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  1. Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake to be launched in "the next three years or so"

    Square Enix CEO, Yosuke Matsuda, gave a statement about upcoming titles, including Kingdom Hearts III, during the Financial Results Briefing of the FY 2017 Financial Briefing Report back on May 11, 2017.

    Matsuda said that the games that were listed on the FY 2018 and beyond column on the Digital Entertainment-HD Games slide, which currently list Kingdom Hearts III, Final Fantasy VII Remake, and the currently unnamed Marvel IP Project, are planned to be released within "the next three years or so." Read the full quote below:

    "This slide shows our release lineup for FY2017/3 as well as for FY2018/3 and beyond. We plan to launch each of these upcoming titles in the next three years or so."


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    This “release window" for Kingdom Hearts III is exciting! What do you guys think? Let us know how you feel in the comments down below!

    Thanks to Gematsu for the tip!

    • Today, 03:53 AM
    • by Qrow
  2. Kingdom Hearts II Sora SHFiguarts figure shown off at Tamashii Nations 10th Anniversary World Tour

    During the Tamashii Nations 10th Anniversary World Tour, various new SHFiguarts figures were revealed for the first time. Among these new figures, a Sora (Kingdom Hearts II ver.) figure was shown off. This Kingdom Hearts II Sora figure comes with a stand, and does indeed have articulation. View photos of the image in the gallery below:

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    Tamashii Nations 10th Anniversary World Tour is an event to celebrate the anniversary of Bandai's Tamashii Nations line of figures and memorabilia. It's being held from December 2016 to November 2017. It's coming to Brazil, China, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Taiwan, and United States. During its time at Osaka, Japan, from May 27, 2017 to May 28, 2017, the Sora figure, along with the other figures mentioned, were revealed.

    There are currently no pricing or release date information regarding this figure. We'll keep you updated.

    UPDATE: New photos of the SHFiguarts Sora (Kingdom Hearts II ver.) have been shown off by @holiday8823 and @soundwave0628 on Twitter. View them with the other images in the gallery above.

  3. Kingdom Hearts Concert - First Breath - album up for pre-order; releasing July 26, 2017

    Square Enix have announced that the Kingdom Hearts Concert - First Breath - album is now available for pre-order on the Square Enix Japan E-Store for 3,564 yen ($31.97 USD). It will be available on the E-Store for a limited time only. The album will release on July 26, 2017.

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    The Kingdom Hearts Concert - First Breath - officially began on August 11, 2016 and had a showing in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka. After, on March 10, 2017, the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - officially began, and it will have sixteen showings in total. Check out the upcoming show dates and locations here!

    The Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - also has an album that's available. Check it out/order it on the Square Enix Japan E-Store!

    UPDATE: There is a message from Kingdom Hearts series composer, Yoko Shimomura, on the Japanese Square Enix website, regarding this Kingdom Hearts Concert - First Breath - album. Read the message, translated by Katie Armstrong, below:

    Hello! I'm Yoko Shimomura, composer for the Kingdom Hearts series.

    At this time, the orchestral concert 『KINGDOM HEARTS Orchestra -World Tour-』 recording is available for purchase at the concert venue (and for a limited time on the Square Enix e-store). From the beginning of it's 2016 tour, many people have been asking for a CD of the brass concert 『KINGDOM HEARTS Concert -First Breath-』, and it's finally been decided to release it! Yay! We did it!

    Certain pieces are better suited to receive brass band or orchestral arrangements; the different timbres, arrangements, and set lists from different concerts are now all content that you can enjoy. I would be so happy for anyone who came to last year's concert, and those who couldn't make it to have a listen, by all means! Please look forward to the launch!

    「 KINGDOM HEARTS 」 series composer,
    Yoko Shimomura

  4. Kingdom Hearts print card collections by Ichiban Kuji are being released

    Ichiban Kuji is making Kingdom Hearts character collection cards which will be on sale starting May 24, 2017. These cards can be purchased from their site for 150 yen ($1.34 USD) and they will be selling the collections on different periods starting from May 24, 2017 until the last collection to be sold in August 31, 2017.

