Oh looky-looky~ i call myself little busters fan and i haven’t posted my thoughts of it till now. Let’s rectify this mistake.
I open the screen and see a creepy image, yeah it’s disturbing. Then riki wakes up and everything starts off normally… for a few minutes until Kyousuke’s absence causes a great misfit. Things start to pick up now, the little busters have lost their leader and they break up one by one until only riki and rin remain. The mission begins now.
Masato the goddamm best friend you can ever have. This muscle idiot is the most sensible of our cast. Masato wanted one basic thing that all humans want… ‘friends’ he wanted a place where he could have fun without worrying about stupid things which he found with little busters.
To be honest it’s very difficult to find any fault in his character, he did everything that his role required. Getting himself on line so his friend can survive, keep being an idiot so they enjoy the last time they have with him. My favorite character from the Cast.
Kengo is a like a child. A stubborn child who wants to save everything precious to him. He took his time with busters in the real world for granted so now he regrets it. He wants to forever be with his friends, keep having fun. What he learns is very similar to Riki, ‘letting go of things’.
He finally accepts his fate (which i don’t fucking approve it’s not enough man) and sees his friend off with a smile and a loving
This man!. He’s great, awasome, faithful, brave,… The list goes on. He’s introduced to us in the beginning as some sort of superhuman, an ace. But how they portray his failure, is one of the few times i considered a character as though real human. The writing of his despair state, his faith in riki, the will to save his friends is absolutely incredible.
Yeah Rin though is a big character she’s ultimately overshadowed by the guys big time. She’s only there for the most part of refrain and there isn’t anything too special about it. Her dream is a part that rectifies it somewhat but i find it very short.
Riki means ‘strength’ and yeah like his name this character displays strength throughout the story. Both mental and physical. His will is incredible, he goes to any length when a friend is in trouble or if the situation calls for it. This is the best trait a character can have. His friends are everything to him and he’ll do anything for them. Getting stronger plays a very important part in his development. It’s something we can all relate to as we all get stronger through various obstacles in our lives. For those people who think Riki is a boring normal protagonist, most people in real life are like that ‘people who live daily repetitive boring lives and enjoy little things with their friends’.
And it’s because of this normalness, the miracle he pulls off is much more meaningful. Even a normal person can do amazing things.
I’m not gonna go deep into this. I’d say it’s not enough is my go to choice cause like Riki i would like to live with my friends rather than alone.
Though there is one thing. On the second playthrough of refrain you have the choice of selecting weather you want to say yes to Rin’s proposal or not. We get few romance scenes between riki and rin with that option. But preferably i like the no option, the romance is good and all but it feels out of place after refrain, it feels childish and doesn’t give sense that the characters grew up.