In time for the 10th anniversary since its original release in Japan, planetarian is an engaging and emotional visual novel from legendary game studio, Key. A sub-brand of VisualArt's, Key are also famed for creating Kanon, AIR, CLANNAD, Little Busters!, Rewrite, and Angel Beats!
Release Date: Nov 29, 2004

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"From the creators of Clannad comes a post-apocalyptic, sci-fi and drama VN that will shed tears from your eyes. Its a VN by 'key' so it's heavyhearted."
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Update Notes

Please Note: Users who installed the Japanese-language version of planetarian can switch to English by going to the Library, right clicking on the game and then selecting Properties. Under Properties, you will find the Language tab which can be used to switch to English.
*Keep in mind that both the English and Japanese versions of planetarian utilize the same save data folder so please delete all files within the SAVEDATA folder before switching languages.

About This Game

Why don't you come to the planetarium?
The beautiful twinkling of eternity that will never fade, no matter what.
All the stars in the sky are waiting for you.


In time for the 10th anniversary since its original release in Japan, planetarian is an engaging and emotional visual novel from legendary game studio, Key. A sub-brand of VisualArt's, Key are also famed for creating Kanon, AIR, CLANNAD, Little Busters!, Rewrite, and Angel Beats!

Please do not divide Heaven in two...

It is thirty years after the failure of the Space Colonization Program.
Humanity is nearly extinct. A perpetual and deadly Rain falls on the Earth.
Men known as "Junkers" plunder goods and artifacts from the ruins of civilization.
One such Junker sneaks alone into the most dangerous of all ruins -- a "Sarcophagus City".
In the center of this dead city, he discovers a pre-War planetarium.
And as he enters he is greeted by Hoshino Yumemi, a companion robot.
Without a single shred of doubt, she assumes he is the first customer she's had in 30 years.
She attempts to show him the stars at once, but the planetarium projector is broken.
Unable to make heads or tails of her conversation, he ends up agreeing to try and repair the projector ...

For the first time, this heartwarming and memorable title is available on Steam!
It is fully voiced in Japanese, and can be experienced with both English and Japanese text.

Design, Scenario: Yuuichi Suzumoto
Music: Magome Togoshi
Voice Cast: Hoshino Yumemi - Keiko Suzuki
The Junker - Daisuke Ono

* This product is a localization of "planetarian ~chiisana hoshi no yume~ Memorial Edition", originally released for Windows on 30 April 2010.

What is Kinetic Novel?
A new form of entertainment for the sole purpose of storytelling -- not a novel, not an anime, not a game -- Kinetic Novel.
Made with the goal of providing the reader with an unprecedented sense of presence and empathy for the characters through the use of a high-quality scenario, graphics, music, and other production values.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Vista or higher
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz Pentium 4
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 800x600
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
98 of 100 people (98%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
Deep inside the old sarcophagus city, while searching for food, weapons, or resellable scraps, you make an unlikely discovery: What you'd assumed to be an abandoned military facility is actually a pre-war planetarium. And as it turns out, the custodian robot is still welcoming customers after all these years.

Let's talk about planetarian ~the reverie of a little planet~.

It's a kinetic novel (a visual novel without any choices or other interactive game elements), so the only thing that the player/reader controls is the pace of the story. Do what you will with that information.

Originally developed by Key in 2004 and recently published on Steam by Sekai Project, this is widely considered a classic in the VN community, and a very worthwhile addition to the still meager selection of good visual novels on Steam. It's a short story about a world full of desolation, hopelessness, cynicism and resignation, and about a little robot girl who's immune to all of it. It's also about going stargazing in a world without stars.

The backgrounds and character sprites in planetarian are somewhat sparse in direct comparison to some of the more visually bombastic VNs out there. It is however very evocative, and with that it falls in line with the writing. The whole novel follows a slow pace -- never dragged out, but certainly deliberate. It leaves plenty of time for you and your own thoughts, and I urge you to take advantage of this invitation. I ended up with just over three hours of total playtime, which included some breathing room for the fantastic voice acting.

Any good visual novel swings in tune with its soundtrack, and planetarian is no exception. Opening with the music box lullaby "The World of the Stars" it immediately offers you a glimpse of its gentle mood. Tracks like "Song of Starflight" accentuate the day-to-day interactions of the main characters with a lax and childish air, while the perhaps most iconic song of the roster, "Gentle Jena", cushions some of the more tender scenes in an aura of warmth and belonging (and I would encourage you to keep that last one playing in the background while you read the rest of this review).

