I tend to play Bravely Second (as I did Bravely Default) with Edea in the lead, because she’s a badass, and I like to run around the world feeling like a badass. Once I got to Yunohana, though, when the hot springs scene tried to trigger, this popped up:
Don’t get me wrong, Bravely Default was a little bit sexist, but.at least there wasn’t a hot springs scene, the contractually obligated scene that appears in approximately 90% of JRPGs and anime in which the male characters comically try to see the boobs of the female characters while the female characters coyly encourage the male characters to try and see their boobs. Ugh. Boo. Better get it over with.
So I put Tiz in the leadership slot, then made my way into the men’s baths with some trepidation, waiting for the weird sexual innuendos to start. Only this happened:
And then something even more unexpected happens.
Yew then tries to get the other gentlemen to give the ladies a “show,” but Tiz and Danzaburo decline. Edea (clearly disappointed) mutters that they didn’t want a show anyway, then goes back to their side of the bath with a parting threat of a “knuckle sandwich” if the men try to peek at them.WELL! That was unexpected and refreshing.
Video games are a fantasy, and I’m fine with some degree of sexual objectification and fantasy if that fantasy is equal-opportunity. If there’s going to be boobs on display, let’s also have some pecs to even things out.
If things had ended here, I would have been shocked, amazed, and tickled. They didn’t, of course…
Luckily, Danzaburo leaps to defend the ladies from the peeping Yew.
…And nothing happens! No boobs! No half-naked girls talking about and grabbing each other’s boobs! (If any gentlemen reading this are wondering — no, girls do not typically comment upon and/or grope the breasts of their friends. Certainly, I’ve never done so. The most we do is give each other bra recommendations, which is truthfully not a very titillating conversation.)
I was pleasantly surprised. Thanks, Bravely Second, for defying my expectations.