First Impressions – White AlbumJanuary 7, 2009 at 2:21 pm | Posted in First Impressions | 16 Comments
Tags: corny, generic, meh, White Album
This post took a while to get out because quite honestly, I couldn’t decide how I felt about it. It’s kind of boring, but I still think I’ll get what I want from it. I’m watching it to (hopefully) laugh at (or just follow) a love triangle. Getting invested in it works sometimes too, but I wanted to laugh and look at it shallowly. I…probably get to do just that.
It was the anime I was looking forward to most, but because it’s kind of fun to laugh at am I disappointed? Hell no. All I wanted from the anime was Nana-sama and love triangle dorama that will lead to a bitchslap at some point in the future. I believe I will get that. I was actually kind of happy that everyone called it crap (because it means I get to blog it with less competition, hahaha). Of course, I tend to think everyone thinks it’s just crap because it’s boring, but whatever. Crap is still crap and I don’t blame anyone from labeling this as such. It is boring (I think the pacing right now is better for a drama).
I think that I’m happier that this anime is so disliked, because it’s so much easier to blog an anime when you don’t have to hold back any of your opinions because someone is going to be an ass about it. If you like an anime, all you can say, “Oh this part was good.” and use a lame little screencap. Then if the anime is the right type I can go, “Kyaaa~” and get all happy over it, but still. Nothing quite like giving myself a chance to use good old sarcasm and such.
This time I intended to blog White Album (and look forward to it) because of the fact that all I’m really promised is a love triangle. A love triangle, no matter what, will cause rage of some sort at some point in time. I enjoy being enraged for some reason. It somehow puts me in a better mood. However, even better in this case, if you’re not invested in either girl (or guy) you can just sit back and enjoy.
Like you’re sitting on your own throne and looking down at these three useless souls and going, “Muahahaha! Dance puppets dance!”
Oh, but no one else does that? Shut up you’re lying. You may not have evil laughs in your head, but you most certainly enjoy seeing other people suffer. Especially when there’s a man-stealing pretend-friend, a cheating or weak-willed guy, and a naive girl involved. At least that’s what I’m betting I get in this anime.
Of course in this case Nana-sama plays the “man-stealing pretend-friend” so even if I’m supposed to dislike her or something I’m still going to think she’s cute and charismatic. ^_^
Perhaps I should be upset that two girls who start out as friends are going to both want the same guy though? Well, no. Because I get one girl slapping the other. And that’s what is supposed to happen. If anyone remembers some of my rage at AkaSaka was directed at the, “oh we both like the same guy and you’ve been hiding it from me, but I’ll forgive you in the blink of an eye” stupidity.
NO! I don’t want that. That sucks. I want one girl smacking the other (or some other form of fighting).
…And that is why I’m watching this anime. This anime seems to be purposely taking itself seriously, therefore I am going to have to watch it so I can purposely not. To wrap up what I’m saying here, I suggest those who aren’t thinking like me about White Album should stay away from my coverage of this anime. Because I am totally going to enjoy it in the way I am not supposed to.
But I’ll take it seriously for now. There’s a few real problems in this anime I need to address.
Animation & Art
Everything is so detailed it kind of freaks me out sometimes. Feels like people move too much and that they have too many lines in the drawings. Basically, it seems like they’re trying to make it too pretty and well-animated and it’s backfiring. Hopefully around the third episode where animation usually starts to fade it will have some nice middle ground.
Now that I’ve seen a Shaft anime though, I can say that it really does feel like they’re trying to…um…follow some of those ideas (what I’m saying here is a nice, less accusatory version of “copy”).
That said…it does still look nice. I was wondering how they would adapt the style from the game and it seems they did a pretty good job. Rina was instantly recognizable from all of the CGs I’ve seen of her. Yuki…was too. But Yuki has such a plain character design that she’s easy to miss. She blends in too much.
I’ve only really seen fanart of Rina and now it’s so easy to see why. Yuki is too plain. Her personality too (but I’ll get to that later).
Rina on the other hand, is easily recognizable. Normally when you have characters in an anime, their appearance will almost always remind you of someone else. Heck, with nana Mizuki you can usually do it with another character she’s voiced. (Utau = Fate and vice-versa. Easy.)
But for some reason I can’t think of someone else who looks like Rina. Which is good, because a celebrity is supposed to stand out and Rina does. She looks cute and adult at the same time. She stands out.
But why do none of the characters have noses? They don’t really in Maria+Holic either sometimes, but at least that makes the characters all look pretty rather than deformed. It’s kind of like Hakushaku to Yousei where the characters look completely different from the side because of this too.
Also…since this takes place in 1986, I have to mention something. This:
lol. 80′s hair. I have to give them credit for doing such a good job of drawing it though. I really did flinch when I saw it. Just like real 80′s hair.
Oh and because I have nowhere else to mention it…apparently the thoughts of the main guy are all done on screen rather than, you know, by a voice. So I can’t understand a thing he thought this episode. It sucks because I wanted to just blog this anime after watching the raw every week, but now I can’t do that. How am I supposed to know if I can call him an asshat if I don’t know what he’s thinking?
Basically right now it’s just, “Yuki, blah, blah, blah, Yuki” so I don’t I’ll miss much.
Here! This is one place where I can praise the anime fully. Nana-sama is playing a singer!!! A singer~ Which means she sings!
