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Apr 11, 2012 7:10 AM

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According to Dengeki Visual Arts magazine, Baba Takahiro, the President of Visual Arts, said he wanted to ask Kyoto Animation to produce Little Busters! anime, but Kyoto Animation has been quite busy in producing other titles and Visual Arts could not wait for their turn to come. When the TV anime of AIR was produced, the staff of Visual Arts didn't know how to involved in the anime production. Baba said that at that time Kyoto Animation was the only studio which could produce such a wonderful anime without the help of the original creators. However, the great advance in the production of bishoujo anime and years of experiences of Visual Arts with anime producers have convinced Baba that the production studio of Little Busters anime is not necessarily Kyoto Animation.

Baba revealed that the series composer Shimada Michiru had completed the original game including the hidden episode with her daughter. After finishing the game, she checked if she missed something by reading 4.7 MB of the text data of the game scenario.

Game singer Rita announced in her official blog that she will sing the OP theme "Little Busters!" for the TV series. She had been frustrated because she couldn't have an opportunity to sing a theme song of an anime. She sang many theme songs for PC games but the theme song singers were always replaced by someone when the games got anime adaptations. (e.g. Yosuga no Sora) She said the song "Little Busters!" is the most precious song for her and thanked Visual Arts and the anime producers for choosing her. The ED theme of the TV series will also be Rita's "Alicemagic".

Sources: Dengeki Visual Arts, Rita's blog, Key's staff blog
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Apr 11, 2012 7:18 AM

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Poor Baba....

Having to make excuses because we complain too much...

Glad that Rita is singing, and interesting details about Shimada...

Expectations rising...
 
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Apr 11, 2012 7:22 AM

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Do you think they're making these announcements for MAL users? lol

Little Busters as the opening song? Yeah. Alicemagic is kinda meh though.
 
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Apr 11, 2012 7:23 AM

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oh well.. I have decided, we will see we will see... I expect drops in animation quality because they are also animating other titles but i hope it wont be worse.. I saw many instances of those quality drops in so many titles of jc staff that ordinary fans will consder it intentional and part of animation.
 
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KamijouShinto said:
oh well.. I have decided, we will see we will see... I expect drops in animation quality because they are also animating other titles but i hope it wont be worse.. I saw many instances of those quality drops in so many titles of jc staff that ordinary fans will consder it intentional and part of animation.


I don't think the animation will be bad, considering Little Busters will probably be JC Staff's priority. Their animation rarely sucks, too. I mean, look at Bakuman.
 
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Baba revealed that the series composer Shimada Michiru had completed the original game including the hidden episode with her daughter. After finishing the game, she checked if she missed something by reading 4.7 MB of the text data of the game scenario.


wow.
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Apr 11, 2012 7:26 AM

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Well it's sort of good that they actually acknowledge the fan's concerns about this adaptation.

KamijouShinto said:
oh well.. I have decided, we will see we will see... I expect drops in animation quality because they are also animating other titles but i hope it wont be worse.. I saw many instances of those quality drops in so many titles of jc staff that ordinary fans will consder it intentional and part of animation.

Granted, I don't think it'll be THAT hard to animate seeing as it's not a pure action series or anything.

Though I do hope that they go the extra mile for those random ass fight scenes using erasers or aeroplanes or something, now that'll be hilarious to watch.

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sounds quite promising
 
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Air was pretty bad back then if you ask me. I hope that the experience that Visual Arts bring to the table now allow JC Staff to not cock this up. It would annoy me greatly if JC had been left totally to their own devices on this.

Rita getting the chance to sing is really good as she is a fantastic singer and I really enjoyed her vocals in the VN.


 
Apr 11, 2012 7:32 AM

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Quite unfortunate, but predicted.
KyoAni had Hyouka and that one other series they were planning to do, so it's not surprising that they're busy.

We'll have to pray that JC will take this seriously because tons of people have been anticipating LB...

