Now that I’ve finally finished the last remaining route in Little Busters!, I’ve also looked back at the pieces I have chosen for my classical-music gimmick… I haven’t mentioned a single Baroque piece yet. Which means, for Kanata, I must choose a piece by J.S. Bach, because I can’t not mention Bach when it comes to Baroque. Plus, dude shares the same birthday as Haydn, and guess what piece I chose for Haruka before?
Sadly, I don’t know as much Bach pieces as I want to, but right now my pick for Kanata is the Erbarme Dich aria from his St. Matthew Passion (oh nice, it’s Holy Week right now). That song is pure suffering, right down to the lyrics.
(Here’s a playlist of pieces I picked for each routes, for those interested.)
Anyway, for the Kanata route, it was a much better experience than I personally expected, and I found it to be a much-needed follow-up to Haruka Route. Whereas there were some aspects of Haruka Route that sort-of muddled its message with regards to domestic abuse, Kanata Route managed to have a much clearer and much more thoughtful exploration of the subject:
There’s also this line that cleared the muddled waters for me when it comes to the route’s message:
Another thing I appreciate about this route is how the story acknowledged and respected that Kanata herself isn’t exactly a fan of men who conflate pity with romantic interest. Still, the route values support network as the key (kek) to freeing a victim from abuse, but it conveys so without coming across as promoting emotional dependency, or reinforcing gender stereotypes that damsels need a knight in shining armor to be saved. That’s why I like that Kanata was saved through the effort of the entire Little Busters – and Kanata herself, too – rather than just Riki alone. Bonus points that the idea of Riki conveying confessing to Kanata was deemed inconsequential in the end.
Also, shoutout to Haruka in this route. She did great. I’m so proud of her.
4.5/5 the raid-the-wedding-scene was so shounen I love it