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  1. New video message from Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ Development Team

    The official Kingdom Hearts YouTube account has posted a new video featuring a message from the Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ development team. This video features the development team working on animations of Heartless as well as making final touches to some of the outfits you can unlock through Avatar Boards, various gameplay demos, and a group of players enjoying the game on their phones.

    You can view the video below:

  2. Interview with Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ Producer Hironori Okayama at PAX East includes content release schedule

    Gamer Escape was present at PAX East 2016 this week, and caught up with Hironori Okayama, the producer of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ. In the interview, he stated that the North American version of the game will receive 50 new missions per month, and made an announcement that the promotional Zootopia medals recently released in Japan are planned for release in the North American version of the game on May 2nd. Okayama also discussed the choices made when Kingdom Hearts χ was being remade for mobile devices, how the team decides which medals to make, and the release of future content for both versions of the game.

    The full interview can be read below:

    Gamer Escape: Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ started out as a web browser game when it was released in Japan in 2013. Were there any big changes to the game when it made the move over to mobile devices?

    Okayama: The game is actually completely different from the browser version. We decided to bring it to the mobile devices because there are a lot more users on smartphone devices now. I wanted as many people as possible to be able to play the game. The way that you want people to play the game would be different going from a computer screen to a smartphone touch screen and so we had to create the rules from the ground up for the mobile version.

    Gamer Escape: More and more games are releasing globally these days, was there any reason why the game launched first in Japan before arriving in North America?

    Okayama: People might think “aw Japan first again?” But our prototype was actually in English first. We brought it to the States to do a user test in America and that’s how we tested and built up the game. Now, the reason it released in Japan first well, we’re a Japanese team and so it was a lot faster to create that version first. But the prototype was in English so we always had the mentality of releasing in America.

    Gamer Escape: As new content is released, is that global? or will it be similarly staged?

    Okayama: One characteristic of a Kingdom Hearts game is that it has a really deep story. When you think about having the correct nuance in English, and we have an on-going discussion with Disney all the time – but if we have to do English and Japanese at the same time it would decrease the speed that the content would come out with and I don’t want that to happen as much as possible. I’d like to release it as simultaneously as possible, but there could be delays when it comes to story content.

    Gamer Escape: Why did you decide on a game that’s free to download with micro-transactions instead of a game that you would pay once for?

    Okayama: One big role that Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ has is to have players who have never touched Kingdom Hearts before to get into the series and now Kingdom Hearts. When I looked at the users on the mobile platform, the most popular monetization system was the Free to Play. So it was pretty much one choice for me.

    Gamer Escape: What kind of end-game content is there in the game?

    Okayama: As far as the main story line goes, there’s not really any end-content to it because it will be constantly updated. There are two things on the development side we consider end content. One is the Coliseum – which we used to call the infinite coliseum internally – but you figure out how high of a level you can challenge and it resets every month, but you challenge yourself to see how far you can get each month. The other is the raid boss that appears in the tutorial. The raid bosses you’d like to try and kill with party members because it gets stronger and stronger as you defeat it. This resets every month as well, and it can go up to level 99. So trying to defeat those raid bosses and gaining more experience points or “looks” as well call them, to raise your party ranking, that’s what we want people to enjoy as end content.

    Gamer Escape: Was there a process for determining the characters that appeared on the medals?

    Okayama: When we decide medals, the battle system comes first when we think about it. We think about what kind of skills are necessary to move through the story and quests and we decide which character might fit the kind of action or skills they want so it’s a bit of a reversed way of looking at it. For Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ, we made it in a way so that any character that has appeared in the Kingdom Hearts series can still fit into this world. We hear alot from the medal team that they don’t know which character to use next because of how many there are to choose from.

    Gamer Escape: Is there a lot of interaction with Disney for that at all?

    Okayama: It’s a long running series and so we’ve always been in talks with Disney. It’s nothing new when it comes to this title.

    Gamer Escape: Will we see any more worlds added in future updates?

    Okayama: In regards to the stages in the quests, we do plan to release at minimum, 50 stages per month. There will also be seasonal events as well. As far as the worlds go, it is a Kingdom Hearts game so we do plan to maybe add more but we have nothing concrete now. It is very difficult to create a new world.

    Gamer Escape: I saw online last week that new medals would be making their way into the Japanese version of the game for Zootopia. Is that something that North American players can expect to see?

    Okayama: May 2nd.

    Gamer Escape: That was a lot more specific of an answer than I thought we would get!

    Okayama: We haven’t told anyone else yet. We do plan to release it on May 2nd, of course it is subject to change.

    Gamer Escape: How many stages are there right now?

    Okayama: It’s around 250 right now.

    Gamer Escape: We have a lot to go then. How many quests are in the Japanese version right now?

    Okayama: It’s 500 right now in Japan.

    Gamer Escape: Is there anything you're excited for or something you’d like to share with our readers?

    Okayama: There are actually hidden Mickeys in the stages that you can look for.

    Gamer Escape: Like the shape?

    Okayama: Yes, it might be very difficult to find them but they are in there. They’re not in every stage though.

  3. First Story Update coming to NA version of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ on April 21st, another update coming in early May

    At 2 AM PDT on April 21st, 50 new story quests will be added to the North American version of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ as announced by the official Twitter and Facebook pages. This update will focus on quests taking place in Wonderland as well as Daybreak Town.

    The official Kingdom Hearts Facebook page also announced that more quests will be added in early May with even more content to follow soon after that.

    What do you hope to see in Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ in the future? Let us know in the comments!

  4. Chirithy Plush Now Available for pre-order through North American Square Enix Store

    The North American Square Enix Store has added a listing for a Chirithy plush to their website, following the announcement of the Chirithy plush for the Japanese Square Enix Store last month. The Chirithy plush is currently up for pre-order with a limit of one per customer and is expected to ship towards the end of August 2016.

    You can find a few images of the Chirithy plush below, including all new stock images:

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    Will you be pre-ordering Chirithy? Let us know in the comments!

  5. Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ will be playable at PAX East 2016

    Square Enix have announced their properties that will appear at the upcoming PAX East 2016 convention, and among these titles is Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ. Square Enix claims that Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ will have a "hands-on" presence at their booth (#4044), so it is unclear whether or not announcements for future updates to the game will be made at the event. PAX East 2016 is being held in Boston, MA from April 22-24, and badges necessary to attend the event are currently sold out.

    Update: The Square Enix Booth at PAX East 2016 will be handing out Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ posters featuring the line "Have you heard of the Ancient Keyblade War?" from Kingdom Hearts III to attendees who play their demo of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ!
    You can find images from the event below:

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    If you plan on attending PAX East 2016, will you be playing Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ at the Square Enix booth? Let us know in the comments!

  6. [Updated] Announcing the official Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ KH13 party!

    Update: Now that Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is out in full swing, the Official KH13 party has decided to have slight member purges for users who contribute very little to the party. As the weekly union rankings come in, we will be removing the bottom 3 players (in terms of Lux collected) and recruiting new people to join the party. That is not to say that if you have been in the party and got removed that you can't join again. If you show improvement, we will gladly add you back! That said, we are now looking to fill 7 spots in our party! We would like to have people of higher levels/Lux collection! Just leave a screenshot of your character in the comments!
    The original article follows.

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    We hope everyone is enjoying Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ, which released on April 7th! The staff of KH13 have decided to open up an official party for the entire KH13 community - especially people who wish to seriously compete for a top spot in the leaderboards! This is the perfect opportunity to play with other members of the site! However, there are a few restrictions:
    • We have chosen the Vulpes union! That means that, in order to join our party, you must be in the Vulpes union. In order to change unions, tap Menu -> Other -> Switch Unions.
    • There are a limited number of spaces available (max 30) so this will be a bit competitive.
    • We are genuinely aiming to reach the top of the leaderboards, so please be serious in achieving this as well.
    All you need to do at this point is share your ID number in the comments below, and share a photo of your character's stats (tap your player icon on the top left of the screen, then take a screenshot). If you receive an invite, then you're in! Good luck!

  7. How to install Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ for Android if you live outside North America

    Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is now available in Google Play for North American users. Though the download is region locked, it takes just a few steps to download the app from outside of North America. Please follow the instructions listed below:

    • Enable installing APKs (Android app install files) from outside of the Google Play Store. To do this, go to the "Settings" app, scroll down to "Security", and tick "Unknown sources". Click OK on the popup alert.
    • On your Android device, go to http://www.apkpure.c...ee-apk-download, and in the text field input com.square_enix.android_googleplay.khuxww
    • The APK file should now download! When the download is complete, open the file and click "Install". After this installs, you are done!

