Little Busters’ animated debut now looms over the metaphorical horizon – and more key visuals have been released as a seeming last ditch effort to conjure up some attention in hopes of securing viewership.
As mentioned in the past, the key visuals appear superb for the most part – it seems that the actual aesthetic pleasure one can derive from the characters dips quite heavily depending on the character in question. In other words, these are the first set of fully colored key visuals – and it seem some characters, such as the loli heroine above, are more exquisitely composed than others. That, however, is merely an observation – not a point of complaint.
Instead, reason for discontent comes as result of the characters being stale apparently. The PV, unlike the character key visuals, displayed no promise whatsoever – however, that is perhaps partially fault of the character key visuals.
To give one case in point, the characters are not shaded to meet the conditions of any particular atmosphere – the value currently applied to them is simply something expected if they stood in a void of white with a light source beaming from above. Aside from that being the typical situation, it is indeed the one faced by the characters – they’re all merely excerpts plastered on magazine pages, minus any backgrounds or other details.
It would have not only been appropriate, but integral, to accordingly adjust the value on a scene-by-scene basis once implementing the characters within environments – yet the animation as seen within the PV appeared to utilize them either as is, or with a half-effort full frame overlay of shadow.
Nonetheless, it will be interesting to see what the anime finally manages to deliver – as either it will be much improved on the pre-release material, or terrible to the point of being hysterical to merely witness.