Emblematic

Many scattered thoughts, often about Fire Emblem

Apropos of nothing

1) Your orc shaman character is a minor villain from the comic and not Thrall? The hell, Blizzard?

2) Stop trying to make it look as if Rehgar is/was a gladiator. Rehgar is a slavemaster. He didn’t fight in the arena: he bought and abducted people and forced them to fight to the death in the arena, against their will, for his own profit. Rehgar is an evil scumbag; the primary difference between Rehgar Earthfury and Aedelas Blackmoore is skin colour! But I guess that makes all the difference, right?

So my Wii U and a few games were stolen a while back, including my copy of FE10.

Here I go looking for replacements…

Would anyone like to explain to me why FE10 is now over a hundred dollars?

It wasn’t that popular, was it? Just a few years back it was sitting in preowned shelves for $30 or so, and let’s be honest here, it has terrible production values, terrible acting, and a hatchet-job of a translation. Everything about it smacked of cheapness.

It shouldn’t be this expensive, dangit! What the heck happened?

Did everyone just wake up over night and realise that it was the best FE game ever? I mean, I think it probably is, but I was supposed to be in the minority on that! All you kids today are meant to love your FE13, while the nostalgic appreciation is meant to be for FE7, or FE4 for the grognards. I guess people really liked Ike in SSB, but still…

Bah.

I’m going to have to pay a lot of money to reacquire it, because I like it so much. :(

Ah, hang on, Chrom is Robin’s final smash, isn’t he? Pair up? It would make sense as a companion to Marth’s critical hit and Ike’s burning-fiery-thing-of-doom: each character’s ultimate weapon from the games. And Robin and Chrom are so close, even to the point of it being really uncomfortable, that he’d have to show up.

And then a lot of Lucina’s moves look the same as Marth’s, so she might just be an alternate skin, or a very similar clone of him (cf. Roy).

That would take it down to three real FE characters in the game, all with distinct play-styles (Marth/Lucina: quick and stabby, Ike: slow and slashy, Robin: depleting store of limited use items), which seems more reasonable for a minor Nintendo franchise.

So, we now have… Lucina and Robin? Plus Chrom and f!Robin? I get the impression the latter two might be reskins, though.

Am I the only one who got a Lucina/Robin ship feel from it as well? That works for me!

Let’s see, other comments… Captain Falcon can parry sword strikes with his fists, which is pretty cool. Really, though, I’m just surprised they’ve included at least four different FE characters. Six if you count Chrom and f!Robin. FE isn’t that prominent a Nintendo series.

You know, I quite like composite Zeldas: melding all the different games’ versions into one, or where the artist creates his or her own version of the Zelda character. Each game has its own Zelda, but there is an archetype running through them all, so that they are all recognisably the same character. Creating your own interpretation of that archetype is fascinating to me.
I like the portrait style as well. She looks very impassive; this feels like the sort of sketch the court artist would produce before making an official portrait. The impassivity and serenity of the expression leaves you to wonder what she’s thinking: I look at this picture and see a Zelda aware of the fact that she’s being sketched. Does she find it tiresome? Just another duty? I wonder.
And what’s going on with the leaf ornamentation? Hylians are not Wood Elves; Zelda is not a Kokiri. I believe it’s only TP-Zelda who has a tiara with leaf patterns on it, reminiscent of the laurel wreath of victory. A crown of leaves could connote oneness with nature; or it could connote military victory and strength. If Zelda’s father united Hyrule through warfare (as in the OoT backstory), incorporating victory laurels into royal imagery has a slightly threatening undertone.
Or maybe it’s just there to be pretty.

You know, I quite like composite Zeldas: melding all the different games’ versions into one, or where the artist creates his or her own version of the Zelda character. Each game has its own Zelda, but there is an archetype running through them all, so that they are all recognisably the same character. Creating your own interpretation of that archetype is fascinating to me.

I like the portrait style as well. She looks very impassive; this feels like the sort of sketch the court artist would produce before making an official portrait. The impassivity and serenity of the expression leaves you to wonder what she’s thinking: I look at this picture and see a Zelda aware of the fact that she’s being sketched. Does she find it tiresome? Just another duty? I wonder.

And what’s going on with the leaf ornamentation? Hylians are not Wood Elves; Zelda is not a Kokiri. I believe it’s only TP-Zelda who has a tiara with leaf patterns on it, reminiscent of the laurel wreath of victory. A crown of leaves could connote oneness with nature; or it could connote military victory and strength. If Zelda’s father united Hyrule through warfare (as in the OoT backstory), incorporating victory laurels into royal imagery has a slightly threatening undertone.

Or maybe it’s just there to be pretty.

(Source: tyaren.deviantart.com)

bandanapheonyx:

Once again, not a new issue.

