I really don’t think it’ll fit in, but okay. No one seems to be interested in discussing LB! 4-koma anyway.
Now, I think I haven’t said this about how Refrain ends, but…
Call me a bad guy and all…
I sorta hoped that Refrain anime would make everyone but Riki and Rin dies. No wish-granting stars, time reversing things and whatever. I hoped they all stay dead.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I do love the members of Little Busters. Every of them. But what I don’t really like about the ending is the fact that they can somehow turn back the time and revive the dead. It’s just… I don’t know, too convenient?
You can’t just wish so hard to revive someone you love so much from deathbed. That’s just too good to be true. Miracles do exist, but they’re not that convenient. Instead, I think the kind of miracle I hoped they showed us is that they can stay strong and live on in such situation. They have to live, left by the people they care so much. People can just die without heroic death. People will live, suffer, and die. But along with the pain of living, they also learn how to hold dear their lives. They will learn the joy of living, and how precious it is because it’s not eternal.
After the scene of Riki lying on the hospital bed, I sorta thought that maybe the “fact” that they saved everyone and everyone survived is just, in his head, sort of another kind of dream. Because it’s really too good to be true. You know that if such accident (bus crash) happens, you’d expect several death. But everyone survived and made full recovery within a year. That’s just too good to be true.
Or maybe Riki and Rin and Kyousuke are the only ones who didn’t survive? After the explosion in Refrain, the scene abruptly turned to Rin singing in the classroom. My first thought was "Am I in heaven or what?"
Which is why they created the epilogue “Bokura no Asa” to assure the readers that it’s not just some kind of fantasy.
But I just think that it can be interesting to have a story about “how the left ones should live on without their loved ones.”