JP WA2 Wikipedia Translation

WHITE ALBUM 2

White Album 2 is an adult romance adventure game by Leaf for Windows.

 

White Album 2
Game
Genre Romance adventure game
Platform Windows XP / Vista / 7  (Japanese version)
PlayStation 3
PlayStation Vita
Publisher Leaf (PC)
Aquaplus (PS3, PS Vita)
Character design Takeshi Nakamura
Scenario Fumiaki Maruto with Kikakuya
Media DVD-ROM (PC)
BD-ROM (PS3)
Released March 26th, 2010 (IC)
December 22nd, 2011 (CC)
December 20th, 2012 (PS3)
November 28th, 2013 (PS Vita)
February 2nd, 2018 (Extended Edition)
Copies sold 17,654 (PS3) [1]
Rating EOCS: 18+ (PC)
CERO: D (17+) (PS3, PS Vita)
Character naming None
# of endings Part 1: 1
Part 2: 6
Part 3: 4
# of save files 100
Image size 32-bit Full Color (not for 24-bit) / 1280×720 pixels (PC)
Music format DirectSound-compatible devices (PC)
Character voicing Fully voiced
Anime
Title White Album 2: Shiawase no mukougawa (The Other Side of Happiness) (Aquaplus)
Director Masaomi Andou
Series composition Fumiaki Maruto
Screenplay Fumiaki Maruto
Character design Satoru Fujimoto
Music Shuntarou Kobayashi, Aquaplus
Animation Satelight
Production PROJECT W.A.2
Broadcasters See “Broadcasting channels”
Release period October–December, 2013
# of episodes 13 total
Other For PG-12 audiences

 

Contents

 

Overview

A sequel to White Album, which was released May 1st, 1998. The game comes from a concept by Fumiaki Maruto, and takes place roughly ten years after the previous game, making use of much of the same songs and background music that appeared therein; however, there are no direct connections in terms of the story (including the anime adaptation and PS3 edition of White Album), with references to names and song titles serving to indicate that the story is set in the same world. It is composed of three parts: Introductory Chapter (IC), Closing Chapter (CC), which takes place three years after IC, and Coda, set a further two years later. Coda was included as a secret route, with only the first two parts being announced on official sites and in other publicity material.

The first part, White Album 2: Introductory Chapter (hereafter referred to as IC), was released on March 26th, 2010. The second part, White Album 2: Closing Chapter (hereafter referred to as CC), was planned for release in winter of 2010, but was postponed until December 22nd, 2011. The PS3 edition, White Album 2: Shiawase no mukougawa (The Other Side of Happiness), was released on December 20th, 2012. An anime series of the same name was broadcast between October[2] and December of 2013. In addition, a version based on the PS3 edition, with a few new features added, was released for the PS Vita on November 28th of the same year.

At the end of 2014, as a special perk for those who had purchased the Radio CDs and Concert Blu-ray, White Album 2: Mini After-Story, which contained two episodes set after the original game story, was produced and distributed as a gift to all who applied (Windows only, all-ages)[3]. It includes an epilogue to Kazusa’s route, Shiawase e to modoru michi (The Road Back to Happiness), and an epilogue to Setsuna’s route, Shiawase e to susumu michi (The Road Forth to Happiness).

White Album 2: Extended Edition, a complete edition including IC, CC, the extra episode Fugutaiten no kimi e (To You, My Worst Enemy) which was included as a bonus disk with the PS3 edition, the above-mentioned Mini After-Story, all drama CDs (voice novels) and short stories (digital novels), and Shiawase no hi: beddo no ue no monogatari (Days of Happiness: Pillow Talk), a collection of voice clips that came as a bonus with CC from Sofmap, was released on February 14th, 2018. It runs on Windows 7, 8.1, and 10.

 

Ports

PlayStation 3 edition

The PS3 port, White Album 2: The Other Side of Happiness, released on December 12th, 2012, contained the following changes[4].

  • Introductory Chapter and Closing Chapter are combined
  • Revisions to script to fit CERO D rating
  • New animated opening added
  • New CGs added
  • Animated character images with Motion Portraits
  • Previously released White Album 2 short stories and drama CDs included as “digital novels” and “voice novels”
  • New BGM added
  • Extra story material added

PlayStation Vita edition

The PS Vita port (also playable on Vita TV after an update) was released on November 28th, 2013. The content is essentially the same as the PS3 edition, but with the following differences[5].

  • Motion Portraits are not used
  • Following a user survey, one can turn on “famous scene markers” that indicate when one is approaching a well-known scene
  • As an alternative to the screen layout from the PS3 edition, one can switch the game to “Novel Mode,” which causes character portraits to be hidden and the text to take up the entire screen

 

Story

Introductory Chapter

  • Setting: Autumn 2007[6][note 1], Tokyo metropolitan area. Haruki Kitahara, a third-year at Houjou High School, wishing for an experience to remember his school days by, joined the Light Music Club with the goal of playing a show at the school festival, but inter-member snarls born of jealousy over a girl have caused the band to fall apart shortly before the big day. Unable to give up on participating in the festival, Haruki begins searching for new members, and successfully recruits Setsuna Ogiso, the school idol, after hearing her singing on the school roof. On top of that, having discovered that Kazusa Touma, the class delinquent, is a piano prodigy, he manages after a number of trials to gain her as a member. Though almost no time remains for the newly reformed band, its three disparate members find unity through their rehearsals, and ultimately perform at the school festival to resounding success. However, following the show, their feelings begin to slip out of sync with one another, setting things running toward a tragic conclusion.

Closing Chapter

  • It is 2010, the third winter after parting ways with Kazusa. Now a third-year at Houjou University, Haruki has become estranged from Setsuna, their relationship fallen into an uncertain state that can be called neither lovers nor friends. Kazusa is walking the pianist’s path far away in Europe, Haruki has dropped the guitar, Setsuna has lost her song. The girl constantly at Haruki’s side is no longer Setsuna, but Chiaki Izumi, an affable friend of his who has transferred from the Politics and Economics department to the Literature department for her third year. One day, Haruki is directed by his boss at his part-time job, Mari Kazaoka, to write a special feature on Kazusa. Meanwhile, he finds an opportunity to reconcile with Setsuna. Koharu Sugiura, a junior of his with whom he became acquainted through a certain incident and is often in conflict, learns of the situation with Setsuna and somewhat forcibly promises to help with their reconciliation. In the midst of all the meddling pushiness from those around them, the two seek a way to repair their relationship. However, just as they are about to unite, it becomes clear to Setsuna that the wounds Haruki sustained with Kazusa have yet to heal, and she rejects him.

Coda

  • Christmas Eve 2012, two years after uniting with Setsuna in Haruki, right on the cusp of finally becoming engaged to Setsuna, travels to Strasbourg to collect material for an article, where he achieves a fateful reunion withSetsuna Ogiso Kazusa. Following that, Haruki once again becomes entangled with Kazusa, who has returned to Japan for a concert, under the guise of “close coverage.” Those days are sufficient to shake his love for her awake again, even after all their partings. Just like five years ago, he is tormented by the conflict between his feelings for Kazusa and his love for Setsuna.

 

Characters

Voice actor names shown are taken from the Drama CDs, PS3 edition, TV anime, and PS Vita edition. Names are not shown in the PC edition.

Main characters

Haruki Kitahara

VA: Takahiro Mizushima

Introductory Chapter

Houjou High School, Class 3-E. Born April 1989. A supporter and member of the Light Music Club, he plays the guitar, but has less than a year of experience and is not very skilled at it. Put favorably, he is responsible and helpful to others; put less favorably, he is bossy and preachy. He is the quintessential class president type, with exemplary behavior and top-class grades. He was indeed the first-term class representative for Class 3-E, and even after stepping down from the position he is often enlisted to help manage problems that arise. However, he isn’t necessarily without a sense of fun—there is an intrinsic part of him that wants to cut loose. His reason for starting the guitar was also quite matter-of-fact: he wanted to impress a girl he was interested in.

His father comes from a distinguished family in Okayama, but his parents are divorced, and while he lives with his mother, he does not get along with her. He characterizes his relationship with his mother by saying, “We don’t hate each other, we’re just mutually apathetic to one another,” but in many of his words and actions, a certain envy of warm, happy families shows through.

Desiring a last experience to remember his time in high school by, and determined to get the shaky Light Music Club up onto the school festival stage, he sets himself busily to seeking out new members. With the joining of Kazusa and Setsuna, his destiny is set in motion in a major way.

Closing Chapter

Haruki is now in his third year in the Japanese Literature department at Houjou University, belonging to the Hagishima Research Institute seminar. He initially entered the Politics and Economics department, then transferred later in the interest of working for a publishing company. With the start of college, he began living on his own, but he pays for all his living expenses himself, making him seem at a glance like an exemplary self-supporting student.

