Planetarian is going to be released in Steam!

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And this is totally uncalled for!

Apparently, a certain visual novel publisher in the West named Sekai Project is going to release Visual Art’s/Key’s kinetic novel Planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no Yume.

Wow! Nobody saw that coming (except the guys at the Sekai Project, I suppose)! I’ve written a little something about planetarian before and it’s a must read!

In any case, it’s nice to see some recent VNs coming to the West. Here’s to hoping Little Busters! or Clannad makes the cut as well. 🙂

Source: Siliconera

Time and Memories are our Witnesses

When a person we love dearly leaves to live the afterlife, we who remain feel an agitating uncertainty towards basically everything. Everything.

As cruel as it is, such is the mystery of life and as that person moves on, so should we. Time and the memories you left behind are our witnesses. You’ve been with us, we know. And we are forever grateful for that. Though we may never hear your voice again or catch a glimpse of even your shadow, let your memories be our guidance on this fog of uncertainty.

My Most Precious Treasure

Whenever we saw each other all we did was fight.
But those were also wonderful memories.
You taught me so much; I’m not scared anymore.
No matter how difficult I can grab hold of happiness, so…
I’ll go by myself, even if it looks painful,
I’ll always carry on the dream I had with you.
Being with you was so wonderful; There was no one else.
But when I woke up in the morning, you weren’t there.
I felt that we could play forever.
But I know that’s just what I believed.
I don’t regret being born any longer.
Like the feeling after a festival, it’s sad but let’s move on little by little.
I’ll go anywhere, you know that.
I’ll show you that I can grant your dream of happiness.
Even if I’m separated from you, no matter how far,
I’ll be born with the new morning.
I’ll go by myself, even if I want to die,
I can hear your voice; I mustn’t die.
Even if it looks painful, even if I’m crying in sadness,
Deep in my heart I feel your warmth.
Time changed as it ebbed and flowed.
I can’t remember what happened anymore but,
If I try and close my eyes I can hear someone’s laughter.
Somehow that’s now my most precious treasure.

The Dream of a Small Star

A Heaven where humans and robots are inseparable – that is the final wish of Yumemi Hoshino (also known as Reverie Planetarian in the English version), a robot designed to assist in the showing of a planetarium inside a department store in a world that has left them.

[ Planetrian: Chiisana Hoshi no Yume; planetarian ~ちいさなほしのゆめ~; Planetarian: The Reverie of a Little Planet ] is one of Visual Art’s/Keys visual novels produced in 2004. Unlike the other visual novels, this one is more static in a sense that you do not choose any options at all – so it is a straight-forward storytelling. The story begins when a middle-aged man enters a building in hopes of evading the war machines that are all over the place. Inside, he meets Yumemi/Reverie who offers him to show a special commemorative planetarium projection from a machine known as Miss Jena, for being the 2,500,000th customer (even though he’s not exactly the 2,500,000th). The contrasting attitude of the two makes the reading worthwhile – an energetic, playful, caring, and ever-so-curious Reverie just wanted their customer, only known as “the junker”, to feel comfortable – but he only feels terribly annoyed by her ‘bothersome’ characteristics.

The pace of the whole story feels a bit slow than any of Key’s first novels, so it somehow feels kinda boring at first. But as it reaches the end, it picks up pace, especially when they exit the building to enter the real world that Reverie has been deprived of. From hereon, the story reveals itself to a more serious tone that reaches to a very dramatic ending. One that is completely expected – but I have failed to do so. I’m almost usually very predictive in endings, but somehow, I didn’t see this coming – or maybe, it is that I never wanted it to end ‘that’ way. Having the whole story between the two of them alone and with no other scenario but inside and outside the building, the plot revolves around the evolution of the junker’s feelings and relationship toward Reverie – and that’s what makes it hard to accept how it all ended. In any case, the story really feels Key-like and is definitely a must-read for all fans.

The music is, of course, very appropriate to the story and very pleasing to the ears – adding to the already well-presented mood this visual novel has.

Although the male protagonist does not speak, the emotions are ‘well-versed’ in Reverie. The graphics are ok, and the CG are good too, albeit the very limited occurrences.

Overall, Visual Art’s/Key never fails to produce a top-notch visual novel! This heart-warming story is not to be missed by Kanon/Air/Clannad fans and everything that falls within the same genre. I will definitely re-read it sometime soon. Now, my only wish is for an OVA!!

Little Busters! Series Announced!

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Little Busters! TV Anime Announced! (Leaked!).

FINALLY! Another series to look forward to! Ok, there’s too many exclamation points there, so I’ll stop.

Anyway, KEY have been outstanding in producing light novels for everyone so there is no doubt that this will be a good one (though I haven’t started reading this yet because I’m still finishing Planetarian).

OMG Key!

How can Key keep on producing such quality anime ever since Air? Anyway, Angel Beats has got to be the most intriguing show I have ever watched. The storyline is so unique, it’s almost on the borderline of reality and imagination. Only a genius can think of such plot and flow. It’s just amazing. I’ve really got to watch more of Key‘s works. I’m hearing Rewrite will soon get an anime adaptation, yes?

The OP (My Soul, Your Beats) is just great (sung by the wonderful Lia), but the ED is game-changer! I’ve been attached to the lyrics and melody and tempo of this song since I started watching it. You know how I get so engrossed with music in OPs and EDs. (Iwasawa’s song My Song is wonderful too. What vocals!)

Anyway, it’s a must watch for all Air, Kanon, and Clannad fans. It’s just the anime with the right twist in every step of the way!