I was collecting the voice files from Disney Infinity when I noticed that Elsa’s are arranged and performed in a rather…amusing way.
Performed by Idina Menzel herself
…doesn’t mean I will.
This scene will forever be incredibly painful to me. Axel, at this point, is probably 100% sure that he will never, ever see Roxas again. The very Roxas who made him feel like he had a heart, and made him experience jealousy and fear and sadness and, whether you see it platonically or romantically, love.This kid somehow embedded himself into Axel’s very being, so much so that Axel defied orders that he knew would cost him his life. He knew that Saix - his former best friend - would have him killed for disobeying orders, and yet Axel did so anyway, just so he could see Roxas again. And let’s not even get me started on how this fight - this fucking fight was Axel’s way of killing them both. In the novels, Axel planned to burn down the mansion with both him and Roxas inside so they died together, rather than get separated/killed by someone else. But Axel couldn’t do it, ‘cause it’s Roxas, ya know? It’s the only person (save for Xion, but he doesn’t remember her) that actually makes him feel something. So he just lets Roxas win, and promises to meet again in the next life. And you can tell by his body movement that he genuinely doesn’t believe that he’ll get a next life. He thinks this is it. He fucked up as Lea, he fucked up at Axel. There’s no more chances.
Except he was wrong. He did get a next life. He died, protecting Sora - protecting ROXAS - but he was given another chance. He was allowed to live again. Only Roxas isn’t there. It’s Roxas who didn’t get the next life. Roxas isn’t waiting for Axel, and so Axel’s all alone. The thing that mattered the most to him, the thing he gave his life for, isn’t there. He’s been given a new chance at life, but the reason he wanted the new life in the first place hasn’t.
This is why I find that scene even more heartbreaking. Because it’s Axel who had the next life. But Roxas wasn’t waiting for him. Axel’s just as lonely now as he was before.
Axel’s commitment to friendship is stronger than anyone’s in this series. Even Sora, even Aqua. Axel does more nasty things for his friends, more uncomfortable things, than anyone else does. For him, it is all about the friendship, and it isn’t also tied up in virtues like it is for Aqua, and it is drained of all the naive optimism Sora has. When he wakes up as Lea, and he knows that Roxas is only there inside Sora, and isn’t going to be there waiting, what does he do? He goes to try to find Isa, because after all that, after Saix hunting him down and trying to kill him, after all that betrayal, Axel is still going to bring him back. Because that is what he does - he brings his friends back no matter what, no matter how many times he fails, no matter how nasty it makes him seem or even feel.
The only person I can think that comes close to this kind of dedication is Riku, after he grows out of the jerkassness of KH1, but honestly, there is still a big difference. Riku tries to be the perfect friend from behind the scenes, he tries to sacrifice only for him, to save face and what he thinks is going to be heartbreak for everyone. But Axel can’t do that. Axel is too passionate, to wild. Axel, we know, is a master of working things from behind the scenes, but when it comes to his friendships, he can’t. He can’t play his friends the way Riku does, because when friendship is involved, all the calculating, manipulative, jerk that is Axel in CoM vanishes and he is desperate and needy and will do anything. In this I think Axel gets part of the message that Riku kept missing - that there is nothing one sided in a good friendship. That a real friendship is one where you burn together trying to save each other rather than let go.
My crappy translation for Noragami, chapter 40. I can’t read Japanese so I had to wait for the Chinese translations to be posted. Anyway it just made me LOL so hard I had to post something up in English (my Chinese isn’t that great, though, so my bad if there’s any mistakes.)
I ship them so hard, it’s not even funny. Guh.
An early preview of Batman and Robin #29/Batman and Aquaman, courtesy of Gothamspoilers.
I think this is the first time someone explicitly states who the former owners of these corpses were. Amazing that Damian told Bruce about them.
As for the story arc, let me quote Gothamspoilers:
I’m really looking forward to this arc. DC has been super hush hush about it, not a single interview or anything… So something’s up. But I swear to god, if after six or how many months, it’s just Batman going “I can finally accept Damian’s death now,” good lord, a preemptive “fuck you!” to everyone. Literally, everyone. That dude walking down the street you saw the other day? FUCK THAT GUY! I want Damian back already.
The swearing at ramdom people aside, I couldn’t agree more. The fact that Titus is accompanying Bruce is making me optimistic, though. What happened to Carrie Kelley, by the way?!