A Tour of the Key Atelier


Top visual novel production studio Key (Kanon, AIR, Clannad, Little Busters!) gives an interesting tour of its undeniably shabby offices.

The first desk visited is that of Itaru Hinoue, responsible for some of the most beloved character designs in recent memory…
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  • metatron commented on April 24, 2009 00:27

    Key Atelier = magic factory =3... More

  • Hennaikimono commented on April 23, 2009 19:20

    I'd love my work space (if I worked in an office) to look like that, not that I really have one for just myself. The video has made me want to collect a bunch... More

The $13,000 Little Busters T-Shirt


A T-shirt bearing the likeness of Kurugaya Yuiko,of Key visual novel Little Busters, has just been auctioned off for an impressive ¥1,300,000, in what must be one of the most expensive pieces of otaku fashion in recent memory.

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  • GHS commented on March 6, 2009 07:36

    Maybe they're trying to spend their way out of the depression? Might work to jump-start the economy and get the money circulating again. It's just that people are too cheap and afraid to spend.... More

  • Anonymous commented on March 6, 2009 03:42

    Isn't Japan in a terrible recession? like they're half way there to a full on depression. Who has this kind of money to spend?... More

Clannagi: Clannad vs Kannagi Anime Deathmatch


Kannagi fan ire at the besmirchment of goddess Nagi-sama’s marketing push, by wantonly scattering the detritus of Clannad After Story DVD marketing all over it such that Nagi-sama is all but invisible, as you see below, has resulted in the image above: a scathing rebuke to Clannad fans in the form of a parody of Key/Clannad character designer Itaru Hinoue’s peculiar facial style.

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  • Anonymous commented on November 5, 2012 05:27

    its more refering to the visual novel chara design style. The anime ones usually look rather nice... More

  • XxXFl0oD3RXxX commented on February 11, 2010 21:16

    Save the pic, or just print screen it, move the mouth lower using ms paint, and it looks perfectly normal o_o... More

Itaru Hinoue’s Nagi


Famed female CG artist 樋上いたる / Itaru Hinoue, noted for her artistic direction of many Key visual novels such as Kanon, Air, Clannad, Little Busters, Rewrite, etc., has contributed a rather ravishing rendition of petanko godess Nagi, of Kannagi, which you see above.

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  • Anonymous commented on March 26, 2011 02:02

    Who doesn't? ^_^... More

  • Anonymous commented on March 26, 2011 02:01

    This is my new wallpaper ^_^ And Nagi is awesome.... More


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