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Katawa Shoujo

Journal Entry: Sat May 9, 2009, 6:57 PM


Well, well, well... As I posted several drawings in the past months, I guess people understood I was still (a bit) active. ^^;
But It's true I wasn't focused that much on drawing: studies, anime and even games...so many things to do.
Last week, I played at Katawa Shoujo.


So, what is it about? Katawa Shoujo is a Dating Simulation (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dating_s…) involving girls with disabilities: deaf, blind, legless, armless, etc... All those girls have their own personality and their own way to deal with their problem.
The game is being developped for a couple of years now, by amateurs from around the world. And I have ot say the result is quite good so far.


The graphic quality is top notch, the musics are nice and the characters are quite well developped. The story is nice so far, and I wonder how big the final version will be. My only concerns are about (the infamous) Kenji, the side-male character, who is more scary than really humourous (I really felt bad each time I talked to him), and the few number of story paths: so few choices so far...but it's only a demo, so I expect the final version to have much more paths.
My favorite so far is Rin (She's armless), who seems to be living in her own world and has a cute and funny expression when she looks at you. I also like Lilly (She's blind), mainly because she's so tall and gentle.

Anyway, I will definitely buy the final game version. I really didn't expect Katawa Shoujo to be that good. And I advice anyone to play it.

You can download it there: katawa-shoujo.com/




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quamp Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009
I have to agree that Katawa Shoujo is very visually stunning. The artwork is first-rate.
However, something you probably didn't notice were the several slips in writing. For example, when Rin is at the mural it says she has paint on her. However, the picture of her doesn't have paint on Rin.
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Raja-Ulat Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
Love that game (though i also agree that Kenji's quite troubling). ;p
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cire2 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
The final version is actually supposed to be free to download.
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Flak-Cannon Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
Wow... sounds different... and quite fascinating.
I'm a little hesitant to download anything, though, or pay for it. Still, I am quite curious...
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MarkOfTheWildWolf Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
Taking advantage of girls with disabilities, you've just hit a new low Japan.

No, I'm just kidding, I'm sure the main character truly loves these girls for who they are. Personally I find Hanako quite appealing.

Only thing I find dull is the high school atmosphere. Like that hasn't been done enough with dating sims already. What about college? Or the real live working world?

Then again, I guess the high school setting is easiest to work with, has cliche and overdone it is.
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gamera1985 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i think that's easier to set, as you said ^^ plus easy to find materials on it
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MarkOfTheWildWolf Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
I'm still waiting for a dating sim where you can date fat girls. C'mon Japan...
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useraccount Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
I looked at the characters on the website. They all apparently have their own theme songs. Why am I not surprised that Emi's (the legless one's name, i think.) theme song is "Standing Tall"?
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gamera1985 Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
because she has a height complex ;p haha
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useraccount Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Also, shouldn't the blind girl have some sort of cane or guide dog or something? :iconotherunicorn: had a character like her, named Betina or something like that, OtherUnicorn's character had these weird sonar goggle things.
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Kazzle Featured By Owner May 10, 2009   Photographer
I love this game! I can't wait for the full release.

Did you manage to get the Kenji ending in the demo?
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gamera1985 Featured By Owner May 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
seriously, it's possible??
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Kazzle Featured By Owner May 10, 2009   Photographer
Yeah I got one ending, it wasn't a happy one though and definitely no boy love :p
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SmartGem Featured By Owner May 10, 2009
oooh~ who's the one with the glasses's? what's her...issue? haha. i don't know how to phrase that....

i don't play games much...but i'm interested in the characters. ^^
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gamera1985 Featured By Owner May 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
she's deaf ^^

you should play the game
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SmartGem Featured By Owner May 10, 2009
haha. deaf. xD which one of them is mute?

and nah~ i can't dL anything yet...

maybe when i go to collage. xD
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gamera1985 Featured By Owner May 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my bad, she's mute <_< (mistaking english words)
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SmartGem Featured By Owner May 11, 2009
xDDD awesome. don't worry, we all make "misteaks" sometimes. xD
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I haven't played it (mainly because I don't really like dating sims) but it has been talked about a lot. Rin seems to be insanely popular.
I'm not sure if it's going to be sold, considering who the developers are (Protip: quattre chaîne). I wouldn't be surprised if it's free.

What I kinda wonder is how the reaction in Japan must be. After all, the designs are based loosely on the designs a doujin author did as a joke.
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useraccount Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009
Rin and Hanako (the burned girl) are the two most popular characters, from what I've read.
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SiegfriedStauffenber Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
Could be.
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gamera1985 Featured By Owner May 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
would be nice if it's free indeed.

As for Rin, I think it's because she's so "weird"

and I don't think the author did the first sketch idea as a joke. He just put down an idea of him.
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Well, I heard he did so as a filler material in one of his fancomics (don't remember which).

Kinda makes you wonder if he put a statement in his homepage.

And yeah, the way he describes it it's more of putting an idea to paper but I don't think he was expecting someone to seriously grab the idea and make a game.
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ericnthered123 Featured By Owner May 10, 2009
Sounds like an intereseting game. :D
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JessicaBlood Featured By Owner May 9, 2009
My favorite is also Rin although I really really hope there is a Kenji route =p
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SadiraSexyVamp Featured By Owner May 9, 2009   Digital Artist
That's actually really interesting Gamera. I didn't think they would make games with disabled girls in them. They're so cute too. x3
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Garhoul Featured By Owner May 9, 2009   General Artist
its incredible the styles of the games in this times =P, you can download them in a half of sconds :giggle:
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