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  1. Kingdom Hearts Play Arts Kai prototype figures shown at Tokyo Game Show 2015

    During San Diego Comic-Con 2015, prototypes for new Play Arts Kai action figures of characters in the Kingdom Hearts series were shown. These same prototype figures shown at San Diego Comic-Con have also appeared at Tokyo Game Show 2015. Figures include Halloween Town Sora with an interchangeable pumpkin mask, Kingdom Hearts II Riku, and Kingdom Hearts II Final Form Sora which will be available for purchase at D23 Expo Japan in very limited quantities. You can view them below thanks to @churroz and @M_Alloc.

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    Do you plan on purchasing these figures upon release? Let us know in the comments!

  2. Could Kingdom Hearts appear today at Sony's SCEJA TGS 2015 Press Conference?

    Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia's pre-TGS 2015 press conference is today, and we're having our own livestream so that we can all watch the event! Could the Kingdom Hearts series appear at the event with any announcements? Perhaps a quick Kingdom Hearts III mention, or a Kingdom Hearts 2.9 announcement? We're not sure (and let's be clear, Kingdom Hearts is *not* confirmed to appear), but let's find out together.

    Update: Kingdom Hearts did indeed appear at the event, with a Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue announcement!

  3. New Kingdom Hearts Flood plush toy releasing in Japan + Shadow re-release

    Square Enix has announced the new Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Flood plush toy that was revealed earlier this year will be released in Japan on September 26, 2015. The Flood plush toy will cost 4,940 Yen.

    They also announced the Kingdom Hearts Shadow plush toy will be released on October 30, 2015. The Shadow plush toy will cost 3,300 Yen. The Shadow plush toy was released in December 2012, but we are unsure why it's being re-released now.

    Note: The Japanese Square Enix online store will not ship outside of Japan.

    You can view pictures of these two plush toys below. Thanks go to @aibo_ac7 for the tip.



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    • Aug 21 2015 05:48 AM
    • by Sora96
  4. Kingdom Hearts series breaks 21 million sales

    At the Disney Interactive event at D23 Expo 2015, Kingdom Hearts had the spotlight where there were some exciting announcements made by Square Enix that can be found here.

    Jimmy Pitaro, president of Disney Interactive, started off the presentation by stating that the franchise of Kingdom Hearts has sold over 21 million copies world-wide. This pushes Kingdom Hearts from 80th place to at least 70th place on the Wikia page for video game franchise sales.

    The Kingdom Hearts series began with its release in 2002. Over the past 13 years it has grown into series that is dearly beloved by fans. It has also created a better bond between Disney and Square Enix over the years which is proven by Disney's continued and increased support.

    How long have you been a fan of the series? Did you expect it to grow as much as it has? Which games did you contribute with? Tell us in the comments below!

  5. Comicbook.com interviews John Vignocchi, VP of production for Disney Infinity - "Hopefully this leads to us doing more."

    In an interview with Comicbook.com, John Vignocchi, the vice president of production for Disney Infinity, claims that he hopes the recent inclusion of Kingdom Hearts in Disney Infinity 3.0 "leads to more".

    Vignocchi: Hopefully this leads to us doing more. We've had a lot of fun doing it, and I love Kingdom Hearts, so that's the goal.


    In the interview, Vignocchi also reveals that the inclusion of Kingdom Hearts in Disney Infinity has been planned for quite some time:

    Vignocchi: Everyone keeps asking me about Kingdom Hearts. I've been alluding to a passion project that I've been working on for some time, and that's what this is. We have had this planned out for about 8 months, with a lot of back and forth with our partners at Square-Enix.


    Also, as if that wasn't enough, he made a series of tweets that could further suggest a larger role for Kingdom Hearts in Disney Infinity.

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    Take these tweets with a grain of salt, seeing as they neither confirm or deny more Kingdom Hearts in future versions of Disney Infinity, but the winky face and the caps-locked "LOL" imply a sarcastic remark.

