MyAnimeList.net

Ranked #1063
Little Busters!

Little Busters!

Alternative Titles

English: Little Busters!
Synonyms: LB!
Japanese: リトルバスターズ!

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 6, 2012 to Apr 6, 2013
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 7.671 (scored by 37521 users)
Ranked: #10632
Popularity: #316
Members: 92,350
Favorites: 915
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

Popular Tags

No tags found

Synopsis

When tragedy struck Riki Naoe as a child, he was rescued from grief over his parents' deaths when four other kids "recruited" him for their group—the "Little Busters." Now in high school, Riki and the other Busters are still fast friends, and though their vision of being heroes for justice may have faded, they'd still do anything for each other. Which is why Riki is now on TWO special missions. The not so secret one: recruiting new members so the Busters can form a baseball team. Preferably FEMALE recruits, as the current dude/babe ratio is an inconvenient 4 to 1. The OTHER mission, though... That's the strange one. Because Riki and Rin, the group's singular girl, are receiving odd messages, delivered by cats, concerning the existence of a "secret world" and assigning them tasks they have to complete. Were their youthful dreams of being crusaders not so fanciful after all? Or is there something even more vital at stake? Between steeling his courage to talk to girls, dealing with his own narcolepsy and facing his feelings concerning Rin, Riki may just need the strength of a superhero to solve the ultimate mystery of the Little Busters!

(Source: Sentai Filmworks)

Related Anime

Adaptation: Little Busters!
Side story: Little Busters!: Sekai no Saitou wa Ore ga Mamoru!
Sequel: Little Busters!: Refrain

Characters & Voice Actors

Inohara, Masato
Inohara, Masato
Main
Canna, Nobutoshi
Japanese
Canna, Nobutoshi
Ayres, Greg
English
Ayres, Greg
...
Kamikita, Komari
Kamikita, Komari
Main
Yanase, Natsumi
Japanese
Yanase, Natsumi
Ballard, Tia
English
Ballard, Tia
Kurugaya, Yuiko
Kurugaya, Yuiko
Main
Tanaka, Ryouko
Japanese
Tanaka, Ryouko
Mosier, Carli
English
Mosier, Carli
Miyazawa, Kengo
Miyazawa, Kengo
Main
Anzaldua, Leraldo
English
Anzaldua, Leraldo
Oda, Yuusei
Japanese
Oda, Yuusei

Staff

Yamakawa, Yoshiki
Director
Motoyama, Satoshi
Sound Director
Suzuki, Youhei
Episode Director
Sakurai, Chikara
Episode Director, Assistant Director



Write a review | More reviewsReviews

May 18, 2013
Veronin
Over the past decade, visual novel studio 'Key' has seen much success for their work on titles such as Kanon, Clannad and Air. If you have watched or read any of these series, you will likely be familiar with Jun Maeda's distinctive form of dramatic storytelling.

Do not expect another Clannad: After Story. You will not find it here.

At first glance, there is one startling difference in Key's latest adaptation. It is not animated by Kyoto Animation, the studio responsible for handling the majority of Key adaptations. Instead, the esteemed and beloved (not really) J.C. Staff is at the helm. For many this is read more
I found this review Helpful  Not Helpful
Mar 20, 2014
Yume_to_Tsubasa
The first thing I'd like to say about Little Busters! is to "give it a chance". If you can get past the first three episodes, you will be probably be able to ease into it- and the story will start to make a lot more sense.

One problem with Little Busters! seems to be that people expect another Clannad (possibly the most successful anime adaptation of a Key game thus far) animated by Kyoto Animation along with Air and Kanon 2006.

What strikes me is that even before watching Little Busters!, many viewers who are familiar with other Key titles (animated by Kyoto Animation) already have a read more
I found this review Helpful  Not Helpful
Mar 23, 2013
Veniamin
A lot of people seem to blatantly hate it for the fact that it doesn't follow the original source material or won't even try watch it based on other people's hate towards it or because it's adapted by J.C. Staff and not traditionally KyoAni.

