6 of 12 episodes seen
They cared for each other, their school life was bliss.
They were shamelessly kissing, before becoming lovers.
A secret was born, their secret for one another.
They were intimate 24/7, and was free from drama.
This slice-of life story, as their top genre.
As you may know, this show is more than just 'hinting the yuri tones'. They go straight into the relationship, and kisses happen in every corner and in every episode (so far). It's giving us a comedy/romance approach rather than a drama/romance approach so it's similar to YuruYuri in a lot of ways; yet it differentiates from YuruYuri as Sakura Trick is giving us a direct approach to a yuri relationship with all our sweetened kisses this time. It's been around 5 years I heard since the last yuri title that actually portrays such a direct approach on a relationship, so it's not surprising that many people became overly happy about this show's premiere (to the point that it was hyped with rising popularity), despite it's non-serious approach. I appreciate the light-hearted tones myself!
So in the end, I'd recommend this show to any big yuri fans that are in favor of a mix of comedy and slice-of-life elements. This show isn't meant for those who are looking for serious tones or some drama and soap operas. This is mostly for those who are simply casual yuri fans, or can even be for those who simply want to watch something at a slow and adorable pace to relax from a hardcore show for a change of emotion(seat change!). This show barely has plenty of fanservice for any yuri fan out there, so if you're looking for shows with 'cute girls doing cute things' themes, this is pretty much a perfect pick for you if you can handle the yuri.
Review for first impression of the first four episodes - CHECK!
This review is solely for correcting any misunderstandings and help anyone looking for other's first impressions. Hope you consider watching this anime after reading this! I will come back and write a more solid review when the anime is completed if required (including my final opinions on story, art, music, character, and enjoyment). Hope you enjoy the ride so far!
11 of 26 episodes seen
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.
➟ "COMPARISONS AND BASELESS ASSUMPTIONS"
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 different on a fundamental level. So please don't use the visual novel's high standings as an EXCUSE that the anime will be the same. Using 'because it's a Key story' as a reason to watch [is a different matter though*], given that the same person wrote the same scenario as the whole of Clannad (and other various animes adapted from Key's work) is a plus and a good reason to watch this anime.
Second to those who are only here for the anime, please stop talking like you know everything about the anime when you have not completed the story yet (the anime is still AIRING). The slow pacing is not an excuse, many animes had slow pacing (not just for the first few episodes, it can even be over half the series) yet in the near end was seen to be praised very highly removing all those doubts for the beginning of the anime. I do not want to see people making such assumptions. As for the massive hype to you anime viewers, THERE WILL ALWAYS BE A SOLE REASON AS TO WHY IT IS HYPED, DO NOT ASSUME NONSENSE and overlap it with the anime's weakpoints or disabilities.
➟ "CYNICISM AND SINCERITY"
Generic? I will not use this as an excuse but give this anime a break, the visual novel was created in 2007, though it was after Clannad, it's not a surprise there will be some generic settings and characters in this anime. Actually not everyone gets tired of these sorts of things, but those who do get tired... if you can overlook that, then go for it and watch it especially for the romance, drama and Key magic given. I HAVE NO IDEA WHY PEOPLE ARE ACTUALLY GIVING A DAMN ABOUT THE REPETITIVE USE OF GENERIC SETTINGS NOW OF ALL TIMES. There were so many other series that aired before this that was way more generic, and i don't see people going on about that?
As for the JC Staff hate on adapting this Little Busters, and wanting KyoAni to pick up this adaption, here is a powerful and deep quote for you guys:
"What dawned on me recently about Little Busters was that despite the premise of Riki building a baseball team via harem creation, the real focus on the show is not romance, but actually friendship, despite the Key label.
And that answers many questions I had behind LB and its production.
…It is this focus on friendship by the LB source material that it is well-loved by fans, and why JC Staff picked it up, and why, like you, I find it so charming and comforting."
-Slashe@from a blog on lostinanime.com
➟ "HIGH EXPECTATIONS THROUGH IMAGINATION"
...It's like what everyone always says: You WILL not be able to satisfy everyone since they all have different tastes and expectations. If it's not your type of anime, if you don't like Key animes, if you hate LB!'s comedy, sequence of plot or pacing, then you don't have to "bark" so loudly about how bad it is.
-For the visual novel players, it's an ANIME so obviously they will leave out many things that aren't deeply or specifically relevant to the plot. If they leave out a favorite scene of yours then find an another scene that the producers DID animate and is already giving you.
-For anime viewers, DON'T USE YOUR IMAGINATION on what you want to happen, or have expected this and that just because it's a popular anime right off the bat (no matter how many times I need to repeat this, i'll say it over and over, THE ANIME IS STILL AIRING), ...and compare it to the anime, because it will ruin your enjoyment on what the anime is already giving and portraying for you.
➟ "WHY SHOULD I WATCH THIS ANIME?"
I will also include the anime's traits and argumental downsides (negatives/cons of the anime that many people whined/complained about) to give new viewers a fair reason to watch this anime if they're looking for one. If you love animes with slow paces continuing to build up to the climax (LIKE CLANNAD (THE FIRST SEASON), STEINS;GATE, AND POSSIBLY MADOKA MAGICA), that goes by a omnibus format, then this anime is perfect for you.
I am aware that there are people out there who:
-hate this anime's moe-tification. (but some look forward to it and adore it)
-hate this anime because of the (again) slow pace, because it bores you. (but some enjoy the atmosphere and (again) the slow build-up tension giving you the mysterious feeling of anxiety to the climax)
-hate the cast of character's personalities, you must be one hell of a intolerant person. (but other's can connect with those characters whether it's because of their personality, or experiences)
-hate random panty shots. (Some don't mind nor care. Seriously, will a non-ecchi anime showing a SINGLE panty shot (or two) kill you?)
-hate the character's voices and/or VAs. (The voices are completely normal, and fine, many including myself love it because it fit's their personalities so stop barking so loudly about the voices.. and stop using Komari's voice as an excuse to drop it, you just havent watched enough anime to hear worse VA's. Komari's a popular character so you might be killed if you start hating about the voice outside of MAL). There is actually another popular heroine or two that actually has the same VA as Komari's, true fact and true story.
To conclude this review, if any of you ever go on assuming baseless facts about the plot, or questioning the idea of the anime and it's current setting without clearly knowing the entire story, and the reasons why each character is acting that way when the anime is STILL CURRENTLY airing/have yet to be completed. Then YOU are a narrow-minded person blindly looking for a reason to hate for your own satisfaction and unmet expectations (like those people who thinks an anime that contains 'hentai' in it's title would actually 100% contain it...)
Thank you for reading this very unrefined review :)
Now for my current rating for this anime:
-Good pace, not consistent enough but it improved as it continued pretty drastically. Seems like the staff couldn't get a better team together for the beginning because of the budget, which the current halfway point is quite the opposite now.
-Art is pretty, moe is cute, animation was bad but it apparently improved as the anime continued. Seems like the budget of Little Busters was reversed from lowest to highest.
-Beautiful, melancholic music, very memorable.
-Seemed simple at first sight, but it seemed I was wrong and that the characters could be more double-sided and dynamic than I expected. The cast is full of many different personalities.
-My enjoyment is going up the bar since the beginning of this anime.
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6 of 6 episodes seen
I enjoyed all the specials despite it being shorts because I'm a fan of the show. So that means that if you really loved any of the heroines, and want to see their story go even further, then these lovely shorts can sastify you (like it did for me) and give you a conclusion that goes even further than the original conclusion.
OR... another reason for you to watch this is to simply watch for the heroines again for nostalgia. read more