The Face Touch
So I’ve seen a lot of jokes going around about Neah and his obsession with face-touching
and it’s honestly really hilarious because seriously, Neah, chill. Anyways, because I am a generous and benevolent malevolent ruler and like sharing my pain with others, I wanted to point something out.
Most, if not all, of the times we’ve seen Neah do the face-touch, there was a very specific Noah involved somehow. And that Noah is Adam (and Mana by extension).
We’ve got the instance with the akuma (through which Adam could see, and Neah certainly knows this). We’ve got two instances with Adam personally. And then we’ve got one instance with Mana.
Now…. bear with me on this.
Physical contact like that is very close, very personal. It gives a sense of security, strengthens trust, offers comfort, rings through with affection.
Which, between Mana and Neah, is perfectly okay, because they’re brothers. They’re very close and they must trust each other and we know that Neah loves Mana very, very dearly.
But what Neah is doing to Adam is essentially a form of both abuse and psychological warfare.
Think about it. When you’re going to betray someone, you would want to keep their trust, make them believe you’re on their side. (And sometimes, even after you’ve betrayed them, you’ll want them to feel confused about you, in case you need them for something.)
Which is what Neah is doing.
By establishing that level of extremely familiar contact with Adam, Neah is making himself seem softer, gentler, kinder to Adam.
When in fact Neah intends to destroy Adam and take his place.
It’s manipulative, and very terrifying, and very, very cruel.
(Which is part of why I love Adam just as much as I love Neah.)