The news that the long-awaited adaptation of Key eroge Little Busters! is apparently to be handled by JC Staff rather than the much hoped for Kyoto Animation has prompted tremendous outpourings of sweet otaku tears in Japan and beyond.


Non-fans of the original can probably be forgiven for not caring at all, but for overexcited Key fans hoping the title would be a blockbuster on par with Clannad the news has been devastating – though whether this is the result of the perceived weakness of JC Staff or the extreme strength of Kyoto Animation is still the subject of much anguished debate.

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    Comment by Octopi
    07:42 08/04/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    jc staff is very good, his production values are high.

    Avatar of cuppatea@yahoo.co.jp
    11:03 08/04/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Animates tsukihime and doesn't afraid of anything

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:06 12/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    If only ufotable got it... My god, they did one heck of a job with Fate/Zero... But J.C... I like Toradora but other than that, they have so many more miss than hits.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:46 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ah, the lord of animation. XD

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    Comment by Morgadeth
    07:18 08/04/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Should have gone with Gonzo.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:01 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah they should have gone with that instead.

    Comment by Anonymous

    You mean the company that was so fucking bad that it almost went bankrupt and had to be absorbed? Best be joking bro.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:22 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Still better than "KyoAni-fucking-anime-industry-since-2006"

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:37 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    So.... Generating sales is killing the industry?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:06 31/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    he said fucking, not killing. But not in a good way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:55 09/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes. It's not WHETHER you do it, it's HOW you do it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:47 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fucking bad at doing business, not anime. Nice strawman, btw.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:12 08/04/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    J.C. Staff + the director of Kill Me, Baby?

    Dead on arrival.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:13 08/04/2012 # ! Good (+0.5)

    JC Staff are good. People put KyoAni too high and then blame Yamakan when they fail to deliver. They also forget that Yamakan left Kyoani years ago.

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    Comment by Ichiro Ino
    09:11 08/04/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    The issue is not if JC Staff is good or not, but it's the expectation of the tradition that KyoAni animates Key...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:04 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Not so much "tradition," as the fact that KyoAni's adaptations are a known quantity, and fans feel they can TRUST KyoAni to be extremely faithful to the VN. Long before KyoAni started adapting Key, there was the 2002 TV adaptation of Kanon by Toei, and Toei went on to adapt Air and Clannad as well (both as movies). The Toei adaptations, however, were not nearly as well received, partly because Toei had no qualms about rewriting the story.

    Because of the universal high regard for KyoAni's adaptations, I think everyone expected either they or P.A. Works (who did Angel Beats) would be handling Little Busters. As a result, there's an understandable letdown when we find it's J.C. Staff, who don't have an existing relationship with KyoAni, and have a somewhat spotty record in recent years.

    J.C. Staff had better realize that people are going to hold this to a much higher standard of faithfulness than they did Kimikiss, for example. Kimikiss was arguably better for their tinkering, but anything by Key is hard to improve on. As they as they know that, and as long as they put a Raildex or Toradora effort, and not a Shana II or Slayers R/E effort into it, and as long as they don't let Rie Kugimiya in the building (nothing against Rie per se, but they have overused her), they'll probably be alright.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:16 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Generally, when adapting media that originally were voiced, the same seiyuu are preferred, there are exceptions, of course, like when original cast were the cheap newbies or even amateurs or when some seiyuu isn't available. In this case all primary cast seiyuu seam to have some track record (including anime/hentai) but I fail to recognize any solid anime-tier seiyuu so it could go both ways.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:13 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I never played the game, but there shouldn't be any reason to call Kugimiya again unless there's a tsundere character with a stunted growth syndrome.

