Anonymous asked: Hating on XIII, how refreshing. >.>
Well, less “hating on” and more “briefly teasing,” really, but I understand that even that’s probably grating and tedious by now if you’re a fan of the XIII sub-series. That’s why I say it only in the context of the most lighthearted and casual ribbing.
If it helps, I certainly don’t hold anything against the fans. Cliche as it is to say, some of my best friends are XIII series fans.
Anonymous asked: In DDD, my understanding is that Sora is the one actually traveling through the sleeping worlds and and Riku is just traveling through worlds created from Sora's dreams. That's why there are two versions of each world. Unlike the Disney worlds where each character in the SW has a doppelgänger for Riku to meet, the characters in Traverse Town and TWTNW are one of a kind. For example, there are two different Frollos but only one Neku. Is it because they are "dreamers" or in other words, real?
Honestly, I think it’s for the sake of simplicity more than anything else.
In the Disney worlds, the characters on Sora’s side are on Sora’s side, the ones on Riku’s are on Riku’s, and never the twain shall meet. There’s never a moment, for example, where Sora’s Frollo would have the opportunity to communicate with Riku’s Frollo. The two sides are totally divorced from each other and very clearly cut.
But with Traverse Town, it’s different. The story there revolves entirely around one side communicating with the other and Joshua traveling freely between the two. The stories of the worlds are connected in this case, so if we had doppelgängers for the entire cast running around in both worlds, it would suddenly become very hard to keep track of which is which, who’s who, and who’s where, especially by the time we get to the second visit, where characters have switched sides since the last time we saw them.
Theoretically, I don’t see a canon reason why Sora, having met Neku, couldn’t then dream of Neku and thereby place a version of Neku in Riku’s version of Traverse Town. By all accounts, that should be able to happen, since it’s what happens with literally almost every other character Sora meets. It just doesn’t happen because it would be needlessly complicated, and that would clutter the story they’re trying to tell. It’s easier to tell a straightforward story about the people on Sora’s side trying to reach their partners on Riku’s side than it is to deal with the potential ramifications of all those dream doppelgängers.
aheartoflight asked: Who would win in a fight Caius Ballad or Xemnas? :3
Well, who wins the fight, I can’t say, but Xemnas wins in life at the end of the day just by virtue of not being from XIII-2.
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.