WA2 manga – Volume 2, Chapter 2



White Album 2 manga

Volume 2, chapter 2

 

Page 29

29.1

Narration:                          Three years ago, locked tightly away in the drawers of my memory…

29.2

Chapter title:                     SESSION08

Haruki and Koharuki

Narration:                          I met Setsuna, met her song…

29.3

Narration:                          I met Kazusa, met her piano…

 

Page 30

30.1

Narration:                          We played music together, did stupid stuff together, laughed together…

                                             The irreplaceable time we spent as a trio, three years ago.

30.2

Narration:                          Three years ago, when our words, feelings, and lips brushed against one another.

 

Page 31

31.1

Narration:                          And…

31.2

Narration:                          Three years ago, when I destroyed everything, and hurt Setsuna to an impossibly violent degree.

31.3

FX:                                        Gasp

31.4

FX:                                        Bolt

 

Page 32

32.1

Haruki:                                Augh…

32.3

FX:                                        Yawwwn

32.4

Takeya:                               Hey!

                                             Long time no see! You’ve got those dead fish eyes like you’ve been up all night again.

FX:                                        Thump

Haruki:                                Gack!

32.5

Haruki:                                T-Takeya…

 

Page 33

33.1

Takeya:                               You’re early today.

Why don’t you stop by the seminar?

Haruki:                                Not happening.

There’s a seminar party today.

33.2

Takeya:                               …Isn’t that normally a reason to go?

Haruki:                                I don’t have the money, the time, or any interest in it.

33.3

Takeya:                               This is a lit department seminar. It’s basically a harem, right? Why wouldn’t you go? You’d have a jillion choices.

Haruki:                                Look, I…

FX:                                        Shove

33.4

Takeya:                               Do you already have a specific girl in mind?

 

Page 34

34.1

Haruki:                                I don’t know what you’re talking about.

34.3

Takeya:                               Well, whatever.

Why don’t you come drinking with me today, then, Haruki?

Takeya:                               We guys gotta spend some time face to face.

34.4

Haruki:                                If it really is just us guys.

34.5

Narration:                          I’ve been deceived by exactly this trick before.

34.6

Narration:                          Every time I saw the pain in Setsuna’s smiling face, looking like she was about to cry, it nearly killed me.

 

Page 35

35.1

Haruki:                                …Maybe next time.

Takeya:                               Hang on.

How long are you gonna…

35.5

FX:                                        Stare

Haruki:                                Takeya…

You really need to cut it out with the high school girls.

Takeya:                               Huh?

 

Page 36

36.1

Takeya:                               No, look…

I seriously don’t remember.

Haruki:                                She’s really mad at you.

At least narrow it down to three at most…

36.2

Koharu:                               You’re Haruki Kitahara-san, right?

36.3

Haruki & Takeya:             ?

36.4

Takeya:                               Huh?

36.5

Koharu:                               Haruki Kitahara-san… That’s you, right?

I need to talk to you. Please come with me!

FX:                                        Lean

 

Page 37

37.2

Io:                                        And?

You didn’t get Haruki to come along?

Takeya:                               Um, two medium beers, a caesar salad, a mixed pizza with diced steak…

37.3

Io:                                        Takeya!

Takeya:                               …Yeah, there was nothing I could do.

37.4

Io:                                        You expect me to take that as an answer?

Takeya:                               Well, I tried the same thing once before, right?

Io:                                        Urgh… Haruki…

How long is he going to keep waffling around?!

 

Page 38

38.1

Takeya:                               That’s not all, though…

Takeya:                               The worst possible person showed up, with the worst possible timing…

38.2

Io:                                        The worst possible person? Who?

38.3

Takeya:                               Koharuki.

FX:                                        Clunk

38.4

Io:                                        …Yeah, what? Could you explain that in terms a normal person would understand?

FX:                                        Slide

Takeya:                               When you meet her, you’ll know exactly what I mean…

38.5

Io:                                        Hey, there she is! Over here!

Setsuna:                              …Hello.

 

Page 39

39.2

FX:                                        Chk chk

Mari:                                   Huh?

FX:                                        Tap tap

39.3

Mari:                                   What’s going on?

It’s the weekend.

Haruki:                                Oh, good morning.

39.4

Mari:                                   Did your girlfriend cancel your date?

39.6

Haruki:                                Yeah, something like that.

 

Page 40

40.1

Mari:                                   …You’re not affirming it with that relieved look on your face.

It’s obvious that you did something more tasteless than that.

Haruki:                                …

40.2

Mari:                                   …And you’re not pouting, either. It’s obvious that I hit the bulls-eye.

Haruki:                                …

40.3

Haruki:                                Please don’t talk to me too much. I have to finish this by the end of the day.