In fact, he still isn’t over his tragic parting with Kazusa, and while his heart is drawn to Setsuna, he can’t bear to risk their hurting each other again, and so has been executing an escape of a sort through several concurrent part-time jobs—a publishing company, a diner, a cram school. A large part of his department transfer was in order to distance himself from Setsuna. His bossiness and readiness to help others remain the same, but he now avoids getting too deep into anyone’s heart, or allowing anyone to get into his. This is particularly striking when it comes to his relationships with women, and there are more than a few women who have been left in tears because of it. He no longer plays the guitar, but his acoustic guitar remains in his apartment, together with a framed commemorative photograph of the three of them from the school festival.

Kazusa’s activity overseas, as well as the meddling of others around him, lead him to make up his mind to repair his relationship with Setsuna. His inability to sublimate his remaining feelings for Kazusa hurts Setsuna again, however, and he falls into despair.

Coda

Haruki is in his first year as a new hire at Kaiou Publishing (his third year, with his part-time stint included). He is treated as an immediate asset, and his days are fully occupied. He is already at the point of being sent overseas for a business trip, albeit as a substitute, and is depicted using French while abroad. After his reunion with Setsuna two years before, their relationship has been smooth sailing, seemingly counting the days until they get engaged. The guitar remains enshrined in his apartment, barely touched since his fully joining society.

During a work trip to Strasbourg with Setsuna, he at last reunites with Kazusa. After returning to Japan, he begins practically living with her under the pretense of “close coverage” for an article, and his heart is thrown into enormous disarray.

 

Setsuna Ogiso

VA: Madoka Yonezawa

Introductory Chapter

Houjou High School, Class 3-A. Born February 14th, 1990. Vocalist for the Light Music Club. An extremely beautiful girl who has been crowned “Miss Houjou High” for two years in a row, she is an idol-like figure in the school. On the surface, she is a model student, with a calm, sociable air, but when she lets her guard down with someone, she shows her true self—bright and cheerful, and at times impish. She has a vain side, attempting to meet the expectations of those around her, and—although she never wanted it this way—she is interpreted by her schoolmates as a sort of pampered princess, and takes care to behave accordingly. She is in fact from a perfectly ordinary middle-class family, working a mundane part-time job, and she can do her chores around the house just like anyone else. She loves singing, and her skill in it is considerable for a novice. She has a bad habit of refusing to let go of the mic once it’s in her hand, and in fact can sing for three hours straight when indulging in her solo karaoke hobby.

Haruki finds her on the roof of the school, where she has been singing “White Album” along with Haruki and Kazusa’s playing, and invites her to join the Light Music Club. She begins to take a special interest in Haruki, as someone who doesn’t treat her like an idol, and as the band rehearses together, that interest turns into affection. On top of that, she becomes interested in Kazusa after hearing Haruki talk about her, approaches her to get her to join the Light Music Club, and begins to desire a close friendship with her in the process.

She has an extreme fear of being left out after losing her friends over a past romantic clash, and has fallen into self-loathing over her own awareness of that fear. Perhaps because of that experience, she has a strong tendency to fixate on the idea of being a “trio”—herself, Haruki, and Kazusa.

According to the writer, Fumiaki Maruto, her “habit of losing” is part of her charm.

Closing Chapter

Setsuna is in her third year in the Literature department at Houjou University. A shadow has come into her beauty somehow, but it attracts men to her all the more. In college she is once again an idol-like figure, but isn’t very sociable. Her cooking ability has improved significantly from what it was in IC. Also, because of her past experiences, she has stopped singing. She has remained devoted to Haruki since entering college, but their relationship is not as intimate as it was before. They have been particularly estranged since Haruki changed departments, with barely any contact between them. She believes that she has driven Haruki down, beginning with her past actions, and can understand why he might wish to distance himself from her, while being tormented by conflict with the part of herself that still longs for him. Perhaps as a result, contradictions start to appear in her behavior, her actions and words often at odds, showing some instability. She is exhausted both physically and mentally, and her mother has found her crying in the dark, causing her enormous worry. When Tomo Yanagihara points out the many contradictions in her college life, her emotions erupt—to anyone who knew Setsuna in high school, she would seem barely recognizable at this point. Even now she believes that Kazusa is her best friend, but she can’t settle her feelings.

Takeya and Io, aware of the circumstances, attempt to help her and Haruki reconcile from time to time, but Setsuna knows that this is just causing Haruki to suffer more, and worries alone over it. Meanwhile, as far as the members of the Ogiso family are aware, their relationship has continued up to the present, and Setsuna has not refuted this, sticking to a lie. In fact, she had been prepared to give Haruki her virginity on her birthday in their third year of high school, but Haruki didn’t show up that day, and they have yet to unite; now past the age of 20, she is still a virgin. That said, she has remained incapable of developing feelings for any other man, so that she truly does embody the “sheltered daughter” image. She can no longer hide her true nature as a timid crybaby, and even Tomo Yagihara, her junior, ends up making her cry. Unable to suppress her feelings for Haruki, she has reached the point of masturbating frequently at home.

Upon receiving the news that Kazusa has finished as the runner-up in a piano competition, she uses it as an opportunity to begin talking with Haruki again. For a time, their broken relationship is steadily repaired, but she rejects Haruki when she realizes he isn’t over Kazusa.

Her preferred type when it comes to men is “Equally nice to everyone, but shows just a bit of favoritism to her.”

Coda

A new hire at Knights Record, a mid-size record company, working in PR. Having reunited with Haruki after many complications, she has regained her original sparkle, and they have nurtured their love for the past two years. Her spoiled, demanding side, which had largely fallen silent in CC, has also revived, in the form of rules such as “No separating for more than a week at a time” and “Make time for just the two of us every Friday.” The Ogiso family is still strict in its rules, but they have begun allowing her to stay at Haruki’s apartment. She does voice training with Tomo Yanagihara, and has performed live a few times with an indie band as “SETSUNA.” People around her suggest that she could do it professionally, but she herself remains disinclined.

With encouragement from her family and friends, she and Haruki are on the verge of becoming engaged, but with Kazusa’s return to Japan, strife arises in their relationship. With her natural intuition, she is able to guess to some extent that Kazusa is part of the picture when it comes to Haruki’s distress, but she is unable to pursue that guess, and once again she and Haruki start to slip out of line with one another.

Mini After-Story: The Road Forth to Happiness

One year after taking the last name “Kitahara,” Setsuna is living with Haruki as a PR idol and part-time homemaker. Shortly before they move out of the apartment Haruki has used since his college days, Setsuna informs him that she is pregnant. She has put things in order with herself and Kazusa by this point, and can talk to her friends about their college days, too.

 

Kazusa Touma

VA: Hitomi Nabatame

Introductory Chapter

Houjou High School, Class 3-E. Born May 28th, 1989. Plays keyboard with the Light Music Club. While she has a face and body that could put a model to shame, she is a delinquent with an aloof affect, whose lazy personality and violent manner keep people at a distance. She habitually shows up late or skips school altogether, always asleep at her desk by the window. She has a major sweet tooth, and particularly loves pudding. With her unbalanced diet, she has no sense of taste (but will eat whatever is put in front of her).

Her mother is Youko Touma, world-famous pianist. She grew up the illegitimate child of a single mother, and Kazusa herself has no idea who her father is. She also has a serious mother complex, and her recoil from that connects to her delinquency.

Originally she belonged to the music department, and has prodigy-level talent and ability in music in general, particularly the piano. However, as a result of a falling-out with her mother shortly after she began high school, she fell into despair, and consequently became a poor student. Relations between the music and general education departments are not all that favorable, and she had no contact with Haruki and the others in general education for their first two years.

As a third-year she transferred to general education, and has been sitting in the desk next to Haruki’s since they met. At first, she disliked Haruki’s officiousness, but his earnest nature gradually melted her heart. However, she has not entirely thrown off her contrarian attitude.

After school, she always plays the piano in Music Room #2, and when Haruki starts his own guitar practice in the music room next door, she begins playing sessions with him. Haruki, however, does not know that the one playing the piano in Music Room #2 is Kazusa. Later on, after discovering this fact, he invites her to join the Light Music Club. After joining, she becomes the de facto leader of the club, taking especial pains to temper Haruki’s guitar playing.

At first, she is uncertain of how to handle Setsuna, but comes to view her favorably enough to say “She’ll end up either my worst enemy, or my best friend for life.” On the other hand, she holds something of an inferiority complex, comparing herself to Setsuna’s bright, idol-like beauty and nature.

According to Fumiaki Maruto, the writer, she is modeled on the image of a “stray dog,” or a “faithful dog.”

Closing Chapter

Kazusa is living with her mother, Youko, in Vienna, studying in Europe under the performer Martin Flügel. After taking second place in the piano division of the Trustee International Competition, she is suddenly thrust into the limelight in Japan as a young pianist of note. She herself has no intention of returning to Japan, and seems to ridicule herself over the probability that she’ll never see Haruki or any of the others again.

