These are the main and secondary characters who appear in the Katawa ShoujoVisual Novel, as described at the novel's website.Beware of SPOILERS.NOTE: Please only list tropes that are canon or at least backed by Word of God. And, no, art by the official artists which is not in the game does not automatically count as canon, unless it's explicitly confirmed to be such.
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"At least I still have something; even if it’s a ‘special school,’ it’s something. It’s a fresh start, and my life isn’t over. It would be a mistake to just resign myself to thinking that."
Troubled over his months-long stay at the hospital after his heart almost gave out and trying to adjust to his new surroundings, he is trying hard to find his place in the world. After being thrown into a new beginning, the chaotic circumstances have forced Hisao to rethink his apathetic disposition, especially regarding things like life, friendship and future.
Above the Influence: Refuses to take advantage of Hanako after a night of drinking, even though she was openly making advances while drunk. Hisao even comments to himself how wrong it feels to be in such a situation.
Hisao also doesn't take advantage of Rin after she's kissed him while high on cough syrup, even though she's only wearing panties and an unbuttoned shirt with no bra.
In Shizune's route, after she and Hisao have been a couple for a while, an emotionally-broken Misha tries to seduce Hisao, who is obviously attracted to her. In this case, whether or not he gives in to the influence is up to the player.
Also near the end of Emi's Good Ending. Though not quite as anguished as the above example, it's still a declaration of love towards a girl who is very much not in the most stable state, and it takes quite a bit of insistence to make it work.
Lilly's, as well, could possibly be considered this.
Armor-Piercing Question: In Rin's route, asking her what would come next if she found someone who wouldn't have to ask her questions is key to getting the good ending.
Bookworm: Picked up the habit of reading during his long hospitalization. During the game, he comments he feels kind of empty whenever he has nothing to read.
Brainy Brunette: Downplayed, While other characters note how he's good in Science, He himself states that he has problems in other subjects such as English.
Break the Haughty: In Hanako's bad ending. While by no means bad-intentioned, he thinks that Hanako is far more fragile than she truly is, and this blows BADLY on his face.
Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Him and Lilly, to a degree. He broods because he has just found out that he has a severe heart condition and has just arrived to a totally different world, she's gentle for being the local Onee-sama despite her blindness.
Possibly with Hanako too, replacing "gentle" with "shy and traumatised".
The Champion: You can play him as this towards whoever's route you're on. It never ends well.
Character Development: He comes into Yamaku depressed, apathetic and uncomfortable at the idea of being at a school for the disabled. By the end of the good endings, he has a girlfriend, at least a few other friends, (often) a goal to work toward, and has come to terms with his condition; the lessons he's learned depending on the route.
Obviously, This doesn't happen if you get to a bad ending in Act 1. He just becomes a very flat character.
Chick Magnet: Averted. Hisao's not shown to be particularly popular as a romantic prospect for the female student body, despite other characters stating he's an easily likeable guy in general; none of the other girls show such interest in Hisao in story paths that are not their own. Well, Misha appears to in Shizune's route, but it's not genuine, especially because she isn't even attracted to boys.In Lilly's route, it's implied that Hanako still has some romantic feelings for Hisao, but she doesn't want to get in the way of him and Lilly and gets over it. Emi also takes jabs at Hisao in almost every route that is not her own, but at that time he is already in a relationship.
Clueless Chick Magnet: He can have a hard time picking up on what the girls are trying to tell him. Even when the player can figure it out pretty easily. The fandom has sarcastically nicknamed him "The Master of Romance" as a result.
The Complainer Is Always Wrong: In Hanako's route, he is the only one who objects to people not trying to keep Hanako in class, as well as seemingly not caring if she leaves. This is double-subverted; while he initially seems to present himself as being right, in the Good Ending path, he ultimately decides to give Hanako space when she isolates herself in her room.
Cool Teacher: What he aspires to be in routes where he thinks about his future.
Hisao:I have never heard somebody talk so heatedly and defensively about absolutely nothing before.
Disabled Snarker: It's unclear whether he was snarky before his heart attack, or he cultivated it because of his bitterness. It's implied, however, his attitude began to change over the course of his four-month hospital stay.
Hisao:I became cynical and embittered. Distant and subdued. In my defense, no person could avoid that after such a thing happening to them, but nonetheless I left the hospital as a definitely changed person.
Non-Action Snarker: By virtue of being possibly the least physically fit of the known cast members
Depending on the Writer/For Want of a Nail: Some aspects of his character vary based on each route, such as his perspective on his condition, his goals for the future, and how he views certain people, all of which may be tied to different events. For example, in Hanako's route, he holds Mutou in a much lower regard than the other routes, thinking he's mishandling Hanako's situation.
In Lilly's route, he describes himself as a morning person; in Rin's route, the exact opposite is true.
Determinator: At the end of Lilly´s route, he refuses to accept that she´s just gonna leave for Scotland, runs half a mile to get a taxi to get to the Hakamichi residence and find out where Lilly is, runs for a good half a mile more (despite the fact that he once collapsed from a half-kilometer walk), desperately fighting down his coming heart attack and nearly catching up to Lilly before collapsing from the pain. The whole ordeal is heartwrenching to watch.
Also when Hanako tells him "...Go away." in Lilly's route.
Get Out: Can force Shizune and Misha out of his room over their asking about his pills, but doing so gets him the bad ending.
Also, with Rin, after a fight in his room, she tells him to go away. He notes that it's his room, thus reversing it on her.
Lest we forget Hanako's minor outburst.
Good Scars, Evil Scars: Hisao went through surgery after his heart attack, so he has a scar on his chest. He tries to use it to bond with Hanako in her route. He also is grateful that Shizune isn't able to see it in their first sex scene.
Grew a Spine: In Shizune's route, he reflects that he was once apathetic, but became more argumentative as a result of speaking with them after an (unsuccessful) attempt to stand up to Jigoro. In Lilly's route, he realizes that he has depended on everything and then goes to confront her before she can leave for Scotland in the Good Ending.
Heart Trauma: Hisao's personal disability is congenital arrhythmia, and the game sets out the week after he's finally released from the hospital, after a long stay following his first severe heart attack. His condition and learning to deal with it is a major cloud hanging over him.
Hisao: To tell the truth, though, I do prefer solitude to being surrounded by others. I don't think I could maintain a social circle like you do.
Lilly: I don't think that's true either. I've seen how gentle and caring you are around Hanako, and you get along marvelously well with others, even those whom you hardly know. I think you're quite adept at social situations.
Lead You Can Relate To: Aside from his arrhythmia and the limitations it creates, Hisao is essentially an ordinary high school student.
Leitmotif: Not as immediately evident because he's the protagonist and therefore present in every scene, but given what his disability is and the fact that it only plays at especially tense scenes, it's likely that "Caged Heart" is this.
Meaningful Name: Hisao is written as "long time [of absence]" (久) + "man/husband" (夫).
Men Don't Cry: Averted near the end of Hanako and Lilly's routes, as well as one scene in which he cries for the first and last time over his disability.
My God, What Have I Done?: He realizes the gravity of what he said when he, in a fit of anger, yells at Emi that she can take whatever she's hiding and don't want to talk about "to the grave". Ouch. Hisao also tends to do this a lot at the climax point of nearly all routes.
Never My Fault: In some of the bad endings, he will deny making a mistake even when it's obvious to the player that he has. He also seems to blame his friends and Iwanako from distancing themselves from him, but in Shizune's path, accepts that he pushed them away.
Nice Guy: Snarkiness aside, Hisao is easily a textbook example of this, even if he has some rough edges.
Non-Action Guy: He is, by a fair margin, the least physically fit member of the entire cast, although he gets somewhat more physically fit in Emi’s route. And with VERY good reasons, as overexerting himself can be life-threatening.
No Sense of Direction: A mild case but one that crops up periodically and which he comments on in the narration. At one point in Shizune's route it takes him more than an hour to get back to the school from a teahouse that's close enough to visit during lunch break.
Old-School Chivalry: Hisao is a subtle example - when he and Lilly first tell Akira that they're going out, he bows to her and tells her that he will take care of her sister. Akira comments on this, mentioning that she always expected Lilly would get together with an old-fashioned sort of guy.
Pair the Smart Ones: Lilly's path. Hisao doesn't mention it much, but he gets good grades without studying hard, and enjoys the sciences enough to consider a career as a science teacher.
Or Hanako's path. Hanako seems able to keep up with the class despite her bad attendance record, although Mutou suggests she isn't a "star student," and she and Hisao find a shared interest in their mutual love of reading.
Shizune's path as well, considering that one of the criteria for being named a Class Representative in a Japanese High School is to have the highest test scores from the year before, and the fact that she and Misha are usually the first people in 3-3 to finish Mutou's assignments (and how much Misha contributes is debatable).
Parental Abandonment: Not exactly straight, but Hisao's parents drop him off at the school, unpack his things, leave without bothering to say goodbye in person, and show little sign of returning throughout all paths (although, in a couple of them, Hisao says they asked him if he wants to return home during summer break, and in Shizune's, admits to himself that he hasn't tried to contact them).
He also reveals that his parents both worked for long hours and were rarely home. The fact that this degree of independence was stripped away from him is one of the reasons for his initial resentment of his condition.
Precision F-Strike: "GODDAMMIT! Don't do it, you idiot!", when Kenji harshly bumps into him during Lilly's path. It may be small compared to Emi, but still.
He also once thinks of himself and Emi as "friends who happen to fuck".
When at the peak of his frustration with Rin, he says "Bullshit" before angrily denouncing the way she's been treating him lately.
Ridiculously Average Guy: He hasn't even had hobbies (besides halfhearted football playing or reading because he hadn't anything else to do in the hospital). As a result, his identity is, to an extent, shaped by the girl he's with.
Most importantly to Emi, or better said, the third, if he pursues her. She used to have a crush on the track team captain; he turned her down due to being gay, but they remained good friends. She also had a boyfriend a while after coming to Yamaku, but since he couldn't cope with Emi's emotional damage and she kept him at arm's reach, they broke up.
