Yes, the series has 'eye-candy' in the form of Jeane. It also has Vicki. Who is certainly not
eye-candy. Nor is Hellion. Or Josephine. Or Ameria. Or Isabel. Or Chisato. Or... well, you get the point. Basically for every Jeane, Kasumi, there is a Cordelia, Lelei.
To be fair, it's not like the women don't have eye-candy too. What about the bath scenes? How many women swooned over Blue Lightning Flik in the bath, I ask you?
I just think, it's fair to point at fiction as a whole and decry it's gratuitious sex use and portrayal of women - but Suikoden
has always been more balanced on the subject, more than its many peers, and is one of the reasons I love it so. Yes, it does have Jeane. Yes, it does have your masculine stereotype in Helga.
But it also has Cleo - a fantastically written warrior woman who takes no crap but at the same time, maintains a very feminine and gentle stance. She's strong, but she's not masculine
. Lucia, a woman who is characterised very much as a matronly and passionate woman, but also maintains a very strong warrior's edge. Don't get me started on Chris Lightfellow.
What about just gentler portrayals if that's a viable term? Yoshino Yamamoto springs to mind. She's very tender and soft and although she can fight, it's not her calling, nor is she downtrodden or useless.
I just don't think all of the women in Suikoden
are stereotyped and / or eye-candy. And if they are, it equally goes for the men.
who was sad Cleo wasn't playable in S2 or S3.