    Do you think Kingdom Hearts could be the focus of Disney Infinity 4.0? Do you even want more Kingdom Hearts in Disney Infinity? Let us know in the comments!

  6. The Keyblade is the Ultimate Unlock in Disney Infinity 3.0 & Kingdom Hearts King Mickey costume to be given out to D23 attendees

    During the Disney Interactive presentation at D23 Expo 2015, the team at Disney Infinity revealed that the Keyblade will be the the Ultimate Unlock in Disney Infinity 3.0. The Ultimate Unlock is achieved by collecting every figure available for Disney Infinity. This gives players the opportunity to use the Keyblade as a weapon in the game.

    Additionally, fans attending D23 were rewarded a King Mickey costume, which is Mickey Mouse's attire from the Kingdom Hearts series. This costume will NOT be sold in stores.

    Here are some pictures of the King Mickey power disk thanks to @WDWNT

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    Additionally, an image of the Ultimate Unlock Keyblade in Disney Infinity 3.0 can be seen below thanks to KH13 Archives Team member WakelessDream as well as an image of King Mickey's new outfit in Disney Infinity 3.0 thanks to @ThePirateSteven.

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  7. KH13 Contest: Share your fan-art & win 2 copies of the Kingdom Hearts manga

    Hey everyone! Today marks the first anniversary of the KH13 community’s involvement in the social media pages. Also, the Disney D23 Expo is just around the corner so to celebrate we have decided to have another competition. This will be a fan-art competition that will running for TWO weeks, and will give creative individuals the chance to win the two volumes of the first Kingdom Hearts manga (translated in English by Yen Press).

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    To enter the competition you must create a fan-art which envisions what you’d like to see in Kingdom Hearts III. Throwing ideas out, this can mean multiple things like:

    • Summons (characters or the newly announced attraction flow rides),
    • Keyblade Transformations (weapons or gliders like in Birth by Sleep)
    • Character Outfits (other characters’ outfits, drive forms, armour like in Birth by Sleep, or for different worlds)
    Your fan-art must fall into one of the three categories (listed above) and it must be created specifically for this competition. Read on for more details.

    How to enter:
    • Upload your fanart to KH13 (either to the Fan-made Images gallery, or by making a new topic somewhere), and then put a link to your fan-art in the comments below so that we can find it easily.
    • Fan-art must be related to Kingdom Hearts, fall into one of 3 categories above and it must be created specifically for the competition. You can enter multiple times if you want to increase your chances.
    • At midnight EDT on August 27th, 2015, our team will deliberate and decide on our favourite fan-art submitted, contact the winner of the contest, and send them their copy of the first two Kingdom Hearts manga! This contest is open to everyone as long as the manga can be shipped to their location via Amazon, etc.
    Good luck to everyone! Even if you don't win, there is still a chance we will feature your fan-art on the KH13 Community Twitter and the KH13 Tumblr. Above all, have fun!

  8. KH13.com interviews VGO CEO/Producer, Shota Nakama

    I was given the honour of interviewing the CEO/Producer of VGO - Video Game Orchestra, Shota Nakama on behalf of KH13.com. VGO is a combined orchestra and rock band that performs contemporary arrangements of video game music. They're located in Boston, United States where they have in recent years recorded the soundtracks for Square Enix games, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX and now Final Fantasy XV. I asked him about how he started working with Square Enix, what its like playing the games after working on their soundtracks, differences between working on Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII's and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX's soundtrack, what its like working with Masashi Hamauzu, the lead composer of the Final Fantasy XIII series and Yoko Shimomura, the composer of the Kingdom Hearts series and more. You can read the entire interview below. Big thanks to VGO for making this happen.

    Sora96: Firstly, how did you first start working with Square Enix? How did you get the honour of working on Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII's soundtrack?

