- Dec 14, 2011
- somewhere near Marseille
It's the same selective strain of logic that is applied towards characters like Aqua to formulate a theory for why she's wasted in this title (because now she has PTSD and gets triggered at the sight of darkness) which only has justification insofar as some super surface-level version of the idea may have occurred to Nomura as a convenient method of ornamenting his disastrous plotting, but is ultimately just a way of codifying messages into the material where they function for the script in specific instances rather than being part of a consistent thread that gives growth to any individual character or brings the experience of the ensemble into focus. If Aqua has PTSD, where does it ever get brought to the forefront as something she needs to acknowledge, examine and manage, or does it really just exist so she can get knocked out by a Devil Tornado never to be mentioned again? Yeah, brilliant, it really deepens our understanding of her and gives her levels and stuff. While we're at it, where's Riku's PTSD from the time he got his body stolen by an older man and his heart was forcibly ejected in the blackness of KH Hell-- oh I guess that doesn't meet the criteria. Where's Namine's PTSD from the time she went from being held captive by a narcissist and a sadist to being held captive by a human supremacist (who was also a narcissist and a sadist)-- oh I guess that doesn't meet the criteria. Where's Terra's PTSD from the time he watched his own Master gunned down in front of him, or Ven's PTSD from having his own Master attempt murder on him, or-- nope it's just Aqua? Oh, lol, OK then.I feel like... we're kinda giving the writers too much credit here.
Spoiler ShowEvery time I see someone talk about how poorly Kairi and Axel fight in the Keybalde Graveyard, I always see two responses: 1) that they were bad because Merlin trained them poorly/they didn't have enough time 2) that they just weren't ready and were just numbers to fill out the 7 hearts.
Both of these responses makes it seem like Axel and Kairi being weak was a purposeful choice by Nomura and the writers. That he specifically wanted them to be poor in the final battles. I think that's complete and utter hogwash. I say that with complete certainty and little to no evidence.
Honestly though, what with the buildup of Axel and Kairi as Keyblade Wielders as far back as KH2 for Kairi and BBS for Axel, having them be weak in the Keyblade Graveyard is just bad storytelling, especially when we see Sora go through 13 people in short succession without getting tired shortly after. I don't think that Nomura really thought Axel and Kairi through. I think that he really believed he made them both badass, strong characters and that they get their time to shine. If I were to claim that Axel and Kairi looked weak af, he'd probably point to Axel and Kairi dropping one liners or holding their own in the battle before Roxas/Xion show up.
I think that they weren't weak on purpose, I think that they are weak because the story demands that they be weak. Not because of any in world training, or anything of the sort. They literally had a hyperbolic time chamber, there's no excuse for why they can't be ready. I see people say "they sparred against each other" or "they didn't have real enemies to fight". Well, neither did Sora or Riku before KH2 and they did just fine. Same with almost every Disney party member ever. Do you really think that Woody and Buzz practiced fighting well enough to take down giant heartless at the same strength level of Sora? Or Rapunzel, or Jack Skellington? Plus, Axel has proven himself to be a capable fighter, able to stop one of Xehanort's attacks handily. He could just spar with Kairi using his Chakrams instead.
There's really just no excuse for their weakness. We don't need to defend the bad writing with theories and headcanon with little to no evidence to support it.
I'm mad, I'm steaming. Why they gotta treat my boy Axel this way. He nearly took out Marluxia on his own, and was able to fight full strength Xion and win. He should at least be able to put up a fight. D: