1) Regardless of the fact that Yoko Taro is a shameless pervert and that the camera can be manipulated by the player to get naughty shots, I do like that in Nier Automata, they didn’t overtly steer the camera (much) during cutscenes to get cheap shots.
With fanservice-y dressed characters, it’s quite easy to do that, focusing on boobs and crotches (i.e. Bayonetta), but they didn’t since it doesn’t fit the grim tone. Although I’m quite aware that the outfits are already toeing the line, haha.
2) Aversions of expectations and gender roles. 2B is the sexy, badass, stoic warrior who actually has a good reason to be so. 9S is the cheerful yet dude-in-distress who’s useful. A2 is also a sexy, badass, stoic warrior.
Those were the first impressions. Turns out 2B does have emotions, and she reveals them quite suddenly when 9S is in danger, and although it’s surprising that she does that when they’ve only met, it’s actually really good because her reactions are actually hints to her true nature and to the rest of the story.
9S is a cute, happy boy, who may grate on you initially, but he’s endearing. And he’s actually a racist, who disregards machines as conscientious despite numerous evidences. And he gets rescued a lot. But he really, really gets to you, especially in his latter character development in 3rd Act.
A2 is strange, because you only get to play her in the last act (and I’m hoping Taro makes a DLC featuring more of her to get more of her character), yet she still manages to win you over. She’s tough chick who went through hardships, but still goes on because she needs to.
There are other characters, but I can’t list them all but haha, they really stick to you, from pacifist Pascal to madwoman Jackass (that name really sticks out), they all work so well because none isn’t used for simple fodder.
In other words, Taro actually wrote them like real people, with complex relationships and complex thought processes while mixing and smashing tropes and stereotypes. You can’t really put any of them in one box as their definite characteristic, and that multi-faceted approach to both men and women is one of the things that makes this game awesome.
So I decided to play test the school as a sort of ‘induction day’ or something and the teen class was absolute chaos, if it wasn’t the Onley boys causing trouble it was Tess getting a bit big for her boots and saying things that upset others.
ella is so pure ?? she gave the scraps she got for dinner to the mice instead of eating and she probably never ate again for the remainder of the evening ?? she cares, but she knows well to hide her emotions and put up a kind facade / always making sure that even if she’s not pleased, everyone else is ?? and i love her ?? what the fukc ??
Please like this if you even somewhat agree that Joan is a Slytherpuff and Sherlock is a Huffleclaw because they’re lowkey a Slytherin and a Ravenclaw respectively but they’re both too softhearted and chaotic good so that’s why they’re sorted into Hufflepuff i’M SO EMOTIONAL