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Katawa Shoujo: Rin Tezuka by EduardoGaray Katawa Shoujo: Rin Tezuka by EduardoGaray
What to say about Katawa Shoujo, a game/visual novel about dating disabled girls? i raised an eyebrown at first, but started playing it because some people said it was awesome. 

So i started playing, got into Rin Tezuka route (an artist girl without arms, how awesome is that?)  and, oh boy, that was an experience. 
A touching, sad,  yet beautiful tale about restoration and hope and to find oneself and to find peace. (Thats my interpretation at least!)

It was heart wrenching but just the ending (the good ending) made all the tears and sadness worthy.
I dont remember being so emotionally attached to a videogame since Xenogears or Metal gear solid 3. 




 


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:iconcharlesjp7:
CharlesJp7 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 11, 2014  New member
Ohh man! This is a masterpiece! Really captures the essential feel of Rin's route! Directly to my favs! Thanks for you art!
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EduardoGaray Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
many thanks! :) i'm glad you like it. 
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kusanagisan Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
An amazing piece of art that really captures the essence of her route.

KS has destroyed many a man, myself included.
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EduardoGaray Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
thanks! :D i'm glad you like it, it was really fun and satisfying working on this piece back then, i really wanted to capture all the feels i had during her route. xD
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kusanagisan Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
If you ever open up for commissions, I'm definitely interested. Still blown away by this piece.
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EduardoGaray Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
commissions are open :) send me a note and we will talk about it. 
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pseudoduck Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Rin is best girl. I love this.
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EduardoGaray Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
yeah she is! thanks a lot! 
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DemonMustang Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
Aw, but why would you draw her crying? I really felt a connection with her character pretty early on. She talks about how she feels like she's always drowning, I just imagine that she wants to be accepted and to be able to communicate, but just don't know how, and it's like she feels like she's drowning even though she wants to swim to the surface and just don't know how. This self-realization of her situation made her path really heart-wrenching for me, and just the scene of her sleeping on the desk and tears start coming out really got to me. It's like even though she might not consciously know (or maybe she does) why she's crying, subconsciously she knows she should be crying...

I really wish they would make a full-length animated movie about her route, maybe since we are in a community of artists, if we can find some fans who are also animators, and we can get some of the original writers from KS and musicians onboard, this could easily raise enough money on kickstarter to be made... To pay the artists, writers, musicians, voice actors, and to rent space so the animators could work full time... I think that would be awesome. Although I would definitely change a few things, like for one, Hisao tells Rin he loves her too at the end, dammit... >:-0
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EduardoGaray Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
haha i wanted to represent that moment when she finally let it out all the despair and asks whats wrong with her. 
I still plan to do a new one with her smiling like in the end of the good ending. 
And Hisao was a jerk till the very end uh? xD
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DemonMustang Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
My heart really sank whenever she seems to recognize that there's something "wrong" with her. It's better when someone is kind of crazy but doesn't realize it, but she knows and wants to be "better" and knowing that she felt that way really broke my heart. And Hisao pissed me off a lot through this route. I totally would have handled those situations differently... But I've always been really good at listening and being empathetic so I can see things from their point of view before I get mad at someone for doing or saying something that might not meet my standards for what should have been said or done. I guess I could be empathetic toward Hisao too since he had his own problems to worry about, but still, he did piss me off... lol