    Shota: Masashi Hamauzu and I became good friends after our first encounter back in 2012. VGO had an opportunity to perform with his project, Imeruat, at a large anime convention over in Chicago called Anime Central. We had such a great time there performing, talking about our life and everything. Shortly after, he called me saying if I want to work on “that”, which I had no idea what it was about. Of course I said yes just like I do to pretty much everything. That is how the collaboration began, and that was the first time I worked with SQEX.

    By the way, I must mention that Masashi Hamauzu is one of the very few gifted composers in the video game industry who writes music at such a high level of artistry. His music is just at a different level and I truly love his works.

    Sora96: During the development of Lightning Returns did you work with all 3 composers or just Masashi Hamauzu?

    Shota: We did not work with the other two although I got to meet both of them during some production meetings over in SQEX.

    Sora96: How do you communicate with the composers with the language barrier? Do you have translators working at your studio or do Square Enix have theirs work with you?

    Shota: As my name kind of implies, I was born and raised in Japan. Being bilingual both in English and Japanese really did help. We do have an assistant, Maho Azuma, who is native in both languages and also a diehard video game fan, helping out sessions too.

    Sora96: What was it like working on Lightning Returns' soundtrack? Were you daunted at all by the prospect of working on such a massive franchise? Or were you simply excited by working on it?

    Shota: When something new comes up, it is always exciting regardless of what the project is. For that particular gig, yes personally I was more excited because it is Final Fantasy that I played so much when I was a kid.

    Sora96: Was it much different working on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX's soundtrack than Lightning Returns'? What were some similarities or differences?

    Shota: The working method itself was not that different, but there were several differences between those projects such as the instrumentation and how we managed the entire production. By the time we did KH2.5, we knew what not to do so everything went a lot smoother.

    Sora96: Do you get to meet directors or producers of the titles you're working on? Eg. Motomu Toriyama or Yoshinori Kitase for Lightning Returns or Tai Yasue for HD 2.5 ReMIX?

    Shota: I actually did not get to meet them. I am sure they were all busy trying to complete the games. Maybe someday!

    Sora96: What's it like playing the games after working on the soundtrack?

    Shota: It is a pure glory. Every scene that played our music made me smile and reminded me great moments while we were in the production.

    Sora96: What are your favourite Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts games?

    Shota: Final Fantasy 6 is the best one of all to me. The story is so dark and there is pure evil guy who is unforgettable. I actually played the game in real time (I am an old school) and leveled everyone up way too much. The mighty Kefka was defeated in 3 turns after many 9,999 damages.

    My favorite Kingdom Hearts was the second one, but now it is 2.5 because of the story and music.

    Sora96: What's the best part of getting to work with Square Enix on such amazing titles?

    Shota: I was a huge Squaresoft and Enix fan when I was a teenager. I can tell you that I played most of their games that came out in the 90s… the Dragon Quest series, FF series, Front Mission, Live a Live, Hanjuku Hero, and so many others. It is such an honor to be a part of their history.

    Sora96: After working with legendary composers like Masashi Hamauzu and Yoko Shimomura have your admiration of them raised to new heights?

    Shota: Definitely. Shimomura-san is so amazing at creating beautiful melodies especially when she writes a piano piece. Hamauzu-san always denies it when I say it yet he is truly a gifted composer. I love his music and I don’t know how he can come up with something so dynamic but delicate and sophisticated.

    Sora96: What are your favourite Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts songs? Blinded by Light is a particular favourite of mine and I loved your recent performance you uploaded to YouTube of it.

    Shota: Thanks for your kind words! I have always loved their epic battle music such as Blinded by Light and Big Bridge in Final Fantasy. For Kingdom Hearts, The Other Promise is the best one for me. The Shimomura-ness really shines there.

    Sora96: If a new entry in the Final Fantasy X series were to be created would you like to work on its soundtrack?

    Shota: I would love to. I don’t think anyone can decline an FF project.

    Sora96: What are you most excited for in Final Fantasy XV?

    Shota: The gameplay and music. The gameplay is just so different from the past numbering titles, and I am looking forward to see some innovative ideas in that. For the music, I cannot wait to listen to Shimomura-san unleashing her inner musical genius-ness. Music really does dictate the emotional expression of video games (and films and anime too) and it sometimes is more important than having the best graphics. I am really looking forward to the game.

