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Roxas

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Jan 30 2017 · 226 views
Kingdom Hearts, meh and 1 more...
I’ve typed and deleted this a few times over the past few months, I wasn’t sure if I should spend time on it and on occasion worried that it sounded too much like a Tumblr post (my gosh I hope that’s just my imagination), but you know what I’m feeling needy right now so here. Probably not well-organized and contains spoilers for lots of Kingdom Hearts games, you’ve been warned.

You probably already know that Kingdom Hearts fans love Roxas. The thing is, Roxas was created from Sora and, in the same game he was introduced, had to return to Sora, and so many fans want him to become his own separate entity once again. I disagree.

Quick explanation of some KH mechanics: a person is made up of a Heart, a Body, and a Soul. When the Heart is removed, it is consumed by the darkness within and becomes an instinct-driven creature known as a Heartless, while the Body and Soul are transported to a different location and reborn as a Nobody. Nobodies retain their original consciousness and memories, but possess no emotions and are consumed by a desire to find their Heart and become a complete being once again.

Roxas is Sora’s Nobody, but due to a myriad of reasons (and they might add more as the series goes on), Roxas doesn’t have any memories of being Sora. None of the Nobodies can feel anything, but they can remember what it was like and fake it. Roxas? He can’t even remember who he used to be. People keep showing up and claiming they knew who he used to be, and he is pushed into returning to Sora—becoming who he used to be once again, but even then it doesn’t quite feel right. Sora’s emotions are a little more subdued, and he keeps seeing things that make him sad without knowing why. Eventually, Roxas and Sora have a duel within their shared Heart/mind/metaphysical battlefield or whatever, where Roxas demands to know why everyone valued Sora so much more than him.

And he’s right. The prologue of Kingdom Hearts II is a week of Riku and DiZ pushing Roxas back towards Sora, doing whatever they can to reawaken Sora no matter the expense to Roxas. They care about Sora, but Roxas? We need him gone to get Sora back. That’s all there is to it. They care more about who he used to be, making him into that person again no matter what, than about who he is now or what effects that might have on who he is now. And Roxas? He can’t remember who he used to be. They keep saying that person was better, but how can he know for sure? And what’s so wrong about who he is now?

The thing is, lately I’ve started looking at this like it’s a metaphor for depression. Square probably didn’t intend that, and maybe I’m just reading too deep, but it occurred to me and I feel like I need to get it off my chest and see what others think or something. Roxas (and Nobodies in general) can’t feel emotions like a normal person, no matter how hard they try. Roxas can’t remember what he used to be like, much less how to make himself act or feel that way again. Everyone around him just wants him to go back to being who he used to be, and ultimately, he’s forced to become that person again in a flawed, unhealthy way that causes lingering damage that still needs to be properly healed, all because DiZ had plans that he needed Sora for.

Through all that, Roxas finds out that there’s at least one emotion he can feel: anger. Anger at everyone who cares more about who he used to be than who he is. Anger at Sora, for somehow being inherently more important than him. What is it that makes who he used to be so much better than who he is now? Why was he forced into being that person again? “Why did he pick you?”

So the way KHII ends Roxas’s arc is really important to me. After confronting Sora, the two of them are able to understand each other and truly become one. They’re whole again—they’ve healed in a better way—and Roxas finally knows peace. The emptiness and anger and pain and inferiority are all gone. He’s seen for himself that who he was (and is again) is someone he might actually like to be, and more than that, who he was (and is again) has met him, tried to understand him, and validated him. Sora didn’t think any less of Roxas for being his Nobody, and expresses regret and not being able to meet him properly. When Roxas and Namine (Kairi’s Nobody) say that they still want to be together even now that they’ve returned to their original selves, their original selves take their desires seriously and set out to fulfill them. That’s more consideration than Roxas can remember ever being given, and now he has emotions again and can actually enjoy it.

This post is probably terribly written, TL;DR I just really empathize with Roxas in KHII and love that he gets to be at peace in the end and feel like taking that away from him would undercut his arc and be really unfair to him.


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Pokemon Bank Update

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Jan 28 2017 · 274 views

If you didn’t hear, Pokémon Bank has been updated! You can now use it with Gen VII games, transfer Pokémon from Gen VI to Gen VII, and transfer Pokémon from Virtual Console Gen I games into Gen VII!

Bank now also has a National Pokedex function, which registers all the Pokémon you have in all games connected to it, making it even easier to keep track of your progress. Still hoping they update Sun and Moon with the National Dex, but this is pretty neat.