Visual novels as a medium don't lend themselves especially well to twitchy action stories, and despite the occasional surprise in that regard, the bulk of planetarian is about its characters and their interactions. Of the two main characters, only one actually appears on screen, and it would be a fair assessment to say that the story is about her, in several ways.

Yumemi (translated as "Reverie" in some localizations) is not the kind of quasi-human A.I. that we're used to from the likes of Cortana or EDI. She is a robot programmed for a very straightforward purpose. She oscillates between toddler-like naiveté at best, and robotic-algorithmic behavior at worst. So why do you entertain her thoughts of repairing the old projector? Why do you, a looter perpetually on the verge of starvation, end up tacking another night onto your stay at the old planetarium?

This story isn't about what Yumemi is, but about what she represents.

Spending valuable time and energy on a planetarium of all things should feel frivolous, yes, downright sacrilegious. But there is something peculiar inside you, easy to explain away as idle curiosity about the starry night sky that you only know from old people's stories. Something you probably didn't think you still had. They say there was a time before the war, before the planet was shrouded by a thick layer of acid clouds, when people were able to look at the stars whenever they wanted. When there was still a notion of mankind eventually travelling to, and settling on, foreign worlds.

Back when people still had hope for the future.

Yumemi was left behind at the beginning of the war, and despite not having had any sort of human contact in years, she diligently awaits the day's customers. There's only one thing she wants out of this existence, one thing she wants to do more than anything else in the world: to show you the stars.

The little robot girl, once built for the simple goal of caring for the planetarium's customers, ends up fulfilling a much grander purpose. Tucked away in her own little corner of a gray world inhabited by people who have forgotten what it means to be human, Yumemi is a shining beacon, a time capsule, a reminder that there is a star-filled sky right behind the acid clouds. Yumemi is the child, the lamb. She embodies innocence, childlike wonder, relentless optimism. Looking into her eyes, you cannot help but feel deeply ashamed for what the world has become.

What was it, then, that made you stay at the planetarium? Was it really just idle curiosity? Or is there more to this little thought in the back of your head after all? Do you feel in your stomach what the place emanates? Does Yumemi give you the strength to dare to form the words, that maybe, just maybe... there is some hope left in this world? That there is such a thing as "the future"?

You should read planetarian if you have any interest in visual novels, if you haven't experienced a good story in a while, if you like looking up at the stars and wondering what the future holds, or if that little spark deep inside you that is almost drowned by cynicism needs a little bit of nourishment. Wholeheartedly recommended.
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60 of 71 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
ENGLISH/АНГЛИЙСКИЙ:
Remember one thing: if you see a KEY's novella on Steam buy it without thinking. I promise you, you will not regret. All of KEY's novels are a masterpieces.
РУССКИЙ/RUSSIAN:
Запомните одну вещь: если видите визуальную новеллу KEY в Steam купите не раздумывая. Обещаю вам, вы не пожалеете. Все ВН KEY - шедевры.
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19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
I bought this pretty much only knowing it was created by Key. No regrets.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Knowing that this Visual Novel was made by VisualArt's/Key, why are you reading reviews instead of Insta-buying it?

Seriously though[/b]

Planetarian ~the reverie of a little planet~

Plot/Story 9.8/10
Animation/Design 9/10
Audio/Soundtrack /10


Plot/Story 9.8/10
Set in a post-apocalyptic world where humanity is on the verge of extinction after the failure of the Space Colonization Program and Nuclear warfare, "Junkers" scavenge anything that could help them to survive. Our nameless protagonist discovers a Pre-war Planetarium and enters in search of useful supplies, he is then greeted by Hoshino Yumemi who offers to show him a special commemorative projection especially reserved for the 2,500,000th customer(although he is in fact the 2,497,290th customer). Despite his aggravation with her, he agrees to attend her show. However, the projector device, "Miss Jena", has broken down and is in need of repair.