    • Aug 08 2015 05:59 AM
    • by Sora96
  9. Yoko Shimomura participates in Gamescom 2015 Q&A

    Yoko Shimomura, the composer of the Kingdom Hearts series has participated in a Gamescom 2015 Q&A to promote the upcoming blockbuster title, Final Fantasy XV. Nova Crystallis was in attendance and tweeted some of her answers. She discusses playing action games, instruments she likes, inspirations and performing more concerts in Europe. You can read them below.

    Shimomura says action games are hard for her and clearing KH2 is not easy either

    Besides the piano she likes the flute and string Arrangements

    She draws inspiration from being on travels or reading mangas and novels
    She would love to do more concerts in Europe if SE allows it

    • Aug 07 2015 09:16 PM
    • by Sora96
  10. Meet & Greet with Yoko Shimomura at Gamescom 2015

    With Gamescom coming next month on August 5th through August 9th, Yoko Shimomura, composer of the Kingdom Hearts series is confirmed to appear at Gamescom and will be answering questions from fans and taking pictures. Guests will also receive an autograph and win exclusive prizes in a very exclusive event in which only 50 people will be able to attend. The event will take place on Friday, August 7th during Gamescom. This meet with Yoko Shimomura will be a lead up to the Final Fantasy XV presentation by Square Enix, but fans will be able to ask her any questions, such as questions relating to the Kingdom Hearts series. The event is going to take place at the Square Enix Products booth (Hall 5.1 - C012). If you're interested in attending the event with Yoko Shimomura, you will need to email HMG-Community@square-enix.com with the subject "SEP Meet & Greet".

    • Jul 21 2015 04:51 PM
    • by Jake
  11. New Kingdom Hearts Play Arts Kai figures featured at San Diego Comic-Con 2015

    San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has begun and new Kingdom Hearts Play Arts Kai figures have been featured. The Play Arts Kai figures are of Sora in his Halloween Town costume from Kingdom Hearts II and the other is of Riku also from Kingdom Hearts II. These figures are just prototypes so they are yet to be finished. When the finished products are revealed we'll let you know. You can view these prototypes of the Play Arts Kai figures below thanks to @churroz for originally posting these images.

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    • Jul 08 2015 09:36 PM
    • by Jake
  12. Kingdom Hearts hidden designs found in the Kingdom Hearts design document; Toy Story world design & Kingdom Hearts tentative title discovered

    Recently there have been designs found that were never before seen from Kingdom Hearts that were hidden deep inside the Kingdom Hearts design document. With a look through the design document, it appears that Kingdom Hearts was once named Kingdom of Hearts.

    Additionally, there is a picture of what looks like a Toy Story world and how it would look on the world selection map. It includes Andy's house on top of a Pizza Planet rocket. Also note that each character from the design document had a written bio describing each character and their roles in Kingdom Hearts.

    The designs found in the document were never released to the public before. You can view all hidden designs and each character's written bio below with credit going to Nathan McMahon on photobucket for originally finding these images and KHInsider for the tip.

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    Sora:
    The hero of this story. Sora is a fourteen-year-old boy who has his own personal issues like every other teenager does, but he always keeps a positive attitude towards everything.
    Simple-minded at times, but his sense of justice is very strong.
    "Sora" means "sky" in Japanese, representing his adventurous spirit.

    Kairi:
    The heroine of this story. Also aged 14.
    A few years ago Kairi moved into the island where Sora and Riku live.
    She may appear gentle and fragile, but inside she has a strong will that does not bend to any force.
    Her name, "Kairi", bears the meaning of "sea", home of all life forms.

    Riku:
    Sora's best friend. He may seem a lot more collected and cooler than his same-age best friend, yet he remains expressive of his own thoughts.
    Always curious towards the unknown, he begins to question the small, closed world in which he lives.
    His name, "Riku" means "land" in Japanese.

