Heartwarming: Katawa Shoujo
I guess that for Hanako, simply having someone, anyone, to be there and love her would be special. The fact that Lilly and I can now share that role for her is something I think I will always be grateful for.
- Face it: The entire game, from its very existence to the reactions it's gotten out of its place of origin and all over the internet, is one big CMOH.
- Ironically, the fact this game is a CMOH is another CMOH. It's an eroge, designed around a likeable protagonist (with occasional douchey moments) and actually being happy is important in it instead of just getting laid.
- See also this◊ message from the Anonymous of 4chan.
- Try this blog post.
- After Visual Novels were banned from /a/ and /v/ (partially due to the popularity of Katawa Shoujo) and /jp/ mods banned Katawa Shoujo because of the Flame Wars it caused, the KS general threads ended up on /b/ while Moot creates a new section of 4chan that will allow them. /b/ has been so surprisingly civil, that one Anonymous made this post.◊
- Even though later on the same day, Katawa Shoujo was allowed back on /v/, many anons are staying on the /b/ board because they are just that much nicer.
- When the Katawa Shoujo general thread found a home on /vg/, the fans thanked /b/ for their hospitality.
- RAITA giving his thanks and congratulates the team on all their hard work developing the VN.
First, I would like to thank all the staff that participated in the production of this game.While I did not participate in the production, I was deeply moved at the spirit of dedication and the perseverance of those who were involved in this work. I have to admit that when I first heard of this project I was surprised and somewhat anxious, but my heart was filled with joy everytime I could recognize via the nets how members of the team were so highly motivated and pressed on with the production, leading me to closely watch over the progress being made from the very early stages. I know how it is very difficult to maintain motivation in a project where the production timeframe becomes protracted, and thus I get deeply affected when I imagine all the difficulties the members of the team must of have had to overcome. Again, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude and profess how I was profoundly touched by your efforts. Thank you very much!
- Hisao playing chess with Hanako in the tea room during her Act 1 ending.
- The previous Hanako scene, "Quiet," could also count. Near the end of the scene, after Hisao and Hanako had spent most of the day in the library, Hanako (after struggling for a moment) manages to get a "thank you" out to Hisao for spending time with her. While a simple thing in itself, for someone like Hanako, it's a different situation entirely.
- Honestly, almost any scene that puts Hisao alone with Hanako has heartwarming moments as you get glimpses of her personality that she would have never shown to a relative stranger.
- Hanako's Good Ending. So many feels come from this scene. Especially when Hisao's Love Confession pops up. The two of them pouring their souls out to each other is extremely affecting as they tear down the hypothetical walls they had built to hide themselves from each other. The raw emotion of the scene combined with the simple melody of "Innocence" brings on the tears, too.
The wall between us is going away, even if it hurts so badly to bring it down.
- After that, the fact that Hanako of all people is able to kiss Hisao in public without a care in the world, despite how shy she is speaks volumes of how much she's grown thanks to Hisao and how much she loves him.
Hanako: Then please accept my first gift to you, Hisao... (kisses him)
- A touching moment in the ending is the final image, where Hanako's scars are facing away from the camera, and towards the people in the background, all of whom are staring. And she doesn't care. Not only that, but the looks they give aren't "Oh wow, someone is actually kissing the scarred girl?!" but rather "Daawww, that's so romantic!" from the girls (including Molly, who seems to be very happy about it), and "Man, how am I gonna match that?" from the guy.
- Hanako taking off her blouse, exposing her scars to Hisao just before her H-scene. That scene manages to evoke pretty much every emotion there is, but "heartwarming" is prominent among them.
Hanako: This is me... All of me.
- Hisao's response is pretty heartwarming as well, especially from Hanako's perspective. She has faced bullying from countless people, including ones who she thought were her closest friends. Most people have been repulsed just from the sight of her. When she meets a guy who she likes, and who opens up to her about his own past and disability, she decides to do the same. After revealing her scars to him, she has no idea how he's going to react. What does Hisao do? He tells her she's a wonderful person and kisses her.
- Hanako's early birthday party due to Lilly leaving for Scotland. Her cradling her presents with teary eyes. This is all.
- Hanako's last scene in Lilly's good ending shows her in the library, where she first met Hisao. In contrast to her running away that time, she discusses her plans to travel with Naomi from the newspaper club and showcases how much she has opened up.
Maybe Lilly was right. Although I may offer Hanako any help I can possibly give, I feel as if I know she doesn't need it.
She really has grown.
- During Act 2 of Lilly's route, when Hisao calls her for the second time while she's in Scotland. He feels bad for the first time, when he only called because he didn't know how to handle Hanako's temporary depression. He makes up for it a few days later, when Lilly has been on his mind the entire day and he genuinely wants to hear her voice again. After some pleasant smalltalk, he decides to make the first step in admitting his feelings for her:
Hisao: We... um, I... miss you."
