As promised here’s the next VN highlight for today which is White Album 2. For this one it’s going to be a little different due to the fact that this is not a old VN but a brand new VN. Last time I spoke about the first one , so this is the sequel of White Album. For future highlights I’ll be back talking about older obscure VNs.
White Album 2 is a sequel to White Album, but despite being a sequel it almost has nothing to do with the characters from the first one. The development of this VN was a bit different from the common. The story is split into 2 parts, The Introductory Chapter and the Closing Chapter, this makes White Album 2 a duology VN. White Album is developed by the same company LEAF and was originally developed for the PC. The first part which was released on March 26, 2010 focuses on the introduction of the 3 main characters, while the second part that was released on December 22, 2011 focuses on the rest and closure of the story. The first part runs in a linear story line without any choices and interactions from the player in choosing the story, while for the second part while introducing new heroines it returns to the same theme as original White Story where it focuses more on the heavy romance drama. LEAF/AQUAPLUS just recently announced a new port for the PS3 that will be released in this 2012 Winter.
The story starts roughly ten years after the events of the original White Album. We are first introduced to the troubled Light Music
Club. Haruki Kitahara who plays the second guitar in the club is tasked by his Club President and friend Takeya Iizuka help him solve their lack of members problem. Didn’t have any ideas, Haruki decides to stay behind in the club room for awhile. He then heard the sounds of a piano playing from the Music Room who was played byone of his classmate Kazusa Touma, and when he heard that she was playing White Album he decides to follow along with his guitar. But suddenly he also hears someone singing the lyrics for White Album from the rooftop, he stops playing and runs to the source of the singing to find Setsuna Ogiso, who is idol of the school.
After knowing that Setsuna the idol can sing and Kazusa is the rumored genius musician of their school, Haruki tries very hard to make sure both of these talented girls joins the Light Music Club. After successfully convincing both the girls to join the club they’ve started to practice singing songs that was sung by Yuki Morikawa and Rina Ogata which is White Album and Sounds of Destiny, while trying to compose their own song for the upcoming school festival. Without them knowing their love story starts after the festival.
Three years after the festival, Haruki is now in college who also works as a tutor and a writer in a magazine. In college, he there got
acquainted with Chiaki Izumi who’s one of his closest classmate and share a “close but not a couple” relationship with him. He then meets with Koharu Sugiuraa Highschool Girl who was waiting in front of the college gates to scold him on what he did to her best friend when Haruki rejected her love for the reason that he cannot love anyone anymore. On his way home he meets with his editor from the magazine, the beautiful Mari Kazaoka, but the sight of Setsuna and Kazusa was never seen throughout his day.
Without trying to spoil too much, in this Closing Chapter Haruki has changed to a cold person that feels that he cannot love anybody anymore. Something has happened that cause the three of them to stay away from each other. Because of this you guys need to play the VN for yourself to find out why.
Why do I Like this Visual Novel
Pretty much the same reason that I also liked the original White Album, it’s mostly because it’s a well done Love Drama. Despite the cliche settings and story, it’s Love triangle wasn’t bland, and each characters are well developed so there’s no feeling of a one dimensional generic character in White Album 2. The sudden plot twist that happened in the end of the Introductory Chapter was done well, making players crave more for the continuation and closure of the story.
Also, White Album 2 has received many positive reviews and awards. According to Getchu.com 2011 rankings, White Album 2 received many awards including, Best Scenario, Best Music and Best Character. So with that it is assured that White Album 2 is worth the read.
Notes: The Original PC version is rated 18+, while the newest PS3 port is rated 17+ with the adult content removed. There’s currently a project to translate White Album 2, keep an eye on it.