    Donald:
    The court wizard.
    With the order left by the king who disappears in the beginning of the story, Donald goes for an adventure searching for the hero. His vibrant character and quack-talk is sure to complicate things, adding even more fun to the story.

    Goofy:
    Captain of the royal cavalry.
    Goofy, though a captain of his own troops dislikes battles and carries only a shield with him.
    Goofy becomes Donald's partner in this journey, complimenting wacky Donald with his slow-talking, easy-going style.

    Minnie Mouse:
    King Mickey's queen.
    As the queen she takes charge of the castle after Mickey's disappearance, appoints Goofy and Donald to search for the king in her place.

    Daisy Duck:
    A noble lady.
    A sweet maid who fancies Donald, she collects her courage(?) to send him off to his mission.

    Chip:
    The mechanical engineer working for King Mickey.
    The underground airship hanger is his working place as well as playing grounds.
    It is Chip who designs the SS GummiBlock, allowing our heroes to reach other worlds.

    Dale:
    A mechanic working with Chip.
    He maintains and, if necessary, primps up the SS GummiBlock which Donald and Goofy boards for the trip.


    Do you prefer the title Kingdom Hearts or Kingdom of Hearts? Let us know in the comments below!

    • Jul 05 2016 08:55 AM
    • by Jake
  13. Kingdom Hearts/Kingdom Hearts II folder set revealed

    Square Enix has announced that they're releasing a Kingdom Hearts/Kingdom Hearts II folder set in Japan on August 19, 2015. It will cost 780 Yen ($6.35 U.S). The folder set features the key art for both Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II that were featured on the front covers of the original PlayStation 2 releases of the two titles as well as the title screens. You can view images of this below.

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    Are you going to import this? Let us know in the comments below.

    • Jul 06 2015 04:37 AM
    • by Sora96
  14. Utada Hikaru confirmed to be working on a new album, new child born

    Utada Hikaru, known for her works in the Kingdom Hearts series such as Hikari and Passion has posted via her website that she is currently working on a new album. Along with the announcement of her new album in the works, she recently just had a new born child. While still having her son, she decided to return into the world of music and began creating her new album. Below you can read a translation by Aru Akise of what she said on her website about this great news below.

    I have an announcememnt to all my fans.

    Hmmm, recently,

    I 've given birth to a baby!

    He's a very calm boy, and is drinking milk and sleeping a lot.

    I want to thank all the people who suppoerted me, visited me, and, once again, my parents.

    During pregancy, I was working on a new album. It will take a little while before it is finished, but I am eager to resume work on it to deliver it to all of you as fast as possible.

    Please wait a bit more, okay?

    July 3rd, 2015.

    Hikaru Utada.


    With this news, we would like to congratulate her on the new born child and take a look back at the amazing work she has done in the Kingdom Hearts series. Congratulations!

    • Jul 03 2015 07:19 AM
    • by Jake
  15. Old Kingdom Hearts III footage appears in Sony's E3 2015 intro

    During Sony's E3 2015 press conference, Sony opened the show with a short montage of upcoming PS4 games. Among the games that were shown in the montage was none other than Kingdom Hearts III.

    If nothing else, this means that Kingdom Hearts III is still alive and well, and it could mean that we have more Kingdom Hearts III news to look forward to in Square Enix's conference. Below is an image from the montage, which shows Sora gliding through the air as he is about to change into the new Kingdom Hearts III engine graphics from the announce trailer:

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    What do you make of this? Still think Kingdom Hearts will be mentioned in some capacity at this year's E3? Let us know in the comments!

  16. Official Kingdom Hearts Facebook page posts fan survey

    The official Kingdom Hearts Facebook page has posted a link to a fan survey asking multiple questions about player preferences. More specifically, the survey asks questions about which systems players own, which systems players still play games on, and which Kingdom Hearts games the survey taker has played. The message posted alongside the survey is as follows:

    Hi KINGDOM HEARTS fans!
    If you have a free 5-10 minutes, please help us complete this survey!
    The survey will be open until June 12th, 2015 at 11:45 pm PDT.


