there’s one thing about Unchained X Back Cover that’s already hitting me a little hard. regardless of what you think about the Foretellers – who they are/aren’t, who is or isn’t the traitor or whether there’s one at all – it’s painfully clear that this movie is going to be another notch in the Kingdom Hearts ladder of tradition, namely a close-knit group of friends being painfully torn apart by someone’s selfish ambitions and toyed with by destiny.
we had Sora and Riku at odds in KH1, Roxas/Xion/Axel in 358/2 Days, and then Ventus/Terra/Aqua in BBS. Note that all of those friendship plots began on a happy note, but the trailer for Back Cover started off dark right out of the gate. this isn’t just a misunderstanding that has friends hurting one another’s feelings and dragging each other back home. this is the kind of conflict that sparks a full-scale war that nearly destroys the universe.
we’re going to meet these five characters. we’re going to learn their exact relationship to one another, and then we’re going to watch all of it crumble as strife and paranoia creep in and destroy them from the inside out.
worse, this isn’t something that happens easily. in the very first trailer for Back Cover, we hear Aced having faith in his allies and defending the group, saying that there can’t be a traitor among them – and now we see him attacking the others verbally and physically. we see Leopardos caught between defending himself and not wanting to hurt his friend. we see and hear Vulpes grief-stricken over this turn of events. we see Unicornis struggling to understand the group’s role in the world. Anguis and Aced are at odds over their Master’s teachings to the point where she sounds utterly shocked that anyone would go against what they’ve been taught.
my point is: underneath all the lore and plot this movie is going to deliver, it’s still the same basic method of storytelling that the key KH games are famous for using: characters you come to love falling apart from one another in circumstances that are frustratingly stacked against them. despite the repetition, it manages to come off fresh, innovative, and more painful with each game – and considering Back Cover isn’t even trying to give off an air of Disney cheer thus far, I can’t imagine just how dark this story is really going to be.
Went to a rummage sale to look for some junk for my apartment and found a nice suit from my previous place of employment. 3/2 roll, lightly darted, cuffed trousers. I’m having the seat let out slightly and buttons added for braces.