Studio: OLM/Kazuke Fujishima
Distributor: Right Stuf, also streams on Hulu
No. of Episodes: 10
Suggested Age: 7+
My Rating: 8/10
Summary: This is the story of Miu Nomura, a piano student on the cusp of puberty. She is shy and struggling to find her joy that she used to feel playing the piano. Her teacher pressures her to compose and perform a piece at a recital.
Review: A pet peeve of mine is the anime that is less than 26 episodes. I always feel rushed along and I rarely get enough time to absorb everything. Sometimes it’ll be worthwhile, like Serial Experiments Lain or Haibane Renmei, but more often than not, I often wish the show was longer. Piano is a little of both.
The character designs are quite simplistic, but I like it. THe children all look the ages they’re supposed to, and Fujishima’s a great designer. Miu is just adorable. As someone who plays the piano himself, I could sympathize with her plight.
Yuuki is Miu’s best friend. She and Miu both have the same crush. I love how the story handles this issue and it’s great seeing Yuuki try her best not to let this dilemma handle their friendship.
One character who annoyed me a lot was Miu’s teacher. I felt that he was putting way too much pressure on the poor girl. The pressure permeated into her personal life and I couldn’t stand his refusal to listen to her.
By the time I got to the seventh episode, I dreaded getting to the end because I could feel the show needing more time. I still say this is worth a look, but I’m not going to say it’s a keeper. Fujishima is a good creator, but this is not one of his better titles.
Sub/Dub: I only got to hear the dub, which was pretty good.
Music/Score: Very pretty. I should point out that the opening song was actually composed by Miu’s Japanese voice actor.