Hanako, from Katawa Shoujo (VN). First experiment done in SAI - finishing touchs added with PS CS3.
[ATTENTION! Mild spoilers down here!]
What can I say... at first I was afraid of playing this VN because of the theme (katawa shoujo = crippled girl), but after a month of doubts, I finally downloaded it. Some time ago I started playing it, and the Hanako path was the first thing I did. I really liked her - at first I wondered, how is she like? why is she so shy? is she your typical "uuuhm, etto" 'cute' japanese girl? Well... She wasn't typical at all.
Her scars... the ones that hurt the most were the ones that you can't see.
All her life was always surrounded by sadness and disaster, but she finds the strenght to overcome all of it. She wants so badly to get out of it - sometimes she doesn't know how. She feels worthless. She knows that everyone thinks of her as a broken thing.
But... she decides to open herself to a special someone. To break down the walls she put up so no one could hurt her, the shell where she closed herself, her fears, her depression, everything that ended up making her drift apart of everyone... it hurts so bad. But Hanako realizes she has to do it, so she can love and be loved.
Her personality and her fight against herself really touched me... it made me remember darker days of my life. Sure, my case wasn't as bad as hers, but... Before I found love, I didn't have anything worthy to live for. Day by day I curled up inside myself, so my real me wouldn't be seen. I was lost, and didn't know what to do. I felt worthless.
...and then you arrived, and you were my Hisao. You tried to protect me, and then made me overcome my fears. Because of you, I became happier... and there is a long way to go, but I am strong now. I can do this.
Thank you, ~TeknoMaX