I think this is an intriguing question. When I first read Katawa Shoujo, I was stunned by Rin being what I considered an amazingly weird and imaginative character. I figured only someone truly creative (or maybe even somewhat disturbed – no offense intended) could've come up with a character like her. Your diagnosis of her condition seems like a good approximation, but I'm tempted to say it goes beyond even that.Scribblenog wrote:Spoiler:Rin’s route of course made her that much more sypathetic although I’m not sure if she’s supposed to be autistic or if it’s some sort of personality disorder.
My mind was blown, however, when I read through a number of reviews (following my completion of the VN) and found 2 different writers stating how they could relate to Rin and how this was exactly how many real artists often felt. I'd been convinced that her personality couldn't be anything but a result of overblown (in a positive sense, mind you), inventive writing. This only goes to show just how mind-bogglingly different some human beings perceive themselves and the world around them.
The game's choices (talking about the common route, first and foremost) definitely vary in the extent to which they impact the storyline. Some of them are purely for flavor and only alter a couple of lines of text, while others can completely lock you out of an entire scene and switch you over to a different one – which in turn may open up new choices that you wouldn't have gotten otherwise.Scribblenog wrote:Playing through this time I got a bit curious about all the choices in the game and whether they actually made much of a difference. It’s possible I was imagining it, but things seemed to be happening in a slightly different order.
(source: me, the madman that I am, having played the game to 100% completion the first time around)
What I especially appreciate is that some choices may seem miniscule at first by affecting the immediately following dialog, after which the major events progress unaltered; but then, a couple of scenes down the line, Hisao suddenly remembers the situation in which he made that choice (and its immediate aftermath), altering his course of action.
By the by, I finished Hanako's route on Saturday. And I cried. Quite a bit. Her good ending is by far the strongest tearjerker in Katawa Shoujo for me. That reminds me – do you intend to go through all the bad endings, as well? Because both Rin and Hanako actually have a 'very bad' and a 'medium bad' ending which are entirely different from one another. Hanako's very bad ending may be one of the most impactful moments in the entire visual novel.