Welcome back to the twentieth edition of Clickbait Boyfriend! It’s hard to believe this series has been going on so long, a statement which is equally applicable to our subject Kingdom Hearts. Josh is rapidly approaching the end of the first third of the sixth or maybe the third depending on how you count it, but certainly his 3.5th game in the series. Can you believe how far our former newbie has come? In today’s blog, let’s see if he can bring Ventus’s storyline to a close, or whether this is finally the moment where he quits out of sheer frustration at understanding less than in the very first blog.
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“The fact that there’s also Ancient Greek letters is too much.”
There’s so many different ways to interpret this quote. Is it a comment on how Ancient Greece doesn’t really exist in the Kingdom Hearts universe? Is Olympus meant to be Ancient Greece? Or is it a comment on how the chi/key pun is really forced? Or maybe it’s just one plot twist too many? Probably all of the above!
“Oh thank god! Not another Disney world where I have to help them find the meaning of friendship.”
-on Destiny islands
Clickbait Boyfriend is burning out on all this “light” stuff. It’s exhausting to control such a good person all the time!
“So, he doesn’t remember this, but it doesn’t look like it happened that long ago.”
-on Ventus’s previous training and trauma
I think we’re meant to believe something happened to Ven’s memories when his heart was split. Alternately, it’s just another entry in the ongoing Kingdom Hearts Theory of Relativity research.
“True philosopher over there.”
-on Aqua’s analysis of darkness
Takes one to know one!
“I remember this, but now it doesn’t look as good.”
-on the Keyblade Graveyard cutscene
I’m not quite sure why they reanimated this cutscene, because it looks a lot better in the secret movie from the end of Kingdom Hearts 2 than it does in the actual final product. I get that it’s probably something to do with the leap from Playstation 2 to PSP and back again, but come on.
“That’s one of the nobodies. Looks kinda like Eraqus too, with the scars on his face.”
Clickbait Boyfriend is getting really paranoid about these slight resemblances. Not without good reason, honestly.
“Is the power of friendship making him thaw?”
-on how love is stronger than Blizzaga
Friendship, love, light, same difference.
“Something tells me that I’m going to die a billion effing times.”
-on fighting Vanitus
Throwback to the hours Clickbait Boyfriend spent fighting Roxas in Kingdom Hearts 2. After losing to Riku eleven times on Destiny Islands, its probably his most traumatic Kingdom Hearts experience.
“It sounds like he’s been saying supper.”
Xehanort never taught Vanitus to enunciate.
“The best offense is a good defense.”
-on learning to block
This is a huge strategic step forward for Josh, who just a few blogs ago insisted that Kingdom Hearts should be played exclusively by mashing the X button. It also contributed to this boss battle taking a full fifteen minutes to complete. Slow and steady wins the race.
“Remember how I began this boss battle by gliding in a circle indefinitely?”
-on questionable strategies
Like I said, this one was a slog. Apparently, Vanitus’s AI doesn’t see you as a threat if you just ride the wind. Here’s some slightly more combat-focused evidence:
“I knew it. Come on dude. Is that Haley Joel Osment? Is that effing HJO? That’s HJO channeling his inner darkness?”
-on double casting
The Sora/Vanitus double-casting is consistent across both the Japanese and the English voice talent, and I would be lying if I said I fully understood it. I’d be lying if I said I fully understood anything in these games, after all. Personally, I think Haley Joel Osment does a good job with Vanitus! To be fair, he is now significantly older than any of these characters, so tapping into a deeper, darker character might be easier than playing a fourteen year old.
“Evil villain monologue!”
-on understanding everything…or not.
You’d think a big rant would clear things up, but noooo.
“Your heart will vanish forever…nobodies don’t have hearts, do they?”
-on Ventus’s personhood
This was the confirmation that Clickbait Boyfriend needed, 95% of the way through the game, that Ventus is, in fact, not the same person as Roxas. I still don’t think he’s at 100% credence, but this was some breakthrough evidence.
-on an all-time great burn
-on fighting Vanitus for the second time
I’m not quite sure why Clickbait Boyfriend is surprised. This is how the endgame works in Kingdom Hearts. You fight the boss like five times; that’s just what you do! At least this time, there was no giant Vanitus to vanquish.
“I’m loving all the X shaped attacks he’s hurling at me. Or should I say chi shaped attacks!”
-on Ancient Greek puns
That’s some thoughtful game design right there!
“Okay, slam that f#%king triangle button.”
-on pivotal reaction commands
That’s right, folks! Clickbait Boyfriend is now using not one, not two, but three buttons to fight Vanitus. *teary-eyed* They grow up so fast!
“What? Are you kidding me?”
-on the ending cutscenes
Clickbait Boyfriend found the ending of Ventus’s storyline somewhat…unsatisfying. To be fair, you wouldn’t expect to play one third of a more traditionally structured game and get the full plot picture. Still, this ending doesn’t go out of its way to make sure you understand everything that’s going on. And really, isn’t that lingering sense of confusion a major selling point of the series these days?
“So at the end, he’s going into Sora’s heart, right?”
-on the search for answers
Sometimes, Clickbait Boyfriend asks me questions during the game, and I’m not sure if he wants me to answer them or not. Would he prefer the sweet relief of having the answer, or the satisfaction of figuring it all out on his own?
“What if this isn’t a prequel, it’s a sequel? And Sora turned into Xehanort?”
-on one last conspiracy theory
I really hope that’s too complicated and confusing even for Kingdom Hearts, but you really never know, do you?
That brings our adventures with Ventus (but you can call them our adven with Ven!) to a close. Next Time: Terra!