  8. How to install Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ for iOS if you live outside North America

    Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is now available in the North American App Store for iOS! Though the download is exclusive to customers with a North American Apple ID, it takes just a few steps to download the app from outside of North America.

    • Open the "App Store" and scroll down to the bottom of the "Featured" page, and then click your "Apple ID" and click "View Apple ID."
    • Click "Country/Region" and then "Change Country or Region." From here scroll down to the bottom of the list, click the option that says “United States" and hit next.
    • Agree with the "Terms and Conditions" and then click cancel in the top left.
    • Click on your Apple ID again, and select "Sign Out".
    • Find the app in the "Search" tab or click here on your device.
    • Click "Get" and then it will ask you to sign in. Click the "Create New Apple ID" option and choose to register with a new e-mail address that is not attached to any Apple accounts yet.
    • When it asks for you to fill out info you need to be sure to have "None" checked in payment options. The rest of the information can be whatever you wish except for the "Postal Code." This needs to be an official code and we used "27613." Your phone number can be your own, as well.
    • Agree with everything and finish the account setup. Now you should be able to enter your passcode and start installing the game!

  9. Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ now available for download in North America

    Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is now available to download for both iOS & Android devices in North America on the Google Play Store & Apple App Store today! Just hop on the respective app store for your device and download the app - it's free!

    Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is approximately 1.1 GB, with about 700 MB required after installation.

    Android Download

    iOS Download

    If you're not in North America, we have guides available for you to follow so that you may still download the North American Version of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ.

    How to install KHUX on iOS outside North America

    How to install KHUX on Android outside North America

    A launch trailer was also released alongside the app today, which you can view below.

    Upon release, a new message from series director, Tetsuya Nomura, can be found on the official Kingdom Hearts website, which you can read below:

    We wanted to thank all the KINGDOM HEARTS fans for patiently waiting for the launch of KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained χ in North America. Ever since the launch of the Japanese version, we’ve received many inquiries about when the North America version would become available. Because this is the first KINGDOM HEARTS title that we are providing operation support for outside of Japan, I’m afraid the preparations took longer than expected; but at last, we are ready to begin services for the North American version of KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained χ.

    KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained χ falls into the earliest part of the KINGDOM HEARTS series chronology, and it is also the story of new beginnings. The main story may progress slowly, but part of the narrative experience is to take the time to tangibly feel other players existing in the same world as you do. By unraveling the mystery behind the era of “fairytales”, and experiencing the truth leading up to the Keyblade War, we believe players will be able to enjoy KINGDOM HEARTS II.8 even more, which is expected to launch this year. And it goes without saying that it will link not only to KINGDOM HEARTS III, but also to what lies beyond.

    The gameplay will be much different from what you may be used to in previous KINGDOM HEARTS titles; in this game, the players would aim for a “one-turn triumph” which focuses on providing players with an exhilarating gameplay experience in a short amount of time on a smartphone. The battle mechanics were designed by the main programmer of The World Ends With You and the Co-director of KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained χ, Hiroyuki Ito, so if you’ve ever played The World Ends With You, you can expect a similar kind of enjoyment there as well. While we have various elements included, such as collecting and strengthening medals, avatars with a broad range of customization, communication between party members, a ranking system and much more, it is also a game that feels right at home within the KINGDOM HEARTS franchise.

    We hope KINGDOM HEARTS fans can dive into the world of KINGDOM HEARTS not only through this title, but through the upcoming titles, KINGDOM HEARTS HD II.8 Final Chapter Prologue and KINGDOM HEARTS III. At the same time, as an origins story, there are many elements in the game that new players can enjoy, and the game can also be easily picked up and played, so players in Japan are enjoying the game even if they’ve never experienced the KINGDOM HEARTS series before. So, it would be great if fans new and old take the opportunity to play the game!

    KINGDOM HEARTS Series Director Tetsuya Nomura

    Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ was developed by Square Enix in partnership with Success and BitGroove Inc. All three of these developers include staff members such as Tetsuya Nomura, Tatsuya Kando, Hiroyuki Itou who have worked on Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded, The World Ends With You, and Final Fantasy All The Bravest in some capacity.

    The special aspect of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is its social features. Be sure to utilize our Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ forums here on KH13, and for more detailed information on the game itself, check out the Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ Wiki!
    Will you download Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ on your Android/iOS device(s)? Let us know in the comments below!

    • Apr 18 2016 11:12 PM
    • by Jake
  10. Announcing the new Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ Wiki

    KH13.com is pleased to announce its affiliation with khunchainedx.com - the Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ Wiki! This Wiki was previously a one-woman project, and then she reached out to KH13 for help upon receiving the news that the North American version of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ was releasing soon. We agreed to help, and have thus launched this new Wiki site.

    As of right now, the Wiki is not complete. We are currently looking for people to help us with editing the Wiki, so if that is something that interests you, please visit this forum topic.

    The Wiki will be your one-stop-shop for anything related to the game: Medal lists, mission requirements, explanations of game mechanics, Keyblade statistics, upgrade requirements, and much more! We hope you utilize this site as you begin to play through the game this week and beyond. We wish to make this the most informative, up-to-date resource for everything Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ!

  11. Pre-registration Now Available on Android for NA version of KHUX featuring Zootopia outfits

    Pre-registration for North American version of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is now open in the Google Play store. The size of the download will be 1.1 GB.

    The Google Play store features a few screenshots of the game, including a first look at new outfits based on Disney's latest film Zootopia.

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    Google Play also provided a summary of Kingdom Hearts Unchained and its features:

    Adventure across Disney’s magical and wondrous worlds in the first mobile app for the beloved KINGDOM HEARTS series!

    KINGDOM HEARTS is a tale about Light and Friendship overcoming the power of Darkness. Over the last 15 years, millions of fans have experienced the epic tale of King Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and more than 100 Disney characters joining forces with Sora, Keyblade warriors, and heroes from Square Enix’s popular FINAL FANTASY video game series as they battle to protect their friends and save all worlds from the Heartless.

    Become a hero at the very beginning of the KINGDOM HEARTS story in the era of the Lost Masters. Gather LUX—a mysterious form of light—and fight the Heartless as you explore beautiful Disney worlds. Meet familiar faces, strengthen yourself and your Keyblades!

    - Battle against the Heartless using your legendary Keyblades. Tap to attack, swipe to hit multiple enemies, and flick medals to unleash their special abilities.
    - Strategize to defeat enemies in fewer turns for greater rewards by using your special attacks and finding the right balance of power, magic, and speed medals.
    - Customize your hero by changing your avatar’s outfits to match your style of fashion. Be on the lookout for outfits based upon popular Disney, FINAL FANTASY and KINGDOM HEARTS characters, as well as seasonal clothing!
    - Collect and evolve hundreds of character medals, which contain the harnessed power of popular Disney and FINAL FANTASY heroes and villains.
    - Team up with friends to challenge and take down monstrous Heartless raid bosses for even greater rewards!
    - Survive the challenges in the Olympus Coliseum, where the strongest heroes can brave additional bosses and unlock the rare medals.

    NOTE: An additional download of about 700MB will be required after installation of this application, so please make sure you have access to a stable internet connection. The download will expand in size during installation, and you will need a total of about 1.1 GB free in order to play this game.

    All of the screenshots provided on Google Play can be found below:

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    Will you be pre-registering? Let us know in the comments!

  12. The official Kingdom Hearts website has updated to promote Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ

    As of April 4th, 2016, when we learned of the North American release date for Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ, the official Kingdom Hearts website has updated to promote the release. A large reminder of the April 7th, 2016 release date appears at the top of the page above a link to the Kingdom Hearts Facebook post of the announcement. Lastly, the site includes the announcement trailer that was first shown at E3 2015.

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    As of right now, there is nothing more to view on the official site, but it may update again once the game is released.

  13. Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ coming to North America on April 7th

    Square Enix has announced that Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is coming to North America on April 7th, 2016. The game will be released on iOS and Android. In addition, a new Twitter account was made for the North American version of the game where they will release updates and news. You can follow this Twitter account here. The blog also includes a commemorative drawing from series director Tetsuya Nomura, as well as an interview about the game's ties to the series, both of which you can view below:

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    1) Please explain where in the KH series the story takes place.

    This is the story of the “beginning” of the KINGDOM HEARTS series; in other words, it falls into the earliest part of the narrative. It takes place in the world of fairy tales talked about throughout the series, during an era before the Keyblade War. There are many different keyblade wielders in the world, and you, the player, are one of them.

    2) How does Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ relate to the upcoming Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue?

