Meet the perfect girl. She’s got the brains and she’s got the muscles. Just take a look at what we see this episode. All her tests (conveniently stacked in her desk for some reason) have scores of 100. And she even manages to “overwhelm” Masato without breaking a sweat (granted he got the short end of the stick with weapons again). Oh, and did I mention she’s got the boobs-err, I mean looks too? It felt like every single time we see her, we also get at least one shot where her boobs are the center of attention. I suppose it’s a little hard to ignore them when she’s got the collar of her shirt undone, but who am I to complain about this. More seriously though, I hope that there’s more to Yuiko than just being perfect at everything. I’m really tempted to call her a Mary Sue character, but maybe we’ll see something later on that’ll pull her back down to earth.
Moving on, it was interesting to meet someone who actually wanted to join the Little Busters without any recruiting. As the team was discussing near the beginning, most people have neither the time nor the interest to join an impromptu baseball team. I guess this means that school is so easy for Yuiko that she finds herself bored. Even so, the way she jumped on board so quickly was a little surprising to me. And with Yuiko as the newest member of the Little Busters, the gang now only needs three more members to complete the team. Well, it’s probably only two more members, since I’m fairly convinced Kengo will come around eventually. Being one of the “original” Little Busters, he just has to. As for the other two, we met Haruka this episode, and from the preview it looks like we’ll meet another girl in the next one. Most likely Haruka will join to follow Yuiko (whom she calls “Anego”), but the motivations for the new girl remain to be seen.
The OP and ED suggest that the team will have a final count of ten though, so I guess this means they’ll have more than enough members to play baseball. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.
While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it feels like Little Busters! is missing just a bit of oomph to it. The adaptation was apparently greatly anticipated for a long time, so I figured LB! would be pretty darn amazing. And I don’t mean that J.C. Staff is doing a bad job either. So far, everything looks pretty good, and I haven’t heard any complaints about glaring inconsistencies with the VN. It’s just that the story itself is a little mundane so far. Hopefully this changes and we’ll see some more engaging stuff, but for now, LB! feels a little lacking.