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  1. English copy of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX distributed early with livestream gameplay

    With Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX releasing on March 28, 2017 in North America, and March 31, 2017 everywhere else, some fans have already received their copies of the game in English before release.

    One lucky fan in particular, YouTuber KingdomHops, already got their hands on an early copy of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX in English, showcasing on stream how Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix HD is running on the PlayStation 4. You can take a look at the stream below:

  2. Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross] now released in Japan; Update notes now available

    The major update coming to Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is now available in Japan! Featuring new story elements, multiplayer gameplay, and other additional features, Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross] is available as a new update for the original application of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ.

    Check out the notes for this new major update that has released in Japan. Thanks goes to Discord user WinterHartz for translating these notes.

    New Update [22/03/2017] - Stated in Japanese Google Play Store

    - Addition of Multiplayer Mode (Union Cross)
    - Addition of Awakened Abilities for Medals (AKA Traits)
    - Introduction of Buff and Debuff going for up to 7 tiers.
    - Change of Application Icon
    - Change of Opening Movie, Title Name and Title Opening Screen
    - Addition of Theater Mode
    - Change in UI Interface
    - Other minor fixes

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    • Mar 23 2017 08:53 PM
    • by Jake
  3. Coverage: Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - in London

    Today is March 24th 2017, meaning the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - is taking place in the Central Hall Westminster in London! Welcome to KH13's coverage for the concert, which will include music from all titles throughout the series, and will serve as a 15th anniversary celebration since the first game, Kingdom Hearts, was released.

    Some of the KH13 team members (including Andrew Hankinson and Fàtima Kàiyum) will be attending; they have planned a KH13 meet-up in London for you to come visit and/or attend the concert with us! We'll be collecting fan messages in a special "Thank You" booklet for Yoko Shimomura, as well as distributing exclusive KH13 stickers! You can RSVP to the event and get updates on our #KH13MeetUp on our Facebook event page.

    There were quite a few reveals for the concerts in Japan and Paris, such as Union χ[Cross]'s reveal and the exclusive canon backstory from Kingdom Hearts III with Kairi and Xion's Japanese voice actress, Risa Uchida, and Aqua's Japanese voice actress, Megumi Toyoguchi. Tetsuya Nomura also stated that there is a possibility for new information regarding Kingdom Hearts III to be displayed at one of the concerts taking place this year.

    Stay tuned to KH13.com for full live coverage of the event and don't forget to also stay tuned to our social media accounts for instant live updates!

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    (March 23, 2017 - 10:30 AM GMT) Series composer Yoko Shimomura has already arrived in London and has posted a picture of the orchestra rehearsing for the concert!

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    (March 24, 2017 - 2:45 PM GMT) The Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - in London will still occur as scheduled, though additional security will be enforced around the area.
    (March 24, 2017 - 5:02 PM GMT) Zanda (@Door2Darkness_) is arriving to the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - in London!
    (March 24, 2017 - 6:01 PM GMT) The KH13 Meet-up has begun. Andrew Hankinson and Aquaberry have arrived and have taken a group photo with everyone there!
    (March 24, 2017 - 6:41 PM GMT) Zanda (@Door2Darkness_) shows us the pricing for some of the merchandise available at the concert!
    (March 24, 2017 - 6:43 PM GMT) Yoko Shimomura gives us some shots from inside Central Hall Westminster.
    (March 24, 2017 - 7:10 PM GMT) The doors are opening. Andrew and Aquaberry are heading in to take their seats for the performance.
    (March 24, 2017 - 7:15 PM GMT) Zanda (@Door2Darkness_) gives us a fantastic view of the stage.
    (March 24, 2017 - 7:35 PM GMT) Kai (@Kai_Drawings) has a closer view on the stage.
    (March 24, 2017 - 7:48 PM GMT) A selfie of Andrew and Aquaberry has been added as they're about to enter the concert in five minutes!
    (March 24, 2017 - 8:05 PM GMT) Aquaberry has meet up with Square Enix community manager Dan Seto!
    (March 24, 2017 - 8:07 PM GMT) The concert is about to begin!
    (March 24, 2017 - 8:30 PM GMT) The concert was delayed due to extra security in Westminster. The concert will begin shortly.
    (March 24, 2017 - 8:44 PM GMT) The orchestra has now begun!
    (March 24, 2017 - 9:03 PM GMT) Katie Gray (@hownottodraw) managed to get a photo of the orchestra on stage!
    (March 24, 2017 - 9:50 PM GMT) The first half of the concert is over! The songs played were Hikari, Dearly Beloved (KH2 ver.), Destati, Organization XIII, Twinkle Twinkle Holidays, World of KINGDOM HEARTS, and Threats of the Land.
    (March 24, 2017 - 9:54 PM GMT) Harry Milner (@SkyminHAZBOZ) shared his experiences leading up to the intermission, including text from Andrew's booklet!
    (March 24, 2017 - 10:20 PM GMT) During the performance of many of the concert's songs, fans were treated to Japanese recordings of several characters' voices, including Xion, Kairi, and Aqua!
    (March 24, 2017 - 11:00 PM GMT) The second half of the concert is over! The songs played were Heroes and Heroines, Lazy Afternoons/At Dusk I'll Think of You, Vector to the Heavens, Wave of Darkness, Daybreak Town -The Heart of χ-, The Other Promise, Let Darkness Assemble, and Passion. At the end of the concert, Yoko Shimomura went on stage and played piano for the final piece, Fantasia alla Marcia!
    (March 24, 2017 - 11:30 PM GMT) Fans are waiting in queue for Yoko Shimomura's autograph!
    (March 25, 2017 - 1:44 AM GMT) The event is over. Thanks to Aquaberry and Andrew Hankinson for helping put together the Meet Up and thanks to the people the showed up to help sign Yoko's card! Wishing another amazing experience to everyone attending tomorrow's concert!

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    • Mar 25 2017 09:36 PM
    • by neil98
  4. Monogram Direct to release Series 2 of Kingdom Hearts 3D Foam Keyrings

    Monogram Direct have announced their Kingdom Hearts 3D Foam Keyrings collection will grow with the addition of a Series 2. Monogram Direct announced the Series 1 back in September.

    Included in this series are Final Form Sora, Lexaeus, Vexen, Larxene, Zexion, Ansem (Seeker of Darkness), Yen Sid, Anti-Form Sora, Maleficent, and both Oathkeeper and Oblivion Keyblades.

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    It's currently unknown when the keyrings will be available. We'll update once we find the release date. Thanks to KHInsider for the tip!

