Quote of the Week 9/19/22

Hey guys! Last Saturday was the Western 20th anniversary for Kingdom Hearts, and while I didn’t post anything that day since I was incredibly busy, I thought I’d acknowledge it by focusing on a Kingdom Hearts quote. Take a look!

“Will you take the road to light – or the road to darkness?”

“Neither. I’m taking the middle road.”

“You mean the twilit road to nightfall?”

“No…the road to dawn”

– DiZ and Riku (Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories)

This is one of my FAVORITE conversations in the series, because it Riku’s perspective begins to change from this moment onward. After spending the first game living in darkness, then spending Chain of Memories trying to climb his way back to the light, I feel like this is when he realizes you can have a little darkness with your light- you just can’t let the darkness control you. In the eyes of many characters, including DiZ, you are either on the side of the light, or on the side of darkness. But Riku masters his darkness and becomes an extremely powerful person, being able to control both elements. He chooses the path to dawn; the light after a dark night.

More than that, he proves you’re never too far gone. Though he let himself become evil in the past, he fought his way back into the light. I have always loved seeing how Riku’s character development impacted fans. In a way, he has impacted me as well. Because of this, he will always be one of my favorite characters in KH, if not my favorite.

What do you think about this quote? Any other Riku quotes you love? Let me know in the comments below! As always, God bless y’all and have a wonderful week!

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