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Katawa Shoujo

Katawa Shoujo
09 Jan 2012 23:19:46

I just played the recently released Katawa Shoujo, and it completely surprised me I absolutely loved it! I have played a few visual novels before and I didn't care too much for them they were either too short to leave much of an impact or most of them where crappy hentai games. :/


Before I talk about the game I wanted to talk about the characters first. they all seem very well written (I only played though once so I can't vouch for all of them but I'll assume they are all well done) Each character is very unique and much more then being moe-blob with X disability.

Hanako Ikezawa

Hanako is scarred over most of her body and is incredibly shy. I saw her the least out of all the characters during my play so I cant say if her shyness seems accurate or not.

Lilly Satou

Lilly is blind and aside from that she seems like the typical "kind rich girl" character.

Emi Ibarazaki

Emi despite having no legs is the star of the track team. She is a sweet and energetic (but stubborn) girl.

Rin Tezuka

Rin is an "Osaka" type of character who always says strange and irrelevant things. Despite having no arms She is into panting and is very artistic.

Shizune Hakamichi

Shizune is the student console pressident. She seems rather srong willd an confident showing much expression in her face to make up the fact she is deaf and mute. Whatever she sayes is allways represented with the text "..." witch is then translated by Shiina.

Shiina Mikado

Shiina is Shizune's interpreter She doesn't seem to have a disability, but She has trouble with some words so perhaps she has a learning disorder? She is a rather hotheaded character and unfortunately the only main character without a path of her own. T^T


As for the game itself it plays like a typical visual novel. You just read the on screen text and at certain branching points you are given a multiple choice option to select witch often has major consequences on the story.

Previous VN's that I have played the story only varied at key points depending on what path you take. However with this game only the first act (of four) is like that and after you end up on a specific path the story becomes very character specific. The length is quite long as well. My game play time was about seven hours, of course I didn't play straight through so overall it was even longer.

The game does include H scene's and I was a little worried that they would ruin the game for me as stuff like this tends to do, however they are rather tastefully done and seem fairly "natural" and did not distract from or ruin the story. If you still don't want them you are given the option of turning them off.

An example of an H scene.

I was originally trying for Hanako's path but I ended up with Emi and I'm glad I did as she is such a sweet character. I loved her so much. I really liked her mother as well Why must there no path for Emi's mom?



A completely random moment I wanted to share

Overall I verry happy I played Katawa Shoujo It's the best visual novel I have ever played (perhaps it will be the best I ever play) I will definitely play it again for the other characters eventually. But at the moment it seems a bit odd to play again and "fall in love" with another character so soon.



If you are interested in playing the game you can get it here.
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TomatheSpook
TomatheSpook (Russia)
10 Jan 2012, 02:47:44
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Thanks for the review! I've added this game to the "list of the things I'll do when I get a new computer" xD
Секретарша Валлефора.
Emily
Emily (Russia)
10 Jan 2012, 13:22:41
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Nice characters))
"К тому же, он безбожный садист. Один неверный шаг с твоей стороны, и он превратится в беспощадного убийцу. Извращенец, кусок дерьма и подонок в одном лице - вот кто он"
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Geko (Russia)
10 Jan 2012, 15:35:18
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I didn't like visual novels or Japanese games at all, but I've thought of playing this one after I saw the trailer. Now I will definitely try *_*
mu597
mu597 (USA)
10 Jan 2012, 18:09:03
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Can't hurt to try! (and after all it is free)
rupanRinsan
rupanRinsan (Estonia)
10 Jan 2012, 18:30:13
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> but She has trouble with some words so perhaps she has a learning disorder?
Misha doesn't have any disorders or sickness'. It is said somewhere in Lily's route that the school can be entered by one's choice or will, though it happens really rare. So Misha is an exception.

As for Hanako, her shyness is accurate. I've fallen in love the first time I saw her, so played her route and completed her whole route (the bad, the neutral and the good ending). She is adorable. And her H-scene doesn't have as... unique expressions as Emi's has xDD

So, how many endings does Emi have? She doesn't seem like that type of a character who will have a bad ending.
Я так чувствую, что если попаду в ад, то Сатана назначит общение со мной в качестве пытки.
mu597
mu597 (USA)
10 Jan 2012, 19:24:13
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I haven't gone for the other endings yet, so I cat say. I'm sure I got the good ending. (not sure how menny variations of endings this game has)
rupanRinsan
rupanRinsan (Estonia)
11 Jan 2012, 15:29:57
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Well, judging by the fact that Hanako's route has three endings and it has the standart bad-neutral-good endings, I think that Emi has the same. Look forward to seeing another review on all of her routes =3
Я так чувствую, что если попаду в ад, то Сатана назначит общение со мной в качестве пытки.
mu597
mu597 (USA)
11 Jan 2012, 17:27:04
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I'm not sure if I'll do another KS post, but I might make one after I play Hanako's route.
mu597
mu597 (USA)
13 Jan 2012, 05:30:14
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Ok. It seems Emi only has one other ending, a "we are not right for each other" type of ending. (and it seems I ended up getting her good ending by wanting to spend more time with her mom XD)
rupanRinsan
rupanRinsan (Estonia)
13 Jan 2012, 15:50:19
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Well, since there're only two endings, the task surely becomes easier xD Ahah, spending time with mom? Clever those creators are xD
Я так чувствую, что если попаду в ад, то Сатана назначит общение со мной в качестве пытки.
Vallefor
Vallefor (Russia)
11 Jan 2012, 17:51:08
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I have been started to play it too :) But I doing it very slow because of my poor English and a little free time :P
And it is my second VN. First was Tsukihime (you should play it if you TYPE-MOON fan :P). But Tsukihime is very old game.
Here one screenshot from it

I think I will write something when I complete at least one route :)
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mu597
mu597 (USA)
11 Jan 2012, 18:47:59
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Thanks for the recommendation I was planning on making a post asking if anyone knew any good English VN's
megumi_vocaloid
megumi_vocaloid (United Kingdom)
13 Jan 2012, 19:04:19
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Wow, they are such good character designs, I am glad someone is creating something different like this instead of moe blobs. Thank you for sharing this!
Chiaki
Chiaki (Australia)
27 Jan 2012, 09:57:27
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This seems very interesting. I'm feeling so sad for the characters from just the pictures. I have never played a VN from fear of becoming even more otaku that I already am. However I'll inevitably try this out as time goes on. Thanks a bunch.

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