[Updated] Kingdom Hearts II Sora Static Arts Gallery releasing end of May in North America, and March 17, 2017, in Japan
Update 3: Square Enix Merchandise North America have just announced pre-orders for the Kingdom Hearts II Sora Static Arts Gallery figure on the Square Enix Online Store, with release in North America scheduled for end of May 2017. The product's retail price is listed as $49.99. For more details, read more here.
Update 2: The Kingdom Hearts II Sora Static Arts Gallery figure is now available for pre-order on the Square Enix Japan e-store, with an official release date of March 25, 2017. The figure shows a retail price of 4,940 yen including tax.
Update 1: The Kingdom Hearts II Sora Static Arts PVC figure is up for pre-order at the Japanese retailer AmiAmi with the release date listed as March 17, 2017. The figure dimensions are listed as 65mm x 85mm x 138mm, with pictures as provided below.
The original article follows.
The Kingdom Hearts II Sora Static Arts Gallery figure, whose prototype was previously displayed at New York Comic Con 2016, has surfaced on Amazon Japan for pre-order. The product is expected to release on March 31st, 2017, three days after the 15th anniversary of the Kingdom Hearts series. The figure is available for 5,184 yen including tax, and a preview can be viewed below.
A picture of the prototype showcased at New York Comic Con 2016 can be viewed below for comparison.
Another new figure, the Kingdom Hearts III Sora Play Arts Kai, was released in Japan last week, featuring an interesting text preluding the plot of Kingdom Hearts III.
Do you own any official Kingdom Hearts figures? Are you planning to add this to your collection? Let us know in the comments!
- Nov 12 2016 01:27 AM
- by Aquaberry
[UPDATED] Kingdom Hearts II: The Novel Volume 1 releasing in English on June 20, 2017; Kingdom Hearts: The Novel Volume 2 releasing in English on December 19, 2017
Yen Press will be releasing Kingdom Hearts II: The Novel Volume 1 in English on June 20, 2017 at an original retail price of $16.00 USD. Pre-orders are available now at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Book Depository, and RightStuf.
This is the first announcement regarding the publication of this volume outside of Japan, where it was published on April 22, 2006. The Kingdom Hearts II light novel series, written by Tomoco Kanemaki, with illustrations by Shiro Amano, and concept by Tetsuya Nomura, finished in Japan in 2007, and now it is finally being released in English as well. The Japanese Kingdom Hearts II light novel series had four volumes, but for the English series, they've decided to combine them all together to create two large volumes. Kingdom Hearts II: The Novel Volume 1 contains volumes 1 and 2 of the original Japanese series, while the upcoming Kingdom Hearts II: The Novel Volume 2 will contain volumes 3 and 4 of the original Japanese series.
You can view a potential cover for Kingdom Hearts II: The Novel Volume 2 below.
Yen Press has also previously localized Kingdom Hearts: The Novel and Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories: The Novel internationally in 2015 following high fan demand.
Do you own any of the previous Kingdom Hearts novel series? Will you be adding Kingdom Hearts II: The Novel Volume 1 to your collection? Let us know in the comments below!
UPDATE 1: The Yen Press webpage for Kingdom Hearts II: The Novel Volume 1 is now up.
UPDATE 2: The overview of the novel has been updated, and can be read below:
Based on the hit video game series!
Roxas is a boy who lives in sleepy Twilight Town with his friends Hayner, Pence, and Olette. As the last week of summer vacation comes to a close, the four spend their days together, making sure to leave no regrets. All the while, Roxas worries about the strange things that keep happening to him...
UPDATE 3: The cover for the English Kingdom Hearts II: The Novel Volume 1 has been shown off. Last year, Yen Press announced that they will be releasing the first volume to the Kingdom Hearts II light novel series by Tomoco Kanemaki, Kingdom Hearts II: The Novel Volume 1 on June 20, 2017. Thanks to Yen Press again, we now have a look at the front cover for this volume.
View the cover below:
UPDATE 4: A release date for Kingdom Hearts II: The Novel Volume 2 has been revealed. It will be releasing on December 12, 2017 for $16.00 USD. Pre-orders are now available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.
Thanks to KHInsider for the tip!
UPDATE 5: The English Kingdom Hearts II: The Novel Volume 1 has released today on June 20, 2017. You can order it at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Book Depository, and RightStuf.
UPDATE [Nov. 20, 2017]: Kingdom Hearts II: The Novel Volume 2 seems to have been delayed to December 19th, 2017. Learn more about that in the full article here.