In this chapter, she has long been out of contact, and has basically taken on a sort of “god-like” existence. However, she ultimately makes an unexpected reappearance[note 2].

Coda

At the start of Coda, Kazusa has already taken fourth place in the Gevanni International Piano Competition, an achievement also accomplished by Youko Touma in her younger days. Together with her natural good looks, she has become immensely popular in Japan, drawing idol-like treatment, to the point that she doesn’t go a day without being featured in some domestic newspaper or magazine.

On Christmas Eve, she and Haruki run into each other by chance in Strasbourg. Later, she returns to Japan, under the pretext of giving a piano concert there. She moves into the apartment next door to Haruki’s for the purpose of “close coverage” (according to the story her mother gives), and they begin practically living together. While agonizing over betraying Setsuna, whom she once called her best friend, she becomes close enough to Haruki to rewind back through the blank space of the past five years. On top of that, the other, hidden reason behind Kazusa’s return to Japan—a reason Kazusa herself does not know—is pressing in on her and Haruki.

The violent behavior displayed in IC has largely gone silent, replaced by a certain level of calm, but the tempestuous emotions she hides within herself haven’t changed. She is still misanthropic and fearful of strangers as well, and doesn’t seem to find her idol treatment in Japan especially enjoyable, occasionally feeling outright bitterness over it. On top of that, she is practically useless with her hands, to the point of mocking herself for being a “defective product” with the piano as her “only redeeming feature,” and in particular she leaves all housework to Haruki (or, more accurately, he prohibits her from doing any of it).

She has often been compared to a dog, a wolf, a “stray dog,” a “faithful dog,” but in Coda, her own use of phraseology likening herself to a dog stands out.

Mini After-Story: The Road Back to Happiness

After their flight from Japan to elope, Kazusa and Haruki make their family register entry and she continues her musical activities in Europe. Upon returning to Japan for the first time in three years, she is given a surprise by Haruki and Youko—a wedding, taking place in that very music room from their school days. With Haruki as both her husband and her manager, they are together both in public and in private, and her dependence upon him continues—when they fight, she is quick to cry and cling to him again. Regarding what happened in Japan in the past, she likes and admires Setsuna, but harbors mixed feelings, unsure that she herself can truly be forgiven.

 

Koharu Sugiura

VA: Yoriko Nagata

Houjou High School, Class 3-A. Born November 16th, 1992. Her name and personality—serious and officious—are both similar to Haruki’s, leading Takeya to call her “Mini-Haruki.” On the flip side of looks worthy of being entered in the Miss Houjou High competition, she is small in build, with a modest figure. She was formerly the vice-captain of the tennis club, and the first-term class representative, but she is still relied upon by her fellow students. Her family is perfectly normal and middle-class, and she has earned her parents’ confidence. Her best friend, Mihoko Yada, has one-sided feelings for Haruki, and when Koharu learns of how he rejected her, she is filled with righteous indignation and goes straight to him to protest. This is her first meeting with him.

She, Yada, and two of their other friends have plans to take a graduation trip, and she begins working part-time at a diner, Goodies at Minamisuetsugu, to earn money for travel expenses; but as it happens, Haruki also works there as one of his many part-time jobs, and they meet again. They become mentor and trainee. Koharu has looked hostilely on Haruki based on her first impression, but there is an element of disliking one so similar to her as well. However, through her time working in close contact with him, she realizes what he is like on the inside, and begins to admire him. At the same time, she finds herself troubled by a rift in her friendship with Yada.

 

Chiaki Izumi

VA: Risato Habuki

Third-year in the Literature department at Houjou University. Born August 6th, 1989. Like Haruki, belongs to the Hagashima Research Institute seminar. Her attendance at the seminar is low, and her grades have her within a hair’s breadth of expulsion, so Haruki is appointed as her tutor. For Haruki, it is a relationship where he can act casually, not particularly seeing Chiaki as a “female” entity. Her parents divorced a few years ago, and her family name changed. Original family name: Senou. Currently lives with her mother.

Three years ago, she was part of the Drama Club at Houjou High. At the school festival, she employed her overwhelming acting talent to play four roles in “The Demon of Utsugeyama” [note 3].

As a stage actress, she boasts the ability to act any personality successfully, and she has significant talent as a scriptwriter as well. Since entering Houjou University, she has belonged to the Watos Troupe, a theatre company within the school, as a playwright and leading actor under the stage name “Akira Senouchi.” Proclaims herself a “Houjou High School Light Music Club super-fan.”

For a certain purpose, she has intentionally kept all of the above hidden in building her friendship with Haruki. In addition, when she meets Setsuna, she introduces herself as “Shouko Nagase,” from the Business department[note 4].

 

Mari Kazaoka

VA: Yuu Asakawa

Magazine editor at Kaiou, and Haruki’s direct superior. Born January 1st, 1985. When Haruki requested that he be put under “whoever will give me the most unreasonable workload,” he was assigned to her. She is five years older than Haruki, and tends to make self-deprecating jokes about her own age, for better or worse. She is a workaholic, teased for being “married to her job,” but she is capable enough that she took on work for other departments at a young age, and she is set to move to America soon, to work in the Kaiou branch office there. She is strong with alcohol, and has good motor coordination. On the other hand, she is catastrophic on the private front, largely useless at housework, with a romantic history that is far from plentiful. Her tastes are also slightly strange, and she tends to buy weird souvenirs on business trips. However, she picks up on the fact that Haruki may be using round-the-clock work as a way of escaping from reality, and gives him some indirect advice, showing that she has a perceptive eye with people.

Haruki seems to see traces of Kazusa in Mari’s demeanor and wording, and in her route, there are elements and scenes here and there showing awareness of IC Kazusa, which is rare for CC.

 

Minor Characters

Takeya Iizuka

VA: Takuma Terashima

Houjou High School, Class 3-G. Chief of the Light Music Club. Haruki’s unrivalled best friend and biggest hassle. A lady-killer said to have at least one girlfriend in every class, but was apparently more serious up until a certain incident in the past. Was originally the guitar player for the Light Music Club, but moves his focus behind the scenes once Setsuna and Kazusa join.

Three years later, in CC, he is a third year at Houjou University. He dates several girls while keeping up his friendship with Haruki et al, hoping that the estranged Haruki and Setsuna will reconcile. He and Io assist with the reconciliation by providing loving advice, and occasionally by intervening directly. However, as he is intrinsically on Haruki’s side, his views sometimes stand in opposition to Io’s.

A further two years later, in Coda, he is working in the sales department of a cosmetics company. As he is naturally sociable, work is smooth sailing. While things aren’t going quite as he would like with Haruki and Setsuna, they seem to have reconciled, so he breaks off the relations he has with women in his private life, and attempts to fulfill his hidden feelings for Io.

In The Road Forth to Happiness, his marriage to Io is imminent.

 

Io Mizusawa

VA: Ikumi Nakagami

Houjou High School, Class 3-A. A member of the basketball team. Inseparable friends with Haruki and Takeya, and Setsuna’s classmate. Has a boyish personality.

Three years later, in CC, she is a third year at Houjou University. Together with Takeya, she worries over the outcome of Setsuna and Haruki’s love, and often intervenes. However, as she is intrinsically on Setsuna’s side, her views sometimes stand in opposition to Takeya’s. While she is still strong-minded, she happens to have her own feminine side as well, which leads her to pick up on “signs of infidelity” that Haruki and Takeya might miss.

A further two years later, in Coda, she is working for a sporting company, though she is in the personnel department, rather than the planning department as she would prefer, and she is unhappy with these circumstances. She knows of Takeya’s feelings, but has not gone beyond that.

In The Road Forth to Happiness, her marriage to Takeya is imminent.

 

Chikashi Hayasaka

VA: Noriaki Sugiyama

Houjou High School, Class 3-E. Haruki’s classmate, and an acquaintance beginning in their third year. Was on bad terms with Haruki at first; Kazusa calls him Haruki’s “overnight best friend.” Three years later, in CC, he is attending a university in Kyoto, rather than Houjou University, and has begun to speak with a Kansai dialect.

 

Setsuna’s father

VA: Tsuguo Mogami

Setsuna and Takahiro’s father (unnamed in the game, but is listed in the credits of the anime as “Susumu Ogiso”). A strict man who places great importance on rules, he is the one who imposed Setsuna’s ten o’clock curfew. He believes Haruki to be someone reliable who cares about morals, but cannot seem to accept him on an emotional level, so when Haruki visits the Ogisos’ home, he tends to avoid meeting him face to face.

 

Setsuna’s mother

VA:  Ryouko Ono

Setsuna and Takahiro’s mother (unnamed in the game, but is listed in the credits of the anime as “Akina Ogiso”[note 5]). Both of her children resemble her in looks. Has a gentle demeanor, and is the one training Setsuna in home cooking. Often refers to things with vague terms, like “you know,” or “that thing.” Notices a lot of Setsuna’s subtle changes that her father and Takahiro don’t notice, but deliberately turns a blind eye.

