An inadequate guitarist, a gifted vocalist, and a prodigious pianist: three melodies once distant eventually intertwined and thus formed something harmonious. But as it swelled to a crescendo, it became too much. Something had to give, and none of their own melodies reached… Neither did their love.
Three years later, the harmony is but a distant dream. With Kazusa having long since left for Vienna, both Haruki and Setsuna are left to pick up the pieces of their fractured relationships. Held captive by their destructive memories and overtaken by a mutual guilt, it’s all Haruki can do to avoid Setsuna as he throws himself into work despite her evident hopefulness. As they’re being strangled by the string of fate it’s a wonder if he can continue avoiding her. Three distractions come in the form of women Haruki finds himself coming into contact with. It’s all well and good for him to forget about everything that happened, right? Time to wipe the slate clean…
…Is what would happen if this were any other title. It’s not so easy for Haruki and Setsuna to move on as they’d like to hope, for the shadows of their past persistently linger, blanketing everything they do.
A new winter is on the horizon. A season filled with much pain for them, for it’s a season without –
“Hey, Kitahara…. When I see the snow, I remember.
When we all played ‘White Album’ together.
Things like us all messing about, amidst snow falling deep within the mountains.
Things like touching you, amidst snow falling in the city.
When I look up towards the sky and see snow falling, I remember it all.”
Feeling an all consuming sense of loss and regret, a single man looks up towards the winter sky. As the snow continues to fall, he hopes that it will cover the harsh reality lying before his eyes. That it will obscure the truth from him along with everything else. But, the man himself recognizes that it would be a fruitless endeavour for snow must eventually melt and with it, expose whatever filth it has covered.
We make the transition from such a bleak setting to a school’s light music club, dealing with the fallout from their band’s disintegration. Going from six members to two in a matter of minutes is no mean feat, and the blame can be placed entirely on their bewitching vocalist set on stardom. With just a month left until their school’s festival and the only members left being guitar players, our hero Haruki and his (sort of) friend Takeya are in quite the pinch.
Strumming alone in the music room after school, sometimes a piano will accompany Haruki from another. And sometimes, so will a voice drifting from the roof. Three disconnected melodies eventually come together, creating something harmonious.