Ranked #1097

Little Busters!

Alternative Titles

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


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 6, 2012 to Apr 6, 2013
Premiered: Fall 2012
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: Key, Warner Bros.
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: J.C.Staff
Source: Visual novel
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.661 (scored by 45,723 users)
Ranked: #10972
Popularity: #348
Members: 113,583
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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)


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Natsume, Kyousuke
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Midorikawa, Hikaru
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Kamonomiya, Yuu
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Noumi, Kudryavka
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Wakabayashi, Naomi
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Natsume, Rin
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Tamiyasu, Tomoe
Tamiyasu, Tomoe
Kurugaya, Yuiko
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Tanaka, Ryouko
Tanaka, Ryouko


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

More episodes Episodes(26/26)

Episode Title Aired
1 The Team Name Will Be... the Little Busters
Team-mei wa... Little Busters Da (チーム名は…リトルバスターズだ)
Oct 6, 2012
2 If You're Happy, I'm Happy
Kimi ga Shiawase ni Naru to, Watashi mo Shiawase (君が幸せになると、私も幸せ)
Oct 13, 2012
3 I Like Cute Things, You See
Kawaii Mono wa Suki Da yo, Watashi wa (可愛いものは好きだよ、私は)
Oct 20, 2012
4 We'll Make a Happy, Sunny Place
Shiawase no Hidamari wo Tsukuru no Desu (幸せのひだまりを作るのです)
Oct 27, 2012
5 To Find What I've Lost
Nakushimono wo Sagashi ni (なくしものを探しに)
Nov 3, 2012

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)

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May 18, 2013
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
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Nov 18, 2012
This will be a temporarily review until the anime is completed, I created this so that people won't get any misunderstandings from others UNTIL the technical reviewers come by when the anime is completed. I've also decided to create this review for the sake of those viewers who played the visual novel, and for those who havent since I'm tired of reading all these reviews made up of self-satisfaction, and sadly by biased and unperceptive views.

First to those who played the visual novel, please stop comparing the visual novel to the anime, they are done on completely different ways and is read more
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Nov 17, 2012
I don't think I've ever been more frustratingly annoyed by a TV show before. I'm truly almost at a loss for words... To people who know absolutely nothing about the original work (like my self), the first 5-6 episodes are seemingly worthless.

The characters presented in this anime thus far have been the most cookie cutter, generic, run of the mill characters, and they make each episode more painful than the last due to their utter lack of character development. A muscle head, unbelievably weak and annoying main character, an aloof carefree vagabond, a painfully 'shy' character that if separated from her childhood friends read more
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Apr 6, 2013
There are many things in this world that can break a person's heart. Whether it's a tragedy, a memory, a breakup, a betrayal, or just because, these things can affect an individual's well being beyond repair. It's not like a physical injury where the wound heals. It's emotional and affect's a person's heart. Once that's damaged, it can be very difficult or in many cases, become unhealable. Luckily though, there are ways to go through this process.

For starters, friends are probably one of the best medicines. In fact, friends are one of the most valuable things that should be treasured in this world. It's read more
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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. 
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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.  
reportRecommended by DemonHunterSaya
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-Both are adaptions from visual novels created by Key
-Both animes's setting/story goes by an omnibus format 
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Anime: Kokoro Connect
These two anime could both be recommended if you're looking for something 'uplifting', 'light' and 'comical'. Both Kokoro Connect and Little Busters have a sense of mystery underneath the more obvious 'high school-plot'l and both will probably make you laugh, even if you're in a bad mood.  
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