WA2 manga – Volume 1, Chapter 2



White Album 2 manga

Volume 1, chapter 2

 

Page 33

33.1

Narration:                          The band collapsed, and it seemed like my dream had vanished…

33.2

Narration:                          But, when the most beautiful girl in school joined in…

33.3

Takeya:                               Thank you! Thank you! With you, Setsuna-chan, we’ll be unstoppable!

Narration:                          I was able to grasp a faint bit of hope.

Haruki:                                Watch it! Don’t grab her like that!

33.4

Narration:                          That beautiful piano is what granted it.

33.5

Takeya:                               Haruki! Be careful, will you?!

Narration:                          I never thought that its player…

Chapter title:                     SESSION02

Solitary Pianist

 

Page 34

34.1

Narration:                          would be her…

 

Page 35

35.1

Haruki:                                Wait… Touma?!

35.2

Kazusa:                               What are you doing? You…

35.4

Narration:                          Oh, shit.

 

Page 36

36.1

FX:                                        Gwaaaaaah

Takeya:                               Haruki! Are you okay?!

Takeya:                               Wagh!

Kazusa:                               Seriously, what the hell is wrong with him…?

Teacher:                             Hey! Kitahara! What are you doing?!

36.3

Haruki:                                Excuse us.

Kazusa:                               …

36.4

Kazusa:                               …I don’t get it.

Why did I have to get told off?

Haruki:                                You’re asking this now?! Why didn’t you ask the teacher?!

Kazusa:                               There’s no point trying to talk to teachers about anything.

Haruki:                                They probably misunderstand you because you’re always acting like some kind of old-school delinquent!

36.5

Haruki:                                …That said… I’m sorry.

It’s my fault this turned into such a disaster.

 

Page 37

37.2

Haruki:                                Still, this is what happens when you live the way you live! If you worked harder to gain the teachers’ trust, like me, Touma…

Kazusa:                               Yeah, I’m not interested in sucking up and living an ordinary, boring life like you.

FX:                                        Flare

37.3

Kazusa:                               You know, I’ve been wanting to say this to you for a long, long time…

Setsuna:                              Kitahara-kun!

FX:                                        Patter patter patter

 

Page 38

38.1

Setsuna:                              Are you hurt?! Are your fingers okay?!

FX:                                        Touch

38.3

Setsuna:                              I heard about it from Iizuka-kun… You almost fell out of a window, didn’t you?

Setsuna:                              Hm… It’s hard to tell from looking…

Haruki:                                Wah…! I’m fine, I’m fine!

38.4

Kazusa:                               Well, anyway…

FX:                                        Jerk

FX:                                        Click click

Haruki:                                Wait—

38.5

Setsuna:                              Is she a friend of yours?

Haruki:                                …!

 

Page 39

39.1

Haruki:                                This is Kazusa Touma.

Kazusa:                               …Ah?

Haruki:                                She’s our keyboardist.

39.2

Kazusa:                               G…

39.3

Kazusa:                               Get real, you idiot!

FX:                                        Thwack

Haruki:                                Yowch!

39.5

Takeya:                               Well, we might not have much hope there.

 

Page 40

40.1

Takeya:                               Kazusa Touma, class 3-E, thirty-second in attendance, member of the go-home club.

Haruki:                                I know.

Takeya:                               Her mother is Youko Touma, the world-famous pianist.

Haruki:                                ?!

                                             Seriously?! The one who showed up in that whiskey commercial with all the really great artists…?

40.2

Takeya:                               Yeah.

She’s got talent, too. She took first place in a competition as soon as she started here.

With that skill, and… well, on a personality level, when it comes to relationships in the music department, she’s caused some pretty serious friction. She’s what you call an “aloof genius.”

40.4

Takeya:                               So, not exactly going to play along with our messing around.

 

Page 41

41.2

Narration:                          Touma…

Narration:                          Touma, who stayed isolated even when she changed into the general education department.

41.3

Haruki:                                Good morning, Touma.

Kazusa:                               Back the hell off.

41.4

Haruki:                                You’ve been asleep this whole time. Are you sick?

I’ll take you to the nurse if you want.

Kazusa:                               Don’t touch me.

