Hi all! I’ve been a long-time fan of Key works since I first watched the Clannad anime in around 2009/2010.
Where in the world do you live?
USA east coast.
What Key games or Anime have you read/watched? Which was your first, and which is your favourite?
My first Key work was Clannad (the anime). In fact, it’s what made aware that Visual Novels existed. The themes of family and community made a huge impact on me at the time. I’ve rewatched it several times and even gotten my family to sit through the entirety of it with me, and it still makes me feel very strong emotions each and every time.
Other Key works I’ve finished are Air (anime), Angel Beats and Little Busters! (Visual Novel). I’m planning to either watch or read Kanon some time in the near future.
It’s a hard choice picking a favorite between LB and Clannad. I found LB’s cast to be more charming and waaaaay more fun in general, but at the end of the day I think the themes in Clannad made a much bigger impact on me.
How did you find Kazamatsuri?
I started reading Umineko some time ago and was fascinated by the extremely unique way in which it incorporates meta elements into the narrative, so I tried to find online discussions about that which made me bump into a Kakeracomplex blog post called “How Umineko has influenced my thinking”. I enjoyed the writing style so I checked out some other posts on the site, and I found that the writer had created this community dedicated to Key works. I lurked around for a bit and found the community to be quite pleasant. So… here I am!
What are some of your interests outside of Key?
The usual: anime and video games. My taste is pretty wide when it comes to what kind of anime I like, but I generally tend to sway more towards the comedy/slice of life genres. Or rather, it’s hard to find comedy/SoL anime that I don’t enjoy, whereas other genres can be pretty hit or miss. My favorite anime is Nichijou. As for video games, I love action/adventure and story heavy JRPGs. My favorite game of all time is probably Persona 4, although I have been very into action-heavy, atmospheric games like Bloodborne and Hyper Light Drifter lately. It depends on my mood I guess.
I also love Visual Novels even though I haven’t read that many. From what I’ve experienced, I find the medium to be my ideal sweet spot between the beauty and introspection that written works provide and the immersion and heightened emotions that audiovisual media has. My current favorite one is Fate/Stay Night (which made me realize that the cyclical nature of VNs could be used for more interesting things than just exploring multiple romance options).
-I have a boring 9-5 programming job.
-My favorite Key protagonist is Tomoya.
-My favorite Key heroine is Kyou. Or Kurugaya. Or Fuuko. Or Komari. Or… (Ah, I can’t choose! They’re all great!)
-I’m a huge fan of Touhou Project, especially the music and even more so the remixes.
-The only kind of music I ever listen to lately is video game/anime soundtracks
-I enjoy soccer
-I’ve been studying Japanese for ~3 months now and (slowly) going through the raw Lucky Star manga.
Hello fellow new user! I’m also a big fan of the Dangan Ronpa series. My favorite one is probably DR2.