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    Nifty. Reminded me of another video I know.

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    The only saving grace is "gladly I am biased and the fairytale makes my 11-year old self happy". Also if you only see it as "your version" then there is no real meaning behind trying to convince somebody of it. It would also render what you did a waste of your own time except if you did not actually want to convince me but only said that stuff to tell me your feelings of how to cope with these aircraft-sized plotholes.
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    As for my feelings on his continual existence, I feel that my uncertainty comes mostly from the fact I prefer the idea he was metaphorically still with Riku as opposed to actually being there, even though the latter is the canon explanation of what's going on.

    - Your idea requires a lot of mental gymnastics and disregarding information though. I do not see how that is of any help. Kingdom Hearts itself already disregards its own things and that is also not good.

    Kingdom Hearts own mythos seems to be moving in the direction that a person is the sum of their parts.

    - Kingdom Hearts definitely established that the essence of the entity is its ... *drums* hearts and with it the perceptional instance and it very admirably followed that concept earlier with emphasis mainly on that. It was also very easily seen in situations like when Xehanort overtook Terra's body with the transfer of his heart. And that is only the tip of the iceberg. It is not my view which I project, it is axiom level psychology. The instance to perceive reality is the most important instance when it comes to the dynamics of personality and in case of a personal entity it is not just the "consciousness" but also called the "Ego" as of course we have a sense of self. Sora perceived his fall into darkness. Not how he met Xemnas. Because the essence was formerly not estabished to be the Nobody. Same for Xehanort, Scar and all the others. Xemnas also puts emphasis on that ALL Heartless still contain the "Self" because he says they creates Heartless to experiment how to seperate those from the Self. KH became whacky but it still did a very good job following their concepts. Until now. I somehow get the feeling you are trying to tell me some stuff about the lore but I am aware of the lore. All of it that has to co-exist and co-relate. That is the very problem.

    As for communication issues, I think it may stem from both of us just having very different way of viewing things. You strike me, and forgive me I'm off-based here, as someone who is very literal and just the facts. Whereas I'm the type of person who can't accept things at face value and I try to find other meanings or perspectives to look at things. Unfortunately, that means I tend to repeat things that are understood because I'm both trying to make clear we're on the same page, but I'm also constantly mulling over the information to see if there is something I missed or a different angle I can see it in. That's not to say I feel everything has subtext and other meanings, but things that don't rarely hold my attention. You said you preferred concrete answers and official explanantions, but I honestly prefer speculation.

    Sadly, I'm not sure if you'll rectify these inconsistencies within the story of KH because as you know, Nomura purposely leaves gaps in explanations because he thinks it's fun for fans to speculate on the matter. So you may never get an official explanation and have to rely on your own conclusions instead.

    - People always say that but this is an alien concept to me. Of course I am a fact-based person. That does not mean just face-value though. It means context-specific information and yes, it also requires turning stones around more than once to see everything, that is the very reason why I can even get all the information to evaluate. I am a scientist. That does not mean I have no romantic side with a sense for magic. As a matter of fact I am a very spiritualistic person but everything belongs to its time and place. It sounds less like you want to "investigate more" but more like you just want to go for what you like more which seems supported by comments like you preferring things you say over canonical (adjective) explanations. What good does it do for one to once you decide you do not want to follow a concept or do not have enough of a concept to suddenly make up your own stuff? It is void of any value. It will never be the truth. It results in a paradox if all fans are right with their explanation - which they do not even have the decisive power to be. If that is the way we might as well throw the stories out of the window and write our own completely from scratch. It is also why Quantic Dream games are very hard to digest for me even though I enjoy their narrative. But I need a set a path. "You are all winners, don't worry, none of you lost, none of you was wrong" is not an answer. For every context their is a context-specific answer to be sought after. If an authoritive instance does not use his power to create an answer that is of consistency and it gets large-scaled as in KH then this is torture.
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    So far the most enjoyable part of writing the thing is the banter between the brothers, as I feel that comes out pretty organically. The hardest part is the mystery stuff, because it’s hard to provide clues without devolving into an info dump. It’s nothing major though and I’m sure I’ll iron it out during an edit.
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    Yeah, Beast is the best. And to be fair to Riku, he’s, what, 15? Who isn’t stupid at that age? Terra doesn’t get that as an excuse :P

    No but really, one of the things I love about Sora and Riku’s dynamic in the first game is that it is very age-appropriate. You get so many games - JRPGs especially, where you get adult characters with adult perspective ghat are just younger because that sells. Sora and Riku are hormonal kids and they act like it. It’s so weird that even 17 years later, this is still such a novel concept for a video game
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    Let's continue that once I post my 999 pages treatment. Tell me when you are done with KHIII.
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    Urgh, using Wiki for a Square game.

