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1:00 PM on 01.06.2014

Final Impressions: Little Busters! Refrain

I commented several times that I didn't think that Little Busters! Refrain would wrap up completely within thirteen episodes. In fact, the midpoint of the series was moving at such a sluggish pace that it seemed all would be ...

Chris Walden

First Impressions: Little Busters!: Refrain photo
First Impressions: Little Busters!: Refrain
by Chris Walden

We may be at the beginning of a brand new season, but it seems a few older shows have come back from for a second quarter in the limelight. Little Busters! is one such show, returning from a three-month break with the conclusion of its crazy school-time story. 

I quite enjoyed my time with the first season, but many of the folks that have played the Little Busters! visual novel weren't all that pleased with the anime. Will this installment win them over? Well, Komari still has an annoying voice and Kud is still the most adorable girl on the planet, so no big changes yet.

Indeed, this is more of the same, so you'll likely already know what your thoughts on this show are. However, I think Refrain seems extremely promising from the start; read on to see why.

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6:00 PM on 09.27.2013

Angel Beats! game officially announced

When Angel Beats! was first revealed to the public back in 2009, it was billed as a cross media franchise. Given visual novel studio Key's involvement, it was generally assumed that there would be a game adaptation of some ki...

Elliot Gay

Little Busters! returns with a bonus episode photo
Little Busters! returns with a bonus episode
by Chris Walden

It's been quite some time since we last saw the colourful members of the Little Busters, but not to worry, as they'll be returning in a previously unaired bonus episode. There's a catch, however, as you're going to need to buy all nine first edition volumes on either DVD or Blu-ray, then mail off the special vouchers that come with them.


However, there'll be plenty of baseball fans out there that'll be more than happy to oblige, so look out for this episode sometime after August 28th when the ninth volume of the anime finally hits stores. That should tide you over until Little Busters! Refrain begins airing in October, at any rate.

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Final Impressions: Little Busters! photo
Final Impressions: Little Busters!
by Chris Walden

It's been a bumpy ride filled with mixed emotions, but the long sought after Little Busters! anime adaptation has finally come to a close. Well, the first part certainly has. As we already know, this show will be returning in the near future in Little Busters! Refrain flavour, so this isn't really the end of the show. 

However, perhaps it is the end for the folks that didn't enjoy the adaptation. Those of you that have played the visual novel have been pretty vocal with your opinions of the Little Busters! anime, but will my opinion match your own? Remember, I've not had the visual novel to base my expectations on, so do bear that in mind as I type furiously on this keyboard.


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5:00 AM on 04.07.2013

Little Busters! due to return, second season teased

While it may not have as much hype as the third part of JoJo, I'm sure there are a few of us (myself included) that are quietly looking forward to the conclusion of Little Busters! The teaser at the end of the twenty-sixth ep...

Chris Walden

7:00 PM on 01.10.2013

Surprise! Sentai acquires Little Busters

I'm seriously beginning to think it'd be better news to announce the anime that Sentai Filmworks hasn't licensed yet.  Next on their path of destruction is Little Busters, the anime adaptation of one of Key's popular vis...

Elliot Gay

First Impressions: Little Busters! photo
First Impressions: Little Busters!
by Chris Walden

I love Key. I love Air. I love Kanon. I love Clannad. Out of the 546 anime I've managed to watch (thanks MAL!), I consider Clannad: After Story to be my absolute favourite. No pressure then, Little Busters!.

It's understandable that after a Little Busters! anime was finally announced, people would be sceptical about the quality of the show when we found out KyoAni weren't involved. You only have to look as far as Kanon (2002 edition) to see how it could have been handled. Emphasis on the 'could' is important here. To be honest, I wasn't really concerned. Sure, it would have been nice for it to have been animated by KyoAni, but whoever would pick up Little Busters! in the end would have to be prepared for a lynching if they didn't put their best efforts into it. 

It was J.C. Staff that picked up the project, and now we can finally see whether or not we're getting a faithful reproduction of the celebrated visual novel. Full spiel after the jump!

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6:00 PM on 07.30.2012

Watch the trailer for the Little Busters! anime

Here's the trailer for J.C. Staff's next anime, Little Busters! It's an adaptation of the romance visual novel by Key about high schoolers and some other weird stuff. The anime will start airing in October 2012 and feature m...

Bob Muir

3:00 PM on 04.08.2012

Get ready! Little Busters! to be animated by J.C. Staff

So Kyoto Animation or P.A. Works are not going to ride the waves on adapting the Little Busters! visual novel game by Key. Before you get upset about the news, J.C. Staff did do a fantastic job in animating Ano Natsu de Matte...

Salvador GRodiles

5:00 PM on 03.31.2012

It's time for Buster! Little Buster's anime PV is here

Sorry again folks, I just can't help using that phrase whenever this comes up. I hope you Key fans had a great time celebrating and having a good number of drinks last time around, because now you will get to see if the wait ...

Salvador GRodiles

3:00 PM on 03.25.2012

Cheers Key fans! Little Busters! becomes an anime series

It's time for Little Busters! Little Busters, ready go! Sorry, I just could not help it. Key fans can now celebrate and party on, because Little Busters! is finally getting an anime adaption.  I am sorry t...

Salvador GRodiles