Welcome to the latest edition of Clickbait Boyfriend! Even though Clickbait Boyfriend and I have been in Rome this week, I’ve still got some hot Kingdom Hearts takes to offer! Last week, we bid adieu to Ventus’s story, and now, a new journey begins with Terra! Maybe this time around, CBB will actually gain some new understanding of the plot…or maybe not.
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“I was prepared to get my ass kicked right away.”
-on Terra and Aqua’s Master test
The game does set you up to think that you’ll take control of Terra or Aqua in their head-to-head duel, especially if you played Ventus’s storyline first. Unless you remember that there’s nothing the Kingdom Hearts series loves more than a good cutscene.
“Emma has wittier quotes than I do.”
-on feeling inadequate
Emma was visiting when CBB started Terra’s storyline I didn’t record her quotes, but I can verify CBB’s assessment.. Don’t mess with the podcast queen.
“I’m always looking for weird name things, but I can’t find any more.”
-on compulsive anagramming
You know you’ve got a best-selling game on your hands when there is a non-zero possibility that you have a professional wordsmith on staff.
“Sutnev. Errat. Auqa.”
-on very compulsive anagramming
This is why Square Enix needed to call in the professionals.
“That is such a blatant rip off of Star Wars.”
-on fear leading to darkness
Look, when Mark Hamill is in your voice cast, you’ve got to throw in a few references. Plus, Star Wars is now technically a Disney property, so it’s not out of the question that it exists in the Kingdom Hearts universe. Han would freaking destroy the gummi ship though…unless it’s a Gummi Falcon? So many questions.
“I’m gonna mess up and have no nerd cred: Fear leads to hate. Hate leads to anger. Anger leads to darkness or something.”
-on another fandom focused on light and darkness
Ooof, so close, and yet so far.
“You know what I really miss in this game? The skateboard.”
-on lost minigames
Skateboards haven’t been invented yet.
-on dying in the very first battle
An inauspicious beginning. Clickbait Boyfriend isn’t even playing on Proud mode, so it’s pretty pathetic.
“What a rookie move.”
-on falling for Maleficent’s tricks
As it turns out, Terra’s judgement is maybe not the best.
“All the fancy camera work in the world could not describe that clumsy…”
-on opening chests
I couldn’t find a gif of it, but Terra’s chest opening animation is pretty darn awkward. Maybe that’s the real reason that he didn’t make Master status.
“It’s a giant spindle thing?”
-on Disney-themed bosses
Well, technically it’s an Unversed, but uh…yeah.
“The music never works for me in these games except for…what’s it called, the jungle one?”
-on picky music tastes
DEEP JUNGLE. HOW COULD YOU FORGET?
Here’s a rock cover, since I’ve linked the original on like three different blogs already;
“Was it called Diamond Dust the whole time?”
-on command styles
Clickbait “Mash the X-Button” Boyfriend has been incredibly resistant to using his commands, so his lack of knowledge is disappointing, but not surprising.
“This is an epistemological clusterf#%k.”
-on Cinderella and believing in dreams
Clickbait Boyfriend found the connection between dreams and belief to be philosophically tenuous.
Bonus Quote: “I don’t know what it means to believe in something. I don’t know what it means to believe in your dreams. Are you believing in the context of your dreams, or do you believe that the content your dreams are literally true? Two completely different things. Not clear that dreams have truth conditions. I think this might be taking us too far afield. There’s an interesting question about whether you’re justified in believing in your dreams just because believing in them will make them more likely to come true. Citations: Blaise Pascal, 16??, William James 19??.”
Look for his upcoming paper “Don’t Believe in Your Dreams: A Defense of Evidentialism” coming soon.
“Oh great, everyone loves escort quests.”
-on crowd-pleasing game mechanics
Who came up with this concept, and why is it always so terrible?
-on sparsely attended royal soirees
This is Emma’s favorite part of the game, and possibly the entire Kingdom Hearts series. Multiple characters comment on the many attendees at the Prince’s ball none of whom appear to exist. It is absolutely baffling! I’m not upset by the lack of NPCs; this was originally a PSP game, so they definitely would have been a waste of time and memory. But Square, why did you call attention to the empty ballroom like this? Why?
“The groove! It’s too much!”
-on the Symphony Master boss
He’ll beat you up! Get it?
“I’m glad I played Ventus first because this would have totally lost me.”
-on being a little less confused than before…maybe
Did you hear that? He’s not totally lost! This is major progress, people!
Next time: Anatomy lessons, mysteries, and the Command Board!