The more smiles the better from Setsuna
Settling into the swing of the season now, with the First Impressions (mostly) over, we’re going to start finding out more about the shows we liked and the shows we didn’t like in their premiere. White Album 2 was one of those that really impressed me with its premiere, so how did the follow up go?
Looking for Singer
Not exactly a confession
After finding out that Setsuna is the singer on the roof, and that she likes to sing, Haruki thinks about asking her to join, tosses the idea, and then decides to ask anyway. If you want someone to join your band, you gotta ask them after all. But Setsuna’s not so sure, and turns it down the next day… kinda. So he lets her go, doesn’t bug her, and continues to be friendly to her, something that she usually doesn’t get. And it’s not random coincidence meetings, it’s that he’s making an effort, even figuring out that she’s got a part-time job at a grocery store.
And not exactly a rejection
Separating from the Pack
Haruki even tries to talk with the girl who won’t talk to him
The difference between Haruki and most romantic leads just keeps getting greater and greater. He’s not just a wall for the girls to talk to, or a last resort. He’s a straight-up person who tries to be as solid as he can, even trying to engage his desk neighbor in a conversation rather than talking about her with other people. And being that kind of person seems to interest Setsuna, who decides she’s going to make sure that he knows everything about her.
I also like the difference that Setsuna has from so many characters in anime. Haruki can’t really believe that she’s just a normal person: Part-time job, family average, no tragedy, seemingly no problems besides her brother being bratty. Sure she’s worried about her image, but what high school girl isn’t? But she definitely seems to have a thing for Haruki, and it’s enough to have her decide to take a flier on singing for the band. Even if she loves singing, that’s still a big step. I also liked her preparation to go see Haruki after work, it definitely seemed like preparing for a date, but there was something else there, perhaps the sting of being heartbroken before. But she realizes that the window is closing on Haruki’s offer to join them, so she works up the courage and accepts.
But the Triangle’s Not Completed
Who thought this was better than just waiting outside the door?
Setsuna’s surprised that Takeya isn’t the piano player, tho, and they need to find that person before they really have a band. And it’s not looking good, since they haven’t shown up for days. Just when they’re giving up, they finally hear playing, and run to try to ask them. This leads to a hair-brained scheme to get into the music room from the window (on the 3rd floor), but Kazusa ends up saving him, while being annoyed about it. It was a nice bit of drama, even if it was kinda dumb as a setup. But now we know who the piano player is, and we’re on our way to forming at least the trio (I’m wondering how they get Takeya out of the picture now).
We finally meet her (outside of the pro/epilogue)
I’m really impressed by White Album 2 so far. It feels like it’s taking its time on the story, and giving us a nice richness to the characters. A good amount of character development for Setsuna this week, and we find out that she’s almost so unclichéd that she’s almost a cliché. And I think the show is continuing to do well at making Haruki both a guy to look up to and a guy that these girls would find interesting. We’ll see what Kazusa’s opinion of him has been, because I’m envisioning a situation where she’d had her eyes on Haruki, but has become annoyed by his growing closeness with Setsuna (although you wonder how she’d even find out about it, since she’s such a loner, and always at her desk sleeping). And you would guess that she has the same motivations as Setsuna, given that she’s been going to the music room to play along with Haruki for a month. Unfortunately for me, this show seems like that kind of show that will end up with at least one someone being heartbroken, and maybe more than one person. Can a good relationship come out of this without too many people hurt?