And I am REALLY looking forward to seeing any of your future work, especially if you are going to do a happy Rin. :-)
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EduardoGaray Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
ah yes, Hisao is always a jerk, like in every route haha but he has his own problems so i cant really blame him too much. 
Definitely, this wont be my last KS fanart. :)
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DemonMustang Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Cool, while KS is just a dating sim, it's actually much more than that to me. The characters are so well written, everyone has some special moments. And even though Rin is definitely my favorite path, I can't say any bad things about any of the rest. Shizune might seem kind of manipulative and mean, but she does realize it at the end and promises to change for the better. And even in the beginning, the scene of her showing Hisao the night sky and the fireworks was such a beautiful scene given how serious she normally is. Seeing her open her arms out with a big smile on her face, priceless... Misha, I love Misha, she might be loud and annoying, but she's definitely very kind-hearted and wants to cheer everyone up. And when she finds out there are problems between Rin and Hisao, she turns serious to make sure he goes to talk to her about it, shows she isn't completely oblivious and cares that things get sorted out with her friends. But through all of this bubbliness and happy persona, when she reveals that she wishes she just didn't exist, it shows that she's hiding some deep depression behind those smiles and laughs, and my heart really sank at that moment... Even after Shizune's good ending, it doesn't look like her and Hisao has anything long-term. So in my mind I like to think that since she has a new found respect for Misha and how she now realizes she's been taking her for granted, that maybe she might actually get with her in the future. Which solves both of their problems, and it makes me happy thinking that could be a possibility. Lilly is just a very sweet girl that cares for others. She's basically been taking care of Hanako, which makes me really like her character. Hanako obviously has a very tragic back story, and the torment and bullying she endured afterward made it worse for her. So the little moments in the story like when she looks genuinely happy with her birthday gifts really made me smile. Seeing her hug her gifts with a big smile, and her hugging Lilly, sooo sweet... So it was nice to see her end where she shares a kiss with Hisao in the open without a care of what others think for once. And even Emi, she acts so lively and cheery like Misha, so when that scene came where she started crying in her sleep and screamed out "Daddy!" Again, my heart just fell to the floor. I don't know, I'm kind of weird, I'm a guy, but I really care for these sweet moments in stories. But mainly, when an otherwise "strong" woman, breaks down, that REALLY gets to me. Hanako was never really portrayed as a "strong" woman, she just seemed fragile from the beginning. I think that's why she didn't really affect me as much as it did some others. It was already expected. But when Misha breaks, or Emi breaks, or Rin breaks, that just kills me, because for the rest of the story, they seem so strong and positive (well, not Rin, she just seems stoic) so it's hard to see someone you expect to be laughing and smiling to all of a sudden be a complete mess.

I mean, the writers for this story did a phenomenal job. Somehow I really cared for every character. Well, except maybe Kenji, he was just annoying... And the art teacher made my blood boil when he yelled at poor Rin... But the nurse, science teacher, and librarian, are all great characters too. And yes, Hisao pissed me off in a lot of the paths, but he REALLY pissed me off several times in Rin's path. Ugh... lol
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Kyuuen Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
I think the restoration part is especially true, since - in order to get Rin's route, you are pretty much within one bad choice of getting the PICNIC ending.
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EduardoGaray Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
yeah its the hardest route to get into, since you have to give bad choices to all the other girls. 
That also add to the theme of recovering and going forward even when you are at your lowest i think. :)
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Kyuuen Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Can I share this on my Tumblr? I'll give proper credit of course, and link back here.
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EduardoGaray Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
sure thing! go ahead :)
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felipesakenda Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
it's amazing, no YOU'RE amazing!
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EduardoGaray Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
haha thanks a lot friend! :) 


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CobraArts Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this piece, amazing work you did here, and Rin is my favorite cuz as an artist I can feel for her.
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EduardoGaray Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Rin is amazing, i still havent played all the other routes and i already know she is my favourite, she is so perfect in her imperfection, if that makes any sense. 


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CobraArts Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It  makes sense, the other routes are nice too. But I made the effort to understand Rin's character because she reminds me of those tragic artists of the past.
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EduardoGaray Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
ah yeah, seeing her struggling to express herself was pretty tough to see.  (i'm even thinking she may had a certain level of autism, but i'm really ignorant on that matter so i dont know) 
I literally wanted to punch Hisao and that creepy art teacher more than once. xD


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CobraArts Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah that stupid art teacher, and As for Hisao in everything path he acts like an asshole at least one.
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EduardoGaray Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
yeah, Hisao can be an asshole sometimes, even if you choose the right path.


