12 Days of Christmas: A Bond Between Friends – Day X
On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love for anime gave to me…
10 inseparable friends
9 mundane mysteries
8 beats of jazz
7 legendary servants
6 witty lies
5 fun choir members
4 gigabytes of data
3 lovely flowers
2 sides of consciousness
And a wish-granting rock.
Little Busters, an anime adapted from famed visual novel producer, Key, a studio popular for visual novels like Clannad, Air and Kanon. Despite having to endure a long wait by fans, Little Busters became one of their newest anime adaption.
Little Busters focuses on the life of Naoe Riki. His parents passed away at a young age and worst, he was even diagnosed with Narcolepsy, a sleeping disorder. When all hope is lost, four kids came up to him; Kyousuke, Kengo, Masato and Rin. The four of them bring him around and played with him in time of need. Eventually, he forgot about the pain in his heart.
I find the bonding between friends in Little Busters quite heart warming. Of cause, the visual novel was able to bring out more of this atmosphere but this is also present in the anime. When Riki became the fifth original member of Little Busters, he joined the rest of the gang helping future members too, who suffered similar losses.
Friendship is a beautiful thing, and Little Buster’s portrayal of such themes was quite exhilarating. The five friends in the original Little Busters group, together with Komari, Kud, Kurugaya, Haruka and Mio, messed around from time to time, yet, they also helped each other in times of need. There had been quite a number of anime that uses such friendship themes but Little Buster’s is by far one of the best in my opinion, at least from the ones I had watched anyway.
While of cause it definitely couldn’t be compared to the visual novel, the anime is slightly better then I would had expected. Here’s hoping that Little Buster will become a spectacular anime by the end.