Sorry for this huge wall of spoilers. But I have trouble condensing my thoughts, especially after only just finishing LB! about two weeks ago.
Angel Beats! certainly has a HUGE amount of potential, but the anime and manga aren’t at all enough to judge it by, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see…
While CLANNAD was the first time I’d ever cried so much, I have to say it wasn’t because it was sad. Every time I can remember crying (except for Ushio’s death) actually was a happy moment so…
Little Busters! is the only choice.
First of all by the very nature of the whole premise, it is a very sad story. Every single route is sad (or at least it was supposed to be) because the reason behind all of it even happening is sad. And then each of them ends with “happy”, “resolving” emotion (kinda similar to what I was talking about with CLANNAD), with the exceptions of Yuiko and Rin.
Both of those of course are setting up for Refrain, especially and most obviously Rin. The feelings just keep building up: the confusion of sudden love; loneliness of missing a life-long friend; the terror of feeling like everyone, even Kyousuke who you look up to most, turning against you; the overwhelming suspense of the “secret of the world” with both Kyousuke and CHEAP TRICKS; the fear of being on the run; everything starts to crash down; the REGRET (one of my favorite tracks);
And they continue to build up in Refrain: the horror of having to see Rin in the state that she is; the horror of seeing Kyousuke in the state he is in; having even Masato and Kengo reject you, being alone again; Masato’s chapter and being reminded of what an amazing way he’s a friend; Kengo’s chapter and slowly starting to realize all the emotions they’ve been struggling with, to realize what’s going on; Kyousuke’s chapter and now suddenly having to hold the huge weight of every single moment of the the VN and its importance;
And then Faraway starts to play and all those emotions, the huge weight that had been building up the whole time starts to crack; Masato disappears; more cracks; Kengo disappears; more cracks; AND THEN IT BREAKS. “NO! I love you more than you will ever love me!” Kyousuke starts crying and it all came crashing down. And it wouldn’t stop. All the way through the last look at the school, until Kyousuke disappered, it wouldn’t stop.
And then the whole crash scene happens and it all starts building up again. “RUN.” Its getting heavy. Rin’s scene, realizing all the friends she lost. Only One Magic World plays. Komari on the rooftop. Still building up. Hospital. Silence. Rin: “Yokkata…” …And Song for Friends starts to play. And it all comes tumbling down all over again. They lost everything. But they are strong.
And thats why it was enough.