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* ArtsyBeret: Minor character Takeshi Maeda is a beret-wearing artist.


Contrary to what that synopsis would suggest, the game is much more thoughtful and mature than it initially lets on. The subject matter is handled very tastefully, with Hisao's newfound friends not only being complex and engaging, but also challenging the stereotypes associated with their disabilities. In broader terms, the game actively deconstructs the more implausible and unsavory cliches associated with the DatingSim genre. Special care is taken to defy the stock character archetypes that regularly crop in anime, instead portraying Hisao and his friends as flawed, impetuous young people with relatable fears and struggles. Instead of being shallow escapism, the end result is a well-written coming-of-age drama with self-acceptance as a central theme. "Katawa" [片輪] is actually a Japanese word meaning "imperfect" or literally, "one wheel" (not a polite word to use, it has about the same connotations as "crippled." See IntentionallyAwkwardTitle below). The concept is based entirely on a [[http://shimmie.katawa-shoujo.com/image/1.jpg single-page]] [[BonusMaterial omake]] by {{doujinshi}} artist RAITA (aka the character designer for ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles''). The page showed several young women with disabilities: blindness (Lilly), major burn scars and accompanying mental/emotional trauma (Hanako), deafness and muteness (Shizune), legs amputated below the knee (Emi) and missing arms (Rin). Website/FourChan instantly took to the concept and began developing the game in earnest, taking care to present the disabilities in a realistic and respectful way. The game takes place at the fictional Yamaku High School for disabled teenagers, and all the main characters have some sort of disability, including [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_QT_syndrome Long QT Syndrome]] (the hero, Hisao).

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Contrary to what that synopsis would suggest, the game is much more thoughtful and mature than it initially lets on. The subject matter is handled very tastefully, with Hisao's newfound friends not only being complex and engaging, but also challenging the stereotypes associated with their disabilities. In broader terms, the game actively deconstructs the more implausible and unsavory cliches associated with the DatingSim genre. Special care is taken to defy the stock character archetypes that regularly crop in anime, instead portraying Hisao and his friends as flawed, impetuous young people with relatable fears and struggles. Instead of being shallow escapism, the end result is a well-written coming-of-age drama with self-acceptance as a central theme. "Katawa" [片輪] is actually a Japanese word meaning "imperfect" or literally, "one wheel" (not a polite word to use, it has about the same connotations as "crippled." See IntentionallyAwkwardTitle below). The concept is based entirely on a [[http://shimmie.[[https://web.archive.org/web/20181206202207im_/http://shimmie.katawa-shoujo.com/image/1.jpg single-page]] [[BonusMaterial omake]] by {{doujinshi}} artist RAITA (aka the character designer for ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles''). The page showed several young women with disabilities: blindness (Lilly), major burn scars and accompanying mental/emotional trauma (Hanako), deafness and muteness (Shizune), legs amputated below the knee (Emi) and missing arms (Rin). Website/FourChan instantly took to the concept and began developing the game in earnest, taking care to present the disabilities in a realistic and respectful way. The game takes place at the fictional Yamaku High School for disabled teenagers, and all the main characters have some sort of disability, including [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_QT_syndrome Long QT Syndrome]] (the hero, Hisao).



** The roots of the entire project are firmly embedded in doujin; the omake page the concept was derived from is from a ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' doujinshi called ''Schuppen Harnische''.

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** The roots of the entire project are firmly embedded in doujin; the omake page the concept was derived from is from a {{hentai}} ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' doujinshi called ''Schuppen Harnische''.



* InspiredBy: [[http://shimmie.katawa-shoujo.com/post/view/1 A sketch]].

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* InspiredBy: [[http://shimmie.[[https://web.archive.org/web/20181006200107/shimmie.katawa-shoujo.com/post/view/1 A sketch]].sketch]] by the {{doujin}} artist RAITA.



* MoeAnthropomorphism: A MemeticMutation example in [[http://shimmie.katawa-shoujo.com/post/view/2001 Timewarp-tan]], personification of a... screen-moving function.
** Misha, despite her haughty demeanor and obnoxious personality, [[spoiler: is made to look ''absolutely moe'' during her sex scene with Hisao]].

