The Piano Forest TV Anime Premieres on April 8
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The official website for the television anime of Makoto Isshiki's Piano no Mori (The Piano Forest) manga revealed on Wednesday that the anime will premiere on NHK on April 8 at 12:10 a.m. (effectively April 9 morning).
Gaku Nakatani (Madagascar 3 CG supervisor) is directing the anime at Fukushima Gainax. Aki Itami (Flowers of Evil, Mushishi, Rainbow Days) and Mika Abe (Danchi Tomoo) are in charge of series composition. Sumie Kinoshita (Girlish Number, A Sister's All You Need) is designing the characters, and is also credited as chief animation director. Aoi Yūki (Saga of Tanya the Evil, Hakumei and Mikochi) is performing the ending theme song "Kaeru Basho ga Aru to Iu Koto" (To Have a Place to Come Home to).
Nippon Columbia hosted an audition for pianists to play for the show's main characters Kai, Shūhei, or Takako in their childhood years.
The manga follows two boys from different walks of life. Kai was born the son of a prostitute and learned to play an abandoned piano in the forest by his home. Shūhei is child of two prestigious pianists. The two boys end up meeting through their one common thread: music.