    View two sample images of what the cards look like, as well as an actual photo of the cards, provided by @print1KUJI and @ArikaMiz on Twitter, below:

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    UPDATE: Another photo of the cards has been shown off by @naxkia on Twitter. View this photo with the other photos in the gallery above.

  5. [UPDATED] The first series of Diamond Select Toys' Kingdom Hearts figures shown off at C2E2 2017

    Earlier this year, Diamond Select Toys revealed prototypes of their Kingdom Hearts figures at New York Toy Fair 2017.

    Now, Diamond Select Toys have shown off improved versions of these figures at Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) 2017. Last time they were shown, figures of Sora, Roxas, Axel, Mickey Mouse, Maleficent, Jafar, Iago, Abu, a Dusk Nobody, a Shadow Heartless, and a Creeper Plant Heartless were shown. This time, figures of Sora, Axel, Mickey Mouse, a Dusk Nobody, a Shadow Heartless, and a Soldier Heartless were shown. A Vinimate Sora can be seen in the back as well.

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    In the image, you can see some of the articulation of the figures. Not all of the figures will have the same amount of articulation, due to the size of the figures and due to how easy it is to hide the articulation in the sculpt. Expect to see 8 - 12 in the character figures, and little or none in the Heartless figures.

    UPDATE 1: More detailed photos have been added of the Sora, Axel, Mickey Mouse, and the Soldier Heartless figures by Diamond Select Toys, which were featured about booth #817 at C2E2. You can view these images above.

    UPDATE 2: The official Diamond Select Toys Twitter account has released an image of their Vinimates display at C2E2 2017 at their booth #817. In this display, you can see the Sora Vinimate and get a better look at him than in the previous photo. Sora can be seen on the third shelf down and to the right. View the image of the display below:

    Sora Vinimates C2E2


    UPDATE 3: Thanks to @JayCochran on Twitter, we now have a new photo of the Sora figure and a new photo of the Mickey figure. View these images with the other images above.

    UPDATE 4: New images of these figures and new information on these figures has been released. It's now known that these figures will be released in two packs which each contain three figures. The first pack will have Axel, Mickey Mouse, and a Shadow Heartless in it, while the other pack will have Sora, a Soldier Heartless, and a Dusk Nobody in it. The figures are between four and seven inches tall. They will be released Fall 2017, and both packs will be $25.00 USD. The figures are sculpted by Oluf Hartvigson, who's also done some work for one of the Star Wars lines at Sideshow Collectibles.

    View the new images in the gallery below:

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  6. [UPDATED] Diamond Select Toys display protoype Kingdom Hearts figures at New York Toy Fair

    Diamond Select Toys have revealed a prototype of their own Kingdom Hearts figures at the New York Toy Fair 2017. The figures are still requiring licensing approval and there are plans for a mini figure collection. View the prototypes below:

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    Currently the set will be sold for $24.99 USD. It features Sora, Roxas, Axel, Mickey Mouse, Maleficent, Jafar, Iago, Abu, a Dusk Nobody, a Shadow Heartless, and a Creeper Plant Heartless.

    The planned collection of Mini figures would possibly feature Sora, Demyx, Auron, Donald Duck, Goofy, Jafar, Tron, and Sark.

    Thanks to KHInsider for the find!

    UPDATE 1: Diamond Select Toys have shown off improved versions of these figures at Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) 2017. Last time they were shown, figures of Sora, Roxas, Axel, Mickey Mouse, Maleficent, Jafar, Iago, Abu, a Dusk Nobody, a Shadow Heartless, and a Creeper Plant Heartless were shown. This time, figures of Sora, Axel, Mickey Mouse, a Dusk Nobody, a Shadow Heartless, and a Soldier Heartless were shown. A Vinimate Sora can be seen in the back as well.

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    In the image, you can see some of the articulation of the figures. Not all of the figures will have the same amount of articulation, due to the size of the figures and due to how easy it is to hide the articulation in the sculpt. Expect to see 8 - 12 in the character figures, and little or none in the Heartless figures.

    UPDATE 2: More detailed photos have been added of the Sora, Axel, Mickey Mouse, and the Soldier Heartless figures by Diamond Select Toys, which were featured about booth #817 at C2E2. You can view these images above.