I'm lost for words for this one, the story is simply magnificent. The story is relatively short, you can finish the entire Visual Novel in a little over 3 hours depending on how fast you are at reading. But despite being short it's definitly memorable, I haven't felt this moved since Narcissu[/u], the story was definitly a sorrowful one. You are guranteed for feels in this one, even if you're the type to not cry at things like this (like me) the story is still very touching, I can't wrap my head around the fact Yumemi stayed at the Planetarium for 30 years straight in a complete solitary state and yet still be the talkative goodhearted person she is, I understand it's because she's a robot but damn.

Animation/Design 9/10
Doesn't really differ from most Visual Novels

Audio/Soundtrack 10/10
The soundtrack is astounding, it's just magnificent and beautiful. Every single track falls into the right situation and emotion. The 'Gentle Jena' track is a great example, it went really well with the scene where the protagonist watched as the Planetarium did it's thing, as the track played there was a sense of triumph about how the repairs paid off and the feeling of amazement and wonder as the protagonist looks up at the stars which is supposed to be a rare sight in his time.

Review Conclusion
I loved Planetarian ~The reverie of a little planet~, it's a beautiful short story that is guranteed to leave you with feels, that story will stay at the back of your mind, the time the protagonist spent with Yumemi, how she was abandoned and how she's slowly breaking down.. it's such a sad, memorable story. Planetarian ~The reverie of a little planet~ was developed by VisualArt's/Key, widely known in the Visual Novel community for creating CLANNAD(Which is due for it's release on Steam around Jan 10!), Air, Kanon and more. Planetarian ~The reverie of a little planet~ is really worth the money I gurantee it.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
A stunningly beautiful tale of a broken world full of broken people and broken machines. Each minute spent with Yumemi is one to treasure and hold close to your heart as her childlike innocence is the only beacon of hope left in a dead city. Filled with a soundtrack that fits the mood perfectly, Planetarian presents itself incredibly well. Hats off to KEY for being able to make the audience grow so attached to a robot in such a short time. Absolutely worth the time and money.
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
I cry every time. Tears flooded my whole house. ;-;
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
Never in my life had I tried a visual novel, heck I didn't even know such a thing existed, being the adventurist guy that I am I said "eh why not give it a shot??, YOLO!!". Well one thing is for sure, that ending will definately put your manliness to the test. Great story. you can click away at your pace or just leave it in auto mode kick back and relax.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
This, is no short of Key standard, it is beautiful. Even though it's short, the story is so, so, so, I have no other way of putting this then, Key. And yes, I cried, worth at least double the prise. 11/10
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
WARNING: severe feels overdose may cause heart failures, hipertonia or uncontrollable indiscriminate cuddling.

This story combines "There will come gentle rains" by Ray Bradbury, Terminator by James Cameron (dreams of Kyle Reese) and C3PO. Heroine would never shut up unless someone could die because of her endless chatter.

And answering people who still don't know if it's worth its money: it consists of concentrated win and nothing else. You can buy Clannad which has more win thinly distributed between gigabytes of text, endless bad ends and hours and hours of reading. Or you could buy this one, that has less content, but incomparably bigger win to vontent ratio, and cry from the beginning till the end credits, like I did. I didn't even know that I could cry for 4 hours straight.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
I found the first half to be really dragged out and you can foresee the conclusion within the first 15 minutes.

However despite these setbacks, the voice acting and BGM make up for it. The game gets much better later on and at its climax, manages to tug at my heartstrings even though I was prepared for the inevitable conclusion.

Overall I exited the game satisfied with my purchase.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Absolutely beautiful. This kenetic novel, made by the inspiriational people Key (if your familiar with Kanon or Clannad). The story of Planetarian the Reverie of a little planet is well and truely unlike any other story you will hear and one that should not be missed. A strong and moving story that will change your views on the world around you. Unmissable if your passionate about stories and emotions. I strongly recommend playing it start to finish in one sitting, especially if you want to take it in to a full measure, providing you can keep at it for 2-4 hours.
Simply my favorite story, visual novel and Key title to date.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
Wow. Just wow. I usually don't do review for games that I play, even if they are really good ones, but I can not let this one go. If you are reading this, and are considering whether to buy this game or not, do not hesitate for even a second. I think this is the only time that a form of entertainment, be it a game,movie,book ... , has made me cry. The story is so moving and one of the best ones that I have seen. Even though this novel is short, you will not regret buying it. I'm pretty sure I will not forget about this even after 30 years.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Didn't expect anything less from VisualArts/Key,

If you like what VisualArts/Key have done over the years, there is no excuse for you to skip on planetarian.

