Posted by psgels on 26 December 2009 with categories: Anime Reviews, White Album



If you’re planning to watch the first season of White Album: good luck. Have fun sitting through one of the most frustrating series of the past years. However, for those who do manage to get through it there is a reward, because the second season is much, much better. In fact, it’s a breath of fresh air for both the harem and hentai game adaptation genre.

The first season really had no idea how to write good drama. It really tried, but revelations were poorly built up, the romance was shallow, and it used really cheap plot devices in an attempt to create drama (answering machine?!). Thankfully, Seven Arcs noticed this, and actually changed the directors, in favour of someone who did know what he was doing. The result really allowed this series to show the best of its daring premise.

The result managed to add depth to nearly all the characters. I really loved the execution of this series: a lot of bad stuff happens in this series, Touya for a large part is an incredible bastard who fools around with tons of women, however everything still progresses naturally: it never goes over the top or forces climaxes. Characters don’t suddenly turn emo because of one simple revelation, but what goes on inside their heads is much more complex than that. Every character has his or her own issues that get explored really well and the way that the creators manage to interweave all these stories is really skillfully done. There’s hardly any moment of boredom.

And then Touya. He really is one of the least likable lead characters after Makoto Ito, but in comparison to the latter he’s actually really well written and receives some memorable development. In fact, he’s so incredibly refreshing amongst most other harem leads with their wimpy and one-sided personalities. This guy’s issues are deep and yet they come together wonderfully at the end.

I really was prepared to hate this series when it first started, but it really proved me wrong when it improves on the first season in a lot of ways. It’s at times very emotional, but at the same time also very subtle and realistic. This really is everything I want romance to be, and it’s truly a leap forward for the harems and hentai game adaptations. If you’re tired of seeing the same thing over and over again in these genres, then this is a series that you should check out. However, be warned: it makes no attempts to make its characters easily likable. It’s realistic, but hard to get into as well.

Storytelling: 9/10 – Realistic, poignant, weaves many storylines into one and yet it progresses very naturally.
Characters: 9/10 – HUGE improvement over the first season. Touya is one of the best developed harem leads out there.
Production-Values: 8/10 – Better animation, great use of music.
Setting: 8/10 – Accurate and finally stops using it as a cheap plot device to get Touya and Yuki to miss each other.

8 Responses

  1. hashi says:

    Fascinating comments. How did I miss the fact that they changed directors? Interestingly, the director of the second series (Yoshida Taizou) appears to have less experience as a director that the original director (Yoshimura Akira). Yoshimura started earlier, having done five episodes of GSD. But Yoshida did four episodes of Otogijushi Akazukin, and is more of a writer, having done a number of storyboards. I enjoyed both series, but you are right to point out how much more taut and interesting the second series was. This ends up as quite a unique show, with unusual characters and a light, allusive storytelling style.

  2. middy says:

    I still don`t really get it…. so ? who was with touya after all. Though i would prefer rina

  3. psgels psgels says:

    It’s not clearly stated, but it’s heavily implied that he’s back with Yuuki, who just kept waiting for him to heal and remember.

  4. AstroNerdBoy says:

    I’ve still to go through the final three episodes, but this certainly has been a unique harem-styled anime. It certainly has a very strong soap opera feel to it as well.

  5. exia says:

    yeah I just finished it but the ending was kind of weird. Was it yuki who wrote that “good bye” on the glass or rina because you dont seem them anymore after the performance.

  6. exia says:

    yeah I just finished it but the ending was kind of weird. Was it yuki who wrote that “good bye” on the glass or rina because you dont seem them anymore after the performance.

  7. Moh-aa17 says:

    I personally loved the first white album more than the second white album. Even though the first white album had a bad ending its still a really good anime infact one of the best. I just didnt like how the ending was for example when akira looks for touya to tell him his father is… could’ve just finished the sentence and secondly how we dont know what happened to touya and yuki after that. Ugh this is depressing and makes me feel unease :(.

  8. Moh-aa17 says:

    Actually wait i take back everything i said, i was so clueless i didnt think there the second season of white album was the same as the first one so i just quickly jumped to conclusions dummy me, im so so glad that theres a second season that continues it yayy :D

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  • Emma
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 06:58 AM)
    Never got past the first few episodes of fairy tale and remember when I was younger only being slightly interested in the creators other series rave master.
  • k-off
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 06:55 AM)
    @kurozuka Hey, so you finally come back after the conversation is long over. As for FT, it’s better than Naruto and Bleach, but worse than HxH. By a lot. So that’s not really a compliment.
  • KuRoZuka
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 05:49 AM)
    I thought I’d feel like crap, binging 29 episodes of Fairy Tail in one day, but surprisingly, I don’t. It’s a pretty good shonen series, I’m surprised myself.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 05:24 AM)
    Well with regards to aldnoah you can all look forward to it continuing in January.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 05:13 AM)
    See the old stuff that was awful at least had the decency to be shit as an artform, you can’t really say that about alot of the bad stuff now in anime, its just awful, I can laugh my ass off at how bad mad bull is but I could never do that with Mahouka or sword art.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 05:10 AM)
    But this is definitely belongs on the so bad its funny list with the likes of Kenya boy, Garzy’s wing and Geist, in fact it may be on the level of the most latter.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 05:07 AM)
    Watched the mad bull 34 ovas because I heard how notoriously terribad they were. I won’t say this was a good anime by any stretch but it was a remarkably entertaining, hilarious one for the overthetop sex/gore/general dumbarsery. Pretty much an exploitation anime guilty pleasure.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 03:11 AM)
    @Raggers: I tend to agree.
  • Raggers
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 03:10 AM)
    @Emma: I tried the same one – font color=”white” – but like other html codes I’ve used recently I’ve seen it “work” while the comment is being sent, but the chatbox itself strips them out.
  • Raggers
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 03:08 AM)
    @Bam: Most of the individual ideas were fine – expect for how the ending should be played out – but the way it was handled was just far too bad to be remotely decent.

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