The Piano Forest Manga to End on Thursday
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
This year's 49th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine is publishing the final chapter of Makoto Isshiki's Piano no Mori (The Piano Forest) manga on Thursday. In addition, the magazine is also revealing that Kodansha will publish the manga's 26th and final volume on December 22.
Isshiki had just resumed the manga in August after putting it in hiatus since the results of the International Chopin Piano Competition were announced in the manga's story.
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 ceased publication in 2004. The series resumed in 2006 in Morning magazine. Kodansha published the manga's 25th compiled book volume in October 2014. 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 Shonen-shi received a television anime adaptation in 2002 and a live-action film adaptation in 2006.