    Otherwise, Kugimiya has to be in. A loli-built tsundere fitted with Kugimiya's voice is as sure as the morning sun.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:10 10/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    There are no characters in Little busters that would be appropriate for Rie Kugimiya. Sometimes I wonder why they don't just steal the voice lines from the game instead of hiring VAs. The only new VAs they'd have to have are for minor chars and the MC!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:14 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    your forgetting about angel beats

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:56 09/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Angel Beats wasn't an adaption of a VN.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:21 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Ichiro Ino That's exactly right! Like you said, It's not the quality people are scared of, but the "tradition" of the usual KyoAni/Key collaboration.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:39 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @10:25 Whoa, I totally forgot about that, sorry.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:25 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    ^!! it shoulda been KyoKey!! :(

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:54 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow you're either an idiot if you believe those trollish remarks about yamakan doing things wrong at KyoAni. BTW it's Yamakan himself screwing his own works not KyoAni's. Does... Fractale ring a bell?

    Works don't tell a lie, and JC staff have been really nconsistent lately. Why don't you sit down and watch that retarded ending they gave to Merry. Not to mention the pointless slow paced plot going on about at ZnT S3. Oh and... how about the "masterpiece" that is Index II.

    How's that scene where Kihara throws a damn grenade at Accelerator while being not more than 3 ft away from each other. I know that is fictional but that wasn't really portrayed well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:57 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Oh and btw, I'm not fully pushing KyoAni to handle LB.

    PA Works, A1 Pictures, and White Fox could've been a the best alternative. Not this piece of a shit studio.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:56 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess people can't handle the truth.

    Keep sucking JC Staff cock.

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    Comment by RoxbiT
    12:03 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Saying JC staff good? what Kind of drugs are you taking right now?

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    Comment by Jonael
    05:08 08/04/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Yes, i want to cry...

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    Comment by Aero
    07:10 08/04/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Well that's a surprise.
    And for KyoAni hardcore fans: Remember Endless Eight?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:21 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I do.

    I also remember that Endless Eight was essentially Kadokawa's fault (they're the ones who insisted that Disappearance be held back for a feature film), not KyoAni's. KyoAni could have handled it better from a PR perspective, but they deserve at least some credit for reanimating each episode rather than reusing footage.

    I also remember that they have a spotless record when it comes to adaptations of Key VNs, while every other studio that's ever touched a Key title has come up short.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:04 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Remember Disappearance?

    Avatar of cuppatea@yahoo.co.jp
    11:03 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Watching those episodes really made you feel sympathy for Nagato in the movie. I thought it was a really gutsy move. Maybe it was too much, though.

    I still want Haruhi seasons three, four, and five.

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    Comment by Kinny Riddle
    12:24 08/04/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I wouldn't have minded the JC Staff label too much if the team assigned to it were the same ones that did Railgun, Toradora and Ano Natsu de Matteru (i.e. director Nagai Tatsuyuki). And the last one was an original anime story.

    But alas, it was not.

    Let's put it this way, the director assigned for this has just done Kill Me Baby.

    My word, that has got to be the most boring 4-koma comedy I've seen and a total waste of the potential of its cute characters. There were hardly any background characters even and no decent background artwork to boot.

    Say what you will about K-ON and its overhyped moeshit, but you gotta admit Kyo-Ani really knows how to turn a generic 4-koma comedy into a cashcow as well as make their characters into memorable fappable icons.

    As most have said, JC Staff has an inconsistent record when it comes to adapting works, and have been known to constantly "raped" the original with fillers and changes (Shana I and II) or plain fanservice (ZnT).

    The Index series and Shana III were one of the few exceptions where JC Staff has stuck to the original script, but even there they left out lots of massive details from the novels which an anime-only viewer would not understand.

    This at least proves one thing: No matter if it's Kadokawa (Haruhi, Lucky Star), Key (Kanon, Air, Clannad) or Koubunsha (K-ON), it is the original authors and publishers that need Kyo-Ani more than Kyo-Ani needs them.

