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Little Busters!: Refrain

Little Busters!: Refrain

Alternative Titles

English: Little Busters! Refrain
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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Ranked: #1452
Popularity: #810
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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 approach 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!: End of Refrain
Prequel: Little Busters!
Side story: Little Busters!: EX

Characters & Voice Actors

Inohara, Masato
Inohara, Masato
Canna, Nobutoshi
Canna, Nobutoshi
Ayres, Greg
Ayres, Greg
Miyazawa, Kengo
Miyazawa, Kengo
Anzaldua, Leraldo
Anzaldua, Leraldo
Oda, Yuusei
Oda, Yuusei
Naoe, Riki
Naoe, Riki
Horie, Yui
Horie, Yui
Emerick, Shannon
Emerick, Shannon
Natsume, Kyousuke
Natsume, Kyousuke
Midorikawa, Hikaru
Midorikawa, Hikaru
Shepard, Blake
Shepard, Blake


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

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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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Feb 7, 2014
Little Busters Refrain is (loosely) based of the key visual novels who have notably produced some great shows such as Clannad, Kanon and Air. Little Busters Refrain is no different. For a LB refrain is the sequel to Little Busters and in my opinion (and widely regarded to be) much much better than the first season, not that LB was bad in any way. This 2nd season is 13 episodes long.

I should mention at this point that this again would fall under the category of high-school life (almost all of the action occurs here), fantasy and slice of life perhaps. As we have come to 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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