White Album 2 manga
Volume 1, chapter 3
FX: Shuffle shuffle
Chapter title: SESSION03
Their Lesson, Their Call
Kazusa: Turn around!
Haruki: R-right! Sorry!
Narration: God. Okay, calm down.
For now, let me just get the current situation in order.
Narration: Yesterday, on the way home from school, she grabbed me by the necktie…
Haruki: Whoa, this is crazy!
It’s a complete studio!
Narration: and dragged me to her house for some heavy-duty guitar training.
Kazusa: Shut up!
Practice! We’re here to practice!
Narration: I don’t even remember when I fell asleep…
Kazusa: I’m going ahead. Give the key back when you get to school.
Haruki: Uh, wait, I don’t remember the way to the station…
Kazusa: Then you’d better get ready quick.
Haruki: Also, um… Sorry about that.
Seeing you in such an indecent state…
Kazusa: Don’t remind me!
Setsuna: You look sleepy.
Haruki: I was practicing like crazy last night, and the next thing I knew, it was morning.
Haruki: I haven’t taken a bath or anything, so you might not want to get that close…
Setsuna: No kidding!
Setsuna: Your hair is ruffled!
Haruki: Look, will you please…?
FX: Ha ha ha
Narration: I can feel an indescribable pressure all around me…
Setsuna: As a reward for working so hard, I’m going to give you a cream croquette.
Haruki: That Touma… Where could she be hiding?
If there were three of us, I wouldn’t have to be dealing with this atmosphere…
Setsuna: Oh, yeah! Now that you mention it, there are some rumors going around, apparently!
About the Light Music Club.
Haruki: You’re the only one causing the rumors, Ogiso.
And not just about the school festival.
Narration: Ogiso’s defenses have been down lately.
Until now, she has treated everybody with equal favor…
but now, she’s started getting “particularly friendly” with specific people.
Narration: What this means is that she’s closed up shop as “the most popular girl in school”…
Setsuna: Oh! You should have an apple slice, too.
Narration: But that just makes her all the more remarkably appealing, and the direction of this year’s Miss Houjou High contest is unclear…
Narration: On top of that, there seem to be rumors that Ogiso has finally found a boyfriend…
Narration: That’s fine. It’s a false accusation. This is a pure friendship…
Setsuna: Is it good?
Narration: and she treats me and Touma completely the same.
Narration: Granted, Touma and I are the only ones who know that…
Haruki: Morning, Touma…
Kazusa: You’re awfully comfortable here, after just two days…
Haruki: In those two days, we’ve managed to get our first song into shape.
A “master” really does make an outstanding teacher.
FX: Ruffle ruffle
Haruki: At this rate, we’ll be able to reach a point by the school festival that won’t completely embarrass us!
Haruki: Right, Touma?!
Kazusa: Not that I care, but would you hurry up and get out?
Kazusa: And no peeping this time, got it?
Haruki: I didn’t look at you yesterday because I wanted to!
That was just a happy accident!
Then, I pity you… from now on.
Haruki: She’s just mad because she’s hungry, I’m sure.
Guess I could make breakfast or something.
Haruki: Could be an apology for yesterday, too…
Setsuna: Did we… do it?
Kazusa: We did it.
Great work, Kitahara-kun!
Setsuna: Losing sleep and working so hard all by yourself gave you exactly the results you were hoping for!
Haruki: Oh, uh, actually…
Kazusa: You’re right.
Kazusa: It looks like I might have underestimated Kitahara a bit.
Kazusa: Anyway, let’s end here for today.
Setsuna: We’ve still got two hours left until the usual time.
Kazusa: In exchange, I want you to come to the Iwazu north entrance tomorrow morning at ten.
Kazusa: Kitahara, tell the club president, too.
Setsuna: But why Iwazu?
Setsuna: Is there a studio there, or something?
Kazusa: Mm, well… something like that, I guess.
Narration: So, Ogiso will finally get to see “Touma Studios” for herself…
Kazusa: This weekend is our most critical opportunity…
Kazusa: so we’ll all be staying there overnight, tomorrow and the day after, to rehearse.