Also for Lilly, who had an unconfessed and most likely unrequited crush on her tutor before coming to Yamaku.
The girls are this for him, as he indicates that he also had feelings for Iwanako, and would have accepted her Love Confession.
Hisao: That situation seems unlikely to me, like it wouldn't happen, like… like it's not very likely to happen.
The Stoic: He starts out this way after his sejourn in the hospital. At the beginning of her route, Rin remarks that, two weeks after his arrival at Yamaku, she never saw him smile. He does eventually get more open.
Tactful Translation: Does this a couple times in Shizune's route. Lilly is not fooled when she encounters Shizune and Hisao working on a stall, but is fooled on the fishing trip.
Tempting Fate: In the bad ending for Act 1 he suggests there's no way the day could get worse, just before it does.
In Lilly's route, he thinks to himself "We have plenty of time to be together... Neither of us is going anywhere soon, after all." Guess what happens later.
Terrible Artist: Averted. His drawing of a bird in Rin's route is nowhere near Rin's level of skill and creativity, but it's fairly well done.
The Unsmile: Early in Rin's route, Hisao looks into a mirror and smiles. He finds it looks very fake.
What Could Have Been: The developers discussed giving Hisao a more interesting personality (as opposed to the generic male protagonist ubiquitous in Bishoujo games), but eventually decided to settle for an average hero with whom players could identify.
White Knighting: Guilty of this, minus the attempting-to-curry-favor part, in Hanako's path, and overdoing it can lead to her bad ending. Luckily, he sees the error of his ways by the conclusion of her good ending.
Also in Emi's route, with somewhat different results. Overdoing it also leads to the bad ending here, but in the good ending, she comes to realize that it's OK to let him get close to her. He even describes it in terms of "knights that help one another."
Averted in Rin's path; choosing one of the dialogue options in which he expresses a desire to support her has him saying he doesn't want to be a white knight, and unlocks a dialogue option that enables you to continue without getting the bad ending
"World of Cardboard" Speech: Late in Shizune's route, he shows Misha around the campus, showing her places that were important in his time with her and Shizune and what he thought back then, concluding by saying that he doesn't want Misha to push Shizune away like he did with his old friends
Your Days Are Numbered: Said Heart Trauma means that Hisao's special condition is the only one of the main cast's that is outright stated to be a mortal concern, and he says at various points that he expects to die young. Again, this is one of the major issues he has (though he does get medicine and advice which will hopefully help stave off said mortality) During the opening hospital scene, the doctor tries to assure him that people with his condition can live fairly long lives, but Hisao seems to ignore this and it's never brought up again.
Can you stand up for yourself?
"I don’t have to worry about anything while I’m running. I just concentrate on breathing, on the rhythm of things. It’s easier that way. Life’s easier that way. Just keep moving forwards, you know? Nothing else matters, just getting around the next curve."
Despite being left with legs amputated below the knee after a car accident, Emi is perhaps one of the most cheery, happy-go-lucky girls on the entire globe, let alone the school. Not one to be left in despair even after the accident that claimed her legs, Emi views her disability more as a blessing, her prosthetic legs having brought her to the heights of her ability on the track team rather than becoming a permanent obstacle.
Animal Motifs: Puppies, due to her little gimmick, Hisao even lampshades it in his inner monologues. Hisao also remarks on how she looks as menacing as a terrier when she growls at him after his trolling moment with her on Lilly's route.
Berserk Button: In Act 4, when visiting Emi's house, should the player choose to follow Emi instead of talking to Meiko, Emi and Hisao have an argument over Emi keeping Hisao at an arm's length and being stubborn about letting other people get close to her, in his anger, Hisao says that Emi can take whatever she's keeping from him about her traumas and her father with her "until the grave". Given what happened to Emi's father, Emi flips and kicks Hisao out of her house afterwards, despite Hisao regretting saying that.
Big Eater: The initial rooftop luncheon has Emi eating a lunch that's twice the size of the ones she made for Rin and Hisao, and on multiple other occasions she steals Hisao's food after finishing her own.
Book Dumb: Implied to be this. At the very least, in Lilly's route, it is shown that she got an awful grade in an English test.
Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Near the end of her route, while listing the things people don't know about her, starts off by saying that she likes blue instead of pink, that she can't sing, that she had a boyfriend before Hisao and broke up with him due to keeping him at a distance, and that her father died at the same time as she lost her legs.
Cat Smile: A common smile for her (though not all the time).
Crash into Hello/Meet Cute: Which actually puts Hisao seriously at risk due to his heart condition. "Meet Cute" is even the name of her first scene if Hisao has lunch with Lilly and Hanako (a different version happens in Shizune's route called "Short Sharp Shock").
Daddy's Girl: Losing her legs in a car accident? A minor setback, even though she's a runner and her legs are her life. Losing her father, the one who got her into running, whether in that same accident or almost immediately afterwards? Causes her to have horrible nightmares and be afraid of letting anyone else get close enough to her for her to feel such a sense of loss ever again (which, unfortunately, extends to her mother to a large extent). She even says that she "had everything torn away from her once before."
Disappeared Dad: One of the most poignant scenes of her route happens in front of Mr. Ibarazaki's grave.
Genki Girl: Subverted. While Emi indeed is a cheery girl, it turns out she's not as drama(or trauma)-free as she initially seems. The loss of her legs was traumatic, but she learned to cope with that well. The loss of her father, she did not cope with at all. Part of getting her happy ending is to help her deal with her loss.
Get Out: Happens at the end of her house visit. How it goes varies slightly depending on whether you choose to talk to Emi directly or talk to her mother. In the latter case, which won´t land you in the Bad Ending, she instantly regrets it and apologizes, but Hisao leaves anyway to give her some space.
Grin of Audacity: She wears it while racing. Hisao is mesmerized by this change.
Incompatible Orientation: She had a crush on her track team captain, but he turned out to be gay. They're still good friends..
Jizzed in Her Panties And His Pants: Her and Hisao's first time consists of them stripping almost naked (Emi, down to her panties; Hisao, only to his pants) and then dry-humping each other to orgasm.
Lady Swears A Lot: For a game that is largely devoid of foul language, she provides the majority of the "ass", "damn", and "hell"s spoken throughout story.
The writer of her path, Hivemind, has come out and said this is due to him being frequently foul mouthed in real life. Hivemind has even said that Emi cursed like a sailor in some of the early path drafts.
Leitmotif: "Standing Tall", a track that's both fitting (due to her upbeat attitude) and ironic (due to her short height and artificial limbs).
Lovable Sex Maniac: In the H-scenes, she comes off as the most straightforward and kinky girl in the cast. Also, she's the girl who has the most sex with Hisao - three sex scenes that are shown, and at least three more being implied.
And then later, she uses sex (or when that's not an option due to being in public, make-outs) any time Hisao tries to bring up Emi's personal problems.
Meaningful Name: Emi means "smiling beauty" (笑美) Her surname uses the kanji for thorn , representing how abrasive her stubborn tendencies can be for the ones who care for her.
Nice Girl: Possesses a very infectiously cheerful and upbeat personality.
Off Model: Some of her in-game sprites have a "rougher" feel to them compared to the other girls. Artwork in scenes, too, often depicts her as looking younger than the sprite. This is because, unlike the other characters, Emi had a rather significant redesign late in development, which meant that her art had to be finalized in a much shorter time than the rest of the cast.
Older Than She Looks: She's actually a year older than Hisao, as she took a year off to relearn how to walk. However, because of her short stature and youthful appearance, she looks younger than the other girls.
One Head Shorter: Reacts very negatively when Hisao points this out to her, but she's quick to forgive.
Plucky Girl: She relearned how to run a mere year after losing her legs.
It's actually deconstructed. She knows that loss of a relationship is normal, and it is best to be strong and move on. However, at the same time, the same stubbornness that enables her to deal with her issues prevents Emi from growing close to anyone because she is afraid that the pain of loss will prevent her from moving onto the future. This prevents anyone from helping her when she actually needs it, and Hisao has to struggle hard to reach for her.
Precision F-Strike: Swears quite a bit, but "Aw shit..." nicely sums up her reaction when she remembers that as she's stuck in a wheelchair for a few weeks, she can't run and can't force her Bad Dreams from her mind.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Often exchanges teasing with Hisao in her and Rin's route. In the latter, she complains that he's "too nice" when he convinces her not to "find Rin and kick her ass" after she runs away from the exhibit, and he remarks that he's only "not nice" to her.
Was Just Leaving: Does this to Hisao in her house, if he talks to her mother. If he doesn't, she angrily tells him to get out and give her mom an excuse as to why he had to leave.
Zettai Ryouiki: Emi is grade A, or rather, grade S, in her Super Deformed menu art and in her casual wear. Probably justified since the length of the stockings hide that her legs are prosthetic.
Can you face your fears?
"I believed it didn’t matter if nobody else acknowledged me. All my existence did was make people troubled, after all. It was... easier... if I just didn’t exist."
When she was just 8, Hanako had a traumatic experience that left her life in shambles. Her parents died when their home burned down in an accident, which also left Hanako with half of her body permanently disfigured. She is reclusive to the extreme, shunning from all other people to the point of actually panicking from any social contact. Her only trusted friend is Lilly (a blind girl who cannot see Hanako's scars), who has taken Hanako under her wing ever since the two were introduced to each other.
Am I Just a Toy to You?: Inverted. She thinks that Hisao and Lilly feel that she's like a child that needs protecting, and allows Hisao to have sex with her in an attempt to change his perception of her.
In fact, in Lilly's route, Hisao's less-smothering, more-ordinary friendship helps her to branch out, making new friends in the Newspaper Club (And she's even planning to go to Kyoto with the club girls during vacation!). At the end of the route, Lilly even tells her that she was genuinely happy to be her friend, and was NOT acting out of pity or contempt for her, something which resonates all the more if one has played Hanako's own route.
Angst Coma: A somewhat more mild form of this is applied in Act 3. During a group-based exercise, Hanako is shaken by Shizune and Misha inadvertently forcing Hisao to reveal that he and Lilly had been buying her birthday presents, and ends up only half-finishing the assignment. All of this causes her to have a panic attack in the middle of the classroom, slipping briefly into a state of catatonia.
