PIANO NO MORI
No of episodes:- 12
Genres:- Adventure, Comedy, Music, Drama, School, Seinen
Studio:- Fukushima Gainax
Piano no Mori has also ended now and is on hold until Winter 2019 for a season 2! Here is my review for season 1.
In a season with lots of similar shows, Piano no Mori was a different experience focusing on classical music and the competitive spirit on it focusing on competitions and rivalries.
I liked how different this whole show was compared to all other shows. It felt relaxing to watch whilst having some solid drama too.
Also nice to see an anime focus only on music and not romance with music.
However, the pacing was pretty poor. The first half was really fast and that half could have used this entire season whilst the second half was slow with the competition, which was pretty lackluster in my opinion since half the time, they showed more backstage conversations than music.
Kai is a nice fella and a likable character.
Shuuhei is fine but is the epitome of a generic rival. I feel like he isn't that dynamic of a character since he doesn't really offer anything else except being Kai's rival.
Atleast he and Kai have good chemistry as frenemies.
The others like Ajino and Takako were solid but needed more time.
Art & Animation (5/10)
The characters look nice but the hair is a bit too stiff. Kai's hair looks like he went Super Saiyan.
And the CG performances are no good. It looks way too unnatural.
Of course a music anime should have a lovely OST.
The songs performed were standard big classical pieces, but were great choices.
The ED song is nice too.
It was kinda fun. Had some dull parts but I enjoyed most of it, especially the music.
Piano no Mori had issues, but was a solid show nonetheless, for the music.
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