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  1. Kingdom Hearts makes 31st place in the Classic FM Hall of Fame 2016

    The 2016 Classic FM Hall of Fame is reaching the end and once again Yoko Shimomura's amazing work in Kingdom Hearts has reached 31st place with 'March Caprice for Piano and Orchestra' from the first Kingdom Hearts game! Last year, the main theme, or Hikari 光 (Simple and Clean) Orchestral Instrumental Version, ranked at 30th place, so this year it did go down by one place but it is still amazing that Kingdom Hearts managed to stay so high in the rankings!



    'The Other Promise' was also available to vote for, but unfortunately didn't make it into the final 300. There are a few other compositions though that did make it in the top 300 and also featured in Kingdom Hearts series:

    • 'He's a Pirate' ranked at 264th (featured in Kingdom Hearts II)
    • 'A Night on the Bare Mountain' ranked at 223rd (featured in Kingdom Hearts I & Dream Drop Distance)
    • 'Nutcracker' ranked 61st (featured in Dream Drop Distance)
    • 'Symphony No.6 in F major Op.68' ranked at 8th (featured in Dream Drop Distance)
    What do you think of Kingdom Hearts' place in the top 300? A good place for it to be or do you think it should have been better? Leave your comments below and show your appreciation for Yoko Shimomura's magnificent work throughout the franchise!

  2. 90's cartoon Gargoyles was considered for Kingdom Hearts

    During a Q&A session at MomoCon 2015 with the creators of the popular cartoon Gargoyles (1994 - 1997), they revealed that their hit show had the potential of being featured as one of the worlds in Kingdom Hearts. However, some unfortunate circumstances caused the project to be halted because of the fact that some team members "left Disney", as Greg Weisman, co-creator of Gargoyles, points out. You can check out Greg Weisman's response in full below, starting at 55:13:


    Full credit goes to Reddit user toondisneyreboot for spotting this.

    Would you enjoy seeing Gargoyles appear in Kingdom Hearts? Let us know in the comments!

    • Mar 15 2016 08:17 PM
    • by Xadec
  3. [Updated] Utada Hikaru officially announces her return to music, new album to be released on September 28th

    Update 1: On April, 3rd 2016, a new theme song for a Japanese TV show called Toto Nee-chan was uploaded to YouTube. This theme song, titled "Hanataba o Kimi ni", was performed by Utada Hikaru, thus officially putting Hikaru back on the music scene! You can view the video and hear the song below thanks to YouTube user halkichi sakamoto:


    Update 2: Utada Hikaru has officially updated her YouTube channel with two songs, Manatsu no Toriame and Hanataba wo kimi ni. None of the songs are related to Kingdom Hearts. You can listen to both songs below:


    Manatsu no Toriame



    Hanataba wo kimi ni



    Update 3: On July 8th 2016, Hikaru's website was updated with news of the release date for her new album set for September 28th of this year. This is her first original full album since her last Japanese-language album Heart Station released 8 years ago. The new album, title unannounced, will include previously-released tracks such as "Hanataba o Kimi ni","Manatsu no Toriame", and "Sakura Nagashi."

    The original article follows.


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    Utada Hikaru, known for performing the opening songs "Simple and Clean" and "Sanctuary" for the Kingdom Hearts series, has officially announced her return to music. Hikaru has been on a 5-year hiatus that is now officially over. Via Hikaru's website, she is currently working on two projects: The first song she announced is the opening song titled "Hantaba wo Kibi ni" for the NHK drama Toto Nee-chan and the second is going to serve as the ending song for NTV's news program News Zero. This song's title will be released later on. Both of these songs are scheduled to be used by April 4th, so look forward to hearing Hikaru's new songs then.

    In celebration of the musician's return, she has launched a new website that features an animated Cherry Blossom tree. As fans use a special hashtag on Twitter (#おかえりHIKKI or #WelcomebackHIKKI) or as fans buy her new songs, the animated tree will grow more and more flowers. This is a charity event called the "New-Turn" project. Money raised as part of this project will go toward planting cherry blossom trees in areas affected by the 2011 Tohaku earthquake and tsunami.

    Of course, this does not confirm Hikaru's involvement in Kingdom Hearts III, but her official return to music is certainly a good sign. Now that Utada Hikaru has officially returned to music, what are your hopes for her involvement in Kingdom Hearts III? Would you like to see her return, or would you rather have someone else? Let us know in the comments below!

