Huge thanks and credit to Diluculo and Gothiclolita for inspiring a lot of this shrine with their own HC shrines!
Hello Charlotte is a visual novel/RPG hybrid psychological and surrealist thriller game series created by indie developer and artist based in Estonia, etherane also known as ane. The first game was released June 17th, 2015. since the first game's release, there have been three main game episodes, two spinoff games and an upcoming spinoff for 2023 titled "Rehab Friday ~with Henry Huxley~".
I initially discovered Hello Charlotte some time around 2018. However, I actually didn't play it until October 2020. The reason I actually knew about it was because Charlotte Wiltshire was my faceclaim on my 2018 roleplay blog. I even have some of the icons I edited to prove it still. So for around 2 years, I was aware of Hello Charlotte, but had never actually played it or saw anything other than the countless CGs I looked at to make roleplay icons. In October 2020, I was on an RPG Maker Game kick. I was playing a ton of Yume Nikki fangames and free RPG Maker horror games especially. It was around this time, that I rediscovered Hello Charlotte; likely on some list of "good free RPG Maker games to play". Needless to say, my life was changed. I was immediately interested the moment I opened Episode One and read that first few lines about dreaming. A Yume Nikki fan discovering Hello Charlotte and immediately loving it is not that rare of a thing but let me tell you I love dream motifs and I was hooked.
I finished Episode One in a day. I only started streaming it to my friends halfway through, just when I was leaving the library area. I immediately wanted more. I was enamored by the surrealism and the artwork. The music (although royalty free) created an atmosphere that I became obsessed with. Although Episode One is rare in its seriousness, I still felt a deep connection to it even during that messy first episode. I was gifted Episode Two and Episode Three by a kind friend a few days after finishing Episode One. Although it sounds absolutely cheesy, my life was genuinely truly changed when I finished this game. A piece of media had genuinely never made me feel so seen and represented.