A young artist in Michigan sparked a stir when he painted a painting for a middle school that depicted Xiao's mask from Genshin Impact. In Liyue, Xiao of Genshin Impact is revered as a protector against evil spirits, but those who have never set foot in Teyvat have a different impression of him. Controversy and conflict are present in HoYoverse's role-playing game, but the criticism is usually more rational. \n \nFans of Genshin Impact have had a busy few months, with the release of the massive region of Sumeru and several new playable characters like Candace, Tighnari, and Collie. Genshin figures are rarely overtly branded Satanic or accused of promoting witchcraft, although the complete term is based on magic; recent accusations of Candace have focused on her "whitewashed" appearance not matching the old African queen she is said to be based on. \n \nFurthermore, whenever new characters are introduced in updates or banners, such as the upcoming Genshin Impact 3.2 banners featuring the eagerly awaited Nahida and Layla, they are usually met with enthusiastic support from the player base. \n \nSome people don't agree with the inherent optimism in the characters and lore of Genshin Impact. According to NPR, parents in a Michigan school district are upset that a high school student painted a mural featuring Xiao's Nuo opera mask for a middle school. Xiao's cover was tiny on the vibrant mural next to a transgender flag, a Hamsa hand, and other well-known figures. \n \nKotaku reports that the teen's parents attacked him at a school board meeting because he had included a "demonic Satan mask" and LGBTQ propaganda in his project. \n \nMany Teyvat visitors are anticipating the November 2 release of the 3.2 upgrades, which will bring the Nahida banner from Genshin Impact with it. However, it remains to be seen if Nahida and the soon-to-be 4-star Layla will stir up as much debate as Xiao, the protector of Liyue in Genshin Impact.