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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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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)
Weekly Pos #530 decreased(-16)
Monthly Pos #561 decreased(-46)
3 Month Pos #544 decreased(-39)
6 Month Pos #434 decreased(-45)

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Piano no Mori Manga to End in Its 26th Volume 243 days, 13 hours, 27 minutes ago
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Azari02
January 27th, 2010, 7:39pm
Its amazing how well written the story is. This is one of the best mangas I have ever read in my life. Its not a typical "under dog wins" story at all, its about so much more. It involves suffering, accomplishment, and the story is extremely heart warming.
The only thing lacking is the art, which isn't that bad since it does its job.
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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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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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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

The art was 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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