Recap: Komari is sad, and a picture book helps reveal her worries. She believes she has a brother, but she can’t remember, and her mother won’t tell her anything. Kud also shows up this week, and acts cute while she fumbles about the English language.
The Little Busters take a trip with Komari to visit a retirement community where some antics ensue, and the drama develops a bit. We meet a noisy old man who may also be Komari’s brother? Just what secrets does Little Busters have in store for us?
Lifesong’s Thoughts: It would be really nice if J.C. would actually animate this show. I feel like I am watching a slideshow with pretty pictures, but there is very little pretty animation to be found. Muscle-chan’s “Muscles Banzai!” thing in particular is really starting to grate on me. I feel like they keep replaying a badly animated gif, and it’s not funny. I was hoping that last weeks low budget was due to the introduction of an unpopular character but it seems that is not the case. I can’t help, but feel like J.C. is not taking this anime very serious, and are instead just working off a ‘good enough’ mentality. The fans will buy this even it’s awful so why expend effort right?
This may be a bit hasty to say at only four episodes in, but J.C. seems to incapable of representing Jun Maeda’s humor in the same fashion I’ve seen it in the past, and would like to see here. The drama is working better, but I can’t shake the feeling that has more to do with the strength of the source material than this adaptation. This week, and last were both a battle against my better senses which are telling me this anime is not very good. I will probably like the drama that is unfolding, and the characters are cute. All the trademark Key things are here so why does this feel wrong?
I am looking forward to seeing how this drama plays out next week. I assume Komari’s backstory will resolve, and maybe even call forth a few tears. I am interested to see what inspired her happiness spiral theory. I wonder if maybe she was an abuse victim of some sort? Also, I hear around the web that this last episode was a pretty liberal translation of the events in the visual novel. I wonder if those complaints are from a crowd who had their favorite scene cut, or if J.C. really are cutting vital bits out of the plot. If anyone has an opinion on that I would be curious to hear it. I keep telling myself I am going to start reading Little Busters myself, but I have not had time for it yet.