We are the few, the proud.
Anyways, I voted planetarian because, simply, out of Key’s stories that I’ve read/watched, it struck me as the best laid out and with by far the strongest impact in the shortest amount of time. Even though I enjoyed Rewrite more, and I’d say it impacted me more as a person (due to when I read it), planetarian is still my favorite if that makes any sense.
Aside from just being an awesome story, though, planetarian holds a lot of emotional value to me because of when I read it. I covered this on the podcast, and maybe somewhere else as well, but I’ll put it down again so I can convey how much planetarian means to me a bit more properly. This was back last August, by the way.
So, roughly a year prior to reading planetarian one of my cats needed to get some of her teeth pulled, since she has a certain condition where they become corroded. She was taken into the vet, anyways, and some hours later when I’m just hanging out in my room my mom comes in and tells me that she just got a call from the vet. My cat had an unnatural reaction to the anesthesia they used, and, although they were doing what they could, it was somewhat likely she wouldn’t make it.
In retrospect, I can’t remember exactly how I felt, all I know is that it was some mixture of terror, anxiety, and regret that I didn’t spend more time with my cat. It was just a disgusting torrent of emotion. Luckily, though, my cat ended up being alright and coming home safely, but they never were able to perform the operation to get those teeth pulled.
Well, fast forward a year and we’re at the point where those teeth seriously need to go out, it’s not really an option. The vet said that they’d be way more careful, go more slowly, and use a different anesthesia this time around, and, while I didn’t doubt them, I couldn’t shake those feelings that ended up coming over me again. For whatever reason, the day before she had to be admitted I decided to look and see if there were any decent visual novels I could play on my phone, and planetarian was the only one that really caught my eye, especially since it was Key, so I picked it up to read later.
That night I couldn’t fall asleep due to worrying, so I decided there wouldn’t really be a better time to read planetarian, seeing as there wasn’t anything else to do. Man, I couldn’t have been more correct. Everything about my mental state of feeling small and powerless to being alone in the dark served to set the tone of the visual novel perfectly, and it made the experience simply amazing. It went a long way towards helping take my mind off things.
Anyways, my cat ended up being totally fine and got her teeth pulled without a hitch. That was also the day I saw the post on Reddit about the Kazamatsuri planetarian bookclub podcast and ended up joining on a whim, so I also have that chain of events to thank for even being here in the first place.
Sorry for having that whole sob story text wall, but I truly believe that’s the most important piece of why planetarian means so much to me, why I enjoy it so much, and also why I’m even on Kaza to begin with. It created an imprint on me that won’t go away any time soon.