    The survey also has open ended questions concerning the future of Kingdom Hearts. The survey asks players what they are looking forward to in future installments and if the player has anything else they would like developers to know.

    The most interesting questions were those concerning the systems players own/still play and the question concerning localization. Perhaps these questions concern localization options for Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ and moving forward from the last generation of consoles.
    You can take the survey here. The survey is available until June 12, 2015 at 11:45pm PDT. We encourage you to take the survey, seeing as it could help shape the future of Kingdom Hearts.

    After completing the survey, how did you respond to their open ended questions? What are you most looking forward to in the future of Kingdom Hearts? Let us know in the comments below.

    Update: The survey has concluded however Square Enix has promised more surveys in the future.

    We wanted to thank you each and every one of you who participated in our survey this past week! Unfortunately it's closed now so if you missed this on this one, don't worry - there will always be more in the future!

  17. Disney Interactive Vice President of Production: Kingdom Hearts figures are 'possible' for Disney Infinity

    In an interview with Game Informer, the Vice President of Production at Disney Interactive John Vignocchi has revealed that it is "possible" for Kingdom Hearts figures to appear in a future version of Disney Infinity.

    Disney Infinity is an action-adventure sandbox video game developed by Avalanche Software and published by Disney Interactive Studios. Disney Infinity uses collectible figurines that are synchronized with the game, unlocking characters from various Disney and Pixar properties including Marvel. Disney Infinity is currently available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Wii, PC, iOS and Android.

    Disney Infinity 3.0, the latest game in the series will be released in 2015 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U, PC, iOS and Android. It will feature characters from Star Wars.

    Update: John Vignocchi replied to someone via Twitter regarding the question of whether or not Sora could appear in Disney Infinity sometime in the future. His response was that it would be a cool idea and when the user sent him a picture of what it would look like with Sora in Disney Infinity, he replied with "Hang Tight!". Below you can view screenshots of his replies via Twitter below.

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    Would you like to see Kingdom Hearts characters appear in Disney Infinity? Would you like to own a Sora Disney Infinity figurine? Let us know in the comments below.

    • Jul 08 2015 05:01 PM
    • by Sora96
  18. Yoko Shimomura to appear in 4star Primal Orchestra music festival

    Yoko Shimomura, composer of the Kingdom Hearts series has announced via her Twitter page that she will be appearing in the 4star Primal Orchestra music festival. At this music festival she will be speaking about something, although she hasn't decided what yet. This will be held on May 5, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan and will be live streamed via Nico Nico. For those who don't know, 4star Primal is a video game music festival held once every 4 years for artists involved in video game music, video game directors and producers along with fans to get together as one.

    Translations of her tweets and a quote from the Nico Nico page for the live stream can be read below. Thanks go to goldpanner for the translations.

    At last, today is 4star's Piano Restaurant 3rd Concert ~Hiroyuki Sonobe Solo Recital~! KH Piano Collections and FF Piano Opera double feature! I will also be doing a talk, so please excuse me. As for what I'll be talking about, right now I have no plan haha.

    And! And! It seems that on May 5th, 4star2015 THE FINAL will be a paid channel live broadcast on Nico Video! I would be so happy if those who won't be able to make it to the real thing check it out there. I will also be doing a talk, so please excuse me. As for what I'll be talking about… second verse, same as first lol.

    4star Orchestra is a game music festival held once every four years for artists involved in game music, creators and fans to get passionate together as one. Our second ever festival, 4star Orchestra 2015, will be held alongside Hachioji Music Festival 2013 in Golden Week 2015.

    For the FINAL public performance, we have put together a Special All Star Orchestra centered around the musicians who also participate in the official concerts and recorded tracks! With Nobuo Uematsu, Yoko Shimomura, Noriyuki Iwadare and Atlus established as our four themes, we hope to bring 4star Orchestra 2015 to a close on an appropriately gorgeous stage.