All of the Other Reindeer: Having to deal with this on a constant basis after the fire is a major reason behind her shyness and withdrawn nature.
Babies Ever After: Originally planned to be explicitly shown in the Good Ending; still present in the final version, implied by a Literal Metaphor, the final shot showing them looking into a bakery where there are actual buns in the oven.
Bandage Babe: In at least one of the official artists' works.
Beware the Nice Ones: In her Bad Ending, her snapping at Hisao and Lilly is not only heartbreaking, but terrifying.
Birthday Hater: It's implied that the fire that burned her house down and her birthday are connected. They're not, but it's actually even more of a Tear Jerker than that.
Hanako: Every birthday was the same. Everyone doing their best to pretend that I mattered. Everyone pretending everything was alright… for one day of the year. I didn't want to exist, but they wouldn't let me.
Blind and the Beast: Hisao notes that since Lilly can't see Hanako's scars, she can't be repulsed by them or act awkwardly around them, making it easier for them to become friends.
Cannot Spit It Out: Hanako develops a crush on Hisao, but her social anxiety and shyness make it impossible for her to confess to him. Hisao at some point even describes Hanako as "always on the verge of saying something, but never quite doing it".
Chess Motifs: Chess happens to be one of Hanako's hobbies, as well as a pivotal connection between her and Hisao, and her first and third Acts are in fact named after particular moves in the game. Particularly interesting is that Act 3 is called "Castling", a move in chess that basically places the Rook and King pieces next to each other. Considering that the King is a "weak" piece that is required to be defended, and that the Rook is a "stronger" piece, this could be almost directly applied to how their relationship develops within that Act.
Your success with her depends on how much, or how little, you act like a White Knight.
A scene of Act 1 that leads to her route is titled "Nc5xb3", which makes no sense unless you are familiar with chess notation, and still cannot be fully understood until you play the route. It means "Knight at c5 captures the piece at b3". Yes, knight again.
Clingy Jealous Girl: Far too sweet and shy to fit the trope completely, but Hanako is shown to become anxious whenever Hisao looks at or spends time with other girls or women; she unfavorably compares her appearance to Lilly's, and notes that Hisao has spent a significant amount of time with Yuuko (who doesn't even have a route). Her anxiety is partially justified because despite his feelings for her and them growing close, Hisao doesn't actually show any signs of attraction towards Hanako until the very end out of fear of scaring her off. Her anxiety over losing Hisao to someone else like Lilly or even Yuuko (who, let's remember, has no route of her own and is more of an older sister to him, ultimately causes her to initiate sex with him despite neither of them being emotionally ready for it yet.
Depending on the Artist: Hanako's scars look different depending on the art in question. On her sprite, her scars are a light purplish red and are somewhat veiny, while in her Act 1 animation they are a deep red and much more swollen and veined-looking. When she strips herself down to show Hisao the extent of her scarring, they have the color of dried blood and look much less veiny and more like burned abrasions.
Don't Look at Me!: Not really directly used, but played with in a number of ways. Apart from the obvious self-consciousness regarding her scars, Hanako would literally rather go unnoticed, particularly on her birthday, than anyone attempt to feign that they care about her. This stems from her time in middle-school, where she was bullied constantly.
She then inverts it near the end of her "good" path in an attempt to change Hisao's perception of her; she strips completely naked, letting him see the full extent of her scarring, and allows him to have sex with her. It works, but only after she has to explain it.
It's actually possible to receive extensive burns and save the eyes; at least on that point, the burns weren't too deep (also thanks to her mother partially shielding her, probably). Problems may rather arise from the damage on the eyelid, but she may have undergone minor surgery to restore its functionality.
Might be a moot point since one CG image in her Bad End brushes back her hair, revealing that her burn scars curl up her cheek, but never actually reach her eye.
In earlier drafts, her right eye was unusable, and she had to walk with a cane because of the damage to her right leg.
First Girl Wins: If you pick her path, and depending on how you define "First Girl". While Shizune is the first one Hisao talks to (albeit through Misha thanks to her disability), Hanako is the first one to get his attention.
Genre Savvy: In her route, she soon notices how despite his good heart, Hisao approaches her with a rather patronizing attitude. And if you make him keep it, she WILL let him know.
He Is Not My Boyfriend: She says this to Shizune and Misha when they speculate about her and Hisao in her route.
Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Lilly. Hisao notices that they are closer than most of the people he's known, and Shizune once indicates that she would like to check on Hanako more, but cannot because Hanako is always around Lilly, who does not get along with Shizune.
Intoxication Ensues: She gets drunk at her own birthday party in her own route (in Lilly's, she passes out without displaying any such behavior), after she fails to moderate herself properly with Akira's gift. When intoxicated, she's quite a bit more cheery and upbeat, and a bit silly. She's also confident enough in this state to hit on Hisao.
I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In Lilly's route, she might have had feelings for Hisao, but if she has, she puts them aside because she wants her friends to be happy.
Leitmotif: "Painful History", a track that lets you know you're in for a major tearjerker. Unlike the other characters' themes, it typically only plays in particularly emotional moments with Hanako, instead of when she shows up.
Lonely Doll Girl: In Hanako's route, Lilly once said she bought her a doll so she could have someone to talk to.
Nice Girl: Once you get past her shyness, she's just an absolute sweetheart.
Nice Hat: She has one when she's out of her school uniform. Justified since it helps her hide her scars if she keeps her head lowered.
OOC Is Serious Business: When she explodes at Hisao in her bad ending. In a similar scene in Lilly's route, she bluntly tells Hisao "...Go away." when he threatens to bring the nurse if she won't let him check on her.
Orphanage of Love: Where she lived until coming to Yamaku, as she tells to Hisao during their pool game. There's somewhat of a subversion there, though: while the staff treated Hanako kindly and she was kind of a Parental Substitute for the youngest children in her last days there, she still couldn't make friends.
There Are No Therapists: Averted. Hanako sees a therapist on a regular basis in order to try and deal with her emotional baggage. However, since she mentioned her life was "on hold" during elementary and middle school, it's not unlikely she didn't start seeing one until she came to Yamaku.
Trigger: She doesn't take mention of her birthday very well.
Two-Faced: It somehow makes her only more adorable.
Unmoving Plaid: It's subtle, but the texture on her denim jacket is this.
Unresolved Sexual Tension: In her own arc, this describes her relationship with Hisao until the very last scene. It's hinted she developed a crush on him fairly soon after meeting him and Hisao becomes attracted to her as well. There are plenty of moments where they seem to connect, yet nothing comes out of it afterwards. This is sometimes because of Hanako's own emotional baggage starts acting up but more often because Hisao keeps things platonic because he believes Hanako is too fragile to handle an actual relationship. It turns out Hanako is aware that this is preventing them from becoming involved and eventually takes drastic steps to try and change it, though it almost backfires on her.
Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Considering the other sorts of disabilities the school caters to, Hanako's scars tend to be treated like this. However, her complex over them makes it an issue of its own.
Her route is actually a major subversion of this. Even in a school specifically catered towards the disabled, Hanako still sticks out quite a bit, and Lilly actually lampshades how naive the idea is that just because the students of Yamaku are all disabled in some fashion, they would suddenly stop forming cliques and excluding people for superficial reasons.
Hisao: Smiling for other people might be a completely normal, everyday thing. For Hanako though… she smiles so rarely and so sincerely that each and every time she does it, I feel a sense of relief and happiness.''
The Woobie: invoked And then Deconstructed. On her route, this is initially the reason why Hisao wants to get closer to her. However, she's aware that he sees her like this, and secretly resents it. Even Lilly realizes that being doted on is not what Hanako wants or needs.
"It was nice... back then. You and I, celebrating with Hanako. Simply sharing presents, talking, having fun together. It was almost as if we were a family. One small, misshapen family."
Blind since birth, Lilly is caring, responsible and friendly - the perfect foil to Hanako, her best friend, whom she shares an almost mother-daughter relationship with, in addition to her free time often being spent drinking tea alongside her companion. In class she is a diligent student, with her sense of confidence serving her well in her role as class representative of class 3-2.
I also can't help but steal a quick glance into Lilly's top as I sit. To be robbed of sight would be a most terrible fate.
Adult Fear: How would you feel if the friend you secretly have a crush on had a major heart murmur 5 meters away from you, and your other friend is too scared to even tell you what´s going on? Lilly has to go through exactly that.
Amazonian Beauty: She's tall and well-built, and in Hanako's route, Miki (Hisao's classmate with brown skin and purple hair) defines her as a "blonde amazon".
Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Averted in the weirdest way. She does say "Ara, ara" in the Japanese script for Act 1… but not in the same scenes and points as she says "My, my" in the English script, confusing some inquisitive fans into thinking it never really appeared.
Blind and the Beast: Hisao notes that since Lilly can't see Hanako's scars, she can't be repulsed by them or act awkwardly around them, making it easier for them to become friends.
But Not Too Foreign: Half Japanese, half Scottish no less. She also partly subverts the expected stereotype, as while her family is rich and lives abroad in a Big Fancy House, the money comes from her Japanese businessman father. (Her mother is a journalist.)
Cool Teacher: She wants to be an English teacher once she grows up partly because she had a crush on her old English tutor.
Covert Pervert: Hisao decides she is this after she admits that she knew that there was the possibility that they'd end up having sex in the bath. Lilly insists that she merely has "a healthy adolescent sex drive" with a smile on her face.
She apologizes for pushing her desires on to him after his heart starts acting up in one of her H Scenesnote Said H Scene is the only H scene where Hisao's heart acts up enough to force the sex to stop.. What were they doing before? Blindfolded sex!!
Cry Cute: When she first confesses to Hisao and when she visits him in the hospital after his heart attack that he had chasing her to the airport
Everybody Hates Mathematics: She says math and science are her worst subjects, although considering that we never see her scores and she's Class Representative, it's unclear how much difficulty she has with them.
