Key Studios almost, kind of almost, started my entire anime watching, manga and VN reading, and Japanese learning career.
@Karifean If you said your encounter with Key was by chance (and it is a pretty impressively small chance), then my encounter with it had to have been aligned with the nine stars or something.
Back in 2012, I didn’t even know what “anime” is. Hell, didn’t even know what Studio Ghibli is. I was a typical person wasting his time away on watching YouTube let’s players. Through the YouTube connections between large channels, I found ChilledChaos, and oh goody he was reading through Katawa Shoujo. Catching my interest after watching tens of episodes, I downloaded Katawa Shoujo and played through it in about 2 weeks (so technically I gave my VN virginity to 4chan). I also almost never read YT comments, but, by the nine stars’ whims, I wanted to read some comments on one of the KS videos whose number I don’t even recall. The topic of the few comments was “What else VN would you recommend to ChilledChaos,” and one comment read Clannad. Since Katawa Shoujo made a tremendous impression on me as my first VN, I held the same expectation for Clannad and went for it. Despite translation comments that leaked into the dialogue confusing me a bit, of course I didn’t know what they were back then, it exceeded my expectations. I loved and still love it. From there, I discovered anime and manga, and then I told myself how great would it be if I could understand at least a little bit of Japanese, so I can do without subs.
So basically, Key Studios’ works are a part of the person I am today. The morals and messages that the Key VNs delineate so well, the embarking of my Japanese studies, even networks in real life.
…Now I just feel like a hypocrite because I am not even close to finishing reading Kanon.