Since I've mostly had to praise and defend the first game in the previous thread, this seems like a good chance for me to voice some of my initial criticisms I have right now, even relevant to that first topic.
But, and maybe I should of mentioned this in the previous thread when I suggested making this one, you also have to keep in mind, there isn't actually much to talk about in regards to this game yet. Since it's not out and no ones played it, all of this is just speculation, and that can only bring a conversation so far.
I actually don't really like the girls in this game, compared to the first. From an aesthetic perspective, I don't find them very appealing, and I think the outfit design is downright bad. They, (The outfits.) Look way to goofy.
What little I know about their personalities also seems like a bit of a miss to me. So, without playing the game, here are my initial impressions:
Shinoa seems way to normal. She reminds (aesthetically) way to much of Haruhi to actually be appealing looks wise.
Lily is the closest to something I find appealing, but I'm not very into the "forehead" look. I love oujo type characters, but I do wish her hair was instead parted in the front and she had bangs. See Erica from Campione, Touka Ryuumonbuchi from Saki, and Mary from IB for examples.
Kuroe could do without the buttons and the weird head thing that makes her look like a nun. This one is rather simple. I just don't like nuns.
Mizuki: I don't like short hair... Or dogs... Or her weird overall things... And I have a bad feeling I'm going to end up finding her entire persona annoying.
Sui: GIRL WHAT ARE YOU EVEN WEARING?! I CAN'T EVEN!...
Yurine: I know what you're wearing, and it's almost nothing. I actually feel like she could be cuter if she let her hair down.
Tsukasa: There is just nothing I like about this girl at all.
Hilariously, I actually like Enri and Mayas design the most out of all of them.
Maya her self is actually cute, and her outfit makes sense.
While Enri's outfit is slightly less practical, it actually has a flow to it that I really dig that the other characters outfits seem to lack. I also actually think the girl her self is cute and probably has the prettiest design out of the cast.
Holy crap...you are probably one of the most opinionated people I've ever met!!!!
Not, that's a bad thing per se...just something of my natural enemy disposition wise...at least it's fun talking to you.
Anyway, crap like this is good...speculation is good. Just cuz it's not out yet is no excuse to *not* talk about the game.
To be honest, I actually like the girls' look as much as the first game. You say goofy, I say cute and with flair...a bit of tit for tat.
Shinoa is def the most normal looking girl...and I kinda dig that about her. Not too over the top and hints at her true nature as a total she bitch (speculation from what I know of her and the pink haired anime girl trope...total control freaks behind a smile). But I...I have broad tastes and...yeah.
I...actually don't like "oujou" types that much...my first impulse is to want to hit them. But then, one of two things happen....I end up not hating them outright and they grow on me, or I just can't stand them. The look isn't bad, but I'm not a fan of the forehead look either. It either works or it doesn't. ...it works for her, but is still a minus. But I can't say much else about her less I spoil things. She bugs me a little less than Ran did though...I actually pitied Ran's fragility.
I...want a Kuroe plushie, a Mizuki plushie and an Alice plushie...LIKE RIGHT NOW!!!
For Kuroe, I don't mind the look, she looks like a doll and I want one. Plus, blue is one of my favorite colors. It suits her. I want to hug them all.
Mizuki's puppy look is actually what I like about her....personally, I think she pulled it off better than Sako and Yuko from CG 1. See, I prefer longer hair too, but I can admit when it works for a lady and Mizuki, Sui and Tsukasa work for me....plus, big ass sword...a puppy with a big ass sword, wins every time.
Sui...the only thing I dislike is her...big hat. But it's okay cuz I like her overall look...and she reminds me of a cat. Plus she works like Shin gameplaywise so yeah, double win. Her hat throws off the balance a bit though, but meh.
With Tsukasa, I like the flirtiness and teasing and like oujou types, gyarus are either like or hate for me, and I don't mind her. Plus, she's a healer, which is all kinds of ironic. (Had to double check that bit about her since it bugged me to no end about her battle role, and my japanese sucked which was funny since the only vids I could find were in korean...no hangul for me).
Yurine...would look AMAZING with her hair down and suit the look of her outfit better. But, I prefer Tomoe's costume to Yurine but meh. Overly busty characters aren't usually my thing, but I liked Tomoe so it's not like I hate them either and she has a halberd, scythe... thing, so yeah.
Enri...is nice, but not my favorite design tbh, second or third favorite . I think her personality is what wins me over and that's all I'll comment on. Her look ties with Shinoa, Kuroe and/or Sui for me.
Maya only makes sense cuz she's a part of the Reformation Program staff...uniforms man, uniforms are part of the schtick! She strikes me as the most plain looks wise...but to each their own and like Enri, I won't comment further....she's no Miu though.
Those are my impressions on the girls at a glance.
Well , the only other thing I can say is that this bunch of girls has things I liked more than in CG 1 and things I liked less, but what I liked more outweighed what I disliked. Well, that and how screwed up the girls are is always, ALWAYS a plus. No comment further there....but overall, I think the girl'outlandish looks really highlight them better than in the first game for the most part...but that's me.
Plus, like how their sins played into their combat roles and skillset, I'm excited how the $)S/M skill paths play into that...
That's another thing I think the first game and this one will do very well with, showing you just who these gurls are...by the way they fight.
Thnx for sharing and this is for anything about the game...sans the politics so guesses are great, or y'know...debate aesthetic differences....whatever works.