Anonymous asked: Hey, just a PSA since I just found out, KH3 is now available for pre-order on Newegg and Amazon, and is supposed to be released for Dec. 31st. I'm going to pre order and I haven't even bought a PS4 yet. Also, evidently it's also coming out on XBoner. So that's a thing.
That certainly is a thing.
The December 31st date, though, is clearly a placeholder. Which, in fairness, is still technically a thing, but it’s much less of a thing than you might…
Anonymous asked: What are your thoughts on the various "clone" characters in the series? Does it show laziness, or is it justified by the story?
Ooh, a very thoughtful question. To which I answer, um…yes. Yes to both.
In storytelling, especially in plays and movies, there’s a thing called the alienation effect. It’s basically where you subtly but deliberately break the fourth wall in a way that makes your audience think about what they’re watching. It’s “alienating” because it’s specifically taking the viewer out of the fictional world, “alienating” them from the plots and the characters of the work, and forcing them to think about all the behind-the-scenes decisions that went into making that work.
When, say, Vanitas’ mask melts away to reveal Sora’s face, the game, in a certain sense, breaks the fourth wall. In context, in-universe, that face, that voice, and that hairstyle mean nothing to Ven. The entire process of that whole dramatic reveal is for our benefit only — only for the audience. And in that moment, we’re taken out of the action for at least a split second and forced to wonder…why. Why does Vanitas have Sora’s face? Why did the writers think to do that? What point or what theme or what connection are they trying to express here?
Then the action continues, the moment passes, and we sink back into the fictional world.
It’s a legitimate, well-documented, and potentially even very clever technique, and there are times in the series where it’s used incredibly well. The best example there is probably Xion, who uses it virtually constantly as she flips back and forth from “hood up” to “hood down” and from “blank-faced” to “Kairi” to “Ven” to “Sora.” It can be confusing or disorienting at first, but it’s supposed to be, and if you take that opportunity to think about it, the game does provide you with enough information to make an educated guess and draw meaning from it. Each time it happens, there’s a very specific idea being conveyed; the only trick is figuring it out. It’s like a game in and of itself. A mind game.
On the other hand, there are definitely characters in the series who do it, shall we say, less elegantly. Vanitas would basically be a prime example. In his case, we’re not given the tools to figure it out for ourselves, which renders the entire “stop and think” moment kind of pointless. Instead, the Ultimania has to hand us the answer on a silver platter, and even then, the answer so weird and so disconnected from both common sense and the actual text of the game that it…barely means anything at all. It’s clearly just a very flimsy excuse to give us an evil Sora because Nomura thought an evil Sora would be cool.
And there’s nothing necessarily wrong with that, but it does become tiring when it happens so much and so often. Birth by Sleep, the last game to introduce any truly new characters at all, introduced six of them, and four of them turned out to be clones. At a certain point, it’s just like, “Come on, man. Let up already.”
That said, now that the legions of clones are part of the series, I like that DDD has taken the bull by the horns and fully embraced the idea for all it’s worth. Why not have an Organization made up entirely of Xehanorts? I mean, hey, at this point, go big or go home.
Anonymous asked: Why is Traverse Town a Sleeping World if it never fell to darkness? In addition to this, if it was restored in KH3D, how was Sora able to go there and summon his dream eaters at the end of KH3D? Since the world was no longer sleeping shouldn't the dream eaters not exist there?
Traverse Town’s a weird place. Nomura’s given us an explanation for how it works in several interviews, but in DDD, Zexion and Joshua do both gloss over the city’s unusual nature. It always appears to those who need refuge. In KH1 it provided a home for so many lost people. In DDD it appeared as a sleeping world to Joshua, who was holding onto the dreams of his fallen friends.
I’d assume the actual restoration process does take a bit of time. Sora explicitly says that he’s glad it was still there.
Anonymous asked: I've heard a lot of hype for KH2FM's additions to the story. Are they really so great?
They’re pretty good, yeah.
What you kind of have to remember, though, is that the game originally came out before Days, BBS, and Coded were even announced, much less released. So, a lot of the stuff that was mind-blowing and groundbreaking back in the day will be…a little bit less if you’re experiencing it for the first time now. Like, in KHII:FM, we get to see the Riku/Roxas fight in its entirety, which was so fantastic at the time, but nowadays, it’s completely redundant if you’ve already played Days or watched the movie, both of which show us literally the exact same thing.
That’s not to say it’s all like that, though. There’s actually a lot of stuff that still holds up just as well, like how we get to see a lot more of the Organization, including their private reactions to important events like the 1000 Heartless battle and Axel’s sacrifice. Plus, the Axel-and-Roxas subplot gets a resolution that’s so much better and so much more than anything they got in the original game.
Anonymous asked: Aside from the female characters, what would you is the most overlooked aspect of the Kingdom Hearts world?
Overlooked? Possibly magic.
For the most part, magic as a whole is treated as nothing more than a range of projectile weapons, and…that’s fine. It doesn’t necessarily need to be more than that.
But then you have those unprecedented moments where it suddenly is a lot more than that, and those moments raise a lot of questions. Like, “If Donald can turn himself into an octopus, then…why doesn’t he do that kind of thing more often? Why doesn’t he just turn Xemnas into a merman so they can beat him up while he’s flopping around?”
