White Album 2 – Ahhh The Love Triangles (Anime Review)

I’ve been mellowing on this one for a couple of weeks now, as the ending kind of threw me for a loop, but now I think I’m ready. White Album 2; as the name suggests, this is technically a sequel, but not really. The only connection this makes with White Album is the mentioning of the main character as a famous artist, and the singing of the song. Other than that, they are completely independent.

Haruki is our main guy; he maintains excellent grades and can always be seen helping out others, especially the student council, though he is no longer a part of it. He is also the back-up guitarist for the light music club, which is one the verge of disbanding now that the only members are him and the primary guitarist, Iizuka. Haruki usually practices his… less than optimal guitar playing after the club is done, when he has the room to himself. Every now and again, he gets a treat from the room next door, a mysterious, talented piano player plays in harmony with his guitar, putting him at ease.

Though he doesn’t know who this person is, he find a sense of relief whenever they play together. One day, a third joins them; from the roof, a beautiful voice starts singing along with their playing. Haruki goes to the roof to find Setsuna; a beautiful girl at his school who he had met a while earlier. Eventually, Haruki finds out that the mystery student next door is Touma, a lazy classmate of his. After some convincing, the two agree to join the light music club and play with Haruki.

Then, our love triangle begins! Well actually, we find out the love of this triangle starts long, long before this, but still. Basically, we have two girls that are both obviously in love with Haruki. Of course, Haruki is in love with one of them, but isn’t so forward about it, thus causing mistakes. Ahhh, high school drama.

The anime takes us on a rollercoaster journey of fun and sadness; of course, along the way we get to hear some incredible music. Though, I do feel like the three would of been better of just staying friends. Of course, that doesn’t make for a good story and when you spend that much time with others, these things tend to happen.

I will say, one relationship in particular forms fairly early. Once it is formed, it becomes immediately apparent that it was a mistake. However, none are willing to admit it. Iisuka, Haruki’s friend, I feel plays the voice of what should be done, down the stretch. He wants Haruki to take the safe root, to not her the girl he is with. Unfortunately, that’s not the way things end up.

Overall, I would say this was a pretty good music / romance / slice of life show. I enjoyed it. Also, it’s not every day that one of these anime shows has a relationship that gets to the point where the two become intimate, that was a surprise. Harden your hearts for the ending, though. It will leave you screaming at the scream as the main character does all sorts of weird, stupid stuff.

Who Is Yahiko Pain?

When talking about the majorly successful anime series Naruto and its array of distinctive, complex and engaging antagonists, the name Pain (or Pein depending on your preference of spelling) is more often than not found to be quite high up on that list. And for good reason too.

But before we delve further into why exactly that’s the case, it’s worth taking a brief look at the ginger-head’s extensive background as a quick reminder – or even an initial summary for those who aren’t as familiar with the story of Naruto, since it’s good to be mindful of the fact that there’s always more than meets the eye.

Pain, as fans would know, came onto the scene many, many years after the tragic story is revealed of a set of three homeless struggling friends from the Rain Village Amegakure were mentored and taught the essentials of ninjutsu by Jiraiya for survival purposes who eventually went on to leave the trio once he felt no more guidance was necessary. These three close friends; Nagato, Yahiko and Konan were the survivors of a long-term war which left their home village ravaged, almost uninhabited and destroyed. They swore to return and change all that which was made possible once they’d been tutored enough by one of the three Legendary Sannin of the Village Hidden in the Leaves.

Nagato at some point ‘developed’ his Rinnegan – which as you may know, is widely debated to be the strongest of the three Eye Powers (Doujutsu) within the Ninja universe at that point in the series. This, however, is later to be shown as a ploy on Madara Uchiha’s end; implanting his awakened eyes into Nagato (an Uzumaki containing abnormally high levels of chakra) to be used as an investment of sorts for the future, once he’d successfully won the shinobi over to his side. A big part of this plan rested on Obito Uchiha, who’d spent much of the series under the alias of Tobi and then Madara. Turns out, Madara’s plan worked out impeccably well through Obito and they had managed to persuade Nagato Yahiko and Konan to initiate the Akatsuki movement.

Whilst Akatsuki’s conception was based on more noble causes in the trio’s eyes, this all changed once Yahiko was murdered in cold blood after being sabotaged by another leading shinobi amidst peace negotiation talks. Nagato wasn’t shown to be too strong emotionally since his debut. Yahiko was the pillar of support and the lifeline for the other two. His death resulted in a complete emotional breakdown and psychosis for the redhead, who had then turned his hatred on the whole bitter loss towards the shinobi world once more.

This all resulted in the birth of Pain as we know him. The Rinnegan-possessing cold and calculated leader of the Akatsuki. Behind the face of it all is actually Nagato Uzumaki with his vendetta against the corrupt Shinobi world.

Pain Yahiko was the product of Nagato’s Rinnegan powers and vengeful mindset put at work; rods of chakra-receiving nature planted strategically into the dead body of his dear friend in attempts to keep him and his memory alive. Konan appeared to be more of an accomplice in the matter as opposed to the chief schemer.

Looking more specifically at Pain, his design scheme is an interesting one; largely bearing Yahiko’s appearance with a few major alterations. Chakra-receiving piercings are imbedded all over his visage and body giving him a slight punk-type design. The most notable of all his accessories however is the chakra-harnessing necklace which is worn at all times.