Also, yay for Rita :D
 
Apr 11, 2012 7:34 AM

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Solkiskey said:
Do you think they're making these announcements for MAL users? lol

Little Busters as the opening song? Yeah. Alicemagic is kinda meh though.


I meant us, fans in general (it doesn't matter if he saw (didn't) what we wrote, we are also fans)...

I agree on the songs...

Little Busters is awesome...
 
Apr 11, 2012 7:35 AM

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akutasame94 said:
Solkiskey said:
Do you think they're making these announcements for MAL users? lol

Little Busters as the opening song? Yeah. Alicemagic is kinda meh though.


I meant us, fans in general (it doesn't matter if he saw (didn't) what we wrote, we are also fans)...

I agree on the songs...

Little Busters is awesome...


I like it, but I prefer the LB!EX version.
 
Apr 11, 2012 7:36 AM

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PR machine in full throttle
 
Apr 11, 2012 7:36 AM

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Why do you capitalize every word of the title?
 
Apr 11, 2012 7:38 AM

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Why do you capitalize every word of the title?


Because that's how titles should be.
 
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Solkiskey said:
akutasame94 said:
Solkiskey said:
Do you think they're making these announcements for MAL users? lol

Little Busters as the opening song? Yeah. Alicemagic is kinda meh though.


I meant us, fans in general (it doesn't matter if he saw (didn't) what we wrote, we are also fans)...

I agree on the songs...

Little Busters is awesome...


I like it, but I prefer the LB!EX version.


Heard that too...

I like it too...

I can't really decide which one I like more :P
 
Apr 11, 2012 7:48 AM

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I prefer original Little Buster song than EX version.
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Apr 11, 2012 7:49 AM
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Sounds promising.

I've liked most JC Staff titles I've watched, so I'm not all that worried. Ofcourse like most of you I would of prefered KyoAni since I love their animation quality.
But I have high hopes for JC. ^_^ As long as Rin is still the main heroine and they manage to give all the other heroines their own ending(like kyoani did) and + refrain...I'd be happy. I have a feeling it might be worth 2 series though.
 
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I can't believe I'm writing this, but Kyoani is not anymore THE animation studio. Since Clannad quality dropped a lot in all of their productions. Disappearance is maybe their best so far but it still has problems like pacing or the K-Onized designs.

So is not a big deal if they can't do LB. Also I would prefer a studio that can dedicate 100% of the time to the series than doing 2 or 3 projects at the same time.
 
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....seriously, is the president of visual arts looking at MAL?
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Apr 11, 2012 7:53 AM

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Baba Takahiro said:
and Visual Arts could not wait for their turn to come

Why'd you rush making an anime adaption when it's already been so long since people wanted one. It's not like another year would have mattered.

Though it is nice to see that they're doing a lot of interaction with the fans with all those statements. They must also be glad all their fans want only the best for the anime adaption.
Well, let's all hope Visual Arts wasn't wrong in chosing JC Staff and won't regret it later.

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....seriously, is the president of visual arts looking at MAL?

No, it's just that anime fans all over the world, as well as in Japan, are very concerned over the fact JC Staff is doing it. I don't think only people in MAL are discussing it.


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....seriously, is the president of visual arts looking at MAL?


99% sure he does not.
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Apr 11, 2012 7:56 AM

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SIeepwalker said:
....seriously, is the president of visual arts looking at MAL?


99% sure he does not.


This is a niche discussion board after all compared to others out there.
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Apr 11, 2012 7:58 AM

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I must be blind, but where it says it will be done by JC Staff?
 
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phoenixalia said:
....seriously, is the president of visual arts looking at MAL?
No.... He's probably reading futaba or 2ch threads.
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Well a little hope boost even it was a rumor again from a japanese bbs." The script to be used is compiled by kyoani 2 years ago and will be modified a bit by jc staffs for their production."