Eyes Always Shut: Her eyes aren't always shut, but she does close them very often.
Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Hanako. She's fairly popular in the school, but Hanako is her only close friend apart from Hisao (depending on the route).
Hot for Teacher: Fell in unrequited love with her tutor before coming to Yamaku, though Lilly admits to Hisao that she always knew her crush was hopeless. She also wishes to be a teacher so chances are she'll get this trope from both sides.
Huge Schoolgirl: At 171cm tall, she's not only over the prerequisite 170cm, she's also roughly as tall as Hisao (if not even a little taller, as he notes himself).
Informed Attribute: She's said to be quite popular, and Hisao suspects she has more cell phone contacts than his nine and Hanako's three combined, but Hisao and Hanako are the only ones seen socializing with her. Then again, Hisao notes that she lets few get close to her.
Japanese Christian: While she never openly identifies herself as one or talks about her religious beliefs, she wears a cross on her neck, and her parents sent her to a Catholic high school (which, unlike her sister, she didn't mind). It's somewhat more understandable than fully-Japanese cases, as the religion might have come from the Scottish side.
Still puzzling though, as very few Scots are Catholic. They're mostly Presbyterian, or at least Protestant.
This is deconstructed in her own route. Specifically BECAUSE Lilly appeared to be so perfect, Hisao never stopped looking up to her and quickly became content to just hang back and leave everything to her. When Lilly admits planning to move to Scotland, Hisao silently resents her decision, but finds himself too stuck in his dependancy on her to argue or challenge her plans, despite Lilly obviously being less than confident about the decision herself. Ultimately in the good end, Hisao comes to the realisation that rather than a flawless saint who can handle everything that comes her way on her own, Lilly is just an ordinary human being who needs support at times just like everyone else and who's not too good to be questioned whenever she makes a foolish decision. In this way, her route is the exact opposite of Hanako's arc.
The McCoy: To Shizune's Spock on the Student Council before she left; their falling-out and current feud is more or less what happens when a Spock and a McCoy just have Misha instead of a Kirk to mediate between them.
Meaningful Name: Lilly's name apparently comes from the lily (百合)note The Japanese version of the site renders her first name in katakana rather than kanji, or yuri.
Must Have Caffeine: Lilly casually mentions she's addicted to caffeine on account of all the tea she drinks. She's also…
My Beloved Smother: Comes unintentionally close to this in her relationship with Hanako and also Hisao in her own route. Hanako herself points it out during her Bad Ending. She seems to be aware of this problem, and thus advises Hisao against being overprotective.
My God, What Have I Done?: Sums up her reaction after Hisao nearly kills himself trying to stop her from leaving to Scotland forever.
Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Gets into this with Shizune when they clash over Student Council work. While not always obvious, their fights can get fairly ugly, even with occasional shots at each other's disabilities (in Shizune's route, she tells Lilly to turn and face her while she's talking, and Lilly tells Shizune, "In case you did not hear...").
Parental Abandonment: Both of her parents live in Scotland. Akira feels that their parents have basically abandoned them and is very bitter about it.
Precision F-Strike: She drops one later in her route. The actual word she uses ("dammit") is a relatively mild swear, but considering her general poise and demeanor, it very effectively conveys that things are not as they may seem on the surface. This is also the only time an angry face is used for her sprite.
Race for Your Love: In Lilly's good ending, Hisao tries to catch up with Lilly before she boards a plane for Scotland, never to return. His efforts earn him another heart attack and another trip to the hospital, but it pays off.
She's Got Legs: Which Hisao gets a good look at when she wears her pajamas.
Shipper on Deck: For Hisao and Hanako; she sets up a date to go into town to get them closer together, and during their phone conversations, seems on the verge of mentioning that Hanako is in love with Hisao.
She also ships Hisao/Emi on Emi’s route.
Lilly: Ah, so it's just friends is it? How disappointing.
Shoo the Dog: To Hisao, when she's about to leave for Scotland. It doesn't work in the Good Ending.
Single-Target Sexuality: Can be seen as this. In the past, she received many love confessions, but rejected them all to save herself for her tutor. She never confessed, but despite that, she still continued to reject confessions until meeting Hisao.
Spoiled Sweet: Like her cousin Shizune, but a lot better at showing the "sweet" part.
We Used to Be Friends: In her route, Shizune reveals that the two of them used to be very close; she actually joined the Student Council when the orginal members started leaving to help her cousin, and even encouraged others to do so. However, being forced to work together in close proximity caused the natural tension between their personalities to come to a head. The result was ther falling out and current feud.
White Knighting: More a part of her personality than an attempt to curry favor, but Lilly does have the tendency to form relationships with people whom she thinks need her support, and then she usually ends up being more of a caretaker than a friend on equal footing. This comes back to bite her when Hisao fails to challenge her plans to migrate to Scotland, simply because he wasn't used to questioning her decisions; it's also the one thing about her that Hanako isn't happy with, although Lilly tries not to be overprotective, and in her route, tells Hanako that she did not befriend her out of pity and considers her a strong person at heart.
Wine Is Classy: She drinks wine whenever she can, often to Hisao's dismay.
Deconstructed. Her being this is why Hisao often has a difficult time reading her emotions. Furthermore, she annoys him with her pity. She represses her emotions to the point where Hisao has to get a severe heart murmur before she can confess to him. Near the end of Act IV, she can't reject her parents' wishes for her to return permanently to Scotland despite how unhappy it will make her. In the Good Ending, Hisao has to give himself a heart attack chasing her before Lilly can follow her heart and choose to stay with Hisao.
"I don’t really like talking about art. It is already a way to talk without talking, so why bother talking about it?"
Since Rin's arms are tiny stumps due to a severe birth defect and subsequent surgery, she uses her feet and occasionally her mouth to do everything, which includes painting. Because of her disability, using skirts is tough, so Rin is wearing a boy's uniform at school. Her creativity is matched by her philosophical streak: Rin is fond of occasionally getting lost in thought and giving voice to abstract ideas about man, the universe, and other things that thoroughly confuse those around her.
Armor-Piercing Question: Inverted. Her answer to Hisao's question about why she thinks he looks grim and gloomy makes him realize that she's never seen him smile since he arrived at Yamaku.
Broken Bird: All the girls have shades of this, but she and Hanako are the biggest examples.
Buffy Speak: Rin's preferred method of conveying ideas that she can't quite put into words.
Rin: A lot of things. And some not-things. Unthings. I don't think that's a word.
But Now I Must Go: In one of her two Bad Endings, where she tells Hisao that Sae and Nomiya got her a scholarship in Tokyo, and she plans to go there during vacation.
Rin: "I will learn to hug people in my own way. I'm sure I can become a real artist. But if I do, I might not be able to be me anymore (...) That's why... please forget about me, and I'll forget about you!"
Cloudcuckoolander: The ending scene for her Act 1 route is even titled "Clouds In My Head".
Rin: …so that's why I'm trying to figure out if there is something I need to figure out and then figure that out before it's too late and all hope is lost.
Utterly demolished in her route. Later scenes show that her eccentricity isn't always funny or cute, and Rin herself proves to be frustrated and discouraged with how people can't understand her thoughts, whether through words or through her art. Not to mention Hisao finds himself struggling to keep up with her train of thought, and sometimes gets extremely angry at her.
Does Not Like Shoes: If she's not barefoot, then she's wearing sandals. Justified due to her lack of arms forcing her to rely on her Handy Feet, not to mention the obvious difficulties with getting shoes on and off.
Innocent Fanservice Girl: To a degree. Though in a subversion, when Hisao gets to see her only in panties and a shirt, she's actually high on cough syrup.
"It's rather evident that she's not a body conscious person."
Kissing Under the Influence: Rin, high on codeine due to some really strong cold meds, wearing only an unbuttoned shirt and panties, lets Hisao into her room and eventually kisses him. Then she falls asleep and forgets about it the next morning.
Lonely Together: Hisao wonders if this is his and Rin's case at the beginning of her route, especially since they spend most of the festival with only each other at her mural.
"I am, by nature, somewhat introverted like her, so we fit together well."
Loners Are Freaks: In addition to her eccentricity, she's arguably more of a loner than even Hanako (who opens up on her and Lilly's routes), as it's pointed out at one point that she isn't all that close to even her best friend Emi.
Muse Abuse: During preparation for the exhibit, she refuses to reply to Hisao's confession, tells him not to visit, and shuts him out entirely. One of the biggest conflicts between them is Hisao's struggle with Rin's incomprehensibility, and Rin's difficulties with expressing her feelings.
Non-Uniform Uniform: Since Rin uses her feet for day-to-day things, she wears a boys' uniform to avoid the obvious problem with a skirt. Kenji, due to a combination of this, being legally blind, and Hisao only using her last name to introduce her, mistakes her for a boy.
No Title: Rin doesn't create titles for any of her paintings to avoid influencing how other people see them.
Oh Crap: Has one in Act 1 in her usual manner when she realizes that the deadline for her mural is closer than she thought or would like.
(said completely deadpan) "The end of the world as we know it. Like weekends usually are, but more dire."
Parental Abandonment: All the other heroines have at least one parent who appears in her respective route ( Shizune's father, Emi's mother) or have a good reason for not appearing ( Hanako's dead parents, Emi's Disappeared Dad, Lilly's estranged parents.) Rin's parents, however, don't appear at all even though the game confirms that they are alive.
Rule of Symbolism: There's a lot of symbolism in Rin's route. In her Act 2 Cinematic alone there's Rin's incomprehensible inner thoughts, dandelions, and the visible gap between Rin and Hisao. Her inner thoughts in particular are so alien and possibly unsettling that even Rin looks a little jarred when she wakes up, indicating that she definitely isn't as carefree as she appears.
Hisao: Why'd you be outside? It's raining buckets out there, if you haven't noticed.
Rin: I haven't. It's raining pretty hard though. I was out on a walk.
The Slacker: Sometimes cultivates this reputation, as Nomiya says he once thought she was "lazy" for doing her own art in the club instead of the assignments, and outright accuses her of being too lazy to be a successful artist after she runs from the exhibit. She also comes dangerously close to the deadline for the mural for the festival. Then again, given her personality, it's hard to tell.
