From the music room at school, the sound of a piano can be heard. It's a recording of Kōsei's playing, and his friends are giving it a second listen. Hearing his own performance, Kōsei is in shock. Without giving a thought to Kōsei's feelings, Kaori informs him that she's already chosen his piece out, Chopin's Étude Op. 25, No. 5, and sent in his submission form for a competition. "Why do you play the piano?" asks Kaori. Kōsei sits before the piano alone. Kōsei practices alone at the piano. Watching Kaori suddenly get closer to Kōsei, Tsubaki begins to feel left out. She can see that they both inhabit a musician's world, which she can never enter. During the final days of her summer in junior high, Tsubaki injures her leg during a game, and the team takes a hard luck loss. But, when Tsubaki is suffering from this devastating incident, it’s none other than Kōsei who comes to her side.
"You should enjoy the little detours. To the fullest. Because that's where you'll find the things more important than what you want." ~Ging Freecss