Piano no Mori Manga's Final Arc to Start in August

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Music manga that inspired 2007 MADHOUSE film originally launched in 1998

The official website of Kodansha's Morning magazine announced on July 2 that manga artist Makoto Isshiki will resume her Piano no Mori manga in August, putting the series in its final arc. The manga had been on hiatus since the results of the International Chopin Piano Competition were announced in the manga's story. Isshiki previously announced last October that the manga will end in its 26th compiled book volume.

Piano no Mori 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. Shuhei is child of two prestigious pianists. The two boys end up meeting through their one common thread: music.

Isshiki launched the series in 1998 in Kodansha's Young Magazine Uppers until the magazine went out of publication in 2004. The series resumed in 2006 in Morning magazine. Kodansha published the manga's 25th compiled book volume on October 23. The manga has sold more than 3.5 million copies.

MADHOUSE adapted the manga into an anime film in 2007. The manga won the Japan Media Arts Festival prize in the Manga category in 2008. Isshiki's 1993 manga Hanada Shōnen-shi received a television anime adaptation in 2002 and a live-action film adaptation in 2006.

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