I saw a bunch of people posting on FJ about Katawa Shoujo. I thought to myself "No way all these feels can be in one game". Never have I been so wrong in my life…
A little bit of a backstory. I was in a year long relationship with the love of my life, I would do anything for her. She ended up cheating on me, and leaving me for someone else. At that time I lost all hope for love… Then came Katawa.
I ended up getting Emi on my first run through… I ended up getting her bad ending. Frustrated I decided to take Misha's advice, and was able to see Hisao's speech to Emi that broke my heart. I then played through Lily right after and believed that somewhere a beautiful relationship was possible. Then comes Hanako, I cried tears that I have not shed in years during her good ending. Shizune showed me the kindhearted spirit of competition that brings people together. Now before I continued onto Rin I was kind of sad about my order I ended up going with. Most people were saying that Lily or Hanako was the best way to end. So I started Rin's story kind of not expecting much. But the ending made all the things in the world seem right. "Whats the word for when it feels inside your heart that everything in the world is all right?" When those words came out of Rin's mouth I felt almost happy that my journey had ended. Everything in the world did feel all right.
I had a scar from my past relationship that I felt would never heal. Katawa Shoujo showed me that all scars heal. Regardless of what we have gone through there is still hope in this world. I now remember to close my eyes and see the beauty of the world without seeing, remembering to compete with my hearts content, express myself through art that is in the moment, and sometimes the most important thing to protect is friendship. Before Katawa I had this hole in my heart that I felt would never be filled. Katawa Shoujo gave me 5 great stories, that filled my heart, and will last forever.