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Piano no Mori  
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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.

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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.16 c.139 by Easy Going Scans (0d ago)
v.15 c.138 by Easy Going Scans (8d ago)
v.15 c.137 by Easy Going Scans (41d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
25 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

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

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Piano no Mori by Unproductive


User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (411 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.73 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 22nd 2015, 3:43am PST

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

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #637 decreased(-288)
Monthly Pos #568 increased(+162)
3 Month Pos #658 increased(+45)
6 Month Pos #589 increased(+218)

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On 860 wish lists
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Piano no Mori Manga to End in Its 26th Volume 61 days, 4 hours, 26 minutes ago
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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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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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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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