Went and finished Refrain again just to make sure I didn’t have any scenes locked~! If I miss any harder-to-find scenes from here on, bear with me. Also, keep in mind that I’m playing Memorial Edition, so let me know if any scenes I speak about don’t appear in your version of the game.
Riki wakes up to discover the entire cafeteria staff have disappeared! There’s no mistaking that this is what the letter from yesterday was talking about, and so Rin and Riki spring into action. They manage to cook breakfast with the help of the boys, and then rush off to class. Here we also get to decide on who should be Kud’s roommate. The choices are between Haruka, Mio and Kanata. This time I decided to go with Haruka, as I usually go with either Mio or Kanata. When lunch break starts, continuing Rin’s task, we get the cafeteria minigame where you have to give everyone the right meal. This is pretty tricky, but once you get a rhythm going you can rack up some decent scores.
Gotta give a mention to that hilarious scene of Komari getting stuck in the copying machine and Haruka printing a bunch of pages of her face. I got a good laugh out of that one. We’re also introduced to Kanata briefly, with an option to start going toward her route if you’re playing EX onwards.
We also get a really good scene with Mio. Personally I’m a big fan of her scenes, so don’t be surprised if I focus on her a little bit more than the other girls. The scene is basically about the two affirming their relationship with each other. At this point in time, Riki has only spent a few moments with her on a whim each time, so when Mio asks him “Do you want to know more about me?”, Riki tells her that he’s not sure. She doesn’t seem to feel rejected, all she does is invite him to ask again if he’s really wants to become closer to her, and that she wouldn’t mind if he never speaks to her again either. I love this kind of relationship of mutual acceptance of each other’s independence. It’s not the kind of conversation you’d hear many people have in our modern society, where we’re always trying to please each other. It reminds me a lot of a famous quote, the gestalt prayer. If you’re curious, look it up. I really dig that kind of genuine relationship.
Back on the baseball field, Kurugaya shows up asking to join the team. Surprisingly, Riki is a bit hesitant as he doesn’t want the team to be full of girls, but ultimately he’s unable to deny her. We also get to see Kurugaya protest against Komari calling her Yui-chan in the battle system, which is pretty funny to watch. Komari-max is the best name, by the way. That makes 6 members on the team, with 4 more to go! After batting practice the group hurry back to the cafeteria to serve dinner, and just after they finish up Riki is hit by a sudden narcolepsy attack; probably the first one we’ve seen so far. When he wakes up, Kyousuke (or Rin if you’ve progressed enough) is there to comfort him. A subtle reminder that there’s more to Riki than just the ordinary boy he appears to be. Because let’s be honest, it is easy to forget he has narcolepsy. Unless you’re watching the Anime, they really shove it in your face there, aha. The night ends with a change in Rin’s night missions. This time, she has to fight the unknown lifeform. It can be quite tough to face, and you have to face it four times, each time more difficult the last to defeat it once and for all and get the full story behind it. Fun fact, there are actually three different unknown lifeforms! The subsequent two lifeforms are unlocked after defeating the one before it, and each is tougher than the last. I’ve never defeated more than the first one, but I’m facing off against the second one right now. Mystery abound!
One thing that’s great about Little Busters is how the game evolves after each repetition. In the beginning Rin is very weak-willed and shy, but as the game progresses she gets filled with confidence to the point where you’re not even sure if she was ever as shy and nervous as she was initially. This is something that you can’t get out of a novel, something that only a Visual Novel could accomplish.
These really are getting longer each time…