fire emblem jill

So every FE (or I guess I should say Awakening fan) fan is complaining about this new character on Tumblr.

 

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I thought I’d post my thoughts on her. First by saying the game isn’t even out yet and people are already bitching about it (really people?). Anyway, I don’t know what class this lady is, is the first thing I’ll say. If she were a dancer, I’d have no problems by her outfit at all because Fire Emblem dancer ladies have always been sexy (in a classy way) I find. I don’t think she is, however, since that role is taken by Aqua. To continue, I’m not going to call this lady a slut just because she likes to dress sexy. There are plenty of gals in real life who are proud of their bods and like to show them off, and I’d never call them sluts. Also, my favorite lady character in Awakening (the previous Fire Emblem game) happened to be THE MOST sexualized lady in the game. This is because I found Tiki to have a lot of depth as compared to many of the other Awakening characters who often felt a little flat to me in comparison to previous FE characters. Her design had little to do with the way I perceived her because I’ve never rested too much on looks. For all I know this character could end up being my favorite as well. Now, my more broad problems with FE Awakening and If designs has more to do with Kozaki himself. The dude can definitely draw and he has a pleasing style, and he even seems to understand female anatomy fairly well (unlike the guy who did Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem which I already bitched about more than I cared for). My problems with him is that almost EVERY female character is over-sexualized. Even the more shy and introverted ones. From the bolder ones, to the shyer ones, to the ones who have good heads on their shoulders. It also bothered me that every female character in Awakening is essentially wearing these shoes that look like lingerie. Let’s take a look at some previous Fire Emblem characters.

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Isn’t this a really nice range of outfits? All of them match their personalities, too. In contrast, let’s look at Awakening’s designs.

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 In Awakening, even a woman like Cordelia, who I think of as a pretty practical and sensible gal is wearing the lingerie boots and a short skirt. I know what I’d be swinging at if I went up against her. But also keep in mind that all of these ladies are different classes. In Tharja’s case, it’s fine that she dresses sexy because she’s a mage and she’s not gonna be in the frontlines risking her life. But with Cherche I definitely have a problem. Wyvern knights (in previous FE games) are usually pretty heavy peeps with heavy armor on, whereas Cherche here has her whole back exposed and has holes cut on her leggings for sexual appeal. Remember Jill in the Ike duology who was fully clothed and armored?

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This is not to say previous Fire Emblem game DIDN’T have sexy characters. They did, and that’s fine because they didn’t ALL dress alike. As it is, in Awakening, it makes me feel uncomfortable that all the male characters get to be fully dressed (well, excluding Vaike) and all the female characters have some amount of skin showing. Even Emmeryn did! In short, why pick on this one character when pretty much every character in Awakening was over-sexualized? (excluding the male characters). It should be said as a last thing that I did like most of the female characters in Awakening, I was just disappointed because previous FE game have always been so cool about a range of lady characters. As I said, for all I know this new lady character could end up being my favorite (probably not) but you never know. It all has to do with personality for me.