i think that if anyone believes quite a few of her costumes are anything other than shitty fanservice then they are living a big fat lie. considering jrpgs poor record with the whole “not making female characters a fanservice thing” it’s kind of irritating and a little creepy that they made some fanservice costumes for her and i think people do have a right to be pissed about that. that being said, she is more than her clothes and we don’t actually know how she dressed when she wasn’t in her uniform. both arguments have good points. the bottom line is, some of the costumes are kind of weird and that’s annoying but she’s still lightning, she’s still the same lightning we’ve come to know over two games. i don’t think either side of the argument can just be dismissed like that tho
but my point here being is that even if it is demeaning and while i do think people have the right to be irritated or upset about a strong protagonist like lightning being sexualized for marketing purposes, they’re literally blowing this issue out of proportion by making obnoxious and lewd comments like calling her a “sex slave” ONLY because she has some outfits that were designed to make her look sexy
mind you that we get to personally customize lightning in ways where she could be more feminine or more masculine like how she’s originally designed to be. some people might prefer lightning to be more ladylike because they might want to see a more elegant side of lightning, some people might prefer her in costumes that appeals to her style and how she’s intended to be portrayed
people will just find anything to complain about and we can argue on both sides i guess but what i’m sure most people are getting really sick and tired of here are the people who complain about fanservice and how lightning’s character is ruined over a few skimpy outfits when like said, the outfits designed for lightning has a miniscule impact on her personality but that’s what people have a hard time understanding
the way she’s dressed makes zero difference to who she is
I think it makes a big difference when the fan service is a choice opposed to when the fan service is forced. If you have the option to dress Lightning in many different outfits, that’s awesome! People who want her to wear a dress made of Moogles because it’s silly/cute can do that. It would be bad fan service if they forced Lightning to wear these costumes and didn’t give the players the choice of wearing her canon outfit.