Friday, February 28, 2014
So. I figured I'd hear it for changing her design so much, but I decided to take a different route when designing Yuffie. I read up on ninjas. A lot. A ridiculous amount. I wanted to try and make a very true to heart portrayal of a ninja. Well... the popular representation of ninjas are pure fantasy. Pretty sure I was aware of that before I started researching, but hey, I confirmed it. So, I thought about where Yuffie grew up- in Wutai, a country that was torn up by war and left in economic distress because of the war. Yuffie was raised to be a fighter; specifically a martial artist. I considered traditional Chinese style clothing, I considered Buddhist robes, I considered so many kinds of different directions I could take Yuffie in, I couldn't pick. So I thought about what Ninja's did. Ninjas were to fight back against the samurai, and their common clothes were-- well, common clothes, to blend in and pass unnoticed. They were spies and insurgents.
I decided to go a little more modern with Yuffie, considering the world she lives in is technologically advanced. Got her done up in some camo to pass unnoticed, and gave her some super fancy night vision goggles. I decided to pass on giving Ninja armour, like I have done for all my other redesigns so far; I feel like most of Yuffie's attacks would be from the dark, unseen and unexpected, and armour was not something she relied heavily on.
And there. Thank you, Corrin, for convincing me to finish her.