Katawa Shoujo is a bishoujo-style visual novel set in the fictional Yamaku High School for disabled children, located somewhere in modern Japan. Hisao Nakai, a normal boy living a normal life, has his life 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. There are five main paths corresponding to the 5 main female characters, each path following the storyline pertaining to that character. The story is told through the perspective of the main character, using a first person narrative. This game uses a traditional text and sprite-based visual novel model with an ADV text box. Katawa Shoujo is under development by an international team of amateur developers, and will be released free of charge under the Creative Commons BY-NC-ND License.

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11 comments by deltakurshiva on Jan 4th, 2012


After 5 years of development to the day, Katawa Shoujo is now complete.

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ATTENTION: The Linux version has a faulty and potentially dangerous launcher script. Until the full download can be replaced, please download Dl.katawa-shoujo.com and replace the one in the full download (Torrent here) with it.

The Internet, January 4th 2012 - Four Leaf Studios is proud to present the full release of Katawa Shoujo, free of charge. It's been five long years until this day, with a multinational group of twenty-one developers working on art, music, writing, programming, and direction, to say nothing of the innumerable contributors to the project both past and present, but it's finally here.

Katawa Shoujo is a visual novel set in the fictional Yamaku High School for disabled children, located in modern Japan. Hisao Nakai, a normal boy living a normal life, has his life 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. There are five main paths corresponding to the 5 main female characters, each path following the storyline pertaining to that character. The story is told through the perspective of the main character, using a first person narrative. The game uses a traditional text and sprite-based visual novel model with an ADV text box.

The story of Katawa Shoujo is a long one, spanning over a decade. In December of the year 2000, the doujin Schuppen Harnische was released by the artist RAITA of circle Zettai Shoujo. One of the pages in the extras section of the doujin contained a sketch imagining a game about disabilities set in a Japanese high school. If not for later events, that may well have been the end of it. With the sticky in 4chan's anime board in January of 2007, though, interest was suddenly sparked in the idea within, and the idea of creating this game came about. After months of brainstorming, but little progress, a core development team by the name of Four Leaf Studios was formed in April of the same year. With this, Katawa Shoujo was set on the path to its final creation.

Four Leaf Studios is a volunteer group of twenty-one developers from around the world, having come together for the sole purpose of developing Katawa Shoujo. Hailing from many different countries, backgrounds, and professions, Four Leaf Studios became committed to working towards Katawa Shoujo as an entirely free game, with no money involved in the project.

With that, the story of Four Leaf Studios is finished. As a single entity, we will not be producing another game. But even though our story has ended, you will now be able to experience a new story; the story that Four Leaf Studios existed to create.

We hope you enjoy Katawa Shoujo.

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I'd love to give this a 10, but I can't since I'm new...awesome game though :D

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drmaddog42 Jul 8 2013, 1:32am says:

999999999999999999999999999999/10

Best VN in existence

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BananaPancake-Chan Aug 22 2012, 6:20pm says:

11/10 Made me cry.

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TrIcKsTerAxEl Jul 4 2012, 1:50pm says:

This was the first eroge/vn i read XD

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kyle101
kyle101 May 30 2012, 11:29pm says:

i'm having trouble downloading this game to my Mac. i do have a desktop and for some reason it won't let me down load this game to it, if any body can help i will be much obliged. thank you and long live Katawa shoujo.

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Schnuffs
Schnuffs Jun 1 2012, 10:39pm replied:

Did you try using the direct download or the torrent?
I first tried the DD but even after fully downloading it it would tell me that it is corrupted or something like that I kinda forgot. But I used the torrent and used "FreeTorrentViewer" to download it and it worked like a charm. Thats really all I can to to help...and I hope it does because this is a wonderful little anime viewer game. Best I have ever played and I will keep it on my computer forever simply because its just that fun and I love the music in it. It made me feel something in me I haven't felt in years...joy.

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CAKE-sukatan~ Apr 2 2012, 9:49pm says:

I LOOOOVE THIS GAME X3X3X3

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Gameplay-wise, this is a pretty traditional Visual Novel (VN). While it has five main heroine routes, the history doesn't repeat too much, as the first act of the game conveniently changes with the choices you pick, and once you end on a girl's path, the game locks you on that path with a storyline set apart of the rest of the girls, except for a few shared events that are pretty welcome. The writing, the music, and the artwork of this game is exceptional for a free game, the only shortcut they…

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