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Katawa Shoujo

Discussion in 'Akihabara Novel Corner' started by Godot, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. Godot DRAGONBALL LEGOS

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    Considering this isn't a Japanese VN, I'll still assume this is the best place to put this thread...



    Download Katawa Shoujo for free (http://katawashoujo.blogspot.com/2012/01/katawa-shoujo-released.html)​

    It's been out for a while now, so many of you guys have probably played it by now. What's your opinion on this game?

    First of all, for an amateur team making something of this quality is so impressive, I can't help put take my metaphorical hat off to them. There is inconsistent quality of art, the writing isn't perfect (though it's quite touching in some routes), and there's too few choices in the game, but that's to be expected. They also seemed to handle the disability aspect of the girls well, though it mainly focuses on Hisao's heart condition. But I wish the H-scenes were a bit better. The music in this game is fantastic; so many favourite tracks I could listen to over and over. In the end, I thought this was a good game, and all the people who've never played VNs before seem to love it. I'd recommend it to any newcomers, so long as they can get past the "SICK HENTAI GAME ABOUT FUCKING CRIPPLES" mindset.
     
  2. Cash AAAaaaAAA

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    I'll never get by the sick hentai game about fucking cripples part.














    I mean cant you just watch handicap porn?
     
  3. Mist Puppet No Internet, No Problems Advisor

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    When I first heard about this game, I was joking about it. But then I figured, "why the hell not?" and downloaded it. (Little did I know that these same 4 words would later lead me to travel back through time to defeat the evil Monkeyman and save the 9th dimension)

    My first impression of the girls were pretty positive for the most part. I instantly gravitated towards Shizune and Rin, but everyone else was pretty cute. If I had to rank them at that point in time, it would go something like:

    1) Shizune
    2) Rin
    3) Emi
    4) Lilly
    5) Hanako

    Alas, my first adventure into this game led me to the Early Bad End (aka the Kenji route), which was a huge shock to me. Speaking of Kenji, I find that dude hilarious, and some of my favorite moments in this game comes from Kenji.

    Anyways, I restarted and went with Shizune. Her route was alright, but the lack of choices was really apparent in this route. The last major choice after Act 1 was with Misha, and it was pretty obvious which choice would lead to a favorable outcome.

    Spoiler:
    While at the beginning, I wanted to smang Misha, there were two (later, three) reasons why I didn't go down that route.

    1) I became attached to Shizune, and obviously sleeping with her best friend would ruin that
    2) Misha had short hair. She doesn't really pull it off as well as Rin does. Definitely preferred her Giga Drill Breaker hair :maybe


    The ending was cute, but the whole route made me want...more. Like there was something missing. I'm glad I played this route first because if I had done someone else (like Rin), then Shizune's route probably would have bored me to tears.

    Speaking of Rin...FUCK YEAH RIN. She skyrocketed to my favorite girl so far. So many crowning moments of awesome from her. Haven't finished her route, but my heart is already twisted.

    Spoiler:
    And I almost had an actual heart attack when Rin "hugs" Hisao. So much HNNNNNNNNNNNNG.


    For a guy who is new to visual novels as a whole, I find this fairly enjoyable. The H-scenes that I've gotten so far are alright, but that's fine with me. Even if there weren't any H-scenes, I'd still love this game.

    Spoiler: Crowning Moments of Awesome








     
  4. Godot DRAGONBALL LEGOS

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    The whole point is that they're human beings like everyone else, and they shouldn't be treated differently because of their disabilities. This picture explains more:


    The only way to really understand is to play the game. If you really want to, then you can disable sex scenes.


    EDIT: Wow Goobette, you got the Kenji route first? You must have been apathetic as fuck during first play-through :lmao

    I wanted Lily first, but I accidently ended up on Emi's route. And I don't regret it. If I were to rank the girls, I'd go:

    1) Hanako
    2) Lily
    3) Shizune
    4) Emi
    5) Rin

    But if I judged them based on the quality of their routes, then it'd be more like:

    1) Hanako
    2) Emi
    3) Rin
    4) Lily
    5) Shizune (god, who the fuck wrote this?)
     