    All three titles within KINGDOM HEARTS Ⅱ.8 has a link to KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained χ in some way. You can see it most prominently shown in KINGDOM HEARTS χ Back Cover – a brand-new, approximately one-hour long cinematic piece, which is depicted from the perspective the Foretellers, who gather the Keyblade Wielders. On the flip side, KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained χ is seen from the player’s perspective. By watching KINGDOM HEARTS χ Back Cover, the player will be able to get a glimpse of what kind of motive these supposed leaders are operating under behind the scenes.

    And in KINGDOM HEARTS Dream Drop Distance HD, which is the HD remastered version of the Nintendo 3DS game KINGDOM HEARTS 3D: Dream Drop Distance, you may noticed the Dream Eaters were a sort of foreshadowing. And the title that would act as a bridge between these two titles would be the latest installment in the series, KINGDOM HEARTS 0.2 Birth By Sleep, which is developed utilizing the technology behind KINGDOM HEARTSⅢ. It is a sequel to KINGDOM HEARTS: Birth By Sleep, and a short episode that follows immediately after the events of KINGDOM HEARTS Dream Drop Distance HD, but it’s a title in which players can get an early feel for KINGDOM HEARTSⅢ.

    3) You mentioned this before at E3 2015, but what was the inspiration behind the character Chirithy?

    When we realized we needed some kind of character that navigates the players due to the nature of the game, I didn’t want a character that’s too self-asserting considering that they would accompany the players throughout the journey. Once that idea got rolling, then I thought a cat would be great, since you can’t tell what it’s thinking, but can still get along fairly easily with humans, so I went with my favorite, the Scottish Fold as my motif.

    I liked the Meow Wow from KINGDOM HEARTS 3D: Dream Drop Distance, too, but I designed the eyes the way I did to make sure you do not get a sense of it being self-asserting. Some people might have the wrong perception that because I own Scottish Fold cats, I modelled the character after them, but it’s actually the other way around; a while after we began developing, I started to own two Scottish Folds. By the way, their names are not Chirithy.

    4) Aside from characters and world that appeared in the Kingdom Hearts series, what are some new characters and worlds that are unique only to Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ?

    The game is currently progressing under a certain rule, so the only brand-new world would be “Daybreak Town,” the home town in which the players first start out, but there may be a possibility [of other worlds] should we continue providing service through the app.

    In terms of new characters, there are not only the five Foretellers and Chirithy, but there are also key new characters named Ephemera and Skuld that appear and move the story.

    5) What aspect of the game do you think will appeal to fans? What do you think fans will get hooked on? (i.e. collecting medals, events, etc.)

    One of the biggest pillars would be the sense of playing live, which is very different for existing KINGDOM HEARTS series titles thus far. You may have communication and cooperation, as well as the occasional competition, but the sensation of going somewhere and realizing there are people there and the world is moving is very unique to this particular KINGDOM HEARTS.

    Along those lines, various events are being held frequently depending on the occasion, the medal collection element is key to your battles, we also offer a ranking element, and a unique story told only in this KINGDOM HEARTS, so I’m sure there is some kind of element that would pique your interest.

    6) What kind of costumes are included in the game? Is there a particular costume of a character that you particularly love?

    There are so many different costumes already; of course you have the original designs, then Disney characters, KINGDOM HEARTS characters, and seasonal/special occasion designs, all for both male and female avatars respectively. Plus, you can mix and match the outfit elements, so I think the players can really bring out their individuality.

    From what I’ve seen, the hairstyle of the KINGDOM HEARTS 3D: Dream Drop Distance version of “The World Ends with You” Neku matched up with the black coat of Organization XIII seem to be popular. Also, the KINGDOM HEARTS version of FINAL FANTASY VII Cloud costume and King Mickey’s costume are popular as well. If I were to choose, personally, I’d like the Cheshire Cat costume.

    7) Do you have a special message for the fans?

    As mentioned in the beginning, this is the story of the start of KINGDOM HEARTS. In other words, there is no need for any prior knowledge of the series.

    I would love for people who have not yet played KINGDOM HEARTS to take this opportunity to casually jump right in with a blank slate. And of course for our fans, you can approach and play this KINGDOM HEARTS in any way you like, so through collecting medals of your favorite characters, collecting costumes, and moreover becoming a part of the KINGDOM HEARTS world and experiencing the enjoyment of weaving your own story that leads to one of the biggest mysteries in the series, which is the “Keyblade War,” I hope you can further enjoy the upcoming release of KINGDOM HEARTS Ⅱ.8 and KINGDOM HEARTS Ⅲ, as well as the KINGDOM HEARTS that will continue beyond that.

    Thus far there has been no mention of when Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ will release in other regions. We will provide updates as soon as they become available.

    Will you be downloading Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ? Let us know in the comments!

  14. Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ updates to version 1.2.0

    Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ updated to Version 1.2.0 on 30 March 2016, focusing heavily on UI updates and changes based on fan responses to the questionnaire published in late February. Major updates include changing the layout of the Quest screen, the introduction of "Skip Tickets" which allow a player to bypass a difficult mission, and finally patching the bug that allowed the buff medal “Kairi KH Version”'s ability to last beyond the allotted time.

    Current players will be given 10 Skip Tickets, which will allow a player to automatically clear the mission and will clear all 3 Mission Challenges as well.

    Players must install the update from either the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. For iOS, you'll simply need to log in with your Japanese Apple ID within the Apple App Store and download the update from there. For Android users, please follow this guide.

    You can read translations of the update notes below thanks to News Team member Katie Armstrong.

    Quest Improvements:
    -Enemies have been made easier to select, by preventing them from overlapping
    -The Target Enemy's HP gauge is highlighted, making it easier to see in battle
    -Enemies with more HP than can be displayed will show how many additional HP bars they have
    -Enemies who are weak to your current medal's attribute will now be indicated
    -The name of skills will now be shown inside the Deck Info during quests
    -Other minor adjustments

    UI Improvements:
    -The Keyblade you last used will now be the first one to appear when selecting a new quest
    -When leveling up a Keyblade, the amount of material needed and amount of material currently in your possession have been clarified
    -On the medal synthesis result screen, the increases to each parameter will now be distinctly indicated
    -Medals which will not improve a medal will be prevented from being used in synthesis (to prevent inadvertent loss of medals) (e.g. if a medal has already had 10 Cid medals synthesized onto it, all Cids in your inventory will become greyed out)
    -In the quest selection screen, if you exit out of selecting a Partner medal, you will be returned to Keyblade selection (rather than quest selection)
    -The attack power and synthesis orbs/Guilt of partner medals are now visible at a glance
    -Raid Bosses will appear in the Main Quest selection screen, and Scrooge skill increases will be displayed in the Raid Boss reward screens
    -Medals can now display their ability strength in the reordering menu
    -The Medal Display filters now include Upright/Reverse filters
    -Filters for 'Equippable' and 'Big EXP' have also been added
    -Other minor adjustments

    System Modifications and Additions:
    -The attack power of Partner Medals has been improved, depending on the strength of your Keyblade
    -You can now invite players into your party when viewing their avatar
    -Improved the UI when a party member requires assistance with a Raid Boss; a banner now appears at the top of all screens when a Raid Boss is active.
    -Only members of your party will now be allowed to assist in defeating your Raid Bosses.
    -When using a 'Skip Ticket', all Quest Challenges will be cleared
    -Skip Tickets will be awarded in addition to purchasing Jewels.
    -The Friend Point Draw has been removed
    -Event Quests and Daily Dungeons have been separated into distinct categories
    -The Quest screen now has separate areas for the Main Quest, Daily Dungeons, Event Quests, and the Coliseum
    -Because of this, the Event and Coliseum buttons have been removed from the Main Quest screen
    -Access to Daily Dungeons and Event Quests must be unlocked through playing the Main Quest. (Clear Main Quest Mission 6 to access the Daily Quests, and Main Quest Mission 14 to access Event Quests.)
    -Daily Dungeons and Premium Dungeons will all be displayed, but in a 'locked' state when they are inaccessible (e.g. when it is the wrong day of the week).
    -An additional button linking to the Weekly Bonus Jewel pack has been placed on the Shop and Daily Dungeon screens.
    -If you have not purchased the Weekly Bonus Jewel pack, a pop-up advertisement will appear on the Home screen.
    -“X-turn finish!” will only appear in the case of a 1-turn finish (completion in 2 turns will just show 'Win' and the Lux earned)
    -Changes to the opening tutorial
    -Other minor adjustments, including to the featured Event

