Did you happen to read my list of 5 examples where women’s armor actually protected them? I hope you did (or if you didn’t, that you’ll check it out now!), because you can think of this award as a counter example.
I’ve been reviewing Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka, and for the most part, I’ve found the costumes to be what I expect from a Magical Girl sort of show, with a bit of a military twist. Asuka, for example, has a pretty dress, but instead of lacy and frilly corset, she has a flak jacket. Even though the dress is not realistic, its designers gave a nod towards the necessities of battle.
Not so with General Tabira from the Spirit World!
From the moment we first see her, we can see that her outfit is more than a little revealing. Of course, that translates into zero protection from bullets, shrapnel, magical attacks, or even rain. But if you can believe it, it is even worse than that!
Even at first glance, it’s pretty clear that most modern militaries would not consider her uniform to be field worthy! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Did you see her step out of the gate? It was kind of hard to miss; the camera was right there! She appeared to be wearing only panties (maybe they were combat panties?), but if it were only that, I probably would have not said anything. That’s really nothing unusual! But check out that… cape? train? There’s something handing below her bottom, but above her knees.
If she were in a fight — or if she just had to backup — what’s likely to happen? She’s going to fall on her combat panties, isn’t she?
General Tabira’s outfit goes beyond being just revealing and enters the realm of freaking dangerous to its wearer! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
I mean, it’s one thing to dress a character in a revealing outfit. I’m not complaining about that! What I’m doing is awarding General Tabira’s outfit with the Most Impractical Uniform of the Season Award, for all of the reasons we’ve just discussed.
Not only that, but look at the bustier! It looks like it’s slice her to bits if she sneezes, or sits down, or, you know, breathes!
Well, I guess at least her shoulders and lower arms have some protection! Maybe her uniform isn’t so impractical after all?
Nah, no need to get crazy or anything…