    (This probably explains why Gatou Shouji has been working as part of the production team in Kyo-Ani's upcoming series Hyouka, presumably in exchange for Kyo-Ani animating the rest of his FMP series. lol )

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    Comment by Kixiv
    13:30 09/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    To be fair, kill me baby's manga was pretty boring as well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:48 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    >JC Staff
    expect bland animation with a really shitty color pallet.

    no seriously, my biggest complain about JC Staff works is their awful color pallet choices, everything is too bright & grey, there's almost no dark shadows in their works and it is fucking gay.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:45 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I just hope that J.C. Staff's tendency to make it have at least three seasons until the story finished carry over to here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:52 08/04/2012 # ! Good (+0.5)

    Now all they need is a wimpy male protagonist and an obnoxious loli voiced by kugiemiya.

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    Comment by Jack
    05:38 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    I don't see the problem here. KyoAni is good but JC Staff isn't bad. Look at their recent anime: Ano natsu de matteru, Kill me baby, Kami sama no memocho, etc. They can handle that anime as good as any other company

    About Kyoani, I officially hate them since that Endless Eight retard

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:41 08/04/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    I like JC Staff too, but KyoAni is the better studio hands down.

    Also JC Staff sucks at mastering blu ray releases.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:29 08/04/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    @Solace yeah I know the Blu rays were 720p, but the quality was stunning nonetheless. like I said, If J.C. Staff has a high budget they can really do some incredible stuff, whether it's animation, sound, (I've sound!) or even the story itself. Index/Railgun is proof of that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:51 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    @06:41 Have you seen Railgun and Index II on Blu ray? I was speechless with how stunning some of the scenes looked. If J.C. Staff has a decent budget they can really work wonders.

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    Comment by twonline
    14:18 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Even though visual quality is very good in Index. Story is not very good (cliched and terrible pacing).

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:39 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I will drop this anime if it only have 13 eps and no season 2. Thanks to JC STAFF!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:09 09/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @twonline Well, the story in the Light novel is definitely not "cliche". The pacing problem in the Anime series is J.C. Staff's fault.

    You should check out the novels. they're really good.

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    Comment by Solace
    08:23 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    J.C. Staff never never release their shit on anything greater than 720p. They don't do 1080p.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:17 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You can't give JC Staff Credit for Ano Natsu. Production I.G is the reason the animation turned out so well, and you can thank the writers of Please Teacher/Ano Hana for the story.

    I don't know about the others, but JC staff does not have a good track record my friend.

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    Comment by Norrc
    08:20 09/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not sure if troll or just stupid...
    Anime you mentioned are nothing but rubbish bro.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:11 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sucks to be you for missing out on Disappearance.

    JC Staff on the other hand hasn't done anything worth praising. Yeah they've done some decent works recently but that's just about that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:53 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Let's not forget:
    J.C. Staff is not bad, but KyoAni did an amazing job with all recent Key/Visual Arts adaptions.

    It's hard for J.C. Staff to do something even remotely similar with LB as KyoAni did with Clannad/After Story.

    And we did all see what happened when other studios took Key/Visual Arts content:
    - Kanon 2002 : Badly done...
    - Clannad Movie : Bad idea to make Clannad into a movie
    - Angel Beats : TO SHORT!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:44 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't forget Air The Movie, Toei did not do that series justice.

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    Comment by Yamato
    13:13 08/04/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    oh god, that movie just had a shitload of melodrama that the series (remarkably) managed to avoid. It's so bad that several of the scenes actually play out like a soap opera stereotype.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:12 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Toei has NEVER done Key justice. They got three tries, and they struck out.

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    Comment by kenji
    10:15 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    while what you said is true

    don't jump the gun just yet...

    Comment by Anonymous

    im a anxious because JC, while having gotten quite a lot of experience with animating Light Novels, is severely lacking in exerience with animating Visual Novels... and its not eas animating Visual Novels since you gotta puut all the or a tleats al the important story-branches into one....

    Comment by Anonymous

    They did do Kimikiss, but the reception thereof was fairly mixed, and it was certainly not 100% faithful to the VN, which is pretty much the standard fans of Key VNs are expecting.

    To be fair, though, KyoAni also had a pretty limited portfolio of VN adaptations before doing Air.

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