Its still a rumor but it boosted my hopes a bit more maybe 29% gice or take 5%. Now my concern is quality as jc staffs are are still known to drop quality at some random point. As they animate for money and not considering what the fans want to see.
 
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jmal said:
Solkiskey said:
Do you think they're making these announcements for MAL users? lol
phoenixalia said:
....seriously, is the president of visual arts looking at MAL?

...No.

I never cease to be amazed by how much western fans overestimate their own importance. o_O There are ample places to look for reactions in Japan, and those are the people who are actually going to buy this (I bet maybe a dozen MAL posters, tops, import this, though I'll be one of them if it's at all good).

In any case, it feels like we're going to see a thread a week about this. Maybe they'll run out of things to reassure people about soon.
jmal said:
Solkiskey said:
Do you think they're making these announcements for MAL users? lol
phoenixalia said:
....seriously, is the president of visual arts looking at MAL?

...No.

I never cease to be amazed by how much western fans overestimate their own importance. o_O There are ample places to look for reactions in Japan, and those are the people who are actually going to buy this (I bet maybe a dozen MAL posters, tops, import this, though I'll be one of them if it's at all good).

In any case, it feels like we're going to see a thread a week about this. Maybe they'll run out of things to reassure people about soon.
jmal said:
Solkiskey said:
Do you think they're making these announcements for MAL users? lol
phoenixalia said:
....seriously, is the president of visual arts looking at MAL?

...No.

I never cease to be amazed by how much western fans overestimate their own importance. o_O There are ample places to look for reactions in Japan, and those are the people who are actually going to buy this (I bet maybe a dozen MAL posters, tops, import this, though I'll be one of them if it's at all good).

In any case, it feels like we're going to see a thread a week about this. Maybe they'll run out of things to reassure people about soon.


I gave explanation of what I meant on previous page...

ofc I don't think he is reading this...
 
Apr 11, 2012 8:16 AM

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grats for rita then i guess.

 
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jmal said:
Solkiskey said:
Do you think they're making these announcements for MAL users? lol
phoenixalia said:
....seriously, is the president of visual arts looking at MAL?

...No.

I never cease to be amazed by how much western fans overestimate their own importance. o_O There are ample places to look for reactions in Japan, and those are the people who are actually going to buy this (I bet maybe a dozen MAL posters, tops, import this, though I'll be one of them if it's at all good).

In any case, it feels like we're going to see a thread a week about this. Maybe they'll run out of things to reassure people about soon.


My post wasn't an actual question, I know Key doesn't check MAL. It was meant to be a reply to akutasame.

I'm probably going to be one of the few people to import this... if this is any good, that is.
 
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jmal said:
onomatopellan said:
I must be blind, but where it says it will be done by JC Staff?

Other threads cover this - Baba has confirmed it himself on twitter a few times, and the Dengeki magazine volume that just came out that was meant to break this news before it got leaked says JC Staff is doing it.

Ok, thanks.

About the OP, I have to say is my favorite song from Rita. Although I 've never played the original game.
 
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My post wasn't an actual question, I know Key doesn't check MAL. It was meant to be a reply to akutasame.

I'm probably going to be one of the few people to import this... if this is any good, that is.


I'll import it even if it's bad (which it won't be because it's Little Busters!)
 
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So, when will it air?
Was it this autumn?

 
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Anyone who thinks they read MAL is plain silly.

Their main audience is Japan. There's a huge board called 2ch there which is most likely what they read. People on MAL don't exist to them.

Seriously, most people here just DL subs and don't buy any DVDs/Blurays/Merchandise ( I'm guilty as well ).

I just find it funny people here on MAL think they matter to the studios in japan.
 
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With all the producers are doing to explain the details to us, I don't see a reason to distrust their judgment. Apparently, Key is now getting themselves more involved in the production system than they would have if it were KyoAni doing it, so at the very least, they are fully aware that fans fans aren't exactly thinking highly of J.C. Staff. I still think people are overreacting, but we'll see when the final product comes.

