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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Cremat0r
Cremat0r Aug 13 2010, 8:35am says:

I see something great coming here!

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Maxen1416
Maxen1416 Aug 11 2010, 7:19pm says:

I SEE PRETTY GIRLS!
DOWNLOADING.

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Kyou.
Kyou. Aug 23 2010, 9:23pm replied:

0.o Thats pretty random

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shadowblood2
shadowblood2 Aug 10 2010, 4:30am says:

sounds good to me. keep up the good work.

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Tsukuno
Tsukuno Aug 9 2010, 6:49pm says:

Downloading and Tracking.

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coldacid
coldacid Aug 8 2010, 2:34pm says:

shadowblood2: There will be no separate Act 2 release. Next release (barring further updates or translations for Act 1) will be the full VN.

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shadowblood2
shadowblood2 Aug 8 2010, 5:33am says:

so when does Act 2 come out? it is very fun i am still working on act 1 about 38%. the characters are nicely drawn and colored the and plot is well and script writing is well done. The background still need works because it needs more detail and gives me a sense of it blurring to early on the front of the school and cafeteria especially when there are no characters on the screen. Also the music does get slightly repetitive after awhile because sometimes the scene and text take awhile to read through it all. If team that made this does another visual-novel maybe have a Heroine/Female character for the main character or maybe switch back and forth between male and female for main characters. Also maybe add a Character naming feature for main character once you get more skilled. There are a lot of diffrent themes this one i find interesting because it is common to uncommon theme for this game with a school setting/medical issues. i know there is a word for this type of theme but i can't think of it. Also maybe in the future you can get people to voice characters on your team. Well i looked forward to your works.

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shadowblood2
shadowblood2 Aug 8 2010, 2:35am says:

Very interesting i think i have seen a anime or OVA type with somewhat of a similar setting. Well i will play the Act 1 v4 for windows and i will keep track of this and i will let you know if you need improvements any wear.

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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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