Five episodes in, and we're finally finished the intro to the game. Good thing we aren't playing, or that might have been another five or so episodes.
I've said it before, but I really feel that a lot of the anger people have for Roxas has much more to do with the overly long intro than anything about his character. As much as the character needs this kind of introduction, there's no denying that most people playing Kingdom Hearts 2 were starting to get annoyed by the time the dual keyblade boss fight with Axel came around.
It's such a shame because he is one of the most interesting characters in the series. The Nobodies in general pose interesting philosophical questions about what it means to be a part of a person, divorced from the whole. If that half were to develop it's own personality and feelings, essentially it's own self, would they want to merge back into who they once were, or would they want to be their own person.
Roxas is the body and soul that Sora left behind when he became a heartless. But unlike other nobodies who yearn to be whole, Roxas has no interest in going back with Sora. He hates that his very existence is fundamentally tied to someone else. There's a lot of good sources for drama there, and they aren't capitalized on as much as I would like.
That said, this is a topic better discussed in 358 Days/2, so I'll table this discussion for now.