Jihl Nabaat was a pretty interesting looking character. She looks smart. Very smart.
…well, with that out of the way, there’s something I’ve always wondered about Jihl. Why don’t we fight her? She has a Trading Arts figure. But I guess it’s just as much eye candy as her appearance in the game?
Jihl Nabaat is a talented PSICOM officer who graduated at the head of her class.
As the supervisor in charge of Dajh’s testing, she grew close to his father, Sazh. However, her kindness was simply a ruse to gain access to the boy’s l’Cie ability to sense Pulse entities.
She captures Sazh and Vanille in Nautilus, using them as bait in her scheme to draw the other Pulse l’Cie out of hiding. Jihl’s plans backfire when her carefully laid ambush is unable to contain the l’Cie, and Barthandelus disposes of her as he would any other tool.
Her datalog makes her seem like a babysitter rather than a high ranking officer. But she graduated at the head of her class. You can tell because she’s smart and wears glasses. I don’t understand, she looks like a pretty capable fighter. It looks like we should have fought here. But we never battle her. Why not?
It can’t because we don’t fight high ranking members of the PSICOM. We fight Yaarg Rosch in Eden, She’s his right hand…”man”. If anything, we should first her first as a warm up to Yaarg. Do we avoid fighting her to show she’s incompetent? Well, everyone in Final Fantasy XIII is incompetent. Even though she wears glasses, she’s pretty silly not knowing what the color codes mean. But that doesn’t mean they couldn’t program her to be a capable fighter. So why didn’t we?
Well, Square Enix probably avoided a potential landmine. We first meet her in Nautilus, detaining Sazh and Vanille. She explains this was Dajh’s focus. Of course, Sazh and Vanille have advanced the plot on the Palamecia, so they can’t exactly fight her away. But still, no battle before capture? It would have made sense, but instead what we get is Jihl hitting Sazh over the head with a baton.
I don’t know how much Square Enix knows of the political climate, but this is pretty controversial. Especially here in America. Having Sazh shoot at Jihl might bring up even more wrong connotations. Sazh’s life matters, but so does PSICOMs’.
Sazh not fighting Jihl was a smart decision but still wasted a character. We could have fought her on the Palamecia with another of our other characters, the same way we fought Yaarg.