I can't blame you guys, even I was surprised. But you see, I think J.C. Staff did quite a good job at adapting something that's partially romance from each heroine to something that's following it's true message. This does not mean that it won't have any romance, It's just a slightly different interpretation to focus on the plot. I'm sure read more
I found this review Helpful  Not Helpful
Nov 5, 2014
eatboxman
I review: Little Busters
AND
Little Busters - Refrain
(I am comboing them because I marathon'd them together.)

If you were looking for romance, it isn't here. It is more about friendship than anything. If you are a romance lover, it doesn't matter, because the story being told is so damn good.

Alrght so, I started Little Busters when it was coming out weekly. It had a slow start, and I didn't find it that entertaining for me for some reason. The first girl's story was kinda lackluster. I then stopped watching Little Busters at around episode read more
I found this review Helpful  Not Helpful

Recommendations

Similar animation style, both involving a mystery surrounding a high school. Similar character archetypes. Really funny moments of randomness, but can be very poignant at times, too.
-Jun Maeda is the writer of Little Busters! that also wrote Clannad, Air, Angel Beats and parts of Kanon
-Both are adaptions from visual novels created by Key
-Both animes's setting/story goes by an omnibus format, and have small arcs for each heroine that doesn't diverge from the central plot of the story (with the setting intact)
Both have a set of characters with friends whom they have known since childhood with the very ambitious goal of being the protectors of peace!

Each characters share some of their dramatic/traumatic past. And both deal with the hard journey of growing up through the age adolescence.
These two series follow multiple students' lives. The art style in both, for the most part, is bishoujo...Which, you guessed it, means they have harem elements. However, they are most similar for having a hint of mystery rather than just vapid (or simplistic) slice of life. To be warned, however, Grisaia has a lot more outright fanservice and violence, while Little Busters has little to none of those things.

Both of these anime keep an air of drama to them, through character development and interpersonal relationships. They also have that clean, crisp artistic style found in a lot of vn-based anime.
-Jun Maeda is the writer of Little Busters! that also wrote Air, Clannad, Angel Beats and parts of Kanon
-Both are adaptions from visual novels created by Key
-Both animes's setting/story goes by an omnibus format
Both anime series are based off visual novels. The main male protagonist in both series gets involved with other characters including his childhood friend.

In both series, there is comedy, drama, and romance. The drama is more dramatic in Myself;Yourself but also presented in LB in various arcs.

Both series takes place at a local school setting in a lighthearted environment. There is fun also at times, emotional moments.

Opening Theme

"Little Busters! ~TV animation ver.~" by Rita

Ending Theme

#1: "Alicemagic ~TV animation ver.~" by Rita (eps 1-5, 7-13, 15-17, 19-22, 24-25)
#2: "Alicemagic" by Rita (eps 6, 18)
#3: "Ame nochi Hare (雨のち晴れ)" by Rita (eps 14, 23)
#4: "Little Busters! ~TV animation ver.~" by Rita (ep 26)

Recent News

Visual Novel 'Little Busters! Ecstasy' to be Animated ( 1 2 3 4 )
symbv
185 replies by Ourka »»
11-17-13, 11:27 PM
Second Season of 'Little Busters!' Announced (Confirmed to Start Oct 2013) ( 1 2 3 4 5 ... Last Page )
symbv
482 replies by Ol-Hybrius »»
09-22-13, 7:27 AM

Recent Forum Discussion

Poll: Little Busters! Episode 26 Discussion ( 1 2 3 4 5 ... Last Page )
Stark700
283 replies by Gaporigo »»
04-19-15, 9:06 PM
Poll: Little Busters! Episode 6 Discussion ( 1 2 3 4 5 ... Last Page )
Yumekichi11
374 replies by Illyas-viel »»
04-06-15, 3:41 PM

Related Clubs

The Anime Quote Club, The Nonaka Ai Association, For god sake stop scoring shows when no episodes are out!, Kurugaya Yuiko Fanclub <3, In a state of blissful happiness, Eintity-Puzzles, Phenomena, Paradoxes, , German Visual Novel Club, Floral Philippines inc - B Section, Random Anime Club, Key/Visual Art's, Meta Anime, Chill Club, Lolis 4 U, Anime Allegiance Club? , Anime Discussion Club S, Romantic Comedy Anime (RCA<3), Slice of Life Club, Key Characters FC, see all

See All | My FriendsRecently Watched By