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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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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  4. Yoko Shimomura discusses her experience working on the Kingdom Hearts series during the Square Enix Music Presents Composer Talk Show

    During the Square Enix Music Presents Composer Talk Show, Yoko Shimomura, composer of the Kingdom Hearts series, discussed her experience working on the Kingdom Hearts series. She was asked a few questions concerning Kingdom Hearts, such as her work on Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. She took the opportunity to listen to a unique version of "Dearly Beloved" during the talk show, and she discussed her work for Kingdom Hearts χ[chi] and Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ. Other discussions included what it was like to work with certain directors, where Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series was mentioned. Toward the end of the talk show, Yoko Shimomura mentioned some future plans about a Kingdom Hearts presentation, which seems to hint toward the Kingdom Hearts D23 Japan Fan Event that she will be attending.

    • Sep 19 2015 10:04 PM
    • by Jake
  5. Yoko Shimomura discusses creating Destati with Square Enix Europe

    Square Enix Europe's merchandise team recently had the opportunity to interview Yoko Shimomura, composer of the Kingdom Hearts series, along with many other Square Enix and Japanese video games and Kenji Ito, composer of Square Enix's SaGa video game series along with many other Square Enix and Japanese video games. During the interview, Shimomura discusses creating 'Destati', something that could be considered the theme song of the Kingdom Hearts series. You can read both parts of their interview in full below, the part discussing 'Destati' has been bolded.

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    • Feb 21 2015 05:42 AM
    • by Sora96
  6. Yen Press reveals Kingdom Hearts: The Novel cover artwork

    Yen Press have revealed the cover artwork of Kingdom Hearts: The Novel on their website and on their Facebook page. The novel will take place during the events of the first Kingdom Hearts game and will release in March 2015 officially translated in English. Below is the description and cover artwork of the new novel.

    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.



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  7. Walkthrough for Castle of Dreams finale in Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ now translated in English

    The Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ has reached the ending for Castle of Dreams. With that, Everglow has fully recorded and edited in English translations for the story, which can be seen below. The walkthrough goes from quests 646-660 in-game. Thanks goes to Catherine Mueller (nichiei.translations@gmail.com) for translations.


    The story for the Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ will continue at a later date.

    Are you looking forward to playing Castle of Dreams in the English version of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ? Let us know in the comments below!

    • Feb 21 2017 12:49 PM
    • by Jake
  8. Voting for Classic FM's annual Hall of Fame poll has begun - Vote for Kingdom Hearts and Yoko Shimomura

    Classic FM is holding their annual Hall of Fame poll where people from all over the world can vote for their favorite classical composers and musical pieces. Among these composers and musical pieces is Yoko Shimomura and her work from the Kingdom Hearts series.

    You can cast your vote here. If you wish to vote for Shimomura, simply type "Yoko Shimomura" in the search bar, and click on "Kingdom Hearts". A dialog box will appear confirming your vote has been cast. You have three votes total, so feel free to vote for other favorites as well!

    Last year, Kingdom Hearts finished at an impressive 30th place in the top 300 classical works collected that year. Let's help Kingdom Hearts rank even better this year!

  9. Voice actor Quinton Flynn claims he has not started recording for Kingdom Hearts III

    In a recent tweet, Axel/Lea voice actor Quinton Flynn claims that he has not begun recording for Kingdom Hearts III. This comes just a few months after other voice actors in the series, namely Jim Cummings (Pete, Tigger, Winnie the Pooh) and Bill Farmer (Goofy), claim they have finished their recording process, or at least some of it. You can view the tweet made by Quinton Flynn below:


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    Flynn confirms that he is referencing Kingdom Hearts III and not Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue in another tweet:

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    With the information given to us by these voice actors, how far along do you believe Kingdom Hearts III is? Feel free to discuss in the comments!

  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Union χ[Cross] Update Arriving to Global Unchained χ

    After launching in the Japanese version of the game last month, the anticipated Union χ[Cross] update to the global version of KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained χ is set to go live after today's eight-hour maintenance--just in time for the game's first anniversary!

