The BEST Episodes of The Piano Forest

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 29, 2020

Network: NHK

A tranquil tale about two boys from very different upbringings. On one hand you have Kai, born as the son of a prostitute, who's been playing the abandoned piano in the forest near his home ever since he was young. And on the other you have Syuhei, practically breast-fed by the piano as the son of a family of prestigious pianists. Yet it is their common bond with the piano that eventually intertwines their paths in life.

The Best Pianist in the World

#1 - The Best Pianist in the World

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Apr 15, 2019

The winners are finally announced to an electrified audience. Shuhei sheds tears of joy when he hears Kai's placement. Ajino receives shocking news.

star 9.22
9 votes
Directors: Hiroyuki Yamada
Writers: Mika Abe
Promise

#2 - Promise

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 18, 2019

Lech Szymanowski performs with his sister, Emilia in his heart. Despite the hometown preference for a Polish contestant, Kai's playing wows the crowd.

star 8.64
11 votes
Directors: Hiroyuki Yamada
Writers: Mika Abe
In the Country Where Chopin was Born

#3 - In the Country Where Chopin was Born

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 1, 2019

Though Lech wants to win for his sister's sake, the final day is Kai's chance to show the world who he is and how far he's come with his performance.

star 8.50
8 votes
Directors: Hiroyuki Yamada
Writers: Mika Abe
The Best Piano

#4 - The Best Piano

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 30, 2018

After Takako's performance, it's time for Kai to take the stage. With his mother, Ajino and Shuhei's father watching, it's time to show his skills.

star 8.36
14 votes
Writers: Aki Itami, Mika Abe, Ryuutarou Suzuki
For the Sake of Your Number One

#5 - For the Sake of Your Number One

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 11, 2019

In the last round, pianists perform with an orchestra. Rumors fly when Wei Pang doesn't show up as scheduled, while Kai worries about Shuhei.

star 8.25
8 votes
Directors: Hiroyuki Yamada
Writers: Mika Abe
Fortississimo

#6 - Fortississimo

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jul 2, 2018

It’s finally Kai’s turn to play. His playing transports the audience to the forest as Shuhei, Takako and Ajino reflect on their friend’s journey.

star 8.17
18 votes
Writers: Aki Itami, Mika Abe
God of Competition

#7 - God of Competition

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired May 7, 2018

After the contest, Shuhei transfers back to Tokyo and Kai finds that the piano in the woods is broken. Takako vows to win for Kai's sake.

star 8.15
13 votes
Writers: Aki Itami, Mika Abe
A Letter of Challenge

#8 - A Letter of Challenge

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired May 28, 2018

An injured Takako travels to Tokyo with her teacher Shiba, who first noticed her at the competition five years before. There, she meets Kai again.

star 8.13
16 votes
Writers: Aki Itami, Mika Abe, Ryuutarou Suzuki
The Dance of Deliberation

#9 - The Dance of Deliberation

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 25, 2019

Once Kai's finishes his performance, it's all up to the judges. But one judge argues against allowing Kai to advance and requests a complete recount.

star 8.11
9 votes
Directors: Hiroyuki Yamada
Writers: Mika Abe
Forest of Piano

#10 - Forest of Piano

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired May 14, 2018

The piano in the forest goes up in flames, but Ajino tells Kai that it can live on within him. His mother tells him to concentrate on his music.

star 8.00
14 votes
Writers: Aki Itami, Mika Abe
The Chopin Competition

#11 - The Chopin Competition

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 11, 2018

The first contestants take the stage for the Chopin competition. Kai is shocked that a Chinese pianist's playing sounds just like Ajino's.

star 7.94
17 votes
Writers: Aki Itami, Mika Abe
Chopin's Journey

#12 - Chopin's Journey

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 28, 2019

The names of those advancing to the second round of the Chopin competition are announced, and Shuhei is shocked when Adamski fails to make the cut.

star 7.93
14 votes
Directors: Hiroyuki Yamada
Writers: Mika Abe
Requiem

#13 - Requiem

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 4, 2019

After the results are announced, Kai catches Shuhei at a bad time. The next day, they have a painful conversation in a park.

star 7.90
10 votes
Directors: Hiroyuki Yamada
Writers: Mika Abe
Fixation

#14 - Fixation

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 4, 2019

Following Sophie Ormesson, Wei Pang takes the stage. Though deeply influenced by Ajino, he demonstrates a depth and pain not found in Ajino's playing.

star 7.82
11 votes
Directors: Hiroyuki Yamada
Writers: Mika Abe
Reunion

#15 - Reunion

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired May 21, 2018

Five years later, Shuhei returns to Japan determined to see Kai again. After some searching, he finds his friend in a very unexpected place.

star 7.80
15 votes
Writers: Aki Itami, Mika Abe
What Mozart Has Left

#16 - What Mozart Has Left

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 23, 2018

Ajino sets a Mozart piece as Kai's entry for the contest, but Kai worries that he hasn't found his own style of playing. Shuhei is favored to win.

star 7.79
14 votes
Writers: Aki Itami, Mika Abe, Ryuutarou Suzuki
To Play Chopin's Pieces

#17 - To Play Chopin's Pieces

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 16, 2018

To Ajino, who hurt his musical abilities in a car accident, meeting Kai seems like fate. But Kai just wants to be able to play a certain Chopin piece.

star 7.78
18 votes
Writers: Aki Itami, Mika Abe
For Your Living Evidence

#18 - For Your Living Evidence

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 25, 2019

A painful article is published about Wei Pang's past, but all he cares about is Ajino's opinion. Before Pang takes the stage, they meet on the stairs.

star 7.78
9 votes
Directors: Hiroyuki Yamada
Writers: Mika Abe
Hero

#19 - Hero

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Apr 15, 2019

Kai's performance is a triumph, but Lech has the final slot -- and hometown support. As he plays, he has a vision of his sister, Emilia.

star 7.78
9 votes
Directors: Hiroyuki Yamada
Writers: Mika Abe
Awakening

#20 - Awakening

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 11, 2019

Out of the remaining 30 pianists, only 12 will advance to the final round. Shuhei takes the stage with just one goal in mind for his performance.

star 7.70
10 votes
Directors: Hiroyuki Yamada
Writers: Mika Abe
Chosen One

#21 - Chosen One

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 9, 2018

Shuhei Amamiya transfers into Kai Ichinose's elementary school. As an aspiring pianist, he's shocked that Kai has no teacher after hearing him play.

star 7.67
24 votes
Writers: Aki Itami, Mika Abe
New Signs in Warsaw

#22 - New Signs in Warsaw

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 4, 2018

At the Chopin competition preliminaries in Poland, Kai nearly has a meltdown, but Shuhei performs as usual. Shuhei is frustrated when they meet again.

star 7.59
17 votes
Writers: Aki Itami, Mika Abe
New Wind from Poland

#23 - New Wind from Poland

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 25, 2018

Shuhei takes the stage at the competition, impressing everyone. Taking a walk to calm his nerves, Kai meets Polish pianist Lech.

star 7.59
17 votes
Writers: Aki Itami, Mika Abe, Ryuutarou Suzuki
The Truth About Wei Pang

#24 - The Truth About Wei Pang

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 18, 2019

After reuniting in a practice room at the Chopin Academy, Kai and Shuhei take a morning walk through Warsaw. Shuhei is shocked by Kai's plans.

star 7.44
9 votes
Directors: Hiroyuki Yamada
Writers: Mika Abe