    There is am LOT of inconsistency regarding the guardian because it does not JUST require Ansem's power, as well as Ansem's existence is as mentioned full of narrative inconsistencies that one time say this and one time say that as he cannot be "gone" after KH2 since Riku flat out tells him in 3D as well as 3D at the same time not being the Ansem because there was not "revival" - which in itself is one of the problems (I would not even spoil you much because you know 3D and also know that the Ansem is supposed to have been time travelled but that is the problem; one thing implies it is "the present Ansem" and the next shows that it is not present Ansem blablablabla with one important KHIII scene again treating him like our Ansem - and the worst thing of all for me as I said earlier is that whenever he was actually killed it was not shown (talking about things excluding KHIII again)). And if you ask me it is VERY MUCH of a problem because it not only spits on the narrative when it comes to important characters but you also once more ignore what is there needed for the proper reunion (and one can hardly argue that his ego and his heart which is simply what he is was gone because that is what I was saying when I said he still lived on through Riku's help so establishing that everything important for Xehanort was destroyed would require an extra official explanation that once more would ignore rules but then they could at least say "well, Ansem was destroyed; he still existed but even though he still was there it was kinda enough for Xehanort even though he was literally missing his own original heart and let's just ignore the fact that not only Xehanort gets his own old body but also had a reset of his memories even though he had no idea about anything after BBS". I have no problem with Ansem "existing somehow as his own entity" as one sentence in KHIII COULD actually if they would have done something with it make this "pseudo-work" but it would still have the problem of Xehanort's consciousness and heart in his reunited body existing making one of them effectively a clone. Which is by the way another problem I have with the Heartless and Nobody stuff as both Heartless and Nobody are treated like "the person just incomplete" with KHII always treating the Nobody more like the person in a metaphorical sense. KHIII makes it exactly the other way around, which also makes no sense. But I will also elaborate on that in my treatment.
    Btw. Ansem just got his body destroyed in KH1 which you describe as "firmly established". But the body is not all. As said, I do not interpret anything here. Otherwise I would have given myself all the answers here with the officially established stuff. But the problem here is I cannot tell you everything as you see and you know, neurotical and accurate as I am, I need my non-contradictiory, consistent and official things instead of "gäkdgöfjsglögjkrelksj okay, this is Kingdom Hearts". Non-speculative. I do also not really understand why you are not actually seeing how Ansem's living consciousness is still in Riku, not just something as reduced as you say he is. If he is his living consciousness, he is there. That is what we existentially are. if that is here, the instance to perceive reality and the sense of self, then the actually important thing for an entity's existence is given and we have that. If he says he will come back, that says enough about a person, its instance to perceive reality and itself, its intentions and that it in fact is not just some echo. He thinks, perceives, plans and acts. He tortures Riku, he wants to comes back (as in physically), he knows what is going on. Some parts of what you say do even read like you do not mean that anymore but others read different. It seems like you are kinda on the fence on what you mean with it. Maybe I wrote too much for you in my last two posts and that confused you. You have to tell me that if that is the case. I always write the entire thing I want to say so people have the information needed (or in this case, minus the spoiler) but very often they then bring up something I have already answered, no matter what we are talking about. If that is a moment of "geez, I cannot process that much at once, we need to talk slower about this" then you have to mention it. I lost a lot of people in conversations because of them not being able or unwilling to take EVERYTHING into consideration. I would like to say "I need to work on that" but I do that on purpose so people do not need to mention stuff I already know.