    UPDATE 1: The Series 2 of Monogram Direct's Kingdom Hearts 3D Foam Keyrings will be coming to Hot Topic in a couple of weeks. View a photo of them at D23 Expo 2017, provided by @churroz on Twitter, below:

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    UPDATE 2: Monogram Direct have announced their Kingdom Hearts 3D Foam Keyrings collection will grow with the addition of a Series 2. You can check those out here.

    UPDATE 3: Monogram Direct will be selling a San Diego Comic Con exclusive Kingdom Hearts 3D Foam Key Ring 3 piece set at their booth, (#3645), during the convention in July 2017. Included in the set are Sora, a golden Kingdom Key Keyblade, and Mickey Mouse. Only 500 of them are made, and it will cost $25.00 USD. You can check it out below:

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    • Jul 20 2017 12:19 AM
    • by Leamax
  5. Coverage: Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - in Paris

    Welcome to KH13's coverage for the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - in Paris! Taking place in Salle Pleyel today and tomorrow, the concert will feature live music from various Kingdom Hearts games, with series composer Yoko Shimomura overseeing the orchestra. The concert begins at 8pm CET (7pm GMT).

    Many exciting reveals for the Kingdom Hearts franchise were displayed at the previous concert in Japan, such as the announcement of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] and exclusive canon back story for Kingdom Hearts III. Series director Tetsuya Nomura has also stated that new Kingdom Hearts III information is possible at one of the concerts.

    Hours prior to the concert, boxes of merchandise were spotted outside the venue! You can view the image here thanks to @kristiswat.

    KH13's very own @everglow and many other members are attending the concert, so stay tuned to KH13 and all of our social media accounts for any interesting developments!

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    (March 18th, 2017 - 5:47 PM GMT) Exclusive merchandise will be available at the concert! This includes a phone case, a T-shirt, a collector's Keyblade and the album of the orchestra.
    (March 18th, 2017 - 6:08 PM GMT) People are queuing up for the concert! There is also playable demo of Kingdom Hearts 2.8 outside the hall. In addition, banners for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue are in the lobby.
    (March 18th, 2017 - 7:00 PM GMT) They are showing the trailers for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX before the concert begins!
    (March 18th, 2017 - 7:02 PM GMT) The concert has begun! We hope everyone in attendance enjoys the show!
    (March 18th, 2017 - 8:30 PM GMT) The Kairi, Xion, and Aqua backstory from Kingdom Hearts III was showcased during the first part of the concert!
    (March 18th, 2017 - 10:25 PM GMT) With the conclusion of the show, VIP ticket holders are now waiting for the meet & greet with Yoko Shimomura!
    (March 18th, 2017 - 10:52 PM GMT) Time to go home! Better quality pictures of the French concert guide will be uploaded soon!
    (March 19th, 2017 - 4:12 PM GMT) Better quality pictures of the French concert guide are now available, which include interviews and more!

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  6. New Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX promotional spot released

    The official Kingdom Hearts Twitter account has released a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX. You can view the trailer below:

  7. Update 1.02 now available for Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX, includes KH2FM damage/gauge 60fps & other defects fix

    Square Enix has officially rolled a new update for the Japanese version ofKingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX. This update, which is 1.02, fixes the damage and gauge problems caused by 60fps in Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, and has fixed other various defects within the collection.

    The update is 235.3 MB big.

    You can check out screenshots of the update (in Japanese and English) thanks to @aibo_ac7 and @churroz.

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    UPDATE: Square Enix has announced that they will be offering a Day One patch for North American and European players for Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX. It is stated that the patch is to resemble that of which was released in Japan.

    • Mar 23 2017 08:55 PM
    • by Jake
  8. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX exclusive pre-order bonus from GAME stores in Europe

    The European store, GAME, just announced an exclusive pre-order bonus for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX which includes an exclusive 15 year anniversary poster print, we will provide new images of the poster once they become available. You can take a look at the promotional picture below.


  9. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX sells 62,770 units in Japan during first week

    Thanks to 4Gamer.net, sales for the latest Japanese game releases are now available. Ranking second in sales is Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX, which sold a total number of 62,770 units in Japan for the first week of release.

    Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX released on March 9, 2017 in Japan and releases on March 28, 2017 in North America, while releasing everywhere else on March 31, 2017.

    • Mar 15 2017 12:19 PM
    • by Jake
  10. Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross] releasing in Japan on March 23, 2017

    Square Enix has announced that Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ will be updating to Kingdom Hearts Union χ in Japan on March 23, 2017. Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross] is the newest updating coming to Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ which features multiplayer gameplay, new story updates, and other different gameplay features.

    In addition to the release of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross] in Japan, fans can also receive a new wallpaper for their Android or iPhone devices. Check out the different wallpaper designs below. You can download the wallpapers directly here.

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    In case you missed it, you can check out the Japanese teaser trailer for Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross] below with English translated subtitles.

    Trailer text: Let us meet again here tomorrow

    First Dialogue:

    Ava: You are one of the 5 chosen by Dandelion. You 5 have to become a foreseers, lead a union and guide everyone.

    Second Dialogue:

    Master of Masters: There is no need for memories of the calamity in the next era. Here and in other worlds, I want you to experience a time without calamity.

    Ava : Is that really possible ?

    Master of Masters: Don't worry I can do it. First take care of these 5.

    Third dialogue :

    Skuld: Am I the second one ?

    Ephemera : Skuld ? Is that you ?

    Skuld: More importantly, I wonder who are the 3 others.

    Ephemera: I was sceptical when Lady Ava told me to come here so I didn't even think who would come here too.

    Skuld: Ah ! Someone is coming

    Fourth dialogue :

    Skuld: You are the third one.

    Ephemera: Did Lady Ava send you ?

    Ventus: Yes, she told me to come here once everything is over.

    Ephemera: My name is Ephemera, nice to meet ya.

    The trailer concludes with a handshake between Ventus and Ephemera.

    The English update for Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross] will be arriving sometime in April.

    • Mar 23 2017 08:58 PM
    • by Jake
  11. Interview from Famitsu with Tetsuya Nomura discussing Kingdom Hearts III, Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - and Kingdom Hearts Union χ

    Famitsu has posted an article that has an interview with the Kingdom Hearts series' Director Tetsuya Nomura discussing the recent Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour -, Kingdom Hearts III information, and Kingdom Hearts Union χ. You can read the interview below, translated by goldpanner.