When transferring Pokémon from VC to Gen VII, here’s how they’re updated according to Serebii:
-They all have their Hidden Abilities! Unless the species doesn’t have a Hidden Ability, of course.
-Nature is “based on experience”? Not very specific…
-Guaranteed to have at least 3 maximum IVs.
-Gender is random.
-EVs are wiped clean.
-There’s also a chance of being made shiny based on what their Gen I IVs are!

Don’t forget that a Bank pass costs money, though. (I thought I had enough but taxes pushed it a few cents too high.)

Oh, and using Bank from now until October 2nd will get you Mew’s exclusive Z Crystal! And that still leaves 2 more event Z Crystals to look forward to.


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More Complete Thoughts on KH2.8

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Jan 27 2017 · 250 views
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I won’t be getting to play it anytime soon (PS4s are expensive), but now that I’ve watched and processed 0.2 and Back Cover I wanted to gather up my reactions and speculations in one place because…of reasons?
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THE POTENTIAL IS MAXIMUM

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Jan 21 2017 · 316 views

So, Dragon Ball Super. They’re about to head into a new arc where 10 fighters from each of the 12 universes are brought together for a massive tournament, and the losers’ universes will be destroyed. I’ve been unsure what to think of this since the beginning: multiversal tournament sounds great, but the survival aspect…I mean I guess it adds stakes, but I love that we found out there are 12 universes, it opened up so much potential and if they’re going to throw all that away…

*sigh*

I guess we’ll have to see. Anyway, a new trailer for the arc was released today, giving brief glimpse of the gods of destruction and angels of some of the universes. Several of them have animal motifs like Beerus, though others are more humanoid, one is a clown…for some reason. There are also clips of some other fighters, including ol’ Cabba and Frost, and someone who…

Uh…well, it’s early, but we see what appears to be a female character quickly transforming into a female Broly.

I don’t think anyone was expecting this, but let’s think for a second. Broly is, well, “legendary” for being so powerful. If we’re getting a female version of that character, then that means we might actually be getting a female Super character…who can hold her own against relevant opponents?!

We’ve already seen that Android 18 is going to be involved in this arc (finally getting back in the action after a long wait), so that could be cool, and Vados and any other female angels (or goddesses of destruction?) are definitely sitting at a high power level, but this feels a little different. Probably because:
-CANON FEMALE SUPER SAIYAN
-Being a Super Saiyan phenomenally increases one’s chances of being/staying relevant
-Saiyan, so definitely going to be actually doing some fighting
-A female Broly. That’s, like…something new!

I mean we’ll have to wait and see how exactly this plays out, but…I’m extremely interested in seeing how it does.


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Tsundere Program Non-Optional

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Jan 18 2017 · 266 views

I’m watching someone play Steins;Gate 0 and I realized something. (No spoilers don’t worry.)

Amadeus Kurisu is an AI based on the memories of someone who (during the plot of 0) is dead.

MegaMan.EXE is an AI who (somehow) incorporates the DNA of a deceased person.

Basically they’re one and the same and I propose we refer to Amadeus Kurisu as MegaMakise.EXE from now on.


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0.2 Many Questions!

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Jan 16 2017 · 346 views
Kingdom Hearts
Someone has provided English subtitles for the entirety of the 0.2 section of 2.8, so I watched that. Master Aqua is even more my hero than she was five minutes ago, we don’t deserve her, she’s got to be one of the most awe-inspiring protagonists in video game history.

Something else that really caught my attention, assuming the subs are at least approximately accurate there are some interesting lore implications brought up.

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My Gosh

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Jan 12 2017 · 360 views

Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover is literally a Mafia game


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STYLIN'

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 28 2016 · 260 views

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I love the avatar system in KHUX.

There's so much going on here:
-The so-called "Disco Suit"
-An enormous afro with a galaxy inside of it
-The afro covers your eyes, but not your glasses??
-Those headphones are just kinda...emerging...from within the afro galaxy...
-A jetpack
-Gauntlets and shield meant to evoke ancient gladiators
-And, you know, the giant cartoon key used to slay evil

I guess I had to look this good in order to slay 2016.


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It's Christmas!

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 25 2016 · 367 views

So, you know…have a Merry Christmas! Please. I mean, if you want to.

Or if you celebrate something else, I hope you have a happy holiday as well!

And if you don’t celebrate anything than I hope you have a nice day!


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Concept

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 22 2016 · 305 views

You scroll through the Library Forum and see a short story entitled “Bionicle Agni Kai Fight.”

You think “Agni kai? Oh, those firebending duels from Avatar? It’d be awesome to see two Toa of Fire have one of those!”

Upon clicking the link, you discover a tale of Agni and Kai having an argument.

From there you’ll probably experience either regret, anger, or perhaps a feeling of “Oh, that was clever!”

(Fingers crossed it’s the last one.)






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