on May 29, 2007
In Final Fantasy XXII one of your party members is Fran, a member of the Viera, who are a race of bunny women. Yes, a “race” of women.
But all women? This raises a few interesting questions…
At one point in the game you visit their village, and it is all women with bunny ears. I’m okay with this, because if their race had men they would look ridiculous. Well, more ridiculous. Females can pull off the bunny / catgirl look, but men? Not so much.
|Left: Fran. Right: One of her “sisters”.|
But I’m not sure how this is supposed to work. Balthier makes a comment at one point, “Fran knows all about men.” I assume he means human men, since there don’t seem to be any Viera males.
But how can they not have males? They seem to have otherwise normal family relationships. One of the bunnies is Fran’s sister, others are not. This seems to indicate a family structure with siblings, which doesn’t make a lot of sense if they are asexual. Not that I know anything about asexual cultures, but I’m just saying.
But now that I think of it, these aren’t the only bunnies you see in the game. The other bunnies are little munchkins who look much more like rabbits.
These bunnies are more of the fluffy bunny and less of the Playboy bunny variety. They are short, cute, and they call everyone “Kupo”
In the game you see them building mechanical doors, maintaining airships, and inventing intra-city teleports. Once in a while you see one running a shop. These bunnies are clearly mostly engineers and entrepreneurs. Oh my gosh! These bunnies are guys! These must be the Viera males!
Q: But… how would they…
A: What? How would they what?
Q: You know…
A: Ooooh! Yeah. I see what you’re getting at.
Q: Yeah. How would they do it?
A: Very, very carefully.
Shamus Young is an old-school OpenGL programmer, author, and composer. He runs this site and if anything is broken you should probably blame him.