Hiro covers her mouth after saying, “Thanks to that, I can stay together with you right now.” Looking really flustered, she says, ah, no... She wonders what to do. “How could I say that out!!! Right now, the mood is really quite bad. I’ll absolutely be exposed---.”
She recalls how they rejoice over going to the Nationals together. She also recalls when Kazusa tells them that they definitely have to bring back the championship or she won’t forgive them. And at that time, Chika answered Kazusa yes and does she need to say that. This made Hiro calm down.
She says, “Lo...look, I’m always together with you, Kurata. It has been a long time since I’m not this troubled[?] so I’m a bit tired. Right now, it seems that I’ve relaxed already... *smiles* ...I’m sorry! For saying some words that can make one easily misunderstand.”[EDIT: According to poo, what Hiro said is "Because I was tired from playing/partying for the first time in a while ('I said something like that' is implied). Right now, you could say I calmed down.".]
Takezou looks surprised. After a pause, he says ah...yes, it’s alright. He slightly smiles and says, “I won’t have a strange misunderstanding so relax, okay?” Hiro’s expression isn’t seen. She quickly stands up and says is that so, that’s great. She tells him that it is almost time so they should go back.
She thanks him as she returns his coat back to him. While Hiro walks away, she thinks that it’s really good and it’s great that Takezou is so slow-witted. “After all, I decided from the start that I always won’t tell him about my feelings until I retire from the club.”
She turns to the corner and notices tears forming on her eyes. She wipes them off and heads back in the karaoke room. Takezou is still sitting where Hiro left him. He is blushing really red. He says, “ah-~~~geez, I’m stupid!”
He felt so embarrassed for being too presumptuous but that -> when Hiro told him about them staying together thanks to that incident. “It will be too strange not to think of it that way...” -> Hiro suddenly blushing while covering her mouth.
Then, he recalls her apologizing for saying some easy to misunderstand words. He holds his head and wonders, what was that... The next day, at the club, the guys who had already arrived greet Takezou a good morning. He greets them back. Kouta asks if he had fun yesterday. Takezou says ah...ya.
Chika says that his complexion doesn’t seem to look that well. Takezou says is that so, and it is possible that it is because he wasn’t able to sleep last night. Satowa asks if he is alright and please don’t force himself. Takezou thanks her for the concern. Hiro arrives and Kouta happily greets her.
After Hiro greets back, she sees Takezou looking at her. He says, ah, about... Hiro smiles and greets him a good morning. Hiro looks surprised and lamely greets her back as she leaves. He thinks, “...very ordinary. There no difference with the usual. ...no. Ya, that is also inevitable.”
Hiro goes to put her things in the locker. She tells herself that it is alright. “Super ordinary greeting. Super relaxed. No problem.” Satowa calls out to Hiro but she notices that Hiro looks very serious. This somewhat puzzles Satowa as she watches Hiro walk away.
Later on, Chika asks if their playing of this ‘Haru no Umi’ okay? Sane agrees for in the end, they can play it and they ought to also able to grasp the piece’s artistic mood. Takezou says but it feels very...ORDINARY. Chika and Sane exclaim that’s right...!!!
Satowa agrees but she wonders why. “Perhaps, we have to change a bit of or add something to make it better...” Soon, they are discussing which part of the piece they should emphasis. After observing them, Suzuka says that there is something that they have to add to the koto sound in order to bring about a sudden change in its entirety. They exclaim in shock.
Suzuka chuckles and says but, for them, it is possible that it’s a bit hard--... Chika and Satowa go to him and shout, “It is okay for it to be difficult. What is it, please tell us!!” Suzuka tells them, “Charm [/elegant bearing].” This stupefied them. Satowa is speechless when Chika shouts that’s easy, jerk!
Suzuka says that just now, Chika paused for a while. Holding her head, Satowa thinks, charm...relying on this group... Chika shouts at her not to retreat. Then, he turns to Suzuka and asks how they can mix in charm. Suzuka says who knows for it is charm, stupid.
This made Chika angry that he is going to go amok so Sane grabs him to stop him. Suzuka says that charm isn’t a simple thing that can be explained using words so it is difficult. “But, *smiles* it is because of that so it is valuable. After you guys are able to grasp it, it can become a formidable weapon...
