Kaori has challenged Kosei to return to competitive playing. She saw how Kosei reacted to playing as her accompaniment during her violin performance and wants to see him continue. As the performers begin, we see some unexpected rivals who are determined to beat Kosei now that he’s back. We also see some romantic interest in Kosei from his childhood friend, Tsubaki.
Hopefully, the pressure won’t get to Kosei this time. He spends this volume practicing and it’s looking like he’ll be able to play as he is focusing less on being perfect and more on enjoying the act of making music. However, his problems aren’t pre-show jitters or stage fright, he freezes during his performances because he remembers how horrible his mother was. And of course, there’s always the chance the new rivals will try to mess with him. Since this volume ends on a cliffhanger, we’ll have to find out in the next one.