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Piano no Mori

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Born into the wealthy family of a famous musician, Shu Amamiya feels it is his fate to become a professional pianist. But when he transfers to a new elementary school, his goal is threatened by an obnoxious classmate, Ichinose Kai, who has the ability to produce beautiful sound from a piano that was thought to be broken. The two quickly become friends; however, their friendship is tested when they face off in a competition to determine who has the better skill, greatest ambition, and the strongest love for the piano.

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Piano no Mori 1998 TBD
Name Role
Shigeru FUJITA Character Design
Masayuki KOJIMA Director
Keisuke SHINOHARA Music
Makoto ISSHIKI Original Manga Creator

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Piano no Mori VivisQueen 8/10 May 17, 2008

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Nodame Cantabile

Nodame Cantabile

The studious and uptight Chiaki is well-known as the top pianist of his school, and dreams of becoming a world-class conductor like his idol, Viera; but his fear of flying (which makes studying abroad impossible) combined with a recent break-up and dismissal from his piano instructor causes that future to seem both bleak and unlikely. After collapsing outside of his apartment, drunk, Chiaki inadvertently meets a young woman named Nodame who, while quite talented at the piano, is unclean, clumsy, and haphazard. Despite being almost polar opposites, the two begin to grow closer and work, together, to overcome the obstacles in their careers.

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Himitsu

Piano no Mori and Nodame Cantabile are not on the same level when it comes to comedy, but then the surrounding storyline would be about playing music. There are unique plays of character relationships and interactions in the two titles. What was most common, in my opinion, was having a main character as a prodigy piano player, yet they play "wildly" or not according to the professional way of playing the piano.

VivisQueen

Not only are the two about classical music, they really go out of their way using masterful music and stunning animation to capture the passion involved in this musical genre. In both Nodame Cantabile and Piano no Mori, the characters are driven by their different motivations for playing music, but in the end, the only thing that can produce truly moving sound is a love for what you do. Inspiring and sensory delights, both anime are worth checking out if you liked either one of them first.

eaper

Each of these have a similar theme of trying to make it into the world of the pianist. Also, each one has a character that has raw talent but lacks practice and one that has both.

whimsical

These two are animes about gifted piano players who are different to conventional pianists. They both have beautiful animation as well as sound. Nodame is about a college going girl while Piano no mori is about a child. In both these anime the main characters have an exceptional sense for music and both are worth a watch!

Beck

Beck

Koyuki is a downcast fourteen-year-old boy who feels disconnected from life. Socially unpopular and lacking confidence, he takes some solace in his fandom of fluffy J-Pop. However, when he saves a strange dog from a group of cruel young bullies, his life changes forever; for through this encounter he meets a genius guitarist named Ryuunosuke and subsequently is introduced to the world famous rock band Dying Breed. Now, he uses his innate singing talent and beginning guitar skills to join with the indy startup band Beck, learning to live a life unlike anything he has ever known...

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RinoaAeris

If you are one of those who knows how wonderful and hard could be become a musician, this will be one of your favourites.

Omurqi

Beck and Piano no Mori adress both the essence of making music and how tough the music world can be. Lots of emphasis is laid on putting your feelings into music, and not just playing the notes. If you enjoyed one of these titles for its accurate focus on music, definitely give the other a try.

eaper

Each of these series focus on the difficulty of making it into the world of professional music. If you enjoy that aspect of either anime, you will surely enjoy that aspect of it in the other.

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Whisper of the Heart

Whisper of the Heart
  • Movie (1 ep x 111 min)
  • 1995

Whisper of the Heart is a touching Ghibli slice-of-life story, about a young girl named Shizuku. While riding the train, she notices a fat cat riding alongside her. Following the cat, she finds a shop where she is told an enchanting story of a gold statue named "The Baron". WotH follows Shizuku in her struggles to grow, and her budding love with the shopkeeper's son.

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valondar

Both of these are absolutely charming, slow-moving drama films which feature youths displaying creative talent, and - though in very different senses - entering a rivalry. Piano no Mori is entirely about musical talent, specifically as pianists, and focuses on the rivalry and the friendship of two boys - while Whisper of the Heart has musical talent in one of its protagonists and a broader writing talent in the other, though it also includes musical renditions by its young leads at key moments. While there is still too an intellectual rivalry between the characters there is also a romance budding between this young man and girl; either way these charming and literate films about youth should appeal to the same audience.

MoonSlayer

Both of these movies are about children becoming friends because of their interest in music. They are slow-paced and deal with daily life, and give you the same feeling when you're watching them.

Menchi

Whisper of the Heart and Piano no Mori share three major things. Firstly, they're both quite realistic drama movies with small elements of fantasy added. Also, both titles follow a relationship of two people, specifically two friends in the other and lovers in the other movie. And lastly, both include music, although it has a little bigger role in Piano no Mori. Great family friendly titles, I recommend both!

Gauche the Cellist

Gauche the Cellist
  • Movie (1 ep x 65 min)
  • 1982

Goshu is a small-town musician with a passion for playing the cello, and is a dedicated member of the local orchestra. With an important performance in a matter of weeks, the group practices daily to hone their skills. But lately, Goshu's musical ability has been lacking, and to get it back, he must accept help from the unlikeliest of kin -- the furry and feathered friends who dwell on his land...

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Singan

While Piano is a drama and Gauche is something like an Aesop's tale, essentially they both are stories about classically-trained musicians trying to improve their skills and searching for creativity. So, if you liked the one, check the other too.

Honey and Clover

Honey and Clover

Art college: cradle of romance, home of bittersweet moments. Takemoto is struggling to find his direction in life, while his roommates Morita and Mayama are moving confidently - or recklessly - towards their goals. Enter Hagu-chan, the childlike and beautiful prodigy whom everyone admires; and thus the love triangles begin. Together, the trio explore the pain of first love, the trials of romantic conflict, and our loyalty to those annoying people who happen to be our closest friends.

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quisaz

Both series are about artists and the gap between those who work hard to reach their aim and those who are gifted with talent.

Also they are both animated very brilliant and focus much on impressive moments like the atmosphere in a forest, sunsets or watching an artist doing a masterpiece.

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