The day of the competition is approaching. Kōsei is now able to play his selected piece by heart. But he's not sure if he's made it his own or not. The troubled Kōsei collapses during class, and gets carted off to the infirmary. "You're you, no matter what," says Kaori, who comes to see him. On the day of the competition, Kōsei fears that he'll end up not being able to play again. But in his heart, Kaori encourages him. Meanwhile, at the venue, a boy and a girl await Kōsei's arrival. It's Takeshi Aiza and Emi Igawa. Several years ago, when Kōsei was winning every prize in sight, these were two pianists in the same age group who looked up to him, were jealous of him, and viewed him as a rival.
"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