Piano no Mori

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Piano no Mori: The Perfect World of Kai
Piano no Mori v01 Cover.jpg
Cover of the first volume of Piano no Mori: The Perfect World of Kai as published by Kodansha
ピアノの森 -The perfect world of KAI-
Genre Drama
Manga
Written by Makoto Isshiki
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Young Magazine Uppers
Weekly Morning
Original run 19982015
Volumes 26
Anime film
Directed by Masayuki Kojima
Written by Ryuta Hourai
Music by Keisuke Shinohara
Studio Madhouse
Released July 21, 2007
Runtime 101 minutes
Anime television series
Directed by Gaku Nakatani
Written by Aki Itami
Mika Abe
Music by Harumi Fūka
Studio Fukushima Gainax
Licensed by Netflix
Original network NHK
Original run April 9, 2018 – present
Episodes 24
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Piano no Mori: The Perfect World of Kai (ピアノの森 – The perfect world of KAI, lit. "Piano's Forest") is a manga 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.[1] 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 Gainax's Fukushima branch premiered on April 9, 2018 on NHK.[2][3]

Plot[edit]

Piano no Mori 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: Aya Ueto (film), Sōma Saitō, Ryoko Shiraishi (young) (TV Series)[3]
Shūhei Amamiya (雨宮修平, Amamiya Shūhei)
Voiced by: Ryunosuke Kamiki (film), Natsuki Hanae, Yō Taichi (young) (TV Series)[3]
Sōsuke Ajino (阿字野壮介, Ajino Sōsuke)
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Miyasako (film), Junichi Suwabe (TV Series)[3]

Development[edit]

Makoto Isshiki was inspired to write Piano no Mori when she watched a documentary showing Stanislav Bunin winning the International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition in 1985.[4]

Media[edit]

The series is licensed by Sharp Point Press in Taiwan.[5]

Manga[edit]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBN
01 August 6, 1999[6]ISBN 978-4-06-346030-8
02 August 6, 1999[7]ISBN 978-4-06-346031-5
03 October 8, 1999[8]ISBN 978-4-06-346040-7
04 April 7, 2000[9]ISBN 978-4-06-346056-8
05 August 7, 2000[10]ISBN 978-4-06-346067-4
06 March 7, 2001[11]ISBN 978-4-06-346097-1
07 September 7, 2001[12]ISBN 978-4-06-346118-3
08 May 17, 2002[13]ISBN 978-4-06-346142-8
09 November 8, 2002[14]ISBN 978-4-06-346169-5
10 July 22, 2005[15]ISBN 978-4-06-372449-3
11 December 22, 2005[16]ISBN 978-4-06-372483-7
12 April 21, 2006[17]ISBN 978-4-06-372509-4
13 December 22, 2006[18]ISBN 978-4-06-372554-4
14 June 22, 2007ISBN 978-4-06-372610-7 (normal ed.)[19]
ISBN 978-4-06-364699-3 (limited ed.)[20]
15 May 23, 2008ISBN 978-4-06-372675-6 (normal ed.)[21]
ISBN 978-4-06-362113-6 (limited ed.)[22]
16 August 21, 2009[23]ISBN 978-4-06-372752-4
17 March 23, 2010[24]ISBN 978-4-06-372881-1
18 July 23, 2010[25]ISBN 978-4-06-372917-7
19 November 22, 2010[26]ISBN 978-4-06-372917-7
20 September 23, 2011[27]ISBN 978-4-06-372980-1
21 November 22, 2011[28]ISBN 978-4-06-387022-0
22 August 23, 2012[29]ISBN 978-4-06-387099-2
23 May 23, 2013[30]ISBN 978-4-06-387117-3
24 May 23, 2014[31]ISBN 978-4-06-388324-4
25 October 23, 2014[32]ISBN 978-4-06-388389-3
26 December 22, 2015[33]ISBN 978-4-06-388485-2

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation produced by Gainax's Fukushima branch premiered on April 9, 2018 on NHK.[3] The anime was originally listed to air 12 episodes,[34] but was later announced to air 24 episodes.[35] 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 from January 2019.[36] Netflix have announced that they had acquired exclusive streaming rights for the series worldwide, and will simulcast the series in Japan, and release the series globally in Q3 2018.[37]

No. Title[35] Original air date[35]
1 "The Chosen Hands"
"Erabareta Te" (選ばれた手) 
April 9, 2018
2 "In Order To Play Chopin"
"Shopan o Hiku Tame ni" (ショパンを弾くために) 
April 16, 2018
3 "Mozart's Testament"
"Mōtsaruto no Yuigon" (モーツァルトの遺言) 
April 23, 2018
4 "The Best Performance"
"Ichiban no Piano" (一番のピアノ) 
April 30, 2018
5 "God of Competitions"
"Konkūru no Kamisama" (コンクールの神様) 
May 7, 2018
6 "The Forest Piano"
"Mori no Piano" (森のピアノ) 
May 14, 2018
7 "Reunion"
"Saikai" (再会) 
May 21, 2018
8 "Letter of Challenge"
"Chōsen-jō" (挑戦状) 
May 28, 2018
9 "Commencement at Warsaw"
"Warushawa no Taidō" (ワルシャワの胎動) 
June 4, 2018
10 "Chopin Competition"
"Shopan Konkūru" (ショパン・コンクール) 
June 11, 2018
11 "Pōrando no Shinsei" (ポーランドの新星) June 25, 2018
12 "fff (Forutisshisshimo)" (fff(フォルティッシッシモ)) July 2, 2018

Reception[edit]

Piano no Mori received the Grand Prize for best manga at the 12th Japan Media Arts Festival in 2008.[38]

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.[39] 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.[40] In South Korea, the film played for 50 weeks and grossed the equivalent of $182,884.[41] The film was nominated for the 2008 Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year.[42]

References[edit]

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