Katawa Shoujo Finally Released

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Katawa Shoujo, the “4chan developed” English language visual novel so long in production, has finally been released after a mere 5 years of development, much to the delight of cripple fanciers the world over.

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Four Leaf Studios describe the game’s storyline succinctly enough themselves:

Katawa Shoujo is a visual novel set in the fictional Yamaku High School for disabled children, located in modern Japan.

Hisao Nakai, a normal boy living a normal life, has his life turned upside down when a congenital heart defect forces him to move to a new school after a long hospitalization. Despite his difficulties, Hisao is able to find friends — and perhaps love, if he plays his cards right.

There are five main paths corresponding to the 5 main female characters, each path following the storyline pertaining to that character. The story is told through the perspective of the main character, using a first person narrative. The game uses a traditional text and sprite-based visual novel model with an ADV text box.

As might be expected, online there is some astonishment that anything good has come out of 4chan, let alone a complete game – although the fact that the game revolves around seducing maimed schoolgirls rather makes up for this.

“Cripple Girl” is freely available from Four Leaf Studios’ various homepages now.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    04:53 05/01/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I'm morbidly awaiting the reactions by Japanese 2ch users...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:55 05/01/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    But you should keep in mind that SanCom doesn't distingish between fucking troll and fair remark from 2ch... just saying...

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    Comment by Shimazaki
    07:41 05/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    After seeyng that japanese eroge with half beats, half women...............maybee this is not that bad, couse.............ijn this game, at leats, the characters are totally women after all

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    Comment by Gitami
    15:47 06/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I am hopeful it impresses them enough for c82 or c83 cosplays.

    It is my dream to have Lily have a sword duel with Saber.

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    Comment by Senjou
    15:33 05/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    We all know 2ch is ~tsun for 4chan and vice versa.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:07 05/01/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Gotta say congrats to the dev team! Could see the major improvements in art.

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    Comment by Shadow C
    04:54 05/01/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    They could've finished the game faster, but it would've cost an arm and a leg.................
    ..............Yep, that was cheesy.

    ALL HAIL SHIZUNE!

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    Comment by tyciol
    05:29 05/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Speaking of missing limbs, the girl laying on the right does not appear to be.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:42 05/01/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    ''Cheerful disposition, light skin/hair/eyes, poor motors skills, bad balance, short attention span and trouble with words" So... she has a case of moe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:40 05/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @bufkus Jones

    Why are you trying to put logic into the game? Youre not supposed to use logic, just imagine it :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:04 05/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    One of the mods said that she got a hangnail when she was young and her parents just overreacted.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:07 05/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Misha is fat. Duh.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:11 05/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    No. She's just autistic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:38 06/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anon 07:04, it's stated that when Misha entered the school her JSL was pretty poor. I think it's even indicated that she went there intending to learn JSL to teach.

    Some of her issues lend themselves to thinking that she might have some minor inner ear problems and/or high functioning variety of autism.

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    Comment by bufkus jones
    07:08 05/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    how can inner ear problems be a disability. there are exercises to fix that stuff.

    certainly, you don't need to go to a school for disabled kids even if you did have permanent inner ear problems.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:04 05/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Misha's disability has never been disclosed, but it is likely to be an inner ear problem.

    She's stated she has some problems with balance, vertigo and motion sickness (all of which can pertain to the ear), we *know* she has problems with her volume control and that she knows sign language (and possibly the ability to read lips).

    All of those things *can* be attributed to a damaged inner ear, while it hasn't been disclosed in game to my knowledge, it is a very likely culprit.

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    06:47 05/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, her disability is a mystery as of the demo. She's the mute one's translator though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:42 05/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    or maybe her disability might be not having a vagina. Now there was once a hentai like this... and I have no idea what it was called but damn it was nice :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:23 05/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I believe her disability is being mute.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:31 05/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    she's got bipolar tendencies and she's a lesbian as you find out in the shizune arc where she tries to bang you so that you will stay away from shizune. Her disabilities are mental whatever they may be

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:00 05/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ya don't necessarily have to be missing limbs to be disabled. She can be just disabled in the mind or something.

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    Comment by Chris
    18:30 06/01/2012 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Misha's disability is lesbianism.

