Originally from the 1986 Commodore 64 game Athena & then Psycho Soldier, Athena has been a mainstay in the King Of Fighters beat ’em up. I Drew her in her King Of Fighters XII regular outfit because it matched quite closely her Psycho Soldier get up. I didn’t really get how this sailor moon schoolgirl type thing had so much of a legacy. To be honest, her he-man type sword, shield, bikini and sandals thing made more sense. As an origin point it told me more about her as a character (Since I’m unfamiliar with her story) than the schoolgirl thing did.

If you carry round a sword and wear almost nothing┬áthat tells me you’re some kind of Amazon barbarian thing.┬áBut if you are jumping in midair with crossed eyes it tells me you look like a retard. I like the catch phrase on the box “Who Am I?” “I’m ATHENA – Heroine with miracle power. Come And Join with me for Fantastic Adventure!”
I also completely ignored the art of the western version of Psycho Soldier, since it didn’t match up with the in game sprites one bit. It’s like they heard a vague description and just extrapolated from there, throwing in their Hair Metal & weird 80s space fantasy sensibilities just because they can.