    UPDATE 3: The official Diamond Select Toys Twitter account has released an image of their Vinimates display at C2E2 2017 at their booth #817. In this display, you can see the Sora Vinimate and get a better look at him than in the previous photo. Sora can be seen on the third shelf down and to the right. View the image of the display below:

    Sora Vinimates C2E2


    UPDATE 4: Thanks to @JayCochran on Twitter, we now have a new photo of the Sora figure and a new photo of the Mickey figure. View these images with the other images above.

    UPDATE 5: New images of these figures and new information on these figures has been released. It's now known that these figures will be released in two packs which each contain three figures. The first pack will have Axel, Mickey Mouse, and a Shadow Heartless in it, while the other pack will have Sora, a Soldier Heartless, and a Dusk Nobody in it. The figures are between four and seven inches tall. They will be released Fall 2017, and both packs will be $25.00 USD. The figures are sculpted by Oluf Hartvigson, who's also done some work for one of the Star Wars lines at Sideshow Collectibles.

    View the new images in the gallery below:

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  7. Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX ranked 14th in April US video games sales

    The US video games sales ranking for April have been released. Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX comes in at #14 behind Mario Kart 8, Persona 5, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Horizon Dawn Zero among others. The number of units sold in the month of April have not been announced yet.

    As of April 8th, Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 HD ReMIX has sold 445,914 units worldwide in its first 5 weeks compared to Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, which sold 648,902 units during its initial 5 weeks.

    • May 19 2017 12:51 PM
    • by Leamax
  8. Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross] smartphone case announced; available from CaféReo and Square Enix in Japan

    Square Enix and CaféReo have teamed up and announced a Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross] styled smartphone case. The “notebook type smartphone case” features the Kingdom Hearts crown with a slot to store a credit card or something similarly shaped. The case will cost 4,800 Yen (around $43.00 USD) and is planned to be released by the end of June 2017, but is limited to Japan. To buy and import the case, or simply find more product details, click here.

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    Also, if you missed it, Square Enix and 7Net are also releasing smartphone cases, as well as a range of other merchandise for the 15th Anniversary of Kingdom Hearts.

    UPDATE: Square Enix Japan is now accepting pre-orders for the case selling for 5,184 yen (approx. $46.00 USD) and will be available on July 1st 2017.

    • May 16 2017 11:48 AM
    • by Axeken
  9. Enchanted Dominion added to Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross] in 15 new story quests

    Fifteen new story quests have been added to the Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross]! Ten of these new quests mark the first appearance of Enchanted Dominion within the game. This is particularly interesting due to Enchanted Dominion's involvement in the secret ending for the original Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]. You can view an untranslated playthrough of the fifteen new quests below, courtesy of Everglow. A translated version will be available soon.


    UPDATE: A translated version of the story update has been made available, courtesy of Everglow! Check it out below!


    Are you excited to finally explore the long-awaited Enchanted Dominion? Let us know in the comments below!

  10. Square Enix reveals Aqua Play Arts Kai figure releasing July 2017

    Square Enix have recently announced that Kingdom Hearts 0.2: A Fragmentary Passage Aqua will be joining the Kingdom Hearts Play Arts Kai line. The figure will be on display at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in Nuremberg, Germany from February 1st to February 6th. The release date and pricing for the figure haven't been announced yet.

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    Will you order a Aqua figure? Who do you want to see as a Play Arts Kai figure? Tell us in the comments below.

    UPDATE 1: A clearer photo of the Play Arts Kai has been taken, now displaying a clear release date of July 2017 for the figurine (far left photograph).

    UPDATE 2: The official North American Twitter account for Square Enix Merchandise has revealed a new image of the Aqua figure at the New York Toy Fair. You can view the image below:

    Play Arts Kai Aqua Toy Fair


    The figure will be released in July 2017. The price is yet to be known.

    UPDATE 3: An advertisement for the Kingdom Hearts Play Arts Kai Aqua figure has been spotted in a Japanese store. View a photo of it, provided by @Phamboola on Twitter, below:

    Play Arts Kai Aqua advertisement

    • May 13 2017 12:49 PM
    • by Leamax
  11. Kingdom Hearts Organization XIII 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle by Tenyo coming soon; pre-orders available

    An Organization XIII themed Kingdom Hearts jigsaw puzzle by Tenyo is releasing soon. This puzzle consists of 1,000 pieces and is 57 x 73.5cm when assembled. You can pre-order this jigsaw puzzle from AmiAmi for 3,024 yen ($26.60 USD). Pre-orders are offered on a first come, first served basis in case of manufacture stock shortages.