    But seriously, she got into Yamaku for reduced cost because she wanted to become a sign language teacher. She does not have a disability.

    But seriously, she's legit gay.

    Comment by Anonymous

    No. She's just retarded.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:19 06/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its awesome, been playing ti for 11 h last night, and i can tell you rin path is the most rewarding but the most painfull.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    16:51 05/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm glad for them as well. Probably not my cup of tea as a game, but that's a good effort. Any fanbase that can turn out a game kind of shows how dedicated they can be. I'm slightly turned off by the disability-theme of it all, then again, I'm turned off by certain themes of something and liking the story.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:41 06/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I wouldn't really call it a theme. It's more like the disabilities are there to lend themselves to the story telling rather than as fetish fuel. The game seems to be fairly light on the ero side anyways, at least the Shizune/Misha route only has two full ero scenes, and one with just erotic text.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:47 05/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    so are you playing it?

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    16:26 06/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes. =)

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    Comment by Senjou
    15:31 05/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ah finally the long wait is over....never give the demo a try, wanted the full version and I guess my faith finally pays off.

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    09:17 05/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They did not dissapoint. I remember playing the first release and even then I thought they were doing an excellent job. Great to see they finished this ( and that the project didn't just fall apart)

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:59 05/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    How could they not include a loli? Blasphemy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:20 05/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That twin tailed girl seems like a good candidate for that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:34 05/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    How so?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:11 05/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    She's not ACTUALLY shorter than the other girls, and her boobs are only a bit smaller.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:20 07/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    She had a different sprite in the initial Act 1 demo release years ago, and it made her look more loli-ish, but they scrapped it for some reason.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:18 05/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Her prosthetics make her seem smaller or something...

    I think

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    Comment by ...
    06:04 05/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    She's very short and has small boobs? :/

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:26 05/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's cheating.

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    Comment by SaltyPenguin
    07:33 06/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm on her route, she's sort of loli-ish, but not too much.

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    Comment by tyciol
    06:20 05/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree, just look at her compared height. Her chest is flat enough.

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    Comment by 3rdEye
    06:23 05/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just play the game. She's clearly not a loli.
    They had a loli in mind at one point, but nobody liked her in dev team, so they removed her.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:47 05/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Time to make Shizune my waifu.

    Any chance you'll translate the Japanese reaction to it?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:53 05/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It would be really awesome to see and reed the Japanese reaction to the game, it doesnt matter if its good or bad, just reading their commments about the game would be awesome

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    Comment by Ihmhi
    06:18 05/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    It'd probably be like our reaction to games like Recettear?

    "Hey, who knew [American/Japanese/foreigners/etc.] indie teams could make something good? Everything from [that country] is usually garbage!"

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    Comment by Hayate
    06:54 05/01/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Capitalism Ho!

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    Comment by Kaze
    05:53 05/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Reminds me of the time me and my buddy were watching this overly sad-for-no-reason movie about a crippled girl. So we kept making self-aware insensitive jokes much to the chagrin of our 3rd friend.
    Included such classics as:
    Favorite LordoftheRings character?: Legolas
    Hated actor?: Christopher Walken
    Hated movie?: The Running Man

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:29 05/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    "Give me the chocolate, Hisao!"

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    Comment by RaspberryKisses
    03:18 05/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Not gonna play it. Not good with tears-heavy stories.

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    Comment by tyciol
    06:20 05/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    How on earth do you manage to miss out on anime like Clannad then?

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    Comment by RaspberryKisses
    11:05 05/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    HAHA!! i cheated! i played the VN game with save so i don't have to see bad ending AND i watched anime without bad end arc!

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    Comment by ...
    08:08 06/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's a terrible way to watch Clannad.

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    Comment by Shaolan-kun
    10:48 05/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @raspberrykisses

    I played the first part and found it quite heartwarming, not tears heavy at all. I'm confident the whole game will follow the same line, so I suggest you give it a try.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:32 05/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I heard that there are only bad ends. Please confirm otherwise... T_T

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:54 05/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    All have at least one good and one bad ending.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:34 06/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The bad endings are bad(or sometimes just neutral), the good endings all end with Hisao getting together with someone, but how it goes further is mystery.







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