White Album 2 Anime Blu-Ray II – Booklet



Blu-Ray 2

 

Cover

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White Album 2

 

Bonus postcard (back)

Text:                                    Winter is coming on—

That bittersweet, eternal moment

 

Bonus postcard

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Text:                                    White Album 2

Winter is coming on—

That bittersweet, eternal moment

 

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01:                                       #3: The Light Music Club, Reformed

Script: Fumiaki Maruto/Staging: Tsuyoshi Tobita/Storyboarding: Masaomi Andou/Animation director: Tomoe Tanaka

 

Haruki, having discovered that the “Elite in Music Room #2” is none other than Kazusa Touma, the delinquent who sits in the seat next to his, displays his characteristic boldness in inviting her to join the Light Music Club. However, his characteristic pushiness proves his enemy, and her attitude toward him only hardens. Setsuna, unable to stand idly by as Haruki struggles, approaches Kazusa secretly. As these two prominent beauties within the school exchange words for the first time, something is born—it could be friendship, or it could be…

 

02:                                       #4: Sound of Destiny

Script: Fumiaki Maruto/Staging: Eiichi Kuboyama/Storyboarding: Seiya Numata/Animation directors: Atsushi Itou & Mamoru Ikeya

 

The fourth episode finds the Light Music Club with all its members together at last, and they begin rehearsing for the School Festival Show taking place in two weeks. In the midst of their already tightrope-like schedule, Kazusa formulates a certain secret plan to fully temper their weakest link—Haruki’s guitar playing. Their special training pays off, and eventually the three of them master their first song, “White Album.” Then, caught up in the thrill of success, Haruki makes one little, fatal error.

 

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03:                                       Setsuna Ogiso (VA: Madoka Yonezawa)

Houjou High School, Class 3-A. The unmistakable idol of the school, with great popularity and a sparkling record as two-time winner of the Miss Houjou High contest. Normally, she carries herself in a sociable, perhaps deliberately inoffensive way, but rumor has it that that isn’t her true self.

 

04:                                       Character Commentary by Fumiaki Maruto

 

Setsuna Ogiso: the natural-born idol.

…Except, that’s not who she really is.

Putting aside the Setsuna of the original game, I was very conscious of taking an approach to making her that isn’t done much in 2D—where not everything comes through, apart from her appearance being ridiculously cute. Well, maybe the fact of having made her ridiculously cute means everything has come through already, but never mind that.

Her family ties are fairly deep, her friendship history comes with some painful memories, she is neither extremely cooperative nor extremely exclusive, perhaps a little more stubborn and prideful than average—I think she as a character may have been rather difficult to express in an animated drama. Truly, the struggles of the anime staff run through my mind (I say, as if I’d been there struggling with them…).

That being the case, I believe that for Setsuna’s presentation in the anime, techniques were used to make her various traits a little stronger, a little easier to grasp. Her cute gestures are more prominent, her inner feelings are strongly embossed, the way she runs in circles is emphasized (ouch), and as a result… Man, she’s adorable (if that’s something I ought to be saying…).

So, as I love both Game Setsuna and Anime Setsuna, I’ll gladly take both if Haruki-kun doesn’t pick them.

 

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05:                                       Fumiaki Maruto

Text Commentary

 

Episode 3: The Light Music Club, Reformed

This third episode was (controversial statement alert) the most problematic episode from a screenwriting standpoint, requiring a nearly-five-minute scene to be cut at the storyboarding stage and a further two minutes to be shaved at the final stage. It was unfortunate, yes, but though the director suggested that we might cut the opening again, President Shimokawa, who was also the music director, was shooting me a look from beside me, and… No, actually, this episode was going to debut the full version of the opening with Kazusa included, so we couldn’t cut it out. Sorry, Susumu Ogiso-san (oh, that’s what you’re focusing on?). Were I to speak of the scenes that got cut, I would be blinded by bitter tears, so please check the rest in the storyboards and script included on the Blu-Ray. Kazusa’s short kick is merely a dream now…

Also, this episode debuted the ending theme, “On Saying Goodbye”… but let’s put that aside for a second, and focus on what happens before and after it.