    View the picture that the puzzle creates when assembled below:

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    UPDATE: Pre-orders have since been closed! We'll update you if they open again.

  12. Kingdom Hearts III listed under "FY 2018 and Beyond" in Square Enix's FY 2017 report

    Square Enix Holdings have released their Financial Briefing Report for Fiscal Year 2017, which began on April 1st, 2016 and ended on March 31st 2017. Kingdom Hearts III is listed as "To Be Announced" under the "FY 2018 and Beyond" column on the Digital Entertainment-HD Games section of the report, along with the Final Fantasy VII Remake and a currently unnamed Marvel IP Project.

    The slide was previously used in the U.K. Road Show report back in February.

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    • May 11 2017 12:13 PM
    • by Leamax
  13. Kingdom Hearts Plush Shadow & Fenrir/Ultima Weapon Keyblade Keychain now available for pre-order via Square Enix NA store; releasing May 2017

    The Square Enix North American online store has updated with new pre-orders for the Kingdom Hearts Plush Shadow, as well as more Keyblade Keychains of the Fenrir and Ultima Weapon. All 3 products have an estimated release of May 2017. The Plush Shadow costs $34.99 USD, and the Keychains each cost $19.99 USD.

    Check out a link to each pre-order page below, as well as their corresponding images.

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    • May 04 2017 08:37 PM
    • by Jake
  14. Kingdom Hearts II ranked 25th on Game Informer's Top 100 RPGs of All Time; Sora featured on June 2017 cover

    Game Informer will feature a Top 100 RPGs of All Time list in the June 2017 issue. The cover for the issue has been revealed showing the major characters in many of the RPG-style games. Among these characters is Sora, wearing his Kingdom Hearts III attire, near the top of the front cover, just below the Game Informer title. You can see the full cover art, as well as close-ups of the cover art below:

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    The June 2017 issue of Game Informer will be available later this month.

    UPDATE: Game Informer has revealed their Top 100 RPGs of All Time. Kingdom Hearts II takes the #25 spot. The description of this spot can be found below:

    { 25 } Kingdom Hearts II

    PLATFORM: PS4 • PS3 • PS2

    RELEASE: 2006

    Combining Square Enix with Disney in the original Kingdom Hearts was dangerous but successful. This gave Square the chance to dramatically improve the concept with a sequel. Kingdom Hearts II marked an apex for the series thanks to its improved mechanics and more interesting Disney worlds to visit. The story was also good, though it started to go off the rails toward the end.

    • May 04 2017 11:29 AM
    • by Leamax
  15. Kingdom Hearts II featured in IGN's Top 100 RPGs of All Time; ranked as number 86

    IGN has released an article of a list of what they consider to be the Top 100 RPGs of of all time. In this article, Kingdom Hearts II is featured and ranked as the 86th best RPG of all time.

    Next to each game on the article, is a short summary of why the game is one of the top RPGs of all time and why it's on the list. Read Kingdom Hearts II's summary, written by IGN Associate Editor Jonathon Dornbush, below:

    Kingdom Hearts 2 considerably ups the combat possibilities of its predecessor, introducing new forms — and snazzy new suits — for Sora to wear. The addition of the Reaction Command in combat also spices battles up, making for a combat experience made even more varied by the addition of the new Nobodies enemies. By streamlining some of the first Kingdom Heart's systems, including magic and the awful Gummi Ship levels — not to mention deepening the lore to stranger, more engaging depths — the first numbered sequel in the 15 year old franchise is still one of its strongest and one of the most fun to play.

  16. [UPDATED] Kingdom Hearts II: The Novel Volume 1 releasing in English on June 20, 2017; Kingdom Hearts: The Novel Volume 2 releasing in English on December 12, 2017

    Yen Press will be releasing Kingdom Hearts II: The Novel Volume 1 in English on June 20, 2017 at an original retail price of $16.00 USD. Pre-orders are available now at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Book Depository, and RightStuf.

