Kaori undergoes surgery even as Kosei performs in his competition, each of them as vulnerable as ever, but finally embracing the courage to take these ultimate risks. As their journey together draws to a close, the music of their hearts lays bare the truth of their friendship—a friendship that may have begun with an April lie, but which has changed their lives and the lives of everyone around them.
OUT OF THE COLD…? Kosei and Nagi’s duet has carried thoughts and feelings to the most precious people in the musicians’ lives. The words, “please play with me again” from Kosei give Kaori a small ray of hope. As Kosei competes to qualify for the Eastern Japan Piano Competition in December, Kaori begins her difficult rehabilitation. Each of them starts a challenging walk forward. Will the coming winter bring healing or hardship?
MOVING ON With Kaori nowhere to be seen at the gala concert, Kosei is forced to perform alone. As he plays, he confronts painful memories and finds a link connecting him t the audience, his late mother, and even himself. Meanwhile, Tsubaki struggles to find truth within her complicated feelings for Kosei—is he like a little brother to her, a childhood friend, or something more…?
The music competition is in full swing, with both of Kosei’s old rivals – the genius Takeshi Aiza and unstable prodigy Emi Igawa – energized by his return. When it’s finally Kosei’s turn, he lives up to his reputation, playing precisely and flawlessly – at first. But before too long, the phantom of his mother reappears, casting him back into the dark, uncertain abyss. Can Kosei feel his way back to hearing the music again?