41.5

Haruki:                                …? I’m not touching you.

FX:                                        Flare flare

41.6

Narration:                          As much of a busybody as I am, she still refuses to give.

41.7

FX:                                        Glance

Narration:                          But…

 

Page 42

42.3

Haruki:                                So, are you going to the nurse?

42.4

FX:                                        Bleh

Narration:                          The rumors say she’s aloof and solitary, but at the core, she’s surprisingly childish, and she doesn’t seem all that bad.

 

Page 43

43.1

Takeya:                               Yeah, she’s a tricky one.

43.2

Narration:                          She does seem tricky…

43.3

Narration:                          But…

Haruki:                                I’m going to invite her.

43.4

Haruki:                                I’ll make her join us, whatever it takes.

Takeya:                               Haruki…

43.5

Narration:                          Once you’ve met that piano…

                                             Once you’ve been taken in by that sound…

                                             there’s no thinking about anything else.

 

Page 44

44.2

Haruki:                                So, that’s where we are now.

Setsuna:                              Huh…

44.3

Setsuna:                              In other words, the pianist I heard from the roof that day wasn’t a member of the Light Music Club…

she was just somebody next door who happened to play along from time to time…

Setsuna:                              and, in order to persuade her, you want to tell her my secret.

44.4

Setsuna:                              Have I got that right?

FX:                                        Click

Haruki:                                Urk…

44.5

Haruki:                                I’m begging you! This is the only good way I can think of!

44.6

Setsuna:                              Hmmm…

 

Page 45

45.1

Setsuna:                              She certainly is an amazing pianist…

Haruki:                                Right?!

45.2

Setsuna:                              But, do you have to go that far for Touma-san? Couldn’t we find somebody else from the music department?

Haruki:                                Absolutely not! Touma is crucial!

Haruki:                                If all you’d heard from the roof was my guitar, you wouldn’t have been singing, right, Ogiso?

Setsuna:                              I…! Well, maybe you’re right…

45.3

Setsuna:                              But that’s not what I want to hear…

Haruki:                                ?

45.4

Setsuna:                              I want to hear your personal opinion, Kitahara-kun.

 

Page 46

46.2

Haruki:                                She was the first one…

to listen seriously to my guitar-playing.

46.3

Setsuna:                              You mean the way she played along with you, even though you had never seen each other’s faces?

Haruki:                                …No, it was a bit before that.

During summer vacation.

46.4

Haruki:                                She helped me practice the guitar.

 

Page 47

47.1

Haruki:                                Her personality is terrible.

It was seriously Spartan training! Everything she said was harsh.

47.2

Setsuna:                              …

47.3

Haruki:                                But I never felt like fighting her on it. She was way better at it than I was, after all.

Haruki:                                And, even though it was only one day, and even though her tongue was so sharp, she still taught me very carefully.

47.4

Setsuna:                              Hey, Kitahara-kun…

When you’re spending time with a girl, do you always talk about other girls?

Haruki:                                No, I don’t normally talk about this kind of stuff with girls…

Wait, huh?! Was there something wrong with what I said?

47.5

Setsuna:                              …

47.6

Setsuna:                              No, not really!

 

Page 48

48.1

Setsuna:                              I don’t mind… if you tell Touma-san about me.

Haruki:                                R-Really?!

48.2

Setsuna:                              If it’ll help her look forward.

48.3

Setsuna:                              Go for it, Haruki-kun.

Haruki:                                I will! Thank you, Ogiso!

48.4

Haruki:                                …So, she wound up singing thirty songs in a row, and the next thing I knew, the date had changed.

48.5

Haruki:                                No, seriously, she’s completely different from how the rumors paint her!

Haruki:                                I never imagined she was such an interesting girl—great personality, hardworking, so reserved and yet with a playful side.

Haruki:                                Anyway, I want you to see her singing, just once.

I have no doubt that your perception of her will change.

 

Page 49

49.1

Haruki:                                I’m not saying she’s a crazy good singer…

Haruki:                                I mean, she’s definitely good, but she would say she’s “good at karaoke.” That level.

Haruki:                                But that’s not the essence of it.