    This is the first announcement regarding the publication of this volume outside of Japan, where it was published on April 22, 2006. The Kingdom Hearts II light novel series, written by Tomoco Kanemaki, with illustrations by Shiro Amano, and concept by Tetsuya Nomura, finished in Japan in 2007, and now it is finally being released in English as well. The Japanese Kingdom Hearts II light novel series had four volumes, but for the English series, they've decided to combine them all together to create two large volumes. Kingdom Hearts II: The Novel Volume 1 contains volumes 1 and 2 of the original Japanese series, while the upcoming Kingdom Hearts II The Novel Volume 2 will contain volumes 3 and 4 of the original Japanese series.

    Yen Press has also previously localized Kingdom Hearts: The Novel and Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories: The Novel internationally in 2015 following high fan demand.

    Do you own any of the previous Kingdom Hearts novel series? Will you be adding Kingdom Hearts II: The Novel Volume 1 to your collection? Let us know in the comments below!

    UPDATE 1: The Yen Press webpage for Kingdom Hearts II: The Novel Volume 1 is now up.

    UPDATE 2: The overview of the novel has been updated, and can be read below:

    Based on the hit video game series!

    Roxas is a boy who lives in sleepy Twilight Town with his friends Hayner, Pence, and Olette. As the last week of summer vacation comes to a close, the four spend their days together, making sure to leave no regrets. All the while, Roxas worries about the strange things that keep happening to him...


    UPDATE 3: The cover for the English Kingdom Hearts II: The Novel Volume 1 has been shown off. Last year, Yen Press announced that they will be releasing the first volume to the Kingdom Hearts II light novel series by Tomoco Kanemaki, Kingdom Hearts II: The Novel Volume 1 on June 20, 2017. Thanks to Yen Press again, we now have a look at the front cover for this final volume View the cover below:

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    UPDATE 4: A release date for Kingdom Hearts II: The Novel Volume 2 has been revealed. It will be releasing on December 12, 2017 for $16.00 USD. Pre-orders are now available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

    Thanks to KHInsider for the tip!

  17. [UPDATED] Yen Press to release the final volume of the English Kingdom Hearts II manga, Kingdom Hearts Volume 4; releasing May 30, 2017

    Yen Press has announced on Twitter that they will be releasing the final volume of the English Kingdom Hearts II manga, Kingdom Hearts Volume 4, by Shiro Amano. An image of the tweet can be viewed below:

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    This is the first announcement regarding the publication of this volume outside of Japan, where it was published on August 22, 2015. The Kingdom Hearts II manga series finished in Japan in 2015, and now it is finally being finished in English as well. The Japanese Kingdom Hearts II manga series had ten volumes, but for the English series, they've decided to combine them all together to create four large volumes. Kingdom Hearts II Volume 4 contains volumes 8 - 10 of the original Japanese series.

    Are you excited to see the Kingdom Hearts II manga series conclude? Will you be purchasing this new volume when it's released? Let us know in the comments below!

    UPDATE 1: The Kingdom Hearts II Volume 4 manga will be released on May 23, 2017, and will cost $24 USD. You can view more information about this release here.

    UPDATE 2: Yen Press has updated the summary of Kingdom Hearts II: Volume 4, which can be read below:

    Desperate to see Roxas again, Axel abandons everything--even Organization XIII and an old friend--to make his wish come true. What awaits him after he's cut all ties...? Later, determined to return to the Destiny Islands with both Riku and Kairi, Sora--with Donald and Goofy at his side--arrives at the Organization XIII stronghold in search of the kidnapped Kairi. Will he be able to find her in time to make his dream of returning to the Destiny Islands with his friends a reality? Sora's great adventure comes to a close!!


    UPDATE 3: The cover for the English Kingdom Hearts II Volume 4 manga has been shown off. Last year, Yen Press announced that they will be releasing the final volume to the English Kingdom Hearts II manga series by Shiro Amano, Kingdom Hearts II Volume 4 on May 23, 2017. Thanks to Yen Press again, we now have a look at the front cover for this final volume. View the cover below:

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    UPDATE 4: The English Kingdom Hearts II Volume 4 manga has been delayed from May 23, 2017 to May 30, 2017.

