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From Easy Going Scans: 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.
ピアノの森 - The perfect world of KAI 森林中的钢琴师 琴絃森林 วัยกระเตาะ ตึ่งตึงตึ๊ง Piano Hutan Piano no Mori: The Perfect World of Kai The Piano Forest
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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
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 I love this manga, can't wait for more. The artist needs some work on his technique, but his storytelling is phenomenal. Bravo!
This story was absolutely touching
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!
Kai's world is far from perfect, but this manga is awesome.
Now I like Nodame very very much, but comparing the two and saying Perfect World of Kai fell flat and full of cliche is just wrong, IMO. Perfect world is just as cliche as Nodame is, if they can be called as such.
Unlike Nodame that is a comedy sometimes turns a bit serious, Perfect World is a very serious piece that gets funny and cheerful sometimes (quite many times). It's not about rivals, not at all, even when Shuuhei might think so. As Kai put it, to give their best and play the piano is not about defeating other pianists, but defeating your self and your own weaknesses. Shuuhei understandably too absorbed in his own problems that he couldn't see Kai the way he really is, and to see how Kai truly cherishes him as a friend. Kai is fragile yet strong, and very kind, but his life is rather tragic.
I just read this manga up to volume 12, and still waiting to read more. The artwork looks more or less hideous for me, really. However at the end of the day when the story and characters captivate you, artwork means little.
Another one you should avoid if you're in the mood for light entertainment, but recommended when you're looking for rather serious, emotional, and of course quality manga.
Love of music
It is a love story towwards music. One of this series' strengths is how it shows how love of creating music can be so precious to the person creating it. The high that occurs when a musician gets their performance right is just so cool. It is also insidious. You think that it is aimed at kids and then come across a scene that is definitely not for kids.
... Last updated on November 24th, 2010, 10:10am
It's only been quite a few volumes yet...
in its slowish pace of sorts (granted, faster than the later bleach or naruto chapters), it tells a fun and (sometimes not-so) light hearted story about young children in an environment with pianists, whores, and bullies. It sounds off right? Yet if you give it a shot of sorts, you might find yourselves waiting not-so-patiently for the next chapter.
Not Bad at all!
Keeps you interested throughout and the characters are interesting. Stories pretty good and I'll definitely keep on reading!
*at the poster below me* I don't understand what you mean by shounen cliche. What cliches are there? There's a rival but what else? While I agree Nodame Cantabile is better everything you said could also be said about nodame.
Shonen cliches and unable to compare with nodame.
Unfortunately, when you compare it to nodame's cantabile, you find that this manga turns into a shonen manga instantly, rather than seinen. Boy has amazing talent, learns things super fast, and then has, oh, a rival that he has for life. Sigh.
Why do people keep enjoying repetitive plot lines over and over again? It may be a nice read for some, but heck, it's so far and away from real life... When it comes to something as music, it's better to stick to something more researched and well-written. The characters are shallow and unbelievable, the wow this-boy-is-so-amazing is annoying, and all the shonen cliches are there. Joy.
But never mind, it's one of the better written Shonen books, shonen fans can enjoy.
this manga has a great story!! I like it very much!!
This is a greaaat manga X3. I definitely recommend for ppl to read it.