Spoilers, all the spoilers
It's a intense love-hate with this game. I find it so interesting that the female protagonists get most of the character development and the two male protagonists are defined by their relationship to women-- Tiz has his devotion to Agnes and Ringabel tries to hook up with women constantly. The first two chapters had undertones of protecting women from being depowered by men, and [big spoiler]
the scantily clad fairy on the front cover is actually TOTALLY EVIL and you must destroy her.
Also I'm enamored with the central theme of "Any philosophical movement large enough to oust the opposition and change the government will eventually subvert itself with hatred, violence, and corruption". Kind of like the final fantasy version of Animal Farm.
And yet I hate, nay LOATH most of the female costumes. The plunging necklines aren't about empowerment against the man, it's about T&A. And I think they do it because the dames be flappin' their gums alot and they were worried it might lose the attention of the audience. Oh and the pervy sex jokes, they dedicated a whole character
to pervy sex jokes. I'm glad the western release reduced that kind of overcompensation by toning down the jokes, and changing the costumes and aging up all the characters. I know that censorship is a slippery slope but hey the game itself beats you over the head about how very rarely you get things that are black and white.
Well its still a Square Enix game so there's still a giant ugly monster causing problems that you need to go kill but other than that
the there's not that much black and white.
The story is interesting enough that the giant ugly monster felt kind of shoehorned in, in fact it has so little to do with the central conflict in the world that it seems like the game is trying to trick you into thinking that the socio-political conflict needs to be solved, when really it's about an interdimensional hell demon trying to eat everything. Why does everyone who knows the truth about these demon matters hide that fact from the party? Why did the Grand Duchy sink most of the nation's military resources into fighting a civil war and destabilizing a city of dumb useless women, when HELL DEMON, you know, it's kind of a pressing matter!
Ug don't get my started on the city of dumb useless women, that's going to be it's own post.
oh and I never leveled Edea as freelancer because her skirt was too short to cover her crotch and butt and it is just plain wrong
to use leggings as pants.
When the Crystal Pope and Crystal Cardinals were doing most of the awful shit, where were the vestals in all this business and what did they think? Some posthumous writings would have been interesting... I think the game was missing a lot of the female perspective later on, Mahzer Lee could have been way more than Edea's sick mom, though I completely treasure the thought of the Samurai and Edea's dad throwing hissy fits at each other for her hand in marriage!
"I saw you writing Mahzer's name in your notebook! She's dating me
now, got it? Stay away from her!"
"I can talk to Mahzer whenever I want, it's a free country!"
"That was your handwriting on that valentine's day card wasn't it?! Bitch u lookin 2 get cut wit my sword arent u???
"BITCH I CUT U UP U GON DIE"(cue battle that goes for three days and nights)