So, as disappointing as it may be, it is highly likely that Misha does not have an illness. As for the reasoning behind her going there, there still are some good possibilities. For example: it might just be the only school in the area, her parents are very busy so it's would be easier for her to live on campus, or her parents are a bit over-protective and want to make sure nothing happens to her. It is also possible she just wanted to go there.Is Hanako's disability really one? Does she "belong" to Yamaku? While the burns of her severity do have lasting consequences, it's always good to remember that Yamaku is not a hospital. Even non-disabled kids can attend, and Hanako probably is better off in an environment where she's less likely to strike out in a crowd. Hanako, along with Shizune, is a character where I feel we "got it right", and the reader response has been exactly what we anticipated and hoped for.
When the dev blog also talks about "missing the real hints" when it comes to Misha's illness, I played through the game (again) in an attempt to find these "hints". Here is what I've gathered:
So far we know of a few "symptoms" that could be hints on Misha's illness:
-inability to control her voice.
-hyper activeness (?)
-possible hearing loss (possible being the key word)
-dizziness walking upstairs
Here is what I've gathered about these "symptoms":
-her loudness is obviously not because of an inability to control her voice, because in one scene I remember the teacher saying something to Misha about controlling her voice. I'm sure if she couldn't control it then the teacher would know and wouldn't mention it.
-Her hyperness more goes in the favor that she doesn't have an illness, wouldn't you think?
-I'm not to sure why people think of hearing loss, I think she hears just fine except for one time where hisao was speaking softly.
-The part where she mentioned that she got dizzy when walking upstairs is most likely just an excuse to not have to. Which seems very likely considering... well her in general.
-OCD just doesn't seem very apparent in her. If anything, she might just have very minor OCD. I have minor OCD and normally no-one notices it at all.
My conclusion is that it is highly possible that she just goes to the school, not for any particular reason. If you think about it, if it wasn't for Shizune being deaf and mute, Misha would not even exist in the story. The only reason that she is even a "main" character and not a minor is because of her relationship with Shizune and her being required to communicate with Shizune (or at least at this time). My guess is that she will either just be phased out somewhere in the storyline (transfer, fight with shizune, or maybe just Hisao learning sign language and not needing her), or all this could just prove to be BS and she does happen to have some terminal disease and she probably will die off (which seems pretty unlikely based on my research and would probably anger the Misha-maniacs O_o I already sense a disturbance just thinking about it...)
I apologize in advance for any information here that may have already been stated. I've only read the first 8 pages of this thread.
EDIT: Also don't take this to be 100% possible, feel free to speculate further because that's what makes this mystery so fun
EDIT: Fixed some things...