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The Piano Forest

Season 1 2018

  • 2018-04-08T15:15:00Z on NHK
  • 24 mins
  • 4 hours, 48 mins (12 episodes)
  • Japan
  • Japanese
  • Comedy, Drama, Anime

A tranquil tale about two boys from very different upbringings. On one hand you have Kai, born as the son of a prostitute, who's been playing the abandoned piano in the forest near his home ever since he was young. And on the other you have Syuhei, practically breast-fed by the piano as the son of a family of prestigious pianists. Yet it is their common bond with the piano that eventually intertwines their paths in life.

12 episodes

1x01 (1) Chosen One

  • Series Premiere

    2018-04-08T15:15:00Z — 24 mins

Shuhei Amamiya transfers into Kai Ichinose's elementary school. As an aspiring pianist, he's shocked that Kai has no teacher after hearing him play.

1x02 (2) To Play Chopin's Pieces

  • 2018-04-15T15:15:00Z — 24 mins

To Ajino, who hurt his musical abilities in a car accident, meeting Kai seems like fate. But Kai just wants to be able to play a certain Chopin piece.

1x03 (3) What Mozart Has Left

  • 2018-04-22T15:15:00Z — 24 mins

Ajino sets a Mozart piece as Kai's entry for the contest, but Kai worries that he hasn't found his own style of playing. Shuhei is favored to win.

1x04 (4) The Best Piano

  • 2018-04-29T15:15:00Z — 24 mins

After Takako's performance, it's time for Kai to take the stage. With his mother, Ajino and Shuhei's father watching, it's time to show his skills.

1x05 (5) God of Competition

  • 2018-05-06T15:15:00Z — 24 mins

After the contest, Shuhei transfers back to Tokyo and Kai finds that the piano in the woods is broken. Takako vows to win for Kai's sake.

1x06 (6) Forest of Piano

  • 2018-05-13T15:15:00Z — 24 mins

The piano in the forest goes up in flames, but Ajino tells Kai that it can live on within him. His mother tells him to concentrate on his music.

1x07 (7) Reunion

  • 2018-05-20T15:15:00Z — 24 mins

Five years later, Shuhei returns to Japan determined to see Kai again. After some searching, he finds his friend in a very unexpected place.

1x08 (8) A Letter of Challenge

  • 2018-05-27T15:15:00Z — 24 mins

An injured Takako travels to Tokyo with her teacher Shiba, who first noticed her at the competition five years before. There, she meets Kai again.

1x09 (9) New Signs in Warsaw

  • 2018-06-03T15:15:00Z — 24 mins

At the Chopin competition preliminaries in Poland, Kai nearly has a meltdown, but Shuhei performs as usual. Shuhei is frustrated when they meet again.

1x10 (10) The Chopin Competition

  • 2018-06-10T15:15:00Z — 24 mins

The first contestants take the stage for the Chopin competition. Kai is shocked that a Chinese pianist's playing sounds just like Ajino's.

1x11 (11) New Wind from Poland

  • 2018-06-24T15:15:00Z — 24 mins

Shuhei takes the stage at the competition, impressing everyone. Taking a walk to calm his nerves, Kai meets Polish pianist Lech.

1x12 (12) Fortississimo

  • 2018-07-01T15:15:00Z — 24 mins

It’s finally Kai’s turn to play. His playing transports the audience to the forest as Shuhei, Takako and Ajino reflect on their friend’s journey.