One of the most distinctive qualities of Koei Tecmo is that its games feature the prettiest people. Koei has a mastery over beauty that often draws ire, especially when its depiction borders on the pin-up, but that quality also places Koei somewhere in the same area as wandering around an art gallery of 18th and 19th-century painters and admiring their ability to capture beauty as something worthy in and of itself. So many of Koei’s games can simply be admired on that basis, before you even start to play them.
It’s a smart business by Koei too, since all this beautiful art becomes stuff that can be sold and Koei fans tend to have a lot of posters, clear files, figures, and other collectibles in the collections. So, with that in mind, I figured that this week we could look at some of Koei’s finest work in this area. We’re focusing on the women for this list, but Koei does also produce some beautiful men too. It’s just that many of them are locked into Ruby Party games, and those don’t get localised. Feel free to yell at Koei about that until they change their minds, and at that point, I’ll do a boys list as well.
Joan of Arc
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