Clickbait Boyfriend: Final(ly, Some Answers!) Episode

Apparently, we’re still operating on Kingdom Hearts time here in Clickbait Boyfriend land! Thanks readers, old and new, for your patience with this week’s (which was supposed to be last week’s) post. It’s been a busy few weeks at Talk This NYC HQ, with papers and shows and half-marathons and magically expanding to-do lists, but know that this blog has taken precedence over “cleaning the apartment,” so I do have my priorities in order. This episode is powered by copious amounts of Halloween candy, so let’s get spooky!

Last week was the one year anniversary of Clickbait Boyfriend, which makes it that much more appropriate that now, we’re wrapping up the last fully playable PS3 title of the series. Let’s finish strong with the Final Episode of Birth By Sleep! Time to kick it off with a classic CBB line:

(Psst! Are you new to Clickbait Boyfriend? We’re glad to have you! Check out the rest of the series here!)

“I’m ready for everything to make sense.”

-on high hopes

Oh Clickbait Boyfriend. Never lose your childish naïveté and your unshakeable optimism.

Yensid something terrible is about to transpire

“You’ll never understand this game.” -Yensid

“Is she giving Ven a piggyback?”

-on supporting your friends

When times are tough, friends carry each other through it. Literally. See tomorrow’s Split Screen post for another example.

Aqua Terra Ventus Friends eating fast food

You can also support your friends by making sure they are well fed! Ventus must be hungry after such a long nap!

“It’s gonna be Destiny Islands.”

-on the best place to take a nap

A lot of important stuff does go down on Destiny Islands. Pretty much whenever a character is going somewhere mysterious, you can put good money on Destiny Islands.

Destiny Islands Vacation Poster


“Nope, somewhere lame instead.”

-on other places to take a nap

…but you know what happens when you fall asleep on the beach? You become a tomato person. And if you do that over and over again? You become an old, leather beachman. Ventus deserves better than that fate. Frankly, my preferred napping spots are “somewhere lame.” Excitement is not generally a quality I prize when I’m looking for somewhere to catch a few winks.

Aqua feeling so attacked right now gif

Seriously. The girl did her best.

“What? Is this it? Is this finally it? Is this the secret? This is the secret isn’t it?”

-on delayed gratification

Remember when Clickbait Boyfriend was so excited to finally receive the knowledge entitled to Keyblade Masters a few weeks ago, and then the game didn’t throw him even a tiny bone? Finally, his patience plays off.

When you're going to learn the keyblade master secrets meme already lit

Get hype.

“When you were playing this, you probably thought ‘when Josh gets to this he’s gonna freak out.'”

-on secrets revealed

For once, Clickbait Boyfriend’s analysis is spot on. When I finished the Final Episode, I was super pumped because I knew Josh was going to lose his mind over this.

I mean, not that he’s going to finally understand everything, nooooo. But I knew it was going to be a good, bloggable moment.

Kingdom Hearts Childhood tweet happy

Basically Clickbait Boyfriend’s reaction to finally learning the Keyblade secrets

“Castle Oblivion!!! *shrieks*”

-on answers!!!

His joy when secrets are revealed is so pure. *tears up*

Ventus waking up in Kingdom Hearts 3

Oh Ventus, you beautiful fool.

“That simultaneously explains something and nothing at all.”

-on answers…

Well, that was short lived. Clickbait Boyfriend is far too analytical to simply accept the explanations he’s been given, and Kingdom Hearts is far too confusing to just give straightforward answers!

Sora you lost me a few minutes ago

How are there so many screenshots for this feeling?

“This is it, this is where I see some s#!t go down. Am I going to see all the Nobodies get created, I betcha I am, I betcha I am.”

-on answers?

He’s back to the bargaining phase.

Despicable Me Meme Aqua lose friends to the darkness

A better summary.

“That was creepy that was not appropriate for a children’s game.”

-on handsy Terranort

Right before their final confrontation, it really does look like Terranort is going in for a boob grab.

Terra Aqua chokehold final episode

Nope, just a casual chokehold instead.

“I never noticed the single fingerless glove. It’s not a great look.”

-on bold fashion choices

Aqua’s got the sleeves, Terra’s got the glove. It did just occur to me that it’s possible just to protect his hand from blisters and the like while using his Keyblade, but that seems more practical than Tetsuya “Twelve Belts Isn’t Enough” Nomura is capable of in character design.

Kingdom Hearts Fingerless Glove

Let’s all make it a style choice this winter.

“Oh my god, no way did I just do that.”