...*Chika and the three guys look surprised* It is probable that only a few high school students can play koto music filled with charm.” This made Chika and the three guys ‘burn’ [with challenge] that they say, “Bring it on. Watch us play it out for you. Charm!!”
Suzuka thinks that they are still the same, simple-minded. Takezou asks Suzuka if he thinks that they can play out this charm. Suzuka laughs and says who knows. Turning around, Takezou says but, if he thinks that they absolutely couldn’t do it, then he won’t specially bring it up, right.
Suzuka looks at him and says, ah. While the others are pumping themselves up that they can definitely play it, Satowa thinks that indeed if they can play it with charm, the piece will have depth and breadth---...
She looks at Hiro playing and thinks, “Ah, but speaking of that, lately, Hiro-senpai’s koto music perhaps is the one that has the most charmin--...” Then, she quietly looks at Hiro.
Afterwards, Suzuka says okay, that’s it for today. “Tomorrow’s club activity will start in the afternoon so don’t come over here in the morning. ...by the way, are you guys really coming over tomorrow?” While packing things up, Chika asks, ha?
Suzuka says that after all, it is December 24th and don’t they have some plans. Giving him a thumbs up, Michi says he has. “My family will have a family get-together that night.” Kouta says that before, he’ll go out on a date with girl/s every year but he has no date this year. Sane says that he is going to borrow a CD.
Chika tells him that isn’t club activity a plan so what is he asking. Suzuka thinks that these guys are obviously squandering their youth all day long. Kouta says but, it is a rare opportunity so why don’t they eat cake together. Chika perks up and exclaims, cake!!
Kouta laughs and says that kind of huge cake! While Satowa watches them, Chika exclaims that he wants one with strawberries! Kouta shouts right-! Then, Chika and the three guys look misty eyed with drool at Suzuka.
Suzuka tells them that it is useless because even if they look at him, he absolutely won’t buy one for them. “Okay, disband! *prepares to leave* Quickly pack up!” Someone calls him stingy. Hiro thinks that it is great for no matter what is said, today is finally over. Michi says that they’ll go home.
Kouta says by the way, didn’t Hiro and Takezou say that they’ll stay over today for practice. “Are you going to granny’s place right now?” This made Hiro really tense for she recalled Takezou saying that. She says ah, speaking of that, they did!!
She is thinking that it is bad for she forgot about it so what is she to do. “With this kind of situation right now and the two of us would be alone---” Sane says that didn’t granny say yesterday that she has something to do so they are not to go there today. “She said that she’ll prepare a Christmas party for the kids.”
Kouta exclaims that’s right, he forgot. Chika complains that he also wanted to go. Someone else say, me too. Disappointed Kouta says then, they’ll just forget it since they also cannot use the club room. Hiro says ah, ya... She sighs in relief.
Takezou notices that. He thinks that just now, she obviously sighed in relief. “Yes. Ah, what is this situation? What is this feeling? How depressing.” While everyone is walking home, Michi says that he’s hungry. Sane suggests that they eat somewhere while on their way home.
Kouta exclaims, monjayaki [thin battered version of okonomiyaki with far less cabbage]. Just when someone is asking if everyone is going, Hiro quickly apologizes. She smiles and says that she has something to do so she’ll go ahead.
They say okay, too bad. Kouta says that it’s so lonely without her. Hiro apologizes and says that they’ll talk tomorrow. Michi tells her to take care on her way. Takezou thinks that there is this quite annoying feeling. “What’s up with me. I couldn’t calm my heart down...
...I don’t know the reason so I’m really bothered by it. *starts to walk with the others* Have to quickly resolve this mood.” Satowa is watching Hiro leave so Chika asks if she isn’t coming. Satowa says ah... Then, she becomes quiet.
While walking alone, Hiro wonders if that is too unnatural. “There’s no problem, right. But today, I also have no way of...” Hiro is surprised when someone calls out to her and grabs her coat from behind. Hiro turns to see Satowa catching her breath.
