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Piano no Mori (ハルチカ) is a manga by Makoto Isshiki. It was serialized by Kodansha from 1998 to 2015, initially in Young Magazine Uppers before transferring to Weekly Morning. Serialization is irregular, and went on hiatus in 2002 before resuming in 2006. The series ended after 26 bound volumes

Plot

Piano no Mori is a story that follows Kai Ichinose, a boy who lives in the red light district but escapes at night to play the piano in the forest. Shūhei Amamiya, the grade-school son of a professional pianist, transfers to Moriwaki Elementary, Kai's elementary school. But it doesn't take long before Shuhei is picked on by the class bullies, and gets involved in a dare to play the mysterious piano in the forest, leading to his meeting with Kai, who seems to be the only one capable of getting sound out of the thought-to-be broken piano. Kai's ability earns him the respect of Shuhei and his music teacher, former master pianist Sōsuke Ajino. Both Shuhei and Ajino try to get Kai to take proper piano lessons, but Kai is at first resistant to refining his piano-playing technique. However, after hearing Sosuke play a Chopin piece he just can't seem to play himself, he relents.

Volumes

Volumes
No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1 November 30, 2011 ISBN 978-4-19-950274-3
2 February 13, 2012 ISBN 978-4-19-950287-3
3 September 13, 2012 ISBN 978-4-19-950305-4
4 February 13, 2013 ISBN 978-4-19-950325-2
5 June 13, 2013 ISBN 978-4-19-950345-0
6 November 13, 2013 ISBN 978-4-19-950363-4
7 March 13, 2014 ISBN 978-4-19-950389-4
8 July 11, 2014 ISBN 978-4-19-950404-4
9 December 13, 2014 ISBN 978-4-19-950424-2
10 May 13, 2015 ISBN 978-4-19-950452-5
11 October 13, 2015 ISBN 978-4-19-950475-4
12 March 12, 2016 ISBN 978-4-19-950499-0
13 July 13, 2016 ISBN 978-4-19-950519-5
14 December 13, 2016 ISBN 978-4-19-950541-6
15 July 13, 2017 ISBN 978-4-19-950577-5
16 December 13, 2017 ISBN 978-4-19-950602-4
17 December 13, 2017 ISBN 978-4-19-950602-4
18 December 13, 2017 ISBN 978-4-19-950602-4
19 December 13, 2017 ISBN 978-4-19-950602-4
20 December 13, 2017 ISBN 978-4-19-950602-4
21 December 13, 2017 ISBN 978-4-19-950602-4
22 December 13, 2017 ISBN 978-4-19-950602-4
23 December 13, 2017 ISBN 978-4-19-950602-4
24 December 13, 2017 ISBN 978-4-19-950602-4
25 December 13, 2017 ISBN 978-4-19-950602-4
26 December 13, 2017 ISBN 978-4-19-950602-4