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Piano no Mori  
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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.


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

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Latest Release(s)
v.26 c.241 (end) by Easy Going Scans 9 months ago
v.26 c.240 by Easy Going Scans 10 months ago
v.26 c.239 by Easy Going Scans 11 months 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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Piano no Mori by Unproductive


User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (492 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.75 / 10.0
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Last Updated
May 21st 2017, 6:52am PST



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

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #487 increased(+116)
Monthly Pos #824 increased(+156)
3 Month Pos #1146 increased(+169)
6 Month Pos #1296 decreased(-5)
Year Pos #1315 decreased(-325)

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On 1824 reading lists
On 1031 wish lists
On 297 completed lists
On 73 unfinished lists
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Forum Posts
The Piano Forest Gets TV Anime 4 months ago
Piano no Mori Manga to End in Its 26th Volume over 3 years ago
latest scanlated chapter over 7 years ago

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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.

Spoiler (highlight to view)
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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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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