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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.

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
Original network NHK
Original run April 2018scheduled
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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 has been announced and will premiere in April 2018 on NHK.[2]

Contents

PlotEdit

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.

DevelopmentEdit

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.[3]

MediaEdit

The series is licensed by Sharp Point Press in Taiwan.[4]

MangaEdit

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

ReceptionEdit

Piano no Mori received the Grand Prize for best manga at the 12th Japan Media Arts Festival in 2008.[33]

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.[34] 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.[35] In South Korea, the film played for 50 weeks and grossed the equivalent of $182,884.[36] The film was nominated for the 2008 Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year.[37]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-07-12/piano-no-mori-manga-final-arc-to-start-in-august/.90276
  2. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-10-23/the-piano-forest-manga-gets-tv-anime-in-april-2018/.123036
  3. ^ "2008 Japan Media Arts Festival Manga Division Grand Prize PIANO NO MORI". Japan Media Arts Festival. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  4. ^ 琴之森(01) (in Chinese). Sharp Point Press. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  5. ^ ピアノの森 (1) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  6. ^ ピアノの森 (2) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  7. ^ ピアノの森 (3) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  8. ^ ピアノの森 (4) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  9. ^ ピアノの森 (5) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  10. ^ ピアノの森 (6) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  11. ^ ピアノの森 (7) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  12. ^ ピアノの森 (8) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  13. ^ ピアノの森 (9) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  14. ^ ピアノの森 (10) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  15. ^ ピアノの森 (11) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  16. ^ ピアノの森 (12) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  17. ^ ピアノの森 (13) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  18. ^ ピアノの森 (14) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  19. ^ ピアノの森 限定版 (14) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  20. ^ ピアノの森 (15) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  21. ^ ピアノの森 限定版 (15) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  22. ^ ピアノの森 (16) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  23. ^ ピアノの森 (17) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved July 11, 2010. 
  24. ^ ピアノの森 (18) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved July 11, 2010. 
  25. ^ ピアノの森 (19) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved November 22, 2010. 
  26. ^ ピアノの森 (20) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved October 16, 2011. 
  27. ^ ピアノの森 (21) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved February 7, 2012. 
  28. ^ ピアノの森 (22) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  29. ^ ピアノの森 (23) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  30. ^ ピアノの森 (24) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved March 8, 2015. 
  31. ^ ピアノの森 (25) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved March 8, 2015. 
  32. ^ ピアノの森 (26) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved January 22, 2016. 
  33. ^ "Award winning works – Piano no Mori". Japan Media Art Plaza. 10 December 2008. Retrieved December 12, 2008. 
  34. ^ "Japanese Box Office, July 21–22: Piano no Mori at #9". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  35. ^ "2007 Japan Yearly Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  36. ^ "South Korea Box Office: October 9–11, 2009". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  37. ^ "Japan Academy Prize (2008)" (in Japanese). Japan Academy Prize. Archived from the original on February 20, 2008. Retrieved December 20, 2010. 

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