A high school boy plays guitar (badly) and two girls fall in love with him. If you haven’t seen White Album 1 don’t worry about it, these have very little in common, aside from the fact that they live in a hellish alternate universe where no one has an iota of musical taste and the beloved White Album is some crappy J-Pop.
Is it just my imagination, or are there nowhere near as many anime about love triangles as there used to be? It feels like they’ve gone out of style. So White Album 2 felt like a bit of a blast from the past for me.
I’m not particularly fond of love triangles though. The fact that there is a love triangle essentially requires that the characters be indecisive, jealous, and petty. Love triangles, such as White Album 1 (I only got through half of it), are often downright infuriating to watch. The male character changes his mind every other episode. The females become increasingly desperate and combative. And everything is misunderstood by everyone.
After watching White Album 2, I can better understand why so many other shows take the route of jealous girls and endless misunderstandings. In White Album 2, both of the female love interests are actually really nice, understanding people. And because of it, the show just isn’t as entertaining as it would be if all the characters were horrible people. The main conflict is still the fact that the male lead is a spineless, indecisive wuss, as with most love triangles, but it’s missing the spice of jealousy and resentment. It also doesn’t help that Touma is clearly the best girl by a long shot and Setsuna had no chance.
I still enjoyed watching White Album 2. It has some good drama, and the parts about the music were surprisingly pretty good. But it could have used more of a kick. (You should still watch it though because Touma is adorable.)
- Storytelling – C – Focused on the love triangle and musical growth. Perhaps too focused— felt like it was moving very slowly. Could have used some comedic interludes.
- Voice – C – Nothing particular special.
- Characters – C – Touma – A+. Setsuna’s okay. Main guy sucks. None of the side characters do much.
- Attention Grab – C – Lacking in excitement.
- Production – B – Looks good.
- Overall – C+
Recommendations – True Tears, Kimikiss