katawa shoujo

You Got Your Castlevania In My Katawa Shoujo!

You Got Your Castlevania In My Katawa Shoujo!

Last January saw the release of Katawa Shoujo, a fan-made visual novel based around the idea of dating girls with physical disabilities. When I first heard the concept of the game and then heard it was being made by a group who met on 4chan, I was sure it would…

All You Need Is A Single Choice To Make A Novel Into A Game

All You Need Is A Single Choice To Make A Novel Into A Game

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been playing the American-made visual novel, Katawa Shoujo. Like the name of the genre implies, there is a heavy emphasis on the story to the point where you’re almost reading as much as you would with a print novel.

Unexpected Sincerity: Disabilities, Girls and Katawa Shoujo

Unexpected Sincerity: Disabilities, Girls and Katawa Shoujo

You might expect a project like Katawa Shoujo — a free, internationally developed eroge (Japanese visual novel with erotic themes) roughly about dating girls with disabilities — to be a crass, perverse, even exploitative piece of work. Perhaps that expectation would only be amplified after learning that the game originates…