49.2

Haruki:                                What I felt when I first saw her singing on the roof… It’s a bit of a cliché, but she was very “picturesque.”

49.3

Kazusa:                               …

49.4

Haruki:                                The point is, she’ll make a big splash in our show, whether she succeeds or fails.

Haruki:                                I mean, we would have that Setsuna Ogiso singing for us!

49.5

Haruki:                                Still, I’d rather we did succeed, and stand out.

I can’t let Ogiso get embarrassed. So, Touma, if you would…

Kazusa:                               …out…

49.6

Haruki:                                Huh?

49.7

FX:                                        Slam

Kazusa:                               Get the hell oooout!

 

Page 50

50.2

Setsuna:                              Good evening!

50.4

Setsuna:                              Touma-san, right?

 

Page 51

51.2

Setsuna:                              Um, I’ve joined the Light Music Club.

Kazusa:                               That so? Congrats.

FX:                                        Sip

51.3

Setsuna:                              Even so, it’s a unit that will only perform once, and disband as soon as our performance at the school festival is over.

Kazusa:                               Huh.

51.4

Setsuna:                              It’s going to be my first time singing in front of so many people… I’m a little nervous.

Kazusa:                               Then why don’t you quit?

Setsuna:                              I couldn’t possibly! Everybody is working so hard, giving it their best!

51.5

Kazusa:                               What do you mean, “their best”? There’s only one person working right now, so you may as well already have broken up.

51.6

FX:                                        Stare

Kazusa:                               …What?

 

Page 52

52.1

Setsuna:                              You seem to know a lot.

Kazusa:                               …

52.2

Setsuna:                              But, that’s old news.

Now, there’s one more person working at it.

52.3

Kazusa:                               Ogiso…

52.4

Setsuna:                              And, Touma-san…

I would love it if we could increase the people working with us by just one more.

FX:                                        Munch munch

Kazusa:                               Not happening.

52.5

FX:                                        Mrr

 

Page 53

53.1

Setsuna:                              You mean it?

Kazusa:                               I mean it.

Setsuna:                              You absolutely refuse?

Kazusa:                               I absolutely refuse.

Setsuna:                              Even if I beg you and beg you?

Kazusa:                               Knock it off!

53.2

Setsuna:                              Even if Kitahara-kun begs you?

53.3

Kazusa:                               What…?

53.4

Setsuna:                              He said that if we want this festival show to succeed, your skills are essential.

That, no matter what it takes, he wants you to do it with us.

Setsuna:                              I’m not lying, you know? Kitahara-kun really, definitely said that!

Kazusa:                               …

 

Page 54

54.1

Kazusa:                               I…

I don’t want to. I’m not interested.

Setsuna:                              Really…?

Setsuna:                              It doesn’t seem that way…

54.2

Setsuna:                              That was tasty.

54.3

Setsuna:                              Well, it’s almost closing time, so I’ll get going.

54.4

Setsuna:                              Why don’t we talk it over a little more on Sunday?

Setsuna:                              We’ll gather at Sueji Station at ten o’clock.

54.5

Kazusa:                               Huh?

54.6

Kazusa:                               Wait just a minute!

FX:                                        Bam

Kazusa:                               I’m not going!

54.7

FX:                                        Slurp

Kazusa:                               I’m… not…

 

Page 55

55.1

Sign:                                    Ogiso

55.2

Takahiro:                            I’m telling you, it’s definitely a love triangle thing…

Akina:                                  Are they really having a break-up talk?

Takahiro:                            They’ve gotta be! I think sis must have stolen that girl’s boyfriend…

 

Page 56

56.1

FX:                                        Kachunk

Setsuna:                              Takahiroooo…

56.2

Takahiro:                            Uh-oh…

56.3

Setsuna:                              Ugh! Takahiro! What kind of girl do you think I am?!

Setsuna:                              And you, Mom?! How could you?!

 

Page 57

57.1

Setsuna:                              Unbelievable!

FX:                                        Slam

57.2

Setsuna:                              Sorry about that. Now, where were we?

57.3

Kazusa:                               There’s already a serious problem with your plan.

Kazusa:                               There are only three weeks left… Even if you add someone else, you still won’t be ready in time for the festival.