I mean, obviously, no story would actually allow that to happen, but as it is, we have no reason for why it can’t or why it doesn’t. If they wanted to explore the idea, they could say that the process of conducting the spell is too long to set up on the fly or that it requires too much concentration to be used in front of enemies who’d just interrupt you before you finished — sort like in Harry Potter, where, yeah, transfiguration exists, but when you’re in the middle of a high-stress confrontation, you need quick and easy results, which is why the most common moves are just plain old stun, disarm, and kill.
But since the story doesn’t want to bother fleshing it out, it just remains kind of…weird and vague.
Anonymous asked: Did Sora make Axel feel like he had a heart because he reminded him of Roxas or because of the fact that Sora is special and his heart connects with everyone ?
A bit of both, really.
I mean, Sora’s not special or anything. Hearts are born from bonds, memories and that kind of thing. All you have to do is let yourself and love and be loved to get one going. That’s what happened to Axel. He let Roxas into his life, and for the first time in years, he had someone he could call a friend.
And while him and Sora didn’t get to sit down over a bar of ice cream, he could see what kind of person the guy was like. In three words? One friendly motherfucker.
I’d say Roxas is the biggest contributing factor to the way Axel felt. Though, Sora’s about the only other person who could inspire those emotions.
aheartoflight asked: Wait isn't it hope that our hearts will blend? 0.0 please dont tell me I memorized that wrong...
Yeah, I’m assuming that was probably a typo on my friend’s part. “Hope that our hearts will blend” is correct.
Indeed a typo my bad.
chaque-feuille-est-une-fleur asked: Not to mention that Sora means sky right? "We all share the same sky." And Sora is connected to a whole bunch of individuals. I dunno, maybe its a coincidence but I like to think that was purposeful.
Sora does mean sky and it is a double meaning for Sora being connected to everyone, so you’re not wrong. At the same time you have to look at the context of the letter. In this case the context of this is letter is Kairi trying to reach Sora to bring him and Riku back home to her. So she’s not simply telling Sora he’s connected to everyone but rather no matter how far apart they are there will always be a connection between him and her, and between all the worlds, that will lead him back to her.
This line in particular probably is the most important to the end because how does Sora finally arrive back in the island? An invisible door opens overflowing with light and this door’s exit? The sky the sky that is shared by every world. It also parallels how Sora first left the islands in KH1 which was being sucked up into a giant darkness in the sky.
I do like the irony in play, though. Kairi doesn’t remember Sora’s name, but without even knowing it, she’s written a poem all about — guess what — his name. That’s very poetic in and of itself, and it goes to show you that even when she forgot…she didn’t really forget.
Anonymous asked: What does Kairi's letter to Sora mean
Thinking of you wherever you are=Kairi is thinking of Sora.
We pray for our sorrows to end and are hearts to blend=Kairi and Sora both are hoping for the day when they and Riku can be reunited and back home.
Now I step forward to realize this wish=Kairi has come to the conclusion that her just waiting isn’t good enough and so she wants to now what she can to help reunite her friends.
And who knows, maybe starting a new journey may not be so hard=kinda self explanatory Kairi waited so long that the idea of starting her own journey seemed daunting.
or maybe it’s already begun=Just by writing this letter, just by coming up with idea that she needs to go out on her own journey for her friends was the real start of her journey rather than her stepping off her world.
There are many worlds, but they share the same sky-one sky, one destiny=That’s pretty much just a reoccurring element of the series is that while all the worlds are disconnected that’s merely an illusion, in reality they all still grouped together as one thing, they can all see the same sky, and they all share the same destiny. So no matter how far apart they may seem there is always an invisible connection, a way back to each other.
What’s interesting is that, if you care to recall, the poem actually dates all the way back to Kingdom Hearts 1, where it first appeared in the little video that played if you stayed on the “New Game / Load Game” screen for too long. The original intention was for someone to read it at the end of that game, but when the time came, there just wasn’t a natural or non-contrived way to work it in, so the idea was eventually shelved.
So, in their original context, the very same words may have meant something drastically different. Funny how poetry works, isn’t it?
It’s kind of contrived in KH2 though seeing as this bottle just magically made it not just to the ocean of another world….but an ocean of another world in a totally different realm. Though I guess it all falls back to the idea that there are invisible ties and that the world’s many pieces are still as connected as ever so even this ordinary bottle can travel. Mickey uses the same form of messaging which is just silly though…
Well, I certainly don’t know about either half of that. Mickey’s letters are delivered by Pluto, a reasonably intelligent living being who’s been known to actively search out and enter corridors of darkness. Not really the same thing at all.
As for the bottle, I have a hard time calling it contrived when it was set up way back in the prologue and relies on some of the biggest, most vital, and most commonly recurring themes in the series to work. It’s all very natural, if you ask me.
I think that the other guy was talking about the letter at the end of KH2 that Mickey wrote. Kairi rushed carrying it and it was in a bottle just like Kairi’s letter was. Which gives the implication that mickey sent the letter by sea.