-on victory, part one

I mean, there are more bosses to defeat, so in a sense, CBB you are correct. No way did you just do that.


-on the Guardian

Is anyone ever going to explain what the Guardian is? I mean, obviously it’s some kind of manifestation of the darkness in Xehanort but what is it? I can’t help but feel that maybe it’s going to play some kind of key, horcrux-like role in Kingdom Hearts 3.

Terranort and the guardian

Terranort looks pretty fed up with this nonsense.

“The whole point is to hit the boss, not to constantly dodge roll.”

-on the drawbacks of strategy

It’s almost as if Clickbait Boyfriend hasn’t played three full Kingdom Hearts games.

Dodge roll kingdom hearts cartoon

Dodge Roll 4 lyfe.

“He really does just want a hug.”

-on the Guardian

Even embodiments of darkness need love!

Aqua I will protect it I want to see it grow up strong and healthy

Everyone in this universe needs a hug, really.

“That reminds me…f#ck yeah!”

-on shotlock

Why is Birth By Sleep so packed with half-baked features? Who asked for this bizarre, half-assed version of a Kingdom Hearts first person shooter?

Shotlock Birth By Sleep

Don’t get me wrong, it’s useful. We just always forget it exists.

“He’s gonna turn giant! He’s gonna get on the giant demon space ship.”

-on OG Kingdom Hearts throwbacks

Not quite, but good try.

??? Kingdom Hearts Pause menu meme

A good summary of Clickbait Boyfriend’s dialogue every time he pauses the game.

“He just turned himself into a Heartless!”

-on DARKNESS or something

Did he though? I’m honestly not sure. All of this endgame nonsense is hurting my brain. Was a Heartless created when Terranort stabbed himself with the Keyblade? What about a Nobody? What is going ON?

Wake Me Up Birth By Sleep Meme

Clickbait Boyfriend laughed about this meme for five solid minutes.

“Isn’t this where Mickey and Riku were?”

-on the Realm of Darkness

For once, Clickbait Boyfriend is able to recall a location from a previous game! Now, that memory raises all sorts of other questions about why Mickey never said a word about Aqua and the gang to anyone, but shhhhh let’s not think about that now.

Riku and Mickey fanboys

Aqua? Who’s that?

“Oh my god, don’t give me the montage.”

-on the credits

We need our happily ever afters or Disney will pull the rights!

Birth by Sleep final credits montage

CBB (left) upon the presentation of the credits montage.

 “Everything has been enlightened.”

-on Huey, Dewey, and Louie

CBB has to learn not to look a gift horse in the mouth. We found out what happened to everyone’s favorite immortal duck trio. Sure, nothing else makes sense, but at least we can cling to this scrap of knowledge that will surely be pivotal in Kingdom Hearts 3.

Ice Cream Beat Huey Dewey and Louie Suck

You know what, screw you guys.

“So this is where Axel develops a taste for his sea salt ice cream.”

-on tasty desserts

One of our favorite flavors at our favorite ice cream shop is Salted Chocolate, so I get the appeal. Throw in a few more memorization requests and a lot more hair product, and I could be Axel.

Axel Sea Salt Ice Cream

Me, after whining until CBB takes me out for ice cream even though we have ice cream at home.

“Who’s that? That looks like Sora’s face? What the hell’s going on here?”

-on…I forgot

Just kidding, Xion.

Xion My friends are my power who?

This is a fandom meme, but for Clickbait Boyfriend, it’s a genuine question.

“There’s zero point to any of this, that’s the secret!”

-on too-appropriate titles

You’ve cracked the code, Clickbait Boyfriend. None of it means anything. It’s just a game.

…that’s what they want you to think.

Aqua what year is it kingdom hearts 3

This is also an accurate representation of what Clickbait Boyfriend, Emma, and I will all look like after marathoning this frickin’ game.

And that’s a wrap, everyone! Clickbait Boyfriend has officially finished Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep! But readers, next week, the adventure continues! We’ve got some cinematic fun coming up with CBB’s takes on 358/2 Days and Re:Coded (although calling that one fun is charitable). Even more exciting: Clickbait Boyfriend is currently playing through Re: Chain of Memories! Long-time fans will remember that we watched the cutscenes from CoM on double speed before CBB started Kingdom Hearts 2, but Josh has never actually played the game in all its bizarre, card-fueled glory. Last but not least, we’re only about three weeks away from #PS4BlackFriday, so send some good vibes for deals when we finally cave and upgrade to a current system. 

As always, thanks for reading! We’ll be back on schedule next week!

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