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CobraArts Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah, gotta add conflict to the story
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Treasures-Of-Wisdom Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
THAT IS SPECTACULAR!
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EduardoGaray Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
thanks! :)
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REY-HAN Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014   General Artist
Wow! Great vision, emotion & execution. :frail: Very well done :frail:
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:iconeduardogaray:
EduardoGaray Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
thank you! :D

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HerbertW Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
Your pictures gotten a hugely positive reaction on Facebook and the KS forum, so well done. A lot of pople are hoping you'll do the other girls as well.
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EduardoGaray Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
thanks! really? thats awesome! i had no idea this picture made it to the ks forum, i'm also planning to do the other girls, Misha included,  currently painting Emi. 
I think i will take a look over the forums now, i would like to see it myself what people think about this picture. 


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Zailen1 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
I am INCREDIBLY happy to hear you will be doing all the girls! I wont hint to who I really want to see. *cough* Shizune! *cough* But I love this one, and I cannot wait to see your work in the future!
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EduardoGaray Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
thanks a lot! :) i'm glad you think like that, also i'm reading Shizune's route now, and will paint each girl after i finish her respective route, so expect Shizune very soon. 

 
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Zailen1 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Awesome news! Good Luck! Also, im obligated by the valiant Shizune Alliance group to ask...Do you have any plans of doing Jigoro and the old man from the antique shop? Also insert other completely obscure reference to a side character here. xD PS. They also love your work. xD
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EduardoGaray Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
haha i still dont know how those characters are i'm still on the beginning of the route, but i planned to paint kenji at some point xD


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Zailen1 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
Ahhhhhh! You will have a glorious adventure ahead of you. Rin and Shizune were my favorite! BUT I will warn you. Shizune is a very...You either hate it or love that one. I loved it. Lets see how you do!
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EduardoGaray Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
Thats for sure :)


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HerbertW Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
Thats great news! Hoping you'll do Hanako at some point, even though with your style I'm not sure my heart will be able to handle the cuteness. :)

Keep up the great work!
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EduardoGaray Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
haha thanks again! yup, the order will probably be Emi, Shizune, Hanako, Lilly and Misha (am i forgetting Kenji? lol) Looking forward to read Hanako's route seeing how popular she is. 



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C-HEY Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
You sir, have reduced me to tears. I love this image. never stop drawing, you have a natural talent for it
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EduardoGaray Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Thank you so much for the kind words friend, it really means a lot. 

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MrRakky Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautifully sad, sad picture. Rins path was my favourite.
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EduardoGaray Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
thank you! i still havent played all the other routes, but i'm not sure if the other girls routes will be as nearly as good as Rin. 
I guess i ended up too attached to her to follow the other paths anytime soon. 


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MrRakky Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Even tho you should finish the other routes. Who knows? I mean, i prefer Rins, but the others trail close behind. Funny enough, i think i can't really rate some higher than others, but more equal.
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EduardoGaray Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
yeah, i already have a save with Shizune route just starting so i guess i will go for that one first, even if i've heard that she is the less interesting of the girls. 


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MrRakky Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Personal preference for everyone imo.
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EduardoGaray Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
i guess so, i will wait till i play every route before judging :)


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Luja234 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
This is really great. There's a lot of pain in that expression which is pretty tough to see. I can't help but think back to that line about it being the worst thing in the world to make a girl cry, especially a girl like Rin. 

Did you try out any of the other routes on KS? 
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EduardoGaray Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
thanks! yeah i remember that line, this was more inspired by that moment of despair when you see her in her studio, completely broken. And the MC realizes how wrong he was about her. 
So far i only completed Emi and Rin routes, Emi was interesting not nearly as good as Rin, so i wonder if the other routes will be as nearly as good as Rin.

 
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