Musings: So, Lightning Has A Larger Chest In Lightning Returns

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They increased Lightning’s chest size in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII… to better showcase costumes?

This past weekend, Square Enix held a special Premium Event for Square Enix Members and PlayStation Plus subscribers. They were giving some details about what we can look forward to for Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. During a Q & A session, the devs went into more detail about a small little detail they quietly revealed at E3 this past June: that they increased Lightning’s chest size.

When asked if it was true that they changed Lightning’s cup size from a Japanese C size (the equivalent to North American B cup) to a D (North American C cup), character modelling designer Nobuhiro Goto said that it was true, and that Lightning Returns director Motomu Toriyama was the one who wanted the change done.

In addition, Goto confirmed that her breasts do jiggle:

Yes, her chest jiggles. Since everyone can decide what costume she’ll wear, you can make sure it does (laughs). By the way, since Lightning swings her arm when you change her weapon in the menu screen, that’s a recommended action for sure-fire jiggling! To see it even better it could be useful to equip a small shield. Look forward to it!

… okay…

Gematsu further clarified that above statement in their coverage: that because several of the 80 different costumes showed off her cleavage, they felt that giving her a bigger bust size would better show the costumes off.

So they gave her a change in bust size out of the blue in the name of fashion. And lots of folks are upset that they decided to do this with an already-established character. I can understand the shock; as I said, the change was out of the blue. But let’s take another look at this (if you will be so kind to indulge me some).

People can go through a change in character (from meek or hard-edge to more fun-loving or outgoing), and, as a consequence, change their appearance to reflect the new them; to be more confident (change in wardrobe, or maybe even go get work done to change something about their body). Or, people simply make those changes just for the heck of it (’cause it’ll just make them feel better and all, ya know?).

Since we’re talking about Final Fantasy, let’s bring up Yuna from Final Fantasy X/X-2. When we first met her, she was demure and soft-spoken with a quiet strength; the weight of the world on her shoulders since she was out to save the world from the threat of Sin. But once the threat was gone, the people of the world started to relax and be more free-spirited. Yuna also decided to loosen up and be far more carefree than she was before, and her wardrobe change reflected that in X-2.

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Yuna in her Summoner garb from Final Fantasy X (right), before her wardrobe change in X-2 to reflect her new carefree attitude (guns and all).

All that to say, it’s not uncommon for someone to go through a change since last we see them to reflect some change in their life.

But they didn’t increase Yuna’s bust in X-2 “just because”, and I don’t know how much the whole ‘change in personality/look’ applies with Lightning here. Maybe Toriyama really wanted to make Lightning more like how she was in the original concept docs and felt that upping her cup size and letting folks dress her up in various costumes would help…?

In the early days of Final Fantasy XIII‘s development, Lightning was meant to be a more flirtatious character with much more sex appeal. But they decided that they wanted her to be a more serious character, so they changed Fang (who was a man in these early stages), gave her more of the sex appeal traits, and made Lightning the Cloud Strife clone that she is.

So now we’ve reached the second sequel to Final Fantasy XIII, and Toriyama wanted to increase Lightning’s bust size… for some odd reason (no rhyme or reason; “just because”). Fan service, I suppose. But how many of the fans were really begging for Lightning to have a larger chest and have jiggle physics? I mean, I’m sure there are some out there who did, but enough to warrant a change? And while Toriyama’s busy trying to make things more appealing to those particular fans (and perhaps lure new fans with this change in Lightning’s physique), isn’t he afraid of potentially turning off those who hate/are offended by this type of fan service (the portrayal of women in videogames has been quite the hot-button issue as of late, after all).

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I quite liked Lighting’s outfit in Final Fantasy XIII-2.

I dunno… I think Lightning looked fine as she was, and the costumes probably would’ve looked nice on her without the need to increase her bust. The fact that the devs are calling attention to Lightning’s new chest size; giving suggestions as to how to get that max jiggle action is… kinda creepy, to be honest. The need to go this route; to “sex her up” (sorry… don’t know how else to phrase it) and point it out gleefully feels like a desperate move to try and get more people to buy the game who probably might not have in the first place. And it’s unnecessary. The game will sell like hot cakes because fans want to see how Lightning’s story will end, not because of excessive fan service. At least, it would probably sell, unless fans decide to not buy the game now because of this (and some have said as much in Comments Sections on various sites).

Been kinda ranting a bit on this, yea? Think I’ll end things here. Thanks for reading 🙂

How do you feel about the decision to suddenly change Lightning’s breast size? Does it bother you, or are you cool with it (or you just don’t care either way)? Let me know your thoughts in the Comments Section!

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Doesn’t matter what she’s wearing, Lightning will still kick your ass.


Sources: DualShockers; Destructoid; Kotaku; Gematsu (thanks to Tekknight for the tip!)