  4. Steve Burton, voice actor for Cloud, claims to be recording for Kingdom Hearts III in the coming weeks

    In response to a fan on Twitter, voice actor Steve Burton, the voice of Cloud in the Kingdom Hearts series, claims he will be recording for Kingdom Hearts III "in a few weeks". This would obviously mark the return of Cloud in Kingdom Hearts III, and seems to validate recent remarks from Jim Cummings and Bill Farmer, who both also claim they have done some recording for Kingdom Hearts III.

    You can view the tweet itself below:

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    What do you make of all these English voice actors claiming to be recording for Kingdom Hearts III? Are you taking this all with a grain of salt, or is Kingdom Hearts III closer to releasing than we think? Feel free to discuss in the comments below!

  5. Bill Farmer interviewed about Kingdom Hearts and confirms he recorded for Kingdom Hearts III in 2015

    Bill Farmer, the voice actor for Goofy in the Kingdom Hearts series, was recently interviewed on an episode of the "2 Men and The Mouse" podcast. The host asks Bill about his experience with the Kingdom Hearts series, and Bill explains the process and why he thinks Kingdom Hearts is so popular. Bill is then asked about recording for Kingdom Hearts III. He confirms that he has been recording for Kingdom Hearts III off and on for "years, now", thus solidifying his questionable tweet made last year in which he claimed he was finished recording for Kingdom Hearts III and that it would release in 2015. In this podcast, he again clarifies it was Kingdom Hearts III he was referencing in his tweet, and not one of the side games. According to Bill, since he was done recording, he figured the game would be released relatively soon. He is now unsure when the game will release, and is also unsure if he will be recording for Kingdom Hearts III again soon.

    You can listen to the entire podcast here. The questions regarding Kingdom Hearts begin at 57:54, and the question regarding Kingdom Hearts III begins at 1:03:00.

  6. Disney Infinity Ultimate Unlock Keyblade can be acquired on March 15th

    During a Q&A about Disney Infinity 3.0 on Disney's Twitch channel, it was announced that the Ultimate Unlock will be attainable as of March 15th, 2016. The Keyblade was announced as Disney Infinity 3.0's Ultimate Unlock at D23's event in 2015 and attendees of the event were given a King Mickey power disc that allows players to give their Mickey figure his Kingdom Hearts II outfit during gameplay.

    To unlock the Keyblade in Disney Infinity 3.0, players will need to purchase all figures that have been released thus far, including Judy and Nick from Disney's new movie Zootopia, as well as the Marvel characters Antman, Captain America, Black Panther, and Vision which will be released on March 15th.

    Will you be unlocking the Keyblade as the Ultimate Unlock? Let us know in the comments!

  7. Square Enix to release school calendar for members in April, includes Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue

    Square Enix is releasing a new members-only calendar to coincide with the start of the Japanese school year. The calendar features images from new and upcoming games, including Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. Square Enix members will be able to purchase the calendar for 200 points starting in April.

    2016 Member's Special School Calendar
    From April, a member's special school calendar will be available.
    Thanks to it's separable type, you can select and display a different image to suit your mood.

    <Collected Titles>
    Final Fantasy VII Remake
    Final Fantasy XIV
    Final Fantasy XV
    Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
    SaGA: Scarlet Grace
    Square Enix Member Avatar
    Dragon Quest X
    Dragon Quest Heroes II: The Twin Kings and the Prophecy of the End
    Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3
    Nier: Automata
    Lord of Vermilion Re:3
    World of Final Fantasy

    *Limit one per person
    *Depending on when you order, your product may be shipped after April


    Thanks to Katie Armstrong for the translation, and thanks to aibo for the heads up.

  8. The Jungle Book was among the Disney movies to be featured in cancelled Kingdom Hearts TV show

    In 2014, storyboards from a cancelled Kingdom Hearts TV series surfaced online by the director of the project, Seth Kearsley. The storyboard only showed Sora, Riku, and Kairi, along with a few villains and enemies, in Destiny Islands and Agrabah.

    Recently, Kevin Munroe, currently the director of the Ratchet & Clank movie, revealed his contribution to the cancelled Kingdom Hearts TV show via Twitter. In a conversation with KHInsider, Munroe posted a picture of the title page for an episode called "Man's Red Fire" which apparently took place in the world of The Jungle Book.

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    This is not the first time we've heard of The Jungle Book playing a part in the Kingdom Hearts series, as an unused Jungle Book world was found in the code of Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep.

