First off, the ReMind episode is not worth $30. (However just watching the end again made me cry another two times, so KH3 got me six times total now.) But the pain and suffering I’ve endured to take out just five of the fourteen super ridiculously hard bosses in the last few weeks is priceless. These guys make Sephiroth in KH2 look a slow old man barely trying to hit you.
Anyway, my real point is the BIG SPOILERS post-credit stuff at the end of the episode. The gang going over Nomura’s career and the general trajectory of Final Fantasy since FFXII. If say, you’re like me and didn’t like FFXIII or FFXV or dared open your heart to the MMOs, it’s been a rough time. A real rough time. The fact that this all leads back to Versus XIII, Nomura’s failed dream project that was a particularly sad disappointment for me too, says it all. I was feeling legitimately depressed looking back at it. Clearly Nomura isn’t in a good place about that thing either.
I’ll put in a spoiler wall for the rest of this: I remember when Versus XIII was announced and how fucking cool it looked. This was just after KH1’s big post-credits stinger in also a modern-looking city. Nomura was the Kingdom Hearts guy, so I assumed it was gonna be a dark Final Fantasy game that played like a KH. Instead, FFXV was nothing like that… If you enjoyed FFXV, have fun with that. I’m glad you’re happy. I was so bored by that game I didn’t even finish it.
But what really kills, KILLS ME TO THIS DAY, truly tortures me, is that regardless of how the game turned out, they still didn’t actually make the story Nomura wanted. They replaced the main female lead, Stella, with another character named Lunafreya. Obviously characters change all the time (trivia: Vincent Valentine in FFVII was originally gonna be an Agent Mulder-esque character in his first draft before becoming a Hot Topic Vampire). But it’s so weird to change a character’s and design when no other character did. Then Lunafreya, rather infamously, is just fridged in FFXV’s narrative. She never really gets to do anything that isn’t in support of the hero, even in the movie where she co-stars, she’s just a damsel. Stella was shown off as this dynamic action character who was Noctic’s equal. Lunafreya is a victim and nothing more. Did Nomura like refuse to let his character suffer that story change and forced the new team to replace her? Will there be justice for Stella? Have I lost my fucking mind being an increasingly bitter fan of FF and KH for decades now and am just miserable about it? Maybe. At least KH3 was awesome, and maybe I still have hope of getting a game worth something out of that whole Fabula Novus Crystallis debacle. (though Type-0 was okay).
Anyway, if you’re mad about Kairi, ohhhh boy, can it ever be so much worse.