    Bug Fixes:
    -Bug with multiple skills leveling up not being displayed has been fixed
    -Clearing the latest main quest will now correctly display 'CLEAR!'
    -The 'unspecified' category in the Avatar Board has been fixed
    -Materials acquired in Beast's Castle will now be properly displayed
    -Enemies killed via Poison will now disappear correctly
    -After Continuing, medals which had been set in the first slot will now have their abilities effect applied correctly
    -Problems with the app force closing in the medal organization screen has been addressed
    -A bug when scrolling to the left in the Avatar Board selection menu has been addressed, which caused the display to read '0/0'
    -A bug which resulted in the total Attack power of a Keyblade not matching the sum of the medals equipped has been addressed
    -The bug which resulted in '1 Lux' displaying in the rewards screen after earning a large amount of Lux has been fixed
    -A bug which appeared when parts of a Raid Boss were destroyed in an Area of Effect attack regarding the HP gauge display has been fixed
    -The EXP a medal will gain when synthesized will now display properly
    -When using filters to sort the Main Quests, sometimes the cursor would not move if the next quest was already cleared. This bug has been fixed
    -The ability for “Cloud Illustrated Version” now displays correctly
    -A bug regarding the Paralysis status effect and using Abilities causing later medals to be skipped automatically has been fixed
    -A bug involving empty Keyblade slots and tap attacks against Raid Bosses has been addressed
    -The 'Reset' ability for “Alice” will now correctly function when used against Raid Boss limbs
    -The bug involving “Kairi KH Version”'s buff not ending at the proper time due to combinations with other medals has been fixed
    -A bug involving empty HP bars on Raid Boss limbs has been addressed
    -The bug wherein using an Ability against a densely packed array of enemies resulted in the next medal's attack being automatically executed has been fixed
    -A bug involving the background music of the Quest selection incorrect when logging in to fight a Raid Boss after the timer had expired has been addressed
    -A bug relating to canceling a Union change has been addressed
    -Other minor bug fixes

    Other Updates:
    -Level cap has been raised to 300

    What do you think of these new updates for Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ? Let us know in the comments below!

  15. [Updated] Chirithy plush to be released in Japan on June 11th, 2016

    Update: The release for the Chirithy plush has been moved up to June 11th, 2016. Additionally, the plush is available for pre-order on the Square Enix online store, and the price has dropped from 5,940 yen ($52.13) to 5,670 yen ($49.91).

    The plush is also listed on Amazon Japan for pre-order. The amazon listing has the dimensions of the plush:

    Body size: width of about 195mm × depth 160mm × height 240mm, weight: about 270g

    The original article follows.

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    Back in December of 2015, a Chirithy plush was revealed during Jump Festa 2016, where Kingdom Hearts made a big appearance with a special trailer on Kingdom Hearts III and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. Thanks to Twitter user @aibo_ac7, we now know that the Chirithy plush will release on June 30th, 2016 in Japan.

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    The price is 5,940 yen, which is about $52.13 USD.

    For those of you who don't know, Chirithy is the guide and a main character in Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] & Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ.

    Are you planning to import this Chirithy plush when it's available? Let us know in the comments below!

    • Mar 03 2016 10:25 PM
    • by Jake
  16. Square Enix is conducting an official Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ user survey

    From February 24th until March 3rd, people currently playing the Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ can participate in a survey being conducted by Square Enix. The survey asks questions about your experience playing the game, what you feel could be improved, and what medals you would like to see in the future. Upon completion of the survey, players will receive 600 jewels to be used in-game. Also during this time, all AP costs for missions will be halved.

    You can fill out the survey here.

    If you plan on completing the survey, you can find a translation of the questions/responses below thanks to News Team member Katie Armstrong.

    Q1: Please enter your User ID number

    Q2: Please select your gender

    Q3: Please select your age range
    -Under 13
    -Over 50

    Q4: Please tell us your occupation.
    -Company employee (i.e. full time, salaryman)
    -Government/public service

    Q5: If you answered 'Other' for Q4, please elaborate below. (255 characters max)

    Q6: Please tell us what OS you use to play.
    -I don't know

    Q7: Please tell us what device model you use to play. (255 characters max)

    Q8: What other hardware do you use to play games?
    -PS Vita
    -Xbox One
    -Wii U
    -Nintendo 3DS

    Q9: When did you start playing Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ?
    -Since the beginning (September 2015)
    -October 2015
    -November 2015
    -December 2015
    -January 2016

    Q10: How did you find out about Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ?
    -Saw it on a news site
    -Saw it on the official home page
    -Saw it on a social network or blog
    -Saw a magazine article
    -Heard from a friend
    -Saw a TV commercial
    -Saw it in the app store

    Q11: If you answered 'Other' for Q10, please elaborate below. (255 characters max)

    Q12: Do you follow the official Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ Twitter account?

    Q13: How do you get your Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ news?
    -In-game notifications
    -From the official website
    -From the official Twitter
    -Another news site

    Q14: If you answered 'Other' for Q13, please elaborate below. (255 characters max)

    Q15: Do you know the people you play Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ with?

    Q16: Have you performed a data transfer?
    -I don't know how

    Q17: What aspects of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ do you enjoy? (You may select multiple choices)
    -The Kingdom Hearts story
    -The Disney worlds and characters
    -Collecting and evolving medals
    -Playing the main quest
    -Event quests
    -Customizing your avatar
    -Raid Bosses
    -The Coliseum
    -Individual Lux rankings
    -Party Lux rankings

    Q18: If you also selected 'Other', please elaborate below on what you enjoy in the game. (255 characters max)

    Q19: Please choose how much you agree with the statement "I am a Disney fan".
    -Strongly agree
    -Strongly disagree
    -No opinion

    Q20: What medals do you want to see? Please answer below. (255 characters max)

    Q21: What events do you want to see? Please answer below. ( 255 characters max)

    Q22: Do you want to see collaborative events with other apps?

    Q23: If you answered 'Yes' to Q22, which apps would you like to see collaborative events with? (255 characters max)

    Q24: Please tell us what aspects of gameplay you like. (510 characters max)

    Q25: Please tell us what aspects of gameplay you dislike. (510 characters max)

    Q26: Please leave any other feedback. (510 characters max)

    Feel free to discuss your answers in the comments below!

  17. New Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ iPhone cases available for pre-order

    Pre-orders for new goods opened up in the Square Enix store today, including a collection of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ mobile phone cases. The three iPhone 6 cases feature gold and silver motifs, and will ship on March 5th. The cost for one is 4,100 Yen, or about $35 USD. This is the latest piece of Unchained χ merchandise, after the Chirithy plush previously shown at Jump FESTA 2016. You can check out the cases below:

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  18. Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ advertisement spotted in Japanese Train Station

    It's been over a month since the Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ commercial launched in Japan, and it seems that the commercial has aired not just on television, but even at Japanese Train Stations. Twitter users @mas402 and @sawa3056 were able to capture footage from a Japanese Train Station on the Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ advertisement which you can check out below.

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    Even though no news on the English release has been provided yet, we can expect to see more news in the upcoming months in 2016 for Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ and it's English release. Are you happy to see Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ being promoted in Japan this big? Let us know in the comments below!

    • Jan 04 2016 06:50 PM
    • by Jake
  19. New Chirithy plush shown at Jump Festa 2016

    As Jump Festa 2016 went on from December 19th through the 20th in Japan (18th through 19th in the U.S.), an all new (never before seen) Chirithy plush was displayed for attendees to see. For those of you who don't know who Chirithy is, Chirithy is the cat-like dream eater in Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] and Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ who guides the player through the game as they advance through the story. Multiple pictures of the new Chirithy plush were taken from Jump Festa and can be seen below.

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    If you got the opportunity to purchase this Chirithy plush, would you buy it? What are your thoughts on the plush? Let us know in the comments below!

    • Dec 20 2015 01:49 PM
    • by Jake
  20. Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ updates to version 1.1.0

    Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ updated to Version 1.1.0 on 7 December 2015, bringing further upgrades for Keyblades, the Strength Bangle, and various UI updates. Due to the large content of this update, you must install the update from either the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. For iOS, you'll simply need to log in with your Japanese Apple ID within the Apple App Store and download the update from there. For Android users, please follow this guide.

    You can read translations of the update notes below thanks to News Team member Katie Armstrong.

    Version 1.1.0
    Daily Quest Updates
    Huey, Dewey and Louie medals will now drop more often in the Premium Quests.

    Adamant Challenge has been added! Boost your Keyblades to +21!

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    Upright and Reverse Medal Slots have been added to each Keyblade at +21! In addition to Power/Speed/Magic alignment, these slots will grant various boosts to Upright or Reverse Medals.