    (Yoko Shimomura is then listed as a guest MC as well as the composer of Dearly Beloved, Traverse Town and Hand in Hand from Kingdom Hearts, Faraway Dreaming Days ~Siren's song~, Polpota Harbour and more from Legend of Mana, and MEGALOMANIA from Live A Live.)

    • May 03 2015 04:11 AM
    • by Jake
  19. Nomura reveals that the Kingdom Hearts series will be expanding onto smartphones + more announcements coming

    The latest issue of Famitsu Weekly magazine has included an interview with Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series. While the interview focuses on other Square Enix projects, mostly Dissidia Final Fantasy, Nomura has mentioned that the Kingdom Hearts series will be expanding to smartphones and he has more announcements coming soon. In addition development is progressing well for Kingdom Hearts III and they will be able to reveal more soon.

    Thanks go to blog.esuteru.com for writing it up, @aibo_ac7 for summarizing it and goldpanner for translating it. The full translation of the interview summary can be read below.

    Tetsuya Nomura interview. "(about KH) There are interesting things being planned. There'll be various things, I think, like information on KH3. KH3 development is coming along well, but I also have other new announcements connected to that. I think I'll be able to announce one of them before long: an expansion of the series onto smartphones."

    • Apr 14 2015 07:55 AM
    • by Sora96
  20. Kingdom Hearts ranks 30th in the 2015 Classic FM Hall of Fame

    The Kingdom Hearts series has ranked an impressive 30th in the 2015 Classic FM Hall of Fame, a jump of 147 places from last year. The Classic FM Hall of Fame is an annual compilation of the 300 most popular classical works as polled by listeners of Classic FM. Classic FM is one of the United Kingdom's three Independent National Radio stations.

    Congratulations to Yoko Shimomura, the composer of the Kingdom Hearts series and Square Enix who also had the Final Fantasy series rank at 9th.

    • Apr 06 2015 11:01 PM
    • by Sora96
  21. Kingdom Hearts: The Novel has released in English

    As of yesterday (March 24, 2015), Yen Press (a United States-based localisation company for Japanese manga and novels) have released Kingdom Hearts: The Novel translated in English. It is 300 pages long at a size of 5-1/2″ x 8-1/4″ and is a translated compilation of the first two Japanese Kingdom Hearts novels, “The First Door” and “Darkness Within”.


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    It is written by Tomoco Kanemaki (author behind the KH novel adaptations), the illustrations are by Shiro Amano (artist behind the KH manga adaptions), and the original concept of course is by Tetsuya Numora (director of the Kingdom Hearts series).

    Here is the description of the novel from the Kingdom Hearts page on Yen Press:

    On the Destiny Islands, three children–Sora, Riku, and Kairi–are living out their peaceful, carefree lives while yearning for whatever lies beyond the great ocean. But one night, an unexpected disaster takes place, and the three are torn from each other and their island home. Meanwhile, at Disney Castle, Donald Duck and the other castle residents are in an uproar upon discovering King Mickey has suddenly gone missing. When fate brings them together, Sora, Donald, and Goofy set out on a grand Disney adventure to find their friends!


    We’ve made a list of sites where you can purchase the novel below:On top of this release, it was revealed a few months ago by Amazon.com that Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories The Novel will be released in English for the first time on September 22, 2015 (approximately 6 months away). And in the last week we had a fan-art contest to celebrate the release of Kingdom Hearts: The Novel and KH13 user Shyera Schroepfer won a copy with her piece “Imposter” which can be seen below!




    Imposter ~ Fan-Art Contest

  22. Kingdom Hearts Tribute album now available in Japan, unboxing photos uploaded

    The Kingdom Hearts Tribute album which includes new arrangements of 10 songs from the Kingdom Hearts series, is now available in Japan for 2,160 Yen (approx. U.S $18.26). You can order your copy here.

    The album includes the following songs.