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* MoeAnthropomorphism: A MemeticMutation example in [[http://shimmie.[[https://web.archive.org/web/20180926205208/shimmie.katawa-shoujo.com/post/view/2001 Timewarp-tan]], personification of a... screen-moving function.
** Misha, despite her haughty demeanor and obnoxious personality, [[spoiler: is made to look ''absolutely moe'' during her sex scene with Hisao]].
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* SoProudOfYou: The KS devs finally got one of these from [[https://web.archive.org/web/20130424162443/http://www.geocities.jp/raita_z/ Raita himself]]

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* SoProudOfYou: The KS devs finally got one of these from [[https://web.archive.org/web/20130424162443/http://www.geocities.jp/raita_z/ Raita RAITA himself]]


Hisao Nakai, an ordinary young man living an ordinary life, has it turned upside down when a congenital heart defect forces him to attend a new school after a long stay in the hospital. Despite his initial feelings of alienation and difficulty fitting in, Hisao comes to befriend his new classmates while pursuing a romantic relationship with one of the five girls he has class with.

Contrary to what that synopsis would suggest, the game is much more thoughtful and mature than it initially lets on. The subject matter is handled very tastefully, with Hisao's newfound friends not only being complex and engaging, but also defying the stereotypes associated with their disabilities and character archetypes. In broader terms, the game actively deconstructs the more implausible and unsavory cliches associated with the DatingSim genre, taking special care to portray both Hisao and his prospective girlfriends as flawed, complicated individuals. Instead of being shallow escapism, the end result is a well-written coming-of-age drama with self-acceptance as a central theme. "Katawa" [片輪] is actually a Japanese word meaning "imperfect" or literally, "one wheel" (not a polite word to use, it has about the same connotations as "crippled." See IntentionallyAwkwardTitle below). The concept is based entirely on a [[http://shimmie.katawa-shoujo.com/image/1.jpg single-page]] [[BonusMaterial omake]] by {{doujinshi}} artist RAITA (aka the character designer for ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles''). The page showed several young women with disabilities: blindness (Lilly), major burn scars and accompanying mental/emotional trauma (Hanako), deafness and muteness (Shizune), legs amputated below the knee (Emi) and missing arms (Rin). Website/FourChan instantly took to the concept and began developing the game in earnest, taking care to present the disabilities in a realistic and respectful way. The game takes place at the fictional Yamaku High School for disabled teenagers, and all the main characters have some sort of disability, including [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_QT_syndrome Long QT Syndrome]] (the hero, Hisao).

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Hisao Nakai, an ordinary young man teenager living an ordinary life, has it turned upside down when a congenital heart defect forces him to attend a new school after a long stay in the hospital. Despite his initial feelings of alienation and difficulty fitting in, Hisao comes to befriend his new classmates while pursuing a romantic relationship with one of the five girls he has class with.

Contrary to what that synopsis would suggest, the game is much more thoughtful and mature than it initially lets on. The subject matter is handled very tastefully, with Hisao's newfound friends not only being complex and engaging, but also defying challenging the stereotypes associated with their disabilities and character archetypes. disabilities. In broader terms, the game actively deconstructs the more implausible and unsavory cliches associated with the DatingSim genre, taking special genre. Special care is taken to portray both defy the stock character archetypes that regularly crop in anime, instead portraying Hisao and his prospective girlfriends friends as flawed, complicated individuals.impetuous young people with relatable fears and struggles. Instead of being shallow escapism, the end result is a well-written coming-of-age drama with self-acceptance as a central theme. "Katawa" [片輪] is actually a Japanese word meaning "imperfect" or literally, "one wheel" (not a polite word to use, it has about the same connotations as "crippled." See IntentionallyAwkwardTitle below). The concept is based entirely on a [[http://shimmie.katawa-shoujo.com/image/1.jpg single-page]] [[BonusMaterial omake]] by {{doujinshi}} artist RAITA (aka the character designer for ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles''). The page showed several young women with disabilities: blindness (Lilly), major burn scars and accompanying mental/emotional trauma (Hanako), deafness and muteness (Shizune), legs amputated below the knee (Emi) and missing arms (Rin). Website/FourChan instantly took to the concept and began developing the game in earnest, taking care to present the disabilities in a realistic and respectful way. The game takes place at the fictional Yamaku High School for disabled teenagers, and all the main characters have some sort of disability, including [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_QT_syndrome Long QT Syndrome]] (the hero, Hisao).