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    On March 10th 2017, the Kingdom Hearts (hereon KH) orchestra concert tour Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World Tour- kicked off at the Tokyo International Forum. After the very first show in Tokyo, we were able to get a little time with director of the KH series, Tetsuya Nomura. Here is a mini-interview with him where we asked about interesting parts of the concert and things to come.
    —Did you have any orders regarding the choice of music for the concert?
    Nomura: (Ms Yoko) Shimomura was the one who made the setlist for the show this time. I might have tweaked some things, but the setlist stayed basically the same. I had the order of some things changed based on the performances by the voice actors and such, that was about it. The setlists for both the wind concert last summer and this concert were made at the same time, and we treated them both like two halves of one whole, so I thought about how their structure should match. The way both the last concert ended with and this one began with Hikari was one way it was structured to reflect that.
    —So, on the whole, you were mainly in charge of the videos and the dramatic readings, right?
    Nomura: Yes. We only just barely got it ready on time, but we made it (dry laughter). For the acting guidance of the dramatic readings, we asked external sound supervisor Mr (Yoji) Shimizu, just like with the games. This concert counts as one of the works in the series, after all. Overseas, we will play recordings of Ms Toyoguchi and Ms Uchida's voices, with subtitles on the videos.
    —Our interest was piqued by how the video that played during Kairi's reading was the only one done in live-action.
    Nomura: Kairi is speaking pretty specifically about events happening during KH3, so we didn't have any cinematics that really worked. So, we matched it to a live-action video that fit the vibe. There are pieces of imagery that link to the content of what she is saying, for example, how it shows a scene of a sunset at the part where she says, "He stares at my face."
    —On the first day, we were surprised when you came on between performances and blessed us with your talk. During the trailer that played, the hall went pretty wild when Ventus came on screen.
    Nomura: Well, the first day is special (laughs). It was perfect timing with the announcement planned at an event overseas, so I decided to have it debut at the concert that was happening a few hours earlier. Of the five new Union Leaders, the remaining two will be revealed from April on. I've finished writing the story for the 4th and am about to start on stuff for the 5th, so please look forward to it.
    There was also an announcement that information about KH3 would be revealed during the world tour.
    Nomura: We announced that KH Unchained χ will become KH Union Cross right after the release of KH -HD 1.5+2.5 -ReMix-, so we have touched a little on KH3. Please wait for more information on this.

    • Mar 23 2017 09:01 PM
    • by neil98
  12. First Kingdom Hearts Union χ trailer available with English subititles

    Thanks to @Vidxad on Twitter, you can now view the first Japanese Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross] trailer with English subtitles. Check it out below:

  13. Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - album up for pre-order; releasing April 14, 2017 for Japan, August 2017 for NA

    Square Enix have announced that the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - album is now available for pre-order on the Square Enix Japan E-Store. It will be available on the E-Store for a limited time only. The album will release on April 14, 2017.

    The album was previously announced to be amongst merchandise merchandise exclusive to the events, along with the concert guide, Keyblade baton, and Kingdom Hearts Orchestra t-shirt, wallet, and purse.

    The Square Enix E-Store also features the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - T-shirt and purse among recommended items, with a listed release date of May 8, 2017. However, clicking on them leads to an error page.

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    The Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - officially began on March 10, 2017, with its first show in Tokyo, Japan. Check out the upcoming show dates and locations here!

    Will you be attending any of the shows? If you're attending the London show on March 24th, don't forget to come to our pre-concert #KH13MeetUp!

    UPDATE 1: The Kingdom Hearts Concert - First Breath - now also has an album that's available for pre-order. It will be releasing July 26, 2017. You can pre-order it here.

    UPDATE 2: The Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - album is now available for pre-order on the Square Enix NA E-Store for a limited time. You can pre-order it here for $40.00 USD. It will be releasing in NA in August 2017.

  14. Exclusive canon back story for Kingdom Hearts III shown at Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - in Japan

    During the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - in Japan, the Japanese voice actress of Kairi and Xion, Risa Uchida, came onstage and performed lines. The Japanese voice actress for Aqua, Megumi Toyoguchi, later came onstage and performed some lines as well. These lines are canon to the story of Kingdom Hearts and explain some back story for Kingdom Hearts III.

    You can view the translated Kairi lines thanks to @momo_krys on Twitter below:


    I didn't notify you but you might've already heard from Yen Sid-sama.
    I've come to train to become a Keyblade wielder.
    Until now, I've only been waiting for you guys to come back from your journey.
    Maybe with this I can at least help out a little.

    The magician Merlin-sama can use magic that surpasses time.
    Here, we can forget about the flow of time.
    Isn't it great?

    Lea's training with me.
    He apologized to me over and over again.
    It's alright,
    I'd say,
    But he'd keep on apologizing...

    At first I was a bit scared but
    As we trained together we started talking to each other.
    I found out Lea also has a best friend he wants to save.
    I felt like, he's not a person that I can bring myself to hate...

    Sometimes..... He'd stare at my face
    So I'd ask him, what's wrong?
    "I don't know, but I feel like it's something I must recall", He'd say...

    Your journey is a journey that will help many people
    and the people you'll meet from now on
    I have a feeling these people you meet will also need your help

    The journey might be hard but
    Please stay as the cheerful and bright Sora I know
    Because your smile, will save many hearts.....


    You can view the translated Xion lines thanks to @momo_krys on Twitter below:


    On the day you first called my name
    It made me feel like I had a heart
    If I hadn't met the two of you
    I wonder how my "everyday" would've been.

    Day by day, repeating the days which were the same as every other,
    Even so,
    The red, setting sun,
    The taste of ice cream.
    Those days when nothing happened were the most precious to me

    All of it is my treasure.

    Thank you for calling out my name.
    Thank you for inviting me to the clocktower.
    Thank you for picking up shells for me.
    Thank you for coming to bring me back.
    Thank you for letting me be your friend.

    I wish... those same old days could have continued on longer....

    We wanted to go to the sea....


    @momo_krys hasn't translated Aqua's lines, but he says they were pretty much something like "Ven, Terra, become the light that will guide me through the darkness!" He says that it was essentially just her saying that she wanted Ventus and Terra to guide her in her darkness and to become the light that shines her path.

    If you didn't know, last year during the Kingdom Hearts Concert - First Breath - in Japan, a similar situation to this happened. The Japanese voice actor of Terra and the Japanese voice actress of Naminé came onstage and performed some canon lines for Terra and Naminé. You can view those lines here.

