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    Katawa Shoujo Review
    “Are you able to seize the day?”
    Available for PC and Android
    Katawa Shoujo is a bishoujo style visual novel developed by Four Leaf Studios beginning in 2007 and finally releasing its full version at the start of 2012. With a 5 year development cycle Katawa Shoujo shows that persistence and a genuine and sensitive approach to its subject matter pays off

    Introduction

    Around the new year of 2007, A post on 4Chan showcasing works by RAITA detailing art and concepts dubbed “Katawa Shoujo”, Which sparked like wildfire on the /a/ 4Chan board, with different scenarios, love stories, and ideas being thrown about, and soon an entire game based off of a single picture, began development with a team of a amateur developers began.

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    Story
    Katawa Shoujo puts you in the shoes of Hisao Nakai, A normal boy who was leading a normal life until suffering from a heart attack and a long hospitalization. Following his attack he is sent to Yamaku Academy for Physically Disabled Children (It is mentioned by teachers that Yamaku does not take in Mental Disabilities) under doctor’s recommendations. Hisao must leave his past behind him and cope with his new life and surroundings while dealing with new friends and a heart condition that can prove fatal at any moment.
    Katawa Shoujo has a good variety of love interests with different personalities and ideals, and their own story. Depending on the choices you make, the friends you have, your love interest, and even your own personality change and continue the story. Each path has its own values and characteristics that keep the same visual novel continuously refreshing, and always gives you a reason to return to Yamaku Academy

    Brief description of the heroines (Spoiler Free)
     
    Lily was born blind, and despite this has adapted to life without vision. She is wise and is a motherly figure to her friend Hanako
    Hanako is a very shy and reclusive girl who is covered in scars on one side of her body from a fire, she is best friends with Lily
    Emi is a very cheerful person who, despite being amputated below the knee on both legs, runs on the track team with the best of them. She is friends with Rin
    Rin is an accomplished artist at school, and is a very strange and philosophical person. Born with a defect that left her without arms, she wears a boy’s uniform. She is friends with Emi
    Shizune is strong willed and a skilled manipulator, she loves pulling other people into her life and takes charge in any situation despite being deaf and mute. Her best friend and interpreter is Misha


    Music and Art

    Katawa Shoujo uses simplistic traditional sprite-based art, backgrounds, and occasionally special images and scenes, together with a sound track that leaves many games in the dust with its quality and quantity to tell the story. The artists have different art, sprites, and images for each character with a unique watercolor style that isn’t often found in other visual novels or anime though not necessarily polished or high quality it has its own unique charm that separates it from the more common art styles, and the music is perfect for fitting any mood for any moment. For those who love the soundtrack, it’s free to download on the Katawa Shoujo official website

    Replayability and Completion

    With multiple endings, routes, music, and other hidden extras, Katawa Shoujo encourages the player to play the game over, and over again, to collect Movies, Images, Scenes, Music, and even pieces of the story to complete the gallery, and the game. As you finish the game to see different endings and acquire further completion, a small token of achievement is added in the form of sketches on the main menu.
    An example of the "tokens" displayed on the menu as you progress
     




    With the use of save states built into the game it makes it easier to get back to your previous spot to choose another option to keep the ball rolling. Some extras require x% completion to find which may seem like a pain, and are indeed sometimes confusing as you won’t exactly know what you’re missing to look for, but it’s worth it when it’s finally unlocked for later on-demand viewing. As you complete more, and more of the story the main menu changes accordingly as a small token for completing a specific section of the game, There aren't any secret endings or anything like hidden secrets (Though originally semi-implemented in the alpha and beta builds), So the reward may not be appealing to everyone.

    Verdict - 9/10


    Katawa Shoujo may have been made by a small staff of self-proclaimed “Amateur Developers”, from 4Chan, But Katawa Shoujo is able to take sensitive subject matter, and make a Genuine and Sensitive approach accordingly. While the subject matter may be off-putting it’s definitely worth giving a try. With good Replayability, Unlockable Galleries, a touching heartfelt story, good character development, and at no cost. Katawa Shoujo deserves a spot in anyone’s game folder, but it’s more recommended to mature audiences to fully enjoy, otherwise play with mature scenes off. Katawa Shoujo is available free of cost, along with a Soundtrack, and an Unofficial Android Port available as well.

    Positives
    Lots of Content for Free, Great stories and flow variation, genuine feelings toward subject matter, Easy to use save state and skip system, Free to download game and soundtrack, Controller controls optional, Low spec requirements

    Negatives:
    Unlockable Gallery feels convoluted at times, difficult to convince other people to play it due to the subject matter.

    Final Words and Personal Opinion
    Personally, this is the visual novel that inspired me to start writing reviews, and while this is my first, I have a few more up my sleeve. This was a great visual novel for me to read and honestly I was happy on how the story telling turned out, and for the most part the ero scenes even had plot relevance. The gallery, while iv'e come close, hasn't been fully unlocked for me, but i'm still trying every so often. If anyone has any visual novels you think I might enjoy for review please send me a holler Thanks for reading.
    Please note that the Android port has a long start-up time and menu does not work properly with some older devices and consumes steady battery.


    Download the game and soundtrack, as well as other extras here: http://www.Katawa-shoujo.com
    Unofficial Android Port available here (With Instructions) http://pastebin.com/ZyRkVY5W
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    Thanks for the sticky

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    Default Re: Visual Novel Review: Katawa Shoujo

    ill play it when i get the time thanks

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    Nice review. If you didn't notice, I did post it onto AG for you~
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    Aye, thank you yoko ^_^

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    Quote Originally Posted by Solomore View Post
    Aye, thank you yoko ^_^
    Anytime. I hope to see more reviews from you in the future. Fun reads.
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    good for these, thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by coffeessss View Post
    good for these, thank you
    Not a problem there is also a Sepia Tears review by me currently stickied if you want more visual novel in your diet
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    After doing some thinking, I decided to make slight changes;
    - Its unfair to use the Android version in the reviews verdict being an UNOFFICIAL port. so while it will be mentioned and kept within the actual review, Im removing negative and positive points and changing the score to compensate.
    - Added a picture for a TL;DR version of the review, which is a new feature ill be adding to all reviews.
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    Default Re: Visual Novel Review: Katawa Shoujo

    I played it few months ago. Absolutely brilliant, loved every second of it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuroh View Post
    I played it few months ago. Absolutely brilliant, loved every second of it
    Im glad you enjoyed it as much as I did thanks for reading Kuroh
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    500 views. Not only was that unexpected (especially since no one even knew who I was at the time just starting to be active on the forum). But its a big upper for me.
    Thank you all for the overwhelming support. To another year of Visual Novel Reviews.
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    Happy third birthday KS!
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