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Both Clannad and Kana have far better stories than what can be found in Katawa Shoujo. The Clannad anime is a pretty good representation of the VN on the whole; only one character and minor routes were left out, and After Story did a better job of representing the more powerful moments at the expense of the ending feeling a bit deus ex machina due to missing out on earlier explanations (VN is better for the school life segment though).
Not to say that KS is bad per se; it's better than the majority of VNs, but that isn't saying much when you have things by Zyx and Sekilala in the genre. Above average, but not good enough to hang with the best.
I myself am just getting into the VS/VN world, and Katawa Shoujo was my first as well. Next i played Hitomi - Stepsister (it was OK if u can stomach the torture/masochistic atmosphere) then Snow Sakura (I love Saki, Misato, and Hiyama!). Shortly after i heard about this one, and at first i was put off by the obvious depressing theme the game would have, but... i saw so many great reviews i went ahead and gave it a go, and guess what? the game had me bawling through each segment (all six routes) but i wouldn't trade a moment of the time spent playing Kana Little Sister for anything, its truly a moving story!
the only thing i don't like about this game is how hard it is to get set up and start playing. even the download version (which is supposed to be compatible with all OS) does not start perfectly the first time. i had to set it to vista mode then switch the view from full screen over to window size, other than that though, everything worked perfect ever since (i already had the codec needed to play it, so that wasn't an issue).
all i'm saying is you should at least give this game a try if you have not yet done so, because once you get past the difficulties setting the game up, no matter how depressing the game might be at times, it was worth it by far. i actually value this game now more than all my others combined!
the only thing i don't like about this game is how hard it is to get set up and start playing.
Well, to be fair, the game was originally released in Japan in 1999, so a few hiccups can be expected when trying to run it on a modern OS. It would be nice if they included a help file in the download version explaining some of the most useful workarounds, though.
It's great to see that Katawa Shoujo is introducing a whole new group of players to bishoujo games. Glad to hear that you enjoyed KLS, too. =)