In The Road Forth to Happiness, she seems to have begun associating with Haruki’s mother, whose relationship with her son has historically been poor.

 

Takahiro Ogiso

VA: Yuuki Kaji

Setsuna’s younger brother. A third-year in middle school at the start of IC. Enters Houjou High School in CC, enrolled in Houjou University two years later in Coda. Unaware of the complexities of Haruki and Setsuna’s relationship, he believes that things have been continuing favorably for them since IC. On the surface, he does not appear to think very much about his sister’s association with Haruki, but when their relationship shows progress it makes him happy on a personal level, and there are also times when he feels furious with Haruki for hurting Setsuna. He seems to have recognized Haruki as a future brother-in-law. In high school, he is the second-term rep for Class 3-A, and while he isn’t exactly an exemplary student, he is fairly popular. In the three years following IC he becomes friends with Takeya, who has taught him how to chat up women, among other things. In addition, he is interested in his classmate, Koharu.

In some routes, after graduating from high school, he dates his classmate, Ako[note 6].

 

Youko Touma

VA: Rio Natsuki

Kazusa’s mother, and a world-famous pianist. Has been divorced twice, and was single at the time of Kazusa’s birth; raised her as a single mother. Is overseas at the start of IC. Has made hefty donations to Houjou High School, which is a large reason for the teachers’ overlooking Kazusa’s delinquent behavior.

Believing that Kazusa would be unable to progress any further as a pianist with her around, she left her behind when she went to Europe. After that, however, seemingly moved by her performance in the school festival, she suggests that Kazusa enter a competition, and after receiving the results, proposes that she live with her in Vienna and take piano lessons there.

She has an easygoing personality, always smiling calmly, and never runs out of men—a self-proclaimed “sex maniac.” She’s had her fair share of scandals with men, and whenever anyone, Kazusa or otherwise, asks her about the identity of Kazusa’s father, she always dodges the question. She and Kazusa were at odds for a long time, but her motherly love for her daughter is unmistakable, and she is constantly praying for Kazusa’s happiness. For that reason, she occasionally meddles indirectly in Kazusa and Haruki’s relationship. Furthermore, Kazusa’s sweet tooth comes from her upbringing, and Youko herself shares the trait.

In CC, she returns to Japan with Kazusa under the pretext of performing a New Year’s concert, and makes maneuvers to get Kazusa and Haruki to meet, but fails. In Coda, she also serves as Kazusa’s producer, as the president of Youko Touma Offices. She returns to Japan with Kazusa for the latter’s performance there, but there is something more going on…

Refers to Haruki as “Guitar-boy” (a nickname that began with the school festival show), and changes very little on a fundamental level from IC to Coda.

In The Road Back to Happiness, she is living in the house where Kazusa used to live, and the disease from which she suffers is in remission. She also visits the Ogiso family frequently, attempting to repair their relationship after all the trouble they have been caused.

 

Hiroki Tomochika

Appears in Uta wo wasureta aidoru (The Idol who Forgot how to Sing), the novel included with the first edition of CC, and as a digital novel in the game. Haruki’s classmate, enrolled in Houjou University.

 

Tomo Yanagihara

VA: Miyuu Kashiwagi

A second-year at Houjou High School at the start of IC. Before IC, was a member of the Light Music Club. It is learned from Haruki and Takeya’s discussion that she caused the club to collapse before quitting herself. Feels a rivalry toward Setsuna after losing the Miss Houjou High contest to her, but after hearing her sing at the legendary school festival concert, she becomes Setsuna’s biggest fan (with a few lines here and there in Introductory Chapter).

Three years later, in CC, she is a second-year at Houjou University. She is active as a gravure icon while in school, aiming to become a newscaster, celebrity, actress, or something else related to television in the future. She has a strong craving for the limelight, and a tendency toward egotism, but somehow one just can’t hate her completely; she is worldly, with a comparatively unpretentious side as well. Upon reuniting with Setsuna and learning that she has abandoned singing, she takes drastic measures to get her to sing again, such as deliberately dragging her into a frightening situation and making her cry profusely (while also lending her a helping hand and covering for her), conducting herself as something like a villain, in order to draw out Setsuna’s true feelings. After Setsuna at last begins to sing again, she and Tomo forge an odd sort of friendship, with Setsuna occasionally cursing her out—unusual, given how considerate she normally is, even with her closest friends. At that point, Takeya and Io recognize the extraordinary efforts Tomo has exerted, and their antagonism changes to friendship. Setsuna occasionally reminds Tomo that she is younger and tries to get her to stop addressing her without an honorific, but is always talked down—perhaps as a result of the weakness shown when she cried her eyes out in front of Tomo.

A further two years later, in Coda, she is a fourth-year student, with an unofficial job offer as an announcer with a TV channel. While establishing her position as an entertainer, she remains Setsuna’s fan, helping with production for live shows and the like. She has continued to be drinking buddies with Haruki, Takeya, and Io, but when push comes to shove, she is firmly on Setsuna’s side. Setsuna’s own difficulty with her from their initial acquaintance has vanished, and while she is still unhappy that Tomo refuses to add “-san” to her name, their friendship is such that they can speak completely freely with each other.

 

Mihoko Yada

VA: Mariya Sumita

Houjou High School, Class 3-A. Koharu’s best friend since their first year. Introverted, and tends to jump to conclusions. Was harshly rejected when she confessed feelings for Haruki, her cram school teacher, and the shock caused her to stop showing up at school. Upon learning that Koharu has been lying to her and seeing Haruki, she begins to look on Koharu with suspicion.

 

Sayuri Shimizu

VA: Kasumi Hitosugi

Houjou High School, Class 3-A. Koharu’s friend. She, Koharu, Mihoko, and Ako form a tight friend group. They’ve planned to take a graduation trip together, but she has been keeping a mental distance from the introverted, quick-to-assume Mihoko. However, in Koharu’s route, after learning about Koharu and Haruki’s relationship, she firmly believes Mihoko’s misunderstanding of the situation, which puts a decisive rift between her and Koharu.

 

Ako Sonoda

VA: Kumiko Itou

Houjou High School, Class 3-A. Koharu’s friend. Part of Koharu’s close friend group. Has a mild, neutral personality, but could also be called “opportunistic.” Sometimes serves as a mediator in fights between her friends.

She has feelings for Takahiro, her classmate, and in some routes is depicted as keeping company with him later on.

 

Kazumi Nakagawa

VA: Ema Kogure

Junior college student. Floor chief at Goodies Minamisuetsugu. Koharu’s senior at work, and treats her amiably. Quite excellent at her job, and could be said to be above Satou in the management hierarchy.

 

Satou

VA: Gouzou Mito

Kitchen chief and junior employee at Goodies Minamesuetsugu. The manager is currently hospitalized after a hip injury and Satou has been put in place as acting manager, but he doesn’t stand out much and often calls on Haruki, who has technically quit his job there. Also appears in the short story, Yuki ga toke, soshite yuki ga furu made (The Snow Melts, and Until it Falls Again), at which point he is still only part-time.

 

Honda

VA: Kouji Watanabe

Part-time kitchen staff at Goodies Minamisuetsugu. Was once lectured by Haruki, and is fully outclassed.

 

Hamada

VA: Kenji Hamada

Editor at the Kaiou Graph. Haruki’s direct supervisor in Coda. Frequently seen lecturing Matsuoka, but he himself would say he is “more lenient than Kazaoka,” which makes them “lectures with love.” He is sometimes looked  down upon for this. Shown to spend time with his family on days off. His first name is written和紀, but its reading is unknown.

 

Matsuoka

VA: Taishi Murata

Editor at the Kaiou Graph. Haruki’s senior, a relatively new employee, working below Hamada and Mari. Gets carried away easily, and is lacking in both ability and pride because of his inexperience, so he is often used as the butt of jokes in conversation (for example, “Haruki is way better, and he’s only part-time”). Even in Coda, in his third year with the company, he isn’t all that reliable, but now and then there are scenes in which he shows signs of growth.

 

Kizaki

VA: Shouhei Kajikawa

Editor at the Kaiou Graph. Haruki and Matsuoka’s senior, works under Hamada and Mari. Is often away, pressing writers to meet deadlines. The business trip in Coda was originally supposed to be his job, but it conflicted with his engagement gift exchange, and Haruki winds up going in his place.

 

Suzuki

VA: Kotomi Yamakawa

Editor at the Kaiou Graph. Haruki and Matsuoka’s senior, works under Hamada and Mari. Upbeat with a love for gossip, she senses that Mari has an affection for Haruki. Her own romantic relationship is somewhat in jeopardy, and she entreats Mari to approve her for Christmas Eve leave.

In The Road Forth to Happiness, she curses Christmas, seemingly having broken up with her boyfriend.