''Katawa Shoujo'' (''かたわ少女'', translated as "Cripple Girls") is an English-language [[RomanceGame Bishoujo Game]] VisualNovel developed by 4 Leaf Studios using the UsefulNotes/RenPy engine. It's also an [[HGame eroge]], though there is an option to disable '''some''' adult content.

Hisao Nakai, a normal boy living a normal life, has it turned upside down when a congenital heart defect forces him to move to a new school after a long hospitalization. Despite his difficulties, Hisao is able to find friends - and perhaps love, if he plays his cards right.

Despite the premise, the entire subject is handled very tastefully and the characters manage to break free not only from any stereotypes associated with their disabilities, but also from many of the typical DatingSim cliches, resulting in a surprisingly well-written (and often emotional) tale. "Katawa" [片輪] is actually a Japanese word meaning "imperfect" or literally, "one wheel" (not a polite word to use, it has about the same connotations as "crippled." See IntentionallyAwkwardTitle below). The concept is based entirely on a [[http://shimmie.katawa-shoujo.com/image/1.jpg single-page]] [[BonusMaterial omake]] by {{doujinshi}} artist RAITA (aka the character designer for ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles''). The page showed several girls with disabilities: blindness (Lilly), major burn scars and accompanying mental/emotional trauma (Hanako), deafness and muteness (Shizune), legs amputated below the knee (Emi) and missing arms (Rin). Website/FourChan instantly took to the concept and began developing the game in earnest, taking care to present the disabilities in a realistic and respectful way. The game takes place at the fictional Yamaku High School for disabled children, and all the main characters have some sort of disability, including [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_QT_syndrome Long QT Syndrome]] (the hero, Hisao).

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''Katawa Shoujo'' (''かたわ少女'', translated as "Cripple Girls") is an English-language [[RomanceGame Bishoujo Game]] VisualNovel developed by 4 Leaf Studios using the UsefulNotes/RenPy engine. It's also an [[HGame eroge]], though there the explicit content is an option to disable '''some''' adult content.

a small part of the overall game and can be disabled if the player so chooses.

Hisao Nakai, a normal boy an ordinary young man living a normal an ordinary life, has it turned upside down when a congenital heart defect forces him to move to attend a new school after a long hospitalization. stay in the hospital. Despite his difficulties, initial feelings of alienation and difficulty fitting in, Hisao comes to befriend his new classmates while pursuing a romantic relationship with one of the five girls he has class with.

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* ArtReflectsPersonality: Rin struggles with expressing herself, and tries to do so through her art. It's abstract and strange, though, and to her disappointment nobody really ever manages to understand her through it the way she wants.


** Hanako, the FragileFlower [[spoiler:who resents (or, in the case of her bad end, outright despises) her would-be protectors and caretakers, thinking that they don't really love her so much as they love pitying her so that they can feel better about themselves]].

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** Hanako, the FragileFlower ShrinkingViolet [[spoiler:who resents (or, in the case of her bad end, outright despises) her would-be protectors and caretakers, thinking that they don't really love her so much as they love pitying her so that they can feel better about themselves]].



* DeclarationOfProtection: Seemingly played straight with Hanako, but actually a {{Deconstruction}}: [[spoiler:Because everyone tries to protect her, she's internalized the idea that she's useless. Getting her GoodEnding requires Hisao to stop treating her as a FragileFlower]].

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* DeclarationOfProtection: Seemingly played straight with Hanako, but actually a {{Deconstruction}}: [[spoiler:Because everyone tries to protect her, she's internalized the idea that she's useless. Getting her GoodEnding requires Hisao to stop treating her as a FragileFlower]].fragile flower]].


