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Re: Ask!

Post by Valjean Lafitte » Sun Aug 04, 2019 1:03 pm

Oddball wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:37 pm
"Legally blind" is not the same as completely blind. Kenji can see. He just has really really poor vision.
I know, but what I was getting at is that it seems to me the writers all exaggerated how bad his vision is. I just can’t see how someone who is almost-but-not-quite blind could get around the campus unaided the way Kenji apparently does. I can’t find the post right now, but even Aura’s called him blind before, right here in this thread.
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Post by Oddball » Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:02 pm

Lilly gets around campus unaided and she's completely blind.
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Post by Razoredge » Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:18 pm

Because Lilly is blind since her birth, and she's used to do things alone.
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Re: Ask!

Post by Valjean Lafitte » Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:00 pm

Oddball wrote:
Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:02 pm
Lilly gets around campus unaided and she's completely blind.
Lilly carries a cane and is often in the company of Hanako (presumably others as well, she's a popular lass).
Razoredge wrote:
Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:18 pm
Because Lilly is blind since her birth, and she's used to do things alone.
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Post by cpl_crud » Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:38 am

Valjean Lafitte wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:29 pm
I just realized something... Kenji's disability makes no sense! If Kenji is blind, how did he get to the roof without guidance? How did he steal books from the library? Locate a good hiding place where he could stash them? Unlike Lilly, he doesn't have a cane or a service animal (RIP Niji), or a Hanako, so how does he find his away around school if he doesn't have a clue where anything is? On the final day of Act 1 he tells Hisao that he's only "legally blind", but then later, at the Manly Picnic, proceeds to brag about how his mom sent him some "expensive Single Malt". So you know, he says some shit. Grains of salt are taken.

There's a scene in Shizune Act 3 that, to me, suggests that he gets along just fine despite (supposedly) only being able to recognize things an inch in front of him
ke "Maybe for you; I go beyond the impossible all the time. Okay, whatever, now I'm thirsty too. I'm going to get my own juice, I'll be right back."

"He does come almost right back, so quickly that I suspect he knows about my secret vending machine."

ke "I got you one, too. Hope you like grape juice. We're even for the pizza, now."
Not only was he able to quickly find his way to Hisao's secret vending machine and back, but he was able to correctly identify the grape soda button.

And then a little later in the scene, he's sitting across from Hisao while knocking back a can of soda when this happens:
ke "I can't believe this is actually the medium that our ancestors used to look at porn."

"I spit my drink all over the book I'm still holding, damaging it beyond any hope of repair. I quickly check the back and see its suggested retail price is 7900 yen. I think I might have a heart attack."

ke "Wow, destroyed. Shouldn't have done that, though, they take vandalism super seriously here. You're gonna get caned."
How would he know the book was destroyed? Hisao doesn't even mention that he was reading a book, and it's not even implied that he's very close to Hisao.

It gets even harder for me to take his legal blindness claim at face value when I think about how he and Yuuko were once an item. Nervous, neurotic Yuuko, leading a blind boy around when she already has so much to deal with? I'm not buying it. So to all the devs that wrote for Kenji, and especially Silentcook, what is Kenji's condition, really? Was he really conceived as being virtually blind, or was his poor eyesight played up for comic effect?

Maybe Kenji is the reason that Yuuko is so nervous? And maybe she is the reason he thinks that there is a conspiracy... There must be a tale behind that break-up.

Also, as others have pointed out, you can still have a degree of vision and be "legally blind", which I think generally refers to not being able to do things like get a driver's licence. He could be incredibly short-sighted, or it could be that everything is blurry for him, but that would be enough for him to navigate without any aids.
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Re: Ask!

Post by ProfAllister » Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:16 pm

Not certain what Japan's definition of legal blindness is (if any), but legal blindness in the US is statutorily defined as "a visual acuity (central vision) of 20/200 or worse in the best seeing eye or a visual field (peripheral vision) that is limited to only 20 degrees." Visual acuity of 20/200 means that what the legally blind person can see at 20 feet, the average person can see clearly at 200 feet. As for visual field, the average person can see 140 degrees without turning his head.

And, for what it's worth, there are a lot of legally blind people who can function well enough that they get accused of faking having a disability. Don't be that guy.
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