Sleep Cute: In her Act 1 ending and her own route.
Also later when she and Hisao are painting each other in art club, she says this when asking how she should hold the brush: "Do you want me to do it with my foot or my mouth?" She doesn't seem to notice the Double Entendre, even when Hisao basically says "Wait, what?" out loud.
To her, it IS either her foot or her mouth that has to hold the brush. For Hisao's reaction, it's probably more of him not yet internalising Rin's disability.
Further on, a scantily clad Rin (on codeine) offers to Hisao the chance to see everything he cares to see in her room.
Rin: Would you like me to show you the places?
She looks down at her half-open shirt quizzically, making me inadvertently follow her gaze to her chest.
Rin: Oh...I guess I already did.
Tomboy: Rin has the appearance of a tomboy with her short hair and pants, but this is more due to her physical limitations than personal preference. She would have obvious problems with a skirt, so she's allowed to wear the boy's uniform for convenience's sake. Plus, long hair is difficult to maintain, and she'd have trouble brushing it aside if it reached her eyes.
Part of the problem in her route is that she wants other people to understand her through her art, but no one can do that satisfactorily.
Wall of Text: Her rambling provides the one true example in the game of this. On two occasions, her dialogue is in a box that fills the entire screen, otherwise reserved for Hisao's internal monologues.
Wild Hair: A minor case, but its noticeably frizzy especially when you put her next to Shizune who also has short hair but hers is more sleek and straight.
You Remind Me of X: It's implied that Sae believes she's similar to her dead husband in some ways.
Strong willed and forceful, Shizune is definitely the leader type. She's been the class rep, despite being deaf and mute, for as long as her class has had one, and generally takes charge in just about any situation she's placed in. Shizune is known around the school as a fearsome taskmaster, and skilled manipulator, but also as a fair and just leader.
Abusive Parents: Her Jerkass father constantly insults and belittles both her and her brother Hideaki. On top of that, Mr. Hakamichi does not know sign language nor does he care to learn, despite having a deaf and mute daughter; he might even consider her disability to be self-imposed, and mentions having spent twelve years trying to make her 'normal'.
Character Tic: Adjusting her glasses and loudly snapping her fingers.
The Chessmaster: Subverted, at least in the literal sense. While she is good enough at chess to beat Hanako in a close game in her own route and then mop the floor with her in a rematch using speed rules, she does not really care for it that much, considering it to be too formulaic to be truly considered a game.
Clasp Your Hands If You Deceive: Shizune is in the habit of "tenting" her hands, though she doesn't actually have that much to show as for the implications of the trope, short of mastery of Risk.
Club Stub: She and Misha are the student council. The entire student council. It's offhandedly mentioned that the old council was quite a bit larger than the new one, but most of the old council people left when Shizune took leadership. The last to leave was presumably Lilly.
Shizune: [Fried things are always delicious. There is always an exception for them.]
Disabled Snarker: Hisao wonders if her deafness and inability to hear tone made it difficult to learn sarcasm.
Et Tu, Brute?: Her best friend and boyfriend betray her in her bad ending (Misha for attempting to screw Hisao while in an Heroic BSOD over not having her love for Shizune requited, Hisao for actually going through with it). Shizune never finds out, though, and it's not the direct cause of her Bad Ending: she actually believes that she has pushed them away.
Extracurricular Enthusiast: Constantly attempts to recruit Hisao into the Student Council at the beginning, and succeeds in her route.
First Girl Wins: If you pick her path. Actually, both she and Hanako qualify: Hanako is the first girl Hisao sees, but Shizune is the first one that interacts with him.
Girls Love Stuffed Animals: She really seems to appreciate the stuffed cat that Hisao wins for her in her Act 1 Ending, to the point where It is hanging out of her school bag in the closing CG of her Bad Ending
The Glasses Come Off: In one screen, late in her route, you can see a sprite of her without her glasses.
A CG later in her route shows her without glasses as well (you also get to see Misha pre-drill hair).
Go-Getter Girl: To the point where her ambitions sometimes end up driving people away from her.
Heel Realization: Goes through one throughout Act 4, and concludes that she has pushed away those closest to her.
Shizune: (regarding Lilly) [That was the worst to me, that she could be so nice and still take so many people for granted. Why even join the Student Council, then? It seemed so shortsighted and selfish, don't you think? But it's actually me who's this way].
Also, she's quite stubborn in that she treats pen-and-paper communication as a last resort, and pretty much communicates with sign language exclusively.
I Just Want to Have Friends: Late in her path, this is revealed to be a major motivation for her behavior. Shortly after she came to Yamaku, she became frustrated with the obvious communication problems that her deafness caused her in this regard, so she turned her efforts towards doing things to make other people happy, the main reason why she joined the Student Council. Sadly, she eventually lost sight of her original goal and came to take her only friend, Misha, for granted. How this turns out is up to the player.
Innocently Insensitive: She can be very blunt when dealing with other people and can be *extremely* socially awkward. Though this can be justified by the fact that it is extremely difficult for her to communicate with anyone directly, as well as being unable to perceive vocal cues of emotion and intent in other people.
Lonely at the Top: The reason why she has so few friends: she takes her duties as Student Council President and Class Representativevery seriously and wants to actually do something meaningful in her time at Yamaku. This, combined with the natural communication problems her deafness causes results in her coming across as bossy and agressive, which pushes many people, like everyone else in the council (except Misha), including her cousin Lilly with whom she used to be very close, away. This is very ironic when you consider why she joined the council in the first place.
Manipulative Bitch: In her defense, Hisao is probably giving her too much credit and most of her plans succeed completely by chance. Although he does point out there is something suspicious about someone whose favorite game is Risk. Misha says that while Shizune can be manipulative, she often does so without realizing it.
Her original development name was "Rosa", partially from the Japanese word for "deaf" (rousha).
Meganekko: She has shades of the personality, if you manage to get past her cold, calculating exterior.
Non-Idle Rich: During her Good Ending, she decides to become a philanthropist after she leaves school, using her family's wealth to help make others happy.
OOC Is Serious Business: In Lilly's route, after finding out that Hisao and Lilly are a couple, she merely tells him that who he dates is his own business, then signs something to Misha, but tells her not to translate it. Hisao notices that it's unusual that she would pull punches in such a way, and it may be related to her and Lilly's later reconciliation.
Panty Shot: The duel between Shizune and Lilly has an upskirt shot of Shizune. Hilariously, her panties read "Stop Stem Cell Research", though the text was removed in the final release.
In Hanako's route, when Hanako begins suffering a nervous breakdown, Shizune doesn't hesitate to help bringing her to the Nurse's office. It's also indicated that she worries about Hanako, but can't get close to her because she's always with Lilly.
Also, at the end of Lilly's route, the two seem to genuinely set aside their differences when Lilly assists her with student council work, and Shizune seems she really will miss her once she's gone.
A retroactive one in her Good Ending when she talks to Hisao and admits that her actions were all designed to make Hisao happy, since she couldn't stand his dejection and total lack of motivation when he first came to class.
A few scenes in Act IV indicate that she worries about Hisao's heart condition more than she openly "says," especially when Hisao reflects on her reaction to Emi running into him.
Pillars of Moral Character: Her devotion to the Student Council (and her frustration towards everyone else's seeming lack of interest in it), can be said to be rooted in a very highly developed sense of Giri towards her school and its students. Her main grievance with Lilly (who she says put off her duties and missed deadlines to help friends) can also been seen as a perceived lack of it from her towards the same and towards Shizune personally, since she is part of what little family Lilly still has in Japan. She also insists on honoring her bet with Hisao in her own route and carrying Kenji's box on her own, which can be said to be very much an example of On.
Shipper on Deck: Supports Misha's shipping of Hisao and Hanako during the latter's route because she really does care for her but due to her rivalry with Lilly and her Student Council duties, she can't help her as much as she would like to do so.
She and Misha support Hisao more unambiguously on Emi's route.
Sibling Rivalry: Has one of sorts with Hideaki, and one of the only times they speak, they get into an argument. Hisao, however, infers that this means they can communicate and have a healthy sibling relationship.
Silent Snarker: Is shown to have a very lively and cutting wit. Despite only beng able to express it in sign language.
Smart People Wear Glasses: She doesn't possess genius-level intellect, but her drive to excel at everything she does also extends to her studies.
Sour Outside, Sad Inside: She is assertive to a point that borders on abrasiveness. And also extremely lonely and frustrated over her inability to keep friends.
The Speechless: All of her dialog is rendered as "…" or "…!", or with notes, unless you pursue her route. Then Hisao manages to pick up enough sign language skills to converse with Shizune by himself. Signed 'speech' by Shizune, Misha, and Hisao are rendered in […] brackets to represent this.
Spirited Competitor: Shizune's strictness and harsh initial personality seems to stem from this, oddly enough. To her, everything is a competition, from Risk, to mental duels to snare a new council member, to work in general. In their final H scene Hisao considers that she's even competitive regarding sex, specifically when she pushes him onto a table so she can be on top. Not that he seems to mind much.
Deconstructed in her route. Her competitiveness drove the other members of the student council away. In her Bad Ending, she believes that her being this is the reason Hisao and Misha are avoiding her, so she breaks up with Hisao; in her Good Ending, she reveals that she knows that it's jeopardizing her friendships, but she doesn't know any other approach, and she thanks Hisao for talking to Misha for her.
The Spock: To Lilly's McCoy on the Student Council before she left; their falling-out and current feud is more or less what happens when a Spock and a McCoy just have Misha instead of a Kirk to mediate between them.
Spoiled Sweet: All she wants is to make other people happy and to have other people open up to her and be her friends. Sadly, her deafness makes it very difficult for her to get the "sweet" part through.
A Spot Of Tea: Not as addicted as her cousin Lilly is, but she clearly appreciates a good cup.
The Tease: In her final H scene she gets on top of Hisao then says "[I should just stop now, and leave you stewing in your lust]" with a cheeky smirk on her face.
