I think Noel and Serah are soul mates, but I have very little hope that they will truly be allowed to be with each other.
I’m almost positive that the original party members and Noel will be the playable characters in XIII-3. This time, though, they will all be on the same wavelength and they will get along well. I feel as though Noel will become a much darker character after XIII-2, but will bond with the XIII characters.
I love Noel and Serah, and they were a fantastic duo. But it just wasn’t the same as having a team. I miss the team vibe in FF XIII.
I’m pretty certain that I’m the only one who can’t stand Noel. Sure, he had his good moments, but for the most part I found him incredibly annoying. Whenever he started to have a go at Snow, I wanted to yell at him - he didn’t even try to see things from Snow’s point of view.
It always upset me a little that they never really built upon the subtle friendship Noel and Hope had developed throughout the game. I think it would have been a nice touch they could have added.
I loved how Noel looked into Serah’s eyes before he caught her at the end of the game, but to have her die in his arms just broke my heart.
I know Noel gives heartwarming hugs. I’d love to hug him and never let go. I’ll feel safe and protected in his arms, nuzzling his neck with love and affection.
In the end when Noel said: “The future was changed.” I was like: “What? Who changed it?!” I was so convinced we had done everything right that I believed there must have been somebody left out there who was still interfering with the timeline. It never occurred to me that Noels words could have been directed at ourselves. It felt just wrong.
After a game like FF XIII with different character dynamics and clashing personalities, I found Yeul, Caius, Noel, and Serah to be pretty dull. They were “good” people I guess (fighting for what they thought was right) but they were just so boring I couldn’t connect to any of them beyond a superficial level of “Well I guess that would suck if that happened to me.”