Have a Song on Your Lips

Synopsis: Yuri Kashiwaga was once known as a genius pianist. One day, she returns to her hometown in Goto Islands from Tokyo. There, she begins to work as a temporary teacher at a middle school and advisor for the school chorus. The chorus aims to take part at a competition. Yuri gives the members of the chorus members an assignment. She instructs them to write a letter with the title of "To myself 15 years later." The 15-year-old boys and girls write about their secrets and worries.

- Eri! Did you see it?!

- Yeah!

This year's piece was finally chosen!

Letters is such a good song!

Yeah! Let's practice it at this

semester's first rehearsal!

I want to dive right into singing it! Okay?

You're the one to decide that, club captain!

Actually, Nazuna, is now the time to decide?

Do you have time to be on the phone?

Oh! Yeah, I'll talk to you later!

Nazuna... don't run.

I'm taking off!

- Morning!

- Morning.

The town I live in is in western Nagasaki

on one of the tiny, tiny Gotou Islands.

I wonder if I'll remember all this in 15 years?

The teacher I met,

the stories of our lives,

and the big changes that happened...

I'll make sure to remember it all.

I'll write it all down so that I won't forget it.

Dear myself in 15 years:

Have a Song on Your Lips

Uh... good morning!

Good morning!

- Morning!

- Nazuna, good morning!

Morning! Eri, sorry for taking off so suddenly!

It's fine! We'll talk about it at practice later.

- Hey, hey, hey, hey!

- Morning!

Good morning, Chinatsu!

Did you all hear?

About Matsuyama-sensei's replacement!

What about her?

Out with it!

She's a professional pianist

from Tokyo University of Music!

- No way!

- Who told you that?

I can't really tell you that...

That's awesome!

- What kind of person is she?

- Well, from what I've heard...

she's suuuuper pretty!

I want to meet her!

Good morning, Mai!


We're in the same class again!

I'm so happy! We're lucky, hey?

Keisuke, you're way too excited.

- You're not happy?

- I am!

Then show it a little!

You lot are so loud! Pipe down!

Carrying on...

I will now introduce a teacher

working with us temporarily

in place of Matsuyama-sensei

in our music department.

Sensei, go ahead.

Nice to meet you all. I'm Kashiwagi.

She's so pretty!

Don't lose heart!

Have a song on your lips.

Keep the sun in your heart.

Sure takes you back, doesn't it?

I hadn't heard about this.

If I'd told you ahead of time,

you'd have backed out of it.

Of course I would have.

I'm so looking forward to this!

- Matsuyama-sensei!

- How are you all?

- You're getting pretty big!

- When is it due?


- Can I touch it?

- Sure!

It's so big now!

- Is it heavy?

- It's a real pain!

Let me formally introduce you.

This is Kashiwagi Yuri-sensei. She will

be filling in for me as choir conductor.

She's so pretty!

She's gorgeous...

Your turn.

I'm Kashiwagi.

Nice to meet you or whatever.

Did she just say "or whatever"?

Yeah... she did.

Come on, now.

Is it true?

You're a pianist from Tokyo University of Music?

Oh, you already found out?

Well, she was also a student here.

She is your senpai.

You can go to her with

anything you don't understand.

Were you and Kashiwagi-sensei...


Then she really is our senpai!

Oh, Nakamura-san. Have any of

the freshmen joined the club?

I've tried asking some

people, but it's been a little...

Oh? Well, then I suppose...

we'll just have to do the thing from before!

- Riku! Come here, quickly!

- What is it?

Kashiwagi-sensei is out there.

- Huh? The choir club?

- Yeah.


Have the song on your lips. Stay in tune.

Let's all sing together

with our hearts as one.

When we're sad

or struggling,

let's all sing together!

Do it in a loud voice.

Let's just sing

without feeling embarrassed!

A song that fires you up

gets through to your core.

Make the whole world shine

with the help of our song.

Make the whole world shine.

Receive our message of love!

Receive our message of love!

I'm looking forward to the competition.

Sensei, you'll come watch us right?

Whether I can is up to this little guy.

Okay, Yuri. Take care of

them... or whatever.



- Do your best.

- Okay!

Bye bye, Matsuyama-sensei!

Bye bye!

She seemed pretty well!

She did! I'm glad to see that.

Nazuna, let's go.

Huh? That truck sure is something.


It's pretty much scrap metal!

Who would drive that?

Does it even run?

It must.

Sorry about that.


Akio, he's here to get you.

Nii-chan, were you waiting?

Satoru is here! He's here to get me!

Time to go home! Time to go home!

When Satoru comes, it's home time!

Satoru. Satoru!

- Take this with you.

- Thank you very much.

- It's for your dad.

- Okay.

- See you later.

- Yup!

Good work, Akio-kun.

Good work, Akio-kun.

That's right.

- Good work, Akio-kun.

- Bye!

Hey, Nii-chan. Today...

a new teacher started at school.

She's tall, and super pretty.

She is responsible for the choir club.

Do you know "choir"? It's when

people all sing together.

Everyone sings together.

Everyone sings together.

Like the singers at a church.

Like the singers at a church.

...at a church.

Are you okay, Nii-chan?

If she's Kashiwagi...

she must be the daughter of the

Kashiwagi who worked at the fishery.

Wow... you know her?

Yeah. She...

won some kind of piano competition.

She must be famous.

So it's true, then.

Having been raised by a single mother...

Well, her mom died quite a while ago, but

she was always proud of her daughter.

She was in the newspapers sometimes.

But... now that we're on the topic,

I haven't heard anything lately.

Well... for us, Matsuyama-sensei

is the better teacher. She's nice to us.

Hey. Let's eat.

I can't see her!

What are you all up to?!

Move along! Go!

Have you gotten used to everything?

I'm sure a lot has changed

since you were last here.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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