Soo… I was talking to a friend about weirdness in Japanese RPGs (or something along those lines), and I mentioned that I thought I’d heard somewhere that it was reasonably accepted by the SoA elite that there were all sorts of/one or two relationships (carnal relationships) implied as going on in the subtext of the game?
He thought that was absurd, and I wasn’t about to argue either way - it’s been a long time since I played it, but so far as I remember, I just noticed a teensy bit of sexual tension between Aika and Vyse and Galcian and Ramirez, perhaps.
I think I remember Geoffrey Duke saying the whole game was supposed to be some kind ofparody, so I thought this might be a good place to ask questions. Have I missed something?
Not so much a parody, but an homage to jRPGs.
There are certain levels of implied relationships, and certain relationships that are explicitly stated. As for the implied relationships, putting them into words would make them feel more substantial than they actually were, so I’d rather not try to explain them, but… hm. How to explain?
Ever see the movie “Love Actually”? In that movie, it shows examples of all sorts of different kinds of love/relationships. Sometimes, friendship, even between two heterosexual males for example, can be something more. And sometimes, a mutual attraction between a man and a woman doesn’t necessary have to lead to a sexual relationship.
Armed with that knowledge, you should be able to figure out what it is that’s implied.
Abadd will be able to fill in the blanks, but as far as I know, all the characters in SoA were living breathing cliches.
Galcian and Ramirez? Galcian was merely the father figure Ramirez never had. It really was as simple as that (I think). Parents (or the absence or negative presence thereof) can have a very powerful influence on someone’s chosen path in life.
Yes, there were many, MANY innuendos in SoA. Fina and Aika was, of course, my personal favourite (Fina being the only character to be more attractive than Azel in my ridiculously-stuck-in-teenager-mode opinion).
a) Aika’s hair being down when we see them on Clara’s ship. Considering how tightly she pigtails it, why did it simply fall down from the lifeboat being thrown about? Oh, and if anyone hasn’t played it, they’re in a bed at this point.
b) Fina’s constant “Aika, what’s a…” statements. Why ask Aika and not Vyse, or Enrique, or…?
c) Before you head off to fight Galcian’s armada, you can talk to Aika and Fina. If you talk to Fina first, then Aika, then Aika mentions the fact you talked to Fina. Man, she must really have been focusing on her to see that, considering the distance.
Juuuuust to play devil’s advocate…
a) Aika’s hair being down when we see them on Clara’s ship. Considering how tightly she pigtails it, why did it simply fall down from the lifeboat being thrown about? Oh, and if anyone hasn’t played it, they’re in a bed at this point.[/quote]
Clara let her hair down because it’s more comfortable for girls to sleep with their hair loose.
b) Fina’s constant “Aika, what’s a…” statements. Why ask Aika and not Vyse, or Enrique, or…?[/quote]
She does ask Vyse a couple times.
c) Before you head off to fight Galcian’s armada, you can talk to Aika and Fina. If you talk to Fina first, then Aika, then Aika mentions the fact you talked to Fina. Man, she must really have been focusing on her to see that, considering the distance.[/quote]
Perhaps because Aika was watching Vyse, not Fina?
Oh, and Geoffrey… I prefer the term “archetypes” rather than “cliches.”
Even when there’s absolutely no need to and I was just pointing stuff out for other people?
And besides, Clara wears her hair up!
Of course! You think I could let people get a clear image of any game I discuss??? Nonsense!
I’d find it easier if my copy hadn’t been stolen - along with my Dreamcast - 3 years ago :\
Could you be more specific? Like the stuff Arcie mentioned, only that you don’t disagree with
Now why is it that Aika and Fina couldn’t have merely been close friends? People (especially guys) tend to read too much into these things while ignoring the fact that there is such a thing as heterosexual women.
You have to love all these deliberately “archetypal” characters though. Being completely unoriginal here was the whole point I imagine.
Read up on your Freud, sir! XD
Freud didn’t know what the heck he was talking about. If anything, it’s men that have penis envy
Geoffrey: Yeah, it was intentional. However, it goes to show that even stereotypes/archetypes can be entertaining, when done well.
Jinx: Don’t know how much more detail I could give =\ Just saying that simply because two people are emotionally close, doeesn’t always mean that its a sexual love. Conversely, people can grow so close that the line between friendship and love can begin to blur.