    There is a lot more in your post I cannot spoil right now.
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    Riku in 3D has this half-assed dialogue with Ansem that is from the past and continues to talk to him like he is THE Ansem that is living in his heart, "blah, I locked you away, yet here you are", "Ansem, you are a part of my heart now!" and of course that is kinda rendered void through the very fact that KH3 ultimately shows that all of those guys were travelling through time but it still drives home the point of Ansem still being fused with Riku. I cannot say how "alive" he still is in 3D (and I have the feeling that Nomura-san practically only wanted to act like "oh this guy is the same" even though he literally is not but several things that I cannot tell you right now are telling me he thinks "as long as we have a character looking like that its fine, he's the same") but the stuff from before is just to much to be "anthropomorphic darkness that has no consciousness of a person". And I assure you 100% that it was not just "no living conscious instance of Ansem". As a matter of fact Ansem in KH3 says something to Riku that absolutely shows that the Ansem in Riku was alive. It kinda still makes no sense that then out of all people the one in KH3 says it but well, as said, KH is an inconsistency fest. Anyway - it would have even been better for the narrative if that was actually THE Ansem but seeing how Nomura-san does not care he probably really thinks that even though it is logically not the case, it might still be THE Ansem. To quote a person in a KH3D guide when he said "Xehanort can move back in time so he moves faster than light ... or negative speed ..." and that is what I actually am talking about what followed up: "... whatever." "Whatever" is really the only thing I can think at this point about WHATEVER topic regarding KH". Not the faster than light or negative speed thing, by the way. That is nonsense. I just liked his "... whatever".

    And the Xehanort from the picture is from the movie I now pronounce you Chuck and Larry with Kevin James and Adam Sandler. For 10 years I always say "That's Xehanort!"
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    Your post makes me realize I have to elaborate more clear on this in my treatment.

    So to tackle this here for the visitor message:

    Right now I cannot remember if it is mentioned in any explanatory nature that would give MORE insight within the Ultimania Omega. But it would stand in direct contradiction with what is clearly established in the story anyway.
    Where are you right?
    Ansem died in KH1 by opening the door and getting eradicated by Kingdom Hearts itself.
    The Ansem we see in Chain of Memories after DiZ's test at the beginning is Riku's darkness and he does not have a body.
    BUT the Ansem is THE Ansem that actually died. I do not know if you mentioned his death in KH1 because you thought it was important for me but it actually was not.
    Ansem fused with Riku's darkness. He follows this basic existential concept that is recurring in Japanese stories that as long as you in some way, shape or form live on somewhere you still are literally alive (even when not having your own body). Sephiroth follows this concept in OtWtaS which was then adapted in KH2 and renamed as "Cloud's darkness" instead of "all memories that have to do with me can regenerate my existential core", Final Fantasy X follows the same lore and stories like Nier also follow that principle. You know, the basic fantasy, sci-fi stuff of "as long as someone does not have his core destroyed or is linked to something or somebody he can return or as long as his soul still even without a body still manages to survive he can return, et cetera" There are many iterations of that, of course. I don't really think you necessarily disagreed with it because Chain of Memories kind of made it obvious.
    Ansem in CoM in the finale makes it very clear that he is a living entity.
    (The following dialogue is paraphrased by me as I know Chain of Memories primarily in Japanese and German)
    *Riku wins the fight and strikes through Ansem*
    Riku: "You're finished, Ansem!"
    Ansem: "I doubt that. I am part of your heart's darkness. My shadow lives on.
    I will return!"

    There is not really much sense in this dialogue if it is not a living consciousness and it all only amounts to "I am your dark side, Riku. I will try to make you evil, later by returning". Also Mickey in KH2 directly states that Riku parted ways with him because "Xehanort's Heartless" STILL tortured Riku's heart.
    Then there is the other thing: Riku, the moment he realizes he cannot beat Roxas without Xehanort's power, transforms and summons the Guardian. There is no way the Guardian, an entity that is in direct relation to THE Xehanort's influence would come if nothing of Xehanort would live on within Riku. This is by the way another inconsistency because of reasons I cannot state right now - everything will be told by me later - I don't think Riku should even be able to command the Guardian exactly because of Xehanort's influence (meaning he should be the only one to actually command him which is part of the inconsistencies I do not want to talk about right now) but in this case it at least shows that there is some direct relation to an entity that is living on (even if for no reason it doesn't do a thing as if its killed off, which again, cannot be the case for all the mentioned reasons and "locked away" would be unspectacular and not shown (and weird for the Reunion of Xehanort) as well as "killed" would not have been shown which is the reason why I am so mad that the story of the first Kingdom Hearts villain was treated like a piece of crap and obviously with the thought of "let's do this and that and Riku wins and accepts and that's enough" even though it is a joke for such a major character and explains nothing about what is actually going on).
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    And why is this guy the main villain?
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