Hiro asks her what had happened. Satowa says about that, she wants to say if she is free tomorrow before the club activity. The next day at Hiro’s place, Hiro apologizes that her house is somewhat messy. Satowa says it isn’t and it’s so tidy. Hiro notices Satowa looking nervous so she asks her what’s up.
Embarrassed Satowa says no...it is her first time to visit someone’s house like this... She then gives Hiro a small box as a small token for being disrespectful [for intruding/being polite I guess]...and it is given by her mother.
Hiro exclaims that it is a box of snacks. She laughs while patting Satowa’s head. She tells Satowa that it isn’t necessary to be this polite. “Just relax and you can come here any time!” Satowa says ya, okay... Hiro says that she had tentatively prepared some things. “That’s right, did you buy the strawberries and cream?”
Holding a plastic bag, Satowa exclaims that she bought them. Hiro thanks her and leads her to the kitchen. On the counter, there are some baking utensils, flour and eggs. Hiro says, “Then, let us quickly start making the ‘Koto club’s special Christmas cake’!!” Satowa blushes a bit and says yes.
After wearing aprons, Hiro informs Satowa to put in the baking powder. Then, puzzled Satowa is holding the hand mixer upwards so Hiro tells her what that gadget is. Hiro is shocked when the batter splashed on Satowa’s face while she is using the mixer.
Hiro is aghast and surprised when the flour is all over Satowa’s face while she is sifting it. Hiro watches on tensely as Satowa pours the batter into the cake pan.
After putting the cake pan into the oven, Hiro says okay, finally, it is this step so next, they’ll just wait for it to finish baking. Satowa sighs in relief. She says, okay...she really didn’t think that making a cake is unexpectedly so tiring.
Hiro tells her that they haven’t even done any of the decorations...but. Satowa looks at Hiro trying to suppress herself. In the end, Hiro burst into laughter and says that she’s no good anymore. “I always didn’t know that Houdzuki-chan is unexpectedly so clumsy!!
...*This made Satowa aghast* Yesterday you unexpectedly come and told me whether we make cake together so I thought that you’re very capable!” Gloomy Satowa says that except for koto, she is no good. “I couldn’t even make a good monjayaki. Kudou even told me to just sit, shut up and eat.”
Hiro laughs and says that in the end, Chika is actually quite capable. She wipes her tears and says that her stomach hurts from laughing. Satowa looks at her and feels at ease.
At the living room, Hiro tells Satowa that everyone should be very happy for they mentioned about wanting to eat cake yesterday. Satowa says yes, she hopes so. While Satowa takes a sip from her drink, Hiro exclaims that they’ll be happy especially Chika because after all, it’s strawberry [cake]!
Hiro notices Satowa seems to pause and blush. This made Hiro asks, “By the way, Houdzuki-chan, do you have someone you like right now?” Satowa looks at her in surprise. This made Hiro flustered that she says no, sorry, she isn’t gossiping. “Sorry. What am I saying! Just act as if you didn’t hea---”
Satowa says, “I like everyone in the koto club. I really like them.” Hiro looks surprised. Putting down her cup, Satowa apologizes and says that she isn’t asking about that, right. “But, I really feel that everyone is very important. I...I might possibly not be so reliable *looks at Hiro*...
But, Hiro-senpai, if you were to need my help...anything is okay, tell me and I’ll seriously listen.” Hiro suddenly recalls Takezou telling her before that he’ll properly listen while they are at the shoe lockers before.
She thinks, “...it turns out to be like this. The reason why Houdzuki-chan came to me today--.. *laughs* Ah, geez, what’s up with me. *hugs Satowa* Going forward confused and becoming all depressed all by myself. ---it is already not the same as before...
...*scenes of no one listening to Hiro and she is all alone, then scene of everyone in the koto club* ‘It’s really great.’ Right now, I am already a part OF THEM.” Hiro says, “Thank you, Houdzuki-chan. You and I are the same, really likes everyone.”
At the school, Satowa says that she’ll leave the cake first in the home economics class’ refrigerator. Hiro thanks her and says that she’ll prepare the instruments first. In the club room, Hiro is removing the koto’s cover. The door opens so Hiro is about to thank Satowa when she realizes that it is Takezou.