Those Two Guys: What she and Misha become in every route except her own.
Tragic Hero: Despite her well-intentioned goals for Yamaku, and her desire to make friends, her deafness and competitive personality resulted in her driving people away, including her own cousin Lilly, and she ends up largely disliked except for Misha (who stays around out of unrequited love), and Hisao(who not only can be her boyfriend, but also calls her his friend in Lilly's route- while talking to Lilly, no less).
Tsurime Eyes: Befitting her forceful and competitive personality.
Visible Silence: Typically used to represent when she "says" something, followed by Misha's translation of it, but also used for pauses or for things Hisao can't understand ("if a ...note armadillo bit you")
Well Done Daughter Girl: Though not stated, it is implied that her competitive workaholic streak rises in part from a desire to earn her father's approval. Unfortunately, the Student Council is one of many things he holds in contempt, in particular because of how it can operate with only three people (Hisao included).
We Used to Be Friends: In Lilly's route, Shizune reveals that she and Lilly used to be very close to one another. In her own route, it is also revealed that Lilly actually joined the council to help her out when members of the original council started leaving. However, being forced to work together brought the natural clash between their two personalities to head, resulting in their falling out and current enmity.
When All You Have Is a Hammer: A major problem for her. It's extremely hard for her to deal with anything without trying to turn it into a contest or a game. She even uses this approach when it is clear that it's probably not a very good way of dealing with a situation, like Misha pulling away from her, because she literally knows no other way.
You Must Be Cold: After challenging Hisao over who has to carry Kenji's box and her subsequent loss, Shizune shivers badly due to not having a jacket on. Hisao then takes off his own jacket and covers her with it.
Zettai Ryouiki: Shizune qualifies for a Grade A, only lacking Tsundere attitude and twintails for Grade S. In her second sex scene with Hisao, she keeps the stockings on.
Shiina "Misha" Mikado
Shiina "Misha" Mikado
Misha is the interpreter for Shizune and a fellow member of the student council. Cheery, playful, and never one to pull a punch, she happily joins in Shizune's attempts to get Hisao onto the student council. Despite being one of the main characters, she doesn't have a route of her own, though she does get more focus in Shizune's route.
Beneath the Mask: As revealed in Shizune's route, she is plagued by uncertainty of purpose in life, and the pain of rejected love for her best friend in the world, Shizune.
Big Beautiful Woman: At least in comparison to the other girls, she's got a bit more meat on her bones. Her sex scene shows that she's got pretty big breasts and a little pudge on her belly and legs, specially her hips and thighs.
Book Dumb: Possibly; she's not entirely stupid, but seems to have the most trouble with academics.
Club Stub: The only other member of the Student Council aside from Shizune.
Completely Unnecessary Translator: Early in Shizune's route, Hisao knows sign language, and Misha knows that Hisao knows sign language, but he still has her translate for him because he doesn't want Shizune to know that he knows sign language until he becomes proficient in it. Unbeknownst to him, Misha has told Shizune about his efforts.
Cool Teacher: She hopes to become one, coming to Yamaku to become a sign language teacher and getting a reduction on her tuition fees as part of a related program.
Did I Just Say That Out Loud?/I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You/Could Say It But: She occasionally says things she's not supposed to while translating, sometimes with a lampshade, sometimes not. Sometimes deliberate, sometimes by accident. Maybe, it's hard to tell, as she's smarter than she appears. Hisao wonders at one point if she does this so that people who can hear but not understand sign language are not excluded.
Important Haircut: Implied that she cut and dyed her hair pink in response to being rejected by Shizune, and cut her hair again when she felt threatened by Hisao's affection towards Shizune.
Incoming Ham: Many times, when she's about to come into the picture, the whole screen shivers. Hisao also comments on Hearing her distinctive laugh before he sees her.
Incompatible Orientation: She's into girls too, and Shizune is not (Or at least is not into Misha, if she ever liked girls.).
Innocently Insensitive: She seems to be rather oblivious to social cues which is hardly an ideal trait in an interpreter and results in more that a few "blind leading the blind" situation like the panic attack incident in Hanako's route.
I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: The reason why she helps Hisao and Shizune get closer in Acts One and Two of Shizune route. Though later on, her jealousy starts getting the better of her.
Love Hurts: After having her affections rebuffed by Shizune, she accepted her offer of friendship just so she could be close to her. She later expresses regret for this decision, the proximity making the Just Friends relationship even more painful.
Matchmaker Crush: She helps Hisao and Shizune to get together... because she loves Shizune and wants her to be happy. It doesn't work that way.
Only Friend: To Shizune, due to Shizune being an Alice Type 2; she's not a bad person, but her deafness and resulting communication problems make it hard to get along with others. However, in Lilly's route, Hisao says Shizune is his friend, and Shizune starts to reconcile with Lilly.
Rose-Haired Sweetie: The cheerful, optimistic type. Except later we find out that Misha actually invokes this; she dyes her (naturally brown) hair and acts cheerful and optimistic to cope with Shizune turning down her love confession.
Sarcasm-Blind: She doesn't seem to pick up on when Shizune's being sarcastic even when it's obvious from the words alone even with Misha's cheerful delivery.
Schoolgirl Lesbian: Confessed to Shizune after they became friends and was rejected, and may have been jealous of Hisao in Shizune's route.
Sex for Solace: One of the many motives behind her attempt to seduce Hisao. It quite obviously doesn't work, as accepting leads to a painfully hollow and loveless act that just reminds both why this was a terrible idea.
In Hanako's route, she seems to be rather curious and excited about her and Hisao's developing relationship. And because she and Shizune do worry for Hanako's sake, but due to the rivalry with Lilly and the Council work, they aren't always able to keep an eye on her. (Though this doesn't work as plannedat some point).
Misha: [when Hanako and Hisao come to class together and a little late]: Aaaaaah, the lovers have returned! WAHAHAHAHAHA~
In Shizune's route, she encorages Hisao in his efforts to learn Sign Language and allowing the two of them time alone together. She wants Shizune to be happy after all. Though late in her route, her personal pain boils up and causes problems.
In Emi's route, she shows up after Emi and Hisao have a fight at Emi's home and pushes Hisao to talk to her and mend their almost-broken relationship. Whether you get the Bad or Good Ending depends on what's your reaction to her.
Earlier in the route, she also comments on how cute they are together, and after scolding Hisao on their PDA for Shizune, adds "subtle" hint that she approves, but they should make sure Shizune doesn't catch them.
She also grins widely in response to hearing that Hisao and Lilly are a couple, in contrast to Shizune's more enigmatic response.
Stepford Smiler: It's revealed late in Shizune's route that her cheerful nature is a facade to cover Gayngst and unrequited love. Shizune lampshades this when she says she doesn't associate cheerful behavior with Misha the same way Hisao does
Shizune: The Misha you know is different from the one I think of, when I think of the time we first met. Even though I think she looks better cheerful and smiling, that isn't how she typically is.
Translation: Yes: In routes besides Shizune's, Hisao often notices Misha and Shizune having signing exchanges too long for what Misha actually says, such as when Shizune goes out to get some food in one scene in Hanako's route, leaving Misha and Hisao to talk about Hanako.
Unwitting Instigator of Doom: During Hanako's route, she teasingly questions Hisao and Hanako about their relationship, which causes him to spill the beans about the birthday party he and Lilly were planning for Hanako, resulting in her panic attack. To Misha's credit, though, she genuinely has no idea that Hanako's birthday is a subject that is not to be talked about in front of her, and once she finds out she apologizes to Hanako immediately.
What, Exactly, Is Her Job: In the student council, she has no official position. She is sometimes assumed to be a vice president, but basically does whatever needs to be done, and interprets for Shizune.
Won't Take "Yes" for an Answer: In the four routes besides Shizune's, she tries to get Hisao to do work for the Council. When he accepts near the end of Lilly's route, she initially starts to respond as though he's refused again, then is shocked to realize he said yes.
Akira eventually reveals her hair used to be brown and much longer. It's also visible in one of the CGs in Shizune's route and Lilly's route.
Borderline Hikikomori, Kenji likes to spend a lot of time in his room, planning for whatever the radical feminist movement's next move may be. He is leery of the instant attraction that Hisao seems to have brought upon himself, but nonetheless very pleased to finally have a hallmate. Over the course of the various routes, several hints are dropped regarding him, including an implication that he used to date Yuuko.
Ambiguous Disorder: Besides his obvious legal blindness (his vision is extremely limited, though he can see, unlike Lilly), fans speculate that he may have a form of schizophrenia due to his obsession with conspiracy theories.
Bromantic Foil: A subversion, as he is a misogynist rather than a Chivalrous Pervert. Possibly double-subverted when it turns out he had a girlfriend in the past, and is considerably less misogynistic when talking about her. He may have even become a feminist-hater because of their breakup.
He does display some more traits of this in Lilly's route. When Hisao is depressed because she's leaving Yamaku to go to Scotland, Kenji is surprisingly understanding of his situation.
Character Filibuster: Many of his rants push their way into this territory, for Overly-Long Gag purposes. One of them even gives you the option to "ignore his insane ramblings."
Cloudcuckoolander: Even when he isn't indulging in conspiracy theories. He even fails to notice that Shizune is deaf.
Conspiracy Theorist: Believes that radical feminists are building an army to destroy "man"kind and that Yamaku with its admittedly highly suspicious 60/40 female/male ratio will be one of the first battlegrounds.
Dissimile: When Kenji is ranting about the second most shocking moment in his life in "Soap".
Kenji: It was like in the openings to some kind of anime show, you know how there is always a part where the main dude is fighting his rival, and they fly at each other and clash swords and there's like, big dramatic colored auras and zoom? It was like that, but with poo.
Hero of Another Story: In a lot of the routes, he seems to be up to be up to something, but we never actually see what it is, though it definitely seems to be something completely different in each route, like stealing books from the library in Emi's route or trying to get ahold of a very important package in Shizune's.
