Fans Skewer New Character Design From Xenoblade Chronicles 2

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I think I can see the problem.

Speaking as someone whose skill in drawing extends only to the twenty-six letters of our alphabet and the ten Arabic numbers, character design might as well be magic to me. I’ve got a lot of respect for artists who work on the more visual side of the form.

That being said, something weird is going on in the art department for Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

I mean, this isn’t even the first boob related controversy that Xenoblade has stirred. Connoisseurs of breasts in gaming will, of course, remember the decision to remove the breast slider in English versions of Xenoblade Chronicles X.

The Context

At least previous entries in the franchise at least had female characters that looked, you know, human…

To be fair, it’s not like this character (who is disappointingly called Dhalia and not Chesty La Rue) is technically human.

Dhalia is a blade, a sort of sentient weapon. So, it’s really your fault if her design upsets, aggravates or frightens you.

Other people have pointed out that Dahlia’s designer, Risa Ebata, is a full-blown female. Therefore, that dispels any sexisms, fan service or bad anatomy behind her look.

And to be fair again, art is a journey for everybody. There might be the more conventional paths to that final destination, but, at the end of the day, it’s up to the artists to choose where they will go. They should follow their bliss and act in accordance with their own soul.

On the other hand…

The Response

I just want to take a moment to give a round of applause to the internet for its response to this.

While there has been the usual bile and slime in the comments sections, most people, detractors, and defenders, have at least found a sense of humour about the whole thing.

In the red corner:

And in the blue corner:

Good show, internet. Good show!

I will now leave you with one final tweet about the matter. Consider the controversy resolved.

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