Forest of Piano

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Forest of Piano
Piano no Mori v01 Cover.jpg
Cover of the first volume of Forest of Piano as published by Kodansha
ピアノの森 -The perfect world of KAI-
GenreDrama
Manga
Written byMakoto Isshiki
Published byKodansha
English publisherKodansha Comics
DemographicSeinen
MagazineYoung Magazine Uppers
Weekly Morning
Original run19982015
Volumes26
Anime film
Directed byMasayuki Kojima
Written byRyuta Hourai
Music byKeisuke Shinohara
StudioMadhouse
ReleasedJuly 21, 2007
Runtime101 minutes
Anime television series
Directed byRyūtarō Suzuki (season 1)
Gaku Nakatani (season 1)
Hiroyuki Yamaga (season 2)
Written byAki Itami
Mika Abe
Music byHarumi Fuuki
StudioGaina[a]
Licensed byNetflix
Original networkNHK
Original run April 9, 2018 – present
Episodes24 (List of episodes)
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Forest of Piano, known in Japan as Piano no Mori: The Perfect World of Kai (ピアノの森 – The perfect world of KAI), is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Makoto Isshiki. It was serialized by Kodansha from 1998 to 2015, initially in Young Magazine Uppers before transferring to Weekly Morning. Serialization is irregular, and went on hiatus in 2002 before resuming in 2006. The series ended after 26 bound volumes.[2] The series was adapted into a 2007 Japanese animated feature film by director Masayuki Kojima and production company Madhouse. The film featured performances by the renowned pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy. An anime television series adaptation produced by Gaina premiered on April 9, 2018 on NHK.

Plot[edit]

Forest of Piano is a story that follows Kai Ichinose, a boy who lives in the red light district but escapes at night to play the piano in the forest. Shuhei Amamiya, the grade-school son of a professional pianist, transfers to Moriwaki Elementary, Kai's elementary school. But it doesn't take long before Shuhei is picked on by the class bullies, and gets involved in a dare to play the mysterious piano in the forest, leading to his meeting with Kai, who seems to be the only one capable of getting sound out of the thought-to-be broken piano. Kai's ability earns him the respect of Shuhei and his music teacher, former master pianist Sosuke Ajino. Both Shuhei and Ajino try to get Kai to take proper piano lessons, but Kai is at first resistant to refining his piano-playing technique. However, after hearing Sosuke play a Chopin piece he just can't seem to play himself, he relents.

Characters[edit]

Kai Ichinose (一ノ瀬 海, Ichinose Kai)
Voiced by: Sōma Saitō, Ryoko Shiraishi (young)[3] (Japanese); Johnny Yong Bosch[4] (English)
Kai is the son of a prostitute. He is an elementary school student who often plays the mysterious piano in the forest. He has the ability to instantly remember any piano piece he hears and play it back perfectly. In the future, he is a renowned pianist.
Sōsuke Ajino (阿字野壮介, Ajino Sōsuke)
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe[3] (Japanese); Kyle McCarley[4] (English)
Sosuke is the music teacher at Kai and Shuhei's school. In his youth he was a famous pianist who won several awards for his playing, however his career was abruptly ended after an accident injured his left hand and killed his fiance. After discovering Kai's affinity for the piano, he becomes his coach.
Shūhei Amamiya (雨宮修平, Amamiya Shūhei)
Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae, Yō Taichi (young)[3] (Japanese); Griffin Burns[4] (English)
Shuhei is a transfer student from Tokyo who makes quick friends with Kai following their love for the piano.
Pang Wei (パン・ウェイ, Pan Uey)
Voiced by: Yuichi Nakamura
Lech Szymanowski (レフシマノフキ, Ref Shimanofuki)
Voiced by: Kenn
Takako Maruyama (丸山誉子, Maruyama Takako)
Voiced by: Aoi Yūki (Japanese); Cristina Vee[4] (English)
Takako appears as one of the participants at the regional piano competition. She was inspired by Kai to become a better pianist.
Namie Amamiya (雨宮奈美恵, Amamiya Namie)
Voiced by: Marie Miyake (Japanese); Julie Ann Taylor[4] (English)
Namie is Shuhei's mother.

