As a child, Riki Naoe shut himself from the world, thanks to a diagnosis of narcolepsy following the tragic deaths of his parents. However, Riki is saved when, one fateful day, a boy named Kyousuke recruits him into a team who call themselves the Little Busters. Accompanied by Masato, Kengo, and Rin, these misfits spend their childhood fighting evil and enjoying their youth. Years pass, and even in high school, the well-knit teammates remain together. Kyousuke decides to re-ignite the Little Busters by forming a baseball team as it will be his last school year with them. They have a problem though: there aren’t enough members! The tables have turned, for it is now Riki’s turn to reach out and recruit new friends into the Little Busters, just like Kyousuke had once done for him. Then, an omen surfaces—Rin finds a strange letter attached to her cat, assigning them the duty of uncovering the “secret of this world” by completing specific tasks. Just what is this secret, and why is it being hidden? It’s up to the Little Busters to find out! – My Anime List
Based on 9 review scores:
While the story does get complex and dark the end result makes the entire journey unforgettable.
The cast, the world, the story, the moments captured in time, all of it makes Little Busters something truly special. It is quirky, intriguing and built around a heart of gold, Little Busters may very well be the most important slice-of-life anime of this generation, only time will tell if it reaches the heights that its excellent first cour promises. Little Busters is a truck load of fun and definitely an anime series that should be on any anime fans radar. This one tasty morsel of anime you just have to try. Now that is some tasty anime.
Little Busters] is such an original and individual story, it manages to pack in many different types of story and does each of them well. A charming slice of life that’s filled with actually funny comedic moments, some touching scenes that evoke real emotion and then the twists… oh the twists. It’s so easy to grow to like plenty of the cast and actually care about them too. A fantastic show and one that fans of Clannad and Key’s other works should definitely check out!
This show is quite good at just goofing off and doing random staff. It’s quite bad when it goes really dramatic.
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Little Busters will not be winning any awards for its writing or production qualities, but when taken as an entertaining comedy with likable characters, it is at least worth a watch. Putting aside the expectations, you will certainly find some enjoyment in Key’s latest animated venture.
Little Busters! as an anime is pretty solid so far. Having completely played through the VN, I can’t help but find some things missing. As such, there will always be disappointment that certain things aren’t included. However, I’m not comparing this to the original source, but to other anime in general. The biggest flaw may be that the series doesn’t establish any kind of strong goals. Make friends, do silly stuff, and then serious stuff just kind of happens. In the end, strong bonds are formed between all the characters, making this 1st season feel like this was all one big introduction. This makes it very difficult to judge it until you’ve seen all of it. However, the solid flow of the storyline and wonderful interaction of the characters make it more and more interesting with each episode. As an anime adaptation, it is very good so far, and I cannot think of too many things that you would gain by playing through these parts in the VN. On the flip side, there are some scenes that are done even better than in the VN. Even if you have played the VN, I would still recommend giving the anime a try, because it reminded me how much I really loved the characters.
All in all, this is a good series, even if it doesn’t live up to the lofty Key standards. You won’t be on your knees in front of your monitor sobbing your eyes out, but there are plenty of emotional moments, and there’s even some great comedy to break things up. The series has its share of problems, most notably the bland protagonist and the weak animation quality, but there’s a lot to love here too. It’s not representative of Key or Jun Maeda at their finest, but Little Busters is a great way to scratch your itch for melodrama if you’ve already exhausted Key’s other adaptations.
This is even bad by Key standards, which are already pretty low. It can occasionally be sort of funny. But there’s only so many times having people whack each other with random items is actually funny.