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    (In the example image shown above, Slot 1 grants a x1.40 bonus to Magic medals, but if the medal is both Magic and Upright, it is a x1.60 bonus.)

    Strength Bangle!

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    Upon completing the main quest and obtaining the 'Strength Bangle', orbing a 6* medal will have a chance to boost it's power even further. This is your medal's Guilt bonus. This Guilt bonus may boost further at random when the medal is used.

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    Additional updates:
    Performance optimization should reduce the number of time-out errors.
    Various UI updates, tutorial updates, bug fixes and help page updates have been implemented.

    What do you think of these new updates for Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ? Let us know in the comments below!

  21. New Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ TV commercial released in Japan

    A new Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ commercial has released today in Japan. The commercial shows a girl wielding the Starlight Keyblade as she appears to be travelling through the 2D version of the Disney worlds, Wonderland, Agrabah and Dwarf Woodlands, as seen in the game. We then see some in game footage that showcases Unchained χ style of gameplay and the commercial ends with the player enjoying the app. You can check out the commercial below:

    Have you played Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ yet? What are your thoughts on Square Enix's new commercial? Leave your responses in the comment section below!

    • Jan 31 2016 06:20 PM
    • by Churro
  22. New calendar released for Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ by Square Enix Members Japan

    A calendar has been released for Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ by Square Enix Members Japan. This calendar is for December 2015. You can check out the calendar below in all sizes for PC, Android & iPhone/iOS.


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    • Nov 29 2015 11:56 PM
    • by Jake
  23. New gameplay & story updates coming to Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ

    A new mysterious item known as a ‘strength bundle’ can be obtained at the beginning of December in Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ which allows players access to brand new six-star strength medals to be used in combat. The medals' abilities will be increased dramatically and will unlock the sixth level of the medals' true power.

    You will be able to equip a full deck of six star medals to the Keyblade from the 19th November 20:00 (JST) and Square Enix will also begin to add villain and darkness ‘reverse’ medals, which include the Wicked Witch disguise medal. These medals can be used alongside the more powerful silver and gold ‘upright medals’.

    In preparation for the new ‘strength bundle’ the deck cost for the Keyblades increased dramatically, with the addition of a special avatar board. The bonuses on the board can be obtained through collecting jewels in daily challenges and as a usual login bonus. In addition, Cid medals will be given out more frequently with campaigns and events.

    There is a chance to obtain more synthesis medals, sold medals and progression medals. These can be obtained through purchasing the 3000 jewel prize draw and the 1400 jewel draw available once per week. (Players who bought these will already have these medals unlocked.) These can be also be gained through the ‘All Daily Quests Open Until Sunday’ bonus and brand new quests that allow you to obtain a Cid medal everyday.

    It appears we are going to receive the most exciting story update yet! In this monthly update, Unchained χ will tell Olympus Coliseum's final chapter by introducing familiar Disney characters and the Underworld to the story. The story will also begin to introduce the mysterious character Ephemera from Japan’s web based counterpart [Chi].

    Thanks to KH13 News Team member Kayla Copeland (nichiei.translations@gmail.com) for full translations of the original article. The translations and images from the article can be found below:

    KHUx Development News #2

    Thank you for always using [KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained x]!
    To all of you who explore every nook and cranny of the contents of this game, we would like to introduce to you a new update related to medal growth.

    -New “Power” Strength Bundle! (Starting sometime in the first ten days of December onward)

    Along with the added content for continuing the main quest in December, a mystery item, “Strength Bundle,” will be obtainable.
    Once you've got the Strength Bundle, you can open new strength for your medals--up to six stars.
    By combining the same medals, you'll unlock the sixth level of ability strength for medal growth, and your abilities will drastically be strengthened.
    *We suggest that you strength the abilities of your favorite medals.

    -”Two Types of Medals” --Their true strength is unleashed! ( Starting sometime in the first ten days of December onward)

    Hereafter, “Villains” and “Darkness” characters' “reversal medals” will be added in order.
    “Keyblade Abilities” that draw out one's true power will be unleashed from the silver and gold “Upright Medals” that make up most of the current medals, as well as from the black “Reversal medals.”

    -Now you can equip five six-star medals in your deck! (Starting 11/19 at 8pm)

    Because of the deck cost limitations up to this point, you could create a deck mixed with six and five-star medals, but in preparation for the “Strength Bundle,” a new “Special Avatar Board” will be added to let you equip a deck of all six-star medals by expending jewels.

    By obtaining jewels by logging in and completing the daily jewel challenges, you can dominate the “Special Avatar Board.”
    In addition, we'd like to inform you that upcoming campaigns and events will make the “Cid” card, which lowers medal costs, easier to get.
    Use these features to make an even stronger deck than before.

    -Development of an accelerating story! (From the end of November onward)

    In the latter half of November, we plan to add on to the main story as is necessary.
    You'll get the concluding episode of Olympus Coliseum!
    And who is the mysterious new character who appeared in Daybreak Town?

    -A new quest added to help medal growth! (Starting 11/19 at 8pm)

    In order to add six-star medals to your deck, even more synthesis medals are needed.
    If you purchase the “1400 Jewel” bonus available once a week, in addition to the “Total Jewel 3000” bonus and the “All Daily Quests Open Until Sunday” bonus, a new special quest that allows you to obtain synthesis medals, sold medals, and progression medals all at once, as well as a new quest that allows you to get Cid every day, will be unlocked.
    *Players who have already bought it this week will already have it unlocked.
    Use these special quests to perfect your deck.

    Please look forward to what's to come for [KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained x]!

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    Are you looking forward to the upcoming updates of Unchained χ? Let us know in the comments section below!

  24. Summary of the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event

    On November 3rd, Square Enix & Disney held an event dedicated to the Kingdom Hearts series called the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater. Throughout the event, new footage relating to the Kingdom Hearts series was shown to everyone who attended the event, along with a few extra surprises. While those who couldn't attend the event cannot view any of the footage from the event, Square Enix released a few screenshots from the new footage, along with fans sharing their impressions on all the events that took place at the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater.

    Below you can check out all articles, screenshots, and fan impressions from the event.


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    - New images featuring attraction flow for Kingdom Hearts III, Riku and Kairi in Kingdom Hearts 2.8, and Beast's Castle in Kingdom Hearts χ
    - New Kingdom Hearts III trailer shown at D23 Expo Japan 2015
    - New Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer shown at D23 Expo Japan 2015
    - Beast's Castle Confirmed for Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], and "Mickey Code Together" Event for Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ
    - Famitsu: Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater summary


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    Square Enix officially released screenshots from the new footage shown at the event, which can be seen below.

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    Thanks to @kh_primavera, and translations by News Team member Rin, you can check out fan impressions on the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater.

    KH Theater - General Outline:
    Opening (CM videos of products that have been released)
    Greetings from Disney Japan, Justin Scarpone
    Greetings from Executive Producer Shinji Hashimoto
    Piano performance by Yoko Shimomura and Hiroyuki Nakayama
    Live performance of: [Dearly] Beloved, The Other Promise, Musique pour la tristesse de Xion
    Short talk by Shimomura and Nakayama
    Tetsuya Nomura presenting the latest information
    KH HD 2.8 new information: Ven, Aqua, and Terra’s voice actors appear in a guest movie
    KH3 new information: Sora, Kairi, and Riku’s voice actors appear in a guest movie
    New KH3 trailer presented (mainly battle scenes)
    Limited KH3 making video presented
    King Mickey in KH attire appears as a special guest
    Mr. Justin, Mr. Hashimoto, Ms. Shimomura, Mr. Nomura, and King Mickey photo session
    Ending (video with each character’s lines and Hikaru Utada’s “Hikari” BGM)

    Latest Information
    KHx - new world,“Beast Castle (from 11/5)
    KHUx - new stronger medals and avatars (from 11/3 18:00)
    KH HD 2.8 - latest trailer. King Mickey, Riku, Kairi, and Yen Sid must find Ven, Terra, and Aqua in order to gather the 7 Guardians of Light. From there, King Mickey says he met Aqua in the Ream of Darkness when he was there. Afterwards, battle scene with Aqua was presented.
    KH3 - latest trailer. Starts with the conversation between young Xehanort and young Eraqus previously released. There’s more to the convo this time than before (I feel like there were things I’d never heard before, like creating Kingdom Hearts out of competing lights…)

    After that, Sora’s battle scenes began to run. Worlds presented: Tangled, Twilight Town, Mysterious Tower, etc. Sora used BBS’s action system (shotlock command) and KH3D’s action system (free-flow action).