Development[edit]

Makoto Isshiki was inspired to write Forest of Piano when she watched a documentary showing Stanislav Bunin winning the International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition in 1985.[5]

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Forest of Piano was published by Kodansha in Japan, who serialized the series in Young Magazine Uppers 1998 to 2004, and in Weekly Morning from 2004 to 2005.[2] The series was published into 26 tankōbon volumes, with the first volume being released on August 6, 1999,[6] and the final volume released on December 22, 2015.[7]

The series is licensed by Sharp Point Press in Taiwan.[8] Kodansha Comics acquired the series for publication in English, and are releasing the volumes digitally.[9]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBN
01 August 6, 1999[6]ISBN 978-4-06-346030-8
02 August 6, 1999[10]ISBN 978-4-06-346031-5
03 October 8, 1999[11]ISBN 978-4-06-346040-7
04 April 7, 2000[12]ISBN 978-4-06-346056-8
05 August 7, 2000[13]ISBN 978-4-06-346067-4
06 March 7, 2001[14]ISBN 978-4-06-346097-1
07 September 7, 2001[15]ISBN 978-4-06-346118-3
08 May 17, 2002[16]ISBN 978-4-06-346142-8
09 November 8, 2002[17]ISBN 978-4-06-346169-5
10 July 22, 2005[18]ISBN 978-4-06-372449-3
11 December 22, 2005[19]ISBN 978-4-06-372483-7
12 April 21, 2006[20]ISBN 978-4-06-372509-4
13 December 22, 2006[21]ISBN 978-4-06-372554-4
14 June 22, 2007ISBN 978-4-06-372610-7 (normal ed.)[22]
ISBN 978-4-06-364699-3 (limited ed.)[23]
15 May 23, 2008ISBN 978-4-06-372675-6 (normal ed.)[24]
ISBN 978-4-06-362113-6 (limited ed.)[25]
16 August 21, 2009[26]ISBN 978-4-06-372752-4
17 March 23, 2010[27]ISBN 978-4-06-372881-1
18 July 23, 2010[28]ISBN 978-4-06-372917-7
19 November 22, 2010[29]ISBN 978-4-06-372917-7
20 September 23, 2011[30]ISBN 978-4-06-372980-1
21 November 22, 2011[31]ISBN 978-4-06-387022-0
22 August 23, 2012[32]ISBN 978-4-06-387099-2
23 May 23, 2013[33]ISBN 978-4-06-387117-3
24 May 23, 2014[34]ISBN 978-4-06-388324-4
25 October 23, 2014[35]ISBN 978-4-06-388389-3
26 December 22, 2015[7]ISBN 978-4-06-388485-2

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation produced by Gaina premiered on April 9, 2018 on NHK.[36][3] The series is directed by Gaku Nakatani with Ryūtarō Suzuki serving as the series director. Aki Itami and Mika Abe are in charge of series composition, and Sumie Kinoshita is handling character designs. Harumi Fuuki is composing the series' music.[37] The anime was originally listed to air for 12 episodes,[38] but was later announced to air for 24 episodes.[39] The 24 episodes will air in two seasons, with the first season airing from April to July 2018, and the second season scheduled to air in January 28, 2019.[40] Hiroyuki Yamaga will take over as director for the second season, while the rest of the staff and cast will reprise their roles.[41] Netflix have announced that they had acquired exclusive streaming rights for the series worldwide, and simulcast the series in Japan, and released the series globally in September 2018.[42]

Season 1[edit]

