Sorry but I don't really understand your point.. You seems to be contradicting... I thought you just say that Yue Ru proves to be the ultimate sacrifice? Why do you say later that Yue Ru deserves to live? Now I shall write a short essay on my point...
I agree to your point that Yue Ru deserves to live to a small extent.
The first reason is Ling'er is the mother of Yi Ru and I feel that only if the family of three could be united, Yi Ru could be happy. There is no evidence to this since it is not shown in the show... lol
However, I feel that Yue Ru might deserves to live since she had really made a lot of sacrifices for Ling'er, Xiao Yao and Yi Ru..
In conclusion, I think that Ling'er deserves to live more than Yue Ru. Although Yue Ru had sacrifise a lot for Xiao Yao, Ling'er and Yi Ru... but Ling'er had sacrifised for all of NanZhao... If she had not die... Bai Yue will still be defeated by Xiao Yao thanks to Tang Yu and Ah Nu... And if Xiao Yao combine forces with Ling'er... I am sure their love will beat the water demon....... So in my opinion, Ling'er deserves to live more than Yue Ru...
First of all, I think this is a great discussion on one of the more interesting part of the game/series. Second, All my opinions of the characters are based on the game not the series. Since the series was created based on the game, I believe the story in the game is the original rendition of what happened to these fictional characters. Third, I am a Yueru fan, so all my opinions are heavily biased. Anyways here is my response to all your great points.
In my opinion, the person who deserves to live the most is the person who died most regretably. Meaning they showed so much love yet they suffered a tragic death that is very undeserved. And I think many of you will agree with me on that one. So the question is Who die the most tragic death? Well, if Linger did not die, then she Water-demon would not have been defeated (I don't think Xiaoyao and Ahnu can defeat the combination of BaiYue and water demon, b/c in the post game cutscene, he gained Linger's blood and became invincible). I guess Linger was forced to sacrifice herself. If she didn't then the whole world will crumple and be flooded. So as I said in my previous post, if Linger had lived, then Baiyue/sea-demon would not be defeated and the whole purpose of Xiaoyao, Yueru and Ahnu's journey would have been pointless. So linger was destined to die and be great. If she didn't, then she would be the biggest flop. So we can all say that Linger is the greatest female character and that she deserved to live, but if she lived, then she wouldn't not have been great.
Yueru however died a tragic death, mainly because she didn't have to die. She did a very courageous thing in accompany XY into the monster tower. She did a courageous thing running out on her father. And she died while trying to help XY and Linger. It was almost like she died for nothing, someone who gave out so much in rescueing LE yet died so abruptly with very little drama. Yueru's the death was truly a tragic one, and mostly regretable.
Leaving all this reasoning aside. The biggest hint in the game as to who the game makers thinks deserved to live was laid out right in front of our eyes. The last scene of the game featured Yueru partially revived and carry Yiru.
Anyway that's my long rationale as to who I think deserves to live. There's no right or wrong answer here and I would love to hear what you guys think so keep those responses coming!
Wow, is this nostalgic or what.