    Thanks to KHInsider for the tip!

  18. [UPDATED] The cover for the English Kingdom Hearts II Volume 4 manga has been shown off

    Last year, Yen Press announced that they will be releasing the final volume to the English Kingdom Hearts II manga series by Shiro Amano, Kingdom Hearts II Volume 4 on May 23, 2017. Thanks to Yen Press again, we now have a look at the front cover for this final volume. View the cover below:

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    The Kingdom Hearts II manga series finished in Japan in 2015, and now it is finally being finished in English as well. The Japanese Kingdom Hearts II manga series had ten volumes, but for the English series, they've decided to combine them all together to create four large volumes. Kingdom Hearts II Volume 4 contains volumes 8 - 10 of the original Japanese series.

    You can pre-order Kingdom Hearts II Volume 4 from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and RightStuf.

    UPDATE: The English Kingdom Hearts II Volume 4 manga has been delayed from May 23, 2017 to May 30, 2017.

  19. Kingdom Hearts series' music ranking has fallen behind at Classic FM's Hall of Fame 2017

    This year's Hall of Fame hosted by Classic FM has come to a close and the results from the polls are in. Kingdom Hearts, including "The Other Promise" composed by Yoko Shimomura, has ranked #119 out of 300 this year. This is still impressive for the Kingdom Hearts series, though its ranking is significantly lower than it had been in previous years. In Hall of Fame 2016 Kingdom Hearts ranked no. 31, while in 2015 the series ranked no. 30.

    Other musical compositions that have been showcased in the Kingdom Hearts series have also made it into the top 300 list for Hall of Fame 2017, including the following:

    • "A Night on the Bare Mountain" ranked at no. 269
    • "Pirates of the Carribean: Curse of the Black Pearl" ranked at no. 206
    • "Final Fantasy Series (including One-Winged Angel)" ranked at no. 49
    • "Nutcracker" ranked at no. 34
    • "Symphony no. 6 in F Major Op.68 (Pastoral)" ranked at no. 7
    Congratulations are in order to Yoko Shimomura and her success in making Classic FM's Hall of Fame list once more! May she have continued success in the Kingdom Hearts franchise and the entirety of her musical career.

  20. New Kingdom Hearts Domez figures by Zag Toys have been announced

    UCC Distributing has revealed a Kingdom Hearts line of Domez figures by Zag Toys. The series of figures includes Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Jack Skellington, Sora, Roxas, Axel, a Shadow Heartless, and a "special rare variant chase figure". They each come packaged in a blind bag. You can purchase them on Amazon each for $5.99. Take a look at the figures in the images below:

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    UPDATE 1: The official Original Minis Facebook page is holding a giveaway for the Kingdom Hearts Domez figures. All you have to do to enter is follow them on Facebook, share the video to your Facebook wall, and comment on the Facebook post on who your favorite Kingdom Hearts character is. Five people will be chosen to win the Domez blind bags before they hit the shelves. The contest will last until February 28, 2017.

    UPDATE 2: The official Zag Toys Instagram page is holding a giveaway for the Kingdom Hearts Domez figures. In order to enter, you must be following Zag Toys' Instagram account and you must comment on the Instagram post which character you think Sora dropped in the image below:

    Kingdom Hearts Domez Zag Toys Instagram giveaway


    If you guess correctly, you could win whatever's inside as well as one Kingdom Hearts mystery bag of your own. You must enter by May 1, 2017.

    UPDATE 3: An ultra-rare chase Chrome Jack Skellington was inside the mystery bag. Congratulations to who guessed correctly and congratulations to @hauntedspiralhill on Instagram who's the randomly chosen winner!

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  21. Kingdom Hearts shirts and acrylic key rings coming to Japanese clothing store PONEYCOMB for the Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary

    To celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Kingdom Hearts, shirts and acrylic key rings are coming to the Japanese clothing store PONEYCOMB located in the shopping mall "109" in Shibuya.

