Axеl;5746396 said:The concept of Vanitas barreling after Roxas in Ven's stead is my favorite freakin' thing, I want that to be canon. If only because Roxas has more of an attitude and will not hesitate to show him one or two Keyblades to the mug.
The theory among my pals right now is that Data Riku and Riku Replica may have combined, that maybe what remained of Riku Replica took over the journal and became Data Riku from the beginning, because come on who even dies in Kingdom Hearts ever. The problem I have with this is that obviously Data Riku is more chill than Riku Replica ever was, probably even more so than Real Thing, but they still could have formed a merger pre-DDD if that sucker up there isn't Xion. Which I would also love but she's coming back anyway so it'd just be a twist on old news.
That said, I find it hard not to love Data Sora even though the plot to Coded struck me as such schlock and his characterization suffered a lot due to rushed episodes and things. It was like we'd already played through this same story three times and there wasn't enough time to sit down and explain it bit by bit to him, so all the iconic imagery and parallel events from KH1 didn't come off that iconic or significant to him.
Totally agree with all of this- should definitely happen in game. Roxas and Vanitas meeting would be very interesting and amusing. And yeah, Data-Riku is a lot calmer than Repliku- that, and I wouldn't have expected to play through Coded and it not be mentioned if they did merge, so I'm not sure. I like the idea though.