Lilly: I miss you too, Hisao."
Hisao: (after hanging up) That light, tentative, almost shy voice. Her warm and soft tone... I'd simply be lying to myself if I were to say that I don't recognize this feeling for what it is.
Hisao: With thoughts of Lilly dancing on my mind, I start anticipating her return. Today has been a most excellent day.
- The Act Three scene "Crescendo". Gods, that scene is beyond belief. It contains Lilly's Love Confession for Hisao for one thing. A CMOH from the beginning to the end. Another moment comes a couple of scenes later, when Hanako shows up few afterwards and is happy for them and she already guessed they had feelings for each other some time before.
- Lilly telling Hanako why they are friends, and that she never pitied her. Extra touching if you've seen Hanako's bad end.
- During Act 4, when Lilly is setting up the paper work to transfer, she asks Misha to bring her some papers in braille. However, instead, Shizune brings them to her... and they show of CG of the two girls smiling, reconciling at long last.
- Another touching moment is after Lilly reveals her family's plans to bring her to Scotland, when Kenji comes out of his room as Hisao walks by. He notices how distraught Hisao looks, and offers him a helping hand, offering to talk about what's bothering him. The scene is depressing enough as it is, the fact that we get a heartwarming moment from Kenji and not a funny one just turns the whole scene into a major Tearjerker.
Kenji: If you ever want to talk about it, I'm, you know, here.
Hisao: Thanks, Kenji.
Kenji: Hey, it's cool. That's what friends are for, right?
- And of course, the good ending. After a truly depressing series of scenes (see the TearJerker page), Hisao is alone in the hospital as an aftermath of the Race for Your Love scene. He is emotionally ruined, believing that it was All for Nothing and he will never see Lilly ever again... Then he hears the music box...
- This of course leads into the most heartwarming scene of the entire path, specifically in the final lines of narration. So much HNNNG.
Our pasts may be scattered and at times overshadowed by sadness, but they're also an irrevocable part of our lives and personalities. Even if I could change a single thing, I wouldn't, because my past is what led me here. That's why, even with all that's happened to us before, and all that may well befall us... together, we'll keep walking forwards. Forwards... towards the future. Our future.
- From the same scene, Akira casually letting them know that she's back with her boyfriend, and even gotten him a passport to come with her to Scotland. Seeing what happened between Lilly and Hisao at the airport most likely made her realize that breaking up with him was not what she really wanted, just like Lilly didn't really want to move to Scotland. Even though Akira leaving for good is the most bittersweet part of the ending, it's nice to know that she won't really be alone.
- During Shizune's Act 1 ending, "Throwing Balls", Hisao is generally feeling depressed after a bout of fatigue brought about by his heart condition. He finds himself talking to Shizune, who being deaf cannot hear him (Misha had fallen asleep) but manages to get a good idea of his emotional state anyway. Not willing to allow Hisao to wallow in self pity, Shizune simply stretches out her arms to implore Hisao to look at the beautiful scene of the Festival around them and the moment snaps Hisao out of it. This results in the only Act 1 ending where Hisao admits to falling in love with the Heroine in question.
- "Just a little bit."
- At the start of Act 2 Shizune and Hisao converse by writing notes, he asks if the fact they went to all the stalls he had built at the festival was another of her games. She tells him it wasn't and she actually did it because she could tell he was depressed,
- Also add Hisao asking Shizune to be his girlfriend at Tanabata in the end of Act 2.
- Shizune, Misha and Hisao's scene together at the end of Act 3 if you are not a two timing monster
- The part where Hisao shows Misha around the school, telling her about the time he spent with her and Shizune, and urging her not to push Shizune away, like he did with his old friends and Iwanako. It's one of the best demonstrations of his Character Development throughout a route.
- Shizune's and Hisao's conversation on the Roof late in Act 4 of her Good Ending where Shizune thanks Hisao for bringing Misha back to her old self. She also talks about proud she is of how she was able to cheer up Hisao from when he first came to Yamaku and how that gave her hope and that "was why I like you."
- Shizune, in the next to last scene of the Good Ending path of her route, is explaining to Hisao that all that she ever really wanted was to have other people open up to her, something that her deafness made extremely difficult, that part of the reason why she joined the Student Council, and why she was pushing for it to do so much, was because she figured that that best way she could do that was do things that made others happy and involved. It is there that she realizes that all this time, Misha has always been there for her opening up to her and that she lost sight of her original goal. She then vows to be a better friend to her from now on.
- "Infinity" Shizune's good ending: With Shizune, Hisao, and Misha taking a picture with a musketeer pose while vowing to one day see each other again.
- Minor example, but there's something really sweet about hearing Kenji talk about his ex-girlfriend, and actually speak fondly of her, rather than going off an anti-feminist rant. Moreso when he admits...
Kenji: "I miss her..."