- Nov 20 2017 06:57 PM
- by Aquaberry
[UPDATED] Yen Press to release the final volume of the English Kingdom Hearts II manga, Kingdom Hearts Volume 4; releasing May 30, 2017
Yen Press has announced on Twitter that they will be releasing the final volume of the English Kingdom Hearts II manga, Kingdom Hearts Volume 4, by Shiro Amano. An image of the tweet can be viewed below:
This is the first announcement regarding the publication of this volume outside of Japan, where it was published on August 22, 2015. The Kingdom Hearts II manga series finished in Japan in 2015, and now it is finally being finished in English as well. The Japanese Kingdom Hearts II manga series had ten volumes, but for the English series, they've decided to combine them all together to create four large volumes. Kingdom Hearts II Volume 4 contains volumes 8 - 10 of the original Japanese series.
Are you excited to see the Kingdom Hearts II manga series conclude? Will you be purchasing this new volume when it's released? Let us know in the comments below!
UPDATE 1: The Kingdom Hearts II Volume 4 manga will be released on May 23, 2017, and will cost $24 USD. You can view more information about this release here.
UPDATE 2: Yen Press has updated the summary of Kingdom Hearts II: Volume 4, which can be read below:
Desperate to see Roxas again, Axel abandons everything--even Organization XIII and an old friend--to make his wish come true. What awaits him after he's cut all ties...? Later, determined to return to the Destiny Islands with both Riku and Kairi, Sora--with Donald and Goofy at his side--arrives at the Organization XIII stronghold in search of the kidnapped Kairi. Will he be able to find her in time to make his dream of returning to the Destiny Islands with his friends a reality? Sora's great adventure comes to a close!!
UPDATE 3: The cover for the English Kingdom Hearts II Volume 4 manga has been shown off. Last year, Yen Press announced that they will be releasing the final volume to the English Kingdom Hearts II manga series by Shiro Amano, Kingdom Hearts II Volume 4 on May 23, 2017. Thanks to Yen Press again, we now have a look at the front cover for this final volume. View the cover below:
UPDATE 4: The English Kingdom Hearts II Volume 4 manga has been delayed from May 23, 2017 to May 30, 2017.
Thanks to KHInsider for the tip!
UPDATE 5: The English Kingdom Hearts II Volume 4 manga has released today, on May 30, 2017! You can purchase it from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and RightStuf.
- May 30 2017 04:23 PM
- by Aquaberry
Kingdom Hearts II Organization XIII Roxas Play Arts Kai now available on the NA Square Enix Store, releasing at the End of May, 2017 in North America
After appearing on AmiAmi on October 8, 2016, showing a February 2017 release date in Japan, Square Enix has updated their North American online store with the Kingdom Hearts II Organization XIII Roxas Play Arts Kai. The Play Arts Kai is scheduled for an End of May 2017 release in North America, and cost $120 USD on the Square Enix North American store.
You can read the description, as well as some looks of the Play Arts Kai below.
His face is somber and hints at the shadows lurking in his past. Roxas' background is evident through the details of this figure, rendered in stunning dimension.
The long coat, symbolic of Organization XIII, employs joint structures that allow a wide range of movement, enabling many poses from the story of KINGDOM HEARTS II to be reproduced. Two Keyblades, "Oathkeeper" and "Oblivion," are included for dual-wielding poses.
The stark black coat is colored with shadows and highlights to add a dynamic element to his costume. Meticulous attention has been given to the coloring of the hair and eyes, bringing this Roxas even closer to realizing his exact in-game appearance as a 3D figure.
Figure includes exchangeable hand parts and display stand.
Figure Size (inches): W 3.74” x D 2.6” x H 8.8”
Release: End of May 2017
- Oct 09 2016 10:57 AM
- by Jake
Kingdom Hearts II Organization XIII Roxas Play Arts Kai up on AmiAmi & Square Enix Japan online store; releasing on February 12, 2017 in Japan
UPDATE: Square Enix Japan has updated with a listing of their own, showing an official release date for Japan of February 12th, 2017. You can check the listing here. The price is 12,360 yen.
AmiAmi has recently updated with the Kingdom Hearts II Organization XIII Roxas Play Arts Kai. This Play Arts Kai, which was first shown off at San Diego Comic-Con, and colored in during TGS 2016, features Roxas in his Organization XIII coat with his dual wielding Oathkeeper & Oblivion Keyblades.
