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Seinen Piano no Mori by Isshiki Makoto

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The first two volumes haven't dragged. So far it has a really nice pace, a really absorbing story. So far Ajino is my favorite character.
 

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Oh it's so nice to see barbapapa post :wtf Thanks for the assurance that you're not dropping it! :worship
 

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man, you're too slow kait. :p

shouryuujo, I didn't feel the drag maybe because I read all 9 volumes in one go... :hurr

One thing that actually helps me read this series is that while I read the chapters I listen to the score they play. And then I can imagine it more.
I got through this one pretty quickly as well (though not in one go like you did :p). It's definitely the type of manga that is really easy to read and get absorbed in. I took your advice and listened to some of the scores they mentioned while reading and it really did enhance the experience. Like, for example, when Kai was playing Lizst's La Campanella and Syuhei talked about hearing the sound of bells, listening to it myself at the same time allowed me to step into his shoes a bit more easily (especially listening to that version I linked to :wtf).

Oh it's so nice to see barbapapa post :wtf Thanks for the assurance that you're not dropping it! :worship
Seconded! :nuts
 

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well vol 19 is out... the competition will go to the next stage and i think the next stage will probably be another 2-3 volumes so a year's time?

http://www.xindm.cn/type.asp?typeid=805

has chinese scans (minus vol 18) if anyone interested
here's some recap from ~10+ ... emphasize mostly on the competition not many of the side stuff...

Basically we have Kei participating in a competition in Japan to meet JJ Serrault(world famous composer)- an old friend of Ajino's. The goal was to have JJ write a reccomendation letter for Kei to participate a world piano competition in Poland and of course to have Kei show his mad skillz. This actually surprised Shuhei's dad because he went to see JJ about whether Shuhei should apply for the competition. Shuhei was surprised as well because he though Kei might do it in 5 years but not next year (when the competition is). So Shuhei decides to compete as well and we fast forward to preliminaries next year with ~300 contestants.

So we see many pianists from different worlds there and Kei almost failed the preliminaries because of nervousness but was saved by Shuhei's coughing. Kei also met Lech who is seen as a weak person who got sick easily and had to push his playing time (kei's first guess was Lech's faking it...). While others stayed in hotel/mansions Kei made home in a bar in poland during the competition - the bar owner is a friend of JJ. The competition begins and throughout the competition the theme is "poland" so music selection more "polish" and there's also emphasize on "feeling like polish" in some scores. So we go to first round where some "important chars" were shown playing like Sophie (french model), shuhei, WeiPong(chinese who idolizes Ajino and is seen as a "copu" of him), Lech(polish), carl(polish), korean brothers (provides some comedic relief) and Kei who had the most face time. Then the judges score - basically there are 19 judges with 8 from Poland and the score is by a "yes/no" tally then if there's a tie there will be points tally. A "yes" grade will give at least 70 points. There is one judge who gave Kei a "no" because he sees Kei as a threat to Lech - the only polish Pianist after carl is out of competition. We get down from 80 to 30 after the first stage with carl not getting in and we proceed to 2nd stage.

second stage is going from 30 cut to 12. Kei and Lech has become closer friends - lech also loves nature and showed kei around the park areas... Screentime given to WeiPong who plays while reminiscing his background where he was a homeless kid and bullied but he had a knack for piano and some old guy "bought" him and made him play the piano and beating him when he wasn't playing well. Then we have Shuhei and Lech play in vol 18 (not scanned on the site...). But Lech seems to be the crowd/judges favorite after he finished playing in vol 19. Shuhei's dad basically thought to himself that either WeiPong or Lech will win out. Kei comes after Lech which is seen at a huge disadvantage because people were still riled up after Lech's performance (same day). Kei blows the audience and judges away and one judge thought to himself how Kei showed the emotion of the Polish in his music and not even japanese pianists who studied in poland can display that skill. So Kei finishes and the "evil" judge gave him a No again and a lady judge saw him doing it. Some other folks play then we get to the judges room scoring.

Basically there are 8 who got perfect 19 yeses with 8th 18, 9th 17, 10th 16th and 4 14s. So the dillema is the 4 14s and we get to see the points comparison - and Shuhei is in the 4 who are tied. Then the judges discuss what they should do about it with some back and forth about points etc. Then the evil judge asks how many japanese pianist there are and there are 3 and then he said they should get rid of one of them but the head judge said they should judge on skills not nationality. Late the evil judge said that he assumes Kei to be 8-10th since he gave him a NO and they should disqualify him and let Shuhei stay. He said because of Kei's unorthodox playing style he should be disqualified (recall 1st competition?) and also Kei doesnt have the prestige Shuhei has and he didn't even go to any piano competitions(i guess well known). The evil judge said that to try to rile up the other 7 polish judges to agree with him so he can get rid of Kei who he sees is the obstacle to Lech. ANyway the head judge said the competition committee has abolished the old rules 5 years ago on competition restrictions etc. and Kei is the first one since then who made into 2nd rd and the judges here are to pick the best pianist not who's from what prestigous family etc. So they go onto further deliberation.

