[Content warning: drugging]
It’s tough for me to condemn these Japanese writers when their backgrounds and upbringings have been so different. For a country struggling with homophobia, it’s encouraging that they are moving in the right direction even when some of the things they are putting their game are more radical in Japan than they are here. Nintendo has always played things safe. Radiant Dawn has zero (obvious) gay relationships. (Never played it but I’ve heard there’s some subtext.) We’ve moved in the right direction.
The case of the Fates character is difficult. The drugging happens in one support out of many. It is obviously unacceptable to portray drugging a woman. I hope they gave learned from that and are more sensitive to that in the future. At the same time, I think calling the character lesbian is incorrect. There are some complications in the English translation, where they made her preference for women greater than in the Japanese version. From the FE wiki:
“In the Japanese original version however, while Soleil still has a weakness towards some females, it is much more ambiguous which one she prefers, and her S rank supports have her normally marry the other male children.”
So it’s not as cut and dry as turning a lesbian character straight. ( Again, the drugging is indefensible. That I agree with you completely. But with regards to other supports, the Japanese writers saw her as bi.) This would have been a lot easier to swallow if there was a solely gay character. I hope we will see that in the near future.
I totally understand your views. We always need people pushing for more representation from these companies. At the same time, they’ve come a long way, and I feel comfortable enough with their progress to enjoy the game. And it seems like your issues with the series only began when they started trying to explore non-straight characters. There were zero gay relationships in past games.
This is obviously a glass half full view. But we asked for gay relationships, and they’re trying and improving as we go. And we can (and should!) continue to ask for more, but I don’t personally have an issue continuing to play the games since I’ve seen a visible improvement in the last few years.