Tethys actually has a very similar pose, just with the camera facing the front rather than the back. I wouldn’t be so quick to fault characters who are shot from the back. It communicates their reserved nature (Olivia, Cherche.) There’s nothing even overtly sexy about Cherche’s pose, the only complaint I ever hear is “ermergud I can see her shoulder blades.” 

Even if I give you Olivia, one pose does not make a trend (and it’s not like Dancers are free from sexy poses.) Out of all the female characters in the game, the only offending poses are Olivia and Panne. Everyone ignores Miriel, Anna, Lucina, Kjelle, etc and just points to one character like they represent all female characters in the game.

Tethys’ pose is actually physically possible, which I think makes a significant difference. In the past I’ve linked this article which illustrates some of the issues. When female character art routinely depicts poses that are either genuinely impossible, or would hurt the person doing it, we have problems.

I do not claim that there isn’t sexualisation in art prior to FE13. That’s clearly not supportable. I’m personally nagged by art like Syrene’s: she rides into battle in zettai ryouiki and stiletto heels? Really? The Tellius games have their share of problems as well: Nephenee’s exposed thighs spring to mind. But other times there’s very reasonable art and armour: compare Kieran’s armour to Astrid’s or Jill’s. They all have flaws (why has no one in Tellius heard of mail?), but at least it’s not gendered. The argument is not that the entire series was flawless before FE13, but that in FE13 it is getting worse: or at the very least, it’s not getting better.

Regarding poses: I’d argue that there are more offending than that. Cordelia and Nowi stand out as other bad ones. (Cherche’s pose is blatantly meant to draw attention to her rear, but the armour design is what’s truly indefensible.)

Regarding the quote: I do not wish to clog people’s dashboards with quotes, so I habitually cut them down. I think that’s more polite. After all, people can always click over to the earlier posts to see them in context. My apologies if I misrepresented your original post.

oracleether:

bandanapheonyx:

I swear to god if I see one more post in the Fire Emblem tag about how so many of Awakening’s female characters are ruining FE’s reputation of well dressed women…

Please stop pretending this is a new issue.

You also might want to take a second glance at Tethys, because I can see her legs through her pants, too, and all she’s got around her waist is that overly large ribbon.

I would argue that it’s about presentation as well, though, not just the costume in the abstract. This is a different sort of picture to this: Olivia is breaking her spine to show off both her chest and some very tight underwear, while Lyn, though lacking trousers, is in a natural and comfortable pose. Costume design is only one part of art and character design. In the abstract, Olivia’s costume isn’t that much worse than Tethys' (it's largely the same, though Tethys' doesn't have a panty shot), but the poses are completely different. Tethys looks comfortable and confident, as she does something she enjoys. Whereas Olivia is a deformed piece of meat in that art. There's a difference.

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mihlayn:

are cafeterias a real thing like do those actually exist in america you just line up and get given gross food and then eat in the same room as your entire school??? if that happened at my school there’d be a riot imagine how loud that would be are cafeterias a myth

…do you…do you
not have cafeterias elsewhere?

Dude I went to 12 years of school in America and not once were we required to eat in a cafeteria

The rest of America sucks

Where the hell in America did you go to school!? I went to boarding school for two years of high school and we still ate in a cafeteria for every fucking meal. (Just with some meals set up more fancily than others.)

…wh-where else would you eat, i don’t get it

i mean the food quality is not grand but idk some kids packed their own lunches and that was fine?

To keep this quote pyramid going: nope, never seen a school cafeteria here either. In years eleven and twelve we had a common room with a microwave and a kettle and a toasted-sandwich-maker, but that was it. You bring your own lunch.

The idea of a school actually providing everyone with lunch, for free, sounds like… I don’t know, like crazy communist talk to me. I thought America hated communism!

oracleether:

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You know, it’s kind of funny. I don’t read the general tag and have no idea what fiction you’re talking about, but it’s a good opportunity to reflect on how we engage with fandoms…

Consider. I post FE stuff every now and then. I don’t wade into the tags or post on FE forums or read fan fiction, but there’s at least some dialogue going on regarding FE, for me.

Whereas, if anything, I like LoZ even more than I like FE. I’m a huge fan. I collect art for both, I buy fan stuff sometimes, and I enjoy playing the games. But I do not have any sort of dialogue or connection with online LoZ fan communities at all.

Why not?

Maybe I’m crazy, but sometimes I think that the more important a story is to you, the less you want to share it with strangers? I really like talking about LoZ, but I do it with friends. I also really like talking about FE, but judging from the history of my tumblr, I prefer to do it with a few friends. Perhaps it’s just an elitist impulse on my part.

It makes me wonder how many people out there are in the same boat; and if so, just how unrepresentative the general tag or most visible community might be?