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[[caption-width-right:350:[-"Did you see it? [[BuffySpeak Emi at her Emiest]]."-] ]]
!!In-General
* The animations that play on the onset of each route.
* The game being able to pull off such delicate subjects without being insensitive at all.

!!Emi's Route
* Emi, despite losing her legs in a tragic car accident [[spoiler:which claimed the life of her father]], continued running using prosthetics, and is the best runner at the school, at that.
* 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! Shizune also deserves some credit for telling Misha to intervene.]] Quite the surprise, and if you take her advice, [[spoiler:she'll be the key to getting back on the path to Emi's Good Ending.]]
** If you make a different choice at Emi's house, [[spoiler:Rin gets her own by essentially forcing Hisao and Emi to face the issue by [[LeaveTheTwoLovebirdsAlone leaving them alone on the rooftop]].]]
* {{Deconstructed}} in [[spoiler:Hisao throwing away Iwanako's letter, without even reading all of it. At first it seems like an awesome moment by itself, demonstrating Hisao's CharacterDevelopment, but when you consider what the letter meant to Iwanako, and that the letter is a result of a BreakTheCutie process for ''her'', then it gets turned on its head. It's nice to see Hisao look forward to the future, but not necessarily when he unintentionally ends up hurting someone, especially a girl as [[ShrinkingViolet painfully shy and fragile]] as Iwanako. Also, Hisao's act is meant to mirror Emi's tendency of running away from the more painful elements of her past by pretending they aren't there and always blazing full-speed ahead.]]
** The ''real'' Crowning Moment of Awesome is [[spoiler:when he retrieves the letter and reads completely, putting his biterness behind him.]]

!!Shizune's Route
* 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]]

!!Hanako's Route
* The fact that Hisao is [[spoiler:AboveTheInfluence and manages to keep his desires in check when Hanako (whom he has an established crush on) comes on to him whilst drunk after her birthday party.]]
* When [[spoiler:Hanako has a panic attack in class, ''[[AbsentMindedProfessor Mutou]]'' and Shizune know ''exactly'' what to do and how to help her.]]
* [[spoiler:By her Good Ending, Hanako has managed to successfully open up by herself.]]
** [[spoiler:Even in her Bad Ending, as painful as it may be, she has the courage to tell Hisao that his pity makes her uncomfortable.]]

!!Lilly's Route
* [[spoiler:Hisao's RaceForYourLove scene in Lilly's Good Ending. As heartwrenching as it is that Hisao has a heart attack mere meters away from her at the airport, the fact that he travelled so far just to say goodbye to her one last time is awesome in its own right. And what's more, it actually worked, convincing Lilly to stay with Hisao in Japan and giving the couple the happy ending they deserve.]]
** By the end of Lilly's route, [[spoiler:Hisao himself has managed to survive and recover from not one, but ''two'' major heart attacks. The man is nothing short of determined, to say the least.]]
* Hanako gets one late in the route: [[spoiler:she decides to join Naomi and Natsumi's newspaper group, and plans to travel to Kyoto with them. And she does this ''all on her own''.]]

!!Rin's Route
* Similar to the moment in Hanako's route, [[spoiler:Hisao is AboveTheInfluence when Rin kisses him while high on cough medicine (which she took far more then the prescribed amount of).]]

!!Meta
* 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]]
** 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 Katawa Shoujo thread has become the ''second largest'' thread on the VisualNovel section of the forum.
* 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!''
** In the first three days, the fundrasier achieved its goal neraly ''fifteen times over''. Yeah.
* Some fan content. What do you get when you take the starting scene from VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight and mix it up with Katawa Shoujo? [[http://www.newgrounds.com/dump/item/5c22131eb3004084cacad2ec3a38f8dd KatawaVania, that's what]]!