The wonderful things about games in general is that we're ALLOWED to over think things. Most of what we talk about has never been declared cannon/non-cannon by the writers, so we're free to run with it.BMFJack wrote:I honestly think you've thought entirely too deeply about this. The devs didn't intent to simulate a perfectly realistic Japanese environment when they created Katawa Shoujo, they've said as much.
The way I see the whole Shizune debacle is:
Shizune is too grounded in her ways to really change, she doesn't want to CHASE someone, she wants someone who will chase her, but by that she wants them to show they can keep up and will keep trying. In reality Hisao never fully (In my eyes at least) is equal with Shizune. He is always trying to keep up with her, but this something they both need. He pushed her to do better because she doesn't want to slack behind him, and she pulls him up and makes him choose to push himself to keep up with her because he wants to be with her and understand everything. It's a game. A game of who can learn what the other wants to say first. This is a game Shizune wants to LOSE. Why? Because she wants Hisao to prove he loves her, and will keep following her.
"Can you tell me what you think?" Shizune wants, no, NEEDS Hisao to chase her. It's the only way she knows how to move on with life. If there isn't a challenge she can't improve. The challenge for her is always not being able to speak. It's been said for her when she uses words they carry a lot of "Ooomph" and they do. She communicates via action. All the little things she does is her attmept to get Hisao to notice and stop being a lump of depressed meat (Doesn't THAT sound weird).
Misha loves Shizune. We know this, after her initial rejection she decided to stay with Shizune due to her love. She knew Shizune would never love her back but she hoped that maybe it could be. Hisao sealed that nail in the coffin. She then gets depressed because she feels that she server no purpose, since Hisao learns sign language. Eventually Hisao and Shizune make her realize that she is still their friend, regardless of her feelings for Shizune or if she translates. They make her understand that even though Shizune rejected her and eventually choose Hisao, no one WANTS her to leave. They WANT her to stay and be their friend.
Lastly we come to Hisao. He was just another kid, then his heart attack happened. Then he felt like a worthless broken piece of crap.
This is a great picture, it shows how depressed he really was at the start. Regardless of who, one of the girls finds a way to pull him out of his rut. Shizune does this by inspiring him to do better than she can. He DESIRES to chase her, he wants to do better and tries to follow her.
Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnyway, this has been a wonderful discussion so far and I've actually learned quite a bit about different ways we interpret this kind of stuff. So thanks!