I'll start off with the good first. I am very impressed with Miriel's design. IS finally got it right. Instead of having the typical mini-skirt, or leg-revealing mage girl they designed Miriel with conservative attire. Her design makes sense for battle since she is actually wearing pants, what a shocker. Judging from her bio, she seems more like a female Erk than anything, but I'll happily accept that.
Now moving on to the ugly. Richt. Oh man, another Rolf clone, except with an over-sized hat. I'm against having child fighters in Fire Emblem. Really, what is wrong with adding a few years to Richt? I don't understand why IS continually places in ten-year-old fighters in the battlefield. I believe that Fire Emblem is geared more toward the mid-teen and late-teen/early adulthood crowd, since a much younger audience would most likely appreciate faster-paced games than a strategy-heavy video game like Fire Emblem. How does having a really young kid, like Richt, help the audience relate to the characters? Richt would seem like nothing more than an annoyance since in his bio it directly states that he speaks and acts like a child. I mean, Richt could be a side-character that doesn't fight, and that would be totally fine. I mean realistically speaking, I can't see Richt sustaining a wound from a sword, and killing full-grown men and still be mentally stable afterward. I mean armies in the past had enough sense not to send a twelve-year-old into battle. It irks me to see IS design children that can grow into exceptional fighters at their young age. The good thing about Richt is that he has similar, conservative mage attire that Miriel has, that's about it.
Now to the disaster.
Mariabel, oh lord, what was IS thinking. Not only does she have hearts on her straps, but she also has to have a parasol as well? Similar to the whole "sending a kid to battle" issue, I have a major problem with sending a nobleman's child onto the battlefield too, especially when there the cute, but annoying/bossy archetype. I mean, Mariabel looks like she is about to go on a picnic rather than going into the line of fire. All I have to say is that her mental health must be on the border of insanity since she has the audacity to bring a parasol onto the battlefield. However, she is a friend of Liz, the hoop skirt wearing dolt, so that does explain a few things a bit. Why not have a character that was actually trained as a battlefield cleric and was actually mentally prepared to see carnage. The only good characteristic that Mariabel has is that she wears pants, which you really need when riding a horse. L'arachel, Clarine, and Prisilla all got that wrong since they wore mini-skirts on their horses.
Seeing this makes me want to take over the character designs at IS. I would at least encourage the creation of more characters that are designed well, like Miriel.
My rant is done, thoughts?
Edited by Leif, 20 March 2012 - 07:29 PM.