Tifa with very conflicting interpretations. In the interview, Nomura is said to have been told by Square Enix’s ethics department to “restrict” or “constrict” Tifa’s chest. Twinfinite has the full interview, and has since added an editor’s note reading “the context and wording indicted clearly that this refers to the tightness and design of Tifa’s clothing, not to her chest size.” I’ll take an educational approach as to why this is not only appropriate when interpreted correctly, but realistic, further down in this article.
Previously, “restrict” was interpreted as “shrink,” by some. As pointed out by game producer and well-known Monster Hunter YouTuber Gaijinhunter, and others, this is simply not the case. As Twinfinite mentioned, with the full context, it’s easy to infer that “restrict” in Japanese is meant to be understood as “bind” or “squeeze” as opposed to “shrink.” You can read Gaijinhunter’s full translation below, replacing “restrict” or “constrict” with the much clearer “bind” instead.
I am annoyed by bad translations so here is mine. SQEX didn’t tell them to shrink her boobs, they asked that they didn’t use a clothing design that made them flop all over during action sequences to the point of being unnatural, considering she is an active/sporty type. pic.twitter.com/J3le5Q2pe1
— Gaijinhunter (@aevanko) June 20, 2019
In summary, Tifa was not requested to get a smaller chest, only to be given a proper garment. With that said, of course it makes sense for Tifa to wear a high-impact sports bra. Tifa fights, runs, jumps, and does all sorts of physical activities in FF7, and let me tell you: not having the proper bra during intense activities can be annoying, painful, and, I’m not going to lie, embarrassing, especially if you’re as #blessed as Tifa. Yes, she very obviously still appears to have large breasts even while wearing a constricting undergarment, and that is a miracle, especially as someone with such a low body-fat percentage. Of course, Tifa is a fictional character and the laws of physics and realistic body proportions vary greatly from game to game, but the addition of the sports bra makes sense from a realistic standpoint.
I’m going to talk more about breasts now, so if you’re uninterested or uncomfortable, stop now. But I promise: it will be educational.
Like I mentioned, not having proper clothing during sports can be painful, and disastrous. As reported in an ESPN article, the nipples on a C- or D- cup breast can accelerate up to 45 mph in one second, and do so in a figure eight pattern. In an hour of jogging, a pair of breasts will bounce several thousand times. A third of women in the 2012 London Marathon surveyed for a study reported breast pain from exercise, and those reports increased with cup size.
According to the NHS website, about 70% of women are wearing the wrong size bra, which contributes to pain experienced by exercising without proper support. This is exacerbated by the limits of bra sizes, as well. The “core” sizes of bras range only from a band size 32 (the circumference of the rib cage, just below the bust) up to a D cup (the difference between the circumference of the rib cage and the bust, as measured when bending over.)
Tifa would have an excruciatingly hard time finding a bra that fits her small band-size large cup-sized body in the real world, and I wish I knew where she shopped to get her perfectly fitted sports-bra. I did reach out for comment by a bra fit specialist, but I imagine they have better things to do than fit an imaginary video game character.
In 2016, UFC fighter Meisha Tate opted to double-up on sports bras after witnessing another fighter’s mishap. MMA Junkie reported on how Valerie Letourneaue experienced issues as well and was forced to readjust in the middle of a fight. The Reebok sports bras, mandated as part of the uniform, garnered complaints over its lack of thoughtful design. Speaking to MMAjunkie, Tate said, “We need a thicker band around the base (of the bra), to kind of make sure it stays down. It’s just kind of (too) soft. … You don’t want to have to worry about that kind of stuff in the middle of a fight.”
Luckily, with this newly designed high-cut, high-impact bra meant for activity, Tifa shouldn’t have any problems worrying about breast pain, bounce, or mishaps in the Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Congratulations Tifa on getting the proper support you need to save the world.
Casey DeFreitas is a Wiki Editor at IGN and Nintendo Voice Chat’s new host! Catch her on Twitter @ShinyCaseyD.