    The app can currently be updated via the Google Play Store or on the iTunes App Store, but note that maintenance is not scheduled to end until 4 AM PT on April 5th. In the meantime, some things to look forward to as mentioned in the update notes listed on both app store pages include:

    • added the "Union Cross" multiplayer feature--team up with up to six of your Party members or six other players in your Union to clear these special quests!
    • added the Medal Traits feature--fusing two duplicate medals of the same rarity will unlock a passive ability, such as Ground Enemy Defense -20%
    • Increased Buff/Debuff limit to 7 tiers
    • edited the App icon
    • changed the title, title screen, and opening movie
    • added the Theater Mode feature to
    • improved UI
    • various issue fixes
    UPDATE: The game's update notes have been released. Details can be viewed below.

    ■Image Updates
    ・Design of the app icon has been updated.
    ・The opening cutscene has been updated.
    ・The title screen has been updated.
    ・The BGM for the title, home, and UI screens have been updated.
    ■New Content and Features
    ・Multiplayer mode "Union Cross" has been added.
    ・Theater Mode has been added.
    ・Medal Traits have been added.
    ・New facial expressions and skin colors have been added.
    ・Tutorial Quests have been added.
    ・The Beginner's Deal is now a permanent feature.
    ■System and Parameter Updates
    ・Strength buffs (including attribute-based strength) can now be stacked up to 7 times (previously 3).
    ・Defense debuffs (including attribute-based defense) can now be stacked up to 7 times (previously 3).
    ・You will now be able to reduce the cost of Medals up to 20 (previously 10) using ★6 Cid Medals.
    ・You will now be able to recruit players that belong to a party.
    ・Game data will now be downloaded after a player completes the tutorial (Quests 1 through 6).
    ・The ability to unlock Special Attack Bonus on a Medal will now be achieved upon completing the Quest 34 (previously 200). 
    ※ If you had completed Quest 34 before the update, the Special Attack Bonus feature will be unlocked once the application has been updated.
    ■UI Updates
    ・"Union Cross" has been added to the Quests page.
    ・The Special Attack Bonus tier will now be displayed as a number in addition to the previously used icon.
    ・The Medal filter feature has been expanded.
    ・The Medal will now display the Special Attack Bonus tier upon being pulled.
    ・Added shortcuts to the Keyblade selection screen.
    ■Battle Speed Adjustments
    ・You will now be able to act immediately after the text “PLAYER TURN” appears when engaging an enemy.
    ・Increased the speed of the jump attack animation when battling raid bosses.


    Set to launch alongside the Union χ[Cross] update are event campaigns to celebrate the game's first anniversary, as well as the game's first premium draw guaranteeing a 3-dotted Premium within five draws.

    Additionally, a new teaser for the Union χ[Cross] update can be viewed below.


    The official @kh_ux_na Twitter account has shared some previews of upcoming content in the Union χ[Cross] update, which can be viewed below.

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  14. Unboxing of the new Kingdom Hearts II Organization XIII Roxas Play Arts Kai figure that released last week in Japan

    Last week the Kingdom Hearts II Organization XIII Roxas Play Arts Kai figurine released in Japan, and now fans are starting to receive their shipments from the Square Enix online store. This figurine package offers Roxas in his Organization XIII coat with the Oathkeeper and Oblivion Keyblades. It can be found in the Square Enix Japanese online store, and is also available for pre-order within the Square Enix NA store, with a release date quoted at the end of May, 2017.

    Roxas is priced at $120.00 in the NA store, while it is listed at 12,360 yen in the JP store.

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    Here is a video displaying an unboxing of Kingdom Hearts II Roxas from a member of our news team, Toominator.


    Are you looking forward to receiving your Roxas figurine, or do you have plans to purchase one? Let us know in the comments below!

  15. Translated diagrams from the Kingdom Hearts Series Memorial Ultimania explaining character relationships & Xehanort's history now available

    Diagrams from pages of the Kingdom Hearts Series Memorial Ultimania, which was released in Japan on October 2, 2014, have been translated. The diagrams show the correlations between the characters in the Kingdom Hearts series, as well as the full record of Xehanort's history. The images can be seen below, thanks to heijikudou for all of the scans, translations and putting it all together!

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    • Oct 11 2014 01:57 PM
    • by Demyx.
  16. Transcription of the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - Guide

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

    You can view the transcriptions within the spoiler tag below:

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