Haruki: Y-yeah… It’s huuuge…
*There’s a note in this bubble, and Haruki’s next bubble, explaining that he’s speaking awkwardly/in monotone.
Takeya: Man, just how rich is she?!
Haruki: I know, right…
Kazusa: Come in.
Setsuna: All righty!
Haruki: Oh, our shoes go in the cupboard over here.
Takeya: It’s even bigger on the inside…
Setsuna: Yeah! That was perfect!
Takeya: You actually managed to play decently!
Takeya: Holy shit! You’ve got “White Album” completely nailed!
Haruki: Th-thanks a lot…
The programming is sounding great, too.
I can’t believe Touma is thanking me… All your work cooped up alone in this house is paying off…
Kazusa: Now, for our next one…
Kazusa: What do you think would be a good second song?
Takeya: Huh…?! Is it okay for me to choose?!
Kazusa: What do you mean, “Okay”? You’re the president of the Light Music Club in the first place.
Takeya: Then, then… I’d like to hear some Rina Ogata.
Since the first song is Yuki Morikawa… Yeah?
Haruki: Takeya, that is… an excellent idea!
Setsuna: Oh! Then, I’ll sing “Sound of Destiny”!
Haruki: Perfect! Everybody will have heard that one.
Kazusa: Kitahara… Are you really sure about that?
Haruki: Why not? It’s got a good groove, it’s cool… It’s a great song.
Kazusa: All right, but you’d better not back out.
Haruki: Of course. I wasn’t planning on it.
Takeya: I’m gonna head out and do the programming for it.
It might take a while…
Haruki: God dammit! I’ve completely forgotten the last part of the guitar solo!
Kazusa: Maybe we can leave off here for today.
Kazusa: You should take the next bath, after Ogiso gets out.
Haruki: Nah, I don’t need it.
Kazusa: Hey, don’t worry about it.
Kazusa: Here, let me see that.
Kazusa: You’re trying to play too methodically.
Kazusa: Move your fingers like this… You can do it lightly, instead of gripping so hard.
Haruki: You really can do everything, huh, Touma?
Kazusa: Well, you can learn, right, Kitahara?
Haruki: But you’re so much cooler about everything!
Haruki: You’re… cool, Touma.
Haruki: Ugh… Maybe it’s a lost cause after all.
Kazusa: It’s gonna be okay.
Kazusa: You can do it.
I know you can, Kitahara.
Kazusa: I’ll make you into someone who can play.
…I’ll make you a cool guy, in your own words.
Kazusa: Next week, come here every day after school.
Kazusa: I want you to cut class sometimes, too, if you get the chance. Can you do that?
and getting hurt…
Haruki: …Yeah! Sure thing!
FX: Chirp chirp
Setsuna: Good morning, Touma-san.
Kazusa: Good morning. Where’s Kitahara?
Setsuna: He said he was going out to get some fresh air.
Setsuna: So, hey…
Setsuna: This overnight thing… Yesterday wasn’t the first time, was it?
Setsuna: I know.
Setsuna: You didn’t tell me because you thought it would come as a shock to me, right, Touma-san?
Setsuna: Honestly… If you’d just said something, it wouldn’t have bothered me…
Kazusa: Huh…? Really?
Setsuna: Yes, really!
Setsuna: Here. Café au lait.
Setsuna: Ugh… I hate myself. What am I doing, telling you something like this?
Setsuna: You’re working so hard, thinking of all of us…
Kazusa: Eck, that’s bitter…
Setsuna: Skipping out on sleep, helping along with Kitahara-kun’s practicing…
Setsuna: Argh… I’m sorry, really.
Kazusa: I hid it because I knew you were going to get like this. Modestly shocked…
Setsuna: Aren’t you cold?
Haruki: Not really.
Narration: Something feels awkward…
FX: Shuffle shuffle
Narration: As we were leaving, the moment we were alone, it feels like the pressure came on really heavy…
Setsuna: You know, Kitahara-kun…
Setsuna: …You aren’t really all that cool, are you?
