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  • Approval of God: RAITA appreciates all of the team's work in developing the VN.
  • Ascended Fanon:
    • Aura actually said "Sure, why not" in response to the question of whether Yamaku's mascot was a fish.
    • When cpl_crud was told the theory that Shizune doesn't actually need glasses, and just wears them to feel important, his reaction was tantamount to this.
  • California Doubling: Most of the backgrounds for Yamaku High are actually pictures of the Brown University campus (located in Rhode Island). Additionally, in an instance of actual California Doubling, the kitchen from the Ibarazaki house appears to be of a not especially uncommon design in the San Francisco bay area.
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  • Defictionalization: The origins of the game itself.
  • Demand Overload: Katawa Shoujo's download server went down within seconds of release. Fortunately, the developers thought ahead and prepared torrent files.
  • Doing It for the Art: One look at this blog post should tell you everything you need to know.
  • Fan Nickname: Kenji Potter for Kenji. The reason should be obvious.
  • Fan Translation: The game has been fantranslated into Russian, with a translation into Ukrainian also in progress.
  • Jossed: Word of God says that Molly is not a Katawa Shoujo character and her appearance was merely a cameo.
  • Name's the Same: This game doesn't have the first overly energetic, pink-haired Misha.
  • No Budget: The dev team created Katawa Shoujo for free, in their spare time. They also refused donations, instead encouraging people to donate to a charity.
    Crud: Money would kill us.
  • No Export for You: Oddly enough, this time it's Japan that doesn't get it, as only the demo has been translated into Japanese. Also counts for most other countries, as other than English (the language the game was written in) it's only available in French and Spanish (along with Russian, as noted above).
    • Averted for Japan as of 2015. The team released a Japanese translation on April 1st, with a hard copy distributed on May 5th at Comita 112.
  • Promoted Fanboy/girl: Many developers started as fans of the project.
  • Saved from Development Hell: The project, until its 4th January 2012 release, was in development for 5 years, a period of time landmarked by at least one almost-total restart, several script re-writes, members of 4LS leaving/shown the door for one reason or another and a few art revisions. It also was very close to death within the first few months of its conception, resulting in the aforesaid restart.
    • Of the 21 or so developers at the end, only three were there from start to finish.
  • Shrug of God: They are Teasing Creators after all. They even say some Blatant Lies to troll.
  • Teasing Creators: The devs, especially in regard to Word of God.
    delta: We've also been known to troll, lie, change our mind, and make stuff up on the spot, so good luck with that.
  • Troubled Production: Inevitable for such an ambitious fan-made project. Having to coordinate multiple programmers, artists, and 5 writers (one for each route), many of whom were working on the game only as a hobby and didn't even live in the same country contributed to numerous delays in development. There were also many internal conflicts within the team, leading to high turnover rates among the staff.
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  • Urban Legend of Zelda: There's still people convinced that at one point the developers made routes for Misha and other girls, and remains of these scrapped paths can be found in the code of the game or can be accessed through some strange means. The devs never intended any other girl besides the main five to be dateable.
  • What Could Have Been: Has its own page.
  • Currently provides the page image for You Are Not Alone.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Katawa Shoujo Wiki.


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