Posted on 13 November 2012 with categories: Little Busters

So in the end, Komari: a girl who couldn’t get over the death of her brother. As someone who tends to prefer characters with… at least a bit of independence, I do feel a bit let down. At least Fuuko and the Uguu girl had their reasons for having the minds of five year olds. Setting therapy aside, I really find her to be the most annoying Key character I have seen.

And yet, I actually really liked the rest of the cast in this episode. Riki was the only one who really was able to do anything, but I really liked the way in which everyone supported him. I also quite liked Riki as he tried to get Komari back on her feet. The story is here so simple that yeah, Komari did need to just get hit on the head a few times, so I liked their idea to do this with another picture book, and even though Riki was just terrible at drawing, I like how he still went through with it. That’s for me the biggest difference between the beginning of this series and Kanon: the Uguu girl also was annoying, but beyond that it didn’t have much else that caught my attention, making it a lot less bearable for me to watch.

I expected more from gramps, though. In the end he was also partially responsible for Komari ending up the way she did because he refused to help her, instead just staying away from her. He’s an important person in her life, and yet he just abandoned her under the pretext that she’d cry when he’d die. Well, in that case I’d better stop making friends if all I’m going to do is make people cry when I eventually pass on. This guy needs to be healed too here. Does he also have his own arc? I’d love to see that actually.
Rating: 4.5/8 (Good)

9 Responses

  1. Engix says:

    He actually does have a bigger part in the Visual Novel, but as you could probably tell they really rushed this arc.

  2. elior1 says:

    well next episode we back to the common routh which we will see the rest of the female character to make them join the group like the episodes before komari story

  3. Juno says:

    Well, Komari IS considered to be the weakest character with the weakest ending in the Western fanbase (not in the Japanese fanbase, but I’d say that’s a matter of cultural tastes and context). If they do Haruka’s route next, I can’t predict what will happen because I’m currently on the common route again, trying to get her route and ending next. We’ll see…

  4. Duo says:

    Being someone who had completed Komari’s route, I have to say that they really rush this arc which doesn’t do justice to some casts, especially the grandpa. in VN grandpa mentioned that the trigger is “death” and “blood” (as Komari’s brother vomited blood right on her face before he died. There was once the grandpa vomited blood in front of Komari and triggered her breakdown, that’s why grandpa avoid to see her again.

  5. Nayrael says:

    Yep, gramps had a bigger role in VN. He actually went through the same think Riki did with his wife… but he chose another path: he pretended to be her brother whenever this happened (which you can choose in VN as well… but it is considered Bad End).

  6. AidanAK47 says:

    Haruka’s route is next. One word for you. Forced. Everything about this next arc is forced. The characters, the writing,…everything.

    Here’s a funny thing. How many people forget the main character had narcolepsy? Cause I remember playing the VN and when it popped up again I was like “Oh yeah…”

    • elior1 says:

      it not haruka routh in the next episode it only episode to recruit her to the little busters team

      • Pillow Predator says:

        And they bring Kanata – so basically going into her route. I hope they will make it longer and mix with Common Route as it was irritating one.

        Also Komari will go to background, till her moment of awesomeness later.

  7. rufe says:

    Here’s a very serious question. Why is Kengo always wearing his kendo-gi? It’s got to smell so bad……

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  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 01:58 PM)
    Voice acting has surely not helped the final fantasy series.
    But seriously, we need another chrono trigger.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 12:14 PM)
    Hell even Witcher 2’s combat was pretty adequate in my opinion, and Witcher 3 shows a lot of potential. The industry can indeed move forward just not when the price is creativity or integrity.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 12:13 PM)
    @Aidan: well during the early days where XV was still called Versus they talked a lot about how to use Interactive Cinematic Events (ICE) with multiple outcomes that waved in the narrative, so it might still exist in some form. Action RPGs like the Soul series are incredibly intricate and strategic, so a great gameplay is definitely viable within the medium. The problem with FF starts and ends with direction. Bad design decisions failing to hide the horrible plot and cringe-worthy style.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 12:05 PM)
    *kefka
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 12:05 PM)
    VII was always my favorite with VIII being a guilty pleasure. Not sure why everyone loves VI though. Sure Keifa is awesome but well thats aout it. The rest of it didn’t resonate with me at all. IV has become a bit outdated.
    Final fantasy one though does have some charm in it’s simplicity.
    But what Square needs to do is obvious. Stop making sequels to final fantasy! I mean christ the name of the series is already a joke. Create a new IP or hell chrono trigger sequel.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 12:00 PM)
    Played every single final fantasy. With the exception of the online ones and the newest one. They truly have lost there touch.The old battle system may have been outdates but damnit it works and it made battles look awesome. With the efforts to make it more of a action RPG the level of control you have in the battles has pretty much dropped. In stead of trying to change something that was already fine I would prefer it if they cut down on the cutscenes and weaved the story into gameplay.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 10:29 AM)
    And so Wyatt, K-off the results are in, Scotland rejects independence.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 07:59 AM)
    And holy hell,it would appear I have a thing for Tsukiyama and Touka =)
    The direction was very good when things hit the fan in the last few episodes too.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 07:53 AM)
    Additionally, the rushed pacing in the end it never came to bother me, I think from reading the whole manga that it needed a good pruning/trimming and what was left was the worthwhile material. I never really cared much for the characterization in the manga, it wasn’t all that miss-able.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 07:51 AM)
    Marathoned the tokyo ghoul anime there on a whim. I enjoyed seeing the fights animated even though visually there was room for improvement in places, the censoring while poor in places was nowhere near as bad as I had expected and didn’t ruin things for me as I thought it might.

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