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First of all, Little Busters! is still Airing. So this review is based on how many episodes i've been watching. So for people who hate someone who reviews the anime when it stills Airing. Please, we just want to 'guide' some people who hasn't watch the anime yet. So that they can tell whether it is a perfect anime for them or not based on episodes that have been aired. And note that i will edit and update this review till the anime finished airing. Though, for now i will be tallk more on comparison between the anime and the VN.
Little Busters! or LB for short is an anime that adapted from VN. If u know Clannad, Air, or Kanon (Key Trio) this is another great VN from Key. It tells a story about Naoe Riki whose father and mother were dead when he stills a kid. Spend his remaining day in sorrow and sadness, comes 4 kid that pretended to be called "Little Busters". Sadness that always been tailing Naoe now has gone because they comes to his life. And so they still spend time together in High school...
Well, that's for the synopsis. The story itself is great (in VN). As expected from Key. As for anime, good news that J.C.staff really adapted the story carefully. Although, the time frame looks different from the VN. And a lot of scene from the original story (VN) is edited or deleted here and there (Clannad too, but managed to be as great as the vn). Lets hope that J.C.Staff had a good reason for this. As for me, i really enjoyed the pace of the story. It likes when i'm watching Clannad. Slow and Entertaining. Lots of Comedy here. But anyway some part funnier in the VN though. An example is the old man Kojirou's screaming. Back in the VN i was laughing for 5 minutes or so when Riki comes to his rooms and he Scream like hell, too funny. In anime? a little boring.. But now i get it, Little Busters is a tale of friendship and adolescence. So, maybe they focus more on LB Team Friendship than a comedy, though the comedy now gettin' better. And of course for the drama too.
Art.... i must say that the art... is average. Yeah right it is colorful and the background is beautiful. And the character face.. looks similiar from the original VN. Great. Too bad it looks pale. But now J.C.Staff seemed put more effort on this anime. The animation got better and better. Good news for fans. And keep this up J.C.Staff!
For some reason, the animation style looks similiar to KyoAni's. So for people who love Clannad and K-on! Art, you will love it too. Plus, if you are a moe seeker, enjoy the ultimate moe in Little Busters. Although, some people hate the extensive moe in Little Busters.
But.... there are random panty shoots in Little Busters. Too bad, if it can be like Clannad (no panty shoots) it will be perfect, i think...
The Opening "Little Busters" is great. Just great! I believe people sing along the opening when they watch Little Busters. Best Opening so far in my opinion for Key's anime. And to be honest, i played the VN because i saw the intro in youtube and love the song LOL. And for the ending, again its the best Ending for Keys VN (and Anime). Although the BGM is not that great.. the best BGM will be Clannad i think, Little busters BGM, is good, just average. Good news that J.C.staff used an unused track in the VN. And its good.
And now character. You know Characters from Keys always seem interesting.
First, the main male, Naoe Riki. I love his character, really. Clumsy but can be cool sometimes. Always picked up by Kurugaya. Has a baby face. So long, he's alright. Just, in Komari's Arc when Komari fell to depression, how can he be that calm? It seems that he has this in his mind, "Ah next episode Komari's Arc ended so everything will be alright."
Feel unnatural there. But, later on, he matured a little by little. As he and the teams always work together to solve the teams or individual problems.
And now Rin, she is the main male (right?). To be Honest, among all the girls, she is my favorite. Dont know why but her shyness is just cute. And i like her when she kicks Kuzu, ahh i mean Masato LOL. And i was "NGGGHHH" when she played with the cats. Moooeee.....
But i feel like crying when she cried and hug Komari when her Arc ended, sweets.. And she get many char development till now (episode 17). Good thing that the development easy to notice so thats the viewers can feel the development and the character deeper.
Kyousuke, i just LOL'ed. All he did was almost out of place. Like creating a battle game that use a random weapon. And the way he test someone who want to join Little Busters team, LOL. Clannad funny because there are Sunohara, Little Busters funny because there are Kyousuke and Kuzu ahh i mean Masato.. Kinniku Yay Yay~ But sadly, in the first few episodes, he shines so much, bring the heavy content comedy to the viewers. But the comedy content that he (with Masato and Kengo) brings now decreased little by little.
For people who read the VN. Maybe you will notice that some characters seems different (personality). That because J.C.Staff edited some scene from the VN as we have talked before. But in exchange of edited scene, they added more friendship themes on this anime. Its now brings the viewers more about how LB team communicate with each other. It, for me is a great thing. As you know that, in VN, especially romance genre, when the story (of each arc) is near the end, its only about the main protagonist and the main heroine in the arc. It just the lovey dovey couple. But J.C.Staff didn't do that in the adaption. Because they want to show more the relationship of each member of LB!. They want to show more the Friendship among the members. Which is great.
