Dear KH-Vids.net, I'm not sure how to begin such a personal letter. It's been so long since I've been in contact with you that you've probably forgotten me. That's okay. I forget about you, too. But just when I start to think life's moved on and everything's changed, the warm embrace of nostalgia never fails to pull me backward in time. It could be an old song or a dusty book cover. Perhaps the sun sets a certain way and it takes me back to an autumn evening from my adolescence. There are triggers everywhere that connect us with who we were and where we've been. That's what brought me back here today, but it's not only with rose-tinted glasses that I write you this fond letter. I want you to know, before I go... what you really meant to me. I wasn't the most popular kid back in 2005, but I was hardly an outcast. I kept up with mainstream art for the sake of conversation, but I had my own interests that most suburban white kids in America considered "nerdy." Anime and manga weren't exactly underground phenomenons, but Japanese culture also wasn't something you talked about with everyone. That's what made forums so special. The internet was crazy, and we'd finally found a place we could belong no matter where we lived: a message board. At least I had. I was obsessed with Final Fantasy, and by extension, Kingdom Hearts. My first all nighter happened when I rented KH1 from Blockbuster. I remember when my dad upgraded our internet to DSL - what did I do first? I downloaded Deep Dive so I could finally see it with my own eyes instead of recaps and screenshots. Yeah, I loved Kingdom Hearts. As an avid user of KHInsider and other popular KH communities, kh-vids.net was on my radar within days of its conception. I was one of the first users to ever sign up for kh-vids.net near the tail end of 2005 (member #4 if I remember correctly)... a whopping 16 years ago. I'm 29 now, for reference. Quickly, I realized this was the community for me. With other diehards like Cin and Mish, we built this website into one of the greatest online communities of the time. It was the wild west, with kids who were barely teenagers running around as moderators, a Spam Zone that moved at lightning speed and a group of friends so close they spent most of their time not posting on the forum talking on MSN privately instead. We were so close, all of us. So close that I wrote a Battle Royale fan-fiction (circa 2006-2007) which included 42 of our forum's most active, prolific members and killed them all off - an act that, ironically, brought us even closer than we were before. One user, named Mari, adapted it into a manga. Soon, people were writing their own fan-fictions and role plays were popping up everywhere. The KH-Vids Song was released. We weren't just a community - we were so much more. We were the high school of the internet. While I was a part of many other forums at the time, none came close to the entertainment and joy that the kh-vids.net community brought me. All I wanted was to give that joy back. What other forum had their own theme song that catalogued the users and history of the site? Was this site even really about Kingdom Hearts to us anymore? Perhaps not... For anyone wandering back from those crazy years of 2005-2009, who might stumble upon this thread wondering if anyone still remembers you or the times you had here: I want you to know I miss you. To everyone else who believes kh-vids.net is as special to them as it was to me, thank you for letting this site carry on the way it did. There are so many times in passing that I think about how this website shaped me, and I know I'm not the only one. I found so much incredible anime, manga, films, games and books thanks to the wonderful people here. How did I have so much time? It's like I lived a lifetime on here - my post count definitely suggested so. Now that all those threads and random discussions are forgotten and only the highlights remain, it seems like it all happened in a second. And that's life, really. It flashes by and by the time we look back, the moment's gone and we only remember specific parts. We better treasure them. I wish I could go back to when getting home from school and logging on to kh-vids was all I could think about. This place was my second home. It was another world, another life. Truth is, I always felt like I could be more vulnerable talking to the friends I made here than my friends in the "real" world. They don't really know you, right? So how could it hurt? And with that shared mindset, we all shared our lives with each other. And sometimes it did hurt, but it was mostly incredible. Life's a funny, little thing. We live our own story that means so much to us. That's why I wanted to write this letter to you, since you're such a big part of it. I want you to know that at least, for this one guy, you made life better. Not just better, though. You gave me purpose. That's how much I cared about this website and the friends I made. No other website, forum, social media platform or chatroom of any kind has replicated the bonds and connections I made at kh-vids.net. To see the forum still up in the year 2021, even if inactive, is a testament to what Deathspank created. This website is a time capsule for a specific group of people - us. We will always remember, and perhaps even come back from time to time to have a look, if only to let that wave of nostalgia crash over us so we can feel as cozy as we felt when we first huddled in front of our televisions to explore Destiny Islands. So thank you, kh-vids. For all you've done for all of us. Take care, old friends. - Roxas P.S. To anyone reading this who wants to help me build a new community based off memories of how incredible kh-vids is and was, message me and I'll send you a link to my website.