Setsuna: Yeah, now that I look at you, you’re nothing much.
Setsuna: Not bad, but not especially good, either.
FX: Stab stab
Haruki: I know that better than anyone…
Setsuna: Sure, you’re helpful to everyone…
but that just makes you a people-pleaser.
Setsuna: You’re always so serious, but that makes you uptight.
FX: Prickle prickle
Setsuna: Well, bye, Kitahara-kun.
Setsuna: See you tomorrow.
Setsuna: It’s all right. Tomorrow, I’ll be back to my usual self.
Setsuna: I’m just worrying too much…
Setsuna: So, I don’t want you to worry, either.
Setsuna: Okay… Goodbye…!
FX: Rrring rrring
Setsuna: Ugh, come on!
Setsuna: You’re so stubborn!
Haruki: I-I’m sorry to call so late at night!
Setsuna: …What for?
Setsuna: I told you, I’m going to be back to my usual self tomorrow.
Haruki: I didn’t want to spend another hour feeling this unresolved.
Haruki: I’m sorry, Ogiso…
Haruki: Last week, on Wednesday and Thursday, I stayed over at Touma’s house.
Setsuna: Why would you tell me that…?
Haruki: I just talked to Touma about you…
She said you’d already found out.
Setsuna: You asked Touma-san about something like that?
Setsuna: Then, you must have heard from her, right?
Setsuna: About how lame I am…
Haruki: No, she didn’t say anything.
Setsuna: I see…
She covered for me.
Setsuna: Now I feel even more lame.
Setsuna: Ugh… I can’t take this.
My image is just getting worse and worse…
Haruki: I actually like the part of you…
that isn’t so cool, Ogiso!
Setsuna: Wh-wh-what do you mean, the part of me that isn’t cool?!
Haruki: Like how you’re so obsessed with the image you created that you’ve driven yourself into a corner…
Setsuna: …What do you like about me?
Haruki: The fact that you have an embarrassing hobby you can’t tell anybody about…
Haruki: How dumb you are for hanging around with an idiot like me…
Setsuna: Not helping!
Setsuna: …Um, you know…
Setsuna: I had given up on…
getting close to people like that.
Narration: When I was in middle school, a boy my friends liked asked me out…
Setsuna: Good morning!
Narration: When I turned him down, everybody shut me out.
Girl: Did you hear something?
Girl 2: Nope, nothing! (LOL)
*The (笑) is used similarly to “lol” or “(laughs).”
Setsuna: After that, I changed my way of dealing with people.
So that I wouldn’t be hurt again…
Setsuna: Why are things going back to how they were?
Setsuna: I love both you and Touma-san… I should be happy that the two of you are close…
Setsuna: But, when I’m not there, too, I feel lonely…
Setsuna: I… don’t want to be left out any more.
Setsuna: I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have dropped all of that on you…
Haruki: I will never leave you, Ogiso!
Setsuna: Wh-what does that mean?!
Haruki: Ah, no… I, well, uh…
Haruki: I swear, I will never break off our friendship.
I won’t distance myself from you unless you do it first.
Setsuna: That’s a promise, right?
Haruki: …I promise.
Setsuna: Also, you can start calling me “Setsuna” now.
Setsuna: Yes! Try it now!
Haruki: Uh… Um, uh…
Setsuna: “Setsuna”! You can say it, right?
Haruki: I… no, I don’t think I…
Setsuna: I don’t want you calling me anything else.
Haruki: Does she always hang up with timing like this?
FX: Beeeep beeeep
Kazusa: Let’s see… “Pretending to be lonely”…? “Couldn’t help but wonder…”
Kazusa: Hard to believe he came up with something like this.
Kazusa: I wouldn’t have expected it from him… Ahaha.
Kazusa: But… will it work out in time?
Kazusa: Yes… I will make it work.
Kazusa: Uh… huh?
Kazusa: That’s weird… my eyedrops…