Besides, it's not like J.C. Staff cannot deliver good stuff, I think it's mostly that they have too much on their hands that they tend to deliver sub-par material (even though I don't really have much of a problem with most of their recent work).
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phoenixalia said:
....seriously, is the president of visual arts looking at MAL?


I'd say the outrage is even greater on 2ch than it was on MAL or other American anime sites.

 
Apr 11, 2012 9:17 AM

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According to Dengeki Visual Arts magazine, Baba Takahiro, the President of Visual Arts, said he wanted to ask Kyoto Animation to produce Little Busters! anime, but Kyoto Animation has been quite busy in producing other titles and Visual Arts could not wait for their turn to come.

I would rather wait till KyoAni can make it, and be sure that anime will be excellent, than be that doubtful now :|
Well, I'm happy for Rita. I love all of her LB! songs, ESPECIALLY Alicemagic :)
 
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Lolz sorry I was half asleep when I posted that. I meant it as joke. I think think I shouldn't have put the 'serious' bit hehe.

still, its good to hear that the president is answering the fans' worries in what way he can.

I think after all this hype, J.C Staff (I hope) will animate it well.
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Bleh didn't want the same OP and EDs, they're great songs, but given the chance that the TV anime does blow...

If J.C. Staff does miraculously adapt Little Busters! "well", then Key's going to rely on other studios, if they fail miserably, then what? =l
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I don't see why they couldn't wait a few more years for KyoAni.
 
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I find it humorous that they're trying so hard to appease the fans and tell them "everything is going to be okay" when they got fucking JC Staff on the job.

They must be incredibly worried over this otherwise they wouldn't be trying so hard to win over the hearts of the fans.
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Lol, i can just sense their frustration and agony..!!
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So is not a big deal if they can't do LB. Also I would prefer a studio that can dedicate 100% of the time to the series than doing 2 or 3 projects at the same time.[/quote said:


gonna be hard time finding a studio like that around
 
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Hopefully KyoAni is busy with FMP 3 :3
 
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Poor Baba...
 
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I don't see why they couldn't wait a few more years for KyoAni.

Since the wait could be a year, few more years, or forever...
 
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Don't really know Rita well, but her cover of "spiral of despair" on the fripSide pc game compilation CD was pretty good.
 
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I'm no businessman, but one would think that waiting for a studio known for it's relatively good adaptations is a better choice than going with a studio that is infamous for butchering titles. But hey, be my guest, I never understood all the fuzz about LB! to begin with.
 
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onomatopellan said:
I can't believe I'm writing this, but Kyoani is not anymore THE animation studio. Since Clannad quality dropped a lot in all of their productions. Disappearance is maybe their best so far but it still has problems like pacing or the K-Onized designs.

So is not a big deal if they can't do LB. Also I would prefer a studio that can dedicate 100% of the time to the series than doing 2 or 3 projects at the same time.

K-On designs in Disappereance? They had these in the second season -I new- but sraped them in the movies and went back to the previous designs.

And even such series like K-ON are very good adaptions. Even if the source material is boring to begin with (the second season of K-On was actually way better than the original 4Koma).
 
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onomatopellan said:

So is not a big deal if they can't do LB. Also I would prefer a studio that can dedicate 100% of the time to the series than doing 2 or 3 projects at the same time.


KyoAni only does 1 anime at a time. J.C. Staff on the other hand normally has multiple projects lol.
 
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Didn't JC Staff have 6 anime running at once during Winter? They totally overbook themselves.

I just hope they kinda lessen the amount of anime they have later this year so their budget isn't totally thinned out by multiple projects.

 
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GarLogan78 said:
I don't see why they couldn't wait a few more years for KyoAni.

Since the wait could be a year, few more years, or forever...


And the fact that they've been waiting since 2007~2008.
 
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