Minnie: Here’s the sad thing. Last time, White Album didn’t get finished by HSA because of one incompetent writer. This time, White Album Season 2 was going to get the same treatment from the same writer again. Thankfully, I have already learned my lesson once. If I want something done, I’ll do it myself. Since I’m watching this anime anyways, I’ll just write a quick blog entry on the finale of White Album. Sure, it’s not one of the best endings out there and sure, it’s terribly rushed, but… it completes the series. And I’ll try to talk about it.
I’ll be lying if I say I loved this series and anticipated it every week. But I’ll also be lying if I say I didn’t watch it the same day it came out. White Album is one of those anime series that you might not like too much or call a masterpiece, but at the same time, you have to admit that it’s a bit addicting to watch once you get into it. White Album’s job every episode seems to be to add drama to an already drama-filled show. In other words, it’s an anime soap opera and I must admit, a pretty good one at that.
There are obviously a lot of flaws. That’s why not a lot of people are blogging/watching it eh? One of its hugest flaws is that it’s very hard to get into at first. Everything feels so boring and static with the first couple of episodes. The BGM has excellent music, but it feels almost inappropriate for the show and it’s so loud at times. The most annoying thing about White Album is that rarely anything is explained. Characters do or say things… almost randomly at times. You have to watch more attentively to catch why. White Album is definitely not a surface level watching anime (Sorry Koala). This is its biggest strength but also its biggest weakness. I like to say that White Album is too sophisticated/intelligent for its own good, but then, I’ll just be mocking everyone who didn’t watch/understand it as idiots. The conclusion? It’s an acquired taste, methinks.
Okay. Enough about White Album as a whole. Let’s pick on the ending. I say for the most part, it’s a solid ending. The last episode explains why Touya is the way he is and it does it quite well, but it also leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. For one thing, I’ve been watching this anime to see Touya get his retribution in some way. He gets none. Instead, he is supposed to receive a lot of sympathy for one messed up event in his childhood that make him the way he is. I would love it if everyone can dismiss all my faults thanks to my messed up childhood (Thank you tyrant mommy), but no, the real world doesn’t work that way. White Album is not the real world though. Touya gets his happy ending and all is well. Why does it feel so… cop out though?
Anyways, I like to say that White Album is a waste of time, but at the same time, I learn a lot from it. In general, White Album just confuses me on how I should feel about it and I believe that is enough reason to at least check it out if you haven’t already. Wow. Sorry for the horrible review.
Minnie’s Overall Rating for Episode: 7/10
Minnie’s Overall Rating for Series: 6.75/10