Mari:                                   I’m the one who gave you that job.

And I’m pretty sure the deadline is Monday.

40.4

Haruki:                                At that point, you will already have brought new work in, right?

FX:                                        Chk chk

Mari:                                   Heh.

Mari:                                   Fair enough.

40.5

Mari:                                   Well…

You can keep at it, as long as you promise not to wreck your body or your head in the process.

 

Page 41

41.1

Mari:                                   But…

That doesn’t mean I’ll accept shoddy writing.

Mari:                                   We make money from the stuff you write, you know.

41.2

Narration:                          Those words, with their strange blend of concern and bossiness, together with that unconcerned attitude…

FX:                                        Click click

Haruki:                                …I’ll bear that in mind.

Narration:                          were very comforting to me.

41.3

Narration:                          This place is good.

                                             I’m surrounded by “understanding adults,” and I can be at ease being one of them…

41.4

Narration:                          If you don’t understand anything, you should keep a proper distance from people.

FX:                                        Grit

 

Page 42

42.1

Haruki:                                Koharu Sugiura-san…?

Koharu:                               Yes.

42.2

Koharu:                               I’ve been classmates with Mihoko since our first year.

Haruki:                                I-I see…

42.3

FX:                                        Glare

42.4

Koharu:                               Is it true that you turned her down very harshly?!

Takeya:                               Turned her down?!

 

Page 43

43.1

Takeya:                               You…

A high school girl…?

Haruki:                                Yes, and I turned her down, obviously.

43.2

Koharu:                               …Why is it “obvious”?

FX:                                        Slam

Haruki:                                Huh? Oh, no…

43.3

Koharu:                               Now that you’re a third-year in college…

You would never get involved with a high school girl, who is so much younger than you.

Koharu:                               Is that it?

43.4

Haruki:                                Th-that’s not what I mean…

Takeya:                               What, but you were just…!

43.5

Koharu:                               She hasn’t shown up to school since the day before yesterday.

FX:                                        Clench

Koharu:                               She said that “Kitahara-sensei,” whom she respected so much, said something extremely cold to her… She was crying the whole time.

 

Page 44

44.1

Narration:                          She did try very earnestly to express her feelings.

                                             It may have been a conditioned reflex, but I did end up being pretty harsh with a girl who was younger than I am…

Haruki:                                I’m sorry…

44.2

Haruki:                                I’ll apologize to her.

I’ll send her a message.

44.3

Koharu:                               You’d better.

Haruki:                                I know. I keep my promises.

44.4

Haruki:                                Yada-san was the ideal student.

She always showed up to my class, never missed a greeting, stayed behind every time to ask questions…

Takeya:                               It sure sounds like there was something there…

 

Page 45

45.1

Haruki:                                I was so glad about it that I may have been more friendly with her than was necessary.

45.2

Haruki:                                I regret that now.

Haruki:                                I am truly sorry.

45.4

FX:                                        Heh

Koharu:                               …Well…

That’s enough.

45.5

Koharu:                               You’re a more earnest person than I thought, Kitahara-san…

And it seems like you’re taking this situation with Mihoko seriously… I feel a little better now.

 

Page 46

46.1

Koharu:                               So, please give her a proper apology, and talk to her, just like we did today.

46.2

Haruki:                                Talk…

46.3

Koharu:                               Please tell her why you turned her down.

Koharu:                               Mihoko was serious about it, so I want you to be equally serious in giving her your answer.

46.4

Haruki:                                …It’s not enough just to apologize?

Takeya:                               No, look, Koharu-chan…

46.5

Koharu:                               You had a reason, didn’t you? And that’s why you turned her down?

Koharu:                               If that’s so, please tell Mihoko your reason, and make her understand.

 

Page 47

47.1

Koharu:                               If you don’t, she may never be able to move on to another love.

47.2

Haruki:                                …

Takeya:                               All right, we get it.

Takeya:                               As long as the girl understands, that’s enough, right?

47.3

Koharu:                               No, it isn’t enough.

Haruki:                                You have to tell her everything, with no lies.

If the truth is that you have a girlfriend, tell her that.

47.4

Takeya:                               Um, we’ll… handle that as best we can…

47.5

Koharu:                               Mihoko was earnest with you. Even though you turned her down, you need to be honest with her.

FX:                                        Twitch

FX:                                        Bow

Koharu:                               …Please.

47.6

Haruki:                                Honest…

 

Page 48

48.1

Haruki:                                Why?

48.2

Haruki:                                Why do I have to talk…

with a complete stranger?

Takeya:                               Haruki!

Koharu:                               Wha—

48.3

Takeya:                               Look! I’ll figure something out!

