(answering them both this way gomen umbran-sisters and everythingodd )
Oh ho ho y’all don’t have any idea how much I hate Luka tbh.
I just.. Okay first off his design in the first game is fucking weird and his design in the second is fucking STUPID I just can’t get over how dumb it is I’m so disappointed in Shimizaki, honestly. It just looks so weird and makes like no sense he’s like a Mexican cowboy with a sombrero-fedora and the dumbest haircut/glasses I’ve ever seen. And he seems to have aged a lot for a few months but that could just be me.
Secondly, I just hate him as a character. He’s boring, the grappling hook is stupid beyond belief, and he ruins every cutscene he’s in except for when he smashes his face into something because he deserves it. I can’t really say exactly why I hate him, he’s just rubbed me the wrong way since my first playthrough and it never went away. Like he’s just there for dumb gags which I guess is fine to have a character for that but the problem is he barely has a personality. He’s there to try and fail to be suave and be angry that “BETTYNETTY KILLED MY DAD BUT I NEVER LET HER DEFEND HERSELF OR EXPLAIN ANYTHING B/C I’M DUMB AS HELL” and like?? It’s not even consistent?? Like he randomly starts being nice to her because she ditched Cereza on him and like. He’s obviously been stalking her for like five-ish years since he was maybe 8-ish max when Bayo awoke and his dad died, and in all that time saw he couldn’t photograph her (and like what proof is that? Woman in stupid costume proves she’s a murderer???) and didn’t realize “wow this just isn’t working maybe I should just talk to her and find out her side of the story and maybe just have her help me prove that the Witches and Sages existed I mean after all I was a fucking kid when I saw it happen what did I know back then” I just.. I fucking hate Luka. His character arc spans about two seconds from “I REALLY HATE BAYONETTA” to “SUDDENLY I LIKE BAYONETTA BECAUSE OF THIS CHILD” and like I’m sure his motivation for going to Isla Del Sol was just to stalk Bayonetta some more but it still makes no sense for him to be going there idk. I just. I hate Luka and I’ve hated him for so long (like four years) I’ve kind of forgotten all the reasons but y’all’re free to like him o/
Editing to add this rather than reblogging it:
his whole character is meant to be a self-insert for shitty dudebros who play the game. he has no real personality, and if you removed him from the game, it’d be better. he’s an unnecessary love interest and he takes away from the story.
God how did I never see that before, christ. And I wouldn’t even say he’s a love interest since the fame goes out of its way to show Bayonetta hardly cares for him in any way until he “”dies”” and even then I feel like it’s more of “shit someone died and I couldn’t save them” and not “shit someone close to me died” But for real I wish he was completely removed imagine if Bayonetta just summoned some demons to take care of Cereza when she was busy and instead of using a helicopter (and missiles) to get to Isla Del Sol she just like flew on Malphas or something (and missiles because I still love the Space Harrier part) like that’d be so much better. Rodin would make a better exposition character anyway since he would probably know how the clan wars went down from personal experience.
Christ why was Luka in this game in the first place we don’t need him at all