Little Busters is a Major Letdown
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I don't know why I can't find a more recent post about this series but I just couldn't restrain my disappointment with this show any longer. I realize this show has a tremendous expectations due to its pedigree but my God, so far it hasn't even come close to reaching the heights of the worst of the Key VN. I have slogged through all 23 episodes available, key word here is "slogged", and I am mortified this show is even considered a Key inspired product. The last time I was this disappointed about anything was with Guild Wars 2 (I know, story for a different day).

The story doesn't make any sense whatsoever, Riki is super craptastic as the male lead. Kyousuke, in my opinion, is the obvious male lead with some characteristics that set him apart from other male leads in Key inspired animes. Instead they went with the weakest male lead ever in any of their series. I have never at any point felt drawn to any of the characters. In Clannad, as much as liked Nagisa, I loved Kyou and the Tomoyo arc is one of my favorite OVA's for any show ever. This show, I truly could care less if one of the girls got randomly ran over by a truck and died. Same goes for the guys. Kengo and Kyousuke get no screen time and they are probably the most compelling characters in the whole show. I will admit, they could actually be just as shallow and forgettable as the rest of the cast but since they don't get much screen time they appear as possible saviors. At this point, it would take a miracle to save this show from being relegated to complete mediocrity. Also, I could be wrong but it doesn't appear this show will end this season. They haven't moved the story at all though to be honest, there really isn't a story there anyway
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Frankr37 wrote:

I don't know why I can't find a more recent post about this series but I just couldn't restrain my disappointment with this show any longer. I realize this show has a tremendous expectations due to its pedigree but my God, so far it hasn't even come close to reaching the heights of the worst of the Key VN. I have slogged through all 23 episodes available, key word here is "slogged", and I am mortified this show is even considered a Key inspired product. The last time I was this disappointed about anything was with Guild Wars 2 (I know, story for a different day).

The story doesn't make any sense whatsoever, Riki is super craptastic as the male lead. Kyousuke, in my opinion, is the obvious male lead with some characteristics that set him apart from other male leads in Key inspired animes. Instead they went with the weakest male lead ever in any of their series. I have never at any point felt drawn to any of the characters. In Clannad, as much as liked Nagisa, I loved Kyou and the Tomoyo arc is one of my favorite OVA's for any show ever. This show, I truly could care less if one of the girls got randomly ran over by a truck and died. Same goes for the guys. Kengo and Kyousuke get no screen time and they are probably the most compelling characters in the whole show. I will admit, they could actually be just as shallow and forgettable as the rest of the cast but since they don't get much screen time they appear as possible saviors. At this point, it would take a miracle to save this show from being relegated to complete mediocrity. Also, I could be wrong but it doesn't appear this show will end this season. They haven't moved the story at all though to be honest, there really isn't a story there anyway


You're missing the porn.

The keyword here is "porn"

Not sure if Kyoto animation not doing anything with this project has anything to do with it also.
Posted 3/21/13
im actually enjoying it, think you are exaggerating tbh
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Frankr37 wrote:

I don't know why I can't find a more recent post about this series but I just couldn't restrain my disappointment with this show any longer. I realize this show has a tremendous expectations due to its pedigree but my God, so far it hasn't even come close to reaching the heights of the worst of the Key VN. I have slogged through all 23 episodes available, key word here is "slogged", and I am mortified this show is even considered a Key inspired product. The last time I was this disappointed about anything was with Guild Wars 2 (I know, story for a different day).

The story doesn't make any sense whatsoever, Riki is super craptastic as the male lead. Kyousuke, in my opinion, is the obvious male lead with some characteristics that set him apart from other male leads in Key inspired animes. Instead they went with the weakest male lead ever in any of their series. I have never at any point felt drawn to any of the characters. In Clannad, as much as liked Nagisa, I loved Kyou and the Tomoyo arc is one of my favorite OVA's for any show ever. This show, I truly could care less if one of the girls got randomly ran over by a truck and died. Same goes for the guys. Kengo and Kyousuke get no screen time and they are probably the most compelling characters in the whole show. I will admit, they could actually be just as shallow and forgettable as the rest of the cast but since they don't get much screen time they appear as possible saviors. At this point, it would take a miracle to save this show from being relegated to complete mediocrity. Also, I could be wrong but it doesn't appear this show will end this season. They haven't moved the story at all though to be honest, there really isn't a story there anyway


You're missing the porn.

The keyword here is "porn"

Not sure if Kyoto animation not doing anything with this project has anything to do with it also.


Yeah this that is why I'm waiti g for ecstasy to get translated instead of just playing the non h one
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To me, it seems like Little Busters just isn't your thing. If you didn't think that the humor was awesome, or can't appreciate Masato and his hot-bloodedness, or if Komari's arc didn't give you major feels, then you probably just need to accept that the show isn't for you.

And I feel like most of your pent up frustration is your fault if you "slogged" through 23 (out of 26) episodes trying to find something appealing about it. There are better things to be watched and you know it.
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I thought Little Busters was great! Think about it this way- if it took that much effort to watch it, why didn't you just stop earlier so you wouldn't be complaining now?
If Key always went with the same type of male lead, don't you think it would get boring, and that you might be complaining about THAT?
It's interesting how this has the same Key feel, yet has taken a different concept in plot.
It is not a let down.
If it really pains you, the visual novel is a little better than the anime- having to squeeze a longer story into only 2 seasons (Clannad having 2 seasons AND an after story, Kanon having 2 anime adaptions, etc.)
Remeber- Key has to appeal to all parts of the fanbase, and this happens to be one of them.
Besides- you haven't even finished the show yet, much less Rin's and Riki's arc.
I don't think you can say anything before you do.
So maybe this isn't your kind of Key product.
Well, there are others out there that enjoy it for the reasons you "hate".
This is rated for slightly younger audiences than some of Key's other products.
Sometimes it's good to have a lead with a different perspective.
Little Busters just has too high expectations forced onto it just for being a Key product with Clannad and such as its predecessors.
The entire anime version is more of Riki's arc, from his point of view.
It doesn't focus too much on the other girls, same like Angel Beats.
...and from what you've said, I think you should stop your complaining and go draw a Little Busters doujin, or something.
If you don't like it.
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The fact that you forced yourself to finish 23 episodes amazed me.

I've heard good things about this anime but I dropped it half way through episode 1. I don't have anything bad to say about this series, it's just not my thing.
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I like Little Busters.
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Not sure how high your standards are for anime, but I personally am enjoying it.
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Slightly above average series for me so far. I guess if I played the VN, the rating would of been lower based on some comments I've read on some other boards. Anyways, I hope this series will end well tbh because I am a KEY fan.
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I haven't started it because I've been playing the VN on and off so I figure it's better to just finish that before I dive into what most people call a failure of an adaptation.
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I love the show but there is one thing that irks me, it is that there is no romance so far, the best parts of Clannad was the romance in my opinion, and there is none of that in the show so far.But besides that, great show.
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Never read or played the VN but I love the anime. Even without any romance it is so emotional. It was spoiled early that there would.be no romance in season one so I was prepared for that. Some of the most emotional arcs of anime ever!
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