    UPDATE 1: View images of Kairi and Xion's voice actress, Risa Uchida, and Aqua's Japanese voice actress, Megumi Toyoguchi, performing their lines thanks to Game Watch below:

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    UPDATE 2: For all the other orchestras around the world, they played recordings of these voices with English subtitles. The recording of Kairi's voice played while Dearly Beloved played, the recording of Xion's voice played while Vector to the Heavens played, and the recording of Aqua's voice played while Wave of Darkness played.

    UPDATE 3: After performing at the final Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - in Osaka, Japan, Risa Uchida expressed her feeling of gratitude on Twitter and provided a couple photos of herself at the event.

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  15. Interview: Mickey & Brooms Coming to the North American version of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ

    With the announcement of a multiplayer function and Kingdom Hearts Union χ, more news for Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ , (soon to be rebranded as Union χ) arrives!

    On March 11th, 2017, EvangelKaltz was able to meet and interview Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ Producer, Hironori Okayama, Co-Director Hiroyuki Ito, and the North America Operation's Producer of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ, Steven Nguyen at PAX East. During this interview, the men confirmed that they are looking to bring the highly-anticipated Mickey & Broom medals into the North American port of the game, as well as raise the "power level" of medals to be on par with that of Japan's Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ. They also stated that they are looking to improve communications between the team and players.

    The interview can be viewed below, thanks to player Pigginatti:

    UPDATE: During PAX East 2017, The NOVA Project on YouTube asks Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ Producer, Hironori Okayama, about Mickey & Brooms and directly confronts him with a joke "WANTED: Mickey & Brooms" sign. Okayama laughs and replies with a "Soon." View the funny moment in the video below:

  16. Yoko Shimomura discusses the music played at the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - in Japan

    During the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - held in Japan on March 10th, 2017, Yoko Shimomura discussed the music played at the event in the Official Concert Guide. You can take a look at her thoughts on the brochures provided by @RedMakuzawa and @jsjunshen.

    There is also an interview with her providing information on her inspirations, an image showing the artworks for all three Kingdom Hearts HD collections and how they connect, and some new scans.

    We will update the article with higher quality scans once they become available, as well as a proper transcription to read for both Shimomura's thoughts and interview.

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  17. Tetsuya Nomura and Yoko Shimomura interviewed at the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - in Japan

    During the first concert of the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - in Tokyo, Japan various merchandise was available to purchase! Amongst this merchandise was a brochure containing an exclusive interview with series director Tetsuya Nomura and series composer Yoko Shimomura.

    In the interview, Nomura shares his music interests and states that he likes Oswald The Rabbit when asked about his favorite Disney character!

    Surprisingly, this is your first joint interview. Can you tell us about when you met?

    YS: I'll be Mr. Nomura doesn't remember (laughs).
    TN: I don't. I don't remember meeting any of the staff for the first time. We should've done this interview then. I don't remember what happened fifteen years ago.
    YS: I remember it clearly. When I joined the company, I went around introducing myself to everyone. When I got to Mr. Nomura's desk, he turned around and said, "I'm the monster guy, Nomura." I wasn't sure if "monster guy" was a job title (laughs). Someone then pointed out that Mr. Nomura was working on the monster art.

    When did you first come to "notice" each other?
    TN: I want to say during the production of Parasite Eve in LA.
    YS: I remember asking him about the concept of Final Fantasy VII. I hadn't had a chance since we were never on the same team. We finally were, and that's when I also learned about his doodle art.
    TN: That's when I started drawing them.
    YS: It was a while before the production of Kingdom Hearts 1.

    Why was Ms. Shimomura chosen to do the music for Kingdom Hearts?

    TN: She was available (laughs).
    YS: That's it? (laughs)
    TN: There were a few candidates, but the coordinator of the sound department at the time recommended her saying she showed the most promise. My reaction was, "Oh, her. Shimomura."
    YS: What was that supposed to mean? (laughs)
    TN: After the first title, I had her stay on because I don't like changing pivotal members of the staff midway.
    YS: You probably don't remember, but when I decided to go freelance, you came to see me.
    TN: I did?
    YS: You asked me about my plans after I quit. When I said I had no idea, you told me you didn't care whether I worked here or not, you wanted to keep me on the series. That's when I realised freelance was a real possibility. It's a pretty great story!
    TN: I don't think the guy who said that is the same guy who's here right now (laughs).
    YS: Don't ruin my story!

    It Was Supposed to be Scrapped...

    How do you communicate during the development process?

    YS: For Kingdom Hearts I would suggest music to Mr. Nomura--
    TN: I usually make requests through someone, so we didn't talk much directly.
    YS: For the first title, I brought you a demo MD. I left it on your desk and sent you an email about it. I remember talking to you on the phone too.
    TN: I don't remember that at all.
    YS: Generally, I would talk to someone else regarding which type of song should be in which part of the game, but I handed your the demos directly. I would submit them to a planner on the project first, though. I remember some of the songs getting rejected because there was no use for them, but then later finding out that you heard and liked some of them. "Dearly Beloved" is one example. I thought it had been scrapped, but then I saw in an interview you had said, "I don't remember scrapping this!"

    In your mind, which song is the KINGDOM HEARTS song?

    TN: "Dearly Beloved" is used often; it's a great song. But the title is hard to remember. What does it mean?
    YS: Someone precious to you.
    TN: Oh, really? Well, now I know. "Precious." Like The Lord of the Rings (laughs).
    YS: I didn't use the internet back then. I was using a dictionary and saw it and thought, "This is it!" I can't believe it's been fifteen years and you can barely remember the title... Speaking of titles, there's a song called "Sunset Horizon" in the KINGDOM HEARTS II secret movie. I didn't want to use the word "sunset," but you did; the poor mediator had one tough job. Don't you remember?
    TN: No... I wonder why I wanted to use that word so badly.
    YS: I can't remember why I didn't want to use that word (laughs).
    TN: I wonder if it's because I often went to Sunset Boulevard during the production of KINGDOM HEARTS II (laughs). Nevertheless, all your titles are hard to figure out. Some are in English, some in Italian. What is it you're trying to do? (laughs)
    YS: They're generally in English, with a little bit of variety thrown in the mix...
    TN: None of your titles help me realise, "Oh, that song!" You shold keep them simple.
    YS: My English isn't very good... A part of me would like to name them in Japanese...
    TN: We've come this far, it'd be confusing if we switched now (laughs). When I'm making a trailer, I have to listen to every song because I can't tell which title goes with which song. You should've named them in Japanese from the start!
    YS: There was a discussion regarding naming the songs in English so they'd be understood by a wider audience.
    TN: Speaking of song titles, I remember during the production of KINGDOM HEARTS II, we'd been referring to Roxas only as "the mysterious boy," but you named a song after him and put his name out there.
    YS: That you remember (laughs). It wasn't supposed to be released yet because it was a spoiler, it went out anyway. It was supposed to be released after the game.
    TN: There was a reason we'd stuck with "the mysterious boy" since the beginning... See, this would've been a perfect opportunity for you to use one of your hard-to-understand titles! (laughs)
    YS: But all of the other characters' themes were named after them. Anyway, it went on to become a popular song so it all worked out.

