Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 4, 2009 to Mar 29, 2009
25 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 6.871 (scored by 12273 users)
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SynopsisAdapted from the Leaf eroge.
Fujii Touya, a college student, is dating a rising idol singer named Morikawa Yuki. There are numerous challenges to the couple's relationship from the other people at Fujii's college, Morikawa's work, and elsewhere.
Related AnimeAdaptation: White Album
Sequel: White Album 2nd Season
Other: White Album 2
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*An underrated series with plenty of potential for its second season.*
“The beginning has ended.” - White Album
A year where internet does not exist.
A year where cassette tapes still dominates in the media industry.
A year where cell phone, the size of a brick, has just emerged in the market.
A year where the story of White Album takes place.
White Album often presents viewers with these muddy views of reality. There is often no clear distinction from right or wrong, good or evil. There is, however, often grief and suffering caused by various circumstances and misunderstandings. More often than not, people simply turn their head and walk away from the show because people just do not get it. White Album is the type of show that likes to tell the story as indirectly as possible to the viewers. Little things that may seem trivial at first can come back to haunt the viewers, so make sure to pay 110% attention!
While White Album is technically a harem anime, viewers will be disappointed if they are looking for immature ecchi scenes, for instance boobie grabbing. White Album is not ecchi and/or sexually oriented, period. However, there is one well made French kissing scene in a car. The story revolves around our protagonist whose life got turned upside down when his girlfriend became a famous national idol. He was forced to distance himself from her by the music company and that is when his nightmare begins. Girls from various age groups, some he knew from the past, others he met along the way all started to barge into his life. Some wanted him to forget his girlfriend by allowing themselves as replacement. Others want to make sure the protagonist remain faithful and loyal to his girlfriend, thus they began to have plans of their own. All the while the protagonist is trying to fight temptation, worrying about his father, completing his university degree, and keeping himself sane amidst these chaos.
For a studio that is not particularly well known for high quality animation, Seven Arcs did a wonderful job in producing this series. In addition to the regular animation, often times the viewers will see characters in their caricatures (distorted or exaggerated), other times a scene may be presented with pastel-like animation. Simply put, the production crew of White Album did their job skillfully and flawlessly.
The producers also have a knack in bringing out the characters’ subtle emotions: they don’t have to say anything about their feelings, their facial expressions speak for themselves, and this series has been really good at throwing these feelings all over the place. Perhaps the most outstanding feature of the show is viewers get to “read” the inner thoughts of the protagonist, rather than the traditional way of making the character goes into a long and boring monologue. These inner thoughts often reflect the ambiguity the protagonist has with his feelings and situation.
With award winning seiyu performing the OP and various insert songs in between, White Album has at least one exceptional selling point it can brag about. After all, the story does heavily center on songs, thus it is only appropriate to get the most talented seiyu to do the job. Otaku should instantly recognize names such as Nana Mizuki or Aya Hirano, both have singing capabilities rivaling the top notch professionals. But perhaps due to over emphasizing on the songs, the BGM turned out to be rather lackluster (budget problem?).
I had to do a quick re-watch of the series before mustering enough courage to write this review. In part due to its unclear way of portraying its characters and where they are heading. Please be mindful that season two, covering episode 14 to 26 will be airing in fall 2009, so don’t expect any form of closure to the story just yet. In fact, the ending was rather calm and did not do much to make viewers lust for season two until the final few scenes where things just seem to happen all at once around the protagonist. In a sense, this suit White Album just fine as most realistic/slice of life drama would have approached it in a similar fashion. read more
When we think of the word harem, we think of a oblivious male character along with slapstick humor and filled with perverted scenes that don't really fit in with the story.. White Album takes the harem genre and applies it to a very serious tone. This is a more realistic version of how a harem situation would be.
Touya Fuiji is a college student whose girlfriend has started her path on becoming an idol. The series follows his interactions with his friends as well as the people who work in the same agency as his girlfriend. Keep in mind that communication was strictly at home, as cell phones are not in use and using a home phone was the only way to contact people outside of meeting them in real life. The ending is a great follow through into the second season of this anime.
Though this anime is realistic in a way, the lack of suspense and dramatic scenes created a very slow paced story. People will argue that the pacing is slow because it is not an action anime... but the anime could use more dramatic parts to make things more exciting. A lot of this story felt like back story or a big flashback to give information on something that will be coming up.
