Picture above, one of the best scenes series
Estelle's friendship with Kloe is just... the best
. It's sweet and natural, and actually developed. It's not just "okay we're friends now BYE" window dressing that permeates RPGs. When Estelle and Kloe become best friends, it sticks.
It's pretty rare to get good female-female friendships in gaming, which makes it stand out even more. The scene from the screenshots was also fantastic. What a great way follow up to the relationship that was set up in FC. A lesser RPG definitely would have used Kloe's crush on Joshua as a dumb plotpoint for drama
, but the game succeeds in having Estelle and Kloe act like normal people, despite the fantasy setting.
Related, but I don't understand some of the Kloe hate. Kloe is this super well realized character, that grows and develops alongside Joshua and Estelle. She has a cliche set up, but it's a testament to the game's writing that Kloe ends up feeling like a real person.. She's not my favorite by any stretch, but to call her a bad character... no way. She's inoffensive at worst.