    About the new attraction flow: some of it is my own impression, but it kinda looked like it was based on Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blaster.

    There was one scene that showed the detailed motions of feet being soaked in a river.

    Sora, Donald, and Goofy’s new abilities were also shown (footage of the 3 of them sitting on Goofy’s shield and attacking was presented).

    Limited making movie - Olympus Coliseum (in production) was shown. In KH2 it was a world of spirits, in KH3, I’m not super positive, but it’s probably going to be made with heaven as the main. (Olympus Coliseum’s appearance in KH3 is unknown to begin with.)

    Also, a 3D Daybreak Town (in production) was shown. (Whether this world will be in KH3 or not is unknown.)

    The new Nobody’s bottom half looked like flower petals, and it used to a sickle to attack. (I remember Nomura said that people who have played KH will know who this Nobody is.)

    Some Heartless that look like advanced forms of Yellow Opera were also shown.

    Thanks to KH13 News Team member Kayla Copeland (nichiei.translations@gmail.com), you can read fan impressions from FF-Reunion.net.

    KH: [D23EJ] Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater Report!

    Today from Maihama Ikspiari, we have a report of the [Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater]. The event programs are as follows:

    -Greetings from the higher-ups at Disney, Justin Scarpone and Mr. Hashimoto
    -Yoko Shimomura and Hiroyuki Nakayama held a piano performance (Songs: Dearly Beloved, The Other Promise, Musique pour la tristesse de Xion)
    -Comments from the voice actors: Megumi Toyoguchi, Ryotaro Okiayu, Koki Uchiyama, Miyu Irino, Risa Uchida, and Mamoru Miyano
    -New trailers for KH0.2BbS, KhxBackCover, and KH3, no new worlds shown. New heartless appeared, KH3 creation process opened to public.

    [KH Premuim Theater Opening]

    -After entering the theater, we were given wristbands. Mr. Hashimoto was also at the theater entrance. Inside the KH Premium Theater before the event began, the screen had the [KINGDOM HEARTS Premium Theater] logo!

    -There was a keyblade in front of the screen. Then there was an announcement. No recording the trailers, taking any video, or any photography was allowed during the event. According to the event's twitter, this was all in order not to ruin things for the second round of guests, and the ban would be lifted at 17:00.

    -First, Tetsuya Nomura opened, and Nakamura said, “I'll speak while looking at the cue cards.” It was revealed that on 11/5, Beast's Castle would be a new world for KHx, and that from 18:00, the “Mickey Coordinate” event would start, with a KH2 Mickey present on 11/4 at 4:00!

    -[Below are excerpts from the voice actor's comments about the PV]

    Toyoguchi: Aqua's last line “we're connected” did not go well, and we had to do a lot of takes for it. My heart was starting to break. Recording for 2.8 isn't finished yet, but I'm looking forward to it.

    Okiayu: The first time I met Uchiyama, I met him with the same way Terra felt: “He's Ven!” The line that left a lasting impression on me was what I said to Otsuka, “What did you do to his heart?!”

    Uchiyama: In regards to Roxas, despite not being able to feel that my own world was real, I felt at that time (as a middle school student) that just like me, Roxas was real. In regards to Ven, I went on to give out such cheerfulness that I don't really have. At first, recording felt more like playing around than work.

    -A new trailer for [KH0.2BbS]! The King, Riku, and Kairi stand before YenSid. He says, “The fight with Xehanort is near. We must assemble the seven wielders of light to protect the seven hearts of pure light. In order to do that, it is indispensable that we call back the three keyblade wielders who were lost to the tragedies of long ago: Ventus, Terra, and Aqua.” Then, the King says to Riku and Kairi, “I met (?) in the Realm of Darkness.” (Picture: Aqua from behind in the Realm of Darkness)

    -The [KhxBackCover] trailer was the team's logos on stained glass with voices only. A man said, “Lost (?? couldn't hear the dialogue) piece missing from the Foretellers will enter.” A woman said, “Someone has the full story of the Foretellers, and the person who has that is the traitor?” A second man said, “The darkness is indeed on the move. I can't think that there is a traitor among us.” A second woman said, “We're not for sure that there's a traitor among us, right?” The first man says, “The missing piece of the story tell us of the traitor.”

    -[KHDDD] trailer came next. It was the scene where Xehanort explains things in the dream world. The King and Riku take hands and the trailer said, “Someday, with your strength...” There was the scene with Tron falling, and the scene with Riku confronting Ansem (“Ansem! You've become a part of my heart...”). There was also the scene where Sora takes Namine's hand, only to have her face turn into Xion, as well as Riku fighting the person in the black coat. It showed Sora fighting Braig (“Our hearts are connected--that's my strength!”). The modeling for KHDDD was really pretty! It seems just like a remake, perhaps because it was taken from the 3DS to the PS4 in HD.

    -There was a new trailer for [KH3]. It was the full scene from the beginning of KH3 with young Eraqus and Xehanort! [The music was a piano version of [The 13th Side].)

    X: Do you know about the Keyblade war?
    E: Of course.
    X: Long ago, when keyblade wielders tried to steal away the light.
    E: I've heard it again and again from the Master.
    X: I wonder what they wanted to do, using the light they stole to summon Kingdom Hearts.
    E: Who knows...I can't understand the reason why the fight happened in the first place.
    X: Have you heard of the Lost Masters? They started the Keyblade war.
    E: Never heard of it, where did you hear that from?
    X: No, was it for their sake, I wonder...
    E: I don't get it.
    X: You know the truth, right?
    E: About what?
    X: That at that time, light was defeated by the darkness. I guess you as a candidate for Master wouldn't know.
    E: I guess.
    X: You can see it with your own eyes. It's already decided, the end of the world.
    E: It'd be boring if the end was already decided. If the darkness is supposed to win, I'll rewrite the ending.
    X: You're pretty confident. But aren't you at a disadvantage?
    E: Light is different from darkness, because it's not just something you can see. We won't know until the end.
    X: I'm looking forward to it.

    -There was a KH3 trailer (music: Rage Awakened). Sora, Donald and Goofy battled Heartless that looked like dandelions in front of Rapunzel's tower, then it cut to a new part with new Nobodies that look like flowers with about eight legs?, that would separate and lift into the air while spinning (I saw this during the making video, but the keyblade looked like Marluxia). Nomura said this about the new Nobodies: “These nobodies will make you imagine someone specific. People with good intuition might get it.” It showed a new weapon for Sora. In an area that looked like a valley, Sora was able to lock on to about 10 Heartless (the lock on speed is very fast, about 1.5 seconds!) and teleport around while attacking. It was really cool!

    -There was a new attraction flow for [KH3]! It showed a vehicle kind of like a space ship?, where all three had a launching pad. It was called “Shooting ride.” After invoking AF, it turns into FPS mode and you can attack the enemies! (When it turns to FPS mode, the outline of goggles appears on the screen, giving you the image of playing a FPS game with goggles on)

    -While fighting Heartless in [KH3], there were points where Sora would fall into the river and scream as he slid down. The river looked really pretty! It seems the Heartless can also chase you down the river. When attacking the Heartless that resemble bells (the ones well known in the KH series), they can affect the environment around you, and they can attack that way.

    -There was a [KH2 Making] video presentation by Nomura! He said, “We're developing each of the worlds. Since the developers are still working, we can't show you any new worlds, but I was able to bring this in-production (making) video here today.” When the new Nobodies (shaped like flowers? They resemble Marluxia) attack, they rain down red flower petals. (The drawing below is simplified, but this is the basic idea)

    -What Nomura showed us next in the [KH3 making] video was a 3D version of Daybreak Town that hasn't been used in KH so far, but they might use it in KH3 or something. I understand that the movement of light makes the buildings move.

    -Next in the [KH3 making] video was a making of [Olympus]. Olympus is set up in the heavens, and it looks very divine, with the buildings reflected on the floor it was very pretty! There were buildings in the clouds, and between the clouds were the buildings of Olympus hidden away, making it a very mysterious location! Perhaps because of the use of light, the shading makes it look very three-dimensional!

    -The other parts of the [KH3 making] were shots of different Heartless with no backgrounds (Heartless with hats, bell-shaped Heartless' effects) showing their movements, etc. Nomura said, “There will be other Heartless, but they are spoilers so I can't show them. Just by looking at them you'll be able to figure out the worlds.”

    -There was a [0.2BbS] making video. It was a great display of running around in the darkness and Aqua fighting off Heartless!

