You were not the type to have many friends. As a matter of fact, everyone labeled you as the weird kid and you were bullied for being so odd. When Casey Becker is murdered a lot of students have their eyes on you but you know you didn’t do it…no matter how much you secretly wish you had.
One line in Katawa Shoujo really summed it up for me - when the protagonist is in the library, amused at how Yuuko is a clutz, and he reflects that people’s flaws are what we end up liking most about them. One of the wisest men I’ve ever known once told me that exact thing - that love is insanity, because we love people because of their flaws, not in spite of them. That one revelation did more to improve me as a writer than anything else, and it really strikes at one of the core truths of humanity. I’ve noticed that the maturity of a writer - or person - can often be quickly evaluated by whether or not they understand that basic truth. The Mai Pure Waifu fags really don’t get it, and that’s why they - and all the media they love - tends to be one long ode to the Mary Sue/Gary Stu. They don’t understand that people are more interesting and engaging if they’re flawed - because they just consider them to be flaws. Bad, terrible, no-good.
The other great bit of Katawa Shoujo was how the main character’s personality turned out different depending on which “route” he was on - in other words, his personality was always one suited to the girl he “chose.” All routes even used one single common moment - receiving a letter from his old crush, at his old school - to highlight that. Each iteration of the main character reacts quite differently - one reads it, but doesn’t respond, another struggles to write a response, and yet another doesn’t even fully read it; just skims it and tosses it aside with barely a shrug. I’ve seen autists rage at that, but I personally considered it a much more realistic and accurate way of writing the character. Who the main character is would naturally decide which girl he’d end up feeling affinity for - and the game leaves it fairly neutral (via having the character walk through the Universal Awkward First-Day-At-The-New-School-Responses) till the player chooses who he is. Choosing a “girl” and choosing the character’s personality go hand-in-hand.
And the writing - especially in certain routes - is fucking good. One of the other lessons I count as fundamental in my transition from boy to man was learning that you cannot take responsibility for other people’s happiness; something that both Emi and Hanako’s routes touched on, (though it really defined Emi’s route.) ‘And Hanako’s route, of course, really, really took the White Knight thing out behind the fucking woodshed and separated the wheat from the goddamn chaff. It doesn’t shit on the chivalrous, either - it does give people a brutal education in what separates an honest-to-god good guy from an internet-autistic White Knight.
This shit would be amazing enough considering that fucking 4chan produced it as a collaborative product - it’s not the kind of maturity you expect from 4chan, of any stripe - but moreover, it was written as a reply to 4chan and the misunderstandings and maladustments common to /r9reee/ et al. Pretty good shit.
I never did Satori’s route tho because it looked way too deep and boring. Full disclosure, there.
Yuuko is hands-down the best fucking girl, and she should have had her own route because goddamn <3
Stu: Can I tell Isaac that he doesn’t need any makeup because he’s actually pretty good looking but then again, I really like it when he wears makeup because… I dunno… It feels like it’s showing off his artistic side. Me: Sure. Go right ahead. If that’s how you feel, do it. Stu: How I… feel? Me: Yeah. How you feel about Isaac wearing make-up. Stu: I DON’T HAVE FEELINGS FOR HIM!!! Me: ………. Son.. That’s not what I meant and you know it. Stop being such a drama queen. Stu: YOU’RE a drama queen! Me: Seriously? A grade schooler comeback? You always brag about how you’re oh so smart and that’s how you try to hurt me? Stu: I guess you won’t be needing a grade schooler to help you with the remaining replies then!
Since Stuart stomped off, sounding like a whale and slamming the door shut behind him… I think there won’t be any more replies for today. I apologise.