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How long has it been… I think it was more than 8 years ago when I began watching Clannad. It wasn’t much since I had started watching anime, and in my frantic search to sate my new hobby, a dear friend whose name and visage still escape my meager memory recommended me an anime series which, according to him, was kinda pretty good. My first “Key experience”
Clannad was indeed, pretty good. It had less romance than what my young imagination (now I’m sounding far older than I actually am) had built in expectations for it.
After Story wasn’t anything like what I had imagined. It wasn’t anything like what I had watched until then.
I’m one of the many who was happy for them. One of the many who was shocked. Then had hope. Then grieved. But at the end -is this what they call “Key magic”?- there was still light. And after the images and the sound stopped, As I threw away the soaked tissues I accumulated besides me, I said to myself “Aren’t I supposed to be manlier than this?”. Oh well. I’m allowing myself to be this cheesy here so I guess I haven’t changed one bit.
My journey didn’t end there. I went right towards Kanon. I love Pachelbel’s Canon, I thought, an anime series with Canon as leitmotif would be awesome. Hm? This Kanon doesn’t look very Canon-ish. I know I’m dumb and don’t get symbolism, but I expected more from you, Kanon-senpai. But I’ll forgive you, even though you still felt a bit rushed here and there. I still have to blame you for actually getting to the point of saying “uguu” while talking, during my most weebish phase.
What’s this? You’re saying there’s a game which isn’t really a game, and all you do is read text? Isn’t that what a book does? There’s no way I could picture myself enjoying that. Moving pictures are much more nicer.
I guess I’ll make an exception for this one, but only because the anime isn’t out and the girls look cute…
And that was another step on my Key journey. The day I met Little Busters.
I can’t really remember the reason why I picked it up. Most likely because I thought the girls were cute, and because it was Key. I slapped on it the English fan translation. I played the Kud route. I played the Komari route. I thoroughly enjoyed both of them. It’s hard now to compare feelings from so long ago, but I want to believe I had more fun reading the VN than watching the anime. You know, now that I think of it I think it went like that. Yep, it surely went that way.
And then, I stopped.
Why did I stop? I don’t even know myself. I didn’t go through all the other routes even though I enjoyed so much the first two. Maybe I was foolish, but it’s definitely not something I regret now.
But even though my journey stopped, a lot of things happened in this world. I went from 14 to 22 years old. I went through quite some things. If I had to bet on the 8 years that change someone the most, I’d bet on these years. I didn’t actually bet though, so don’t come ask me for money.
Flash forward to 2017. And October 2017 to boot, that’s almost 2018 if you think about it.
After coming home from a rather long but safe study trip, I finally decided to pick up on what I had left on the corner of my heart for so long. I took Little Busters, and went at it again from the starting point.
2 months is a long time to “finish” any game, but 2 months passed on a game you love every moment of is probably the dream of any gamer. And non-gamer.
I was bent on going through each and every route. Let me start with Haruka this time. She looks so nice.
I have to rest for some time. I can’t keep on playing right after this route. How long has it been since I felt like this?
Let’s try again. Maybe this time I’ll go for Mio. She sounds like someone you can quietly spend time with.
That wasn’t so bad. Is it that I liekd Haruka more, or am I just getting used to this? Maybe it’s both.
Uh, this ended quite abruptly. I’ll go through the “days I haven’t experienced”, like it told me to.
Anyone who has played it knows what I’m talking about.
Today, I learned about the secret of the world, and today, I went through all what came after it.
If this game was special for me so many years ago, it’s even more special now. My cheesyness level is probably overflowing as I say this, but I hold that game, and all the emotions it brought to me, deep in my heart.
Is this how you end a story? Or is it the beginning?
Today, after going through Refrain’s emotional rollercoaster, I came across this forum. I was mainly interested in the Discord chat, but it looks like you need to hang out here a bit first, and that’s why I wrote this mess of a story I won’t bother rereading because it’s late and it’s long and it’s embarassing. I hope it’s not too incoherent.
On second thought, I think I just need a certain amount of posts to join the chat, so writing long and weird posts isn’t probably very effective. And to think I had so much fun writing this. I’ll just delete this without posting.