Joined: Jul 2010
September 27, 2010 11:30:13 PM
So I just recently beat the game with my first character, Ventus. And I must say I am loving this game to death. The battle system is fantastic, better then KH2 in my opinion. I was intrigued though, as I played through, by the ideology the game promoted and it made me reflect on the philosophy of the series as a whole. I think its great when a game involves such intangible honor in ideas like dark and light, and uses it in a greater depth then "You're good, they're evil, kill the bad guys."
The dialogue that KH: BBS uses expresses the conflict of dark and light and the conflict of choice inherit in everyone. What sets one's actions in a morally higher ground? I'm about half-way through Terra's storyline, and it's already addressing the issues of doing the wrong thing for the right reasons.
Ventus though, is an interesting case. Everything from his outfit to his storyline arch discusses a duality inherit in people. The concept of yin and yang is evoked strongly throughout, for example in the stained glass image of him and Vanitas. By creating a situation where the two identities are separated, we see associations in each that we might not normally assume with that typical extreme of light or dark. Though not as deep an internal conflict as say, Terra's battle in himself. Ventus's discovery of what -is- evil is an engaging adventure.
Side Note: I will say that the use of yin and yang patterns throws me off a little in the game, I understand how it makes sense on a surface level, but neither yin nor yang is evil. Yin is the feminine aspects of humanity, Yang is the masculine. Certainly, we can see the Yin in Ventus's innocence and generosity, and the Yang in Vanitus's violent behavior, but there are virtues and vices in them as well. Yin is pacifist, sometimes to a fault that can lead to others misfortune through negligence, and Yang can represent the masculine idea of honor and fighting for what you believe in.
I wonder what the KH union members here also have to add to Ventus's storyline and character development in terms of our ideas about morality and what is evil. Feel free to disagree, I'm by no means absolute in these opinions and in fact, for some I may think different tomorrow. But for now they stand and I'm curious as to your reaction.