57.4

Kazusa:                               And what about the other members? Do you have a bassist? A drummer?

Haruki:                                G-give me another week…

Kazusa:                               Yeah, you’re out of time.

57.5

Kazusa:                               Do you think you can succeed just from practicing all together for two weeks?

It’s not like you to come up with a pipedream like that.

57.6

Haruki:                                …that weird…?

Setsuna & Kazusa:           Huh?

 

Page 58

58.1

Haruki:                                Is it that weird for me to have a dream…?

Haruki:                                Maybe it’s not like me.

But can’t I just have this one month?

58.2

Haruki:                                I don’t care if you hate me for this…

Haruki:                                But! Even if you do hate me, I will get you to join us!

58.3

Haruki:                                …If I can.

58.4

Kazusa:                               …Hold on. I don’t remember saying anything about hating you.

58.5

Setsuna:                              Oh…

 

Page 59

59.1

FX:                                        Knock knock

59.3

Susumu:                              Setsuna, I need to talk to you.

FX:                                        Kachunk

Setsuna:                              Dad!

59.4

Susumu:                              You’re talking about going onstage at the school festival…

Didn’t you promise to talk to me and your mother first when it came to anything like that?

Setsuna:                              W-wait! I don’t want to talk about this in front of my friends…

 

Page 60

60.1

Susumu:                              Because you’ve been lying, right?

You never said a word about singing at the festival.

Setsuna:                              I’m not lying! I just couldn’t find the right time to talk about it…

60.2

Susumu:                              Is that why you quit your job, too?

When you went out late at night to do karaoke, was that for practice?

Setsuna:                              That is why I quit my job, but the karaoke really is just a hobby…

Setsuna:                              I mean, I haven’t rehearsed at all yet.

60.3

Susumu:                              Anyway, I want you to tell us everything, from start to end.

Then we can all decide whether you’re going to participate.

Kazusa:                               Should we… leave?

Haruki:                                …Yeah.

 

Page 61

61.2

Kazusa:                               …What happened there?

Haruki:                                How am I supposed to know?

61.3

Kazusa:                               Having your family butt in that much…

Kazusa:                               and thinking that’s normal…

Kazusa:                               …I can do without that.

Haruki:                                Well, it was like that in my house, too, until a few years ago.

61.4

Haruki:                                Around the time I entered middle school, my parents got divorced and kind of stopped having any concern about me, but…

Kazusa:                               Huh.

61.5

Kazusa:                               I don’t know my father’s name or face.

And I haven’t been living with my mother for the past several years.

The card she gave me has no spending limit.

 

Page 62

62.1

Kazusa:                               But, that’s why…

it’s fine that I got pissed off, right?

Kazusa:                               That I got mad without any real meaning?

62.2

Haruki:                                Setsuna is a good girl.

FX:                                        Heh

62.3

Kazusa:                               She is. That’s exactly why I’m so lost with her. Completely lost.

Kazusa:                               We’ll never be able to have the same values, as long as we live.

62.4

Kazusa:                               Yeah.

62.5

Kazusa:                               She could be my worst enemy…

Kazusa:                               or the greatest friend I’ll ever have. One of those.

Haruki:                                …Touma…

 

Page 63

63.1

Kazusa:                               As we were leaving, I made a promise with Ogiso.

63.2

Kazusa:                               I told her that if she could fully persuade her parents, then I’d go ahead and join your little Light Music Club.

Haruki:                                Huh…?

63.3

Haruki:                                Why… Huh?!

Kazusa:                               Should I not have? I mean, I can always take it back.

63.4

Haruki:                                I thought you said our plan didn’t have any hope!

Kazusa:                               …Well, yeah.

Kazusa:                               Not without me.

 

Page 64

64.1

Haruki:                                Touma…

64.2

Haruki:                                Thank you.

Thank you, thank you! I mean it!

FX:                                        Grab

64.3

Narration:                          I always knew Touma was good at heart…

Kazusa:                               …You really…

Kazusa:                               are a pain in the ass, Kitahara.

64.4

Haruki:                                But…

Don’t neglect your schoolwork, in the meantime!

Kazusa:                               Yep, a pain in the ass…

 

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