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White Album 2

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Romance visual novels are not a rare thing. As in, they are literally all visual novels ever. However, romance visual novels that aren’t “every girl wants to fuck me” or “every girl has a tragic past and is crying (and also wants to fuck me)” are. Where are the romantic dramas about a small number of fairly normal, relatable people who don’t have anything too out of the ordinary happen to them who get into love-triangles and misunderstandings and whatnot? Oh yeah, it’s because those are much fucking harder to write and make interesting.

Can you guess what White Album 2 attempts to do?

One could go so far as to even call it daring. Visual novel adaptations have fallen out of favour in the anime industry these days, as light novels accomplish essentially the same thing and don’t have branching narratives to deal with, so for a visual novel to be adapted that is not a harem, is not a big ol’ melodrama, and does not contain a semicolon in the title is a little unusual!

Oh, and for the record White Album 2 is not a sequel to White Album; it’s set in the same continuity but has an entirely different cast, although there are apparently a few (minor, inconsequential) references to the first one.

I guess it's true what they say; guitarists get all the girls

I guess it’s true when they say “guitarists get all the girls”

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When Little Busters!: Refrain started airing, I was torn. After having been so sorely disappointed by [the first series], would it really be worth my time to pick up the sequel? JC Staff botched the adaptation of Little Busters! in a fundamental way; the direction, the pacing, the production values and anything else you could care to mention that wasn’t the music were all a bit crap. Determining whether the issues were entirely their fault or if the source material just wasn’t that good was difficult, considering I had never played the visual novel. I had plenty of good reasons to consider Refrain a waste of time and could justifiably give it a skip. But I picked it up regardless.

Why? Many people who played the visual novel had nothing but fantastic things to say about the Refrain arc(s), even going so far as to describe it as being to Little Busters! what After Story was to Clannad. I have seen Clannad: After Story – and I utterly adored it – so hearing that from people I trust piqued my interest to say the least. And on top of that, I still caught glimpses of the Key magic that made Air, Kanon and Clannad so enjoyable for me in Little Busters!, albeit only briefly and rarely. While I didn’t have much, I still nurtured some hope that Little Busters!: Refrain could be good; it certainly wouldn’t be difficult to at least be better.

All I’ll say for now is that I am so fucking glad I picked it up.

Yeah, I think I was about this excited

Yeah, I think I was about this excited

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