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White Album 2: Introductory Chapter
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Developer(s) Leaf
Publisher(s) Aquaplus
Artist(s) Takeshi Nakamura[1]
Writer(s) Fumiaki Maruto
Kikakuya[1]
Aspect ratio 16:9
Native resolution 1280x720[2]
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows PC
Release date(s) JP February 26, 2010[2]
Genre(s) Eroge, Visual novel
Mode(s) Single-player
Rating(s) 18+
Media DVD-ROM

White Album 2: Introductory Chapter (ホワイトアルバム2 -introductory chapter- Howaito Arubamu 2 -introductory chapter- ?) is a Japanese adult visual novel being developed by the visual novel company Leaf for the Microsoft Windows PC, and is the sequel to Leaf's earlier visual novel, White Album. It will be released on February 26, 2010.[2] Introductory Chapter is the first part of a duology of the White Album 2 series.[3] The gameplay of White Album 2 follows a linear plot line which offers pre-determined scenarios with courses of interaction, and focuses on the appeal of the female main characters.

Contents

Plot

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Settings

White Album 2 takes place in the same setting as its predecessor with approximately ten years having been elapsed since the events of the first White Album.[4] The story begins during the second half of October.[5] The second part of White Album 2 will take place several years after the events of Introductory Chapter.[6]

Characters

Haruki Kitahara (北原 春希 Kitahara Haruki ?)
Haruki is the protagonist of White Album 2. He is a third year student at Hōjō High and a member of the light music club and has excellent grades.[7 ] Haruki plays second guitar.[7 ][8]
Setsuna Ogiso (小木曽 雪菜 Ogiso Setsuna ?)
Setsuna is a third year student at Hōjō High. She has been Miss Hōjō two years in a row and enjoys singing karaoke.[9] Setsuna likes singing "White Album", a song from the original White Album visual novel.[4]
Kazusa Touma (冬馬 かずさ Tōma Kazusa ?)
Kazusa is a third year student at Hōjō High and is in the same class as Haruki. She often dozes off in, is late for, or skips class.[10]
Io Mizusawa (水沢 依緒 Mizusawa Io ?)
Io is a classmate of Setsuna's and used to be the captain of the basketball team.[11] She finds the relationship between Haruki and Setsuna to be incompatible[5] and is currently keeping an eye on the two of them.[11] Io was in the same class as Haruki during first year.[11] She is very popular among the underclassmen due to her personality and her boyish appearance.[11]
Takeya Iizuka (飯塚 武也 Īzuka Takeya ?)
Takeya is a close friend of Haruki and is the president of the light music club.[5][11] He is surprisingly popular with girls.[5]

Story

The story of White Album 2 begins around the second half of October.[5] The story will slowly advance with the meeting between Haruki, Setsuna, and Kazusa.[5] Prior to this, the three characters never really interacted with each other much.[5] During the school festival, the three characters will form a band together with one person on vocals and the other two playing instruments.[5]

Development

The artist and character designer for White Album 2 is Takeshi Nakamura who had previously worked on Leaf's other games such as December When There Is No Angel[12] and the PlayStation 3 port of Tears to Tiara. The scenario for White Album 2 is written by Fumiaki Maruto and Kikakuya.[1] The pair has worked together before on other visual novels such as Kono Aozora ni Yakusoku o.[13] The producer for White Album 2 is Naoya Shimokawa.[4]

According to Shimokawa, Maruto was the one who came up with the original design and concept for White Album 2.[4] After hearing the details from Maruto, Shimokawa felt that Maruto may be able to create a game that surpassed the original and decided to run with the idea.[4] When Nakamura was told that he would be the artist for the game, he went to speak with Hisashi Kawata, the artist for the original White Album, Kawata stated that he wanted to see the painful winter images that Nakamura would create.[14] Nakamura admits that because White Album 2 is a sequel that he does feel some pressure about the work.[14] Despite being busy with Kimi ga Yobu, Megido no Oka de and the PlayStation 3's Tears to Tiara, Nakamura went ahead and created the character designs for the game even though no one had asked him for them.[14]

