12 Days of Anime: Day 4 – Little Busters!

Day 4: Little Busters!

On the fourth day of anime my waifu gave to me,
four Riki routes…
three Jormungands…
two rockin’ Joestars…
and a chu2 from KyoAni!

Look, it's the full group. Whoope?

Look, it’s the full group. Whoopee?

Well, okay – there are really 5 (or is it 6?) routes. But there should only be 4 left, right? So it’s not completely inaccurate. Not that I like the show enough to legitimately care too much.

At this point, I don’t understand why I’m still watching Little Busters!. I suffer through every episode (although to be fair, now that it’s gotten past Komari’s arc things are starting to turn around…slowly). So I’ll just spotlight the characters, with rants/comments in the picture captions.

Riki

Oh look, it's Riki. He's a girl. I feel sorry that he has narcolepsy, but seriously, I can't get around to actually liking him.

Oh look, it’s Riki. He’s a girl pretty much. I feel sorry that he has narcolepsy, but seriously, I can’t get around to actually liking him. I’ve tried, but I really can’t. He really is a blank slate you’re supposed to be able to empathize with so you feel like the main character.

Masato

MUSLCES. Thank god he can offer comic relief. But actually I do find his scenes pretty funny (sometimes).

MUSLCES. Thank god he can offer comic relief. He’s also a mega-bro, and would probably be an awesome roommate.

Rin

Why, aren't you and your cat adorable. Now you can grow a pair and learn how to talk to people. Or at least hook up with Riki!

Why, aren’t you and your cat adorable. One day, I’m sure you’ll learn how to talk to people, but until then, I can’t really feel for you much. Sorry ’bout that. Wait, why am I apologizing to a 2D character again?

Ryousuke

I love his voice - an actual manly voice for once! Other than that, he's meh - I'll reserve judgment until he actually does things of note.

I love his voice – it actually sounds manly! And you know what that means: he’s automatically awesome. Not nearly as awesome as I would’ve liked, but so far the things he’s done have been pretty cool.

Kengo

Although your hair is pretty great, I also don't see you do anything. I think this is the coolest scene you've had so far.

Kengo’s hair is pretty great. I think this is the coolest scene he’s had so far though (I was thinking the ghost scene from the recent Test of Courage episode, but Masato was arm-wrestling a ghost while you were just swinging your sword around), although I do love your interactions with Masato.

Komari

What a tool. 'Nuff said.

What a tool. The more I hear you talk the more I want to punch the screen. Now give me your candy!

Kurugaya

While I love my big-busted ojou-san's as much as anyone else, I can't find it in my heart to warm up to Kurugaya-san.

I love my big-busted ojou-san’s as much as anyone else, but it still took until the Test of Courage episode for me to really warm up to Kurugaya. Which is way longer than it should’ve taken under most circumstances.

Kudryavka

I can actually get behind you - your clumsy but at least believably so, and you're cute and honest. All the high-pitched female casts' voices are grating on me though...

I can actually get behind you – your clumsy, but at least believably so, and you’re cute and honest. Also you like reading – I can dig that. Plus you have the mega-legit cap – that’s a plus. All the high-pitched female casts’ voices (sadly, your’s included) are grating on me though…

Saigusa

This is how I felt when I saw you enter the story. I was like, "you know, Saigusa-san is pretty cool and I dig the long purple hair." And then you didn't do anything because the show's dumb like that.

This is how I felt when I saw you enter the story. I was like, “you know, Saigusa-san is pretty cool and I dig the long purple hair.” And then you haven’t really done anything since because the show’s dumb like that, other than a few lines here and there and falling into Riki’s arms (ughhhhhhhhh).

Nishizono

Another girl I can get behind. But that's because, like the others, they haven't hit her arc yet. But as long as all of them are better than Komari's, I'm happy.

Another girl I can get behind, not only because she reads books (yay!), but also because, like the others, they haven’t hit her arc yet. But as long as all of them are better than Komari’s, I think I’ll be okay. I hope. I mean, she’s the standard mysterious girl – maybe she’ll turn out (like in most Key stories) to secretly be able to use magic or something!

And that’s that. I’m incredibly disappointed with the show (I mean, I’d heard claims of it being the best VN ever, so this is a bit of a letdown), and hopefully it’ll slowly recover from the sour taste it left in my mouth during the first couple episodes.

Note: I took most of these photos from Random Curiosity, since they were just such high quality.

Edit: I forgot to include “Tweety”, so enjoy Kyousuke’s eagle friend from episode 11.

Still a better expression than Kristen Stewart...?

Still a better facial expression than Kristen Stewart…? He looks pissed though, as would I if I just gotten seaweed dumped all over me!

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6 responses to “12 Days of Anime: Day 4 – Little Busters!

  1. I hear so many complaints about this show that I might as well take a look to see if there’s actually anything that would incline me to disagree. Reverse psychology, ho.

    • I really only had a problem with Komari’s arc, which they delved into right away. It made me just hate everything about the show. To be fair, since then it’s gotten better, and I’ve started to warm up to a few of them. Still can’t stand Riki much though. Feel free to watch the first couple eps, and then head over to A&V’s post on “Death and the Maiden” and see if you agree with their (and my) sentiments.

  2. I like how you liked Kyousuke, despite spelling his name wrong.

    The Komari arc was truly the purgatory of anime. In the defence of Little Busters, the rest of it isn’t that bad. Sloppy, yes, but I could get behind the friendship theme. And I think I can see a little bit of their childhood petering out towards the end, the inevitable pathos of growing up. Ultimately, I think it comes down to how good Refrain is before I ultimately cast judgment on this series.

    • Haha right. Who needs spelling when you have FRIENDSHIP?! MISHION STAATO!

      I totally agree with you – although I never followed up on this, I actually gradually began to warm up to the series by the end of its run. Still, until Refrain hits it is essentially an incomplete series. I think I resonated most with Nishizono, although I have to admit I was quite biased towards Kud’s. Which arc did you like best?

      I’ve actually heard much of the childhood and friendship themes really come across a lot better in the VN than they did in the anime. I’m guessing you (like me) haven’t gotten around to playing it?

      • Out of the girl’s arcs, I thought Nishizono’s felt the most polished. Kud’s was a bit stupid but I liked her character, so I didn’t mind it. I thought the series was at its best with the comedic “filler” episodes than in attempting anything resembling a story. lol.

        And yeah, I haven’t played the VN. VNs are just not my thing, I guess. I can’t read them at my own pace because I get distracted by music and art and stuff, and I dunno. But even I could tell that what we got was a fairly mediocre adaptation. Unlike the other Key adaptations, you couldn’t really tell what was tying it all together until just towards the end, effectively rendering a majority of the anime rather pointless in retrospect.

      • I agree – I actually enjoyed it much more when everyone was just playing around rather than all the serious drama. Maybe part of it was because it seemed so poorly done/contrived, and maybe part of it was because I liked seeing everyone’s friendship in action rather than having bonds tested. But alas – the show must go on (much to Riki’s detriment)!

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