Ever-Lovin' Bustin' - Little Busters! Anime announced!
The Japanese visual novel - basically a genre of 'games' that, in most technicalities, barely qualify as such. Each title treats the player to a series of still images, sometimes spliced with bits of full-motion video, while reading seemingly endless waves of text or listening to hours of voice acting, with the only input at one's disposal is the press of a button to further advance the story.
Indeed, to a great extent, Japanese visual novels are a genre that, while possessing a strong niche audience, still remains fairly alien to non-Japanese speaking consumers. Yet, this very genre remains extremely strong to this very day, gaining legions of fans through the sheer quality of their artwork, voice acting, and story.
With the help of anime and game adaptations though, this helps open these titles to a much wider audience and breaking it out of obscurity. From the Phoenix Wright series to shows like To Heart and Kanon, anime and game adaptations have usually been the fastest way for a visual novel series to get the recognition it deserves.
Enter Little Busters - the next visual novel classic to get the long awaited anime treatment!
Following the tale of Riki Naoe, a meek boy long tormented not just for his meek behaviour, but also his girlish appearance. Losing his parents at a young age, Riki's earliest and strongest friends have been 4 youths; Rin, Kyousuke, Masato and Kengo. What's different about these friends however is one amazing fact - that they fight evil as a group known as the "Little Busters"!
With high school looming in the horizon, more evils to face, as well as the complications of love & human emotions, Little Busters looks set to be the next big thing for Romance Anime buffs!
The original visual novel, released in 2007 on the PC, made sales head waves in Japan for several years, with the limited edition of "Little Busters!" having ranked 2nd in pre-orders, and then ranking 7 more times in sales rankings! Little Busters was subsequently treated to a sequel in the form of "Little Busters Ecstacy!", dominating charts ever since!
With a strong following established in Japan and dedicated niche overseas followings, as well as a plethora of merchandise from games to books, Little Busters' anime-series adaptation has been met with extreme anticipation! Are YOU ready to get Bustin'?