!!Meta
* The fact that a single piece of artwork from 4chan, years of work, and lots of internal drama became this.
** Also, when you finish Act 1 and see your chosen girl's cinema.
* This game manages to out right [[WhatIsThisFeeling emotionally]] [[IncrediblyLamePun cripple]] [[ImageBoards certain people]] who play even one route. Here are some examples.
** Some 4chan [[http://i.imgur.com/by4JK.jpg reactions]]
** More 4chan [[http://i41.tinypic.com/5owp3a.jpg reactions]]
** As you can see from those 4chan reactions, a number of people went to this game to have ADateWithRosiePalms, only to end up with [[WhatIsThisFeeling the feels]], and Rosie Palms is left without a date.
*** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOGRDuY0DFI Vidya Gaem awards for 2011]] used music from this VisualNovel despite it being 2012 and all but stated that this would win some reward for 2012. Congratulations, 4Leaf Studios.
** This has not gone on unnoticed. This visual novel has such good writing and has affected so many people emotionally to the point that they want to better themselves that [[http://www.panola.edu/?option=com_contact&view=contact&Itemid=264&id=368 Professor Don Martinez of Panola College]] [[http://ks.renai.us/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=5462 is doing a study on it]]. Yes, [[EverythingIsBigInTexas [=Texas=]]].
* Not so much to do with anything within the game, but it has been mentioned that this is the first VisualNovel to end up on the front page of GameFaqs, placing 1st on the most wanted Faqs on the site before someone submitted a complete Faq.
** At its peak, it made the 3rd top rated PC game and 11th top rated game.
* Within two weeks, the KatawaShoujo thread has become the ''second largest'' thread on the VisualNovel section of the forum.
* Just the fact that this game takes such delicate subjects and pulled them off.
* Within a day, the [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1054017118/katawa-shoujo-anime-expo-art-book Kickstarter project for the official Katawa Shoujo Artbook for Anime Expo 2012]] earned enough money to achieve it's goal. MULTIPLE TIMES OVER!!!
** An update: in the first three days, the fundrasier achieved its goal... nearly 15 times. Yeah.
* What do you get when you take the starting scene from VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight and mix it up with KatawaShoujo? [[http://www.newgrounds.com/dump/item/5c22131eb3004084cacad2ec3a38f8dd KatawaVania, that's what]]!

!!In-Game

* By the end of Lilly's route, Hisao himself has managed to [[spoiler:survive and recover from not one, but ''two'' major heart attacks. The man is nothing short of determined, to say the least.]]
** Also, many dudes wouldn't resist the temptation of going further with a girl who is either [[spoiler: drunk (Hanako)]] or [[spoiler: high on too-strong medicines (Rin)]] and thus is openly throwing herself at them. Hisao is WiseBeyondHisYears and, both times, he [[AboveTheInfluence manages to keep his desires aside]].
* In Hanako's route, [[spoiler:Hanako manages to successfully open up. Even in her bad ending, as painful as it may be, she has the courage to tell Hisao that his coddling makes her unhappy]].
** One specific moment is the pool bar outing the two share where Hanako shows a more relaxed side to herself.
** Also in Hanako's route, [[spoiler:''[[AbsentMindedProfessor Mutou]]'' knows ''exactly'' what to do when Hanako has her panic attack]]. And so does [[spoiler: Shizune]].
** Hanako also has one in Lily's route, [[spoiler: via first deciding to join Naomi and Natsumi's school newspaper, and then planning to travel to Kyoto. ''On her own''.]]
* Also, in Emi's route, who comes to the rescue when [[spoiler: Hisao and Emi almost break up]]. It's someone whom you wouldn't expect... [[spoiler: Misha]]! Quite the surprise, and if you take her advice, [[spoiler: she'll be the key to get Emi's Good Ending.]]
** [[spoiler:Shizune]] also deserves some credit, since she told [[spoiler:Misha]] to intervene. If you make the other decision at Emi's house, [[spoiler:Rin]] gets her own when she essentially forces Hisao and Emi to face the issue by [[LeaveTheTwoLovebirdsAlone leaving the rooftop]].
* Hisao gets a great one during Act 2 of Emi's route, when he receives [[spoiler:Iwanako's]] letter. In it [[spoiler:she]] basically apologizes for distancing [[spoiler:herself]] from Hisao while he was in the hospital... but Hisao just crumples the letter and throws it away, declaring that he doesn't care about that, since to him the hospital was a long time ago and he feels that his life is now in Yamaku with his new friends. Seeing him having grown so much and [[{{Determinator}} becoming so determined to not feel sorry for himself]] is a HUGE moment of [[CharacterDevelopment character development]]. You can't help but cheer for the guy.
** Not really, if you see [[spoiler: Iwanako's letter]] as a corollary of [[spoiler: a BreakTheCutie process for ''her'']] instead. It's nice to see Hisao look forward to the future, but not necessarily when [[spoiler: he unintentionally ended up hurting a girl as [[ShrinkingViolet painfully shy and fragile]] as she was]] during these days. Also, Hisao's act is meant to mirror Emi's tendency of [[spoiler: running away from the more painful elements of her past by pretending they aren't there and always blazing full-speed ahead]]. Hisao later realizes this is not healthy behavior, which leads to the action below...
** Because the REAL CMOA comes when [[spoiler: he takes her letter out of the trash, reads it in full, and puts his bitterness behind him.]]
* The tour Hisao gives Misha of the school late in Shizune's route, recalling all the experiences he's had with her and Shizune, and urging her not to [[spoiler:push Shizune away like he did with his old friends]]. It showcases his CharacterDevelopment and is a crucial step in [[spoiler:repairing Misha and Shizune's friendship]]