    Not Living Up to Me

    Mr. Nomura, what's your stance regarding the music?

    YS: During Kingdom Hearts Concert -First Breath-, he said something I'll never forget. He said, "I demand only good music." It was a compliment; I was thrilled, but at the same time, I felt I was shouldering a great responsibility. (To Tetsuya Nomura) You must remember that.
    TN: No... (laughs)
    YS: When I was creating a new song for 0.2, you told me "You're not living up to your own standards." I wasn't living up to myself...

    So you're saying all the songs are great.

    TN: That's why I give them the OK.
    YS: Sometimes the team says yes, but Mr. Nomura says no.

    What song required the most back-and-forth?

    TN: That I remember. The music from Twilight Town.
    YS: "Lazy Afternoons." You said it was lacking "melancholy" and "wistfulness." Remember?
    TN: I do. I ended up telling you exactly what I wanted.
    YS: After he told me, he green-lighted the first title I submitted.
    TN: I generally don't specify what I want.
    YS: I wish you would...
    TN: It's not a good idea because you'd put too much focus on that. I have a certain image in my head, and I'll keep asking for more until I get it.
    YS: I'd love to know what that image is...

    Mr. Nomura, what kind of music do you usually listen to?

    TN: I don't listen to a lot of music, and I don't play any instruments. I don't know why I'm so picky when it comes to music; at least I'm aware that I am.
    YS: When a song is rejected, I ask why, and the response generally begins with, "I don't know much about music" and continues with "I just know something's off." That "something" is what I'd like to know (laughs). But maybe now knowing is how we manage to keep creating something new.

    Who's your favourite artist?

    TN: There are a few artists I like, but lately I've been into loud rock (a genre born from heavy metal and hard core rock).

    Favourite instrument?

    TN: I like the tones of a piano.
    YS: It's hard to choose, but I've played the piano for a long time; it will always be special.

    Are there any other Kingdom Hearts concerts you'd like to see come true?

    TN: Rock.
    YS: Rock!? With a band? Weren't you saying before that you wanted a musical?
    TN: A while ago. When I watched the movie Les Miserables, I thought, "We should do a musical!" But I wanted to incorporate it into a game, not an on-stage production.
    YS: There was a musical number in Kingdom Hearts II. That was rough.
    TN: In Atlantica. But that was a music game. I wanted a musical cutscene.
    YS: Thank goodness that never happened... (laughs)
    TN: Well, I was watching a show the other day, and it had a musical number. It made me want to create a musical, a production where everyone bursts into song.
    YS: No...

    Who's your favourite Disney character?

    TN: I've come to like Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Figaro's cute too, the cat in Pinocchio who's always staring at the goldfish. I also like the White Queen from Alice in Wonderland.

    Conveying the Concept with Music and Video

    How did the concerts come to be?

    TN: I've been saying we should do it for a long time now.
    YS: So have I, and so have a lot of fans.
    TN: We've tried several times, but it just never happened.
    YS: It took a while to go from "wanting" to "doing."
    TN: Speaking of fans, there's a reason I wanted the opening night to be the day after KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX was released in Japan. This doesn't apply to the overseas fans, unfortunately... After the previous concert, many people said it made them want to play the games all over again. We decided to release the games the day before, so people can go home and play to their hearts' content after the concert.
    YS: I hope people don't stay up all night playing the night before the concert and end up falling asleep during the performance (laughs).

    How did you decide on the program?

    YS: I came up with a rough plan, which Mr. Nomura checked.
    TN: I wanted both concerts to be connected, like two halves. This time all the music will be accompanied by video, and that will convey the concept and emotions even better. I can't tell you exactly what the program will look like right now because the video still needs to be edited, and new songs will be announced. The plan may change.

    Are you directing the videos?

    TN: I plan on working closely with the movie director like I do when making trailers and such.
    YS: It's like creating a trailer for each song. It must be rough...
    TN: I want to make sure the music fits just right.
    YS: It's a live performance; that might be difficult.
    TN: I plan on treating this like any other project.

    The Concert is Like Any Other Kingdom Hearts Project

    Are there different themes for the previous concert and this one?

    YS: We wanted drama. We wanted the audience to feel as thoguh they're playing the game; we wanted to tell a story. We needed to keep the popular songs, but have variety. Some songs were better suited for a wind ensemble, others for an orchestra, some both. We had a plan.
    TN: The plan was good, but I had to make some changes (laughs). Some songs were too similar. I wanted "Hikari" performed in the last concert; she didn't.
    YS: I wanted the concert to end on a happy note, which is why I wanted "Dearly Beloved."
    TN: But I stood my ground and that was that. Aren't you happy the concert didn't end with you performing the last song, a nervous wreck on stage? (laughs)
    YS: Stop!
    TN: I can just picture you backstage. "I messed up!"
    YS: I wasn't that bad! I got better with every performance.
    TN: Don't use the concerts for practice! (laughs)
    YS: I was nervous; I'd never played on such a grand stage with a wind ensemble. And if it were the last song, I wouldn't have performed!
    TN: I didn't get a chance to watch the first concert as a spectator. I only caught a glimpse during rehearsals, too.

    Do you plan on participating in the overseas performances?

    TN: As many as I can. I want to go to Singapore. The LA performance is around the same time as E3, so there's a good chance I'll make it to that one too. I'm not sure about the others. (To Yoko Shimomura) You're going, aren't you? On your own dime?
    YS: There's no way I can afford that! (laughs)

    What would you like to say to the audience?

    TN: This concert is like a Kingdom Hearts project, just like the games and other productions. We have video to accompany the songs this time, but as they'll be performed by different orchestras in each country, no one knows how it'll all come together in the end. I'm excited to experience the different performances in each country. During the last concert, even the Tokyo and Osaka performances left varying impressions despite both of them being held in Japan. Concerts are live and you never get the same experience twice; it's an appealing factor that I hope everyone is looking forward to.

