Because there’s quite a few things that get lost in translation with these games, but none of those instances ever hit me as hard as this one always does. I’m not even kidding, my heart rips apart every time I see this, I’m almost crying just thinking about it.
Okay, so of course—like every country—Japan has it’s own code of etiquette, and one of the most ingrained ways of showing respect to others is bowing. It’s a reflection of how important deferring to others is in Japanese culture—acknowledging those who have seniority in something or are your superior in any way should be like second nature. Bowing can have all sorts of degrees of formality to it, from a casual nod of the head, to a full 45 degree bend from the waist, but rarely do you ever see anyone bow deeper than that.
What Sora’s doing up there?
That’s called Dogeza (土下座).
It’s the absolute lowest you can get.
I have personally never seen anyone do this, and for good reason—you don’t do it unless you’ve REALLY messed up.
You do it to say sorry—it’s the equivalent of begging, really begging for forgiveness. Dogeza is shameful, it’s humiliating, it’s absolute submission, and that’s the whole point of doing it. It’s willingly putting shame and humiliation on yourself, actively showing complete reverence to someone else. You are literally saying you are worth nothing.
Sora is basically offering himself on a silver platter here. Saix could’ve probably asked Sora to do anything he wanted, and Sora probably would’ve done it.
Which makes it all the more insulting and heart-breaking when Saix says he still can’t see Kairi.