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Little Busters!: Refrain

Little Busters!: Refrain

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: LB!: Refrain
Japanese: リトルバスターズ!~Refrain~


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2013 to Dec 28, 2013
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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Riki 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 Anime

Adaptation: Little Busters!
Prequel: Little Busters!
Sequel: Little Busters!: EX

Characters & Voice Actors

Inohara, Masato
Inohara, Masato
Canna, Nobutoshi
Canna, Nobutoshi
Miyazawa, Kengo
Miyazawa, Kengo
Oda, Yuusei
Oda, Yuusei
Naoe, Riki
Naoe, Riki
Horie, Yui
Horie, Yui
Natsume, Kyousuke
Natsume, Kyousuke
Midorikawa, Hikaru
Midorikawa, Hikaru


Yamakawa, Yoshiki
Motoyama, Satoshi
Sound Director
Maeda, Jun
Theme Song Lyrics, Theme Song Composition, Music
Theme Song Performance

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Feb 14, 2014
It is rare to find a sequel as emotionally powerful as Little Busters: Refrain. Where the first season blundered with its melodrama, Refrain instead provides a much more thoughtful and meaningful story. If you have developed any sort of attachment to the characters in Little Busters, you will undoubtedly shed at least a few tears by the end of Refrain. It is the second best Key anime to date.

As somebody who regards the Little Busters visual novel as one of the most emotional stories they have ever experienced, I was sceptical hearing about an anime adaptation of Refrain. Did it turn out to be read more
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Nov 18, 2013
Little Busters is a story that should be experienced in its totality in order to understand and appreciate it. While the story arcs have individual appreciable value, the the underlying themes and implications as well as the character relationships all build up to a greater story in Little Busters!: Refrain.

Little Busters!: Refrain completes the story of Little Busters, and fills in that empty feeling from the end of the first season. There are animation quality improvements and a more dramatically intense storyline, filled with much more characterization for characters you may have felt were mere hollow stereotypes.

Little Busters!: Refrain brings a darker and more serious read more
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baseball, feels, same creator... character-centric plot

also something more but I'd get into spoilers :(
As a fellow *KEY anime*. Same Authors, Similar situations but different Endings. I really recommend all those who watched Little Busters Refrain to watch Clannad After story (Although I recommend the the opposite direction with percaution: don't get angry while watching Refrain!)

Also, both shows need tissues.
They are recommended for all the family, especially teens and post teens.

Opening Theme

"Boys be Smile" by Suzuyu (鈴湯) (eps 1-9, 11-13)

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, 12)
#2: "Song for friends" by Rita (eps 3, 8-9)
#3: "Hanabi" by Lia (ep 6)
#4: "Boys be Smile" by Suzuyu (鈴湯) (ep 10)
#5: "Haruka Kanata (遥か彼方)" by Rita (ep 11)
#6: "Little Busters! -Little Jumper Ver.-" by Rita (ep 13)

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