My name is Austin, I’m a Key and visual novel fan from Missouri, US. I’ve known about Kazamatsuri for quite some time and today I finally decided to become a member. I’m hoping to meet lots of great people here and have some fun times.
I’ll start by telling a little bit about myself. I am in my late teens, and I have been reading visual novels for about two years now. I started with the otome VN Amnesia: Memories after hearing it was a much better version than the anime adaptation. However, I didn’t get to more VNs until I discovered Key. Outside of visual novels, I spend a lot of time on Discord in VN and anime communities. I also like to write and draw graphic novels, as well as do fanart of anime and visual novel characters. I recently got recruited as a character designer and art director for an original VN project!
I started my Key journey several years ago with Angel Beats! To this day, I still consider it one of the greatest anime ever made. It stuck with me and changed me as a person, shaping the way I see the world and write my own stories. A couple years afterwards, I was recommended Charlotte because of how much I loved Angel Beats. Charlotte and Angel Beats became my two favorite anime series for a long time. (Angel Beats was later replaced as my favorite by Shakugan no Shana, and my love for Charlotte sadly faded over time).
My first true Key experience was with the anime adaptation of Clannad. It was recommended to me not because it was a Key work, but just because it was a great anime. I absolutely loved it! Kotomi is still one of my all time favorite characters in fiction, and I still live by the message of family that Clannad gave me. It wasn’t long before I realized there was a reason I loved Angel Beats, Charlotte, and Clannad; that reason was Key. It was also around this time that I dove headfirst into visual novels after wanting to further my Clannad experience with the VN. Soon after, I watched the anime adaptation of Little Busters! and then Kanon a month later. Earlier this year, I joined a visual novel community that I spend most of my time with now. With them, I read Rewrite, Planetarian, Harmonia, and recently started Air.
I can say with confidence that Key defines who I am as a human being. It’s stories and messages shaped my life, and I carry them with me each and every day. My favorite Key work is Kanon, with Makoto being my favorite visual novel character and one of my favorite fictional characters of all time. This story spoke to me on a very personal level. My past has not been pretty, and I would much rather forget it happened than have to live with it every day. But Kanon put me on a better path. Because of it, I learned to accept my trauma and find happiness in the people around me. I don’t think it would be an exaggeration to say that without it, I might not even be alive today.
And there you have it, that’s me. I hope that I can turn Kazamatsuri into someplace I enjoy coming to. It isn’t often I make a community into a home.
But after all, they’re called miracles because they do happen.