Little Busters is a funny and (will be) heartwarming anime this season. I have high hopes for this anime. Although its too bad KyoAni break a contract with Key to animate Little Busters. But its alright if J.C.Staff can keep up the good work, as we know the quality of the anime has increased. And Little busters! reached 2nd place together with Chuunibyou (Yes, KyoAni's anime) in the "Most Popular Fall 2012 anime" polling with 1060 votes while the 1st place (Sword Art Online) is 1082 votes. So, J.C.Staff did their best to produce this anime so that it can rivaled the KyoAni's anime : Chuunibyou.
So for people who complaining :
- Why it is J.C.Staff who produce Little Busters! not KyoAni ?
- The anime is slow-paced
- Why it has a lot of Moe here and there?
- I hate the voice of She/ He
- I hate the personalities of His/ Her
Well, first. As we know from above, Little Busters! managed to get the 2nd place in the polling. Meaning that J.C.Staff is doing their best. And don't forget that J.C.Staff has a lot of great anime that they produce : Toradora, Sakurasou (still Airing), Shakugan no Shana, Ano Natsu de Matteru, Azumanga, Bakuman series and many more. So believe and enjoy their hard work.
You hate Moe? Can't say much, its your taste. But i believe, Animes that adapted from Key's VN (And Jun Maeda is the story creator) always had a extensive Moe-ness, slow paced, and the same comedy-style. Clannad, Air, Kanon is another example. So maybe Key requested that their VN adapted anime must be like that. You know the remake of Kanon by KyoAni? That happened because Key unsatisfied with the Kanon 2012 version (the predecessor of kanon 2006 by KyoAni). Maybe the 2012 version : didnt have Moe?, too fast-paced (13 episodes). Clannad, Air and Kanon is high rated despite that they have moe-tification, slow-paced. If Little Busters follow their Senpai, i think it will be success too and satisfy the viewers. Which is great right?
As for people who hates some of seiyuus or some personalities (maybe changed a little from the VN), as we know, although J.C.Staff changed a bit of scene in order for friendship themes cause but despite that, they put an effort to keep the originals being kept if possible. So they have to keep the original seiyuus from the VN although some of them didnt satisfy you. However, some characters suffer a seiyuu changes, because of some reason. Example : Nishizono Mio.
Well, if you understand those, hopes that you now can view Little Busters! differently = free of doubts. So that u can enjoy the show to their fullest. But of course i respect personal opinion and taste. After all i wrote this review so that you can decide whether this anime is for you or not. Not to urge you to watch it no matter what.
And for the closing, i enjoy this anime very much. Enjoyment = 9. For people who love Slice of life or Drama and love a heartwarming tale with comedy. And love the friendship themes but alright with the ultimate moe-ness and slow paced (KEY VN adapted anime styles) , Little busters is for you. Do watch it. read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
The art of this anime is beautiful and colorful ! look at the girls, background, and look at airi and other main girl ! so cute ! That's the main thing why my attention was at full mode when i watch this anime. Although in the half part till near the end of this anime, the art is somewhat decrease at quality. But when near the end of the series, the art is rise again.
Yeah i love the sound of this anime too ! The OP and Ed are good.
Character? Well this a good thing too. This anime is filled with character development (Airi, Sana and Miu) although the MC is not influenced by Character Development. But i just think the maid (Angelina Nanatsu) and little sister of MC just like a decoration despite that they are main girls. In the series, not a single scene that can make you sympathize with those two. But overall, you will like a lot character from Mashifony.
Well i give it 6 because there's something that have been bothering me when i watch this anime. Yeah, i was sure that this anime is good because of this beautiful story, but in the end, this anime fail to interest me. You know why? In the first episode, the MC shingo meet with one of the five main girl (not his little sister) and from that scene, the first appearance of this girl was very charming and you will think that 'this girl is the main girl'. Yeah right, that girl is the main girl. But just until episode 4. Starting on episode 5, this main girl is just like a doll that decorating the shows. This girl just appear to be a confusing girl because of her feeling. And then the other main girl appeared. And the worst is this 'new' main girl just overshadowing the first main girl till the end of this anime. Well that's annoying to me. Seriously. Not that i dislike the 'new' main girl, but the plot that transferring this 'main girl thing' is just doesn't quite right. The anime didn't have some good plot to counter that. For example Akane iro ni Somaru Saka, they have a scene (in episode 11) that counter the bad effect of this 'transferring main girl thing'. So that the viewers relaxed when they are watching the last episode and didn't feel cheated.
If that 'new main girl' is gonna be the main girl in the end, why the anime show us a charming introduction of the first main girl and make us hope that she will be the main girl till the end? Well, i guess we cant say that this anime is not good because of that alone. As i enjoyed every episode of this anime a lot. But .... -_-
Good Music, Beautiful art, lovable character, fine story. If you like anime that shows a lot of cute girls and the pureness of love from the lovers of that anime, you should watch this. Of course if youre fine with that annoying 'transferring main girl thing'. read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
Well, this anime rise in the art. After all, this is 2011 anime isn't it? The character, animation and background is very beautiful. Two things that catch my eyes in the entire anime is that the cute girls and beautiful BG. You will attached to this anime art, i swear.
