Visual novel studio Key opened an official website for a crossover television anime titled Kaginado (Key, etc.) on Monday. The anime will feature chibi renditions of characters from Kanon, Air, Clannad, Little Busters!, Rewrite, and additional Key franchises to be revealed at a later date. It premieres this October.
A teaser promotional video for Kaginado was revealed on Sunday during the KSL online 2021: Kaginado livestream. The anime was also the subject of an April Fools' tweet earlier this month. Key removed the tweet the following day.
Jun Maeda, Shinji Orito, Itaru Hinoue, and Naoki Hisaya founded Key under publisher Visual Arts in July 1998. Key's first project was the adult visual novel Kanon, which has since been re-released with its erotic content removed.
Toei Animation adapted Kanon into a television anime that broadcast for 13 episodes during the Winter 2002 season. Kyoto Animation later readapted the visual novel and produced a 24-episode television anime that aired from October 2006 to March 2007.
Clannad was Key's third visual novel, and its first intended for an all-ages audience. It was adapted as a film produced by Toei Animation and released in September 2007, then by Kyoto Animation as a 23-episode television anime broadcast from October 2007 to March 2008. This season was followed by the 24-episode Clannad: After Story, which aired from October 2008 to March 2009.
Key's latest visual novel, Summer Pockets, was released in June 2018 and ported to iOS and Android devices that December. An updated version of the visual novel subtitled Reflection Blue was released in June 2020.
The studio is currently collaborating with Ryukishi07 (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni) of the doujin group 07th Expansion on the visual novel Loopers, which is scheduled to be released on May 28.
Source: Key official Twitter