White Album

TV (13 eps)
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Touya Fujii is a young university student who juggles two part-time jobs with his studies so that he can afford to live. The most important thing in his life is his girlfriend Yuki, but since she is an up and coming idol they barely get a chance to talk, let alone see each other. With her managers keeping a close watch on her and attempting to prevent their relationship, it seems that Touya and Yuki will simply have to make the most of their fleeting moments together. However, they do have one person fighting in their corner: Yuki’s friend - the famous idol Rina Ogata - hires Touya in order to create opportunities for the pair to be together. Unfortunately he is promptly fired when the production company discover her plan. When she pledges to make it up to him, Touya begins to wonder if Rina is all that she seems, and why is she going to so much trouble for him and Yuki?

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  • Yes, maybe the button was already pushed by then. image

    Episode 1

    Yes, maybe the button was already pushed by then.

  • Do you believe in long-plotted encounters? image

    Episode 2

    Do you believe in long-plotted encounters?

  • Hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder,  back to back, and then... we don't have to take off our clothes. image

    Episode 3

    Hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder, back to back, and then... we don't have to take off our clothes.

  • Sometimes you feel like you understand someone beyond imagination. A lot of times it's the opposite though. image

    Episode 4

    Sometimes you feel like you understand someone beyond imagination. A lot of times it's the opposite though.

  • It's not only those who are close to you that get in your way. The less you know someone, the harsher you are. image

    Episode 5

    It's not only those who are close to you that get in your way. The less you know someone, the harsher you are.

  • A good way to forget your troubles...How about getting involved in somebody else's? image

    Episode 6

    A good way to forget your troubles...How about getting involved in somebody else's?

  • A mental image is something that needs constant building up. It crumbles easily. image

    Episode 7

    A mental image is something that needs constant building up. It crumbles easily.

  • The less time you have,  the more you can do. The more you do. Of course, love is no exception. image

    Episode 8

    The less time you have, the more you can do. The more you do. Of course, love is no exception.

  • Memories don't need to be prettied up like a play. The minute you say them aloud, they're all lies. image

    Episode 9

    Memories don't need to be prettied up like a play. The minute you say them aloud, they're all lies.

  • Sumo Wrestling by yourself isn't lonely just because you don't have a partner. The eyes of the audience sting, too. image

    Episode 10

    Sumo Wrestling by yourself isn't lonely just because you don't have a partner. The eyes of the audience sting, too.

  • Time won't take care of the feelings building up in your heart. It just labels them

    Episode 11

    Time won't take care of the feelings building up in your heart. It just labels them "forgotten."

  • “Restriction.  Deception.  Deprivation.  Giving.  Waiting is more trying than all of these.” image

    Episode 12

    “Restriction. Deception. Deprivation. Giving. Waiting is more trying than all of these.”

  • Even though the glass was tipped over, didn't you notice? Not even one drop of water remained. image

    Episode 13

    Even though the glass was tipped over, didn't you notice? Not even one drop of water remained.

  • I've never been able to tune properly. I keep thinking that it could sound better. image

    Episode 14

    I've never been able to tune properly. I keep thinking that it could sound better.

  • The things you can't find will destroy what's around you. Because they're not there, there's nothing that can be done. image

    Episode 15

    The things you can't find will destroy what's around you. Because they're not there, there's nothing that can be done.

  • When I think back to my childhood, the embarrassment I feel is agonizing. Compared to that... image

    Episode 16

    When I think back to my childhood, the embarrassment I feel is agonizing. Compared to that...

  • There are lies one wants exposed. There are truths one does not want to believe in. There is one of each. image

    Episode 17

    There are lies one wants exposed. There are truths one does not want to believe in. There is one of each.

  • Don't bugs have it too easy? They shut themselves away in their shells, and yet they're claustrophobic. image

    Episode 18

    Don't bugs have it too easy? They shut themselves away in their shells, and yet they're claustrophobic.

  • They usually say you move on to the next when you're bored with what you have. Although, I usually seem  to be bored well before moving on. image

    Episode 19

    They usually say you move on to the next when you're bored with what you have. Although, I usually seem to be bored well before moving on.

  • Love is not rational. The lovers who said this were poets, critics, and philosophers. image

    Episode 20

    Love is not rational. The lovers who said this were poets, critics, and philosophers.

  • I want to return to the fork in the road. I should have gone right instead. I've regretted every second since then. image

    Episode 21

    I want to return to the fork in the road. I should have gone right instead. I've regretted every second since then.

  • Worried you're not a good speaker? Try talking with your eyes. It'll make you want to talk in no time. image

    Episode 22

    Worried you're not a good speaker? Try talking with your eyes. It'll make you want to talk in no time.

  • We hope to catch colds in order to be nursed and fed. We don't even imagine the pain we're about to endure. image

    Episode 23

    We hope to catch colds in order to be nursed and fed. We don't even imagine the pain we're about to endure.

  • Night does nothing for you. The sun is what makes things fade. image

    Episode 24

    Night does nothing for you. The sun is what makes things fade.

  • It's somebody else's fault. Not mine. It's all somebody's else's fault. And not at all... image

    Episode 25

    It's somebody else's fault. Not mine. It's all somebody's else's fault. And not at all...

  • And thus we sit together now, and all night long we have not stirred, image

    Episode 26

    And thus we sit together now, and all night long we have not stirred,

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Sheex's avatar by Sheex on Aug 2, 2009
Score 4.7/10

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Were there a Greek god for bullshit and mediocrity, his name would be White Album. While the series flaunts a strong premise and a unique method of conveying moods, it stumbles around for thirteen episodes without the faintest clue how to handle its content. Despite setting up an intriguing core story, it dances around with a bloated cast of side characters in a manner that would rival the... read more

roriconfan's avatar by roriconfan on May 24, 2016
Score 3/10

Notice: This review covers both seasons.

Someone insisted that White Album is a masterpiece, a deconstruction of the harem genre, and a mature look on the pop idol industry of the 80s. All I saw is yet another generic adaptation of a porn game. Just look at its freaking cover. Is this telling you it’s going to be deep and mature?

The bullshit are obvious from the first episode, where the... read more

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