The music in this anime is okay. The OP was good but, i don't think with the ED. You can hear cheerful song and beautiful song from this anime.
The Character. I don't think the character is a good thing in this anime. They just stay like the beginning to the end of this anime. Not a single character development (maybe sakai hina's father?).
One thing that have been entertaining to me is cute girls and beautiful BG. The story is fine but its just too ordinary. Love story? A little boring. you know that she love MC for the first time they meet each other. And their relationship isn't progressing at all in the anime except just for the last episode. A rushed conclusion. So i recommend it to you if you like an ordinary love story and a cute girls. This anime will entertain you. read more
13 of 13 episodes seen
The story of Yukito as MC that had told by his mother to find the girl in the sky and help her. The story is beautifully made by Key's although when adapted to anime, its confusing so that you must see this anime twice to understand the story. But relax, the enjoyment is still there although the story is too fast and confusing. And im sure the story of AIR is as good as Clannad except that the story packed with 13 episode so sometimes it feel rushed. And yeah KyoAni know how to make a good drama anime : by removing fanservice and ecchi things from it. AIR is hentai game/VN from Key's, but not when adapted to anime. A very huge assets for this awesome anime.
Well this is 2005 anime so the art aren't so beautiful but its good. And as expected from KyoAni, the animation is so smooth and the ocean are beautiful. The art is good so that you will enjoy every scene of this anime.
The sound is good. Tori no Uta as this anime OP song are good. When i have watched this anime, and then again i hear this song i can feel the sadness from this anime and almost cried. Amazing. And there is a beautiful song that can bring the atmosphere of sad scene and can make you cry, seriously. So i think the sound is a proud thing for this anime.
Very Good ! This is why i like AIR beside from sound and the story. We can feel the character development among the main character. There's a character that have been annoying to me since i first watch this anime. But in the end that person have a HUGE character development and have a HUGE role too. That character development alone can make me cry. Especially in that scene where The Main Female and this person share their beautiful feeling in the ocean. Overall, the characters in this anime is decent.
Well, because the story is confusing and a bit rushed, i feel a little enjoyment when watching episode 1 to 10. But start from episode 11, i feel a lot of enjoyment (or should i say *cough*sadness*cough*?).
As expected from KyoAni Trio (Clannad, Kanon, AIR). This anime doesn't fail to make me amazed. The scene, Beautiful Ocean, Good Story, Good Music and Good Drama. I think when i have watched clannad, i won't find other anime that can make me cry like i watched clannad. But i was wrong, i cry a lot too when i watch this anime. Not to give you a spoiler but, this anime a bit different in Ending than Clannad and Kanon. You will see when you have watched it :) read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
Not so new in anime world where the MC (Yuuto Ayase) is a roundabout person and he meets the princess of his highschool that fits the perfectness (Nogizaka Haruka). But, eventually he accidentally know her secret as an otaku. The story itself is rather slow at first but faster when it comes to an end. But i think the supporting characters in this anime are rather too ordinary. Their appearance are made like NPC in some game that needed to progress the story. Like for example, Amamiya Shiina. Her role as the main female character love rival is quite weak. But from episode 1 to the end, i was able to enjoy it and there are some episodes that will show you a cosplay of other anime. Shana fans must see this series :)
The Art is smooth and the BG is nice. I like the art of nogizaka haruka, she's so cute and seiyuu mamiko noto fits really well for her
Well, not so much to be reviewed here but the sound itself is okay. But, it just can't bring the atmosphere of the scenes to the viewers.
This is a reason why you will like this series. You will like the characters of Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu. You will like haruka, shy but actually a honest and kind person. You will like Yuuto Ayase, honest and caring person especially to haruka. And Yuuto not a harem type MC that like to do ecchi things even to defenseless haruka (yeah, she beat the annoying guy to yuuto so bad). The downside is, i just see a little char development among the characters of this show.
Well, its also a reason why you will like this series. The enjoyment of this series is gonna to haunt you per episode. Although i was annoyed because the the progress of Yuuto and haruka's relationship were bothered by some trivial things. But to me, this show was entertaining.
The story itself is not so original, with good characters, beautiful art, comedy, fine sound and a sweet love relationship. Overall Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu is a decent anime. For those who hate a lot of fanservice anime, they can relax and enjoy this anime. Because this anime has a little fanservice (not zero). Hope you find your enjoyable time watching this anime as i found a lot of enjoyable time watching this. And again, for Shana lovers, i recommend it for you to watch this anime :) read more