Because I don’t blog straight sequels in these first impressions stuff, I’m not going to blog either Kurobas 2 (never saw the first), Refrain (how is that more competent than Golden Time?), or Hajime no Ippo: Rising (Ippo is still the most boring character, but otherwise it’s great). White Album 2 is different because it doesn’t have much to do with the original White Album.
I’m not going to bother with my usual format for this one because I literally blanked out whilst watching all three of them, dropped them all after I closed their episode files, and thus don’t have much to say. I’ll start with Outbreak Company. There’s stuff to like I guess, but it panders way too hard to the otaku fanbase for my taste and I ended up closing the episode after five minutes. Next, there’s Log Horizon. My problem is pretty simple: it’s generic fantasy that puts me to sleep. In some ways, it’s a lot better than SAO (no, I made the forbidden comparison!) in that it’s way more competent. But that just makes nothing stand out to me whatsoever, which is still pretty bad. I have no interest in watching six months of that stuff.
Finally, there’s White Album 2. I didn’t hate it. It’s not bad as long as you don’t have an aversion to VN romance adaptations. And I like love triangles (especially the two girl/one guy formula because I’m a straight male and all) a lot…when it’s a comedy. Thing is, White Album 2 plays it seriously. And aside from the first Kimagure Orange Road movie (not the series, because the series aged really poorly) and I guess the serious moments in Maison Ikkoku (it is primarily comedy so I’m stretching with that), I don’t like that kind of stuff played without levity. Especially when the male lead, whilst not an asshole like the guy from the first White Album, is kind of milquetoast.
So yeah, that’s all I have to say about those. I guess if I had to pick, White Album 2 would be my favorite. But that’s like choosing which weapon you’d want to be killed with whilst imprisoned in a torture chamber.