Haruki:                                You think that just talking to her…

Haruki:                                is guaranteed to make her understand?

48.4

Koharu:                               Wh-why would you put it like that?

Koharu:                               Is that really what you think of Mihoko?

48.5

Haruki:                                Yes, it is. This is the kind of person I am.

Why didn’t she hate me?!

 

Page 49

49.1

Koharu:                               Well, she still fell for you, and that’s that!

FX:                                        Bang

Haruki:                                “That’s that” isn’t enough! She shouldn’t have fallen for a guy like me!

49.2

Takeya:                               Haruki…

 

Page 50

50.1

Takeya:                               “She shouldn’t have fallen…”

Takeya:                               “for a guy like me,” huh…?

50.2

Setsuna:                              Hm?

Io:                                        ?

Takeya:                               …Nothing. Guess I’m a little drunk.

50.3

Io:                                        All right! Time to go to the next place!

FX:                                        Scoot

Takeya:                               Yeah! Maybe we can get Setsuna-chan onstage again…

50.4

Setsuna:                              Sorry!

I have to get going.

50.5

Bartender:                          That’ll be…

Takeya:                               …Same old ten o’clock curfew.

Io:                                        …The Ogiso family never changes.

 

Page 51

51.2

Setsuna:                              Really, I’m sorry.

You were trying to cheer me up, but I just threw water over the whole thing…

Io:                                        We wouldn’t have invited you out if we weren’t ready for that.

51.3

Setsuna:                              …Thank you, Io.

You really did make me happy.

 

Page 52

52.1

Setsuna:                              I’m so glad…

to have you and Takeya…

52.2

Takeya:                               Setsuna-chan…

52.3

Takeya:                               …We’ll take you home.

Let’s all go.

Setsuna:                              No…

Setsuna:                              That’s okay.

Setsuna:                              I don’t want to…

interrupt you two any further.

52.4

Takeya:                               …

Io:                                        Don’t be silly!

 

Page 53

53.1

Setsuna:                              Well…

Bye!

53.2

Io:                                        Bye!

See you next week!

53.3

Takeya:                               …

53.4

Takeya:                               Setsuna-chan!

53.5

Takeya:                               Listen… I talked with Haruki yesterday.

53.6

Io:                                        Takeya…?

Takeya:                               He said there wasn’t any way for him to get out of work.

 

Page 54

54.1

Takeya:                               He was really disappointed that he couldn’t come.

Takeya:                               He was…

Takeya:                               worried about you, Setsuna.

54.2

Setsuna:                              …Thank you, Takeya-kun.

54.3

Setsuna:                              Was Haruki-kun doing okay?

Setsuna:                              He wasn’t too tired? Did he seem like he’s been eating enough?

Did he tell you he sleeps properly every night?

54.4

Takeya:                               Ahaha… You’re like a mother, Setsuna-chan.

54.5

Setsuna:                              …

Was he smiling?

Takeya:                               Ah…

54.6

FX:                                        Thump

Takeya:                               Yeah!

 

Page 55

55.1

Takeya:                               Um, he’s really busy right now!

55.2

Takeya:                               So, um…

Even though you won’t be able to see him much…

Takeya:                               Try not to hate him, okay?

55.3

Io:                                        Takeya…

55.4

Setsuna:                              I could never…

Setsuna:                              hate him.

55.5

Io:                                        Y-yeah, that’s right…

Well, good night!

Setsuna:                              Good night.

 

Page 56

56.2

Setsuna:                              That’s why…

Setsuna:                              I’m always causing Haruki-kun pain…

56.3

Takeya:                               …Whew…

Io:                                        Honestly.

56.4

Io:                                        Anyone could see that that whole thing was a massive lie.

Takeya:                               You were the one who planned out that completely forced drink outing.

56.5

Io:                                        Look…

We’re third-years now.

 

Page 57

57.1

Io:                                        Why are they dragging this out so much?

Io:                                        All they need to do is knock it off and forgive each other.

57.2

Takeya:                               Why do they keep thinking about each other?

All they need to do is knock it off and separate for good.

57.3

Takeya:                               …That would be the right way to resolve this whole thing.

It’s just not what we’re aiming for.

57.4

Io:                                        …We’re pretty good people, huh?

Takeya:                               You don’t have to say that aloud.

57.5

Takeya:                               Anyway, what are you doing after this? Tomorrow’s a day off and all…

Io:                                        Going home, obviously.

 

Page 58

58.1

Io:                                        So…

See you.

Takeya:                               Ah? Hey…

Hang on…

58.2

Takeya:                               …

58.3

FX:                                        Sigh

58.4

Takeya:                               Why am I stuck being a good guy, too?

I wouldn’t mind a little sympathy…

 

Page 59

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