Also worth noting are ''VisualNovel/MissingStars'' and the now-shelved ''[[http://www.love-despite.com/ Love Despite]]'', [[VisualNovel Visual Novels]] set in a school for students with physical/mental disorders being developed by fans of KS as [[SpiritualSuccessor Spiritual Successors]].

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Also worth noting are ''VisualNovel/MissingStars'' and the now-shelved ''[[http://www.''[[https://web.archive.org/web/20150927013319/http://blog.love-despite.com/ Love Despite]]'', [[VisualNovel Visual Novels]] set in a school for students with physical/mental disorders being developed by fans of KS as [[SpiritualSuccessor Spiritual Successors]].

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* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: "Crescendo" in Lilly's route. After Hisao [[spoiler: has a heart flutter [[WhatanIdiot because he forgot to take his medication in the excitement of their holiday]], she tells him that she loves him in a rapid-fire way and begs him never to leave her. He calls her an [[InsultOfEndearment idiot]] for worrying about him and [[Heartwarming/KatawaShoujo confesses his feelings for her too]].]]


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** Also [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in Hanako's Bad and Neutral endings. [[spoiler: In her bad ending, she screams "Nothing has changed, nothing at all!" at Hisao before telling him ([[PlayerPunch and the player]]) how much she hates him and Lilly. In her Neutral ending she tentatively asks "Everything's the same as before, isn't it?" to which Hisao agrees.]]


** During Hanako's route, [[spoiler:while they're playing pool, Hisao flat out says to Hanako that he wants to protect her. She seems impassive and gets back to the game, before sheepishly telling Hisao that she's here for him too. It's the first clue that Hisao's white knight tendencies might not be what's best for her]].

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** During Hanako's route, [[spoiler:while they're playing pool, Hisao flat out says to Hanako that he wants to protect her. She seems impassive and gets back to the game, before sheepishly telling Hisao that she's here for him too. It's the first clue that Hisao's white knight tendencies might not be what's best for her]].her.]]
** [[spoiler:In that same scene, Hisao gets distracted by Hanako's reaction to his DeclarationOfProtection and accidentally pockets the eight ball, which very subtly shows that Hisao focusing solely on Hanako's needs instead of addressing his own isn't good]].


* CantHoldHisLiquor
--> Hanako gets completely wasted on her and Lilly's routes on her birthday party, despite only having a few glasses of wine. Lilly is also affected, but not to the same extent. Justified in that they're both underage for drinking anyway.

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* CantHoldHisLiquor
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Hanako gets completely wasted on her and Lilly's routes on her birthday party, despite only having a few glasses of wine. Lilly is also affected, but not to the same extent. Justified in that they're both underage for drinking anyway.

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* CantHoldHisLiquor
--> Hanako gets completely wasted on her and Lilly's routes on her birthday party, despite only having a few glasses of wine. Lilly is also affected, but not to the same extent. Justified in that they're both underage for drinking anyway.

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* TwoPersonPoolParty: Barely averted. Hisao and Lilly fondle each other in the bath tub, but the actual sex happens on the floor next to the tub.


** Actually, [[spoiler: white knighting results in the [[MultipleEndings Neutral Ending]] for Hanako's route. Abandoning her in her moment of need (calling it a day instead of going into town with her after Lilly leaves for Scotland) is what gets you the [[MultipleEndings Bad Ending]]]].

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: For the good ending, Hisao and whichever girl whose route he's on are going to struggle and suffer, quite a bit in some cases, but in the end they are rewarded with having a happy, bright future together to look forward to.


* HidingYourHandicap: Hisao doesn't wear any sort of identifier that indicates his heart condition, and this option isn't even discussed in the game (which is kinda important if, ya know, his heart condition acts up outside of school). However, the trope is inverted since Hisao feels self-conscious for not having a visible disability.

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* HidingYourHandicap: HidingTheHandicap: Hisao doesn't wear any sort of identifier that indicates his heart condition, and this option isn't even discussed in the game (which is kinda important if, ya know, his heart condition acts up outside of school). However, the trope is inverted since Hisao feels self-conscious for not having a visible disability.

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