Back to Wild Arms female leads:
I have to agree with those that found Virginia to be weak. I was pretty unimpressed with how they handled her. There's some weird hypocracy in her character model that just doesn't add up. Other characters tend to treat her as a strong leader, but I found myself thinking she was uncharasmatic and indecisive. She just didn't have very strong leadership skills, yet all the other characters follow her lead as if she does. I just didn't buy it. Not to mention, I do think she falls into the same problem as many female characters do, where as they develop, they become less emotionally strong. When you first meet her, she's a badass vigilante, but as the game progresses, she's prone to devolving into sorrowfull Daddy's Girl. I'm not saying that it isn't realistic for a character to become emotional over personal events like that, but it's possible to have a character show emotion without becoming weaker.
In my view, Virginia was never meant to be the "badass vigilante" in the story. That's Maya's job. :P Virginia was more the passionate, yet exceptionally naive, heroine wannabe with daddy issues, who makes her mistakes and learns her lessons and manages to stick to her guns without having to do a complete 180. Oddly enough, I never considered that a weakness. Not every heroine needs to become the next "Rambo". I like the type of character who sticks to their core beliefs and outlook in life. Call me weird.
Raquel, on the other hand, was exceptional. Great concept, great execution (I really need to finish the game one day, and find out what happens to her!).
Well, seeing as Raquel...
...is dead due to her body finally breaking down by the epilogue after having given birth to Arnaud's daughter...it's sad that happens to one of the cooler characters in the game.
I have to agree about the writing, it is probably my least favorite of the series.