Little Busters! ~Refrain~ Review – Nostalgia Nevermore


Synonyms: LB!: Refrain

Japanese: リトルバスターズ!~Refrain~

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LBR began extremely strong coming off the common route and the girls’ routes except for Kurugaya. Kurugaya is my least favorite girl in the LB universe and the way that she came off in Refrain almost had me falling for her. Her story was pitiful; I skipped it in the VN so this was my first time experiencing it. I was amazed by the level of depth in her route. I craved for more and I didn’t get more. The middle episodes were weak, let’s be honest here. It didn’t start picking back up again until Riki took the leadership role of the Little Busters crew toward the mid-ending half of the season. From then I was crying after each episode. Especially Rin’s episode, for she is my favorite girl.

KEY magic are two words that describe LBR perfectly. KEY magic is a term that I like to use when a plot takes you through hell emotionally and right at the ending you find yourself in heaven. KEY have used this formula in every thing they ever produced and LB is no different. They spoil the ending themselves since everyone is aware of KEY’s magic, but people still buy their games and watch the anime adaptations for the storytelling.

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LB and LBR had a good plot, a very good plot. The storytelling in the anime was kind of screwed up because the route style of VNs really shined in the VN and couldn’t be translated properly in the anime. I was happy that Kurugaya’s route was exclusive to Refrain because her route was like a precursor of things to come.

I would say after the abysmal animation in the first season was fixed in Refrain and that was a blessing. I said I cried in all of the later episodes and the reason for that was a combination of the plot, the animation, but the music was the greatest reason. The music rekindled some memories from the times I played the VN and recalled all of the painful moments and the happy moments. Refrain therefore has a strong connection, an unbreakable bond with the person that played the VN first. For that reason, it scored higher than it would have in the grading below. Nostalgia is one of the strongest driving forces for adaptations.

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Grading Scale

A – Must-See!

B – Highly Recommended

C – Recommended To Those That Like Similar Shows

D – Watch If Bored With Caution

F – Do Not Recommend At All


Plot – 8/10

Music – 8/10

Storytelling – 9/10

Character Designs – 9/10

Animation – 7/10

Dialogue – 10/10

Overall –  85% B

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