Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Kingdom Hearts Primer: Kingdom Hearts 1: Episode 2: Are Gunblades Cool?

Our recounting of the Kingdom Hearts series continues as we destroy the Destiny Islands and beat up Final Fantasy characters.

In this episode, we compare Sora and Riku to Naruto and Sasuke. This is a more apt comparison then we expected it to be in the episode, and we actually end up making that comparison again several times in the primer for Kingdom Hearts 1.

Sora, like Naruto, is a naive teenager whose simple charm gives him an almost supernatural aptitude for gaining and maintaining friendships with other people. They both tend to get in way over their heads, but still manage to save the day against all odds.

Riku, like Sasuke, is wiser than his friend. Though there is a sense of friendship, this friendship is as competitive as it is cooperative. Although Riku and Sasuke start out superior to their rivals/friends, the fact that their friends keep getting better, stronger, and happier leads to a growing jealousy and sentiment. This causes them to turn on their once friend, and now enemy.

The difference being that Riku only needed one game to get over it, while it took Sasuke an entire series to do the same.

Fuck Sasuke.

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