For real! At this point Xion of all people is worth more then most of the Nobodies Organization members because now they can use her body as a vessel for anything. It's laughably ironic she's worth more then a Saix now, lol. I'd be worried if they start to revolt and go Skynet on everyone. The puppets are tired of housing the hearts of others. Revolution!It's like you said: lazy writing, poor creative choices, lack of cohesion, etc. It's pretty clear at certain points that Nomura was just writing from memory, or otherwise didn't care. The thing he was truly interested in was setting up future ideas, not properly concluding or paying off old ones (at least, not unless he absolutely had to for the story to function).
Wow... That didn't even occur to me. Yeah, I'm through with taking KH3 seriously at this point. It's one thing for it's own internal plotting to suck, but now it's damaging one of the best story dynamics in the series?! Honestly, I could go on whole rant about that, but then it'd only be harder to eject KH3's story out of my head when rewatching Days, KH2, and BBS. So... I'll pass for now.
Facts. Now that line's an utter joke, as is Siax. In fact, can someone please make a meme out of that? I swear I'd laugh every time, lol.
Lmao Replica's asserting their dominance and running around consuming whatever Nobodies they come into contact with would be one of the most existentially horrifying things introduced in this series, but at the same time, still feels appropriate.
It kinda reminds me of Data-Sora's heartless from Re: Coded devouring the minds and "dark intentions" of every heartless in the datascape. If you recall, it essentially resulted in this malicious, eratic creature who's sole desire was to consume anything and everything it came into contact with, in order to feed it's darkness (which is exactly what SoD wanted Riku to become in Reverse Rebirth). First it was other heartless, then he fed on glitches, and finally he was aiming to consume hearts in the real world. I imagine Replica's being similar, except, unlike Heartless and more like Nobodies, they'd have the intellect to carry out methodic plans and strategies to better go about such things. Truly a dangerous threat indeed.
In that same vain, Replica's really did have the potential to blossom into this really cool concept for the series to explore. A while back, I remember reading a multi-saga long fanfic that centered around Repliku mysteriously entering a parallel dimension (after his defeat), where he takes the place of real Riku, and the story diverges quite immensely into this unique take on the series' story. In that world, the Replica Program grows to an unbelievable size, and all sorts of cool concepts are introduced. Namely, hybrids that carry similar, or mixed physical traits from that of cast, some with unique power combinations, identities, and personalities. Essentially, it leans all the way into KH's concept of "clone characters", and explored some genuinely good (or bad) existential conflicts that could plague such a group of people. Like people simply being better by design, and having all these desirous superhuman qualities to them, while others (like poor Xion) are created physically unstable, and live a tragically fleeting existence, while desperately protecting the ones they care for.
In general, Replica's are an untapped well of potential for existential conflicts, and the way KH3 utilized them was honestly underwhelming. I remember being so hyped for Repliku's comeback, and what ideas could be introduced through it, but then they went and killed him off for no reason. Albeit, it wasn't a bad send off, but still a lot of potential thrown away too quickly.
I don't hate Union X in concept, there are some good things I'm seeing from it. I just don't like this making the Organization members these old ancient Keyblade Wielders because it greatly conflicts with what we know about them from their Nobodies. I liked Demyx-Larxene back when they didn't have somebodies, it was fun to guess where they were from and what world they could have lived in and what caused them to lose their hearts in the first place. They felt normal. Now they feel like different characters. I'm not even crazy about Ventus being from the age of fairy tales. It's just too insane that he's this old and still looks like a teen.
I'll agree on Demyx, but I think they handled Vexen pretty well. It makes sense to bench him, because of how important his Replicas became. He's like the most OP non Keyblade Wielder in the series right now, he creates life. Xemnas considered his previous death a blow to the Organization, so even then he was a MVP of their group. Keeping him benched means he doesn't have to fight and keeps him out of any danger of being destroyed again, so they could lean on him and his Replicas. There was no way any of them would ever guess he and Saix would betray the group the way they did. Vexen makes sense on why Xehanort would want him. Demyx not so muchBack then people hoped that the new Organization consisted of new people. Preferably both Disney & Final Fantasy characters. Wild times huh? Even they seem like better choices than the backstabbers (Marluxia & Larxene) and the ones who CLEARLY have no reason to come back...but Xemnas wants them back for the lols only to have them benched later on. (Demyx & Vexen)
Another thing I'd like to ask where this....sudden change of Siax's character came from? Back when Siax was introduced, he was introduced as that cold and cynical berserker. Now he comes off as some....double agent to find his friend? The friend part...sure I understand. The Siax in KH3's just....a different Siax than the one that warded off Lea in DDD.
The 'New Organization' just seems like a jumbled up mess.