Third-year student and guitarist Haruki Kitahara wants nothing more than his Light Music Club to play at his upcoming, final school festival. But soon, the other members quit, and Haruki resigns himself to playing one last solo jam session in the now-empty practice room. As he strums the chords of his favorite song "White Album", Setsuna, the school idol with an amazing voice, and Touma, an extraordinarily talented pianist, suddenly join the performance from an adjacent classroom and atop the roof, and Haruki becomes determined to keep the club going. Though one of the girls would rather avoid the spotlight and the other is a loner, Haruki’s passion wins them over and they agree to join. Now, with the performance date fast approaching, the trio spends all of their time together practicing, learning the joys of friendship, and the heartache that comes from falling in love with the same person...
After abandoning a promising future career as an artist to follow the path of a teacher, Kamikura Hiroki is faced with the responsibility of supporting his cousin Hosen Elise, who has just recently lost both of her parents. To complicate matters the high school she is attending is the very same one at which Hiroki is finishing his teaching experience requirements! Elise soon develops feelings for Hiroki, but a new rival arrives in the form of the teacher Kikyo Kiri – a familiar face from Hiroki’s past. With two women vying for Hiroki’s affections, who should he choose?
Both of these take love triangles from visual novels and adapt the drama into anime form. Don't let the 2 in the titles deceive you from watching, because while they are sequel series, they include a completely new cast and no previous knowledge about the prior series is necessary for watching (take me for example, I haven't seen either of the first ones yet and enjoyed both). If you liked how in one the characters are genius musicians/artists going to a school for the talented mixed with regular students, along with the romance, the other should be to your liking too.
Lonely Kaoru Nishimi has lost count of how many times he has moved schools thanks to his father's naval career. Newly landed in Kyushu, he finds most of his classmates instantly antagonistic towards him and suspicious of his elite background. Only two other students seem not to mind who he is – the infamously abrasive Sentarou and the gentle Ritsuko. Unbeknownst to Kaoru they have a passion for jazz, and they're about to pull him out of his stiff, joyless world into theirs of loose, swinging self-expression. Through friendship and frustration, love and despair, Kaoru will learn that life has a wealth of experiences in store for him!
Both animes focus on the premise that music is an integral part of their lifestyle. This includes both animes cast members forming a band and the enjoyment of playing as a group. Romance and love triangles are also key factors during both shows tenures.
When Makoto saw Kotonoha on the train one day, he fell in love at first sight. Luckily, his classmate Sekai’s nosy personality ensures him an introduction to his crush, and soon the two begin to date. However, Kotonoha isn’t the only one with eyes for Makoto - a fact that any horny teenager would be delighted with. With endless temptations, lies and heartbreak at every turn, Makoto and Kotonoha’s relationship will soon be put to the ultimate test...
School Days and White Album 2 are both the type of romance where the story doesn't end when the protagonist "gets the girl." Instead, they explore the difficulties of maintaining a relationship over time, with a prominent theme being infidelity. Some more superficial connections include both shows having a fair amount of fanservice at times and the male leads' similar character designs.