No. in series No. in season Title[39][b] Original air date[39]
11"Chosen One"
Transcription: "Erabareta Te" (Japanese: 選ばれた手)
April 9, 2018 (2018-04-09)
22"To play Chopin's Pieces"
Transcription: "Shopan o Hiku Tame ni" (Japanese: ショパンを弾くために)
April 16, 2018 (2018-04-16)
33"What Mozart has left"
Transcription: "Mōtsaruto no Yuigon" (Japanese: モーツァルトの遺言)
April 23, 2018 (2018-04-23)
44"The Best Piano"
Transcription: "Ichiban no Piano" (Japanese: 一番のピアノ)
April 30, 2018 (2018-04-30)
55"God of Competition"
Transcription: "Konkūru no Kamisama" (Japanese: コンクールの神様)
May 7, 2018 (2018-05-07)
66"Forest of Piano"
Transcription: "Mori no Piano" (Japanese: 森のピアノ)
May 14, 2018 (2018-05-14)
77"Reunion"
Transcription: "Saikai" (Japanese: 再会)
May 21, 2018 (2018-05-21)
88"A Letter of Challenge"
Transcription: "Chōsen-jō" (Japanese: 挑戦状)
May 28, 2018 (2018-05-28)
99"New Signs at Warsaw"
Transcription: "Warushawa no Taidō" (Japanese: ワルシャワの胎動)
June 4, 2018 (2018-06-04)
1010"The Chopin Competition"
Transcription: "Shopan Konkūru" (Japanese: ショパン・コンクール)
June 11, 2018 (2018-06-11)
1111"New Wind from Poland"
Transcription: "Pōrando no Shinsei" (Japanese: ポーランドの新星)
June 25, 2018 (2018-06-25)
1212"fff"
Transcription: "fff (Forutisshisshimo)" (Japanese: fff(フォルティッシッシモ))
July 2, 2018 (2018-07-02)

Season 2[edit]

No. in series No. in season Title[39][c] Original air date[39]
131"Chopin's Journey"
Transcription: "Shopan no Tabiji" (Japanese: ショパンの旅路)
January 28, 2019 (2019-01-28)
142"Fixation"
Transcription: "Kakeru Omoi" (Japanese: 懸ける想い)
February 4, 2019 (2019-02-04)
153"Awakening"
Transcription: "Kakuseu" (Japanese: 覚醒)
February 11, 2019 (2019-02-11)
164"Promise"
Transcription: "Yakusoku" (Japanese: 約束)
February 18, 2019 (2019-02-18)
175"Dance of Deliberation"
Transcription: "Shingi wa Odoru" (Japanese: 審議は踊る)
February 25, 2019 (2019-02-25)
186"Requiem"
Transcription: "Rekuiemu" (Japanese: レクイエム)
March 4, 2019 (2019-03-04)
197"For The Sake Of Your Number One"
Transcription: "Kimi no "1-ban" no Tame ni" (Japanese: 君の"1番"のために)
March 11, 2019 (2019-03-11)
208"The Truth About Pang Wei"
Transcription: "Pan Uei no Shinjitsu" (Japanese: パン・ウェイの真実)
March 18, 2019 (2019-03-18)
219"For Your Living Evidence"
Transcription: "Anata ga Ikita Akashi ni" (Japanese: あなたが生きた証に)
March 25, 2019 (2019-03-25)

Reception[edit]

Forest of Piano received the Grand Prize for best manga at the 12th Japan Media Arts Festival in 2008.[43]

The movie adaptation debuted in 9th place at the Japanese box office the week it came out, unusually high for a non-franchise animated film.[44] By the end of the year, it had grossed the equivalent of $1,555,297, ranking 119 on the overall yearly box office chart for Japan.[45] In South Korea, the film played for 50 weeks and grossed the equivalent of $182,884.[46] The film was nominated for the 2008 Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year.[47]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Fukushima Gainax renamed into Gaina on August 9, 2018 after Kinoshita Group Holdings acquired the studio.[1]
  2. ^ English titles are taken from Netflix.
  3. ^ English titles are taken from Netflix.

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