4.338 out of 5 from 72 votes
In the world of classical music, Chiaki Shinichi is a stellar talent in the making; yet with everything going for him, he is nevertheless tied down by his own phobias. Unable to leave Japan because of his fears of flying and sailing, he finds himself in the company of another naturally-talented person, the very weird girl Noda "Nodame" Megumi. Together, the two find themselves in a slowly more intimate relationship, as they struggle to develop their talents and overcome their shortcomings.
If you liked Nodame Cantabile or Piano no Mori, you'd like the other because both are stories in which music (the piano) takes a central place, with sprinkles of comedy here and there.
The main characters are similar as well: Kai and Nodame both have extraordinary talent for the piano, but both of them play in a way that isn't exactly 'suitable' for competition. And then we have Amamiya and Chiaki, perfectionists which were both raised playing the piano by-the-book.
The main difference between these two stories is that Piano no Mori lacks the romantic element present in Nodame Cantabile, and the latter leans more towards comedy.