 

Uehara

VA: Hiroshi Shirokuma

Promoter for the Watos Troupe at Houjou University, called the “proprietor” by the troupe members. However, this is largely nominal, and he proclaims that the “princess” is the real leader. Has repeated more than one year since IC, putting him at risk of expulsion from the university. In charge of direction for the troupe.

 

Yoshida

VA: Genki Muro

Actor with the Watos Troupe. Joined because he adored Akira Senouchi’s performances, and his respect for Senouchi has not changed. However, within the troupe, he does express anger at Senouchi’s acting as though it were a one-man show.

 

Sawako Amamiya

VA: Sayori Ishizuka

Travel agent. Close friends with Mari, whom she has known for ten years. She and Mari used to be known as the “Rainstorm Duo.” When she first met Haruki, she assumed that Mari had taken a younger man as her boyfriend, and gave them her blessing, with some teasing thrown in. Is also acquainted with Suzuki.

 

DJ

VA: Misa Kobayashi

DJ for the “Houjou Station,” a program on Houjou University’s radio station, “Houjou Broadcast.” Heard a recording of Setsuna singing “Todokanai koi” (“Love Out of Reach”) at the high school festival and became a huge fan. Though she doesn’t know who sang it, she wants badly to meet them.

 

Miyoko Kudou

VA: Yuu Kamikawa

The only employee of the Japanese branch of Youko Touma Offices, Inc. Handles domestic affairs in place of the company president, who lives in Vienna. The Toumas have her running around constantly, causing her no shortage of mental exhaustion, but it is a relationship of mutual trust as well.

Appears in the CC side story, Ippaku futsuka no gaisen (One-Night Triumphant Return), in which she meets Kazusa face-to-face for the first time.

 

Norimasa Takayanagi

VA: Kouzou Mito

Professor and dean of the medical school at Houjou University. As a doctor he has international influence, but his philandering is a problem, and at one point he had a love affair with Youko Touma. His age is over 60, but he and Youko still call each other “Nori-kun” and “Youko-chan,” and they have maintained a friendly relationship.

 

Franz du Pré

VA: Sebastien Le Floch

A conductor in his mid 30s, he conducts the Franz du Pré Orchestra, based in Paris. Was Youko Touma’s lover in his younger days. On top of that, when Kazusa moved to Europe, he attempted to make a pass at her, only to end up with a kick in the groin.

His skill as a conductor is genuine, however, and he is uncompromising with the music once a concert begins, seeming to become an entirely different person.

 

Staff

  • Planning/script: Fumiaki Maruto with Kikakuya
  • Character design: Takeshi Nakamura
  • Key art: Takeshi Nakamura, Ken’ichirou Katsura and Masahide Yanagisawa (CC)

Theme songs

Introductory Chapter

  • Introductory Chapter opening theme “Love Out of Reach”

Lyrics: Naoko Sutani / Composition: Shinya Ishikawa / Arrangement: Junya Matsuoka / Vocals: Rena Uehara

  • Featured song “Shin’ai” (“Deep Love”) [note 7]

Lyrics: Nana Mizuki / Composition: Noriyasu Agematsu (Elements Garden) / Arrangement: Junya Matsuoka / Vocals: Setsuna Ogiso

  • Featured song “White Album” Live at Campus Fes

Lyrics: Yuki Morikawa / Composition: Shinya Ishikawa / Arrangement: Kazusa Touma, Takeya Ishizuka / Vocals: Setsuna Ogiso

  • Featured song “Sound of Destiny” Live at Campus Fes

Lyrics: Naoko Sutani / Composition: Kazuhide Nakagami / Arrangement: Kazusa Touma, Takeya Ishizuka / Vocals: Setsuna Ogiso

  • Featured song “Love Out of Reach” Live at Campus Fes

Lyrics: Haruki Kitahara / Composition & arrangement: Kazusa Touma / Vocals: Setsuna Ogiso

  • Featured song: “After All (tsuzuru omoi)” (“After All (Spelling Feelings Out)”)

Lyrics: Mimi / Composition: Shinya Ishikawa / Arrangement: Michio Igasa / Vocals: Rena Uehara

  • Introductory Chapter ending theme “Twinkle Snow”

Lyrics: Naoko Sutani / Composition: Junya Matsuoka / Arrangement: Michio Igasa / Vocals: Akari Tsuda

Closing Chapter

  • Closing Chapter opening theme “Shiawase na kioku” (“Happy Memories”)

Lyrics: Naoko Sutani / Composition: Shinya Ishikawa / Arrangement: Michio Igasa / Vocals: Rena Uehara

  • Featured song: “Love Out of Reach” Valentine Live

Lyrics: Haruki Kitahara / Composition: Kazusa Touma / Arrangement: Haruki Kitahara / Vocals: Setsuna Ogiso

  • Featured song “Love Out of Reach” song by Chiaki

Lyrics: Haruki Kitahara / Composition & arrangement: Kazusa Touma / Vocals: Chiaki Izumi

  • Closing Chapter ending theme “Yasashii uso” (“Gentle Lies”)

Lyrics: Naoko Sutani / Composition & arrangement: Junya Matsuoka / Vocals: Rena Uehara

  • Closing Chapter ending theme “Aisuru kokoro” (“Loving Heart”)

Lyrics: Naoko Sutani / Composition & arrangement: Michio Igasa / Vocals: Akari Tsuda

  • Coda opening theme “Love Out of Reach”

Lyrics: Naoko Sutani / Composition: Shinya Ishikawa / Arrangement: Junya Matsuoka / Vocals: Rena Uehara

  • Featured song “Routes”

Lyrics: Naoko Sutani / Composition: M.I.S.N. / Arrangement: Junya Matsuoka / Vocals: Setsuna Ogiso

  • Featured song: “Anata wo omoitai” (“I Want to Think of You”)

Lyrics: Naoko Sutani / Composition: Shinya Ishikawa / Arrangement: Junya Matsuoka / Vocals: Setsuna Ogiso

  • Featured song: “Powder Snow” (solo)

Lyrics: Naoko Sutani / Composition: Naoya Shimokawa / Arrangement, vocals: Setsuna Ogiso

  • Coda ending theme “Toki no mahou” (“The Magic of Time”)

Lyrics: Haruki Kitahara / Composition & arrangement: Kazusa Touma / Vocals: Setsuna Ogiso

  • Coda ending theme “Kokoro wa itsumo anata no soba ni” (“My Heart is Always With You”)

Lyrics: Naoko Sutani / Composition: Naoya Shimokawa / Arrangement: Michio Igasa / Vocals: Akari Tsuda

  • Coda ending theme “Closing”

Lyrics: Naoya Shimokawa, Naoko Sutani / Composition: Naoya Shimokawa / Arrangement: Michio Igasa / Vocals: Rena Uehara

PS3 version White Album 2: The Other Side of Happiness added songs

  • Featured song “Answer”

Lyrics: Naoko Sutani / Composition & arrangement: Michio Igasa / Vocals: Rena Uehara

  • Extra episode ending theme “Koi no you na” (“Like Love”)

Lyrics: Naoko Sutani / Composition & arrangement: Michio Igasa / Vocals: Akari Tsuda

Books

Short stories

Kare no kamisama, aitsu no kyuuseishu (His God, Her Savior)

Author: Fumiaki Maruto. Novel written for the March 2010 issue of BugBug. Takes place during IC, immediately after Setsuna has joined the Light Music Club. Describes Setsuna and Kazusa’s first impressions of each other.

The Snow Melts, and Until it Falls Again

Author: Fumiaki Maruto. Novel included with the first edition of IC. Illustrations: Takeshi Nakamura. A retrospective from Kazusa’s point of view. Also included in digital format as a special perk with the first edition of CC.

Matsuri no ato: Setsuna no sanjuppun (After the Festival: Setsuna’s Thirty Minutes)

Author: Fumiaki Maruto. Novel included with the drama CD, Matsuri no mae: futari no nijuuyojikan (Before the Festival: Their Twenty-Four Hours). Gives a certain scene in IC from Setsuna’s point of view.

Twinkle Snow: Musou (Twinkle Snow: Dream)

Author: Fumiaki Maruto. Novel distributed for free by Leaf at the White Album/White Album 2 display event, Last Stage 2: Beginning of a Miracle, held on February 13th, 2011. Illustrations by Natsuki Mibu. A “what-if” story branching off after the school festival, it depicts the characters’ relationships in a form that differs from the original.

As of 2011, it can be downloaded as a PDF from the IC official site.

The Idol who Forgot how to Sing

Author: Fumiaki Maruto. Novel written as a special bonus for the first edition of CC. Fills in the three-year blank between the end of IC and CC, from Setsuna’s point of view. Also included as a digital novel with the game.

The PlayStation 3 and Vita editions of White Album 2: The Other Side of Happiness include all of the above short stories as digital novels. However, portions have been revised in keeping with the changed CERO rating.