A very simple art style, it fit really well with the timeline that the students are in. The animation as well was nice. I loved the scenes where they switch to a pastel version. This transition is very smooth and the pastel drawings were just beautiful.
With this anime attempting to be realistic, the character designs are very simple and don't really stand out much. I will agree that these character designs help send this message of realism. The idol dresses were pretty as well.
The sound was a great part of this series. With an amazing OP, Shin Ai, this song has a very nice beat as well as an amazing first verse. This song helps give a feeling of nostalgia as it is reminiscent of songs from the early 2000s (Doesn't this song remind you a bit of Shaman King's second OP, Northern Lights by Megumi Hayashibara?) This nostalgic feeling comes from the use of actual instruments and NO use electronic beats or sounds. The ED, Maiochiru Yuki no Youni, a super calm and quite piano song that follows with a drum beat. This song is similar to the OP as it creates a sense of nostalgia. The insert song was nice, not very idol-like, even though they used it as an idol song. It was very good and catchy, a great addition to any iTunes.
The background music was fine, enjoyed the violin one a lot. The only problem was the song that sounded like it fit with a depressed circus. Whenever that songs was used, it never really fit the scene and just felt out of place.
As I have said before, this anime seems very realistic, and from the art and story, what completes it are the characters. The characters all felt like they were making decisions that a normal person would make under the same circumstances. These decisions and realism felt from these characters gave them depth and did not need a back story to separate them and make them memorable.
The only problem I had regarding characters was character development. I am aware that there is a season two and the characters may develop there, but I only saw one character develop and that was Misaki. Even though Yuki from the very beginning wanted to change, I didn't see any development on her character as well the main character.
With such a serious harem, I was scared of how long it would take for me to get adjusted to his. In turn though, it was very easy to watch and adjust. One of the best things about this series is the college setting, a setting quite rare in anime, since most anime series are high school setting or a fantasy world setting. I just wished they had more dramatic scenes, as the pacing was getting very slow and annoying.
One thing I enjoyed a lot was the ability to see Touya's thought process and thinking. When I mean by see, they actually put on screen what Touya is thinking in his brain. I enjoyed to see him quite even though his brain was screaming out loud! This also helped this anime gain it's feel of realism, as there are always times where you do something even though your brain tells you not to.
A GREAT harem anime with a good set up into a season two.
Both are harem-type animes with somewhat of a love triangle. The characters are kinda similar too.
romance/drama/harem adapted from visual novels. male protagonist decisions make me feel ntd'd both have satisfying endings (in there own ways) enjoyed both tbh...
Shows that have a seemingly average school boy that just attracts beautiful girls of all kinds like a magnet and for reasons that only the writers of these stories would know. Within these harems, there is a love triangle going on between the male lead, male lead's girlfriend (female lead 1), and female lead 2.
How is it similar??? Lets just say the White Album protagonist is JUST like Makoto only smarter ^^ It is definitely the closest series to School Days
School Days is a more extreme version of White Album
basically the same.
Both series have similar story and characters.
& both have drama, harem and love triangle with crazy male protagonist who ruins everything :) Yup~
they both have two messed up dudes with a small harem going along here and there just fucking girls and everything gos crazy but they both I enjoyed very much -wink wink- except for the crazy parts........ they were f'n awesome......... if you think im crazy well I like to take that as a comment bleh :P
Both revolve around music and romance. In the case of WA, the male protagonist is a wimp. In the case of MF, the male protagonist is less of a wimp. BUT the selling point for both series are in their music, both have very strong female singer/seiyu and will not disappoint you in that regards.
quite similar story, one full fledged and one to-be idol and main guy forms a love triangle with lots of nice music going around
Both main protagonists (Yuki from WA, and Ranka from MF) are trying to become famous, via the path of singing.
If you're looking for an anime series with music as one of the major themes mixed in with drama and love complications, then Macross Frontier and White Album might be something worth investing time into.
Both series has the theme of music as a major as the female protagonists tries to make their name known in the industry and following their dreams.
Both series has a love triangle with the male protagonist in the middle. He is indecisive and often makes mistakes but is willing to help others.
Both series also has drama, emotions, and presents some more mature themes as the episodes progresses as we see a glimpse of some of the characters' past histories.
Opening Theme"Shin Ai" by Nana Mizuki
Ending Theme#1: "Maiochiru Yuki no Youni" by Suara
#2: "Shin Ai" by Nana Mizuki (Ep 13)
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