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Roxas/Kairi's ship name has always been Roxiri to me and it's going to break my nostalgic shipper heart if it becomes known as Rokukai instead.
Think that ship got torpedo'd after Days was released lol
@*TwilightNight* I feel like Riku really coerced Xion into it, as he told her her memories really belonged to Sora and that she had to think of what was best for everyone. Blah, blah, blah. And it's heavily implied that if Xion hadn't gone with the idea of returning to Sora herself, he would have forced her back into him.
And Naminé told Roxas the truth about himself, that he held half of what Sora was and that he needed him. She also told him he was never supposed to exist.
After years of debating the RokuNami pairing in my head, I'm way more okay with them than I used to be. Unlike Rion, I can actually ship them. I GET why Naminé said and did all of this. She herself was also a victim and brainwashed, essentially, and told Roxas what she really thought the truth and best thing for them would be. And she didn't force him to do anything she didn't do herself. But sometimes they still make me really uncomfortable because of some of this stuff. Which is why they're more a secondary pairing for me. I ship them after RokuShi and Namiku. And I also have issues with how canon handled their relationship as a "love at first sight/in love after five seconds together" kind of deal. But canon COULD fix that, if it wanted to. Though I do have my fears that if Nomura ever brings RokuNami back--and he could--he'll give them no further development, and have them kissing the first time we see them again or something (maybe not that far, since not even SoKai have kissed yet. And they might not ever. But you know what I mean). Which is why I think I can mostly enjoy RokuNami in fanon sometimes--as fans DO develop their relationship naturally; and have the deal with the issues I think they'd need to work out before becoming romantic--but not in canon.
You're telling me some of you were interested in Roxas/Kairi? Where were you when you were needed the most. Lol.
On another note, I still like the idea, but it's been slightly hampered by KHIII. What appealed to me about them, aside from it being a hot-looking ship cause they barely spoke to warrant anything else, were the potential dynamics. Roxas is rather edgy when pushed, and Kairi was a confident, spunky spirit with a bit of sass.
Until they stripped them away from her and now...and now she blends even more with the female cast.
Why after Days?
I thought Kairi and Seifer just based on the manga was a cuter pairing. (And I imagine that was because Kairi is rather similar to Rinoa).
I remember mentioning it once a hundred years ago post KH2 on KHUltimania and somebody told me I was delusional even though all I said was that I liked their interaction in KH2 and wished for more because I shipped them more than SoKai (which I had went from loving in KH1 to disliking in KH2) 8D Let go of it after that.
Agreed. They have great chemistry for what little interaction they had. I always felt things would have been better had they been given the chance to interact. Perhaps Kairi would not be so Sora-driven and would have gained a bit more personality because they would have played off of each other well.
Honestly, this was what I was hoping for out of a Kairi-Axel/Lea friendship, too. All of these spunky and sassy characters interact but never get to be spunky and sassy with each other because the story pulls them right back into their blander stories.
To me, Kairi and Sora are like...flat soda when you put them together. There is no edge or spark. It's just two vanilla characters.
It's why I enjoy other pairings more for them. Kairi's spunk isn't drawn out unless she is around more snarky/sassy characters. Sora's happy-go-lucky attitude is better paired with a character that has some edge or mystique to them.
It's why I prefer literally every other character with Sora over Sora and Kairi together. Sora and Namine was intriguing. Sora and Riku have a rocky past and they've worked at fixing their relationship which feels so natural. Sora and even like Xion would have more pizzaz because there would be some angst there (I don't like that pairing, though).
Same would go for Kairi. I thought Kairi and Seifer just based on the manga was a cuter pairing. (And I imagine that was because Kairi is rather similar to Rinoa). Kairi and Hayner would be cooler. Kairi and Olette would be beyond cute.
But circling back to Kairi and Roxas, they just seem like they'd be better suited to each other's personalities.
I'm also not that much a fan of the Riku / Naminé pairing, simply because both of them seem to be introverted and while introvert + introvert make great friends, I always was under the impression that Riku needs someone who gets him out of his shell a bit instead of someone who's as quiet as he is. Sora and him would actually make a really good match, so my vote goes to that.
In terms of other ships, I'm much a fan of Lea / Isa. They are rougly the same age, have a good friendship as a basis, similar character traits without being too similar as people and might have learned to properly communicate after all their misunderstandings and jealousy escapades. I feel they might make one of these obnoxious, constantly bickering loudmouths couples that you invite because they are hilarious to watch despite them kinda getting on your nerves after two hours.
looool I was going to write "Nah, Zack x Aerith" but I typed Aqua x AerithAlso, Zack x Aqua. Fight me.
As of KH3, I get the impression that Isa still has a lot of work to do on communication as even when he is actually helping Lea he keeps it secret and chooses to act stand-offish and antagonistic with him. I think Isa needs to work on himself more before being in a relationship with anyone tbh.In terms of other ships, I'm much a fan of Lea / Isa. They are rougly the same age, have a good friendship as a basis, similar character traits without being too similar as people and might have learned to properly communicate after all their misunderstandings and jealousy escapades
Voted SoRiku. I can see that Kairi and Sora might be a good match, but the series simply did nothing to actually convince me of that pairing in terms of having chemisty. For me it failed to actually show that those two make a good couple and relied way too much on telling me at every given opportunity how much they mean to each other and blah. I'm also not that much a fan of the Riku / Naminé pairing, simply because both of them seem to be introverted and while introvert + introvert make great friends, I always was under the impression that Riku needs someone who gets him out of his shell a bit instead of someone who's as quiet as he is. Sora and him would actually make a really good match, so my vote goes to that.