Sunday, January 3, 2010

[Ended] White ALbum: Entangled Fates

Compare to a typical harem visual novel adapted anime, this has a lot more twists and turns. Unlike a traditional visual novel adapted animes, which take a episodic approach with each heroine, White Album lays everything out all together and everything develops together. Even though this creates a much more confusing plot line to follow, the story become much more interesting because you can see step by step how everybody's decision ends up entangling his/her own fate with others.

The center of everything is the main guy (obviously). Early on he seems to be an ok person, meaning he doesn't appear to be a douche like the lead male in many story of the similar type. But slowly, with his many decisions he makes, it has become clear that he doesn't seem to be as perfect as he once appeared. Clearly there is a major flaw in his character, and this story is the quest to find out what it is.

Final scoreboard:

Drama: 94 (Major drama)
Comedy: N/A
Action: N/A
Art/Animation: 88 (Somewhat retro style)
Sound/Music: 90 (Quite good)
Character: 90 (One of the major selling point)
Plot: 90 (Somewhat confusing but interesting)
Ending: 85 (Everything is revealed)

Re-watch value: 60 (Maybe to clarify some key parts of the story)

Overall: 89 - Entangled Fates

Recommendation: I have a very strong interest in this type of stories, so I almost always have high regards for a well written stories like this. This is a particular taste not everybody has. So if you like stories about entangled fates and don't mind getting frustrated about the characters decisions once a while, then you may find this story very interesting. Otherwise I would recommend you to steer clear of this one.

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