    View the images of the interview from the pamphlet thanks to @RedMakuzawa on Twitter below:

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    And thanks to @jsjunshen on Twitter for the tip!

  18. New story quests added to Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ

    The time has come! Since the release of Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover, fans have awaited the continuation of the main story of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ with bated breath. As of March 10th, 2017, five new story quests have been added to the Japanese version of the game. While small, this update is a large development to the story, focusing on events within Daybreak Town, as well as the game's divergence from the ending of Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]. This update seems to be laying the foundations for the upcoming re-branding to Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross]. You can view info and trailers for Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross] here.

    UPDATE 1: We have received an untranslated playthrough of the update, courtesy of our good friend Everglow, so please take a look! Translated footage will be available soon.

    UPDATE 2: We now have an English translated playthrough of the update, courtesy of Everglow! View it below:

    Are you excited for the long-awaited continuation to Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ, and the lead-in to Kingdom Hearts Union χ? Let us know in the comments!

  19. Upcoming Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - Dates

    Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - has officially begun. With the first of the Tokyo concerts complete, the tour will be in full swing for the rest of March, May, June, and into July. Here's the dates of the upcoming concerts:

    -Saturday, 11 March 12:30 PM JST Tokyo International Forum Hall C, Tokyo Japan​
    Event: https://www.facebook...22861574688725/

    -Saturday, 11 March 6:30 PM JST Tokyo International Forum Hall C, Tokyo Japan​
    Event: https://www.facebook...46887765594501/

    -Saturday, 18 March 8:00 PM CET Salle Pleyel, Paris, France
    Event: https://www.facebook...96313937147754/

    -Sunday, 19 March 3:00 PM CET Salle Pleyel, Paris, France
    Event: https://www.facebook...32075147006587/

    -Friday, 24 March 8:00 PM BST Central Hall Westminster Official, London, England
    Event: https://www.facebook...72379532955046/

    -Saturday, 25 March 8:00 PM BST Central Hall Westminster Official, London, England
    Event: https://www.facebook...64324207235448/

    -Saturday, 6 May 8:00 PM SGT Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore
    Event: https://www.facebook...70499163344130/

    -Sunday, 7 May 8:00 PM SGT Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore
    Event: https://www.facebook...44233962538487/

    -Saturday, 13 May 8:00 PM MYT Plenary Hall KL Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Event: https://www.facebook...55932538176892/

    -Sunday, 28 May 7:00 PM CST Mercedes-Benz Arena, Shanghai, China
    Event: https://www.facebook...85809321593692/ (Check update below)

    -Saturday, 10 June 8:00 PM PDT Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles, California
    Event: https://www.facebook...98642440384668/

    -Sunday, 11 June 8:00 PM PDT Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles, California
    Event: https://www.facebook...51766378250544/

    -Wednesday, 14 June 5:30 PM PDT Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles, California
    Event: https://www.facebook...95276623989707/

    -Friday, 23 June 8:00 PM EDT United Place Theater, New York City, New York
    Event: https://www.facebook...45401658892897/

    -Saturday, 24 June 8:00 PM EDT United Place Theater, New York City, New York
    Event: https://www.facebook...96345520401572/

    -Saturday, 8 July 7:30 PM JST Orix Theater, Osaka, Japan
    Event: https://www.facebook...53179068323596/

    UPDATE: The Shanghai concert on May 28, 2017 has been moved to Hong Kong and will be on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 4 PM CST at AsiaWorld-Expo Runway 11. You can buy tickets here.

    Are any of you attending any of these concerts?

    • Apr 14 2017 04:31 PM
    • by Leamax
  20. Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ[chi] renamed Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross] for its Season 2

    Square Enix has announced that Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ[chi] has been renamed to Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross] for its second season. You can view the official logo and new artwork, as well as the new trailer, below:

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    The trailer focuses on the all-new Multiplayer Mode and shows Ventus for the first time in the game. We'll bring an update with the translated trailer as soon as we get it. You can visit the Japanese pre-registration page for the game here.

    UPDATE 1: A teaser trailer is now available for the English version of Kingdom Hearts Union χ. View the trailer from the official Kingdom Hearts YouTube channel below:

    UPDATE 2: We now have the English release date for Kingdom Hearts Union χ. According to Gematsu, the free update will be released in April with a new "Union Cross" multiplayer mode and more ways you can customize your player avatar.

    Here's an overview from Square Enix:

    With Kingdom Hearts: Union χ, players can create teams of six from their party members or through a matchmaking feature to fight hordes of Heartless enemies and powerful bosses. Players can also take on quests of increasing difficulty as well as unique new missions. To help these teams of friends communicate with each other, the game will now include emotes and text bubbles. Players will encounter both familiar and new faces as the story of the Unions continues to unfold, and the new “Theater Mode” will allow players to relive the drama and rewatch cutscenes.

    UPDATE 3: We have also added translations for the trailer dialogues. Check the translations below.

    Trailer text: Let us meet again here tomorrow

    First Dialogue:

    Ava: You are one of the 5 chosen by Dandelion. You 5 have to become a foreseers, lead a union and guide everyone.

    Second Dialogue:

    Master of Masters: There is no need for memories of the calamity in the next era. Here and in other worlds, I want you to experience a time without calamity.

    Ava : Is that really possible ?

    Master of Masters: Don't worry I can do it. First take care of these 5.

    Third dialogue :

    Skuld: Am I the second one ?

    Ephemera : Skuld ? Is that you ?

    Skuld: More importantly, I wonder who are the 3 others.

    Ephemera: I was sceptical when Lady Ava told me to come here so I didn't even think who would come here too.

    Skuld: Ah ! Someone is coming

    Fourth dialogue :

    Skuld: You are the third one.

    Ephemera: Did Lady Ava send you ?

    Ventus: Yes, she told me to come here once everything is over.

    Ephemera: My name is Ephemera, nice to meet ya.

    The trailer concludes with a handshake between Ventus and Ephemera.

    • Mar 23 2017 09:18 PM
    • by neil98
  21. Images from Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - Official Guide in Tokyo; possible new Kingdom Hearts III information coming in one of the following concerts

    The opening show of Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - took place today in Tokyo.

    Thanks to Twitter users @bKvEBVAvUq and @jsjunshen, we have some images from the official guide for the concert. We also have a song list from the concert, courtesy of @luce10wa. Kingdom Hearts composer Yoko Shimomura also tweeted some photos from the concert, thanking those who were in attendance and saying she can't wait for the shows tomorrow. You can take a look at all these pictures below:

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    Furthermore, the guide states series director Tetsuya Nomura saying that new Kingdom Hearts III information in one of the future concerts is possible, and suggests to keep an eye for future updates.

