Synonyms: LB!: Refrain
Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2013 to Dec 28, 2013
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company
Score: 8.231 (scored by 3717 users)
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SynopsisRiki and his friends have been managing to form a complete team for the Little Busters baseball team and after overcoming some of its new members' internal conflicts, Riki and Rin slowly approaches the "secret of this world".
Will they be ready for the truth? In this world devoid of logic, something has started to move and soon will come the time when the lives of the Little Busters will change forever.
(Source: Koi-nya, edited)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Little Busters!
Prequel: Little Busters!
Sequel: Little Busters!: EX
Characters & Voice Actors
What Little Busters lacked in the first season is made up for with the new sequel, Little Busters!: Refrain. Some animation quality improvements and a more focused plot may make this sequel more enjoyable for you.
The series is based on a visual novel by Key, and like the original visual novel, there is no erotic content. In fact, vaguely lewd scenes have been cut from the anime, so don't hesitate to watch if you still value your purity. It's based on a nakige (tearjerker emotional with a lasting impression) visual novel, not an utsuge eroge. (erotic novel with less subtance)
Little Busters!: Refrain bring a darker and more serious tone to Little Busters, while shedding light on the anomalies that are going on with the world through the eventual unveiling of "The Secret of the World".
Like most of Key's works, they follow a motif that starts out uncertain and wrapped in slice of life, but is enhanced and better developed in the latter part of the story. Basically, if you're a Clannad fan, consider "Refrain" to be the "After Story" of Little Busters. It is essential the final arc of what started out as a mostly comedic series.
Seriousness, a new outlook on the series and its thematic goals, and a solid tale of coming of age and friendship are what you'll find in Little Busters!: Refrain. Getting engaged in this story will let you experience varied emotions that will make for a memorable anime, and quite possibly some new favorite characters and a new favorite anime series.
Protip- watch the entire show before it ends.
While it's not ENTIRELY required to watch a show, in my honest opinion, a mystery is more understandable what it's... um, I don't know, SOLVED.
If you watch half the show and think "I don't know what the hell's going on, so this show sucks", no one will take you seriously. Though, if you actually have that mindset, I doubt you'd read a review in the first place or even TRY to figure out what's going on before criticizing the show. If you criticize the show because you think it doesn't have a conceivable plot, don't even think about going near something like Higurashi or Haruhi Suzumiya.
If you want the full immersive experience from Naoe Riki's perspective, check out the Little Busters! visual novel, which contains the full story that the anime series is based on. The original Little Busters visual novel is translated in English and available to download.
Extra opinions on the 6 points of the review:
The story starts out a bit vague and confusing, especially from the first season. The plot is highly character driven and has some element of magical realism, something that Key has been mostly effective at. It's effective, it's heartfelt, and it has a lot of ideas and techniques that you won't find in other anime.
The character building and relationships is the most significant aspect of the plot. Stories are often defined and driven through a character's internal conflicts, and the relationships between other characters. Conflicts between the main 5 Little Busters are circular, and all build up to the climax of the series, The Secret of the World.
As of the first 3 episodes, I'd say that the art has improved significantly compared to the first season. It's not quite perfect, but character emotions are well portrayed, and and interactions are plentiful. There may be improvements in the Blu-ray release for episodes 4-13, where the main story takes place. The art quality in episodes 1-3 is easily some of JC Staff's best work, and it looks like they ran out of animators for the remaining episodes.
Jun Maeda replied in an interview regarding one of his works: "There’s a reason I write music. That is, if you put in a request with someone else for a piece of music to accompany a particular emotional scene, the image of what you imagined as being the right piece of music for the moment might not get across perfectly well.
Because you’ve already thought to yourself, “If this sort of heartrending theme would be playing, I would feel like crying right now”, it’s something that only you perfectly put into music as you imagined it."
Jun Maeda and the people at Key spend time crafting unique and flavorful music to amplify the emotions of their stories. The best songs from the Little Busters soundtrack will come forth this season, and they're some of Key's finest songs.
Sadly, the sound directing can be piss poor at times, but you may not notice too much if you focus on the story.
You'll get to see interesting character portrayal and far less cliched and archetypal characterization in this season. Season 1 does follow a typical standard, and the heroines are admittedly based around their simple personalities, but in Refrain, you'll see the quick abandonment of preexisting archetypes for the main cast, and you'll get a serious and unique story from it.
Little Busters!: Refrain adds a psychological aspect and better exemplifies multiple character perspectives on drama that takes place in Little Busters. I can't spoil too much, but it will be fun, engaging and entertaining to see how the plot unfolds.
Because I can't predict how well JC Staff will have adapted the visual novel, and given that this will be a pretty condensed version of the original, I have to leave the overall score at a 9.
They've proved their competence at adapting some great scenes from Little Busters so far, primarily in the first 3 episodes, but they'll need to step up their screenplay, animation, and directing in order to get a 10 from me. Despite it being a personal favorite story of mine, I'm leaving it at a 9 for now.
Thanks for checking out my review, and please excuse some of my vagueness. I want to give some idea of the general feeling you'll get from this series without revealing too much or overhyping it. read more
I loved the Visual Novel, I played it so many times. It may be hard to redistributes the beauty of it, but the directors and animators are doing an amazing job. They had to cut out a few parts, but in general I had the same feelings toward the show. It's beautiful, all the characters you grow to love. I wish the show was stretched out more, but it is something of itself.
You wont regret it.
As you've probably already heard. Little Busters! ~Refrain~ is basically the "After Story" to the main story.
"Key" - the visual novel studio that created Clannad also created Little busters, Jun Maeda who also wrote after story wrote refrain. Did I mention that Maeda admitted that Refrain is the pinnacle of his work, and that he won't ever top it?
If you cried during after story, you will be reminded of that pain while watching refrain.
Clannad: After Story and Little Busters!: Refrain are both the sequels anime adaptations of Visual Novels written by Key
They both focus on the "true" or "main" arc of the story, which essentially ties together the story and gives importance to the previous story arcs, and does a great job of giving development to the main cast after their more lighthearted and comedic prequels.
Each of them are more dramatic than their previous seasons, have more romance, and are primarily written by Jun Maeda.
They each have traditional themes from Key, and these sequels solidify the themes developed throughout the entire story in the form of a climactic experience. Any fan of one story should give the other a chance.
Both are sequels to Key adaptations and (while I don't know how the story of Refrain will go yet) they are generally accepted as much better than their prequels. Both series have a mix of comedy and drama though After Story gets much heavier on the drama aspects. Clannad has a large emphasis on "family" in a similar way that Little Busters has a large emphasis on "friends."
Little Busters: Refrain is the sequel to Little Busters, like After Story is the sequel to Clannad. They're both pretty great and better sequels that complete the story in an emotional and climactic way!
Opening Theme"Boys be Smile" by Suzuyu (鈴湯)
Ending Theme#1: "Kimi to no Nakushi Mono (君とのなくしもの)" by Ayaka Kitazawa (北沢綾香) (eps 1-2, 4-5, 7)
#2: "Song for friends" by Rita (eps 3, 8-)
#3: "Hanabi" by Lia (ep 6)
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