I’m a fan of Key’s visual novels and even some of their adaptations (mainly Clannad). It just recently came to my attention that Little Busters! had an anime adaptation and I’ve decided to check it out. Well, I can say that the anime adaptation hooked me more than the visual novel did.
Note: I compare Little Busters! with Clannad quite a bit due to them being from the same developer and due to the story progression similarities. Also, minor spoilers are present, read at your own discretion.
Story revolves around five childhood friends who start playing baseball in their free time in order to enjoy their youth. Of course baseball can not be played properly with just five people so they rely on Naoe Riki (protagonist) to find more players to join their baseball team.
The story seems very simple and happy-go-lucky in the first season. Sure, there are some heroines that have deep emotional scars, but that is usually solved after an episode or two and then all hell breaks loose in the second season of the show (Little Busters! Refrain). This really reminded me of Clannad and Clannad: After Story which have a similar emotional progression.
Without spoiling anything, let’s just say that it definitely shows that it’s an anime adaptation of one of the Key’s works.
The animation is great and stays true to the original aesthetic. I loved the little details such as Rin changing into nekomimi when she’s very upset or happy. The animation was great throughout the entire series and it was a joy watching it, especially the second season which has a lot of cool visual styles going on while Riki and Rin dream or are inside their own worlds.
I really enjoyed the second season’s opening song. That being said, the majority (if not all) of the music is taken straight from the visual novel and that really compliments the show. Key’s works always have great music and I’m happy to hear that they used it in the anime adaptation. All sound effects and music fit the atmosphere that they’re trying to convey and it was a real joy to listen to.
All of the characters introduced are very likeable and it was a blast watching them interacting with one another. I have to admit that I really hated Kyousuke at first, but by the end of the series he was my favorite character due to his love for his friends.
All of the characters seem to be the same at first, but the story nicely develops their personalities by giving them quirks and reasons why they should act the way they do.
I had a blast watching the first season of the show. I can not say the same for the second season, though. That of course doesn’t mean that I didn’t like the second season, I do like it, quite a bit, actually. However, I feel that the majority of the heartwrenching things that happened in the second season were unnecessary.
Unlike in Clannad: After Story, characters here had the ability to solve the issues they were facing and that’s why I feel that the second season was a bit lacking.
Little Busters! is your typical Key visual novel anime adaptation. This means that you’re in for an emotional rollercoaster, especially if you cry or tear-up easily. It’s definitely worth checking out both seasons of the show, even if you’re not a fan of drama.