April 20, 2017

Kono Oto Tomare [Chapter 57 - White Christmas Eve]


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

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

20 comments:

  1. thank you so much i was really waiting for this , i think i quite appreciated charm recently i mean there are people who are charming regardless f their outer appearance and then there are people who are good looking but lack charm and that quite makes them not so interesting, if people can acquire charm then someone please tell me where to find it because i think most charming people are born with their charming attitude, i don't know much about music so i'm not so sure abut how to incorporate this attitude into music but i guess it can be the same as feelings and how your mood change the way you play. yeah i think the thing with shounen is that they really don't focus much on the romance and that's why i really like the romance aspect of it (at least the romance aspect of kono oto tomare) and which for further future development , with shuojo it' like the romance is always in your face and after 4 or 5 chapters it gets tiring to see what sort of event they will have next. again since i've seen this story focus more on koto i don't think there will be anything significant for v-day or white day or maybe just like this cake a chocolate for the entire club but who knows. I love backing cakes so seeing sotawa like this was painful, well at least takezou feels the same about hiro which is at least a development i quite hope that he confesses first just because i really feel that hiro will stick to the no confession rule till graduation since she feels that her initially trying to ruin the club gives her no right to try and ruin it again by confessing to takezo (which is not true but i could see why she thinks like that) so it would be nice to see takezou confess instead. an enjoyably chapter and as you said i really like how those 7 are caring of each other and know when someone is not feeling well,reminds me why i like shounen manga (even though i'm not so much interested in it's fighting aspect) it's because of the friendship ^^ thank you

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    1. You're welcome, Anonymous ^-^

      True, it is similar to charisma ^^ Yup though, I'm also not sure how 'charm' works in music. Is it like how the 'leads' like Satowa, Mio and Ousuke has it?

      True. Actually, I think this and the previous chapter can be prolonged to many chapters if it is in shoujo ^^

      Hehe, is that so.

      Yup. Though it depends since Takezou doesn't seem inclined to confess soon either.

      Ya, that is one of the aspects of shounen that I like though I do prefer it to be 'believable' hehe not like the one in Naruto =P

      =)

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  2. thank you so much! ^_^ i have been waiting for this and i kinda feel a bit lost here..does it mean that takezou has realized his feelings towards hiro??

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    1. You're welcome, hajar ^-^

      Yes. ^^

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    2. thanks for the reply :) cant wait for any progress between takezou and hiro :D

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  3. Here's hoping that some of the other potential couples take a step forward next chapter now that Takezou and Hiro made some progress :)

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  4. From that line you were questioning, I got something like "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." from the Japanese.

    Also while charm is technically correct, the Japanese word used was more like sex appeal/sensuality (which was why Houtsuki was like "Sex appeal... with these members..." with that kind of face LOL). That's why Suzuka got sarcastic when Chika asked how do you add eroticism/perversion (i.e. the bad kind of sex appeal). And yes, this means Houtsuki thinks Hiro is the sexiest one among them. ��

    Also "Kuon even told me to just sit, shut up and eat." -> Kudou. Kuon is the song that Chika was excited had his name on it from earlier in the series (they're spelled the same). Also Hiro calls Takezou "Kurata", not Takezou, and Takezou calls her "Kurusu-san", not Kurusu-chan. The latter implies they're closer than they are and would raise some eyebrows over whether they're dating or something (though they should be at this point (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ )

    Anyway, nitpicks aside, I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOREVER FOR HOUTSUKI AND HIRO TO HAVE FRIENDSHIP BONDING SCENES. That was my absolute favorite part of the chapter. ;-;

    As for your comments, Hiro is really self-conscious over anything she could do to rock the boat after her attempt to destroy the club, so that's why she decided not to say anything about her feelings (if Takezou didn't return them, it'd strain the atmosphere in the club, and might even affect their ability to perform). She doesn't want to ruin everything everyone's worked so hard for. As for Takezou, I'm guessing he's not going to say anything because he doesn't know for sure how Hiro feels. I don't think a confession after they perform at Nationals is out of the question, but since Hiro explicitly said she'd do it after she retires from the club, I guess we'd have to wait on Takezou for that to happen. I hope Takezou confesses first, just so I can see Hiro blush like crazy lol.

    Also we better get a V-day chapter or I riot.
    ~poo

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    1. RIP my kissy face emoji.

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    2. Thanks for the info, poo ^^ I tried 'drawing' the Jap in google translate and it only came out with 'tired' for a whole line ^^;

      Oh ^^ I decided to go for the 'tamer' word since I'm not sure sex appeal suits in playing koto music. ^^;;

      Oppsie...typo. Hm, let me re-check my notes to check if I wrote it wrong there. ^^; Thanks for informing me. ^^

      It is indeed nice ^^ Thought it seems like they are sisters in a way ^^;



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    3. *checked notes* it is a typo ^^; Perhaps, I'm thinking of SB's 'Kuon' which is written in the same kanji. ^^;;

      Ah...but I thought '-chan/-kun' is used by high schoolers and '-san' is exclusively for adults? The Chinese translate it as 'classmate' Like Kurusu-classmate so I went for -chan. Hm...I'll apply this knowledge in the future summaries.

      Hm...but if it did, isn't it also possible that they'll be distracted with that? Of course, it can be also seen in a positive way as inspiration ^^ I'm thinking along the lines of the rule 'studies first before love'.

      True. I'm also betting long the lines that maybe, someone can no longer hold it in. Of course, blurting it out is already used so I don't think the mangaka will pull that again.

      Lol ^^

      Anyway, thanks for the corrections ^-^

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  5. Thanks for the summary! ^.^

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  6. First of all, thank you for the translation, I always come here after done rereading the scanlated chapters.

    Some Anon up there summed it up pretty nicely. After reading the previous chapter(and rereading it plenty of times) I was worried of how it would play out, it is shounen after all, though the artwork is topnotch, what made me stuck with this series was the koto and the dynamic between Takezou and Chika, then came Satowa which was a hint for romance later on.

    Reading the last chapter made wonder if they would just drop everything and go out. After reading this chapter, I think the author played it out really well.

    I really can't wait for the next chapter, and again thank you for the review and translation.

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    1. Thanks for reading, Fajar ^-^

      Indeed.

      =)

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  7. One more thing, Takezou is so damn cool!

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  8. Thanks for all the hard work, Kat!! Loved this chapter as always. Admittedly, I was pretty disappointed that we didn't what we hoped for between Takezou and Hiro, but I do have to say that Takezou admitting (even to himself) that he likes Hiro, is still a pretty good progress. When I first read the Japanese raws (with my beginner level of Japanese), I also read what Takinami-sensei said as "eroge" = eroticism, but was seriously doubting that I read that right. Charm seems more fitting for koto lol. Looking forward to the next one!

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    1. Thanks for reading, Mint ^-^

      Indeed. ^^

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