    The shirt features Mickey Mouse on the front in his black coat disguise with the word "KING" above him. This shirt comes in a style for women and a style for men. View the shirts below:

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    There are five different acrylic key rings, each featuring a different character from the series. The characters are Final Form Sora, Roxas in his black coat, Mickey Mouse in his Kingdom Hearts II outfit, Donald Duck, and Goofy. View the key rings below:

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    UPDATE: A release date, as well as prices, for these products have been revealed by Dtimes. These products will be available from PONEYCOMB on April 29, 2017, and the shirts will be available for 3,500 yen (excluding tax), while the key rings will be available for 1,500 yen (excluding tax).

    In case you missed it, limited merchandise is available for pre-order from 7NET in Japan for the Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary as well.

    Sources: @miikun18 tweet 1, @miikun18 tweet 2, @miikun18 tweet 3, @miikun18 tweet 4, @PONEYCOMB, @aibo_ac7, Dtimes

  22. Prototypes of Pop Funko Kingdom Hearts Halloween Town Donald Duck and Goofy figures have been leaked

    Prototypes of Pop Funko Kingdom Hearts Halloween Town Donald Duck and Goofy have been leaked by @poncho_pete_ on Instagram. It's currently unknown when Funko will announce these figures. View the image of the prototypes below:

    Halloween Town Donald and Goofy

    • Apr 26 2017 11:22 PM
    • by Leamax
  23. Square Enix is releasing a school calendar for members in April, which includes an image of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue within

    Square Enix will release a calendar in April to commemorate the beginning of the Japanese school year. This calendar contains images of various Square Enix titles, including Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. The images are supposedly separate to the calendar, hence you can choose which image you want to use.

    Square Enix members will be able to purchase the calendar for 400 points, up to two per person can be ordered from here.

    Calendar


    The images included in the calendar are from the following games:

    Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
    Dragon Quest XI

    Final Fantasy XIV
    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
    NieR: Automata
    Strikers
    Dragon Quest X
    Dissidia Final Fantasy
    Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3 Professional
    Saga Scarlet Grace Displacement
    Million Arthur

    Theatrhythm Final Fantasy All-Star Carnival


    Credit to @aibo_ac7 for the tip!

    UPDATE: A photo was taken of the page of the school calendar that features Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. View the photo, provided by @re12300120 on Twitter, below:

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  24. Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary limited merchandise is available for pre-order from 7Net in Japan

    To further celebrate the 15th anniversary of Kingdom Hearts this year, 7Net is offering exclusive Kingdom Hearts merchandise from Japan. All items are currently available for pre-order and are releasing on a variety of dates, ranging from June 23 2017 to August 23 2017. You can see some images of the available products for sale below:

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    A list of release dates and prices of items available from 7Net are as follows:
    • Acrylic pen stand sets priced at 4,000 yen, releasing on July 20, 2017
    • Keyblade key covers priced at 800 yen, releasing on August 19, 2017
    • Muffler towel two-piece set priced at 1,000 yen, releasing on August 23, 2017
    • Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary Design iPhone 7 hybrid mirror case priced at 2,780 yen, releasing on June 23, 2017
    • iPhone 7 cases in an assortment of designs priced at 2,180 yen, releasing on June 23, 2017
    • iPhone 7 Plus cases in an assortment of designs, priced at 2,280 yen, releasing on June 23, 2017
    • iPhone 6/6s cases in an assortment of designs priced at 2,180 yen, releasing on June 23, 2017
    • Two-stage lunchbox priced at 3,000 yen, releasing on July 13, 2017
    • Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary Design mugs priced at 1,800 yen, releasing on July 13, 2017
    • Noodle pots priced at 1,800 yen, releasing on July 13, 2017
    Other Kingdom Hearts iPhone cases have been offered in the past, as well as Kingdom Hearts themed iPad cases that have been announced more recently.

    Kingdom Hearts shirts and acrylic key rings are coming to the Japanese clothing store PONEYCOMB for the Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary as well.

  25. Transcription of the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - Guide

    At the concerts for the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour -, a guide was available for purchasing. This guide includes an interview with Yoko Shimomura as well as details on the soundtracks of the Kingdom Hearts series.

    You can view the transcriptions within the spoiler tag below:

    Spoiler

    Credit and thanks to KH13 users, neil98 and Mystics Apprentice, for transcribing the guide.