My take on Aika for my Skies of Arcadia redesign.
Just like with Vyse, I wanted to make Aika recognizable but also different enough to fit my version of the world. In contrast to her original outfit, I designed her clothes to make her appear more tomboyish, and then gave her long bushy/flowing hair to give off an impression that she's someone who's feisty and passionate.
Instead of a boomerang as she originally had, I decided on a trained bird that carries a dagger in its mouth as it flies and attacks enemies from a long distance, just like a boomerang would. I believe it fits my redesign better, and it also has a bit of quirkiness that fits in well with Skies of Arcadia. Aika herself carries a dagger as defense for anyone who gets through her bird.
You can check out sketches and design work on my blog at yagaminoue.tumblr.com/