As my first proper Visual Novel, I am impressed by this one.
Great art design, great sound design, amazing story - it's all there.

Definitely one of the better VNs on Steam.

I'd say it definitely is a must buy for fans of VisualArts/Key
10/10
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
cried for 2 hours at the end
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Found this gem through Reddit and I was not disappointed. If you like Visual Novels, this is a must have!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
A VN by 'key' and one of the leading VN developers in the world makes a VN that will make you cry at the end, assuming you actually cry because this is VN are by the same people who made Clannad, Air, Kanon, Little Busters (All great VNs and animes). It does show its age (this VN was made 10 years ago) when you play the game and the 'save' function isn't great either, you only get 5 save slots, so you have to overwrite your saves quite a lot.

The story is set in the future after the "failure of the Space Colonization Program". It is a post-apocalyptic novel involving only 2 main characters "Mr. Customer" aka "The Junker" and Yumemi Hoshino aka the robot. There is no "choose your on route/story" in this VN, its a direct story with no choices.

Graphics
As you'd expect, this a pretty old VN, so graphics isn't its strong point here. It has basic drawn images and the animation is limited. Though the visuals are not the great part, you can still enjoy the VN with what is offers.
Final Score: 5/10

Storyline
This is a VN by 'key' we are talking about, of course its going to tell you a great story. I have never read a VN by 'key' and said "I was disappointed with it". All their VNs are nicely told, it often gives you tears, but that’s part of the experience. Expect to cry in every VN that 'key' makes.
Final Score: 10/10

Sound
Another strong factor here. The music and soundtracks are possibly the most satisfying thing you will love about this VN, considering that it is over 10 years old. I still have a hard time trying to figure out how they managed to make all these soundtracks, they are absolutely fantastic, even though half of them where very sad to listen to. The only downside is that there is only a few of these soundtracks.
Final Score: 9/10

Gameplay/Features/Layout
The VN offers simple controls, press "Enter" to read another line, press "Spacebar" to hide the text box etc...nothing complicated there. The features are also very simple, since the VN is pretty old. It goes the same with the overall layout. Here's and great tip,
tilt your head left or right in the title screen and be amazed
Final Score: 6/10

Price
Probably the most common question when buying anything is "Is it worth buying it?". If you like light romance and sad stories. This is your best bet. You won't regret your choice, it was made by 'key', so you know it's worth it. At £7, this is a pretty cheap VN already, considering there are other VNs out there that cost more and has less stuff to offer. This is definitely worth your time and you shouldn't worry about spending too much on this.
Final Score: 10/10

Overall Score : 40/50
Percentage Score: 80%
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
This is a short Visual Novel with no choices. Don't think of it as a game; it's a short story, with pictures and music.

But what a beautiful, bittersweet, short story it is. Set in the remnants of a city after bio-warfare has mostly wiped the human race from the planet, the story is about a Junker--someone who sneaks into cities, past automated defenses left over from previous wars--in the hopes of finding food, weapons, or useful materials. Instead, he finds a robot, a greeter at a planetarium, miraculously still functioning. What unfolds is a tale about the importance of our hopes and dreams, even in the face of great despair.

Planetarian will take about 2-3 hours to read. If that doesn't seem like it's worth $10 to you, then wait for it to go on sale. But by all means, read it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
Planetarian is kinetic visual novel, meaning that it is completely linear and there are no choices involved. I would like to point out that it is also the first VN I have ever completed.
This novel revolves around the main character, a "Junker" who scavanges the wastes of this post-apocalyptic world, and a robot named Yumemi who was created to work at a planetarium that has now been abandoned for nearly 30 years.
It is a fairly short story, however it still manages to go into keen depth on the back-stories of the characters and the world they live in. Moreover, this novel has some very heartwarming moments, as well as some absolutely heartwrenching ones, which is to be expected from the legendary VisualArts/Key, creators of some of the best VNs (and anime) of all time.

