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Anime 'Little Busters! EX' to be Bundled as Extra With 'Little Busters! Refrain' BD/DVD

by symbv
Oct 19, 2013 10:01 AM | 56 Comments
It was disclosed today that the anime adaptation of extra character routes in "Little Busters! EX" will be released as an extra disc bundled in each volume of the BD/DVD for "Little Busters! Refrain." The first volume of Refrain's BD/DVD will be on sale January 29, 2014 and will contain the first episode of Saya's route.

According to content details from Amazon Japan, Saya's route will contain four episodes with "Little Busters! EX" having eight episodes altogether. There will be one episode of EX in every volume except in the final volume (vol.7), which will contain two episodes.

Previous related thread: Visual Novel 'Little Busters! Ecstasy' to be Animated

Source: Mainichi, Amazon Japan

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MCAL said:
RyanSaotome said:
http://yaraon.blog109.fc2.com/blog-entry-19464.html

Each EX episode will have a 30 minute running time. Also confirmed the Saya hot spring scene will be there... hopefully it'll be uncensored since its not on TV.

But with 30 minute running times, its the same as 10 normal episodes that run at 24 minutes. Thats not so bad.


And there is always a possibility there won't be an opening and ending for the Ecstasy episodes, so that would give us even more time.


There is a OP version of a second song on the single to Boy be Smile, and considering we have 13 episodes for Refrain, I'd say it's safe to assume that it'll be used for EX.

Nov 4, 2013 9:34 PM by mitch3315

RyanSaotome said:
http://yaraon.blog109.fc2.com/blog-entry-19464.html

Each EX episode will have a 30 minute running time. Also confirmed the Saya hot spring scene will be there... hopefully it'll be uncensored since its not on TV.

But with 30 minute running times, its the same as 10 normal episodes that run at 24 minutes. Thats not so bad.


And there is always a possibility there won't be an opening and ending for the Ecstasy episodes, so that would give us even more time.

Nov 4, 2013 9:16 PM by MCAL

Jiharo said:
http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=39486195

I like how this dude illustrated Saya. It's lovely!


Sh-shit. Dat art for Sasami...

Anyway, I doubt this is the place for that.

We have A-VN Discussion Thread here: http://myanimelist.net/forum/?animeid=20517 or Little Busters Club for that.

Nov 1, 2013 11:32 AM by Tennouji

http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=39486195

I like how this dude illustrated Saya. It's lovely!

Nov 1, 2013 10:18 AM by Jiharo

Well, I guess I should be "a little bit" satisfied since it'll be 30 minutes per episode instead of 24. And yes, the hot spring scene should be uncensored.

Oct 23, 2013 10:25 AM by Tennouji

http://yaraon.blog109.fc2.com/blog-entry-19464.html

Each EX episode will have a 30 minute running time. Also confirmed the Saya hot spring scene will be there... hopefully it'll be uncensored since its not on TV.

But with 30 minute running times, its the same as 10 normal episodes that run at 24 minutes. Thats not so bad.

Oct 23, 2013 8:20 AM by RyanSaotome

tysonultima said:
make dreadful common route last 26 episodes. but cut down all the good stuff to 13 episodes. JC staff is full of sense.


Not JC staff, but those, who give money to this whole thing. Still a retarded choice. The whole thing pretty much prints them money, so why 1 cour?

There's a bit of a standard formula regarding VNs in regard to how much episodes you need, and that's basically 3 for each 2 hours of reading time. (you essentially need half the reading time as anime time) All the better VN adaptions have around that much time. (+-, though that should be obvious. The heavier a VN is on fancy descriptions, the less time you need.) Having a bit less time is still ok, but once you hit 25% of reading time as anime time, you have to cut major things. And that's NEVER good, except if you think the original work sucks. (which could be, but why are you watching it then?)

Of course, theory is fine, how about examples? Kanon should be a decent one. Just like Steins;gate. Definitely overkill was Clannad AS, which, to my knowledge, isn't taking you longer to read than to watch the anime, which means it's twice as long as it should be. (maybe a bit less than that)
Way too rushed ones are things like 11eyes, which everybody simply forgets. It's funny that 11eyes was originally a VN which was supposed to "come close" to something like Fate Stay night. It's I think 45 hours of reading time (no real splitting routes) added to that. How much of that was left after the 4 hours adaption? Well.. it's an extreme case though. Also quite known would be Umineko. 8 hours anime for 40-50 hours VN. Even if you consider Umineko to be dragged out, they just skipped too much.

Oct 22, 2013 12:57 AM by Kiru_im_Ufo

Hircine said:
In which case, I'm going to enjoy seeing Romances I didn't get the chance to see in the Anime. Sugoi XD


Yep. You can seriously expect a great romance on Saya's route.

Oct 21, 2013 8:45 PM by Tennouji

In which case, I'm going to enjoy seeing Romances I didn't get the chance to see in the Anime. Sugoi XD

Oct 21, 2013 2:21 PM by Shinohebi

make dreadful common route last 26 episodes. but cut down all the good stuff to 13 episodes. JC staff is full of sense.

Oct 20, 2013 4:29 PM by tysonultima

Well let's see how it goes :D

Oct 20, 2013 11:57 AM by Tengai

With that 9600yen price tag and 13 episodes Refrain, JC Staff/Warner will have to not disappoint come Rin and Refrain routes in order to get those sales.
I'm excited and hopeful that there's an overall quality increase in terms of precise writing, screenplay, and maybe animation in the upcoming arcs.

Oct 20, 2013 11:37 AM by Vladz0r

Yay!!!

Oct 20, 2013 8:25 AM by AnimeFan500

8 Episodes in EX huh.... well that makes up for Refrain going from 26 > 13 I guess....

Oct 20, 2013 6:26 AM by Mikenzb

SenshaOtoko said:

Rin1 and Rin2 in 3 episodes? For me it's not enough.



Actually she'll get 4 episodes based on their speculation regarding to the titles of episodes 4 to 6.

Oct 20, 2013 4:21 AM by Tennouji

Well, that was underwhelming, being shortened to 13 episodes, at least for me...But Saya being shown first than Sasami or Kanata? Quite the marketing strategy there.

Oct 20, 2013 3:06 AM by Jaeger07

Welp, now we know at least.

Oct 19, 2013 11:33 PM by shcboomer

Double bonus, eh why not.

Oct 19, 2013 10:31 PM by EgoFaptor

KeyIsLove said:
To anyone who has not played Refrain yet, don't worry. Everyone here who is complaining it will be butchered has to realize that they ALWAYS cut out content from the VN, and Refrain has a lot of repeated scenes from another character's point of view.

It can easily be done in six or so episodes. I'm guessing Rin will be from 4-6, with Refrain being 7-13. The giant tragedy that every Key adaption has (like
in Clannad AS) happens very close to the end, and could probably be in episode ten or eleven. Maybe even twelve. I'm sure that everything important and emotional will be in here and that it will be a great season.

But one thing: can anyone point me to the source that confirms Refrain for thirteen episodes?


http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-10-19/little-busters-refrain-blu-rays/dvds-to-bundle-game-ex-anime

The last volume will ship with the 13th Refrain episode and two EX episodes on July 30, 2014.


Rin1 and Rin2 in 3 episodes? For me it's not enough.

Oct 19, 2013 10:23 PM by SenshaOtoko

Damn! What a disappointment for Refrain to be 1 cour. Even more disappointed with EX having only 8 episodes. -______-

I guess from now on I'll just stick to KEY's VNs and not their anime adaptation cos things are always rushed during adaptation.

Oct 19, 2013 8:52 PM by Jiharo

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