Several key visuals are now available of Little Busters’ upcoming animation – and the illustrations seem subject to JC Staff’s recent string of unusually high caliber artwork, providing assurance of positive things.
JC Staff may actually manage a hat trick with Little Busters – this normally not-so-great studio has, as of late, output impressive previews of coming works, only met by more astounding and shockingly exquisite pre-release material in the form of stunning character designs and artwork. They have several series upcoming, and all of them are literally looking good, marvelous even – and it may not be too far-fetched to think they may actually succeed in more than several of them, as well as specifically, with Little Busters.
Using the above illustration of Natsume Rin as an example, one couldn’t honestly ask for more – the sketch is rather spot-on and accurate in portraying her, with appropriate shadows for depth, delivering an overall solid appearance true to the original visual novel variant.
A notable point of exceptional skill is in the general drawing itself – the pose is lively, full of personality, and truly fitting of this loli character. An exposé of line mastery makes the appealing outline of her person – and then shapes tie together the total definition of her physique. One can truly grasp the sense of form from her fragile body – and a particularly praiseworthy feature is how well the skirt has been sketched and shaded as it’s one of the most prominent areas in which one will notice depth, curves of an enchanting lower body.
It will be interesting to see if the finalized and colored characters can still hold up in quality to the original visual novel designs as certain facets, namely shadow application, end up often degrading when being recreated in an outsourced medium – and that feature in particular happens to be one which pivots success and failure on its finger tips. Lighting and value is, as always, one of the most critical components of effective artwork.
In any case, it comes down to the typical wait of now till, still ambiguous, release date.