This story will make you laugh, it will make you cry, but most importantly of all, it will tell you an excellent story of a man and a robot, in a very well realized "Fallout-esque" world.
I would heartily reccomend it, and as someone who has only ever finished this VN, I can say that it is an excellent entry into the genre, as it left me with the want for more of its kind.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
TL;DR: planetarian: the reverie of a little planet is an exceptionally well written kinectic novel. It's story, underlying themes, atmosphere and sound design create what is very close to a masterpiece, one that is likely to bring you to tears. It can be finished within a day as it only takes up to 5 hours to complete, which is the perfect lenght for it's story. If you have any interest in playing visual/kinectic novels or have played them before I highly recommend you try planetarian: the reverie of a little planet.

Game Review:

Planetarian: The Reverie of a Little Plantet is a kinectic novel made back in 2004 by a developer named Key and has recentenly been brought to steam for everybody to enjoy. Key is known for it's exceptional emotional storywriting as seen in previous works like Clannad, Little Busters and Angel Beats, most of which have gotten various adaptions into anime or manga. Planetarian is a kinectic novel, thus its gameplay offers no choices or alternate endings. That doesn't mean it takes away from the experience, as Planetarian offers some of the best writing you'll ever see in a visual novel.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world, eradicated by biological and nuclear warfare, the story revolves around a middle-aged man that is trying to survive by looting what very little things are left in the world. One day the man enters a planetarium. where he meets a friendly robot.

It is the start of an amazing journey. A story that's not affraid to make its readers ask themselves ethical questions about what is truly right and wrong. A story that evokes melancholy, yet simaltaniousy manages to spark with optimistic views. A story whose themes, even though it was made back in 2004, feel more and more relevant as time moves on. A story that doesn't just reflect it's themes upon it's own fictional world, but also perfectly reflects them upon the world we live in today - the optimistic notion of our future and the human corruption and degradation that comes with it.

Planetarian does an excellent job at is world building. The eerie, nearly haunting atmosphere of a post-apocalyptic world that is almost extinct of all life is captured beautifully and even though the overall story is rather short, it will never fail to keep you immersed.

It's characters are few, and it's because of this that see some real progression between them. The challenge of creating a story with only so very few characters often lies in the reader becoming bored or annoyed by them. Luckily that is not the case with planetarian, the characters are beautifully written and won't fail to keep your attention. The brosque middle-aged man and the enthusiastic robot will quickly start to grow on you, and in no time you'll be happy watching the two interact.

It's artwork is good, but nothing out of the ordinary. You'll see that visuals are often repeated, but they manage to portray the story well enough. Just don't put your expectations too high and you'll be fine.

Planetarian's music and sound design are some of the best I've ever seen. Its soothing and beautifully composed music isn't just great in and of itself, it's also able to convey a lot of meaning. The compositions and sound design act directly on the symbolism and themes used in planetarian, making the music, sound design and story come together as a whole. For those interested, an excellent analysis about planetarian music and sound design was done by therationalpi on reddit, I'll link it in the comments below.

In the end I wouldn't call planetarian a masterpiece. It isn't the holy grail of visual novels, but it is definitly one of the best ones out there, and by far the best one avaliable on Steam. If you want to experience a short but rich, exceptionally well constructed story that is very likely to bring you to tears planetarian is perfect for you.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
Planetarian is a relatively short VN (~4 hours) that has no choices for the player to make, instead preferring to tell a set story of its own choosing. While this might bother some since that means that this "game" is little more than a few hours of reading with voices and artwork to go with it, the creators of Planetarian are none other than Key/VisualArts. If you are at all familiar with Key/VisualArts or their other works (notably Kanon, Clannad, and Little Busters!), then you have a pretty good idea what to expect from this: a well-written story, quality artwork, and a deeply emotional conclusion. While Planetarian is tiny compared to Key/VisualArts other VN's (Clannad is at minimum a 50+ hour game, and Little Busters! is about the same size), the quality of their other works ought not to be ashamed by this. In other words, Planetarian is quite good, despite its length and lack of choice.

If you are familiar with Key/VisualArts other works and enjoyed them, then checking this out should be a no-brainer. If you are not however, consider Planetarian a small teaser for what is to come: Clannad will be released on Steam before the year is out (Fall 2015 most likely), and hopefully Key/VisualArts' other works like Kanon or Little Busters! won't be too far behind. Or you can just watch their anime versions if you can't wait that long (I personally recommend Kanon 2006 and Clannad/Clannad After Story for that). Enjoy! :3
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