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Little Busters! Refrain | oprainfall

A recent press release from anime licensing company Sentai Filmworks has revealed that they have licensed Little Busters! Refrain, the sequel anime series to Little Busters!. Sentai Filmworks also licensed the first series.

Little Busters! is mainly known as a visual novel game, which was released in 2007 on PC. On top of that, there have been numerous manga adaptions, including a 4-panel manga. It was adapted into an anime with the first series running 26 episodes from fall 2012 through spring 2013. The second season, Refrain, consists of 13 episodes and covers the final scenario of the visual novel.

Little Busters! Refrain airs on Saturdays at 10 a.m. EDT and is simulcast on Crunchyroll.


Sentai Filmworks Licenses Little Busters! Refrain

HOUSTON, October 29, 2013 — Lightning strikes twice in Sentai Filmworks’ newest acquisition: Little Busters! Refrain. Yoshiki Yamakawa (Maid Sama, Kill Me Baby) returns to direct this 26 follow up to the original series. Also returning are Haruko Iizuka, character design and Michiru Shimada, series composition.

Riki Naoe and his teammates have finally managed their goal of forming a complete baseball team for the Little Busters. Or have they, in fact re-united one? All along there has been something odd going on, a strange sense of déjà vu, and even as the Little Busters finally join together to become a working whole, the personal mysteries and idiosyncrasies that have permeated the school and games slowly begin to coalesce into something unexpected. For as the team falls into their roles, the pieces of the puzzle begin to fall into place. And as Riki begins to learn the secrets behind his narcolepsy, a stunning truth is about to be revealed, one that will change everything. Will the game continue into extra innings, or will it end in sudden death? Riki made the team and his teammates came, but the next pitch may throw everyone in LITTLE BUSTERS! REFRAIN!

Little Busters! Refrain is available now through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow in 2014.

About Sentai Filmworks

Sentai Filmworks celebrates its 5th Anniversary as one of the fastest-growing anime companies in North America, producing hit series like Persona 4, Girls und Panzer, Devil Survivor 2, Bodacious Space Pirates, Majestic Prince and High School of the Dead as well as high profile theatrical films such as Grave of the Fireflies, K-ON! and Appleseed. Sentai Filmworks’ programs are distributed through Ingram Entertainment, Diamond Comic Distributors, Section23Films and Waxworks through retailers Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s, FYE, Hastings, Suncoast, The Right Stuf, Wal-Mart and other good and fine stores. Digital product offerings may be found at Amazon, Anime Network, Crunchyroll, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, PlayStation Network, Rovi, Samsung, Vudu, XBOX Marketplace and YouTube.

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