Hidden Depths: Though most of his scenes are played for straight humor, after Kenji reads Iwanako's letter to Hisao, he talks fondly of how he misses his old girlfriend (strongly hinted to be Yuuko), and even tries to encourage Hisao to write Iwanako back. Hisao tries to call him on this, to which Kenji replies that he doesn't hate all women, just feminists. Which doesn't make much considering that feminists are gender equalists.
In Lilly's arc, he shows that he does have a caring side when he's legitimately understanding about Hisao being upset over Lilly leaving. He even offers to listen to Hisao's problems.
Informed Ability: During Act 1 and later in Hanako's route, he mentions that he is an avid bowler. He also points out in Shizune's route that he and his old girlfriend used to bowl in the hallway.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Even though he can be weird, annoying, offensive, and abrasive at times, Kenji is genuinely a nice person at heart. Later interactions show that he does listen to Hisao, and that he's sometimes actually concerned about his well being. This kindness is not exclusively reserved for Hisao, though: when he accidentally bumps into Lilly and knocks her over, he even makes an attempt to help her up. Later in the same route, when Hisao is clearly bummed out about finding out that she is going to leave for Scotland, he runs into Kenji who asks him what's wrong, and says that if he ever needs to talk, to come talk to him, because that's what friends are for. He also shows quite the insight after finding out about Iwanako's letter... and talks fondly about his old girlfriend.
Large Ham: Can be pretty… exaggerated when in the middle of his rants. Hisao thinks he does everything very dramatically.
Last Name Basis: Typically refers to the girls by their last names, when he refers to them by name at all.
Hisao: It's Kenji. He seems to be in a friendly mood, although the light glinting off his glasses in the dark gives him a sinister look.
Scenery Censor: Kenji, wearing a fig leaf, is the only character to appear nude in Act 1.
The Schizophrenia Conspiracy: Kenji is in the school because of his poor eyesight, but certainly he's not completely right with his mind; it's implied he's schizophrenic as well.
Shoo Out the Clowns: Kenji becomes very noticeable in his absence after about midway through Act 2 of Emi and Rin's routes. His last appearance in Lilly's route, while fairly late, is on an uncharacteristically serious note. (See OOC Is Serious Business). In Shizune and Hanako's routes, he disappears when the route takes a turn for the dramatic, then reappears after the player has resolved the ending-deciding issues, but appears shortly before the last scene of Shizune's bad ending.
Kenji: Like that movie about the life of William Wallace, where they took his stuff but not his freedom, and then they killed him.
Even more hilarious considering that we have Lilly, a half-Scottish character.
Also in Shizune's route:
Kenji: But then the sunlight reflected off my glasses and blinded her, saving my life. It was like, behold, optic blast.
Kenji: Maybe I overwhelmed her with my logic, so badly that she just retreated into denial. Maybe she is just an asshole. Either way, she didn't reply, and the future refused to change.
Sir Swears-a-Lot: What profanity Emi doesn't get, most of the rest of it spills forth from Kenji's mouth. And what he may lack in frequency in some routes, he makes up for in intensity, being rather content to casually throw various forms of "fuck" around.
Smart People Wear Glasses: Subverted. He certainly looks the part as long as he keeps his mouth shut, and he's convinced that he's smart enough to spot the "sinister feminist conspiracy" that controls the school. Most of the things he says, though, are the inane ramblings of a self-absorbed madman.
Testosterone Poisoning: Normally, this trope refers to hypermasculinity that affects the body. But arguably, Kenji's mind has been poisoned.
Hisao: It's not a secret club being a guy.
Kenji: It should be. With rings. Rings with big-assed emblems. And gold!
Shipper on Deck: In Hanako's route, if Hisao admits to Miki that he might like her, she'll support his interest in her. (Conversely, if he denies such an interest, she'll look rather unhappy and lament that she was seeing too much into it.)
Miki: To be honest, I think it's kinda cute. If you want to go for it, don't let me stop you!.
Canon Immigrant: Sort of. She is a character from Measuring Shadows, an abandonded project for a visual novel some of the devs of Katawa Shoujo were previously working on. Her appearance in the classroom CG was intended as a mere cameo; yet she became quite popular with the fandom and, in the final game, she gets a further appearance in the closing CG of Hanako's path.
With a name like "Kapur" it can easily be assumed that she is either attending Yamaku in an exchange program and is from India, or that she lives in Japan with an entirely Indian family.
Ship Tease: Often paired with Takashi in both official and fan art.
Shipper on Deck: In the final image of Hanako's good ending as she leans in to kiss Hisao, Molly can be seen in the background with a rather happy expression on her face (as seen in her picture here) as she appears to gossip with the boy next to her, as if she's saying "See, I told you those two would end up together! They're inseparable!"
An art student wearing a beret. Has Tinnitus, and wears a bandage over his right ear as a result. Hisao implies that they don't get along.
Nice Hat: The always classic beret, often associated with artists.
Ship Tease: He's often paired with Molly in both official and fan art.
An obese student with monoplegia.
Fat Idiot: Gives off this impression, considering that the only time we see him is sleeping in class, drooling over his face and presumably snoring.
Fat Slob: Could just be this. Whether he's dumb or not, he sure is fat.
Heavy Sleeper: Considering that the only time we see him is sleeping in class...
Heavy Sleeper: Justified, considering she has narcolepsy. She looks ready to nod off in the classroom CG.
Hikikomori: the little that exists about Suzu portrays her as such. It may be not far from reality because while narcolepsy is often portrayed as cute or funny in media, it's not: the embarassment and danger associated with it often drive the affected into social isolation.
Stepford Smiler: When Hisao notices that she’s smiling in spite of recently having had an epileptic seizure, he wonders about how Yamaku students live with their conditions.
"So... we are the same... is that what you're saying?"
A girl with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a condition not completely unlike Hisao's. Unlike him, however, she was diagnosed early in her life, so she has been in and out of treatments and operations that left her very delicate. She made her appearance on the blog as an April Fool's prank, as an additional girl Hisao can pursue.
Shrinking Violet: Often mistaken for this because she's often lost in thought, even in crowds.
"That's kind of a cute thing of you to say, but being too cute has its drawbacks too."
A girl who suffers with spinocerebellar ataxia, a degenerative disease that makes her lose muscle control and will eventually kill her. Appears as an April Fool's prank on the KS blog, as an additional girl Hisao can pursue.
Cute Clumsy Girl: Clumsy because of her condition (she must use a cane to walk), and indeed cute. Takes her clumsiness in stride.
Disabled Means Helpless: Probably averts this the hardest. She may have to live with a horrifying degenerative disease, but she tries her hardest to be outgoing and fashionable. She even challenges herself by engaging in activities such as art that require fine motor control.
God Created Canon Foreigner: Only made an appearance on the blog as an April Fool's joke. Whether or not she exists in the game is unknown.
A girl in the art club looks very much like her, albeit with longer hair. Saki happens to be a member of the art club.
Two girls who take over the Student Council from Shizune and Misha at the end of Shizune's route.
Walking Spoiler: Their existence is only revealed at the end of one of the heroines' routes, one that goes on long after the other four have ended.
The chief of the nurse staff of Yamaku, and a surprisingly young person for someone in his position. He is a funny and jovial guy, always a good for a laugh and well liked by students. Nonetheless, he has a heart of pure gold and he is very passionate and serious about his job.
Shout-Out: The character is based off a real life nurse who posted a series of threads on 4chan about his experiences taking care of a multiamputee car crash victim note In truth, there is no definitive proof of both the nurse and the little girl not being fictional. Doesn't prevent the story from being heartwarming, inspiring the relationship between the Nurse and Emi. A collection of them can be found here.
Except without the... disturbingly frequent rape subtext.
What the Hell, Hero?: Calls Hisao and Emi out when Hisao's heart almost gives out due to trying to pick a race with Emi without taking precautions.
The nurse stares at the ceiling, mutters a prayer for patience to some god or another, and looks back down at the both of us.
Nurse: So you're both stupid. That's a comfort, I guess.
Both homeroom and science teacher of 3-3, and just as much out of touch with his class as he is out of touch with reality. Probably born to be a teacher, no matter how much his students disagree. His greatest skill is the ability to ignore irrelevant things completely, no matter how much anyone who wishes he'd remember their names disagrees.
Apathetic Teacher: He can give off this impression, with his frequent lateness and uninspired lectures, but he's enthusiastic about his subject and concerned about his students. He just tends to be too awkward to express it very well. In Hanako's route, Hisao disapproves of his allowing Hanako to leave class so often, thinking that he doesn't care, but later on in the route it becomes clear that he lets her leave class to give her the space she needs.
Reasonable Authority Figure: Mutou doesn't give his students a terribly hard time in his class if they have certain conditions, and will often give Hisao useful advice and help him out of tough spots. He also knows exactly how to handle the situation with a minimum of complications when Hanako has a severe panic attack in the middle of class during her route.
Science Hero: Of a sort. He's the science teacher, and he actually, through a lecture on science, helps Hisao realize how to handle things with Emi after the final exams. Relationship advice... THROUGH SCIENCE!
The Stoic: Calm most of the time, and his sprites' facial expressions don't change much.
Tranquil Fury: He's not very pleased by Mr. Nomiya's walking into his class, looking for Hisao in the middle of an exam, even if he doesn't show it.
What the Hell, Hero?: Also gives Hisao a stern lecture about how selfish it is to disregard the faculty's advice if he overworks himself on the track.
The Unsmile: He gets this trope early in Rin's route as Hisao describes an instance of him giving "a genial smile that would scare little children senseless."
Yuuko has serious problems with managing her life, which makes her the perfect person to ask for help to manage one's own. She funds her university studies by working part time at a popular cafe. The lengths she goes to avoid being fired for her natural clumsiness bewilder other people, along with her neurotic attention to detail and frequent streaks of depression.
Hidden Depths: Is actually rather perceptive, and good at both reading people's reactions/feelings and giving sound advice to Hisao when he asks for it.
Honor Before Reason: A mild case. In order to make sure she's doing her jobs correctly, she'll do thing like thank regular customers for coming to the cafe, even after they've said she doesn't need to.
