Yo-ho-ho, I’m Sneeze, I’m quite enthralled by the harsh mid-April winter of Canada right now.
My history with Key and my current thoughts on them are a bit more than is necessary for an introductory post, so feel free to skip this paragraph if you fancy. I’ve known of this website for a very long time, and I’m a bit disappointed in myself for getting involved only after the closing of Rokkenjima. I’ve been engrossed in many branches of the visual novel medium but have scarcely visited places of discussion for them. I think I’ve got two pretty good reasons for that. First, I’m a pretty aloof guy but I’ll let my attitude speak for itself, and secondly because I haven’t been confident in the future of Key and Key discussion for a long time. Key was at one point a developer defined by their major releases and being progenitors of a unique genre, but a lot of that has slowed to a crawl. The departure of founding member and designer Itaru Hinoue as well as Jun Maeda no longer seeming to take up the role of a writer was a harsh blow in my mind. I wouldn’t mind this as much considering the importance of new blood and the overall company values, but the lack of big key releases over the past many years is my biggest concern. Key may change into something I’m not as interested in. I believe that this is by no means the end, and eventually decided that getting involved is still worthwhile since Key’s past novels are still very important to me. And besides, Itaru Hinoue is teaming up with my favorite visual novel writer Ryukishi07? What’s going on! Anyway thanks for reading that if you did, I’ll get on with the less introspective bits now.
In terms of Key works I’ve read just about every big release (Kanon, Air, Clannad, Little Busters, Rewrite) and Planetarian. No spinoffs or Harmonia as of yet, and absolutely no interest in reading Angel Beats if that ever becomes a thing. I’m a context purist so I tend to play things in order of their creation and not consume adaptations of works, so the only Key anime I gave a full watch was Kanon. On a related note, Kanon was my first of their works and I did read the Visual Novel. It took some self control to avoid laughing at the character art but it grew on me. It’s still easy to get a laugh out of though!
Little Busters is far and away my favorite of Key’s works. Jun Maeda’s seemiegly boisterous claims that LB is his masterpiece were not at all unfounded. It’s also worth noting that Rin is the best Key of all Key and I wanna give her a big hug!
My main hobby is competitive games! What? Were you expecting mobas or shooters, something like that? Nah man, give me the good 2D fighting games, give me Puyo Puyo and never stop porting Arcade Rhythm games. If they stop, I shit you not I will die. This even bleeds into singleplayer games, if I had to list favorite single player games they would be Disgaea 4 and Devil May Cry 3, both hardcore games by their genres. This bleeds into my general taste in many ways. I also love reading but I suppose that should be obvious.
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I’ll do my best to enjoy my time here with you folk.