Particularly the female characters. As if these heroines couldn't be any more useless, now they've forced them into stereotypically feminine costumes and in one case, a stereotypically feminine role.Micaiah
. Ugh, just looking at this outfit makes me want to wretch. At least in the original games she was properly dressed! Not only is she a Mary Sue, she's a scantilly-clad Mary Sue!Elincia
. Bland as her original character was, at least she dressed properly. But of course, all women have to show their legs so here we are.Lyndis
. As if her outfit couldn't look more ridiculous, and of course IS must play up the "savage plainswoman" aspect of her character.Celica
. I still have yet to play Gaiden, but I've seen the original art. IS apparently saw fit to make her show more skin because that's all a woman is, fanservice for the male players.
And last but not least?This monstrosity
. Oh, Eirika, why am I not surprised? She was worthless in the original game to the point of not being worth considered a main character, but at least she dressed fairly sensibly and cared about her country. Here? She's little more than a feminine stereotype in a frilly dress with her signature weapon taken away from her. At least in the original game the writers made some
attempt to give her a shred of integrity, futile as it was. She was a useless fighter and a weepy delicate flower who made mistake after mistake, but wanting to protect her country was an aspect of her character. Her outfit was chosen for its light weight and mobility, because she had some interest in making herself useful.
This version of Eirika? All of that is gone. Instead, IS has taken away her integrity (what little their was) and given her a title based on her womanhood and future marriages. Her practical outfit is replaced with a frilly dress, because you'd never know she was a Beautiful Princess unless she wears a frilly dress. And even though she can supposedly use bows and lances, the art shows her with the ladylike staff.
In short, the new Eirika is a feminist's nightmare. IS and Japan in general don't seem to understand feminism and the rights of women to be more than eye candy. Girls who were sensibly dressed in their original incarnations now show their legs (or more, in the case of Mary Sue) because that's all video game females are good for. A woman who was a slap in the face to feminism to begin with is made even worse by taking away her identity and forcing her into the role of a beautiful prize.
I was considering buying this game, silly as it is I was drawn in by the character of Tiamo (who is much
too good for Krom, by the way), but after bearing witness to the antifeminist eyesore that is Eirika, I'm not wasting my money. IS, you will be getting no more support from me until you learn a thing or two about feminism.