Like I mentioned above, this concept of connecting with others - letting them understand you and you striving to understand them - is really what I think Katawa Shoujo is all about, and what makes it really something aimed towards this internet hive-mind. Have you seen all those reaction images online cut from 4chan, with these people being brought to tears and saying their lives have been changed and all that? Every route, every form of distance between people depicted in the game, is something that I think almost everyone can understand in some way.
Weíre all people. Everyone suffers one way or another, and in some ways the veil of anonymity the internet provides has made it worse than ever before, making it harder to receive support from others. Katawa Shoujo is relatable on a level that most media simply isnít, especially to those who spend their time on the internet talking to strangers, making sure not to get too close to anyone. It shows us that itís okay to trust others, to let them into our world. Not just okay, in fact Ė itís vital to being a human, I think.
And it gives us this lesson by showing us people with disabilities, with clear physical and mental gaps between them and others, ones that so many canít simply look past to see the real person behind them - and by having us connect with them like with anyone else. That it isn't impossible, that's it's something we should strive for.