Todokanai koi, todoita (Love Within Reach)

Author: Fumiaki Maruto. Novel distributed for free by Aquaplus at the White Album/White Album 2 display event, Last Stage 3: Beginning of a Miracle, held on November 3rd, 2013. A mini-novel with content that supplements episodes 6 and 7 of the anime, it conforms to the anime version, and there are a number of points related to content and chronology that differ from the game version.

As of 2014, it can be downloaded as a PDF from the official site for the PlayStation 3/PS Vita version.

Yuki ga tsumugu senritsu (A Melody Spun by the Snow) (GA Bunko)

Supervising editor: Fumiaki Maruto / Author: Masaya Tsukishima / Illustrations: Takeshi Nakamura, Ken’ichirou Katsura / Publisher: SB Creative

Chapters are divided up among Haruki, Setsuna, and Kazusa’s respective points of view to tell the story. The ends of volumes 2, 4, and 6 also include newly-written extra short stories by Fumiaki Maruto.

Volumes 1 and 2 cover Introductory Chapter, 3 and 4 cover Closing Chapter, 5 covers the first part of Coda, and 6 covers the characters’ individual developments from the second part of Coda.

  1. Released March 16th, 2013 ISBN 978-4-7973-7329-5
  2. Released March 16th, 2013 ISBN 978-4-7973-7330-1
  3. Released October 16th, 2013 ISBN 978-4-7973-7497-1
  4. Released December 16th, 2013 ISBN 978-4-7973-7498-8
  5. Released May 15th, 2014 ISBN 978-4-7973-7717-0
  6. Released September 12th, 2014 ISBN 978-4-7973-7718-7

Manga adaptation

Supervising editor: Fumiaki Maruto / Artist: 2C=Garoa / Publisher: SB Creative

Serialized in e-book form between the July 2013 (distributed July 11th, 2013) and October 22nd, 2015 (same-day distribution) issues of GA Bunko Magazine.

Volume 1 covers Introductory Chapter, while 2 and 3 cover Closing Chapter. Concludes with volume 4.

  1. Released December 9th, 2013ISBN 978-4-7973-7610-4
  2. Released August 8th, 2014ISBN 978-4-7973-7711-8
  3. Released December 23rd, 2014ISBN 978-4-7973-8165-8
  4. Released February 15th, 2017ISBN 978-4-7973-9045-2

Related publications

White Album 2 Comic Anthology

Released July 25th, 2012 / Publisher: Ichijinsha / ISBN 978-4-7580-0693-4

White Album 2: The Other Side of Happiness Official Guidebook

Guidebook for the PS edition. Includes charts showing how to reach each ending, conditions for acquiring trophies and unlocking special events, and other information.

Released January 19th, 2013 / Publisher: ASCII Media Works / ISBN 978-4-0489-1298-3

SACD/CD

Game-related

Love Out of Reach / Twinkle Snow

Original seller: F.I.X. Records, selling agency: King Records

Single including three tracks from Introductory Chapter: the opening theme, “Love Out of Reach,” the ending theme, “Twinkle Snow,” and a featured song, “After All (Spelling Feelings Out).”

Key of Dreams

Original seller: F.I.X. Records, selling agency. King Records

Akari Tsuda’s 1st album. Includes “Twinkle Snow,” the ending theme from Introductory Chapter.

l’espoir

Original seller: F.I.X. Records, selling agency: King Records

Rena Uehara’s 3rd album. Includes the opening theme, “Love Out of Reach” and a featured song, “After All (Spelling Feelings Out) (acoustic version)” from Introductory Chapter, the opening theme, “Happy Memories,” and ending theme, “Gentle Lies,” from Closing Chapter, and the ending theme, “Closing,” from Coda. Released in SACD hybrid format, composed of SACD and CD layers.

White Album 2 Original Soundtrack: Introductory

Original seller: Aquaplus

The soundtrack to White Album 2: Introductory Chapter.

White Album 2 Original Soundtrack: Closing

Original seller: Aquaplus

The soundtrack to White Album 2: Closing Chapter.

White Album 2 Original Soundtrack: Setsuna

Original seller: Aquaplus

A vocal album featuring Setsuna Ogiso, one of the characters appearing in White Album 2. Released in SACD hybrid format.

White Album 2 Original Soundtrack: Kazusa

Original seller: Aquaplus

A vocal album featuring Kazusa Touma, one of the characters appearing in White Album 2. Produced in commemoration of Kazusa’s winning the female character popularity poll at the Aquaplus Festival event held in 2015[7]. First sold at Comiket 91 in December of 2016. Released in SACD hybrid format.

Drama CDs

White Album 2: Introductory Chapter Drama CD: Before the Festival: Their Twenty-Four Hours

Sold at Comiket 78 on August 13th, 2010. Takes place during the stay at Kazusa’s house the day before the school festival.

Cast

  • Haruki Kitahara: Takahiro Mizushima
  • Setsuna Ogiso: Madoka Yonezawa
  • Kazusa Touma: Hitomi Nabatame
  • ?: Yoriko Nagata

 

Staff

  • Script: Fumiaki Maruto
  • Illustration: Takeshi Nakamura

Matsuri no hi: butai no shita no monogatari (The Day of the Festival: Stories from Beneath the Stage)

Drama CD newly written by Fumiaki Maruto for a CC preorder campaign.

One-Night Triumphant Return

Sold at Comiket 81 on December 29th, 2011. New work by Fumiaki Maruto. Depicts a day with Kazusa in CC.

The PlayStation 3 edition, White Album 2: The Other Side of Happiness, includes all of the above drama CDs as voice dramas.

2016 nen no oomisoka (New Year’s Eve, 2016)

First sold at Comiket 91 on December 29th, 2016. New work by Fumiaki Maruto. Shows Haruki and Kazusa after the end of Kazusa’s route in Coda.

 

Web Radio

Internet radio: White Album 2 Club Radio
Broadcast period August 31st, 2012 – April 25th, 2014
Broadcast site Onsen
Broadcast day Every Friday
# Transmissions 87
Format Streaming
Hosts Madoka Yonezawa
Hitomi Nabatame
Organization Takao Yagi
Director Shideyoshi Hidaka (Tablier)
Sponsor Aquaplus
Other Re-run at BEWE

 

Internet radio: White Album 2 Club Radio 2018
Broadcast period July 13th, 2018 – September 14th, 2018
Broadcast site Onsen
Broadcast day Every other Friday
# Transmissions 5
Format Streaming
Hosts Madoka Yonezawa
Hitomi Nabatame
Sponsor Aquaplus

 

Internet radio: White Album 2 Club Radio 2019
Broadcast period September 27th, 2019 – January 1st, 2020
Broadcast site Onsen
Broadcast day Irregular
# Transmissions 5 (1 not aired)
Format Streaming
Hosts Madoka Yonezawa
Hitomi Nabatame
Sponsor Aquaplus

 

White Album 2 Club Radio was a radio program streamed by Onsen every Friday from August 31st, 2012 to April 25th, 2014. A pre-broadcast (#0) was streamed before the main show began, on August 9th[8]. It was hosted by Madoka Yonezawa, the voice of Setsuna Ogiso, and Hitomi Nabatame, the voice of Kazusa Touma.

With the April 25th, 2014 broadcast, the program went on hiatus, but a preliminary announcement (#0) for White Album 2 Club Radio 2018 aired on July 13th, 2018. Beginning on July 20th, the show resumed with broadcasts every other Friday, ending with episode 5 on September 14th. The hosts remained the same[9].

Later, on September 27th, 2019, the show resumed as White Album 2 Club Radio 2019, streaming on Fridays at irregular intervals[10]. The show was planned to end with episode 6 on February 28th, 2020, but the February 29th event with which the broadcast was planned to coincide, White Album 2 School Festival 2020: 10th Winter Memories, was cancelled, and as the content of episode 6 was meant as a lead-up to the event, the episode itself was also cancelled[11]. Later, in the summer of 2020, a radio CD, White Album 2 Club Radio 2019, was sold, which contained all six Club Radio 2019 episodes (including the cancelled episode), plus the read-aloud play that was going to be performed at White Album 2 School Festival 2020: 10th Winter Memories as a voice drama[12].