Hot Librarian: Yuuko works as an assistant librarian at Yamaku whenever she isn't working at the cafe.
Nomiya is the school art teacher, and the overseer of the art club, obviously.
Always Camp: He does act and dress fairly flamboyantly.
Annoying Laugh: Lets off one in his first scene in Act 1, on the way to Rin's route.
Armor-Piercing Question: Asking Hisao if he has any passions comparable to Rin's passion for art. Hisao is forced to concede that he does not.
Berserk Button: Rin running away from the exhibit makes him furious, in contrast to his jovial personality.
Broken Pedestal: Becomes one for Rin by the end of her route ("I thought he was my friend...")
Fat Bastard: His intentions are good, but by the end of Rin's good route, you'll likely think of him as one.
Foil/Shadow Archetype: To Mutou. Both exemplify the cliché of goofy-looking lecturers guilty of some favoritism, but Mutou is reserved while Nomiya is exhuberant. Most crucially, Mutou shows numerous human and professional qualities that Nomiya distinctly lacks. Even discounting their art/science rivalry, it comes to no one's surprise that the two men dislike each other, even coming to a brief clash in Rin's route.
Jerkass: While his intentions are good, and he only wants to help Rin be successful, he completely disregards her feelings. When she runs away from the art show during the path to her good ending, Nomiya completely blows up at her, feeling that all his work had gone to waste, saying that her work is worth nothing but "MOSQUITO SHIT" now.
Large Ham: Dude has NO indoor voice, and once launches in quite a long rant about art in itself.
Lennon Specs: Wears a tiny pair over his nose, with pink tinted lenses.
Stage Teacher: He even remarks at one point that he's not as good as Rin or Sae's dead husband, and having realized the limits of his ability, chose to become a teacher instead.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: His response to Rin's apology basically devolves into one, accusing her of throwing away a vital opportunity and ends by saying that he doesn't consider her an artist.
A beautiful lawyer and Lilly's older sister. She lives some distance from Yamaku High School. While they were still living together, Lilly did the cooking for both of them.
A-Cup Angst: A minor example: she complains that Lilly got all the height and bust genes in the family. Understandable, since she's flat as a cutting board and Lilly measures 89-61-89.
Bifauxnen: The flat-chested and headstrong. That suit sure does look snappy, but it thoroughly confuses the protagonist for a good few seconds. Hisao actually stops himself from making any guesses in Shizune's path, as he just ran into Hideaki a few moments ago. The usual personality that goes with this trope is averted, though - "refined" is not an adjective that describes her.
Broken Bird: Not halfways as other girls, but she can show a very cynical and sad side to her, as she has not forgiven her parents for leaving them behind, but feels as though she has no choice but to move to Scotland, even if she has to leave her boyfriend behind.
In Lilly's Good Ending, she is inspired by Hisao's antics to stay for a while to get the boyfriend a passport to join her in Scotland, while noting that the parents are "baying for her blood by now".
Christmas Cake: Averted. She is 25 years old, but she does have a boyfriend (we never see him, though). In Lilly's route she breaks up with him in order to get ready to go to Scotland, but in the Good Ending she decides otherwise and rekindle their relationship upon seeing how much Lilly and Hisao love each other. She then tells Lilly and Hisao that he will go to Scotland with her.
Jade-Colored Glasses: After mentioning that she had to break up with her boyfriend because of her taking a job in Scotland, tells Hisao that life is not a fairy tale and "sometimes stuff happens that you have to roll with, even if it means hurting yourself and others".
Not So Stoic: Near the end of Lilly's route, when Hisao is going after Lilly before she can leave for Scotland, his facial expression alone reveals that she has already left, and he seems somewhat concerned for Hisao.
"Back in my day, children were seen and not heard, and to be an adult meant having experienced many hardships. With even a glance, you could judge a man’s character. Childhood existed only to temper you for adulthood. When you look at me, can you not see the catalogue of my experiences, even at a glance?"
Shizune and Hideaki's father. He is an arrogant manly-man who can't go one minute without insulting his daughter, insulting her friends, insulting the youth of today, or plugging his business or autobiography.
Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Threatens to beat Hisao with his autobiography, and to punch Hisao in the face with brass knuckles that have a condensed version of his autobiography on them, so that it will be imprinted in his face.
Hey, You!: Refers to Hisao as "boy" and Misha as "you" or "the pink-haired girl."
Hidden Depths: He travels all the way to Yamaku, commits the humiliating act of asking his daughter to let him back into her life, and, after he's rebuffed, offers the equally submissive gesture that he's there for her if she needs him.
Hypocrite: Numerous examples, such as suggesting that Hisao huffs glue, then telling him not to make assumptions.
Hisao: "It can't be sustainable for him to be so casually insulting to everyone."
Case in point, he is so full of himself that he could not be bothered to learn how to communicate with his own deaf/mute daughter. It goes to twelve thousand when he offhandedly mentions he has indeed hired tutors - trying to get Shizune to speak. He seems to imply he just thinks Shizune is being stubborn about this whole speaking thing. While it is possible for deaf people to learn how to speak, such as Helen Keller, a deaf person has a very hard time modulating his/her voice correctly, something hearing people normally take for granted because they can, well, hear their own voices. A deaf person talking can be very embarrassing, often sounding like he/she is mentally or physically handicapped on top of being deaf. Unsurprisingly, even in real life a lot of deaf people are uncomfortable with this and choose to stick to other methods of communication instead. Shizune may have tried talking in the past, only to witness the results in front of other people; and knowing someone as competitive and strict as Jigoro, it's hard to imagine him being satisfied if she spoke less than perfectly.
At least both Shizune and Hisao give the guy some credit, both believing he cares about her more than he lets on. That said, it's still obvious Hisao wants to give him a big smacking and Shizune strongly disapproves of the way he treats her friends, and they can't be blamed.
Jerkass Has a Point: When he asks Hisao when he last called his parents, Hisao is forced to admit that he hasn't done a good job of keeping in contact with them, although it doesn't change how much Hisao despises Jigoro.
Pet the Dog: Hisao interprets his going down to ask Shizune in person (he refuses to use e-mail for an unspecified reason) whether she would like to come on a trip with him and Hideaki as one such moment, theorizing that he may have done it in part to see her.
Hisao: [I think your dad might care about you more than he lets on]
Jigoro: Look at yourself. An amoral, directionless glue-huffer, with a complete lack of etiquette and absolutely no fashion sense. You are tomorrow's Japan. Disgraceful. Is this the future of this once-great country?
Jigoro: You are very persistent. If only it was about something that mattered. I can't see what you may have learned from my daughter aside from that and how to backtalk people. Is that it?"
Shut Up, Kirk!: He deflects Hisao’s arguments against him with a series of these, particularly when he tells Hisao that he “could never understand” his life.
Testosterone Poisoning: Muscular man with a full beard, long hair, a hawaiian shirt, carrying a katana AT ALL TIMES. He even insults Hisao for wearing something not up to his manly standards: a sweater vest.
"Your sweater is terrible and I want you to feel bad about it."
Tranquil Fury: Hisao notices that he seems calmer when he's angry.
When I Was Your Age: He frequently says that Hisao's generation has a much easier time than he did, and are spoiled as a result of it. Hisao even mentally complains about him acting as though he had to walk 15 miles in the snow, ride a coal train while shoveling coal into it and climb a mountain to get to school.
Widow Woman: Her husband was an artist she met at the Atelier, who committed suicide. Rin being in a similar position as him worries Hisao.
"I wonder if we will ever meet again. Perhaps it’s for the best if we don’t?"
Hisao's initial love interest at the beginning of the story. She causes his first heart attack when she reveals that she reciprocates his feelings.
Break the Cutie: Often glossed over due her single scene and Hisao's bitterness towards her, but her letter reveals she was deeply hurt by the (obviously quite difficult) situation she found herself in, and blamed herself for letting him drift so far from the person he used to be. She may have stopped visiting after "only" six weeks, but she kept visiting him in the hospital after a heart attack she probably thought she herself caused, and after which the boy she liked never replied to her confession or said much of anything other than meaningless small talk, and she had no idea what to say to convey her feelings across the wide gulf that had suddenly opened between them. That she even bothered to send a letter at all, as insulting as Hisao finds it in some routes, shows that she's still grieving and is trying to find some closure for herself. Hisao, in Shizune's route, admits to himself that he, in a sense, pushed her away with his negative demeanor.
"Dear John" Letter: At a certain point midway through each route, Hisao gets one from her, in which she says they may never see each other again and "Maybe it's for the best that we don't", with a different reaction in each.
The Faceless: We never see her from the front. Her two big distinguishing traits are her long black hair and her thigh high stockings.
Emi: He throws it away midway through reading it, having moved on. If he talks to Emi's mother, however, he fishes it out and reads the last part before resolving to face Emi again.
Hanako: He realizes that their relationship is over, but is saddened by being reminded of it.
Lilly:He concludes that the letter is an "abdication of responsibility", throws it away and is in a bad mood the next day.
Rin: He is somewhat saddened by the reminder of everything he has lost, but not bitter toward Iwanako. He sends her a letter in response and receives no reply
Shizune: He believes Iwanako had slowly been distancing herself from him in the hospital, but eventually realizes that he pushed his friends away. He decides not to write back, concluding that the letter is her way of saying goodbye
Meaningful Name: Her name includes the Kanji for "fish" (the one that got away.) Kenji once refers to her as a "rock-fish-kid chick".
Pink Means Feminine: The letter she writes to Hisao is in pink, and Hisao notes that she often wrote in pink, and that she was very girly like that.
Shrinking Violet: Certainly not to the extent of Hanako, but the beginning of the game gives this impression.
Hisao also states at one point after he receives her letter that she was very fragile and feminine.
Small Role, Big Impact: After the prologue, she is only mentioned when she sends a letter to Hisao. Her impact on the story and Hisao's personality varies, but she typically gets at least a few mentions and Hisao is often forced to reconsider how he views her.
Zettai Ryouiki: She wears a Grade A during the botched love confession.