This week the Little Busters decide to play ball. Ah, who am I kidding. They’re more likely to cook dinner for an entire dorm than play baseball. Oh wait, they actually did for a brief moment… and then they went on to cook dinner for the entire dorm. I’ll be damned. Anyway, remember the last time one of Rin’s cats picked up a mysterious note challenging the finder to complete a series of tasks in order to learn “the secret of the world”? Well, I can’t blame you if it takes you a moment to recall. It’s been a while since that first happened. In fact, it was at the very beginning of Komari’s arc, if I remember correctly.
In any case, another mysterious note shows up (conveniently after all the Komari and Kud shenanigans have been dealt with), and so Rin sets out to “save the cafeteria”. Like Riki, I’m having second thoughts about “the secret of the world”. It’s not as if there are no “secrets” out there, but to use the article “the” seems to suggest some sort of preeminence over everything else we don’t know about the world. Which is a lot. That’s just a little presumptuous, don’t you think? But the usage of articles is hardly relevant (and that might even be the point), so I digress. I guess this is the start of a Rin arc, because clearly we see some development of her character. Previously she was an annoyingly “shy” girl; now she’s an annoyingly “slightly-less-shy” girl. Really though, there has to be a limit to what you consider “shy”. If they just say that she has sociophobia, I’d be a little more understanding. But you can’t just excuse Rin’s behavior with the word “shy”. Of course, this is just semantics though, so I’ll refrain from any further nitpicking.
So the obvious question after watching this episode is; “who is writing these mysterious notes?” And this is undoubtedly followed closely with “why is this person writing these notes?” We’ll get our answers in due time, I’m sure, but for now I might hazard a guess that this is Kyousuke’s doing. Perhaps as a last hurrah before he graduates, he plans on helping Rin get over her “shyness”. It can’t be a coincidence that this latest note has helped her in this regard, though I don’t remember what the previous one accomplished. As for how the writer could have known the lunch ladies would all be absent, that can easily be explained if they were in cahoots. Which, to be honest, only further suggests that Kyousuke is behind everything. I can see him pulling off getting the lunch ladies to work with him.
Whatever the case, Riki’s narcolepsy strikes again as the gang is busy cooking for the dorm. This is only the second time it’s happened on screen, but if I remember correctly, both incidents occurred while he was pondering the mysterious notes? Maybe there’s something about thinking deeply that triggers Riki’s sleep attacks? This would certainly complicate his life quite a bit, but at least it would establish some conditions aside from just occurring at random. That way he can at least know what he should avoid to help prevent sleep attacks. I’m not sure why deep thought would trigger a sleep attack though. Wasn’t Riki’s narcolepsy brought on by his parents’ deaths in the first place? There doesn’t seem to be much of a connection between the sudden loss of the most important figures in a child’s life and thinking too much. I guess we’ll find out more eventually.
I’ve mentioned this before, but I just can’t seem to feel excited about Little Busters! Yes, it’s had a few shaky moments in the past, but even after recovering from them, it doesn’t exactly grab and hold my attention. Take Robotics;Notes, for example. I can’t wait to find out what happens next time. Here, the next episode just comes around, and I watch it in a rather detached manner. That doesn’t really help with a story that supposedly hinges on immersing us with the characters. I keep thinking that maybe Little Busters! is just building momentum slowly, but we’re already more than a third into the show and there are only so many episodes left. You’ll have to excuse me if I sound a little contemptuous in the writing of this post, as that really is an appropriate tone for the show’s lackluster performance thus far.