Saturday, 3 October 2009

White Album - Episode 14

It might not seem like it, but it was actually the end of March when we left the world of walking doormat Touya, weak-willed Yuki and awesome to the point of almost saying the series Rina, leaving us hanging in grim yet determined expectation of the second half of White Album. Well, like it or not the second half of the series is now here, so away we go...

This fourteenth episode of White Album takes us to Christmas Eve 1986, and in case you've forgotten what happened last time around we return to the source of the bad news received by Touya back at the end of the last episode, with his father hospitalised (even though I seem to him collapsing several episode beforehand, but I digress). So, come this instalment's start we see pretty much all of the usual suspects gathered at the hospital, and I think it's fair to say that little is changed - Touya is still an asshole, lying to Yuki about his father's illness (or does he genuinely not know?), Haruka is still decidedly weird (introducing herself as she does to someone as a Zashiki Warashi), Yuki is still overly emotional and Yayoi is still taking every possible opportunity to jump Touya's bones for whatever reason.


Still, this episode isn't all bad news, as we see confirmation of Yuki and Rina's victory over the Sakura Girls in terms of supporter numbers at the Christmas concerts, which sets them (and Yuki in particular) up nicely for the new year, while Mana recovers from a cold thanks in no small part to Haruka, as her mother traipses around being miserable on account of the Sakura Girls loss, and slapping about one of its members for not turning up to the big concert -It appears that the girl in question, Menou, could have quite a part to play in the second half of this series.

All in all then, there's little change thus far for this second half of White Album (if you exclude the animation quality largely taking a nosedive), with Touya's reprehensible behaviour standing out once again as the one thing most likely yo make my blood boil this anime season. To be honest, given the long hiatus for this series a recap of sorts would probably have been in order, but thankfully I managed to pick everything up easily enough, and I suppose we're now ready for more of the same throughout the remainder of the series. At least there are actually some interesting threads for discussion here (Yayoi's real feelings towards Touya and whether his father told him the true severity of the cause of his hospitalisation standing out on top of the list), which could bring this second half of White Album into a position that is far more worthy of its time and effort than the first, which admittedly proved to be entertaining enough despite acting a little too much like a trashy soap opera at times.

4 comments:

Robert said...

Hmm I thought the art quality was suppose to be symbolic with the color painting and what not in the start of the show.

I would of loved a recap because I was scratching my head going "OK WTF was going on again"

Either way good ep review and I'll be bookmarking your blog because honestly I need a refiller on wtf happens everything moves so fast and so many different characters and how they all fit in.

I'm just hoping we don't have an end like School Days.

Bottom line it must of sucked dating in the 80's oh why didn't the cell phone exist then :(

Anonymous said...

Well it is quite obvious that a girl is writing this blog. While reading some shoujo manga and seeing a girl getting in similar situations all girls just goes: oooh, how good this story is, who she will choose in the end, and so on...
When a guy apears in similar position: he is a jerk, somebody should punch him.........

Hanners said...

"Well it is quite obvious that a girl is writing this blog"

Bzzt... Wrong! Feel free to try again at the "guess the 'blogger's gender game" though - Surely you can't get it wrong twice... ;)

kadian1364 said...

"Well it is quite obvious that a girl is writing this blog."

Ahahahaha! Comments like these are good for laughs, but often make me question the intelligence of people. Even if the guy did honestly think that, making a trollish comment about it doesn't do anyone any favors.