For my next to last season preview post I’m going to profile an anime that hasn’t garnered much attention thus far (at least among the English-speaking fandom) but also one that I personally have high hopes for.
White Album 2
Source: Visual Novel
Notable Staff: Masaomi Ando (Director: Muv –Luv Alternatie: Total Elipse)
Genres: Drama, Romance, Slice of Life
White Album 2 centers on college junior Haruki Kitaharaand and his two friends from the light music club: Setsuna Ogiso and Kazuki Touma. I can’t find out much else about the plot without potentially spoiling myself but there will be drama and some sort of love triangle. It should also be noted that despite the name White Album 2 is not a direct sequel to the original White Album anime. It takes place at the same school as White Album but with entirely different characters, much like Chaos;Head, Steins;Gate and Robotics;Notes share a universe but have almost no shared characters or plot points.
I raised my eyebrow when I initially heard that White Album 2 was getting an anime adaptation because it is among the highest rated visual novels on the Japanese site EroGameScape. For reference it is ranked above previous VN adaptation stand-outs Steins;Gate and Clannad as well as the very popular Muv Luv Alternative. It is getting almost no hype in the English-speaking world partially because many people are confused into thinking that it’s a sequel and partially because the VN has no English translation available. I personally am very excited to see what they do with this.
The game was broken into two parts: the introductory chapter which received solid but not outstanding scores on EGS and the closing chapter which received the aforementioned phenomenally high scores. I don’t know whether they intend to adapt both chapters or just the first chapter and how much time they intend to devote to it. The tags on vndb indicate that things get pretty melodramatic and depressing in the closing chapter but that’s just the way I like my visual novel adaptations. It’s possible this could be the sleeper hit of the season among drama junkies. At the very least I hope it can be another Myself;Yourself, a melodramatic visual novel adaptation that gets no attention but that I personally enjoyed a lot. If it can achieve that modicum of success I’ll be happy.