    -In [KH3], Sora, Donald, and Goofy can ride Goofy's shield. Riding the shield like that lets you fly! Also, there's going to be a large snake-like enemy to fight.

    -At the end, there was a special PV they showed us called “King Mickey Scene Mash-Up]! Just when I was thinking how it was cool just to hear the music full of the King...King Mickey came out on stage, as well as Nomura and Shimomura, and they walked around the theater greeting guests! They were shaking hands and giving hi-fives!

    -Everyone involved got on stage: King Mickey, Nomura, Shimomura, and Hashimoto looked full of energy!

    -The last PV was a mash-up of scenes from each game. Sora, Roxas, Namine, Xion, Riku, Axel, Kairi, Aqua, Terra, Ven...and so on were in the last scene and climax, showing their goodbyes, reunions, and connections in their hearts... Everything was connected in fragments, and it was beautiful and left an impression. It made my heart feel warm...and I cried.

    -It was a wonderful KH event! There were a lot of clips, and I'm surprised at the quality! It seems some of the trailers were ones only shown at this theater, but I hope they release the other trailers soon!

    Lastly, you can check out tweets from the event, thanks to KH13 News Team member Kayla Copeland (nichiei.translations@gmail.com) for the translations, and thanks to @aibo_ac7 for the original tweets.


    With the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater passing by, as well as all of the D23 Expo Japan event, there are 2 major events left of 2015: Jump Festa 2016 and PlayStation Experience 2015. While Kingdom Hearts has not been confirmed for any of these events yet, there is a small chance of Kingdom Hearts appearing at these events. If any Kingdom Hearts news appears as these events are starting, we will let you know!

    • Nov 15 2015 07:28 PM
    • by Jake
  25. Famitsu: Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater summary

    After the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event, held on November 3rd, 2015, Famitsu Weekly published an article detailing almost every aspect of the special D23 event. Take the time to read about the new details from Kingdom Hearts III and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, and read special messages from the Japanese voice actors of the series! Thanks to News Team member Rin for the translations!

    To celebrate the opening of Disney’s Fan Event “D23 Expo Japan 2015,” a “Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater” was held on November 3, 2015, at Tokyo Disney Resort’s Cinema Ikspiari.

    Another super-duper Disney Resort KH event

    As previously reported, the “Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater” event took place on November 3, 2015, to celebrate the opening of Disney’s Fan Event, “D23 Expo Japan 2015.” The Theater event took place at Tokyo Disney Resort’s Cinema Ikspiari, located in Urayasu City, Chiba Prefecture.

    Among other things during this rather lively event, Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura introduced recent footage and developments, composer Yoko Shimomura gave a piano performance, and voice actors shared video messages.

    What follows is a report of this “Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater.” Please note that photographs are few, but words are aplenty.

    Opening the event was a retrospective on the [Kingdom Hearts] series done through promotional videos for each title. Afterwards, Walt Disney Company Asia and Disney Interactive Asia’s senior vice president and general manager, Justin Scarpone, appeared on stage to share that the Kingdom Hearts series has shipped 21 million units worldwide and is one of the most successful games in Disney’s long history. “I hope you’ll enjoy to the very end this special experience meant just for Kingdom Hearts fans,” Scarpone said at the start of the event.

    Following Scarpone, Kingdom Hearts series executive producer, Shinji Hashimoto, took the stage. Hashimoto expressed his gratitude for an event such as this that allows him to meet with fans directly. He also introduced the series’ smartphone application released in September, Kingdom Hearts: Unchainedχ[chi], and urged fans to give it a try. “Today, we will be able to share new information, so please look forward to it,” he said.

    Piano performance by Yoko Shimomura and Hiroyuki Nakayama

    First on the program for this event was a piano performance by Kingdom Hearts series composer Yoko Shimomura and pianist Hiroyuki Nakayama. Three songs––“Dearly Beloved,” “The Other Promise,” and “Musique pour la Tristesse de Xion”––were performed. Shimomura and Nakayama, each with their own pianos, played new arrangements in a piano duet form. Audience members listened quietly and attentively.
    Following the performance was a talk given by Shimomura and Nakayama. They first met during auditions for the Kingdom Hearts piano arrangement album [recording] and have known each other for a rather long time. The pair got along quite well during the talk. However, at their very first recording session that started at midnight and took 4 hours, Shimomura kept saying, “One more time,” and wouldn’t give the OK, “so I cried in the bathroom” (Nakayama). In the end, Nakayama persisted and lived up to Shimomura’s demands, and in reminiscence, “it was because of that trial that we have a day like today” (Nakayama). Music is an indispensable element of the Kingdom Hearts series, so let’s all look forward to what Shimomura and Nakayama will be doing next.

    Director Tetsuya Nomura also appears

    Following the piano performance were the eagerly awaited developments. Since this event was called a “Premium Theater,” information was revealed through footage. Series director Tetsuya Nomura appeared on stage and explained the content himself.

    For PC browser game Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], Beast Castle [appeared] as a new world beginning November 5. For the smartphone application Kingdom Hearts Unchainedχ[chi], beginning at 6:00pm on November 3, a new event called “Coordinate with Mickey" began]. In addition, those who [have been logging in] from November 4 at 4:00am and on, have each received a “King Mickey KHII Ver (★5)” medal.

    New information on Kingdom Hearts 2.8 and Kingdom Hearts III revealed

    The next segment was the presentation of the latest Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue PV. “I met Aqua in the Realm of Darkness” (King Mickey); “Someone has the complete Book of Prophecies, and that person’s the traitor” (Mysterious Figure) and other dialogue followed in rapid succession and stirred up anticipation! Before the PV, a video message from Megumi Toyoguchi (voice of Aqua), Ryoutarou Okiayu (voice of Terra), and Kouki Uchiyama (voice of Ventus and Roxas) was shared. You can read their comments below.

    Megumi Toyoguchi (Aqua)

    I think the very first scene that I recorded as Aqua was the one together with Maleficient, and it was my first experience having a conversation with a Disney character. Disney character acting is “big” acting, so I remember that, at the beginning, the feeling of distance between the [Disney] character’s acting and me, and the difference in the scale of the acting, was a really tough game. But as you gradually continue, once you can create your character, you’ll know how much to “give,” and it becomes very fun to do.

    One particularly memorable line is, when I said the final line as Aqua, “We’re connected” (English: “There’s always a way.”), I couldn’t really get it done right. I recorded it over and over so many times, and there must have been dozens of takes (bitter smile). I recorded so many times that I felt my heart was going to break into pieces, but at the very last moment, I got an OK, and I felt incredibly relieved. I’d never done so many takes, so that was memorable for me.

    The Kingdom Hearts series are commonly played games, so I was very happy to have been able to take part in it. Prior to [Kingdom Hearts], I played Paine in FFX-2, but playing a character in Kingdom Hearts is different emotionally, so I was very happy about that. Actually, I’ve been playing [Birth by Sleep], but I haven’t finished Aqua’s story yet. Finishing it would bring sadness… even though I have gotten to the end. But, since there’s a sequel coming out, I think I can “beat the last boss.” That’s my mindset.

    Within the 3 works is a new episode, and a new Kingdom Hearts is coming out, so I think you all are extremely excited about that, but I think I’m the one who’s most excited (laugh). I think I’m the very first to want to play it… should I play from the beginning, or should I play alongside Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep’s chronology? I haven’t begun recording (for KH 0.2 Bbs) yet, but I’m very excited to know how I’ll get to play Aqua, so I hope you all are excited as well.

    Ryoutarou Okiayu (Terra)

    I first performed in a promotional trailer, and after that, there wasn’t any news about recording lines for the actual title, so I thought, “So I didn’t get picked, huh?” I became quite anxious (laugh). Finally, I got to do the recording, and for the longest time it was just me alone… As you all well know, Terra goes on a journey to find Ven, but I couldn’t really meet Uchiyama-kun (voice of Ven) myself. The opportunity didn’t present itself, I suppose. When the time finally came, I thought, “Oh! So he’s Ven.” I put myself in Terra’s state of my mind and glanced at Uchiyama-kun (laugh).

    For me, the most memorable line was saying to Mr. Chikao Ootsuka, “What did you do to his heart!?” That line was used in the trailer, right? That was a foreshadowing of what would happen in the game.

    While recording, I thought about whether the story of these three people’s journey would continue after [Birth by Sleep]. When I was recording, I pictured the three of us being friends in the past, and at the time, I was able to fall into an illusion where I felt I was in a never-ending story.

