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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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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TheJP3372
TheJP3372 Sep 15 2011, 6:02am says:

This game, has made me turn into a Otaku XD I am now playing more games then ever and reading Visual Novels and manga! Mwahahahha!

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shadowblood2
shadowblood2 Apr 22 2011, 4:53am says:

I thought this game had died but it lives. it needs to be updated act least once a month so people don't think it died.

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Seiseki
Seiseki Nov 16 2010, 3:57am says:

Wow, after playing 10 minutes I'm seriously hooked on the story..

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nodmod
nodmod Aug 25 2010, 3:30am says:

Just finished all "6" paths of act 1.
But still one scene missing?

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Kyou.
Kyou. Aug 30 2010, 8:17am replied:

Eh im the same. LOl this game turned me into a anime fan over night. Now i have been reading Lots of Visual Novels :D

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Kyou.
Kyou. Aug 24 2010, 12:43am says:

Cool as man just finished act one :D

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xilefian
xilefian Aug 22 2010, 7:37pm says:

This is my first ever visual novel and the only reason I downloaded and played it was because of your setting and the inclusion of disabled characters and I'm now tracking for the next parts.

When starting out I thought voice acting would be better, but afterwards I realised that would be a mistake, the characters build a personality inside your own head and gain a voice that the reader decides, voice acting could ruin that for me.
The main character in particular, a voice for him would ruin it for me as to me he just seems like a spectator in the school, or a body that the audience takes to see the personalities and relations the other students have.

Or maybe I'm reading too much into this.

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nodmod
nodmod Aug 23 2010, 7:30am replied:

I just were about to write everything you wrote,kinda funny.
Looking forward to it

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Maxen1416
Maxen1416 Aug 18 2010, 8:02am says:

I WANT MOAR!!!!
MOAR KATATWA SHOUJO NAO!!!!11

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Shoelip
Shoelip Aug 14 2010, 8:02am says:

So it's a school for disabled kids... Physically disabled? I guess we know what's wrong with the main character and it seems one of the girls has either a serious skin condition, or serious burns all over the right side of her body... Wonder about the other students.

Also, first post by non-dev with no Japanese school girl avatar! I feel so normal right now!

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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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