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I believe that is exactly the problem. This game is about the disabled girls. I really appreciate the fact that they didn't make the girls look like helpless people because of their disabilities but they didn't even use it and like I said before, just became a normal trait. If the other routes are similar to Emi's in this aspect, then they just made a romance VN with heroines and their tragic pasts. Then we arrive at the same problem. All they did was get closure on the events that happened a few years ago, which didn't really leave much of an impression.

 

Ahh, well, fortunately they're not all going to be about getting closure on some incident in the past. Each route has a pretty unique conflict, so, that's just Emi.

 

So, it's just a romance VN. If anything, I think the disabilities are typically used to show off how little that has to do with their issues, and to show off how capable each of the heroines is. Emi has no legs? Doesn't care; she's a track star. Shizune is deaf? Still the most outspoken, outgoing person around. And so on.

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My take on Katawa Shoujo is that it's... fine. Some routes are definitely better than others - Emi's was right in the middle, for me (I enjoyed Lilly and Hanako more, Rin and Shizune less).

Rin's route is actually amazing, but it's weird and was made for a specific type of reader. To others it's probably just boring and strange.

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Still working my way through the common route of Hoshimemo, a scene or two at a time.

Impressions so far: Chinami best girl, I really like Asuho's voice acting, and overall I'm finding it more enjoyable and funny than I thought I would.

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About the spacing out of good VNs with lesser ones, I had thought about doing that but I feel like reading lesser quality visual novels will just make me want to read less in general. I've had that problem in the past with other VNs where it would get extremely boring etc and then I'd just stop for months. I'd rather read good stuff while I'm in the mood rather than waste it on poor quality stuff.

Yeah, that's a good point. I have yet to try it out properly myself, but I might end up that way too.

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Still working my way through the common route of Hoshimemo, a scene or two at a time.

Impressions so far: Chinami best girl, I really like Asuho's voice acting, and overall I'm finding it more enjoyable and funny than I thought I would.

Well you have not met best girl yet!

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nohman, I might be too late, but I worked out a good savestate to easily access the three default routes: Trigger every flag until you reach a certain choice and save there

 

(Choice spoilars ahead) That means you go

[Cover up for her] -> [Tell her] -> [Thank her] -> [welcome her]

 

That leaves you with

1,5 flags for Asuho

2 flags for Isuzu

1 flag for Komomo

 

The choice you make a save, is [Grab on] / [i can't].

 

- > If you choose [Grab on], you will enter Asuho's route.

- > If you don't grab on and choose [Give it a shot] later, you will enter Komomo's route, because she wins automatically of tied against Isuzu.

- > If you don't grab on and don't give it a shot later, you will enter Isuzu's route.

 

This might sound unnecessary at first, but trust me, it's worth making this savestate. Skipping through the common route takes 10 minutes in real time and you have to stop skipping manually, because the function is bugged.

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Rin's route is actually amazing, but it's weird and was made for a specific type of reader. To others it's probably just boring and strange.

 

 

Can confirm I found Rin's route both boring and strange. But, yes, I agree that that route seemed like it could be appealing depending on what you're looking for in a VN - I just wasn't looking for that, so it didn't do much for me.

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This might sound unnecessary at first, but trust me, it's worth making this savestate. Skipping through the common route takes 10 minutes in real time and you have to stop skipping manually, because the function is bugged.

It wasn't bugged for me...no idea what I did, but it stopped when I got to unread text.

 

I suppose you mean the secret heroine, then?

And no, Komomo is best girl.  I actually thought the secret heroine and her route were rather boring.  Didn't leave much of an impact on me at all.  Now, Komomo and Asuho's routes, though, those were amazing.

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It wasn't bugged for me...no idea what I did, but it stopped when I got to unread text.

For most people, the skip unread option only works in the common route. If you continue to skip after the common route ends, the game will automatically skip through the heroine routes, as if you read them already.

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And no, Komomo is best girl.  I actually thought the secret heroine and her route were rather boring.  Didn't leave much of an impact on me at all.  Now, Komomo and Asuho's routes, though, those were amazing.

 

It's funny how much these things differ, I've had two different people either call Asuho's route the worst route or Komono's the worst. I try to not develop any expectations about routes since opinions on them are usually so over the place. I will say this though...so far Chinami best girl.

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Oooooh.  Yeah, I didn't skip any of the routes besides Isuzu's route, and that was because I hate her.  That makes sense now.  Thanks for clarifying ^_^

 

It's funny how much these things differ, I've had two different people either call Asuho's route the worst route or Komono's the worst. I try to not develop any expectations about routes since opinions on them are usually so over the place. I will say this though...so far Chinami best girl.

Whoops, I meant to say Kosame instead of Asuho  Dx  Hoshimemo was one of my first VNs, so it's hard to remember all of the characters.  Asuho's route was still pretty solid, in my opinion, if a little exaggerated.  My personal rankings of the routes is this: Komomo > Kosame > Asuho > Chinami > Secret heroine > Mare.  I'm not including Isuzu because I hate her and I skipped her route entirely.

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Chinami best girl.

This is probably the most provocative thing I've ever read about Hoshimemo. I love Chinami, but almost everyone seems to hate her, because she's is too realistic. 

 

Don't know why. I assume people don't want realistic little sisters in their porn games. They want them to be quiet and non-intrusive.

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This is probably the most provocative thing I've ever read about Hoshimemo. I love Chinami, but almost everyone seems to hate her, because she's is too realistic. 

 

I think she's a hoot. The comedy routine between her and You is the highlight of my reading experience so far.

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Dude, my older sister annoys the hell out of me.  Siblings in general seem to be pretty annoying unless there's a large age difference, and then the Age Awe Factor kicks in (older sibling is automatically cool and the younger sibling idolizes them).

 

I found Chinami hilarious up until I'd heard every joke involving her 5 times over.  Then the novelty wore off and she started annoying me.

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Dude, my older sister annoys the hell out of me.  Siblings in general seem to be pretty annoying unless there's a large age difference, and then the Age Awe Factor kicks in (older sibling is automatically cool and the younger sibling idolizes them).

 

I found Chinami hilarious up until I'd heard every joke involving her 5 times over.  Then the novelty wore off and she started annoying me.

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