Little Busters! ~Refrain~ Episode 12: One Wish


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  1. Wanderer says:

    I would strongly recommend playing the VN once you finish the anime. While I haven’t watched the entirety of the anime that’s aired, I did watch most of the first season (through Kud’s route), and I found it strong and compelling in its own way. Worth watching, and varrying emotional impact. After I watched Kud’s story I decided to pick up the VN, which I am slowly working my way through. It has significantly more depth and development for the characters: you get to know them, to understand them, to FEEL them in a way the anime didn’t really have time to get into, although it did the best it could. There are some significant differences in the routes as well: aside from things being cut in all of them for compression, Haruka’s and Kud’s specifically had important details that were completely changed or invented for the anime, either for time constraints, or because the original story couldn’t work due to the concept of a visual novel with multiple routes not working when set on a linear storyline (certain character behaviors depend on them being romantically involved with Riki, for example).

    Anyway, I’ve played through Komari’s route, Rin’s 1st route (she has 2 routes before Refrain), Haruka’s route, and Kud’s route so far. Despite knowing how things would turn out in general, the FEELS… especially for Haruka and Kud-o… Honestly, after I finished each of those routes, I had to take a break from playing. They left me feeling emotionally exhausted, they’d gotten to me and wrenched at my hearstrings so much.

    Finish watching the anime first, by all means, but once you do I would definitely recommend getting your hands on the VN and experiencing it.

    • Magicflier says:

      If you play the visual novel, then you will truly experience how we felt when we watched the anime knowing the secret. Since you now know the secret, you can realize many small things and catch very cryptic dialogue that was simply ‘thrown in there’ to go with the flow when it actually is foreshadowing something big. The anime actually gave bigger hints so it was a lot more intriguing(and maybe even to the point of annoyance) than the visual novel, but all this foreshadowing that you wouldn’t normally pay attention to will now catch your eyes. Think of the visuall novel as an expansion of information and dialogue. XD

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