I read these:
Did anyone know that Wakka was originally conceived to be darker skin?
Isn’t Lulu supposed to be Latino/Hispanic or something?
I think Seymour Guado is a Hispanic/Latino name. What do you guys think?
And I really don’t know what Aspilanti84 is talking about.
But I thought about it…
Seriously, I thought about an Aspilanti84 post.
I thought that maybe Apsilanti84 was up to something. Just not in the way they thought.
It’s well-known that the developers used real life inspiration when designing characters:
Character designer Tetsuya Nomura has identified the South Pacific, Thailand and Japan as major influences on the cultural and geographic design of Spira, particularly concerning the geographic location of the southern Besaid and Kilika islands.
So then, why not on the characters themselves.
Aspilanti84’s right. Developers considered making Wakka darker skinned. Does this explain the Jamaican/Caribbean accent? Possibly. Not sure if Jamaican/Caribbean was the inspiration for the Japanese version of Wakka, however:
Wakka means “water” in the Ainu language, an indigenous language from Hokkaido and the Sea of Okhotsk region in Japan.
We could say that he’s more from the Hokkaido region, even though he looks Pacific Islander:
Wakka is tall and muscled, with tan skin, brown eyes, and long reddish-orange hair
The English localization (most notably by John DiMaggio) gave him the familiar Jamaican/Caribbean as the archetypal islander.
I don’t know if Lulu is Hispanic, but her name does have “ethnic” roots:
Lulu originates from the Arabic and Persian word “لؤلؤ” ([Lo’-Lo’], meaning “pearl”) through corruption into “لولو” ([Lu-lu]), which is meaningless in Arabic, but means “boogieman” in Persian.
Also, Islander roots:
It is also the diminutive or vernacular form of the female name Louisa, Louise or Lucy, or of their variant forms. Lulu is also of Swahili, Tanzanian and Hawaiian origin, and it means the “precious”, “pearl”, “calm”, “peaceful”, and “protected”. According to Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, “lulu” was an early 20th century term used to described a woman with unique talents or ability.
So then, she’s an Hawaiian goth (and a little bit pale to be an islander).
As for Seymour Guado:
Seymour is an English name derived from a location from Northern France (meaning Saint Maur). The Latin ancestor of the word is maur, meaning “dark skinned”, and originated from the use as a title by Norman Noblemen who conquered parts of Great Britain in 1066.
Maybe Seymour actually represents a colonizer?
Of course, the Gamefaqs posts are weird parody, but I’m not sure what Aspilanti84 were getting at here. But whether the joke fell flat or went over my head entirely, I think it was able to stir
Then there’s this.
I guess Aspilanti84 is making race-based judgments on names alone?
If so, what a moron.