Guests (White Album 2 Club Radio)

  • #7 (October 12th, 2010 – Risato Habuki (voice of Chiaki Izumi)
  • #9 & 10 (October 26th, 2012) – Takahiro Mizushima (voice of Haruki Kitahara)
  • #11 & 12 (November 9th & 16th, 2012) – Yuu Asakawa (voice of Mari Kazaoka)
  • #13 (November 23rd, 2012) – Rena Uehara (artist)
  • #14 (November 30th, 2012) – Akari Tsuda (artist)
  • #15 & 16 (December 7th & 14th, 2012) – Takahiro Mizushima (voice of Haruki Kitahara)
  • #18 (December 28th, 2012) – Ikumi Nakagami (voice of Io Mizusawa)
  • #19 & 20 (January 4th & 11th, 2013) – Takuma Terashima (voice of Takeya Iizuka)
  • #25 (February 15th, 2013) – Risato Habuki (voice of Chiaki Izumi)
  • #28 (March 8th, 2013) – Miyuu Kashiwagi (voice of Tomo Yanagihara)
  • #33 (April 12th, 2013) – Yuu Kamikawa (voice of Miyoko Kudou)
  • #35 (April 26th, 2013) – Akari Tsuda (artist)
  • #38 (May 17th, 2013) – Kumiko Itou (voice of Ako Sonoda)
  • #41 (June 7th, 2013) – Ryouko Ono (voice of Setsuna Ogiso’s mother)
  • #43 (June 21st, 2013) – Rio Natsuki (voice of Youko Touma)
  • #47 (July 19th, 2013) – Kotomi Yamakawa (voice of Suzuki from Kaiou)
  • #49 (August 2nd, 2013) – Rena Uehara (artist)
  • #55 (September 13th, 2013) – Fumiaki Maruto (writer)
  • #57 (September 27th, 2013) – Masaomi Andou (anime director), Naoya Shimokawa (Aquaplus representative director, music director for anime)
  • #58 (October 4th, 2013) – Ikumi Nakagami (voice of Io Mizusawa)
  • #60 (October 18th, 2013) – Miyuu Kashiwagi (voice of Tomo Yanagihara)
  • #62 (November 1st, 2013) – Ryouko Ono (voice of Setsuna Ogiso’s mother)
  • #63 (November 8th, 2013) – Rena Uehara (artist)
  • #65 (November 22nd, 2013) – Marie Miyake (voice of female student)
  • #67 (December 6th, 2013) – Risato Habuki (voice of Chiaki Izumi)
  • #69 (December 20th, 2013) – Rio Natsuki (voice of Youko Touma)
  • #70 & 71 (December 27th, 2013 & January 3rd, 2014) – Takahiro Mizushima (voice of Haruki Kitahara)
  • #72 (January 10th, 2014) – Masaomi Andou (anime director)
  • #73 (January 17th, 2014) – Rena Uehara, Suara (artists)
  • #79 (February 28th, 2014) – Sayori Ishizuka (voice of Sawako Amamiya)
  • #81 (March 14th, 2014) – Noriaki Sugiyama (voice of Chikashi Hayasaka)
  • #83 (March 28th, 2014) – Tsuguo Mogami (voice of Setsuna Ogiso’s father)
  • #84 & 85 (April 4th & 11th, 2014) – Takahiro Mizushima (voice of Haruki Kitahara)
  • #86 & 87 (April 18th & 25th, 2014) – Takahiro Mizushima (voice of Haruki Kitahara), Fumiaki Maruto (writer)

GuestsWhite Album 2 Club Radio 2018)

  • #3 (August 17th, 2018) – Akari Tsuda (artist)

Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Transmission

White Album 2 Club Radio episodes 25–32 included a mini program, Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Transmission, as a promotion for Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library & the Monster Seal. The hosts were the same, but introduced themselves as “Madoka Yonezawa, the voice of Irena Rosenmeier from Dungeon Travelers 2” and “Hitomi Nabatame, the voice of Yuma Tonami from To Heart 2: Dungeon Travelers.”

Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Transmission guests

Episode numbers are the same as White Album 2 Club Radio.

  • #26 (February 22nd: 2013) – Ayane Sakura (voice of Souffle Twinny)
  • #27 (March 1st, 2013) – Noriko Shitaya (voice of Melvy de Florencia)
  • #28 (March 8th, 2013) – Saki Osagawara (voice of Eltricia Vitoire de Ritzhevin)
  • #29 (March 15th, 2013) – Chinatsu Akasaki (voice of Conette St. Honore)
  • #30 (March 22nd, 2013) – Megumi Iwasaki (voice of Mefmera)
  • #31 (March 29th, 2013) – Asami Shimoda (voice of Tsurara)
  • #32 (April 5th, 2013) – Yuuko Gibu (voice of Peggy)

Related merchandise

Radio CDS: White Album 2 Club Radio
Vol Release date Special guests for CD edition Episodes BAOI
1 January 25th, 2013 Rio Natsuki (voice of Youko Touma), Ryouko Ono (voice of Setsuna Ogiso’s mother) #0–#12 AQMC-011/012
2 April 26th, 2013 Naoya Shimokawa (producer), Fumiaki Maruto (writer) #13–#24 AQMC-013/014
3 August 8th, 2013 Takuma Terashima (voice of Takeya Iizuka) #25–#36 AQMC-015/016
4 November 29th, 2013 Takahiro Mizushima (voice of Haruki Kitahara) #37–#48 AQMC-019/020
5 January 24th, 2014 Yuu Kamikawa (voice of Miyoko Kudou), Marie Miyake (voice of female student) #49–#60 AQMC-021/022
6 May 30th, 2014 Takuma Terashima (voice of Takeya Iizuka), Ikumi Nakagami (voice of Io Mizusawa) #61–#72 AQMC-023/024
7 August 28th, 2014 Takahiro Mizushima (voice of Haruki Kitahara), Fumiaki Maruto (writer) #73〜#87 AQMC-025/026

 

White Album 2 Club Radio Poka-poka Set
Release date White Album 2 Club Radio: The Revenge of MizoRaji bonus radio CD guests BAOI
December 29th, 2013 Ryouko Ono (voice of Sasara Kusugawa in To Heart 2 and Setsuna’s mother in White Album 2), Ema Kogure (voice of Maryan in To Heart 2 and Kazumi Nakagawa in White Album 2) GOODS-0016

 

Live events

The following table includes only live events for which a venue was rented solely for White Album 2, and excludes small events such as those taking place in stores and at Comiket.

 

Event name Date Venue Notes
White Album 2 Live February 16th, 2013 Shibuya REX Event for purchasers of the PS3 edition, chosen by lottery[13]
March 9th, 2013 Osaka Ruido
White Album 2 Special Encore April 7th, 2013 Shinjuku Face In addition to musical artists, Takahiro Mizushima, Madoka Yonezawa, and Hitomi Nabatame appeared to chat and perform a read-aloud drama. The anime adaptation was also announced[14]
White Album 2 Concert November 24th, 2013 Tokyo International Forum A concert played with live instruments, including the piano, with daytime and nighttime performances[15]. Footage of the night performance was sold as the Concert Blu-ray
White Album 2 School Festival 2018 Live & Talk November 11th, 2018 Japan Education Center, Hitotsubashi Hall In addition to artists, Madoka Yonezawa, Hitomi Nabatame, Takahiro Mizushima, Rio Natsuki, and Ryouko Ono appeared to chat and perform a read-aloud drama[16]
White Album 2 School Festival 2020: 10th Winter Memories Cancelled (scheduled for February 29th, 2020) Yomiuri Land Nittele Lan Lan Hall In addition to artists, Madoka Yonezawa, Hitomi Nabatame, Takahiro Mizushima, Takuma Terashima, and Ikumi Nakagami were scheduled to appear[17], but the event was cancelled due to the spread of COVID-19[18].

Concert Blu-ray

A Blu-ray disc containing the White Album 2 Concert held on November 24th, 2013. The first-run limited edition included a CD (SACD hybrid) containing some of the tracks, as well as a deluxe booklet[19].

Edition Release date BAOI
Limited first-run April 23rd, 2014 KIXM-91030
Standard April 23rd, 2014 KIXM-1030

Anime series

An anime adaptation was announced at the White Album 2 Special Encore event held on April 7th, 2013[14], and aired from October to December of 2013. The anime adapted the story of Introductory Chapter, drawing from the PlayStation 3 version rather than the Windows version. It was directed by Masaomi Andou of Total Eclipse, while character design was done by Satoru Fujimoto of Symphogear[20]. The animation studio was changed from Chaos Project, which handled the opening for the original work, to Satelight.

Staff (anime)

  • Original work: White Album 2: The Other Side of Happiness (Aquaplus)
  • Director: Masaomi Andou
  • Series composition & script: Fumiaki Maruto
  • Original character design: Takeshi Nakamura
  • Character design & overall animation direction: Satoru Fujimoto
  • Minor character design & overall animation direction: Rondo Mizukami
  • Chief director: Seiya Numata
  • Costume design: Sachiko Oohashi
  • 3D set design: Ken’ichi Morioka
  • Art director: Ken’ichi Tajiri
  • Color design: Aiko Shinohara
  • Cinematographer: Youichirou Satou
  • 3D Director: Hisashi Akimoto
  • Editing: Gou Sadamatsu
  • Director of audiography: Jin Aketagawa
  • Music director & music selection: Naoya Shimokawa
  • Music: Shuntarou Kobayashi, Aquaplus
  • Executive producers: Naoya Shimokawa, Akio Mishima, Toyoki Oota, Takaaki Kidani
  • Producer: Yuusuke Morii
  • Animation producers: Fumio Kaneko, Yumi Hamamoto
  • Animation: Satelight
  • Production: PROJECT W.A.2 (King Record, Aquaplus, Dwango, Bushiroad)

Theme songs (anime)

Opening theme: “Love Out of Reach ‘13” (episodes 2-6, 9)

Lyrics: Naoko Sutani / Composition: Shinya Ishikawa / Arrangement: Shuntarou Kobayashi / Vocals: Rena Uehara

Episodes 1, 7, 8, and 10-13 do not contain an opening.

