Posted by psgels on 14 February 2008 with categories: Anime Reviews


Piano no Mori can easily be considered as the brother-movie of Miyori no Mori. Both got originally released around the same time, both are slice-of-life movies, both place a lot of emphasis on a forest, and both have a kid of about 11 years old as their main character. In Miyori no Mori, the forest was filled with spirits, in Piano no Mori, the forest has a piano in it.

Both movies have their own strengths and weaknesses. The main characters for Piano no Mori just don’t match up to Miyori, but in exchange Piano no Mori doesn’t have any cardboard-box villain that plagued Miyori. And even though the main characters aren’t as likable as Miyori, this doesn’t mean that they’re bad. This movie portrays quite an interesting rivalry between two polar opposites. Along with the side-characters, they turn into quite an interesting smörgåsbord of a cast.

The major problem with Piano no Mori is the direction. It really felt to me like the creators were going down a checklist of some sorts, to get the necessary developments set up right for the finale. Whenever the creators had to choose between a flowing story and this checklist, they went with the checklist. What’s strange about this is that the director for this movie is top-notch: he’s been behind the critically acclaimed series of Monster and Master Keaton, and his work on the first half of A Spirit of The Sun was terrific as well. While I haven’t seen the first two, I just can’t say that Piano no Mori has been his best work.

Nevertheless, Piano no Mori is a very capable movie, which provided the satisfying ending that I missed with Miyori no Mori. Both movies (or tv-specials in Miyori no Mori’s case) are greatly recommended if you’re looking for a relaxed slice-of-life movie, just don’t expect to be blown away. The tournament at the end of the movie was nicely done, although it would have been better to see more different contestants (some who actually weren’t some kind of reincarnation of Beethoven). Still, this movie did what it set out to do, and that’s enough to make up for two hours that won’t disappoint.

8 Responses

  1. Gottis says:

    I’ll be checking this out! =D

    … And it just dawned on me, watching you type “smörgåsbord” completely correct… You have to live somewhere in Europe, no? =D;;

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Holland, yes. It’s not an actual word here, but I like the sound of it. :P

    What’s interesting is that even my spelling-checker seemed to suggest that the special signs were unnecessary.

  3. Gottis says:

    Ahahahah~ The Å and Ö, along with the Ä are the three final letters in the Swedish alphabet, coming after Z, (Swedish alphabet reads: ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZÅÄÖ) and they’re really important, as there isn’t a word in Swedish that reads “smorgasbord”. At all. ^_^;;

  4. totoum says:

    “The major problem with Piano no Mori is the direction. It really felt to me like the creators were going down a checklist of some sorts, to get the necessary developments set up right for the finale.”

    can you explain that (like with an exemple) because i have no idea what you mean by that.

    Though yeah,i wasn’t blown away,it was a definite nice watch,i seriously got scared at the start since i thought that with kai we’d get one of those extremely annoying shounen heros but he turned out better than that.
    And my dad’s a musician so it was fun to see an anime with so many messages he’s told me.

    also,i predicted you’d give it a 82 and you did!Though i guess i don’t win anything for that lol

  5. psgels psgels says:

    Well, to me it felt like the creators were really trying too hard to make Kai and the other main character (forgot his name) end up competing against each other, that’s why I mentioned it.

  6. petran79 says:

    I’d also recommend checking the 2003 series “Hanada Shonen-shi”, based on another manga of the same author. It is a surprising change from the trend most anime series seem to take.

    The movie should have been turned to a TV series since a lot is lost in just 100 minutes.

    The series succeeds where the movie fails

  7. Suny says:

    I really liked how you stated your feelings and compared the two anime movies, but I still have no idea, from your review, what they are really about- aside from the age of the main characters, and a piano in the forest vs spirits in a forest.

  8. .., wow… this is fascinating… wish to check this out…

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  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 01:50 PM)
    Guess the last thing I will say about Kevin here is that you ain’t done. You will be back. You always come back.
    See you then.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 01:45 PM)
    @Mario, I seen it but I ain’t going to screenings. Besides it’s only really come into form with its third volume.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 01:44 PM)
    Also you were the psgels impersonator? Cause that wasn’t one time, that was three times.
    You are truly a puzzle. Why would you pose as someone you so venomously hate? I am starting to think you may have a mental disorder.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 01:39 PM)
    Don’t lie. You didn’t want psgels to give you a reason.he gave plenty of reasons and you told him to fuck off. If he gave more reasons you would have told him to fuck off more. What you want is agreement which you are never going to get. Hell I could give reasons why I believe Hunter x Hunter isn’t all that great and I am pretty sure your counter will just be “Fuck off”
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 01:36 PM)
    Kevin, something’s it sounds like you are talking to yourself. Like this “because I called Psgels a closed minded person who couldn’t be bothered to back up his opinions if his life depended on it.”
    That’s you. That’s all you. You have never backed up your opinions with anything besides a “Fuck you, that’s why”
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 01:36 PM)
    I will give Kevin one thing. He sure knows how to annoy people into participating. This is the most active the Shoutbox has been in a while.
  • SuperMario
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 01:05 PM)
    Anw, anyone here who watched RWBY? There will be some small screenings around the globe for its second volume of Wednesday 27th of July. Just wonder if there is anyone here going to see it?
  • SuperMario
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 01:02 PM)
    But this one just has limited screening (once a day) and half of people come to watch it have no idea what they sign up for…
  • SuperMario
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 01:01 PM)
    @Kaiser: I watched the Handmaiden in my local cinema. Not sure about Dublin but here in Australia we tend to pick up Korean and Japanese titles fairly quickly.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 09:54 AM)
    Same with action scenes: I might like realistic grounded sword fights, with the battle settling after a few swings and slashes. Others might enjoy over-the-top sequences, with aerial flips and ridiculous power moves.
    This concept can be expanded to the enjoyment of romance, slice-of-life, historic, and any other subject matter. If someone’s a grownup adult and doesn’t realize such a fundamental concept, than they seriously lack critical thinking and social understanding.

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