ヽ(゜Q。)ノ？ (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡┻━┻ ヽ(゜Q。)ノ？ (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡┻━┻
A reminder: this post is about the faithfulness of the episode to the source. If you want to look for opinionated pieces that considers White Album 2 as a standalone adaptation, look elsewhere.
Let’s start with the positives: the 2014 version of “Todokanaikoi” is p. damn sweet and there’s some cool cuts like the glissando. The OP, for the most part, is decent even though we get some CG people in the concert scene. Midway through the show, there’s also an amusing shout-out to White Album 1. If you try to hear it closely, you could hear Nana Mizuki sing a song. And there’s a hilarious spoilery shot that works as foreshadowing to the end of IC and Coda (don’t click if you haven’t finished IC).
And uh that’s it.
Today’s episode is strange for the most part. There’s a lot of cheap shots where we just see legs walking. Not much movement happens. I’m not sure what to think about the direction. It’s so cheap and I wish there is more substance to the actions. There’s also some stills especially this filter-fucked one:
In terms of faithfulness, it’s all over the place. On the surface, it feels like a 1:1 adaptation. But there are some subtle bits that are changed. And those changes irk the fuck out of me.
There is a whole lot of fanservice for some reason: butt shots and big boobiesssss. There has never been much attention to bodies in the visual novel, I assure you. And you wouldn’t want to see them anyway; the VN is ugly as hell.
These are frustrating additions to what should have been a pure romance anime. It gives a terrible impression to viewers that White Album 2 is this lewd porn novel when it isn’t. They’re distracting as well. And some of these appear in one of the more vital scenes in this episode.
Enthusiasts will also be pissed that the nuance for the ending for today’s episode is completely changed. I’m not sure why the scene is adapted differently. Kazusa’s reactions are changed in this scene.
In the anime, Kazusa is totes mean and kuudere. Her voice sounds deeper. Like she’s trying out for the soprano or something. She’s angry. With a 😡 face.
In the visual novel, she’s just as confused as the viewers are in the scene. The line translates to “Kitahara, what the hell are you doing, you idiot?” The CG shows a puzzled Kazusa.
You can see that this scene has been completely changed. I’m not too pleased with this modification. Her character in that scene isn’t that kuudere; she’s somewhat surprised by the scene and it doesn’t make sense she’s angered by Haruki’s actions.
So I’m estranged by today’s episode. “Okay, it isn’t that good as the first episode,” I rationalize to myself, “but maybe the next episode will be better?”
And then, “Closing ’14” plays as the ED. This is where I cried.
You see, “Closing” is White Album 2’s true ending’s song. Imagine someone playing the ending for Clannad or Little Busters in episode 2. That’s what happened. It’s also associated with one of the girls. Basically, if you somehow know the song and when it was played, you will know who have won this love triangle. The song is also played in this awkward montage that leads to the credits. It’s a confusing moment for White Album 2 visual novel players. And I seriously cannot think this was a good decision at all.
There are some things in this episode I cannot let it slide. What the fuck happened here? I’m distraught, saddened, and annoyed. I never knew I would be this sad early in the game.
Edit: On a last note, I’m the only VN player in the planet who has this opinion. I’m literally the antichrist. The VN players I know actually like it. This is just an autistic minority opinion.
Credits to: T_I for grabbing the VN screenshots and the ending scene because I’m lazy as shit. And thanks to goldensneer for noticing the spoilery shot.