    To all of you KH fans, I think you’re waiting for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue that will be released next year. I hear that the Birth by Sleep team will be able to talk a little about what happens from [Birth by Sleep] and on, so I’d like you to be excited. “Terra, what happened to him?” “We want Aqua to break out of that place.” “I wonder what happened to Ven… I wonder where Uchiyama-kun went?” (laugh). Along those lines, right? Please look forward to the next title.

    Kouki Uchiyama (Ventus & Roxas)

    About Roxas, should I say [he’s] life-sized…. this character called Roxas cannot feel that the world he lives in is real, and he doubts whether this is the real world. At that time when I was a middle school student, somehow I also thought the same. It hit home for me, or, it was a very real feeling for me. I injected the thoughts I had at that time into my lines, and in that way, I remember [the recording] being rather easy.

    For Ven, I brought out cheerfulness and the strength to invigorate others. I don’t have those traits. Normally, I’m more quiet. It felt like I was adding things on top of what I didn’t have.

    I don’t usually get involved with a single work from a series that is this long. I was young back then, so when I would get involved with a project and thought, “Okay, I’ll do it,” it wasn’t really work, but…. it’s kind of hard to say, but I remember, when I went to the studio, I thought of it as going in to play around, and then I said my lines. During KHII, I recorded lines together with Roxas’s friends, Hayner, Pence, and Olette (their voice actors). It felt like going to school, and I felt excited going into the studio. Time’s passed since then, and once again I’m in the same series, but as a different character in a different title. I’ve played various roles, and made so many memories...call it a life in 1 work or something. The series will probably continue on, I think, and I’m excited how I’ll be able to stay involved. I don’t want [my part] to end just yet.

    The series will probably go on, huh. No one’s told me anything, so I’m looking forward to the future as all of you are. I ask for your continued support in the KH series.

    Making of Kingdom Hearts III” also shown

    Following on the heels of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue were the latest developments on Kingdom Hearts III. This segment also began with video messages from voice actors.

    Miyu Irino (Sora)

    In these last dozen years or so, there have been parts where Sora and I have grown together, and parts where Sora and I have grown in different places. I wonder if these parts that have changed, together with the parts that haven’t, are how Sora has changed in the span of 15 years.

    I’ve worked on the Kingdom Hearts series together with Mamoru Miyano, who plays Riku, and Risa Uchida, who plays Kairi, since we were all teens, and I can feel our incredibly strong bond, as if they’re really my childhood friends.

    Before I was involved with Kingdom Hearts, I had a general sense of Disney’s Donald and Goofy, but now, when I see them at Disneyland or in movies, I feel something different in these characters. Like, they’re my friends. I feel really proud.

    I really like the story of Roxas’s existence, and the scene in the second half of II where he and Sora melt together has left a great impression on me. I feel a closeness to him as well.

    One memorable thing was singing “Under the Sea” in the Little Mermaid world. I was really happy that I didn’t sing it as karaoke, but rather, as my own song.

    The memories of doing recording as a middle school student are linked with the memories of my middle school days, and I feel that [Kingdom Hearts] is a special work. Also, when I go abroad, people know me as doing voice acting for Kingdom Hearts, and I can sense the globalness even more.
    There are more works coming for Kingdom Hearts, and there are plenty of works already available to look back on. I hope you’ll enjoy those until the sequel is here.

    Risa Uchida (Kairi)

    In the world of Kingdom Hearts, Kairi is light. I’ve performed my role with this in mind, but how to capture this light is different between now and before. To continue to stay in the light, one must be incredibly strong; I had felt that when I became an adult. Kairi, who has been able to stay in the light, is a wonderful child, and there are so many things I can learn from her.

    Xion didn’t have a sense of self at the beginning, and gradually she was able to think for herself… representing this course of change was especially difficult. The anxiety of, “I’m just a nobody, aren’t I? I’m just a tool,” is something that I think everyone feels at one point, so I don’t think Xion is unusual in this regard. I thought it’d be great if I could embrace loneliness, anxiety and perform my role…. in the end, I felt quite sad, after all.

    Sora is a beloved person who goes beyond romantic love and friendship. To Sora, Kairi is [his] light, but I think to Kairi, Sora is also her light. Kairi views Riku differently from Sora; I think she sees [Riku] as more of a big brother. In II, when Kairi grows into a person who can wield her Keyblade and fight, I can’t help but think that it must be because she’s watched Riku from behind. They cherish one another, and the three who are growing together are extremely special and amazing. I admire them very much.

    When I accepted the audition, I had done a lot of stage work and thought that voice acting wasn’t my skill, so I wasn’t sure if I should challenge myself and try out. I had all this anxiety, but I received the script and fell in love with the world of Kingdom Hearts. I really wanted to enter into this world no matter what, and my passion grew. I thought, “Being able to be a part of this world is a once-in-a-lifetime and thrilling chance.” I want to keep growing more and more together with Kairi, so I want to thank you for your continued support.

    Mamoru Miyano (Riku)

    The Riku in Kingdom Hearts up until now has had to fight a long battle against the darkness within him. He’s atoned for it, and he’s mustered up the courage to fight against it. Growing into light’s existence has been his salvation, I think. The reality of overcoming this experience and fighting with his Keyblade in hand has been a big change, so I wanted to perform my role with all of that in mind.

    There aren’t many jobs that I can participate in that have spanned as long as Kingdom Hearts has. [Kingdom Hearts] is a work that’s been with me every step in my entire acting life, so Riku’s existence is special. He’s growing, and I think I’ve also been growing a little bit, too. There’s a lot of deep emotion in [Riku’s] transformation.

    To Riku, Sora is forever radiant, and his admiration for Sora has never changed. It’s been said that, because of Kairi, Riku was able to connect with Sora, so [Sora] is a special existence, isn’t he?

    The time that I received the Kingdom Hearts role was around the same time that I began my voice acting career. I was young, but being able to act alongside my senior, Miyu Irino-kun, inside the studio was fun. I learned a lot, and that time was invaluable. This is my own whimsical thought, but I think Irino-kun and I are connected by a strong bond, like Sora and Riku are.

    I want to cherish the Kingdom Hearts series together with all of you, and I ask for your continued support from here on out.

    For the latest Kingdom Hearts III footage, an event-exclusive movie was revealed, featuring the full version of the conversation between two people playing what looks like a chess match (the one that begins with “Have you heard of the Ancient Keyblade War?”). Both seem to know something, but they do not utter it. They are friends, but they also appear to be rivals… their relationship is quite palpable.

    In the action footage, new Heartless, a Nobody wielding a sickle, and a scene where [Sora] unleashes a Birth By Sleep shotlock-like attack from an attraction flow (a special technique that can be triggered under certain conditions), among other things, were present. New battle scenes were packed with action.

    Tetsuya Nomura once again took to the stage and presented another event-exclusive PV, a rare movie of the making of Kingdom Hearts. “During development, we proceed by working on each world, and we’re moving into worlds that we cannot, at this moment, show you. I can’t present any new worlds today, so in place of that, I’ve brought some in-production footage that we normally do not make public” (Nomura).

    90% of Kingdom Hearts development is done at the Osaka Studio, and 10% done in Tokyo. The contents revealed in today’s footage are from the Tokyo Studio. In this PV, we saw once again the figure of the Nobody wielding the sickle from the latest trailer. “This is the Nobody that was also in the new KHIII trailer. As to what this Nobody is, I’m sure there are fans who are aware” (Nomura). Is this connected to Marluxia!?

    Other things were also introduced in this PV, such as a new location in Olympus, the heaven map; and development footage of Aqua being controlled on KH 0.2 BbS’s map. Effects have been made more splendid and lighting processing has been increased, making the appearance even richer.

    Kingdom Hearts III will have attraction flows and weapon transformations, and party member coordination is being strengthened, so I hope you’ll look forward to these” (Nomura).

    King Mickey appears!

    Just as we were taking in all of these updates, there was another special movie! This footage featured King Mickey and his activities from titles to date. Once the movie had ended, the King himself appeared on stage! The audience cheered as King Mickey came to the scene! King Mickey, along with Tetsuya Nomura and Yoko Shimomura, left their seats and began to interact with fans. There were curtains and all, and the auditorium turned into an uproar.

    There was much excitement accompanying King Mickey as he made his departure. Hashimoto made his appearance once again and said to the audience, “It is thanks to you, the fans, that [Kingdom Hearts] has been able to continue for 13 years after its release. We’ll be doing our best from here on out, so we appreciate your continued support.” The event concluded with thunderous applause from the fans.

    What did you think about what the voice actors had to say? Let us know in the comments!