I decided to do another VN from LEAF, this one is called White Album. White Album tells a love drama story about one’s hardship to maintain his love while dealing with real life issues. White Album’s love theme is rather serious when compared to other love themed VNs due to the fact that the protagonist is already in a relationship with one of the heroines prior to the start of the story. Meaning that if players decide to pursue other heroines, they must make the hard choice of breaking up with her for the sake of the new found love.
White Album was released in May 1, 1998 developed for the PC. It then also received a manga adaptation, a recent anime adaptation by Studio Seven Arcs which aired in January 2009, spanning 2 seasons. It was remade for the PS3 in June 24, 2010 which is called White Album: Tsuzurareru Fuyu no Omoide with new illustrations, full voice acting and Motion Portrait. Due to popular demand, AQUAPLUS the all age brand under LEAF, decided to port it to the PC. It has also birthed a successful sequel, called White Album 2.
Tōya Fujii, a twenty year-old university student in his second year attending university is facing a problem with his love life. His girlfriend, Yuki Morikawa who has been dating with him since Highschool is getting more popular as an Idol singer. Her popularity is slowly straining their relationship and in the end, Tōya must choose to fight or give up her love. In his life, He then meets with Yuki’s senior and the currently most popular idol Rina Ogata, who then will hire him as her manager. There are also 2 close friends of him, Misaki Sawakura his caring senior in highschool, and Haruka Kawashima, his quite childhood friend. To pay for his college fees, he also tutors highschool students, and one of his students is the antisocial Mana Mizuki. In his effort to keep in touch with Yuki, he must first deal with Yuki’s strict manager, Yayoi Shinozuka who will do anything to ensure that Yuki can focus on her singing career, even seducing Toya so that he can’t get in touch with Yuki. In the Ps3 remake we are introduced to one new character who is also a Newbie Idol, Sayoko Kisaragi.
Why Do I like This Visual Novel?
White Album is really has a mature story, it reflects how people will react and the hard decisions that they will make that will affect their life so you will feel what the protagonist felt. Besides that White Album has one of the most memorable soundtracks in VN history that will cause people to actually feel nostalgic if they here it again in the future. This shows really well in the sequel where they used Music as their main theme (I’ll talk about this in my next review). It’s considered as a Traditional Classic in the VN world.
Notes: The Original ’98 PC version is rated 18+ for adults, The new Ps3 remake and PC port are rated +17 still for mature ages but with the adult contents removed. This VN is still untranslated. Pictures and Videos used in this post are from the remake.