    Riku / Sora / Kairi / Always on My Mind / Rage Awakened / Dearly Beloved / Hollow Bastion / Hand in Hand / March Caprice / The 13th Struggle A Piece of Peace / Traverse Town


    With the album now available in Japan people have picked up their copy including Twitter user @letajp who has uploaded photos of the album and you can view them below.

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    • Mar 24 2015 08:27 AM
    • by Sora96
  23. Final Symphony producer says they'll "definitely think about" a Kingdom Hearts-themed Final Symphony

    In an interview with the Square Enix Japan Community Manager at Square Enix Europe, Dan Seto, the producer of the Final Symphony concert and album Thomas Böcker says that they will "definitely think about" doing a Kingdom Hearts-themed Final Symphony.

    Final Symphony is a concert and now even an album that features features music from the Final Fantasy series. This is recorded and performed by the world famous London Symphony Orchestra in Abbey Road, London. The Final Fantasy series is the first ever video game to have music recorded or performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. Masashi Hamauzu, one of the composers for Final Fantasy X and the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy has also been involved, arranging the songs alongside Jonne Valtonen and Roger Wanamo, and the arranged works are based on compositions by him and Nobuo Uematsu, the composer of many Final Fantasy games, who acts as a consultant for the concerts and album.

    You can read the full quote below of what Thomas Böcker, the producer said in response to doing a Kingdom Hearts-themed Final Symphony. Would you like to see a Kingdom Hearts-themed Final Symphony? Let us know in the comments below.

    “Yeah that would be quite the job but why not? We’ll definitely think about it,” Thomas teases. “It takes us about a year to do a new concert so it’ll take a lot of planning. I think we’re crazy coming up with all these new ideas for concerts. Nobody else does it to this extent!”

    • Mar 19 2015 08:36 AM
    • by Sora96
  24. Kingdom Hearts fan event to be held before D23 Expo Japan 2015

    Disney has announced a Kingdom Hearts fan event for the lead up to D23 Expo Japan 2015, called Kingdom Hearts―The Theater. This event will take place at Tokyo Disney Resort on November 3, 2015, 3 days before the actual expo. Here's Disney's description of the event:

    To celebrate D23 Expo 2015 Japan, a Kingdom Hearts fan event will be held on November 3 at Cinema Ikspiari, Tokyo Disney Resort. Program information for the event, Kingdom Hearts―The Theater (working title), will be posted on the official Disney website starting in late April.


    At the last D23 Expo in Japan, D23 Expo 2013, Kingdom Hearts III was featured with a new trailer. Could this year's event be where the next Kingdom Hearts III news is shown?

  25. KH13 Contest: Share your fan-art & win Kingdom Hearts: The Novel

    Hey everyone! Hope you’re enjoying school/college/university/work/other and playing Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX on the lead up to Easter Holidays. With Kingdom Hearts: The Novel releasing in English for the first time on Tuesday (March 24th, 2015), we thought it would be the perfect time to run another competition!


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    This will be a fan-art competition with the chance of winning a copy of the (English) Kingdom Hearts: The Novel. The competition is simple and clean: create a fan-art based on an event/scene in the first Kingdom Hearts game (like an illustration you’d find with the possible chapters in the novel), and it must be created specifically for this competition. Read on for more details.

    How to enter:
    • Upload your fanart to KH13 (either to the Fan-made Images gallery, or by making a new topic somewhere), and then put a link to your fan-art in the comments below so that we can find it easily.
    • Fan-art must be related to Kingdom Hearts, it must be an event/scene from the first game and must be created specifically for the competition. You can enter multiple times.
    • At midnight EST on March 23rd, 2014, our team will deliberate and decide on our favourite fan-art submitted, contact the winner of the contest, and send them their copy! The contest is open to everyone as long as the novel can be shipped to their location via Amazon, etc.
    Good luck to everyone! Even if you don't win, there is still a chance we will feature your fan-art on the KH13 Community Twitter and the KH13 Tumblr. Above all, have fun!