing since they were young. The only difference is the environment they grew up in since one fell in love with piano because it was fun for him and the other just played piano because he just did.

People probably feel frustrated and that after the timeskip, it more about teenage love and their life rather than their music. Currently at vol 11 and waiting for the next vol, I have to say it only got started. The good part of the meat is coming up soon and I know I can't wait for it.

So I'm going to drop this manga for the time being (because I absolutely hate driving myself crazy for the next update if I catch up) and come back to it in the future.
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Phooeyish
November 14th, 2011, 4:38pm
I fell in love with this manga when I first read it, but as the story has progressed, it (in my opinion) has grown a bit stale. The beginning of the story was absolutely amazing, which is all a result of Kai and Shuuhei's drive and passion for the piano, their conflicting friendship, and their resolve to pursue a life of music. But in the second part of the story, when the main characters are teenagers, their love music seems to have dissipated. Kai and Shuuhei are dull and lifeless. The plot is a mess. And overall, it just seems like the manga is going nowhere.

... Last updated on November 14th, 2011, 4:43pm
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Better and better imo   
Rating: N/A
by fudg
July 10th, 2011, 6:35pm
Well, I kinda like this story, I found it a bit annoying in the start but unlike alot of other people I found it becoming more and more intruging. The chapters I've liked the most so far are the ones after the 5 year time skip. I admit that I like Nodame Cantabile better but this is definitly worth reading.

... Last updated on July 10th, 2011, 6:39pm
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Sukets
March 5th, 2011, 8:33am
First, im a pianist too, and i dont know why, this manga piss me off...

All the characters are anoying, and the way they talk about the piano pieces its too superficial. It kinda makes me fell like reading some kind of dragon ball piano version... where he trains and gets better, then he lose, and show some new power to be the best again...seriously, it suck...hard

For piano manga, nodame cantabile is way better. Recomend u guys read it.
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Really beautiful!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by elalendi
May 25th, 2010, 8:38pm
The characters are great... something about it just totally captures your heart. I'm sure even those who don't know anything about music will find it very touching. There's lots of rivalry stories out there but this one is really unique. I love Kai! Even though the series is long, so far I don't feel bored at all. I thought the art is quite nice too, just different, funny and cute in its quirky way, like the art from Gokusen. Like others said, the art suits the story.
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Rating: N/A
by yuno19
February 3rd, 2010, 10:54am
when the main character grown, the enthusiasm for how the story develop is present, but unexpectedly bland storyline as the follow up, this manga became annoying.

The childhood story of Kai and Shuuhei surely enticing to the point made anybody fall in love with this manga. The serenity and excitement continues up until when the two separated (after the contest). But when they actually met up, all grown, the focus shift to which one of those can play better, how the contest held, and many unimportant knick knack. All the attractive element of piano no mori suddenly vanish, replaced by meaningless episodes.

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I can only managed to read up to volume 15. I became too bored of it and decided to stop reading. for the people who want to get the most of this manga, read only up to the point when Kai lost his first contest and resolute to study seriously under the teacher (who his name again?). After that point, you will only read story that makes your hopes high but presented with disappointing follow ups.
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