Takezou is somewhat at a loss over how to react but Hiro smiles and greets him a good morning. Takezou looks surprised and greets her back. While he is putting his things in the locker, Hiro says that today is still quite warm. Takezou agrees. Hiro says that she originally hoped that this year would be a white Christmas—
After a pause, Hiro says that she always didn’t have an opportunity to tell him. Takezou asks what it is. She thanks him for properly listening to what she says and even admitting her here when she planned to destroy this club. Takezou looks surprised.
He kneels near her and says, what, this is so sudden so what’s up. Hiro laughs and says that even if it is a long time already and obviously, she is so happy at that time but she wasn’t able to properly thank him so it always concerned [/worried] her! *looks at him and smiles*...
—thank you for willingly admitting me [here]. Right now, I really feel very happy that I’m able to stay here. *there is a scene of their goal on the poster* We will absolutely win the first place in the Nationals!”
Hiro notices that Takezou is looking at her so she tensely calls out his name. Thinking ‘—ah, is that so...it’s like that’, Takezou says, “—actually, I also has something that I didn’t have an opportunity to tell you. I’m really happy before when you ran to my house to chide me...
...For our club, you did a lot of hard work. *scene of Hiro helping them out in getting the rest house during summer* Also, I feel very happy when you, Kurusu-chan, were able to stay [with us] not long ago and also for you to be able to be together [with us] right now.”
This made Hiro blush really red. Just then, Sane and Michi arrive to greet everyone a good morning and Merry Christmas! Takezou stands up and greets everyone a good morning. Hiro is still sitting and blushing.
She is startled when Takezou calls out to her. She says, yes. He tells her, “We’ll absolutely win first place in the Nationals. We’ll win it together.” As Takezou joins the others, Hiro thinks, “Ah. That’s right. I will strive hard. It is already absolutely alright. I’ll super strive hard.”
Blushing and moved Hiro smiles. Takezou thinks, “—It’s always on my mind since I always haven’t able to make sense as to what this feeling is. And, when I understood, I felt that my whole being had become free from worry.”
He recalls all sorts of Hiro scenes when she is crying to apologize, she is telling him that she’ll do her best in front of his important senpai and she happily exclaims a ‘serious’ person is so cool! He smiles and thinks, “I like Kurusu-chan.”
Later on, Hiro calls out to the others. Then, the guys are delighted when Hiro and Satowa bring out the strawberry cake and say, “Merry Christmas!” While Chika is happily looking at the strawberry cake, Satowa thinks it is strange for how can he be so honest [/naïve].
A chibi Chika says that he’ll eat all of the strawberries. She blushes a bit while looking at happy Chika. During New Year, Sane and the other two guys pray at the shrine. Hiro and Miyu go to the shrine together.
Chika is sleeping on the sofa while his sister looks displeased about it. Satowa is happily having tea with her mother. Then, Takezou is eating with his family. Narration: “Thus, the very long year meets its end. A new year is coming.”
Comment: Well, I guess since this is shounen, it is ‘friends/goals > romance’. ^^; Nevertheless, we have a breakthrough since the other party has realized his feelings for her. So, I guess we’ll just have to wait later on for anything more romantic to happen.
Actually, is it possible for a confession to happen during the Nationals? Or, we’ll still have to wait until the next National Music Festival for it since that is when the two will resign from the club? And, who do you think will confess first/will it be at the same time? ^^
I’m not sure if we’ll get to see their concert but there is still one more romantic holiday coming soon called, V-day. And, I’m not sure if it will be followed by White day as it usually does in shoujo. But, I think we will focus more on koto again.
They have a new goal and that is to add ‘charm’ to their performances. If ‘charm’ is ‘being in love’ like what Satowa seem to notice on Hiro. Does that mean, Takezou will have it soon? =P Maybe that might lead to some questions as to why they have it and the others don’t. ^^ And yes, it is amusing how clumsy Satowa is in cooking/baking. ^^
As usual, it is quite nice how they notice each other when someone isn’t ‘looking okay/normal’. It is nice how they appreciate, help and grateful for each other. So, right now, the best way to pay it all back is to win the Nationals. Scans by 二次元秘店汉化組
Quote of the day:
The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one's appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship. ~ Amelia Earhart