BioWare Reveals Bishoujo Liara Prototype

Kotobukiya first showed off the art for a Bishoujo version of Mass Effect's Liara at SDCC '11. It was a surprise to see a character from Mass Effect in Bishoujo style and I thought Shunya Yamashita's art looked pretty good as an alternate take on the character. Well, BioWare has revealed the prototype sculpt for the statue via the Mass Effect Facebook page, but there are a few noticeable differences between the art and the sculpt. The biggest change is that Liara's breasts are now squished together and much larger. Apparently someone at Kotobukiya thought that Liara wasn't over-sexualized enough. Compared to other Bishoujo girls, her initial art wasn't as overtly sexed-up. Her head also seems to be tilted downward, which is a weird little change. BioWare says that feedback will help shape than statue, although many of the comments aren't really in the line of constructive criticism. Many fans are ridiculously complaining that it's "too anime," but that's the Bishoujo style. That's not going to change, folks. Part of the whole point of Bishoujo is to give non-anime characters an "anime" look. It will be interesting to see if any changes are made to the statue the next time we get to see photos of it. I'm sure once Liara is painted, whether she's gone through nay cosmetic changes or not, it'll look fine. I just hope this doesn't turn into another DC Unlimited debacle. We got screwed out of some great-looking Garrus and Legion figures, and a possible regular Liara figure, from that.

Bishoujo Liara has had a couple big changes since her concept art.

- Shawn - 9/4/2011