Key Celebrates 25 Years of Its Visual Novels in Special Anniversary Video

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© Key, Visual Arts Japan

One Piece isn’t the only property that’s celebrating a 25 year anniversary. Visual Arts’ computer games brand Key is celebrating 25 years of iconic visual novels that began with the release of Kanon on June 4, 1999. 

Earlier this week, the company released a special commemorative video revisiting all the early designs and history of its visual novel and anime works. It also included a quick preview of Key’s next game anemoi

The visual novels and anime series that were featured in the video include: 

  • • Kanon (1999)
  • • Air (2000)
  • • Clannad (2004)
  • • Planetarian: The Reverie of a Little Planet (2004)
  • • Tomoyo After: It’s a Wonderful Life (2005)
  • • Little Busters (2007)
  • • Kud Wafter (2010) 
  • • Angel Beats (2010)
  • • Rewrite (2011)
  • • Charlotte (2015)
  • • Harmonia (2016)
  • • Summer Pockets (2018)
  • • The Day I Became a God (2020)
  • • Prima Doll (2020, 2022)
  • • Loopers (2021)
  • • Lunaria: Virtualized Moonchild (2021)
  • • Heaven Burns Red (2022)
  • • Stella of the End (2022)
  • • Kosai Toshi: Augment Protocol (2024) 
  • • anemoi (TBA)

Key has also previously marked 25 years since the debut of its first game, Kanon, with a remastered 16-bit-styled opening of the visual novel for April Fool’s, as well as an upcoming English release on Steam

The company is currently promoting several campaigns and sales of its games for its 25th anniversary on the official website


Source: Visual Arts Japan YouTube Channel

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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