Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Cracking KOS-MOS's Casing
A Conflict between Form and Function
[Let’s keep this article spoiler-free!]
I’ve always been baffled by Kevin Winnicot’s decision to build a battle android like KOS-MOS. Sure, he wanted to fight off the gnosis. I get that, and I suppose it’s better to make a machine that’s decent to look at instead of a hulking monster, but geez! Talk about impractical!
Let's take a look at her shells across the course of the series:
We’ve got a good bit of skin, some garters, and what amounts to a thong. Oh, and don’t forget her high-heeled boots!
Discounting the fact that her blue glassy parts are where he skin should be, KOS-MOS was actually quite modest in her Xenosaga II incarnation—it must reflect the “wooden doll” look that the producers wanted. She still has her ridiculous high heels, though, and I think she’s smuggling grenades in her breasts.
Those Vector folks certainly have a thing for robots, it would seem. We’ve got a bit more skin here, but it could be worse. That black cloth around her shoulders and neck could be gone, as well as the blue on her thighs. Never mind that it’s skintight.
Xenosaga IV was in production at the same time as the third installment, and so we’ve got a render of how everyone’s favorite android would have turned out. In addition to everything I’ve already said, I’d just like to add that I’m perplexed by her cat ears.
Despite all this, she remains sufficiently badass. Hauling around massive gatling guns like toys (check about four minutes in) and fighting the way she does, you’d be a fool to doubt her combat prowess. I suppose it's even all the more impressive considering her high heeled boots.
Really, though, it's important to point out that KOS-MOS itself doesn't actually have a sex. She's an android, after all. This makes her sexualized casing even more ridiculous--a machine crafted for battle that has been endowed with such large breasts and a matching X-BUSTER.
At least she's better off than MOMO, poor girl.
Labels: Calabar, Character Spotlight, RPG, Xenoseries