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Piano no Mori  
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Description
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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 Shuhei, 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.

From: Easy Going Scans

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Manga

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Associated Names
ピアノの森 - The perfect world of KAI
森林中的钢琴师
琴絃森林
วัยกระเตาะ ตึ่งตึงตึ๊ง
Piano Forest
Piano Hutan
Piano no Mori: The Perfect World of Kai

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Latest Release(s)
v.15 c.137 by Easy Going Scans (6d ago)
v.15 c.136 by Easy Going Scans (26d ago)
v.15 c.135 by Easy Going Scans (34d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
25 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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

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Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (406 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.73 / 10.0
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November 1st 2014, 12:42pm PST

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Year
1998

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Serialized In (magazine)
Morning (Kodansha)
Uppers (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #275 increased(+51)
Monthly Pos #509 increased(+86)
3 Month Pos #613 decreased(-96)
6 Month Pos #567 increased(+240)

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On 1743 reading lists
On 847 wish lists
On 59 unfinished lists
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Piano no Mori Manga to End in Its 26th Volume 26 days, 0 hours, 59 minutes ago
latest scanlated chapter 1728 days, 14 hours, 40 minutes ago

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Such a touching story...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by making_mooz
November 25th, 2009, 2:54am
So my first point is that this is certainly NOT a comedy. Certainly, there are a few laughs here and there to keep the mood not so serious all the time, but Piano no Mori is definitely a serious kind of story.

That being said, whoever said this was filled with shounen cliches obviously hasn't actually read the manga. Certainly, there's a rival and the main character is very talented. But to be honest, that "rival" isn't even the biggest point of the story. Rather, it's the growth and development of Kai into a professional pianist. And certainly, Kai is very talented and a prodigy, but he doesn't play the piano just based on that. I don't recall if the eng scans have shown this yet, but he works so hard for everything. He really deserves all that he has, especially considering his background.

What I also like about this manga is that Kai isn't the person winning the awards all the time. Certainly, he always manages to awe the audience, but so far, he's never actually won a competition. And he's not without faults either. Although I suppose I can understand why people would regard him as an emo Gary Sue, but hey, he's a very likable one. biggrin
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simple but perfect   
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by silleri
June 17th, 2009, 3:13am
This manga is my favourite, through it's drawings it shows, how simple a child's point of view is. Also the differences between Kai and Shyuhei life is very prominent.
Kai's mother is very beautiful in a whore life, she also uses Kai's piano skills to make her forget all of her troubles. where Shyuhei's mother isn't as pretty and uses Shyuhei's skill to make her husband and mother proud.

This also is seen in there piano's Shyuhei see pianos as a tool, where Kai sees them as a part of him.

Kai and Shyuhei lives are so different yet they connect so well.

This manga is piece of art. I always treasure every chapter I read, this is one of the best manga's ever made
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Poignant, touching and deeply inspirational.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by JHax9999
May 23rd, 2009, 6:03pm
I fell in love with this manga after only 3 chapters. Although the art is simplistic, the setting of the story is nothing less than mesmerizing. The first time I saw the piano standing amidst the forest trees, I was captivated. It was so enchanting, it made me wish I could actually sit beneath the trees and listen to Kai play.

Some people are put off by the art, but I disagree. I rather like it. The simplistic art, although not as vividly detailed as other manga, is actually charming in its own right. Personally, I think it is a conscious choice on the part of the mangaka to draw the manga very simple. Because every once in a while, you'd get these incredibly detailed drawings, so intricate and vivid that it takes your breath away. The effect wouldn't be as strong if the entire manga was always drawn that way. But because most of the manga is looks simplistic, and only the important scenes are drawn with incredible details that the effect it has on the reader is so strong.

But all that aside, this manga is an example of how good storytelling can make even simplistic art come alive. Kai is an incredibly well written character. You'll definitely fall in love with him.

The tone of the story is very mature, although it features little kids. Actually, because of how serious and crude some themes are, it's recommended for people 15 years +

... Last updated on May 24th, 2009, 12:20am
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Excellent   
Rating: 7.8 / 10.0
by Crenshinibon
May 22nd, 2009, 5:44am
Piano no Mori is a wonderful little story. The basis is a cliche we've all heard god-only-knows-how-many-times before, but through the execution it really shines. What I find particularly interesting is the portrayal of Kai's connection with the Piano- it isn't so much one of escapism, as one typically would expect from a story about a prostitute's son, but one of self-expression, and that in and of itself makes the work that much more powerful.
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majestic   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by itachi187
March 14th, 2009, 8:56pm
beautiful, i stopped watching nodame coz of that mustache girl wtf?? and apparently its good so mite pick itup...but this manga is the best music one ive ever read...prob the only one...but its nice...its real...hes a genius...and his life is tough...real tough...but he keeps his positive tude to the max at most times which is cool.

... Last updated on March 14th, 2009, 9:00pm
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Like a magic .... :P   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by rhin33
January 25th, 2009, 10:34am
Love snoopy for picking it up !!
Really! I was reluctant to start it since it was the story from the movie but got nostalgic and just started reading. I want more KAI!!!!
For some reason the air, the characters, the story are enchanting me. It is kind of like magic this one. It is not just because I like that and that but the whole ^^

... Last updated on January 25th, 2009, 10:35am
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A delightful story.   
Rating: N/A
by dougo18907
January 22nd, 2009, 12:37am
As I was reading this in the first few chapters, I wasn't impressed with the artwork. However, the only thing that really stood out was the story. Taking in the life of a kid who's background is shunned by everyone in his hometown...and making a name for himself through piano. Along with the mysterious talent of playing anything by ear, the story captures the hearts of the reader, with many laughs and precious moments.

Although the story was good, I would really like to see some better artwork representation.. if it wasn't for me being bored and choosing a completely random manga, I would probably have never read this. If this was a novel it would receive a 9-10ish but it's a manga.. so I'd have to deduct 2 points for a solid 8.
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Oh wow.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by TheClumsyPotato
January 14th, 2009, 10:59pm
I agree with just about everything justlooking said. The art was so-so, but the story and the characters were absolutely stunning. The only (very, very minor) problem that I have with this is the typical shounen magical talent that Kai has. It doesn't take away from the story, though, and the characters and I'm just repeating myself at this point. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.

Rated 9/10 because of the art.

... Last updated on January 14th, 2009, 11:00pm
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My my   
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by justlooking
January 14th, 2009, 8:18pm
Now THIS was a shocker. I'm not a fan of Nodame (sorry to all the raving fans who already posted), so I didn't know what to expect from this. In short:
Art- 7
Story-10
Characters-10

The art was lacking...in depth, realism, etc. etc. Just above mediocre, but it wasn't annoyingly bad, as with some manga I have read. The art has faults, but is nice in the way that it doesn't distract readers (especially critics) from the story. The story, I must say, blew me away. Yes, cliches are present, but there are different twists that make the situation unique and doesn't veer off the road of plausibility. Also, the characters can be easily related too, and I find that such an interesting and diverse cast of characters is a tough thing to find...even if some of them are a bit crude wink
I love this manga, can't wait for more. The artist needs some work on his technique, but his storytelling is phenomenal. Bravo!
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This story was absolutely touching   
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by azn500
August 20th, 2008, 12:49pm
Normally I'm not one for reading manga about little children but this is one exception I'm willing to make. The story is a bit subtle so don't expect to be fascinated by the first couple of chapters. The plot and character development takes time and builds upon each other. I truly like how the story goes and difference of the two characters's background. It keeps a more real sense to the story. A must read!
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