Haruki’s getting rough with Setsuna
Apparently, the classroom part at the end of the last episode, “This is that woman’s house,” was a callback to the first White Album VN (don’t know if it was in the anime, tho). So in addition to using the music from the previous series, they’re adding in references. Pretty neat.
Can This Come Together?
She’s happy to have Haruki looking after her, tho
After Kazusa’s collapse, she’s got more of a sickness than we thought. So really, she’s caught a cold, and it actually lasts more than just a day. Slightly more realistic than your normal anime collapse. And of course, Haruki’s going to take care of her. But we learn from a flashback, and even from Kazusa herself, that there was someone who was supposed to cook her food, as well as a private piano teacher and private doctor. But she’s sent them all away, as part of her process of giving up playing piano. And the reason she’s giving up the piano is because her mother said “There’s no point in you going to France with me.” Thus stripped of the only rival and goal she’d ever had, all Kazusa could feel was emptiness.
Setsuna realizes she needs the others
But with Haruki’s attention on Kazusa, and her attention on him to the point that she stays in the same room as him as he’s practicing guitar, Setsuna’s having problems of her own. Realizing that her courage to be outgoing comes from Haruki, when he’s not there, she’s not able to sing. But she’s also worried about Kazusa as well, and even though they’re rivals, there’s noone else she wants to be with on stage. So even if Haruki embarrasses the hell out of her, dragging her to Kazusa’s house in historical costume, she takes the opportunity to cling to Haruki. Does she consider that a net win? Maybe it’s the first time that Haruki really realizes Setsuna is a girl, too. Will it make a difference for Setsuna?
Noticing his back is very broad
Songs Can Mean So Much
Kazusa is cute when she’s sick
One of the magical things about songs, and song lyrics, is that they can be so evocative for different people. And the way that the show sets up at the end of this episode really shows this for me. The song that Haruki wrote the lyrics to, that Kazusa wrote the music to, and they want Setsuna to sing, is the OP song for the series: Todokanai Koi (and I really love this song). And while she’s reading through it, she realizes what it means, especially when Kazusa says she didn’t change any of the words. “Unreachable love”, “Are you pretending to be alone?” “Drawn in more than anyone” “The hazy answer becoming clearer for the first time” (that last one is my translation of part of the chorus). Does Kazusa know what these feelings mean? Is that smile she gives Setsuna one of victory? It doesn’t feel like it to me, but perhaps she does.
mfw I realize that the guy I love wrote a song about his unrequited love for the girl in front of me
And what meaning is that? Haruki’s written a song about love, a love that doesn’t get through. And the only person that Setsuna can imagine that it’s about (indeed, the only person it could be about) is Kazusa. And now, in a seemingly cruel twist of fate, Setsuna has to sing Haruki’s feelings to Kazusa out loud. But the meaning deepens even more: the words she has to sing are an exact mirror of her own feelings for Haruki. (My translations again)“What if this heart is reflected?” “What if my heart feels the same?” Can Setsuna sing this song? After just a brief moment of heartbreak, she puts on a smile and decides to try.
Just a brief moment of indecision
This really is a trial for Setsuna, and I am surprised at how well White Album 2 has portrayed a girl who feels tossed back and forth between hope and having that hope dashed. I’ve said it elsewhere, but maybe not here, that this show really makes all the characters feel like ones you want to win. And even though Kazusa is the girl would be be my ‘type’ (there’s no way you guys didn’t notice that, is there?) I really feel for Setsuna in this show, because she’s so sincere, so authentic, and so honest with her feelings. And while the show right now looks like it’s got Kazusa and Haruki on a collision course, there’s still that part at the cold open of the first episode. Can Setsuna have a chance with him? Does he actually have any feelings for her?