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Review – Piano no Mori: The Perfect World of Kai 钢琴之森

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Browsing through the net and able to found the anime adaptation of Makoto Isshiki ongoing manga Piano no Mori: The Perfect World of Kai (ピアノの森 -The perfect world of KAI-?, lit. “Piano Forest”). I first get introduced to this manga way back in my secondary school, probably 10 years back, i found myself attracted by the simplicity of the story well and the uniqueness of the storyline – Piano. I am a total big fans of piano play. Too bad, i’m not having chance to learn it when i was young.

General details from wikipedia:

Piano no Mori: The Perfect World of Kai (ピアノの森 -The perfect world of KAI-?, lit. “Piano Forest”) is an ongoing manga by Makoto Isshiki, 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 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.

It has been serialized by Kodansha since 1998, initially in Young Magazine Uppers before transferring to Weekly Morning. Serialization is irregular, and went on hiatus in 2002 before resuming in 2006. The serial chapters have been collected in 16 bound volumes to date.

The series was adapted as a 2007 Japanese animated feature film by director Masayuki Kojima and production company Madhouse. The film featured performances by the renowned pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Here’s the mandarin version of the summary (contain spoiler):

故事主要讲述日本天才钢琴家阿宇野因为意外而导致手部受伤,至不能在钢琴上攀上世界的高峰,在心灰意冷之下,阿宇野抛弃了他的钢琴。殊不知被弃在森林里的 钢琴郤为一小孩发现,而小孩慢慢与钢琴发展出深厚感情,在缘份的牵引下,阿字野发现这小孩便是自己的学生海,最令他惊讶的是,海竟透过森林中的钢琴孕育出 天才的音乐感,那是能在世界发光发热的音乐感,阿宇野决定把海带到世界去…

这是只属于一个人的钢琴。立志成为钢琴家的少年雨宫修平因为要给奶奶治病而从东京搬到了乡下。穿着、谈吐、爱好都那么与众不同的都市男孩自然受到了排挤和 欺负。因为他有朋友——真正的朋友。
朋友的名字是一濑海。他是一个漂亮得超过女孩的男孩,不过却野性十足。海的母亲是住在贫民窟板条屋的妓女, 他因此常常被班里的小霸王欺负。也因为同样都被欺负,修平与海相识了。最令人意想不到的是,海居然会弹钢琴!

在贫民窟海简陋的家楼旁边, 有一个小树林,在那树林里,有一架只有海才能弹奏的钢琴。老旧的钢琴在海的弹奏下发出温柔的声音,抚慰着住在板条屋当中人们的心灵。因为 有着共同的爱好,修平与海成为了好朋友。自从发现了海的才能以后,修平的心中就有隐约的不安。因为,修平的父亲是知名的钢琴家,他自己也 一直以父亲为榜样而努力着。然而无师自通学会弹奏钢琴的海的琴声却让他体验到了自己所缺乏的那种感动人心的素质。“我要证明……在小学
生 里我是最好的!”修平这样说,也这样努力着——目标是全日本学生钢琴大赛。

海他们就读的小学的音乐 老师阿字野先生。二十年前,阿字野壮介以高度的技巧与华丽的风姿活跃于钢琴界,是日本的明日之星。但是命运弄人,一次事故让他失去了生命 中最重要的两样东西:他的爱人和弹钢琴的左手。意志消沉的阿字野将只有自己才能弹奏的专用钢琴丢弃,等到他回神过来再次找到这架钢琴的时 候,它已经被丢在一个乡下的小树林当中了。阿字野悲哀地发现,自己已经无法再用这架钢琴弹出任何声音来了!意志消沉的他到附近的小学当了音乐教 师,十年。如今,当阿字野再度涉足这座森林时,他听到了钢琴声,那曲子正是他所作。走进森林,他看到一位赤脚的少年在月光下入神地弹奏着。那正是他曾失去的钢琴!那正是他曾失去的琴声!

“一濑,我们一起弹钢琴吧。”然而,海拒绝了阿字野教导他弹钢琴的好意。一方面是因为事情太突如其来难以接受;另一方面,修平求教于阿字野却被拒绝,海敏锐地感觉到了友人的心 情而不想让修平难过。可是,他没有意识到,自己其实是真正的喜欢弹钢琴的!肖邦、莫扎特、贝多芬……那些大师们美妙乐曲的诱惑是海所无法 拒绝的。为了学会弹奏肖邦的曲 子,他终于求教于阿字野,而阿字野的交换条件正是——参加全日本学生钢琴大赛。

Review

While i have read through all the manga release todate, i have never expect or thought that there will be an anime adaptation of the manga, i felt so lucky today, to be able to revise the story line with a well done anime.

The anime itself is less than satisfaction in my opinion. It is too short to slot in all the neccesary plot and storyline. The best thing about the story is where we will be able to see the Kai Ichinose, the genius pianist grow up to understand, love and share the happiness of playing a piano. This anime is simply too short and unable to capture the whole essence of the story line. Due to this limitation, it is only able to cover only one district tournament, where Kai, play a piece by Mozart in the tournament, only to stop, and play his own version of Mozart because his sensei told him so. This is where the story really bright up, and from what i can see from the ending of the anime, it opens up oppourtunities to continue the storyline, in the form of anime serialize, much like TomokoNinomiya’s Nodame_Cantabile (交响情人梦).

Reception sumamry from wikipedia:

Piano no Mori received the Grand Prize for best manga at the 2008 Japan Media Arts Festival.

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. 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. In South Korea, the film played for 50 weeks and grossed the equivalent of $182,884. The film was nominated for the 2008 Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year. It was also nominated in the Theatrical Film category at the 2008 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. The film made its Canadian / North American premiere at the 2008 Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema.

Conclusion

Go google about this anime / manga and watch it / read it. You will definitely love it.

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