  5. Mist Puppet No Internet, No Problems Advisor

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    Spoiler: Rin's Route
    I just finished Rin's route, so I'm going to write my comments down now while they are still fresh on my mind.

    Throughout Rin's route, the choices I were given made it really hard for me to choose. I wanted to choose the right choice, the one that gave me the best ending. So I just hoped that whatever choice I made was the right one.

    I never really understood the turmoil Rin went through until she was painting for the exhibition. Before that, I wanted her to not take part in it, but Hisao being an idiot, I had no choice but to urge her to do it. When I heard the story about Sae's husband, and what had happened to him, I thought that was what was going to happen to Rin. So I was anxious, I was hoping that my choices wouldn't mess that up, that I (or I guess Hisao) could just break through her guard and just...comfort her.

    So I was pretty pissed off when Hisao just blew up at her. I thought I fucked up somewhere, that this wasn't supposed to happen. Even when it looked like they were getting closer, the text made it seem like they were still far away. And when Rin ran away from the exhibition, I wanted to chase after her, but I didn't have that choice.

    And the ending scene. The dandelion scene. I have no words.

    I guess Rin reminded me of myself back when I was younger. I wasn't abstract in my thinking like her, but something resonated. It felt familiar somehow. I guess that why I was just so invested in trying to make her happy. Because she was a reflection of myself.


    Yep, rambled too much. Or maybe not enough.

    Yeah, I tried to play it the way I would have normally reacted, but I guess that didn't work out. Though I don't regret having the manly picnic ;33
     
  6. Lord Yu Active Member

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    I just finished Shizune's route. I've finished every route except Hanako's. So far Rin's route is my favorite, but Emi is my favorite girl. I like this VN. I've actually taken a class on sign language before so I should say I know something about Shizune but I'd be lying because I failed it hard. I lack dexterity. Though I dislike the lack of choice in Shizune's route it was still quite interesting. So far Lilly's route is my least favorite. It was pretty dull and lacked tension. Also the ending was pretty cliche. I hope Hanako's is much better.
     
  7. Mist Puppet No Internet, No Problems Advisor

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    Finished Emi's route.

    Lady on the streets but a freak in the sheets ;33
     
  8. AlphabetSoup Meh...

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    Only routes I liked were Hanako and Lilly's.
     
  9. Mist Puppet No Internet, No Problems Advisor

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    Is it just me or is Hisao just dense sometimes?

    Spoiler:
    Like in Emi's route, he didn't even pick up on the fact that Emi's dad is dead. I mean, it's pretty obvious once you put two and two together.

    To a lesser extent Rin but I think in the long run, it helped her.
     
  10. Xiammes I am the senate. Super Moderator

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    I have been playing this at my leisure, normally don't play Visual Novels, but I decided to play this because it was a huge accomplishment when you take everything into account.

    So far I have finished Lily's and Hanako's route. Lily really surprised me, her route was great, and the blind sex thing gave me a new way of looking at life. They also seemed to have great chemistry together something VS usually lack(at least the ones I have played).

    Hanako's route to me was extremely overrated, I had only heard great things about it so I expected something spectacular and great character development, as you can see I was sorely disappointed.

    I plan on doing Shizune's route next, then either Emi or Rin's.
     
  11. Mist Puppet No Internet, No Problems Advisor

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    Finished Lilly's route.

    Spoiler:
    At first I thought it was pretty dull, and for the first two acts, it just felt like Shizune's route 2.0

    But after a while, I think what it all built up to was spectacular, and while I thought the ending was going to be something cheesy like Hisao and Lilly reuniting at the airport, I'm glad that didn't happen. That hospital scene made me cry though. THE FEELS. They were too much.

    Hanako got some really good development too, which was nice. And I think they did a great job of illustrating not only Hisao and Lilly's relationship, but also Hisao's heart condition, which is more prominent in this route than any of the other routes.


