Visual Novel Theatre: Katawa Shoujo


You know that thing I used to do where I would talk at length about visual novels? Yeah, we’re doing that again. Today, in our newly christened Visual Novel Theatre, we’re going to be reviewing Katawa Shoujo by Four Leaf Studios, one of the most famous visual novels floating around on the internet. Katawa Shoujo (trans. Cripple Girls) is an eroge… featuring women with various disabilities… that was put together by members of the infamous image board 4Chan. Really? And I’m going to be reviewing this, huh? And we’re expecting this to end well?

Luckily, Katawa Shoujo actually treats its subject matter with respect and maturity. I know, I was just as surprised as you. It seems that the miscreants within Anonymous can actually be decent every once in a while. The central theme of the game seems to be that people with disabilities are just like everyone else. Each of your prospective girls has their own disability, and they are a significant factor in their lives, but as presented, their disabilities are not the source of their problems. Each of the five women you can pursue seem to have already come to terms with their disadvantages and have learned to adjust to them.

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