Yep! Actually a lot of assignments have passed, right now I'm getting ready for exams in a few weeks. It's alright, I've been busy lately anyways. :)
Yes, the rant.
So at first I never knew a character I would genuinely like. It switched between characters for 7 years. I could never pinpoint a specific character. I really liked Axel, but then the love kinda shifted. Then I saw him, and I decided Riku would be my fit. So when I joined Kingdom Hearts Insider for the first time and came here to the forums, I was already a fangirl of Riku. I would occasionally have an avatar of Riku but there was never a Riku avatar to satisfy me because there was always a better one I'd find (and then I became a fangirl of many other things than just Riku so my avatars would become things that weren't involving Riku). But over the course of being here for 2 years, my hype over the character had majorly increased over time. When I first started me and other members would begin joking over my obsession over the character, after awhile I became more obsessed. I would then buy merchandise related to Riku (Way to Dawn keychain that became a necklace I would wear everywhere I go), I would make things (created his Soul Eater with cardboard and paint a year ago). And pretty much the mention of Riku makes me go berserk. And when I saw his KH3 full outfit revealed, I had a heart attack. I was so crazily happy it was like when DarkGrey Heroine saw the Vanitas reveal in the trailer for the first time. I may still be upset about Way to Dawn being broken, but I know it is not fully being abandoned. It's going to be there stuck on the ground and going to be waiting. Even though Riku's new keyblade now looks like a car key, I still appreciate his character. Then a year ago I needed to bring back a fanclub that was closed before.
The Riku Fanclub.
Finally, I created a place that I could spam nothing but Riku everywhere, and people joined in on the hype. This became my dream, and I'm so proud with how far it has gotten (even though I was the one who posted the most there lol), but people still visit and post and I'm so happy. <3
And I disallow the talk of Riku x anyone, that is not allowed at my fanclub unless someone wants to make a ship fanclub but that'll be elsewhere.
And getting to the basis why I appreciate his character.
The voice actor David Gallagher even quoted in an interview "Riku is a sexy guy" immediately in the beginning of the video:
He pretty much has the look and the voice that melts my heart. <3
But it's not just that.
Riku is a character that I relate to, he has done things in the past he regrets because he didn't know better (Kingdom Hearts 1), like me. He's a character that over time saw things in a new perspective and became a lovable character that makes you regret the time you ever hated him before. Riku in the beginning did not know what he was doing was wrong and it sent him down a dark path. Sometimes in life I lost my way too, but eventually like Riku, I found the right path and followed it. Riku is such a developed character to where he can be so relatable. Riku has shown greater strength in mind and heart gradually over the series and it makes you really appreciate his character overall. I wish I could meet David Gallagher to thank him for always expressing Riku through voice the right way. I will always thank Nomura for developing Riku's character because he deserves it. Riku has always intended to do something good for the benefit of another, mostly his friends. Like what he says, "Protect what matters most". When Riku became a keyblade master, I was never so proud. I'm so glad this had happened and I have hopes for his character for KH3 to have a great impact in the story, hopefully an impact to Aqua. I could not ever think of a better character than my man Riku, as he will be my forever favorite. <3
Phew, there's my rant that I spent an hour on! I hope you enjoyed. :)