When asked about the release date of the second part of the game, Shimokawa stated that it would be nice to release it some time during the winter season to align with the feelings that the title "White Album" evokes.[12] Shimokawa believes that the scenario should be all complete by then and that it would come down to whether the art is completed in time or not.[12] Unlike December When There is No Angel where there were two artists, Nakamura is alone this time and has to work on both the heroines and the supporting characters, making it a rather big effort.[12]

Release history

A preorder campaign for the game began on September 25, 2009.[1] Preorders that are received within an unspecified time period will receive a super deformed model figure of Setsuna Ogiso.[2][12] Both the limited and regular editions of the game is currently slated to be released on February 26, 2009.[2] The limited edition of the game will include a hardcover novel with it.[2][12] The novel that will come with Introductory Chapter will be told from a different perspective.[3] The novel that will come with the second game will be a story set between the time of Introductory Chapter and the second game.[2]

Music

White Album 2's opening theme is named Todokanai Koi (届かない恋 ?), and will be sung by Rena Uehara.[15]

Reception

White Album 2 was in third place for bishōjo game preorder in Japan for December 2009.[16]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Official White Album 2: Introductory Chapter website" (in Japanese). Leaf. November 6, 2009. http://leaf.aquaplus.co.jp/product/wa2ic/index.html. Retrieved November 15, 2009.  
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Official White Album 2: Introductory Chapter website "Product" section" (in Japanese). Leaf. November 20, 2009. http://leaf.aquaplus.co.jp/product/wa2ic/product.html. Retrieved November 20, 2009.  
  3. ^ a b "注目の2タイトルとLeafのこれからをプロデューサーに直撃! 下川直哉氏スペシャルインタビュー" (in Japanese), Dengeki Hime (ASCII Media Works) (December 2009): 105, October 30, 2009, ISBN 4910164071296  
  4. ^ a b c d e (in Japanese)Push!! (Max) (December 2009): 34, October 21, 2009, ISBN 4910078831290  
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h (in Japanese)Tech Gian (Enterbrain) (January 2010): 96, November 21, 2009, ISBN 4910063050101  
  6. ^ (in Japanese)Tech Gian (Enterbrain) (January 2010): 97, November 21, 2009, ISBN 4910063050101  
  7. ^ a b "Official White Album 2: Introductory Chapter website "Characters" section: Kitahara Haruki" (in Japanese). Leaf. http://leaf.aquaplus.co.jp/product/wa2ic/characters.html. Retrieved November 16, 2009.  
  8. ^ (in Japanese)Push!! (Max) (December 2009): 32, October 21, 2009, ISBN 4910078831290  
  9. ^ "Official White Album 2: Introductory Chapter website "Characters" section: Ogiso Setsuna" (in Japanese). Leaf. http://leaf.aquaplus.co.jp/product/wa2ic/characters02.html. Retrieved November 16, 2009.  
  10. ^ "Official White Album 2: Introductory Chapter website "Characters" section: Touma Kazusa" (in Japanese). Leaf. http://leaf.aquaplus.co.jp/product/wa2ic/characters03.html. Retrieved November 16, 2009.  
  11. ^ a b c d e (in Japanese)Push!! (Max) (January 2010): 90, November 21, 2009, ISBN 4910078830101  
  12. ^ a b c d e f (in Japanese)Push!! (Max) (December 2009): 35, October 21, 2009, ISBN 4910078831290  
  13. ^ ""Kono Aozora ni Yakusoku o" official website's staff section" (in Japanese). Giga. http://www.web-giga.com/aozora/staff/staff.htm. Retrieved November 22, 2009.  
  14. ^ a b c (in Japanese)Tech Gian (Enterbrain) (January 2010): 94, November 21, 2009, ISBN 4910063050101  
  15. ^ Uehara, Rena (January 7, 2010). "『WHITE ALBUM2』オープニングテーマ歌唱決定!! [Confirmed to sing the opening theme of "White Album 2"!!]" (in Japanese). Fix Records. http://www.fixrecords.com/rena/2010/01/001598.html. Retrieved January 9, 2010.  
  16. ^ "PCpress' Preorder Ranking" (in Japanese). PCpress. http://www.pc-press.info/reservation.html. Retrieved 2010-01-01.  

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