I can’t agree with that last part, but I have always wanted to see an Asch Side of the game if Namco made a Director’s Cut! Just think about it… maybe the reason they gave Abyss a direct port was because they were saving all the extras for a DC!? 8D Okay, okay, I know that’s a far stretch and probably won’t happen, but it’s hard not to dream about it.
….And maybe instead of adding silly new characters with no previous importance to the plot, they could just give us more side missions with Asch in the party or make Noelle a playable character (and likewise, Ginji for the “Asch Side.” They could use guns or some kind of fontech weapon?). Yeah, okay, I’ll stop now.
I can’t see Ginji as a playable character for Asch’s side, only because Ginji is such a delicate flower that Asch would have to spend all his time protecting him. XD Okay, that’s a bit mean, but while I like to imagine Ginji as a really cool (if dorky, once you get to know him) guy who loves to tease his baby sis, this is the boy who crashed his various Albiores, twice. Noelle I could see holding her own, because she is a BAMF who flies airships like no other, but Ginji? Naaahhhh.
Instead, Asch already has three other partners that could make up a fighting party—the Dark Wings! =D He hires them in the midst of act two, if I’m not mistaken, and they could totally hold their own in battle. I firmly believe that. Plus, as we see at the Tower of Rem, they do actually care about him (in their own way), so I could totally see them backing him up in battle. It’d be really badass to play as them.
But yeah, that’s the only addition I’ve got. Everything else you said sounds great. =D
I don’t see Ginji as being quick to willingly jump into battle either (so in that respect, I agree!), but I do think he could hold his own, at least for a while, in certain situations. I know they don’t show him leaving the Town Hall in the game, and in the anime he was “out taking the Albiore III for a test flight” (ugh, think of him coming back home AFTERWARDS), but in the manga and in the game, Ginji was in Sheridan when the massacre happened. No, you never see him fighting soldiers or anything at all like that, but he has witnessed his share of brutality at the very least, and however events went in the city, he didn’t get himself killed in the process. (Unless you, the player, already failed to save him earlier. |D)
As for the Albiores, during the first crash in the Megiorra Highlands, the seniors comment that the wind was really bad that day. Canyon flying can actually be pretty dangerous, especially so when there’s lots of turbulence (at least from what I remember reading). It would be my guess that he was flying a little too close to the cliffs and there was a large gust of wind or a column of bumpy air that pushed him into them and/or so close that he couldn’t correct in time to avoid a crash. Another possibility is - and this one is pushing it a little, I realize - even if they are all modeled the same, each airship is a unique machine. Something could have potentially gone wrong with the Albiore (I) that day. Third possibility is he just…crashed. For whatever reason. With no help from the weather or a malfunction. But if they ever doubted his piloting skills, why would they send him out on a windy day by himself? Why would Aston let him pilot the Albiore III (referred to as “Aston’s Albiore”) for Asch even?
And the second crash at Eldrant was planned, albeit recklessly and on the fly
get it, get it. (“It was dangerous, but I had to. I flew in from the interceptor system’s blind spot and rammed it with the Albiore. That was the only way to stop the anti-air fire.”)
My point is (I think my point is…?), even if Ginji isn’t fighter material, he is fairly resilient and is willing to put himself in danger and do dangerous things when there’s no other option. The guy survived two plane crashes! (Unless he fell to his doom.) And he weathered a massacre. …He’s just also a bit reckless. Or a lot reckless, depending.
And yes, he obviously has his fluffy adorkable marshmallow moments too.
But I wouldn’t discount him because he “crashed two Albiores”? Financially they are a major bummer, I just don’t personally feel like they were due to any particular lack of wit or skill.
(Also, I apologize for the tl;dr, especially if it’s unwanted!! This went way off on a tangent, re: crashings. I just…felt like I needed to throw in my two cents, having overanalyzed all the Ginji tidbits previously.)