I love the opening song, “Shin Ai” and can’t wait for the single coming out this month (it’s coming out on Nana-sama’s birthday!). That said, the opening animation is the most boring opening I’ve ever seen in my life (the screencaps have borings shots to prove a point…that’s pretty much all it is). The possibility of it just being for the first episode has come about which I hope is true.
Of course, I kind of think it’s…suitable. Rather than random characters flying across the scene or something stupid, a very calm and not at all distracting opening works fine for me. That way I can just enjoy the really beautiful song. The thing I like most about Nana Mizuki songs is just listening to her voice. I can’t do that when I’m distracted by something else. So…this kind of works just fine for me.
I also liked Nana-sama’s insert song (I hope that’s coming out on the single too) and…let’s see what else? Well, it was kind of a disappointment that Aya Hirano didn’t sing. I’m not really a fan, but I’m always curious to see what she’ll do. Especially since I think she has more rock-ish songs and judging by her usual outfit, that doesn’t fit here at all.
Nana-sama was perfect (bias,bias,bias). I’ll just say that and move on.
I didn’t really pay attention to anyone besides Aya Hirano’s (Yuki) and Nana Mizuki’s (Rina) acting so you’ll have to forgive me. Outside of saying, “I love Nana Mizuki!” I can’t say much about her and every one should know that already. I’m a fangirl blind to any flaws she might possibly have. So instead…sorry Aya-san, but I’m going to have to complain about some things that bothered me.
Ew. The Minato voice is back. In the first episode of AkaSaka I didn’t mind it, but as the anime went on it started bothering me. I don’t dislike Aya Hirano and I have absolutely no problems with her singing or voice acting. Except for when she plays “gentle” characters because then she uses that voice.
My problem with that voice is that it doesn’t sound natural at all. Even if it was supposedly natural, I’d still say it doesn’t sound natural. It sounds like she’s a cartoon character and it’s so distracting. It’s impossible to take seriously. It’s basically a nicer, less obvious version of the Konata voice and I don’t think it works at all. A fanboy can blast me for saying that, but it’s my opinion on the matter and I can’t hear a whole season of it again without mentioning it. It is better than before though.
First off…Yuki ticks me off with how polite and plain she is. She’s so ordinary that it’s absolutely boring. Then she just takes crap from those idols and does her own fix-it. Unless she stands up to them at some point, I’m going to dislike her this whole series. I have a hard time caring about someone who really doesn’t stand up for themselves at all. At least when they’re in show business or something.
Touya is boring and a pretty basic guy who is just there to fill the role of being a guy in between two girls I think. He seems pretty…boring. I don’t care about him at all and don’t see why any girl would be interested in him. Well, except maybe Yuki who is pretty boring.
Rina strikes me as a little annoying because she’s too perfect. Another lesson from AkaSaka would be that I hate perfect girls. That said, I like her the most for two reasons. One is the obvious “because she’s voiced by Nana-sama” the other would be that she’s the only one that seems to actually have a personality at all. At least a fitting one. A strong, confident girl that’s successful in show business makes sense to me.
I mean I love that she stopped in the middle of singing to “scold” someone. How professional and awesome of you Rina-san!
I guess I get a special joy out of hearing Nana-sama voice another confident idol because I was disappointed that Utau was the only role I liked from her last year. So, I’m…enjoying that. Rina’s confident to the point of being bitchy or “scary” as it’s been said by Touya and I like that. Nana-sama confident idol (bitch) ftw!
All the other characters just seem unnecessary. I started becoming weary of this anime back when I saw a rather big cast emerge in promo pictures. It’s a love triangle. All you need is three people. Part of the reason why I think this episode is so boring because there were all these other random characters in there with problems I couldn’t care less about. Whenever one of them popped up on screen my brain kind of shut down and I just stared at the screen until they disappeared again. They all either have stupid or incredibly tragic problems and I just find them bothersome.
Overall, I think the problems with this anime is that it’s boring and that it’s trying too hard to seem “classy” so that you like every one. In those cases I end up liking no one. It’s the same problem with the character’s issues. “Boohoo I’m scared of my girlfriend leaving me to be famous.” I don’t care.
How is a regular person supposed to connect with something like that and care about it? It’s not something we can really identify with. They have to make us want to care about the characters in some other way and quite obviously they’re failing at it because I’m ready to be sitting on my pedestal and go, “Muahaha! Dance puppets! Dance!” like some sort of crazy person.
I don’t know what the VN was like, but I have to say this anime is boring right now and it’s trying too hard otherwise too with lots of random crap (wtf was that scene where they were all changing their dresses and stuff?). With the dramatic music in the scene with Yuki and Touya talking on the phone, this anime is really begging to get made fun of. I would have dropped the anime except with a slap coming at some point in the future I know it’s going to be at least a little more interesting. Besides, Nana-sama singing makes me happy.
Hm…if I’m rooting for the girl that is technically going to be the one “stealing” the guy, that’s definitely a bad sign for the anime, right? If I want things to get screwed up for two characters that are supposed to be likable.
Basically…I just want something interesting to happen. So I guess you can say this fails as a first episode because nothing interesting happens. I’ll just see where it goes from here.
I’m still not sure how I’ll be blogging this anime. If I have enough to say next week, it’ll be episodic like I planned originally. I’m trying to branch out and do more series now.
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