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5 Anime Like Piano no Mori

5. Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad
4. Hikaru no Go
3. Nodame Cantabile
2. Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope)
1. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April)

5. Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad

Beck Mongolian Chop Squad
Synopsis – Fourteen-year-old Yukio “Koyuki” Tanaka is a dispirited young boy with no goals in life. However, this all changes when Koyuki saves a strange-looking dog named Beck from being harassed by a group of local kids. The dog’s owner, 16-year-old Ryuusuke “Ray” Minami, is an emerging guitarist and the former member of a popular rock band.

After Koyuki meets Ray again in a diner, the older boy leads him to his former band’s meeting place and dazzles Koyuki with his amazing guitar skills. Slowly becoming interested in the glamour of western rock culture, Koyuki decides to start playing the guitar while helping Ray achieve his dream of leading the ultimate rock band. Together with Ray’s younger sister Maho and a few other members, the two boys launch their career into the world of rock by forming a band called BECK. Beck follows the group’s struggles and successes as they spread their fame across Japan.

Similarity – Beck, and Piano no Mori are both wonderful musical tales about the love of music, perseverance, and self-belief. They both leave you off liberated and refreshed but with little funny quirks that make it realistic.

4. Hikaru no Go

Hikaru no Go
Synopsis – 12-year-old Shindou Hikaru is just your average 6th grader. One day, while searching through his grandfather’s attic, he comes across an old Go board. Upon touching the Go board, Hikaru is possessed by the spirit of Fujiwara no Sai and continues to be haunted by him soon after. Sai was once a great Go player, who committed suicide and continued to stay in the world as a spirit desiring only to play Go once again. Finally bending to Sai’s pleas, Hikaru allows Sai to play Go through himself, unknowingly attempting the first game with the young prodigy Touya Akira. Time has finally started moving, as Sai’s quest for the perfect game, “The Hand of God”, is set underway. Based on the manga by Yumi Hotta and Takeshi Obata.

Similarity – Despite the huge difference in size, they’re both series about young people affirming themselves in their chosen fields. Both contrast talent and experience, and both put passion and love for music/go above all other. Also, probably most importantly, they’re both incredible at raising the self-confidence to follow our own talents.

3. Nodame Cantabile

Nodame Cantabile
Synopsis – Shinichi Chiaki is a first class musician whose dream is to play among the elites in Europe. Coming from a distinguished family, he is an infamous perfectionist—not only is he highly critical of himself, but of others as well. The only thing stopping Shinichi from leaving for Europe is his fear of flying. As a result, he’s grounded in Japan.

During his fourth year at Japan’s top music university, Shinichi happens to meet Megumi Noda or, as she refers to herself, Nodame. On the surface, she seems to be an unkempt girl with no direction in life. However, when Shinichi hears Nodame play the piano for the first time, he is in awe of the kind of music she creates. Nevertheless, Shinichi is dismayed to discover that Nodame is his neighbor, and worse, she ends up falling head over heels in love with him.

Similarity – Both are about playing the piano and classical music. The two lead characters share similar key features like how Chiaki and Amamiya are both neat and play music true to the score and perfectly, while Nodame and Kai enjoy the feeling of playing and not so much to do it in the right way. The passion for music is an essence in both and it all boils down to the joy of music.

2. Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope)

Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope)Synopsis – Introverted classical pianist and top student Kaoru Nishimi has just arrived in Kyushu for his first year of high school. Having constantly moved from place to place since his childhood, he abandons all hope of fitting in, preparing himself for another lonely, meaningless year. That is until he encounters the notorious delinquent Sentarou Kawabuchi.

Sentarou’s immeasurable love for jazz music inspires Kaoru to learn more about the genre, and as a result, he slowly starts to break out of his shell, making his very first friend. Kaoru begins playing the piano at after-school jazz sessions, located in the basement of fellow student Ritsuko Mukae’s family-owned record shop. As he discovers the immense joy of using his musical talents to bring enjoyment to himself and others, Kaoru’s summer might just crescendo into one that he will remember forever.

Similarity – They pretty much have the same types of characters with different stories. They star mainly two young boys who love to play music. The boys have very similar character traits with one being poor and the outgoing type that tends to fight and plays music because he loves too. While the other is rich and shy tends to take himself seriously and does it both because he enjoys it and out a sense of duty.

1. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April)

Shigatsu wa Kimi no UsoSynopsis – Piano prodigy Kōsei Arima dominated various music competitions and has become famous among child musicians, but also controversial. After the death of his abusive mother, who was also his coldhearted instructor who forced him to play the piano emotionlessly, he had a mental breakdown at the age of eleven while performing at a piano recital which resulted in him no longer being able to hear the sound of his piano even though his hearing was perfectly fine.
Kaori Miyazono, an audacious, free-spirited, fourteen-year-old violinist whose playing style reflects her manic personality, helps Kōsei return to the music world and shows that it should be free and mold-breaking unlike the structured and rigid style Kōsei was used to, and as she continues to uplift him, he quickly realizes that he loves her.

Similarity – Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso and Piano no Mori both follow the tale of two types of people in the world of music who collide with each other—one who plays according to the score, and one who plays according to their feelings. Similarly to Piano no Mori’s Shuuhei and Kai, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso follows Arima and Miyazono’s journey together as they work together to achieve goals whilst learning to understand each other. If the clashing of two minds and souls in Piano no Mori wasn’t enough, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso will definitely satisfy your cravings!

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Credits – MAL, Wikipedia


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