Ending themes

“Closing ‘13” (episode 2)

Lyrics: Naoya Shimokawa, Naoko Sutani / Composition: Naoya Shimokawa / Arrangement: Shuntarou Kobayashi / Vocals: Rena Uehara

“Sayonara no koto” (“On Saying Goodbye”) (episodes 3-6, 8-10)

Lyrics & composition: Naoya Shimokawa / Arrangement: Shuntarou Kobayashi / Vocals: Rena Uehara

Used as background music in episode 13.

“Twinkle Snow ‘13” (episode 12)

Lyrics: Naoko Sutani / Composition: Junya Matsuoka / Arrangement: Shuntarou Kobayashi / Vocals: Akari Tsuda

“Love Out of Reach” Live at Campus Fes (TV anime ver.) (episode 13)

Lyrics: Haruki Kitahara / Composition & arrangement: Kazusa Touma / Vocals: Setsuna Ogiso

Songs appearing during the show

“White Album” (episode 1, 2)

Lyrics: Yuki Morikawa / Composition & arrangement: Eiji Ogata / Vocals: Setsuna Ogiso (Madoka Yonezawa)

“Akujo” (“Bad Girl”) (episode 2)

Lyrics & composition: Miyuki Nakajima / Arrangement: Michio Igasa / Vocals: Setsuna Ogiso (Madoka Yonezawa)

“Garasu no hana” (“Glass Flower”) (episode 2) [note 8]

Lyrics: Izumi Arisato / Composition & arrangement: Hitoshi Fujima (Elements Garden) / Vocals: Rina Ogata (Nana Mizuki)

“Free and Dream” (episode 7)

Lyrics: Naoko Sutani / Composition; Naoya Shimokawa / Arrangement: Michio Igasa / Vocals: Rena Uehara, Akari Tsuda

“White Album” Live at Campus Fes (TV anime ver.) (episode 7)

Lyrics: Yuki Morikawa / Composition & arrangement: Eiji Ogata[note 9] / Vocals: Setsuna Ogiso (Madoka Yonezawa)

“Sound of Destiny” Live at Campus Fes (TV anime ver.) (episode 7)

Lyrics: Naoko Sutani / Composition: Kazuhide Nakagami / Arrangement: Kazuhide Nakagami, Junya Matsuoka[note 9] / Vocals: Setsuna Ogiso (Madoka Yonezawa)

“White Love” (episode 8)

Lyrics & composition: Hiromasa Ijichi / Arrangement: Junya Matsuoka / Vocals: Setsuna Ogiso (Madoka Yonezawa)

“After All (Spelling Feelings Out) ‘13” (episode 10, episode 11 ending theme)

Lyrics: Mimi / Composition: Shinya Ishikawa / Arrangement: Shuntarou Kobayashi / Vocals: Rena Uehara

“Powder Snow” (episode 12)

Lyrics: Naoko Sutani / Composition: Naoya Shimokawa / Arrangement: Michio Igasa / Vocals: Setsuna Ogiso (Madoka Yonezawa)

 

Episode list

# Subtitle Story-boarding Staging Animation director Overall animation director
#1 White Album Masaoya Andou Kanji Nagasaka Satoru Fujimoto
#2 Adjoining Piano and Guitar Seiya Numata Yoshihide Ibata Tomokazu Sugimura, Hiroaki Ikeda,
Hiroshi Araki
Rondo Mizukami
#3 The Light Music Club, Reformed Masaomi Andou Tsuyoshi Tobita Tomoe Tanaka
#4 Sound of Destiny Seiya Numata Eiichi Kuboyama Atsushi Itou, Yoshio Usuda,
Kanako Abe, Mamoru Ikeya
Satoru Fujimoto, Rondo Mizukami
#5 Hearts in Touch Naomichi Yamato Mayumi Fukushi, Akira Takeuchi
#6 Before the Festival Seiya Numata Tadahito Matsubayashi Tomoe Tanaka, Shunta Sakamoto,
Yoshihiro Nagata
Takashi Shiokawa
#7 The Last, Greatest Day Seiya Numata Rina Iwamoto, Kousuke Yoshida Seiya Numata
#8 Winter Finally Begins Tetsuya Watanabe Tsuyoshi Tobita Shunta Sakamoto, Tomoe Tanaka,
Yoshihiro Nagata
Rondo Mizukami
#9 Hearts Out of Touch Keiji Gotou Shigeki Hatakeyama Akiko Kumada, Yoshinori Deno,
Hitoshi Kamada
Satoru Fujimoto
#10 The Snow Melts, and Until it Falls Again… Part 1 Katsumi Ono Masaomi Andou Mayumi Fukushi, Taeko Oda Takashi Shiokawa, Satoru Fujimoto
#11 The Snow Melts, and Until it Falls Again… Part 2 Naomichi Yamato Youko Sano,Yumiko Ishii Rondo Mizukami, Satoru Fujimoto,
Takashi Shiokawa
#12 Graduation Kenji Yasuda Osamu Takahashi Kiyotaka Nakahara, Masanori Aoyama,
Natsuko Suzuki
Satoru Fujimoto
#13 Love Out of Reach Masaomi Andou Tadahito Matsubayashi Sachiko Oohashi, Shunta Sakamoto,
Tomoe Tanaka
Satoru Fujimoto, Rondo Mizukami,
Takashi Shiokawa, Yoshihiro Nagata

 

Broadcasting channels

Region Channel Duration Timeslot Affiliation Notes
Tokyo metropolitan area TOKYO MX October 5th – December 28th, 2013 Saturdays 25:30-26:00 Independent
Kinki metropolitan area MBS October 7th, 2013 – January 6th, 2014 Mondays 26:25-26:55 TBS Network
Aichi Prefecture TVA October 7th, 2013 – January 7th, 2014 Mondays 26:35-27:05 TXN Final episode aired Tuesday 27:35-28:05
Japan-wide Niconico Live October 8th – December 31st, 2013 Tuesdays 23:00-23:30 Streaming
Niconico channel Updated Tuesdays 23:30
BS11 October 9th, 2013 – January 1st, 2014 Wednesdays 24:30-25:00 BS ANIME+ slot
AT-X October 10th, 2013 – January 2nd, 2014 Thursdays 22:00-22:30 Anime CS Included repeats

 

Blu-ray

Volume Release date Episodes BAOI
1 December 25th, 2013 1-2 KIXA-370
2 January 29th, 2014 3-4 KIXA-371
3 February 26th, 2014 5-6 KIXA-372
4 March 26th, 2014 7-8 KIXA-373
5 April 23rd, 2014 9-10 KIXA-374
6 May 28th, 2014 11-13 KIXA-375

 

Footnotes

Notes

  1. ^This contradicts the fact that 2013, the year in which Coda takes place, was not a leap year, and with the info given in-story that “Kazusa Touma was born in the year 199X,” but it has been stated that these are simply a discrepancy, and 2007-2013 is the correct year range. How to resolve the contradictions that arise is unclear.
    Furthermore, the first episode of the anime adaptation mentioned later is stated to take place in autumn of 2007. However, the Tokyo Skytree appears under construction in the background of certain shots, while in reality work was not begun on the Tokyo Skytree until June of 2008. According to the DVD/Blu-ray commentary, the discrepancy was known, but the under-construction Skytree was added to the picture deliberately as a staging choice.
  2. ^Much like the existence of Coda, Kazusa’s status in CC was intentionally kept secret on the official websites and in staff interviews before the chapter’s release.
  3. ^If one plays IC after viewing her ending, additional scenes will be shown, giving these supplementary details.
  4. ^“Nagase” is a family name traditionally used in Leaf’s past games, from Shizuku to To Heart 2.
  5. ^When Ryouko Ono appeared as a guest on White Album 2 Club Radio, a request was made numerous times for Setsuna’s mother to be given a name, and this name became official. The character readings for “Susumu” and “Akina” were also decided on the show (November 1st, 2013 broadcast).
  6. ^This is only hinted in the game itself, but the March 2012 issue of Gemaga explained it as “Takahiro’s reward for working so hard,” and also gave the name of the one he was dating.
  7. ^In the demo of the PS3 version available through the PlayStation Store, this song was replaced with “Musouka” (“Reverie”).
  8. ^
  9. ^a b  The booklet for the White Album 2 TV Anime Vocal Collection credits the arrangement for these tracks to “Kazusa Touma, Takeya Iizuka.”

 

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