    The previously seen canon conversation between Naminé and Terra from the Kingdom Hearts Concert - First Breath - has now been fully and officially transcribed in the guide, available in both Japanese and translated in English. You can read the the full conversation in the image above provided by @jsjunshen, as well as below:

    Naminé: Don't worry. You might forget about me . . . but with our promise I can come back. Yes. One day the light--it will be ours, and it will bring us together. And then--I'll be in your heart.

    Sora: Right. Forgotten--but not lost.

    Lingering Will: Aqua . . . . Ven . . . .
    A Keyblade? Who are you?
    I know you. We've met before, way back when. No, that wasn't you. You're not the one I chose. Where is he? Xe . . .ha . . .nort . . . . Is that you? Xeha . . . nort . . . . Xehanort!

    Lingering Will: That's it. your Power
    That's what I felt within you.
    The power that conects to Aqua.
    And to Ven's heart.

    Terra: Where am I . . . ?

    Naminé: In your memories. Traces of you were lost, so I found you through memories belonging to those you've met in the past.

    Terra: Who are you?

    Naminé: I'm Naminé. It's nice to meet you.
    I'm a witch who can control peoples' memories.

    Terra: A witch?

    Naminé: Right now you're bound to two memories. One belongs to you, the other belongs to an unspeakable darkness--

    Terra: . . . Master Xehanort.

    Naminé: Your heart will soon encounter a familiar light. You must make sure she isn't lost to the darkness. You must guide her.

    Terra: Her? You mean Aqua? I'm not sure what I can do to help, not like this.

    Naminé: You must fight, Terra, like the others. You mustn't let your heart melt into darkness; follow your true memories, and you'll reach the light. She's headed there, too--to the same place. You must believe in promise, just as she continues to believe in you.

    Terra: Aqua. Ven. One day I'll--I've never forgotten our promise. Never. I will keep fighting.

    • Mar 23 2017 09:23 PM
    • by neil98
  22. Tetsuya Nomura Interviewed by Famitsu, discusses Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake.

    During MAGIC 2017, Famitsu had the opportunity to interview Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura about Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake. During the interview, he stated that the Heartless found in the latest Kingdom Hearts III screenshot is called the "Rock Troll" and it serves as a middle boss. You can view the interview here. Translations will be made available as soon as possible.

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    Big thanks to @churroz for the tip!

    UPDATE: We now have translations, thanks to Katie Armstrong! View the translations of the Kingdom Hearts section of the interview below:

    Famitsu: Now, if I can ask about some recently published new images. In KH3, we’ve seen a battle scene in Thebes, in Olympus Coliseum. Is that enormous Heartless (Sora) is fighting a boss?

    Nomura: It’s a Rock Troll Heartless. We’re treating it as a mid-level boss.

    Famitsu: You told us that the Keyblade would be able to transform into two ‘patterns’ (forms). Is this the case for all Keyblades?

    Nomura: The ones we’re making right now have two transformations. Still, even though this Keyblade turns into a tank and a shield, [Keyblade forms] won’t necessarily be ‘attack’ and ‘defense’. The Keyblade in the previous video turns into two bow guns and a bazooka. The transformations depend on the Keyblade.

    Famitsu: So you’ll have to properly learn your way around them. And about that “Link” in the Commands…

    Nomura: Ah, that...next time we release more info, I’ll explain that. (Laughs)

    UPDATE 2: Here's the full translation for you to read. Thanks to Catherine Mueller (nichiei.translations@gmail.com)for the translations!

    Announcement Details from Tetsuya Nomura on [Kingdom Hearts III] and [Final Fantasy VII Remake] at [MAGIC 2017]

    From Monaco's Grimaldi Forum on 2/18/2017, “MAGIC 2017,” an entertainment event focusing on games and anime, opened, and Square Enix's Tetsuya Nomura made an appearance. We were able to ask him a few things, so we'll show you those answers here.

    An interview with Tetsuya Nomura on games in development

    --Before at MAGIC, Hashimoto-san was also able to come, it seems, but for you, this is the first time you've come. It's also the first time you've come to Monaco, isn't it?

    N: Yes. My schedule has been tightly packed and hasn't allowed me the chance to come before--I haven't looked around very much, but it seems to be a lovely place.

    --There are also other special guests here besides you, Nomura-san. Have you been able to mingle with them yet?

    N: I like Mike Mignola (Hellboy), so I was very happy to be standing with him today. He also greeted me on the day before MAGIC. Actually, several years ago, I received a signing from him via an acquaintance, and he had written “It'd be a pleasure to do work together someday.” It was very moving to be with him at the event.

    -- Did the event also receive international attention?

    N: I got the impression that there were a lot of people asking about the Japanese game industry. I answered that, currently in Japan, there are not enough people to develop HD titles, so the upside of this is that I can greater feel the splendor of international titles.

    --I see. Your fans are also excited right now. They gave you a standing ovation at the talk event, and there was also a long line for signings.

    N: I don't really go to Europe often, so I felt that the fans were very energetic. I did not have a interpreter with me this time, so it's possible I mistranslated or misunderstood some things that the fans told me while we were talking, but many fans brought very rare goods with them to the signings, so I was very happy.

    --With Cloud's design, you broke it down into five big steps, there was a phantom sixth step, and we heard a lot of stories we had yet to hear before at the talk event.

    N: It seemed like the perfect chance to talk about it. The “sixth” step for Cloud is made to be a bit more realistic, and his sword was made to look more western and was given more detail. We fixed up his head and body as well as added detail to his muscles, so he looks quite brawny (laughs). I didn't have a lot of time, so I actually wrote the script for the talk event late the night before, starting from details that had yet to be discussed, and the marketing team helped me make the slides... … The preparations lasted through the morning of the talk event, so it was tough (bitter laugh).

    --The result, though, was that everyone seemed to enjoy it. Not only did you talk about your own character's designs, but you also showed new images, etc.

    N: I was surprised, as I did not exactly imagine myself talking a lot. I really wanted to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves, so I talked about the PV making among other things that hadn't really been touched on yet.

    --The fans asked about the mysteries behind the making of the PV you helped with, right?

