Shoichi studied the violin ever since he was young boy, adding hard work to his talent and furthering his ability.
Having entered an international violin contest and won, he was brought into the limelight of the violin world in one swift jump.
Afterwards, he went on to study music abroad, joining an orchestra in Germany until an incident forced him to retire and return home.
He was disowned by his father over the matter and found himself lost, with nowhere to go until one person reached their hand out to him— his childhood friend Kanade.
As Shoichi begins his new life as live-in worker at the live house Kanade’s father Sadao manages, fate leads him to discover a music he never knew before, rock, and a new instrument, the guitar.
Although he starts on this new musical path by coincidence, he aims for new heights together with the friends who join him, overcoming new hurdles and troubles.
By the way, due to living abroad for so long, his perspective and what he considers common knowledge is slightly off from that of most others.
Riho is an honest woman with sharp perception, able to move hearts with the ”soul” born from her talent and her devoted stance towards hard work. Her clear, husky voice has the power to punch its way into the listener’s soul.
A vocalist worthy of being called a diva, her voice is the crystallization of natural talent and hard work.
However, her stance of refusing any and all compromise combined with her devastating lack of communication skills often results in conflicts with others who spend their lives waiting for things to come along, and causes them to think of her as self-righteous and egotistical, leaving some people to view her with hostility, but since she’s completely indifferent to everything that doesn’t attract her interest, it hardly ever hinders her daily life.
Her dream is for her songs be heard around the world. Achieving it lies at the end of an extraordinarily long journey, but her conviction never wavers.
Until the day she reaches her dream, she will never give up.... But she has zero talent for writing lyrics.
Though she acts important, high-handed, snappy, and aloof towards people when meeting them for the first time, let alone those she considers a rival (such as Riho), but behind the mask she’s just a plain girl and a pushover who can’t keep up her princess act.
However, her passion and spirit towards rock ’n roll and the guitar are well beyond average, and both Yayoi herself and others will admit this. To her, the guitar is a part of herself, and the effort she puts towards it is almost pious.
Even if the guitar belongs to someone else, she considers neglecting it or compromising one’s performance as blasphemous to her creed, and will punish them on behalf of God.
Also, because of her intense love of guitars, Yayoi’s considered a ”freak” who will check every inch and corner when she sees a rare custom guitar, feeling up its design in ecstasy.
She wants to jump out of the cage of common sense through rock.... but what will tomorrow hold for her?
Ever since she was a little girl, Rimu’s real father, a pro musician, taught her to play the drums, and the talent in her blood grew markedly, so as a result, she wields the techniques of a veteran drummer even at her young age.
Though one would never imagine it from her small and compact appearance, her ability to perform is menacing.
However, because she grew up listening to professional drumming, Rimu was sent to a special school for gifted children as a result. Thanks to the high skill she developed, she is unable to find satisfaction in performing with those her own age, lost her passion, and doesn’t know what to do with her skill anymore.
She also suffers from abandonment issues after her real father left their family when she was young and her mother began approaching a new marriage.
Amidst all of that, she meets Shoichi and the others, regaining her passion for the drums when she learns that she can produce her ideal music by performing with these friends. However, she’s extremely whimsical, doesn’t listen to others, forgets promises, and her wild nature causing everyone around her to worry combined with her bed head lead many to liken her to a cat.
A regular at Live House 696, Gonda is a fairly well known bassist amongst the bands in the neighborhood.
What they know of is his skill with the bass, his rough temperament that easily leads to trouble, that he fought with several bands in the past and withdrew from them all, and that there’s some reason behind why he’s quit participating in bands.
However, he frequently visits the studio at 696, and the spirit he puts into practice and his passion for music are extraordinary. Even so, he always acts as a lone wolf, and his background is shrouded in mystery. Judging from his overweight build and his appearance, he’s in his 30s, but all the rumors about him are bad, saying things like he always gets in fights when he goes on stage, that he’s had several brushes with the law, and that he once killed a man.
He holds a philosophy towards rock and the bass, occasionally talking about it and showing his manly side, but when he speaks a lot, one can see he’s also a fool to some degree.
Kanade is the elder daughter of Sadao, the owner of Live House 696, and Shoichi’s childhood friend.
She called out to Shoichi when he came back to Japan and had no place to go, offering him a live-in job at the club.
Although she’s had feelings for Shoichi since they were little, she holds a complex of ”I’m not someone who can match up to that” towards Shoichi, who basked in the limelight as a world-class musician at a young age, and hasn’t been able to bring herself to confess.
She secretly believes that she wants to express herself through song, and while the talent she holds for that is amazing, her lack of self-confidence serves as a detriment that keeps her from pursuing her dream.
Though she’s particularly affectionate towards Shoichi, Kanade is also the type of person who’s kind enough to try and help anyone in trouble. As a result, she’s never refused any favors or requests to help someone talk through their troubles. However, she holds a strong heart on the inside, and cannot let any prejudices towards music and her friends slip by.
Will that strength ever become the force that drives her towards her dream?