    If I had to rate the routes so far, it would go

    1) Rin
    2) Lilly
    3) Emi
    4) Shizune

    And the girls

    1) Rin
    2) Emi
    3) Lilly
    4) Shizune

    Hanako's last at bat. I keep hearing good things about this route, so I saved it for last.
     
  12. Godot DRAGONBALL LEGOS

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    Same, I saved Hanako's route for last.

    But KENJI'S MANLY PICNIC ROUTE; good lord :rotfl
     
  13. Mist Puppet No Internet, No Problems Advisor

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    Kenji route takes 0th place ;33
     
  14. Lord Yu Active Member

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    I just finished Hanako's route. With that I've finished all the routes. Rin's route is still my favorite and Lilly's route is my least favorite. Emi is still my favorite gal.
     
  15. Butō Rengoob Honorary Pantaloni Rossi

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    I'm late to the party it would seem. So far i've gotten Rin, Emi and Shizune's routes done though i still need Rin's bad and neutral endings.

    I think i can safely say Rin's route is my favorite and she's my favorite girl. Having a great appreciation of art (though lacking in skill) i don't have much in common with her. The drive behind my choice is that she intrigues me the most (not unlike Hisao's reasons for being around her at first as well) and i just couldn't help but want to be close to her, to understand her and to reach her. None of the other girls have left that impression on me.

    Her route is just fucking superb. Never have i cried so much in so long and i'll admit that without shame.
     
  16. Mist Puppet No Internet, No Problems Advisor

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    Rin master race :brofist
     
  17. Praetor Member

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    Rin's route changes lives.
    Also did Hanako's, but it mostly just made me wish I had chose Lilly's, and REALLY made me wish there was a Miki route.
     
  18. scerpers Heart of the World, Lord of the Void

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    It's not just you. It seems Hisao's intelligence varies based on whose path you choose.

    He's basically retarded in Rin's route.
     
  19. Butō Rengoob Honorary Pantaloni Rossi

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    Hell yeah :brofist
     
  20. scerpers Heart of the World, Lord of the Void

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    More like Pseudo-Intellectual race.
     
  21. Mist Puppet No Internet, No Problems Advisor

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    that's psuedo-intellectual master race to you.
     
  22. scerpers Heart of the World, Lord of the Void

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    That's a funny way of spelling "peasant race"
     
  23. Mist Puppet No Internet, No Problems Advisor

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    the meek shall inherit the earth
     
  24. scerpers Heart of the World, Lord of the Void

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    After the Lilly master races are done with it.
     
  25. Praetor Member

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    Why do people get on Hisao so much in Rin's route? He had every right to be mad the way she was treating him.
     
  26. scerpers Heart of the World, Lord of the Void

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    I'm not mad because of that, I just hate how fucking stupid he is. Rin AND Emi's route.
     
  27. Praetor Member

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    How do you mean stupid? I've only done Rin, Hanako, and part of Lilly's act 2.
     
  28. Mist Puppet No Internet, No Problems Advisor

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    For me, the one part that just made me rage was when Nomiya was pressuring Rin to do a gallery exhibition with her art. It was just so obvious that Rin was uncomfortable and unwilling to do it, but the only thing you can do is basically make her go through with it.

    I was just like "Really Hisao? Really?"
     
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    I think Hisao did it because he himself felt like he wasn't going anywhere. He was so caught up in Rin's "big chance", and he didn't want her to be stuck like him, so he was pushing her, even if she was hesitant. It didn't feel like a stretch, or some overly insensitive action to me.
     
  30. Godot DRAGONBALL LEGOS

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    Yeah but before that, you have the choice of "I want to be more like Emi/Rin", and if you picked Rin, why the fuck would you be forcing her to do something she obviously didn't want to do? Though to be fair to Hisao, he did see Rin look in awe at Emi on the track days before, so maybe he thinks pushing her forward was the best thing to do, or something like that.

    Imo Hisao was at his best during the Shizune & Hanako route; he was alright during Lily's route.

    Also, you MUST play Katawa Crash. Fun, addictive, and riddled with memes :lmao

    http://ks.renai.us/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=3071
     

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