The Organization XIII Roxas Play Arts Kai releases in February, 2017 with a base price of 12,960 yen, and 9,170 yen with a discount on AmiAmi. The pre-orders will be up on October 11, 2016.
You can check out brand new images of the Organization XIII Roxas Play Arts Kai below with credit to @aibo_ac7 for the tip.
- Oct 10 2016 09:07 PM
- by Jake
Another piece of cut content for Kingdom Hearts II has been found in the game's code by YouTuber Keytotruth. An unused song has been discovered which seems very reminiscent of the Final Fantasy IX theme Eyes to Eyes ("Stolen Eyes") by composer Nobuo Uematsu. The instruments used for this theme are different from the Final Fantasy IX version suggesting this was used as a placeholder and the initial composition was early in development. You can listen to the unused song below.
- Jan 30 2016 10:14 AM
- by SnowPint7Fourths
Kingdom Hearts II Riku and Kingdom Hearts II Halloween Town Sora Play Arts Kai figures to release on February 13, 2016
Images of the final versions of the Kingdom Hearts II Riku and Kingdom Hearts II Halloween Town Sora Play Arts Kai figures have finally been released. With these images the tentative release date has been given as February 2016 with pre-orders beginning November 2, 2015. Previously, the prototypes of these two figures have made appearances at San Diego Comic-Con 2015, Tokyo Game Show 2015, and New York Comic-Con 2015. Thanks go to Twitter user @anime_yokaku for the tip. You can view photos of these figures below.
Update 1: The official Square Enix Japan online store has given an official release date for the figures, which is February 13, 2016.
Update 2: The official Square Enix North American Store has updated their site with pre-orders for both the Sora and Riku figures. The release date for these figures in North America is March 12th, 2016 and the cost for both figures is $120.00 USD.
- Nov 03 2015 09:12 PM
- by soraspromise
[Updated] Kingdom Hearts II Sora Final Form Play Arts Kai figure & Kingdom Hearts II print signed by Nomura for auction - D23 Expo Japan
Update 1: The auction for the Kingdom Hearts poster signed by series director, Tetsuya Nomura is now live! Again, you must have a Yahoo! Japan ID in order to place a bid. The auction will end on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at 10:24PM (JST). The description says the poster is a bit worn with a few wrinkles.
Visit this link if you wish to place a bid. Good luck!
Update 2: The auction for the Play Arts Kai figure of Kingdom Hearts II Sora in his Final Form signed by Tetsuya Nomura is now live.
For bids, please visit this link.
The official D23 Japan website has updated with an online auction that will be opening shortly after the event. Tying in with the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event planned for D23 Expo Japan, several Kingdom Hearts items have been listed. The items included in the auction are a Kingdom Hearts II Sora Final Form ver. Play Arts Kai figure and a Kingdom Hearts II print, both of which are signed by Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series.
In order to enter for a chance to get the signed limited edition Play Arts Kai figure, as well as the Kingdom Hearts II print, you will need a Japanese Yahoo! ID and be 15 or older. If you are not 15 or older, you will need a guardian's consent.
The auction begins on the 10th of November at 8:00 AM (JST) and ends on the 15th of November at 10:00 PM (JST).
For those not entering the auction, limited quantities of the Play Arts Kai figure will be for sale at D23 Expo Japan. However, these figures will not be signed.
You can check out the signed Kingdom Hearts II print below:
Will you enter the auction and attempt to get the limited edition Play Arts Kai & print signed by Nomura? Let us know in the comments below!
- Nov 11 2015 04:11 PM
- by Jake
Square Enix has tweeted a picture from their booth at New York Comic-Con 2015 showing off their prototypes of their Play Arts Kai Kingdom Hearts II Halloween Town Sora and Riku figures. These prototypes have also made previous appearances at several other events including San Diego Comic-Con 2015 and Tokyo Game Show 2015. At this time, the release date and price for these figures are still unknown.
Are you planning on adding either of these figures to your collection? Let us know in the comments!
- Oct 10 2015 09:08 PM
- by soraspromise
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.
Do you plan on purchasing these figures upon release? Let us know in the comments!
- Sep 17 2015 05:00 AM
- by Toominator
The final volume of the Kingdom Hearts II manga will finally be released next week (August 22) in Japan. After starting back in 2006, it's great to finally see this manga series coming to an end. You can view the cover below. Thanks go to @ArikaMiz for the tip. Additionally, we also have chapter 63, the final chapter of volume 9 scanned and translated thanks to taime, catmaster0116 & corfidbizna.
