Random Reviews: White Album 2



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  1. 123 says:

    Nice review! I think you summed up everything that I liked about this anime with regard to characters/plot/visuals. I don’t completely agree with you on the music aspect though. Most of the time it was fine, there were parts were it didn’t work for me. Since this is a general review, I won’t go spoilerish, but for example on the train in the last episode, they started with a brooding piano piece, but then moved onto a J-Pop insert song which was brighter and kinda spoiled the mood for me. On the other hand, the lone cello at the beginning of that same episode was absolutely brilliant. So a bit of a mixed bag for me, with regard to the music.

    • sidekick says:

      Well, I’m not exactly a music person so as long as the music doesn’t get in the way of my enjoyment of the series I’d give anything a pass :p (and it’s hard to distract me, or rather, my taste in music is shit). Thanks for the comment! :-D

  2. Pablo says:

    Great review! The ending felt very unsatisfying at first, but after reading your review, you helped me realize the true intentions of the series. I completely agree with your point that the story is not about providing a happy and conclusive outcome but about analyzing the sentimental progression of the characters and realizing that love is a very difficult sentiment to deal with. Overall, the series was fantastic and as you mentioned, it is a GOOD romantic story to which one could possibly relate or attribute to their personal “love life”.

    • sidekick says:

      Thanks! :> Yeah, I saw quite a few people being unhappy with the way the story ended so I tried to clear that up a bit on the review. I definitely want to see more high school romance anime take a more daring direction like White Album 2 has. Not pandering to the audience but allowing us to reflect on love – its good and bad sides.

  3. Magicflier says:

    I’m glad that I’m not the only one that thinks WA2 is one of the best animes for this year. I honestly think it’s already the best romance anime right now for 2013. I got a bit excited when someone here wrote and released a review for this anime. It’s really sad that so many people will overlook this series just because of White Album, despite it clearly says everywhere that it clearly states in the relations that it’s not related in any way. Props to your review! I heard that this is adapted from the IC(Introductory Chapter), and that it’s popular in Japan because of the CC(Closing Chapter) visual novel. Hoping that there will be a second season to adapt CC and give us the best closure for these three heartbroken friends. :(

    • sidekick says:

      Yes, I’ve read somewhere that this is just the beginning of the visual novel. No nice boat ending though, I hope! I’ve met a lot of people who don’t even know that WA2 is a standalone season so I was hoping to get a few more people to watch this, think it’s criminally under-appreciated and definitely one of the best of 2013, alongside my other favourites of the year Uchouten Kazoku and Rozen Maiden: Zuruckspulen. Sales look decent though (if I’m not mistaken, although fall’s offerings have all been selling pretty bad) so there’s hope for a continuation, although I’m honestly happy with where this series concluded.

      Thanks for the comment!

  4. Eva says:

    Looks like I’ll be giving this show a whirl after all. The previous White Album show was just utter crap that even though I knew this wasn’t a sequel of any sort, it still left a bad taste in my mouth which had discouraged me to watch this one at all.

    • sidekick says:

      Yeah, this one is a completely different animal from the original White Album so you can cast your worries aside :-)

  5. Chris says:

    After I read this review, I marathoned the entire thing and loved it! Admittedly (at times) I was slightly reminded of School Days, but this is definitely a much better way of handling the sort of plot twist. Thank you for revealing this hidden gem to me… good times…

    • sidekick says:

      Great that you checked it out, Chris! :> But why school days? I mean, both male leads are technically cheating, but one is clearly less of a dick than the other, and there isn’t a harem setup…

      • Chris says:

        Well… for starters, every time it seemed like Haruki was going to cheat, those darkened eyes made me feel like yandere mode was about to activate (although that may be an after effect of watching School Days)…then you’ve got Haruki’s emotional breakdown whenever it seemed like he couldn’t get with the girl he really wanted to (but, of course, there were actual reasons for this in White Album 2 and it was handled much better)…I’m not saying that WA2 is School Days reincarnate (because I’d hate it if it were), but at times I just had traumatizing flashbacks…

        • sidekick says:

          I guess one never gets rid of the scars they get watching School Days. At least WA2 doesn’t reopen them, and I’m grateful.

        • Magicflier says:

          You could call this the more realistic approach, as I can compare this to a show like “True Tears” instead. There are friends out there that are abnormally close to each other, like in rare cases they were together since elementary or something like that. Wanting to stay together even if you spent doing something together which felt like it’s been years is a normal feeling. They are all to blame, and all their actions can’t always be explained by logic.

  6. sidekick says:

    Yes, this series does remind me a lot of True Tears (hence the alternate anime recommendation :-D). Wouldn’t say anyone is to blame though. What I like about this series is that no one is ever really the ‘bad guy’ – just a chain of actions with no real malicious inten

    • sidekick says:

      *intent. Which later led to disaster. (Sorry, posting a comment from my phone sucks).

  7. Cypher says:

    The original WA’s problem was its split focus between the idol plotlines and Touya’s disconnect. He was marginally connected to the events/players in the idol industry and the original WA suffered because of that. WA2 rectified that by having music as a motif that connected the simple love triangle of three close friends. I think that’s what I liked about WA2-it incorporated music in a way that connected better with characters and themes of its story. It was the simple love of music that brought them together and ironically its what tore them a part.

    • sidekick says:

      Yes! I noticed that too, and that final moment where all the pieces were set (Haruki realised who was playing the piano in the music room) was great.

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