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The name of the ship comes from the spelling of Axel and Roxas’s names in Japan, Akuseru and Rokusasu.
“Buddy” vs “Partner”
The release of Kingdom Hearts 2.5 included a “movie” version of 358/2 Days that had more animated and voice acted scenes than the original game version. Among these was a tearful goodbye between Axel and Roxas. In the original Japanese version of this scene, Axel told Roxas, “See ya, partner.” In the English translation, Axel instead says “Back atcha', buddy.”
The main issue fans had with the change was that it downplayed the importance of Axel and Roxas relationship. Many assumed it was an intentional attempt to make the scene less romantic.
Others argued that no translation is perfect and this change was a minor change.
Akuroku had a lot of young fans in its early days who were close to Roxas’s age of 15, and thought Axel was an attractive match for him.
Since then, Axel appeared in Birth by Sleep, which takes place 10 years before his friendship with Roxas, as Lea, around 16 years old. Some fans have wondered what Axel’s age currently is, and consequently if it is appropriate to ship him with someone Roxas’s age.
Some Akuroku fans who took issue with the possible age problem or who had been swayed by others chose to instead switch their OTP to Akusai, as Siax’s relationship with Axel became more important with every new game released.