Update: Tetsuya Nomura, the director of the Kingdom Hearts series posted a tweet regarding the final volume of the Kingdom Hearts II manga via the official Kingdom Hearts Japanese Twitter page. In the tweet he shows his appreciation on how well Shiro Amano, the artist for the Kingdom Hearts manga series has done with the manga. You can view a translation of the tweet below thanks to goldpanner.
The last volume of the comic adaptation of Kingdom Hearts II, by Shiro Amano, the first person other than me approved to officially draw Sora and the gang, releases on the 22nd this month. I wrote something for the paper wrapper. Please take a look. Now I am looking forward to the day he next does the honour of drawing for me.
Update 2: For the Japanese release, each copy of the last volume of Kingdom Hearts II manga includes a special message from the Kingdom Hearts series director, Tetsuya Nomura. You can find the message below in both Japanese and English. Translation provided by KH13 News Team member soraspromise.
Due to the characters' high spirits, my heart was beguiled into reading this before it came out. For the next work, I will wait patiently.
- Aug 22 2015 09:29 PM
- by Sora96
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.
Are you going to import this? Let us know in the comments below.
- Jul 06 2015 04:37 AM
- by Sora96
Sir. Christopher Lee, Ansem the Wise's voice actor in Kingdom Hearts II has sadly passed away today, aged 93.
Sir. Christopher Lee was born on May 27, 1922 in Belgravia, London, England, United Kingdom. He was an actor, singer and author. He was most well known for his roles as Count Dracula in a string of popular Hammer Horror films, Saruman in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and The Hobbit film trilogy, and Count Dooku in the final two films of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
After he voiced Ansem the Wise/DiZ in Kingdom Hearts II, Corey Burton took over. Corey Burton is known as the audio double for Christopher Lee and took over for him in Star Wars: The Clone Wars as Count Dooku after its feature length film and did so again for Kingdom Hearts having voiced Ansem the Wise/Diz in all titles following Kingdom Hearts II.
The world has sadly lost a legend. R.I.P Sir. Christopher Lee, you will be missed greatly by all.
- Jun 11 2015 07:11 AM
- by Sora96
After the first volume released in 2007, it has been a long journey to the final volume of the Kingdom Hearts II manga. Shiro Amano, the creator of the Kingdom Hearts manga series took a break after volume 5 and adapted Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days in it's entirety. Amano later returned to Kingdom Hearts II after 358/2 Days' completion. Today the 10th and final volume finally premiered in Shonen Gangan via it's June 2015 issue.
Amano took to Twitter to celebrate, you can read his tweet translated into English below thanks to goldpanner.
The June volume of Monthly Shōnen Gangan on sale today! This will be the last time we will have a Kingdom Hearts II colour centrefold! ｡+ﾟ(ﾉД`)ﾟ+ It's thanks to all your support that this series has been able to keep running for nearly 12 years. Thank you so much for everything for such a long time!
Update: The Square Enix Gangan website has updated with an official wallpaper to commemorate the release of the final Kingdom Hearts II volume which can be seen below, in various sizes.
- May 12 2015 08:39 AM
- by Sora96
Music from Kingdom Hearts II will be performed at The Game Symphony Japan 10th concert which will take place on June 7, 2015 at The Symphony Hall in Osaka, Japan. The music will be performed by the Game Symphony Japan, professional musicians that are known for their orchestrated renditions of popular video game music. They also have had the privilege to work with names like Yoko Shimomura, composer of the Kingdom Hearts series and Nobuo Uematsu, the original composer of the Final Fantasy series.
While this concert is focusing on a game in Final Fantasy VII that played a huge role in eventually creating the Kingdom Hearts series it will feature some Kingdom Hearts II songs including Dearly Beloved and Scherzo Di Notte. It will also feature music from another title composed by Yoko Shimomura, an old Square hit called Live A Live on the Super Famicom.
Thanks go to Siliconera for the tip.
More information regarding this concert can be found on the concert's official website.
- May 08 2015 01:08 AM
- by Jake
Shiro Amano, the creator of the Kingdom Hearts II manga series, has announced that the tenth and final volume of the Kingdom Hearts II manga will be released on May 12.
After the series started many years ago in 2006 it's exciting to see Amano finally finish it. You can read the first 62 chapters of the Kingdom Hearts II manga series in our gallery.
