While it was indeed sudden, I’m totally fine with that. The contrast and shock of that plot twist hit me pretty hard. Part of me was like “Eh? What happened? Why? Someone pls tell me what’s wrong with her I really wanna help her now!!” Her empty-eyes-on-the-rooftop-CG has amplified that effect. Another part of me was already looking forward to the incoming Key drama (Komari route was my first LB route).
And now that we’re talking about trauma… I think Key is seriously underestimating trauma. All traumata featured in Little Busters were solved way too easily. That stuff usually takes many years to overcome and there’s no guarantee of succeeding at all.
Are you sure? I actually pictured Komari to be really popular - the type that can befriend pretty much anyone. Cute, kind, open-hearted. Aren’t those kinds of people usually popular? And she’s secretly friends with Sasami, too. And I kinda have the feeling I’ve seen Riki call her popular in his narration, but I’m really not sure.
Philistines, the lot of them. It doesn’t even take that long to get used to her voice. I’ve seen Natsumi Yanase in several different roles and I can confidently say she’s an amazing VA with a very unique and pleasant voice. And I’m absolutely certain that her voice suits Komari perfectly. I pay a lot of attention to VAs and I seriously doubt anyone could voice her in a more fitting way.
I don’t think there was such an example. It’s just the vibe that I got from her before the drama in her route began. Allow me to explain.
First of all, her spiral theory is, as I said, really naive. It’s not something a high schooler would normally preach without a shred of doubt. Same goes for her optimism magic (saying “alright!” to motivate yourself).
I can’t remember ever seeing her even remotely angry or hurt. It’s like the concept of malice doesn’t exist for her (It’s also different from Kud’s way of thinking in that regard).
Then there’s her volunteer activities. To me, it looked like she’s “merely” trying to spread happiness while not being aware of what kind of world she’s entering there. She’s all happy-go-lucky about it, never serious. She never acted like volunteering was important. It’s like she didn’t register that the money she’s collecting is for people who desperately need it (and not just so they can eat sweets), or that the retirement home she’s visiting is basically a dump for old people who were deemed too bothersome to deal with by their families, a place where they’re supposed to wait for deaths. It’s literally their last stop in life.
Something just felt off about her. Naiveté and optimism aren’t enough to explain Komari’s behavior and personality (and why her own theories work so perfectly for her). I didn’t get feeling that she’s a character with immense inner strength, capable of overcoming any emotional trouble. It was more like… bad things never happen to her in the first place.
Thus, I have concluded that she subconsciously rejects bad things, filtering them out of her inner world. This also connects to what Aspi mentioned.
She’s being sheltered from bad things, so she has zero resistance to emotional problems if they do strike her directly. What other people should have done would be, like Riki, to give her a few nosedives into the things she keeps ignoring.
At least that’s how I’ve seen it while playing Little Busters.