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As a sequel to a beloved RPG, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 should have been a slam-dunk for Nintendo Switch owners. What's not to like about a gigantic adventure you can play on the go? Well, there's uh, a couple of things.

In the days since its release, much of the conversation about the game has revolved around the move to an anime art style. The main female protagonist, Pyra, has seen some criticism not only for her skimpy outfit but also the way the game takes every opportunity to ogle her boobs. 

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While these moments might keep you from playing the Switch in TV mode while you're home for the winter break, this is pretty standard stuff for JRPGs. And by most accounts, Pyra herself is a decent character -- she just happens to walk around in lingerie from the Kingdom Hearts collection. If it stopped here, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 would be yet another well-regarded JRPG with too much fanservice.

But it doesn't stop there. The real dust-up began when players got a bit further into the game and discovered Dahlia, a cyber Southern belle/sexrabbit who is introduced like this

To be clear, Dahlia isn't a "character" as much as she is a weapon. Specifically, she's what is known as a "rare Blade" that helps out the main party during battle. I know, the concept is almost unthinkably anime, but think of Dahlia as a summon from the Final Fantasy games. Imagine if Shiva the ice goddess was spliced with Lola Bunny and had serious back problems, and you're just about there. 

Though she doesn't play a huge part in the game proper, that hasn't stopped the internet from making fun of Dahlia and the pair of regulation-sized footballs taped to her chest. Predictably as ever, the backlash itself has also seen its own backlash. Let's take a look at how the internet is eating itself this week, shall we?




1. If the series had been known for this before maybe Dahlia wouldn't have struck a nerve, but characters in past games looked much different



2. It's the kind of thing you notice once, and then that's all you notice

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via llamam00n



3. It can feel a little... overwhelming



4. Sometimes it seems like Boobs: The Game 2: The Boobening



5. The game definitely follows classic Anime Logic when it comes to clothing (and the basic laws of physics)



6. Some folks believe that all this talk has distracted from the real issues at hand



7. Dahlia was designed by Risa Ebata, an artist who has worked in anime for some time. Ebata's concept art for Dahlia has slightly less warped proportions

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(the whole Twitter thread provides some good context for why people are unhappy with the design)




8. Though Dahlia's creator is female, some have pointed out that doesn't make the design immune to criticism


9. If Dahlia feels a little out of place compared to some of the other characters, that's because loads of artists contributed to the game


10. A few folks have offered... interesting solutions to the design



11. Those who don't care about the designs are sitting back and having a good time watching everyone complain about anime boobs 



12. There's already plenty of fan art for Dahlia out there, some of it made purely to spite the "haters"



13. Some of Dahlia's defenders are stretching it a little though. Is her spine really busted just because she's like 10% bunny?



14. If you want a sexy rabbit, you might as well go all the way

https://waddle-moogle.tumblr.com/post/168180691944



15. Then again, there's a pretty good argument for the idea that Dahlia is part Yoshi

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via triplegcecil



16. In the end, the game got the Nintendo Seal of Quality, and that's really all that matters