The many faces of Ishtar

According to Wikipedia, Ishtar is an ancient Mesopotamian goddess associated with love, beauty, sex, desire, fertility, war, justice, and political power. Emphasis mine, so if you’re thinking this post is going to be a little NSFW, you’re probably right.

Anyway, for those of you who are still reading: in the space of a week, I have seen references to Ishtar in three different shows, so let’s review them. We’ll start with Kono Yuusha ga Ore Tueee Kuse ni Shinchou Sugiru, a show about a junior goddess who summons a somewhat neurotic hero to save a world from a demon army. Here, Ishtar takes the form of a kindly older goddess handing our advice to the female lead. I think we can all agree that this is fairly SFW, especially relative to Ristarte’s choice of clothes.

Our next reference comes from Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka II, another show with loads of divine entities hanging around in human form. The premise of the show comes from the title - “is it wrong to try to pick up girls in a dungeon?” - and largely involves the main character fighting various adversaries (usually in a dungeon) and, yes, picking up girls. As one might expect, the Ishtar in this show is correspondingly more… sultry. Indeed, you may be less than surprised to know that this Ishtar is in charge of the, uh, “Pleasure Quarter” of the setting.

But I’m saving the best for last. Yes, that’s right - Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majuu Sensen Babylonia. I don’t really get the plot, which is something that can be said for all the Fate series that I’ve watched, but generally speaking there’s a grail in there, and magic, and summoned Servants representing heroes of humanity’s past duking it out for victory. After all, who doesn’t want to watch Achilles throw down with Spartacus (Fate Apocrypha)? Anyway, this show takes some liberties with the representation of various legends and historical figures, and Ishtar is no exception:

Let’s put aside the obvious recycling of Tohsaka Rin’s character design and personality. I’ll even ignore the skimpy clothing, which is basically a bikini - not exactly office wear, but not usual in a sunny climate. No, the biggest problem is the single knee sock that she’s got going on:

It’s hard to explain why, but in terms of NSFW’ness, having one knee sock is worse than having no knee socks at all.

Written on October 29, 2019