The choice to have the song’s intro and staff credits overlap with the last act was accepted by the other screenwriting staff members, albeit with awkward laughs and comments like “What year is it again?”, but the post-credits scene with the cell phone screen caused a little controversy.

Apparently, these days, a lot of people stop watching once the ending theme starts, so there was the risk of viewers missing out on something we would want them to see. And so, I etched that greatly appreciated advice into my heart, and swore to myself that I would never employ a post-credits scene again (to be continued in Episode 5).

 

Episode 4: Sound of Destiny

In the previous installment, Kazusa made her formal first appearance; now, in the fourth episode, we have her yanking Haruki’s necktie, saying cool things like “I’m gonna make you a man worth watching,” and dancing her way into the heart of the story with even greater vigor (but you’re not allowed to say Setsuna was driven out of it as a result). What’s the deal with that midriff-baring T-shirt, though? I, like the viewers, was surprised when I watched the completed video. Like, “Wait, Kazusa, when did you…” Putting that aside, though, the story continues along at its brisk, steady pace in this episode. The only point where it stops is the shower scene. Yonezawa-san and Nabatame-san both questioned why it was so long, given how strict we were being on time limitations, but everyone on the staff liked the scene, and more importantly I liked the scene, a lot, so we went with it (VA: Madoka Yonezawa). So, just how much of the steam has been removed for the Blu-Ray? Of course, as I am already in possession of the unedited version without any steam, it’s all the same to me.

Now, as promised in my previous commentary, a bit about the ending theme, “On Saying Goodbye.”

The ending animation was finally unveiled for this episode, and for this dark, depressing story… I mean, this gently heart-wrenching story, the song and video both matched the atmosphere remarkably well; I feel that I can say, with my whole chest, “This ending is the main theme of the anime version of White Album 2.” Also, the true worth of the lyrics is from the second verse on, so (stealth marketing alert) I urge you all to buy the CD as well and submerge yourself in the mood.

 

06:                                       Staff Credits

 

Cast

Haruki Kitahara: Takehiro Mizushima

Setsuna Ogiso: Madoka Yonezawa

Kazusa Touma: Hitomi Nabatame

Takeya Iizuka: Takuma Terashima

Io Mizusawa: Ikumi Nakagami

Chikashi Hayasaka: Noriaki Sugiyama

Takahiro Ogiso: Yuuki Kaji

Susumu Ogiso: Tsuguo Mogami

Akina Ogiso: Ryouko Ono

 

Staff

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: Kenichi Morioka

Art Director: Kenichi Tajiri

Color Design: Aiko Shinohara

Cinematographer: Youichirou Satou

Visual Effects: Kento Sasaki

SFX Director: Kumiko Taniguchi

3D Director: Hisashi Akimoto (T2 Studio)

Director of Audiography: Jin Aketagawa

Editing: Gou Sadamatsu

Music Director: Naoya Shimokawa

Music: Shuntarou Kobayashi

Aquaplus

Animation: Satelight

Production: Project W.A.2

 

Opening Theme

Rena Uehara (F.I.X. Records), “Love Out of Reach ‘13”

 

Ending Theme

Rena Uehara (F.I.X. Records), “On Saying Goodbye”

 

Product Staff

Package Illustration

Original Illustration: Satoru Fujimoto

Finishing: Aiko Shinohara

Background: Natsuko Komatsu (Mukuo Studio)

Photography: Natsumi Iriguchi (T2 Studio)

 

Art Direction: Ai Nonaka & Tsuyoshi Kusano (Tsuyoshi Kusano Design)

Designer: Hiro Kondou (Tsuyoshi Kusano Design)

 

Authoring Coordinator: Kentarou Kai (McRAY)

Authoring Engineer: Hiroyuki Kido (McRAY)

Menu Design: Nao Hanaue (McRAY)

 

Product Coordinator: Sayuri Yamashita

Promotion: Kou Ebata

Asuka Noda

Marie Wada

Sales Promotion: Natsuko Moro

Production Management: Toshiaki Satou

Supervisor: Kusao Mishima

Assistant Producer: Renta Suzuki

Producer: Yuusuke Morii

 

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