So we reach the results - pretty much the people with face time all got in with Shuhei out of competition. His dad was trying to ask the judge who is also Shuhei's instructor how Shuhei didnt get in etc. and he was also annoyed the judge didn't apologize etc. Shuhei makes a quick exit out of the building... And here we come to the part where i think will be Kei's downfall in the 3rd (final?) round. Kei went to congratulate Lech but he wasn't sure if he got in because he heard the last 3 names (he did) and Lech said congratulations but thinking to himself (it is unfortunate kei got through...) then they see Shuhei walking out and Lech suggested Kei to "congratulate" Shuhei. Kei didn't know better so went to face Shuhei with a smiling face and Shuhei got pissed at kei and Kei was like "huh" and Shuhei went back to his hotel crying.


So i guess Lech is really decious afterall - he is seen as a "weakling" in the beginning to go under the radar by faking illness and then comes to the main competition strong. But i am still not sure if he is really "evil" though...

I think there are 2 ways to end this competiton - Kei loses next rd because of emotional conflicts (his new friend Lech betraying him and shuhei pissed at him). Second end which i think prob will happen is Kei, Weipong and Lech get into the finals and the evil judge screws Kei over again and Lech wins it all with "honorable mention" of Kei. I think Kei winning his first world competition is a bit too much of a growth spurt no?
 
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I <3 Piano no Mori so much. Patiently waiting for translation, patiently waiting, paitently. However, while I'm not clourophobic, I don't ever want to see Kai in a clown outfit ever again.
 

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I <3 Piano no Mori so much. Patiently waiting for translation, patiently waiting, paitently. However, while I'm not clourophobic, I don't ever want to see Kai in a clown outfit ever again.
How about dressed like a woman?
 

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waaaa I don't wanna click on the spoilers :shakefist

I'm waiting for the scans, thanks :wtf

[goods]Omg, me too. Those spoiler tags are so tempting, though! :crying[/goods]
 
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waaaa I don't wanna click on the spoilers :shakefist

I'm waiting for the scans, thanks :wtf
one thing about the theme of the manga is shuhei being the "underdog" to Kei and his dad being "inferior" to ajino.Normally people like the underdogs but to think Kei being "beaten" after all that hardship is inconceivable right?
 
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oh no.... spoilers for future...

It seems Kai will have a setback in the future. It was slightly hinted early on about his hand/fingers but after reading vol 18 it seems the question came up again and there are more hints of potential problems regarding his fingers... he is in final 12 in the competition right now so I think he might have to get out of the competition in the future... we still dont know the severity of the injury at this point in latest released volume but there might be more about it in raw chapter releases which i dont think many have..
 

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I just read up to chapter 75. I'm absolutely on edge about this manga!

It's quite an interesting turn, and for sure I feel it's huge character development to touch on Kai's sexuality. He's been raised in a place of hookers, and has seen his mother in the act a dozen times, and has been almost raped himself. So I don't really know his views are on sexuality.

Maybe to some genius and androgynous person like him, it doesn't seem too be important. Or maybe he doesn't value it that much. Or he has understood it to be merely human nature that one can't escape from.

Is he really in love, I wonder? If so, I'm excited how this will affect his music. :wtf
 

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Be prepared for a pretty cold shower.
During volume 10 this manga went on hiatus for a few years, and when it came back, Isshiki sort of ignored the romance subplot and went a different direction.
 

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Oh really? Well, I'm not really someone who complains much about mangaka and whatever decisions they wish to take regarding manga I read. If I don't like how it turns out I simply drop it.

I hope that's not the case for this manga though. :p
 

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Hey guys, got some bad news. The person who owns the KEFI site says he's closing it down some time in December. Since I don't really have any options to take it someplace else; along with staff continuously bailing on me, and its never ending status wearing my motivation down... I've decided to stop working on it.
Hopefully some other good group takes over (or it gets licensed), because I still like reading it.

I'll probably do a final release in the coming weeks, containing the end of volume 9, and the first chapter of volume 10 which was the last one I did any work on.
 

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aw that is indeed bad news, barba. But thanks for informing us anyway and giving a last release of some sorts.

I do hope some good group picks this up. :wtf
 

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Wow a lot of releases for this manga just this week! I think Easy Going Scans picked this up? thanks a lot guys!
 

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does.. anyone else have a say on this manga?

how are the chapter releases in Japan? I'm curious as to how the scans are catching up, mainly because I'm wondering how far I am in the story. I'm at chapter 107 right now, where Kai is seen consulting a doctor who specializes in hand injuries.

I think Kai is talking to the doctor not for himself but for Ajino's sake. Kai treats Ajino like his father, and I think he's really concerned and wants Ajino to get better so he consults the doctor.
 

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does.. anyone else have a say on this manga?

how are the chapter releases in Japan? I'm curious as to how the scans are catching up, mainly because I'm wondering how far I am in the story. I'm at chapter 107 right now, where Kai is seen consulting a doctor who specializes in hand injuries.

I think Kai is talking to the doctor not for himself but for Ajino's sake. Kai treats Ajino like his father, and I think he's really concerned and wants Ajino to get better so he consults the doctor.
Releases are kind of slow. Most recent volume #22 (ends at chapter 205) was released last August. Since that volume I have seen very few chapters in Morning. Current pace is around 12 to 15 chapters per year, so about 1 to two volumes per year.

I think this series is great. I hope it gets released in volumes outside of Japan for many people to enjoy it.
 

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yes exactly. I just recently decided that if I find this in my favorite bookstore (my source of manga), I'm going to buy it. So far I haven't seen it on the shelves, but I'll try to ask if I can order through them.
 

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As I said I read until volume 22, if you need help to translate or understand some parts of the sotry you can ask me on this topic.
 
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