Little Busters!

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  • TV-14
  • 2013
  • 2 Seasons
  • 6.9  (374)

Little Busters! is a Japanese animated television series produced by Showgate that aired from 2012 to 2013. The show is centered around a group of friends who call themselves the Little Busters. The main character, Riki Naoe, is a high school student who is grieving the loss of his parents. He is often plagued by nightmares and feelings of worthlessness. However, Riki finds solace in his friendship with the other members of the Little Busters.

The other members of the Little Busters include Kyousuke Natsume (voiced by Blake Shepard), the group's leader and Riki's closest friend; Rin Natsume (voiced by Shannon Emerick), Kyousuke's younger sister, who is quiet and reserved; Komari Kamikita (voiced by Brittney Karbowski), a sweet but childish girl who has a love of sweets and is afraid of the dark; Haruka Saigusa (voiced by Kana Hanazawa), a tomboyish girl who has a reputation for getting into fights; and Kudryavka Noumi (voiced by Yui Horie), a girl of mixed Japanese and Russian heritage who has a passion for baseball.

The Little Busters spend their days playing baseball and other games, often involving elaborate pranks and competitions. However, as the series progresses, Riki and his friends begin to uncover the dark secrets that lie beneath the surface of their seemingly idyllic school.

One of the main themes of Little Busters! is the power of friendship. Riki and his friends are brought together by a shared sense of loss and loneliness, but they come to rely on each other for support and companionship. Over the course of the series, Riki learns to open up to others and to trust in the strength of his relationships with the other members of the Little Busters.

Another important theme of the series is the struggle to come to terms with grief and loss. Riki and several of his friends have experienced traumatic events in their pasts, and they must learn to confront their pain and find a way to move forward. The series does not shy away from the emotional intensity of these moments, and viewers may find themselves moved to tears by the characters' struggles.

Little Busters! was well-received by fans and critics alike for its engaging characters and emotional storylines. The show maintains a balance of humor and drama, and the animation is colorful and lively. The voice actors, including Blake Shepard, Shannon Emerick, and Brittney Karbowski, bring the characters to life with nuance and sensitivity.

Overall, Little Busters! is a heartwarming series about the power of friendship and the struggle to overcome grief and loss. It is a must-watch for fans of anime and anyone who enjoys a good coming-of-age story.

Little Busters! is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (39 episodes). The series first aired on February 12, 2013.

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The Little Busters
13. The Little Busters
December 28, 2013
Riki's consciousness sinks deeper and deeper into darkness. As the desperate situation around him persists, Riki is tormented by his own powerlessness. Asking himself why he turned out this way, he resolves to fight back against reality and overcome his own weakness. To find the true meaning of "the secret to this world," to answer a wish, to bring smiles to the future...
One Wish
12. One Wish
December 21, 2013
Having learned the secret of the world, Riki takes Rin's hand and runs. There's no turning back now. When Riki thinks of his friends, he feels as though his heart is tearing apart. The next thing they know, a vision of despair spreads before the two of them.
The End of the World
11. The End of the World
December 14, 2013
Riki was thrilled to bring Kyousuke back into the group, recreating the original Little Busters. He wastes no time suggesting that they all play baseball together. An unnatural silence surrounds them as Kyousuke watches Riki with a sad look in his eye.
And Now, I Repeat It All
10. And Now, I Repeat It All
December 7, 2013
Riki's group at last has four members. Brimming with confidence, Riki sets off to find Kyousuke. When they were young, Kyousuke reached out his hand to Riki and saved him; now it's Riki's turn to do the same for Kyousuke.
A Friend's Tears
9. A Friend's Tears
November 30, 2013
After Masato, it's time to recruit Kengo into the Little Busters. But Kengo seems to know something and tries to stop Riki from recruiting members, telling him that if he continues, he'll only find darkness in the end. Riki, Rin and Masato ponder whether there's a way to bring Kengo into their group and continue rebuilding the Little Busters. But Riki is determined to become the leader that Kyousuke once was, and resolves to convince Kengo using force. At that moment, Rin holds up a ball and suggests that they challenge him in baseball.
Proof of the Strongest
8. Proof of the Strongest
November 23, 2013
In his effort to recreate the Little Busters, Riki first approaches Masato to join. Masato, however, refuses the invitation and pushes Riki away with the words, "Time for me to start proving that I'm the strongest." From that moment on, Masato goes out of control and punches out anyone who approaches him. Rin tells Riki that Masato is acting the same way he did as a child. Riki and Rin set traps to stop Masato's rampage, but then...
May 13
7. May 13
November 16, 2013
At some point, Rin changed. Since she began to fear other people, she'll only smile around children or Riki. Even Kyousuke has changed, shutting himself in his room with the lights off and refusing to attend classes. As children, the Little Busters were always laughing and having fun together, led by Kyousuke. Is there no way to go back to those days? "If there were something I could do to bring back those days, what would it be?"
After the Escape
6. After the Escape
November 9, 2013
Rin has left to attend another school. Riki begins to mistrust Kyousuke for the first time ever, suspecting that everything was part of some plan he concocted. Riki confides in Kengo about his fears that the Little Busters will fall apart, and is grateful to find that he feels the same way. Meanwhile, Riki continues to receive heart-wrenching emails from Rin. Finally he decides to go get her back, but Kyousuke stops him...
The Final Task
5. The Final Task
November 2, 2013
When a prefectural assembly member comes to the school for an inspection, a call is issued for two volunteers from Riki's class to show him around the campus. Remembering the most recent letter from Lennon, Riki and Rin timidly raise their hands. Rin does her best as they show the assembly member around, and though her nerves are apparent, the man seems to find her awkward behavior charming. After he leaves, Rin is summoned to the faculty office...
Riki and Rin
4. Riki and Rin
October 26, 2013
Riki's morning begins with the feeling that he had forgotten something in his dream. As he continues through the day in a daze, a certain girl confesses that she likes him. When Kyousuke hears the news, he tells Riki that Rin also received a confession, from a third year student. This comes as a shock to Riki for reasons he can't understand. Later, while talking with Rin, he suddenly becomes strangely conscious of her. When he works up the nerve to ask her about the guy who confessed to her, Rin makes a suggestion he never expected...
I Wanted to Stay Here Forever
3. I Wanted to Stay Here Forever
October 19, 2013
Riki continues to relive June 20th. With no end in sight, he goes to Kurugaya for help.
It Was Raining Back Then, Too
2. It Was Raining Back Then, Too
October 12, 2013
When Riki suffers another narcolepsy attack, Kurugaya looks after him until he wakes up. As the two reminisce about the times they've spent with their friends and voice their wishes that these times would last forever, there's a rather nice mood about them...
It Struck Without Warning
1. It Struck Without Warning
October 5, 2013
In celebration of the team's first game, Komari hosts a pancake party. The Little Busters' first party with everyone together is full of smiles and good times! However, a certain group of classmates watches the party with contempt in their eyes.
Where to Watch Little Busters!
Little Busters! is available for streaming on the Showgate website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Little Busters! on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Microsoft Movies & TV and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    February 12, 2013
  • IMDB Rating
    6.9  (374)