This is not going to be a lengthy [Manga Talk] since I have not read the series yet.
But I am very keen on getting a copy of the series, especially after watching its promotion video by Kodansha (講談社): (NB. Am also very interested in hearing other’s thoughts on the series if you have already read it ^^)
Voice of the main character, Setsu (雪) casted by HACHINOHE Masaru (八戸 優). Music composed and played by AGATSUMA Hiromitsu (上妻宏光), a famous shamisen artist in Japan.
Story: (From Baka-Updates)
Shamisen is a traditional Japanese musical instrument that looks similar to a guitar. Teenager Sawamura Setsu’s grandfather who raised him and his older brother Wakana, recently passed away. His grandfather was one of the greatest Shamisen players and the two siblings grew up listening to him play and learning to play the instrument. Since the grandfather’s death, Setsu dropped out of high school, moved to Tokyo and has been drifting, not knowing what to do besides play his Shamisen. That’s when his successful and rich mother, Umeko storms into his life and tries to shape Setsu up. She enrolls him back into high school but little does Setsu know that he is about to rediscover his passion for Shamisen.
The series had been nominated for the 4th Manga Taisho Award (2011), and is currently ongoing at its 4th volume.
Note: Don’t expect this series to contain high pact of shoujo-elements; it is being serialised in the Monthly Shounen Magazine (Kodansha), hence tagged with a drama/school life/ SHOUNEN/ Slice-of-Life genre.