Riko says that she’s taking a bath. Aki shouts if she’s taking a bath at Shinya’s house. Riko exclaims why would she, she’s talking on the phone while taking a bath. Aki’s brain processes that, then he blushes, screams and, bumps his head on the car’s roof. Shun asks him what he is doing and is he okay. Blushing Aki asks Riko if she’s naked..ah, wait, wait, don’t answer, don’t answer!! Riko is puzzled over the fuss. Riko asks him what’s up, why did he call. Aki says that he’s just asking if she’s home or not. Riko says that she is, she’s safely at home and nothing happened. Then, Aki tells her that the sound of water drop is quite erotic. Riko screams that he’s lewd and she’ll hang up on him. Aki shouts for her to wait but he can only hear the hanged up telephone dial tone. Back at the school, Shinya asks Yuu if he can distinguish the difference between his playing and Kaoru’s. Yuu says of course because it is totally different. Kaoru protests that just now, Shinya made a little mistake at the B rhythm[/melody]. Shinya asks what about it, even if he made 10 mistakes, it doesn’t change the fact that his playing is still better than his. Kaoru looks flustered. Shinya tells him that there is something that he always wanted to ask him, that is if he’s staying with Crude Play because he has the status of a famous musician or because he is Aki’s friend. Kaoru didn’t answer so Shinya decides to change his way of asking. After sitting down, Shinya asks him if he were to leave Crude Play, would he continue on becoming a musician. Kaoru says no. Shinya says that means he became a musician because he is Aki’s friend. Kaoru tells him that he’s really looking down on him. Shinya says no, generally, in this world, one is entangled[/involved] due to contacts and emotions. “Thinking that one can succeed just by leaning on one’s strength. That is a childish way of thinking. First of all..basing on strength, it is not at all interesting nor is it [neat and] bright. Wanting to perform the composed music of one’s friend and join a music band is not a bad thing. So, I’m saying, what’s putting me in a bad mood isn’t that thing. *stands up and looks at surprised Kaoru* Since you’re playing guitar for Aki, then listen to his music in order to perfectly interpret his music. Think of how to play it in order to get closer to how he wants it expressed. You are obviously an ordinary person standing beside a genius. How come you’re still puffing and praising yourself. ‘Look I’ve finished playing it’ ‘It’s such a hard music, I’ll quickly play it’ That’s what I heard your guitar is saying. It’s really difficult to listen to. It isn’t like a guitar sound.”
This stuns Kaoru and made him look flustered. Shinya asks Yuu what he feels upon hearing Kaoru’s playing. Yuu says that relatively, it’s quite amazing that he totally didn’t think that his playing is unpresentable but.. Kaoru asks, ‘but’.. Yuu says that he thinks that his playing is quite cautious that it feels that there’s no mistakes. Shinya explains that Kaoru’s playing is like a computer. “Playing according to the music score, playing very accurate but if that is the music that Aki is after, he fundamentally doesn’t need you to play. He would have just inputted each and every syllable[/sound] and it’s okay. He wanted is for you, as a friend, to play out the music so he insists on you playing it. What I should say is that your personality is too serious, right? *Kaoru quietly looks flustered* It is alright even if you make a mistake because a human is playing it. *Kaoru looks surprised* but being dreary [/boring playing] is no good. If it’s dreary, then it isn’t music.” Kaoru recalls happily playing as band during high school. At Aki’s place, he finishes the song in his computer. He happily jumps into the bed. He’s quite excited that he wonders what time it is. It is 4:12am so it is already ‘morning’. He wonders if she’ll be angry at 5am or maybe 6am is okay. He types in yahoo [answers] how early is the appropriate time to call, is it common sense to call before 8am. Someone replies no, it is not common sense to call before 9am. Aki thinks that will be 5 hours after but then, wasn’t the radio calisthenics[/rajio taiso] starts at 630am and in order to assemble to the place [usually park], one should be awake at 6am. “Didn’t our country [government?] suggested to wake up at 6am? So Japan’s morning starts at 6am, right?? *lays down on the bed* Ah—geez! *turns left and right* Really want her to listen to it~~~” Back at school, Shinya and Kaoru are playing the guitar together. Yuu listens to them and recalls his father saying that this dream to be in a music band is only a club activity for 2 years since they are only thinking of Riko. Yuu thinks, “I cannot do it, dad. *watches Shinya and Kaoru slightly smiling while playing* I already have no way of giving up the guitar.” After they finished playing, Yuu claps and exclaims that the effect of what he just played now is totally different. Slightly flustered Kaoru says no, it is still very far from enough. Shinya agrees for it to be better, they have to play to match the singing voice. Kaoru exclaims that he knows that, how annoying. Shinya says that they’ll play one more time. Yuu calls out to them and asks if he can join them. “Can I?” Kaoru sighs and mutters for him not to cause trouble. While Yuu puts his hand in position [like air guitar], Shinya says okay. He wonders out loud why the music that Aki makes, can fully make people have the desire to play[/perform]. And, Aki is waiting outside of Riko’s house.
Comment: And, amusingly, of all the people whom Kaoru would probably least expect to help him out is the one who helped him find out what’s wrong with his playing. I guess Kaoru would probably not have anything to do with Shinya unless he is really forced into the corner. It doesn’t help that Shinya has a very sharp tongue and tends to say the things that one doesn’t want to hear yet they are very true. Apparently, Kaoru’s problem isn’t his playing since it is quite perfect and technical, but rather, he isn’t really trying to express the intent of the music. I guess in a way, it does have an effect and the audience can feel if the musician/singer is really into playing it or just ‘going through the song just to get it over with’. It’s nice that they are playing together and Kaoru is starting to enjoy it. Even Yuu decided that this is what he wanted to do. As for Aki, he maybe a genius in music but as usual, he can be quite childish and stupid in other things. As for Shun, could it be that he still likes Miwako? It seems that he does. Hm..in a way, I’ve noticed that when Shun and Aki are together, they tend to mostly talk things about Aki and his problems. ^^; Scans by 红莲&wink炖蘑菇汉化组
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Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. ~ Confucius