Also, if it turns out we get Kairi as the playable character, Episode Riku, I want to be able to save Aqua from the Realm of Darkness. Especially if there's a misunderstanding and Aqua thinks Riku is evil due to his use of darkness and we end up having to fight her.
I fully support Episode Riku since I DON’T WANT HIM TO TAKE UP THE PLAYABLE CHARACTER SLOT <_< (Sorry Riku, ily ok bby? ;_; I’m so proud of you!!!!)
And while a fight between two full fledged Keyblade Masters would be very interesting and exciting… I don’t think I want Aqua to think for a second that Riku is bad :s She’s seen him before and Mickey pretty much glossed over the fact that Riku fell for the Darkness (I think?? I can’t remember it if it did come up). Aqua has no knowledge whatsoever about it unless Riku comes swooping in with some Darkness attack and even then it’s questionable whether she’d recognize it/pick up on it, having been surrounded by Darkness for 13 years and nearly giving up herself. We don’t really know what kind of situation Riku’s heart is in (is Light and Darkness balanced??), but she will sense his Light if she senses anything and he’s gonna be there with Mickey - both might trigger Ansem the Wise’s memories, too, when they’re there to save them. So I really don’t see a fight, as interesting it might me.
And to be honest, I don’t want to see them fight because I want Aqua to be all proud of the little boy she has met 13 years ago, the fact that this little boy came to save her after she saved him AND that he’s Terra’s successor and is still so strongly aligned with the Light and it’s another reassurance that Terra will win over Xehanort! (Yeah yeah this can all happen after a potential fight, too, but don’t let them fight pls ;_; )
So I’m replaying Dream Drop Distance, and theres the part at the beginning where they are thrown from the raft and start sinking, seemingly barely conscious. The keyhole opens and they go through and all that.
But it’s that moment that Riku enters Sora’s dreams/heart. Without meaning to. Defying both the magic of Yensid and Xehanort. While barely conscious.
First off. That is some scary powerful stuff, right there.
But more than that.
Can you imagine just how desperate and terrified he must have been in that moment? Not for himself, but for Sora? To unknowingly LAUNCH HIMSELF INTO SORA?
And then just brushes it off like it’s nothing as soon as he wakes up. It’s nothing unusual enough for him to even question whether or not something strange happened. It’s not remembering what happened or any strange feelings that tip him off to something being up. He thinks it went fine until he realizes Sora’s poofed.
That poor boy doesn’t even know the amount of pain and anxiety he’s even in. He’s so used to it anymore.
That just hurts. No wonder he’s immune to Darkness at this point. He’s legit numb to anything it might grab ahold of.
He just needs a staycation where he can keep an eye on his people and nothing threatens them.