Will you be importing the final volume of the Kingdom Hearts II manga? Or will you wait for Yen Press' English release? Let us know in the comments below.
- Mar 01 2015 09:47 PM
- by Soravids
The cover art for the ninth volume of the Kingdom Hearts II manga series has been revealed in a Japanese magazine. The art shows the main characters, Sora, Kairi, Donald, Goofy and Riku (looking like Xehanort's Heartless) in The World That Never Was. Volume 9 will be released in Japan on February 21.
Update: Square Enix has released the cover in full. You can view it below.
- Feb 19 2015 03:46 AM
- by Sora96
Amazon.co.jp have revealed that the ninth volume of the Kingdom Hearts II manga will be released in Japan on February 21, 2015. It will be available for ¥ 453 (approx U.S $3.85). In this volume Sora will finally face Organization XIII in The World That Never Was as the manga finally approaches it's conclusion. Once the cover artwork has been released we'll let you know. You can read the first 62 chapters of the Kingdom Hearts II manga in English over in our gallery.
- Jan 25 2015 10:09 PM
- by Sora96
Hey everyone! Hope you’re enjoying the lead up to Christmas and playing Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX. With the third addition of the (English) Kingdom Hearts II manga series releasing on Tuesday (December 16th, 2014) and Christmas fast approaching, we thought it would be the perfect time to run another competition!
This will be a fan-art competition with the chance of winning a copy of the (English) Kingdom Hearts II Vol.3 manga. The competition is simple: create a Kingdom Hearts fan-art with the only condition being that it must have a Christmas theme, and created specifically for this competition. You may use any characters (Kingdom Hearts, Disney, Final Fantasy, etc), incorporate unused characters from Disney films/Square Enix games or even create original characters, just as long as it relates to Kingdom Hearts somehow. 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, have a Christmas theme and must be created specifically for the competition. You can enter multiple times.
- At midnight EST on December 22nd, 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 manga can be shipped to their location via Amazon, etc.
- Dec 16 2014 01:48 AM
- by AndrewHankinson
- Nov 28 2014 11:02 AM
- by Sora96
Square Enix has announced that they will be releasing the Kingdom Hearts II Limit Form Sora Play Arts Kai figure separately for the very first time on November 29, 2014 for 9,060 Yen (roughly US $80). The figure was only previously available through Square Enix's e-STORE as an add-on for purchases of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX before launch. The figure comes with the Starseeker Keyblade. You can pre-order it here. And you can view pictures of the figure below, in our gallery.
- Nov 05 2014 08:55 AM
- by Sora96
Kingdom Hearts II Sora and Roxas Play Arts Kai figures releasing in North America during December 2014
Square Enix have announced that the Kingdom Hearts II themed Sora and Roxas Play Arts Kai figures that were revealed at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 will be released in North America during December 2014. They will cost $89.99 US. Once the release date is announced we'll let you know. You can view some photos of these figures below, in our gallery.
- Oct 15 2014 12:51 PM
- by Sora96
Square Enix Japan's Merchandise Manager, Hidemi Matsuzuka has posted photos of Kingdom Hearts II themed Keyblade Keychains on their official Facebook page. The Keyblades they're based off include Sleeping Lion, Ultima Weapon and Fenrir. Once Square Enix announces a release date for these keychains we will let you know. You can view the photos below, in our gallery.has revealed the cost of these keychains as ¥2,052 (roughly $18.82 US) and that they will release sometime during December 2014. Thanks go to @sukumizuyoujo for the tip.
Update 2: Square Enix have announced a November 22, 2014 release date for the keychains on their e-STORE. They will cost ¥1,960 (tax included) (roughly $17.89 US). They're available for pre-order on the following pages:
- Sep 29 2014 01:58 AM
- by Sora96
Chapters 55, 56, 57 & 58 of the Kingdom Hearts II manga have been scanned and translated, thanks to taime, catmaster0116 & corfidbizna. This completes volume 8. You can read these chapters below, in our gallery.
- Sep 15 2014 02:58 AM
- by Sora96
After being revealed at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 and finished recently, we now finally have a release date for the new Kingdom Hearts II Play Arts Kai figures. The new Kingdom Hearts II Play Arts Kai figures of Sora and dual-wielding Roxas will be released in Japan on November 29, 2014. You can view new photos of them below, in our gallery.
- Sep 07 2014 11:03 PM
- by Sora96