    N: When I handle the PVs, I have a pattern of assessing them emotionally. I change my feelings to the feelings of fans seeing it for the first time, hard-core fans, and indifferent people as I watch the PV over and over again. With the feelings of first-time fans especially, I repeat that action many times. Since they are thinking of the PV and the game as part the same production, that way thinking [when watching the PV] is the same.

    --Really, after seeing the PV so many times, if someone commanded me to watch it as if it's the first time each time, I don't think I could do it (laughs). Now, could I ask you about the new images you released to the public? For [Kingdom Hearts III], you showed a battle scene taking place in the city of Thebes in Olympus. The enemy was a giant Heartless, but was that a boss?

    N: It's a battle with the Rock Troll. It will be a mid-boss.

    --You told us before that the keyblade can change in two patterns, but into what kind of keyblade?

    N: The keyblade he's using here is in the two patterns. In addition, it won't always be an offensive and defensive division like the tank and shield keyblade we showed this time. The keyblade that came out in the PV before changed into a bow-gun and a bazooka. The transformations will vary depending on the keyblade itself.

    --So you can walk around using those for different things. The “link” display on the command menu is...

    N: That part we will explain next time we release news (laughs)

    --We'd also like to hear a bit about [Final Fantasy VII Remake]. In the screenshot, Cloud was taking cover action.

    N: As the story goes, there's a situation where he must sneak in someplace, so that means he can't just continue in the middle of the road the whole time. In the original there were random encounters, and with that we relied on imagination, but since we can smoothly transition into the infiltration, we decided it was an important factor for the game's realism. You can now hide behind things to let soldiers pass, or take their weapons and eliminate them. Of course, people who find that to be annoying can just push straight ahead and fight their way through.

    --Can Barrett also perform cover action?

    N: He can. However, I still can't say the details about this, but as a gunner, he has a special factor.

    --Is that so? The scene with Barrett and Cloud fighting the Guard Scorpion also left an impact.

    N: The scaffolding isn't the only place the battle occurs, but rather, we've developed it so that you can use the map's large space, and you can fight as you switch between Cloud and Barrett. For instance, for enemies that Cloud can't reach with his sword, changing over to Barrett will be more beneficial, so the fighting has become more strategic. The Guard Scorpion changes it's mode partway through, and it has behaviors that weren't in the original game. In this time's screenshot, you should be able to see that missiles and other things are falling. It's a very flashy fight.

    ^ Besides seeing that missiles are falling during the fight with Guard Scorpion, we can also see red circles showing where they will fall.

    --That's true. With the battles being so full of action, it seems like the gameplay will be quite different from the original.

    N: Parts of the map and other objects will be destroyed, and once you defeat a limb of the Guard Scorpion, it becomes destroyed.

    --The UI portions aren't completed yet, but the ATB gauge shows three stock slots, and I also noticed a technique name and level (TN: I don't know the name for the technique, but it appears to be something like “Critical Attack”). I also noticed the “materia” slot...

    N: We'll talk more about ATB and techniques another time. You could think of materia as something like a skill. It's different than magic, and you can use it when you've set materia that you're holding for battle use.

    --We're all anxiously awaiting more news about both [Kingdom Hearts III] and [Final Fantasy VII Remake].

    N: We were able to prepare some new material for the MAGIC event. Since the advertising plans for both titles have been decided, I could not tell you much now, but we've strengthened our organization and work is smoothly continuing, so please wait just a little longer.

  23. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX featured in the latest issue of Famitsu

    To accompany the Japanese release of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX in Japan, the latest issue of Famitsu features a page focusing on each title in the collection. You can view the scans below.

  24. Kingdom Hearts "See with Sounds" Memorial Music Box site has been released

    The official Japanese Kingdom Hearts Twitter has recently posted a tweet that states "In honor of the release of KH 1.5+2.5, as well as the approaching 15th anniversary, we'll be opening the site "See with Sounds as a first in the series! There is also a present campaign planned! We're looking forward to it."

    Thanks for Catherine Mueller who helped translate the post. (nichiei.translations@gmail.com)


    UPDATE 1: The Kingdom Hearts See with Sounds site has now been released! Click here to visit it! This site features the Kingdom Hearts Memorial Music Box, where you can listen to several songs from throughout the series while an animated Sora runs across your screen on a path of sheet music while pictures of his adventures fly past. When you click on the songs, a description of the song written by Yoko Shimomoura can be read. These heartfelt descriptions explain her thoughts behind the songs and her reasons for making them the way they are.

    There's also a giveaway campaign that goes from March 9 - March 31. Fifteen people will be randomly chosen from a lottery to win an exclusive Kingdom Hearts Memorial Box Dearly Beloved music box! In order to enter the giveaway, you need to follow the official Japanese Kingdom Hearts Twitter and tweet your favorite memory of the series related to the series' story or music along with the hashtag #音で視るキングダムハーツ. View the Dearly Beloved music box below.


    View images of the site below:

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    Thanks to Famitsu for the images!

    UPDATE 2: The winners of the Kingdom Hearts Dearly Beloved Memorial Music Box from the March giveaway have received their music boxes! View photos of them in the gallery below, provided by @MNbn_14 and @yuripoyo_irisu on Twitter. Also, check out an audio recording of the music box playing Dearly Beloved here.

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    UPDATE 3: New photos and videos are the music box have been shown off on Twitter by @mose138, @midiplex, @8X_tukisi_X8, @Kazaton, @MNbn_14, @acn_sg, and @sora_donald. View the photos with the other photos in the gallery above. View a video of the music box playing Dearly Beloved by @mose138 here, a video of unboxing the music box by @mose138 here, a video of unboxing the music box by @sora_donald here, a video of the music box playing Dearly Beloved by @sora_donald here, and an audio recording of the music box playing Dearly Beloved by @acn_sg here.

  25. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX has officially released in Japan

    It is officially March 9th in Japan, so Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX has been released! Originally announced in October 2016 during the Paris Games Week, the reveal of this collection was a delight for many fans, mainly because of the porting issues found in the PlayStation 3 collections. Players can now experience the Dark Seeker Saga on one console thanks to both this collection and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, which released in January of this year. The smooth 60 frames per second gameplay is also an added bonus for all players!

    For those interested, you can view the trophy list. Gameplay footage of Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix has been uploaded to YouTube by Square Enix, and one lucky fan who got the game early has also uploaded some early-game footage of Kingdom Hearts Final Mix. As always, feel free to take part in the discussion on our forums.

    We hope this collection will bring in many newcomers to the franchise, and possibly reignite veterans' passion for the series!