    Do you think The Jungle Book will finally make an appearance in Kingdom Hearts III? Would you have watched this Kingdom Hearts TV show had it not been cancelled? Let us know in the comments!

  9. New Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ iPhone cases available for pre-order

    Pre-orders for new goods opened up in the Square Enix store today, including a collection of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ mobile phone cases. The three iPhone 6 cases feature gold and silver motifs, and will ship on March 5th. The cost for one is 4,100 Yen, or about $35 USD. This is the latest piece of Unchained χ merchandise, after the Chirithy plush previously shown at Jump FESTA 2016. You can check out the cases below:



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  10. Tokyo Game Orchestra will be performing a Final Fantasy/Kingdom Hearts concert this April

    The Tokyo Game Orchestra is scheduled to perform a concert that features music from the Kingdom Hearts series and the Final Fantasy series. The concert will be held for two nights only, with one performance in Nagoya, Japan on April 9th and the other in Tokyo, Japan on April 23rd. More information regarding these concerts can be found below. Thanks to goldpanner for the translations.

    For two nights only, experience the music of Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts in the Key of Life concert, performed by the Tokyo Game Orchestra and conducted by Teruya Muneo!

    Nagoya:
    Saturday, April 9 at 6:30 PM
    At the Nagoya Civic Assembly Hall
    Ticket Prices: ¥4500 - ¥8500

    Tokyo:
    Saturday, April 23 at 6:30 PM
    At the Shinjuku Cultural Center
    Ticket Prices: ¥4500 - ¥8500

    The conductor of the Tokyo Game Orchestra is Teruya Muneo, and the concertmaster is Nakagawa Kimiko.

  11. 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!

  12. Jim Cummings claims he has finished recording for Kingdom Hearts III & discusses the voice acting process

    At the Albuquerque Comic Con 2016 event in New Mexico, Jim Cummings, voice actor in the Kingdom Hearts series (Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Pete, etc.), held a Q&A panel where fans could ask questions about his works or anything in general about him.

    Throughout the Q&A panel, held on January 9th, a fan asked Jim Cummings about the recording process for video games (Kingdom Hearts in particular) and how it differs from TV and movies, and he replied stating that he has finished his part for Kingdom Hearts III and goes into detail on the process of voice acting for the Kingdom Hearts series.

    You can check out the video below (Kingdom Hearts is specifically mentioned starting at 5:15) in which he replies to the fan concerned on his work for Kingdom Hearts III. Thanks goes to YouTube user StephanieWorld for capturing the footage.

    • Aug 07 2016 12:33 AM
    • by Jake
  13. Ichiro Hazama, producer of Theatrhythm, expresses interest in continuing Theatrhytm series

    This month's Nintendo Dream magazine featured a New Year's greeting from Ichiro Hazama, producer of the Theatrhythm series at Square Enix. In his message, translated by Nintendo Everything, he stated:

    [...] Last year at this place, I said ‘we’ll keep continuing Theatrhythm from hereafter too!’. Well then, I wonder how about next year[‘s continuity]. Personally, I still want to continue, and everyday I have been devising various plans. I’m full with a feeling to do something to make it happen, so I’ll be glad if you can wait with anticipation. [...]


    To date, the Theatrhythm series has three titles in its line-up, the most recent entry being Theatrhythm Dragon Quest. If Square Enix is looking to expand the Theatrhythm universe to encompass more of their original IPs, then Kingdom Hearts would be the next logical step.

    In addition to producing the Theatrhythm series, Hazama is also the producer of the Dissidia series. Originally conceived as a Kingdom Hearts game, concern about a Disney fighting game steered the project toward the Final Fantasy cast. It seems Hazama has been eager to work more closely on a Kingdom Hearts title since first assisting with project management on Kingdom Hearts II. Could Theatrhythm be his opportunity? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

  14. Kingdom Hearts music to premiere at The Legendary Rhapsody concert in Tokyo, Japan

    Kingdom Hearts music has been confirmed to appear at a concert titled "The Legendary Rhapsody" via the concert's official website. Music that are confirmed to appear from the Kingdom Hearts series are Dearly Beloved, Night of Fate, The 13th Struggle, and Vector to the Heavens. The orchestra that is playing the music is the Japan Game Music Orchestra (JAGMO). Ticket prices range from 5,800 yen ($48.15 USD) to 9,800 yen ($81.38 USD). The Legendary Rhapsody begins on March 5th at 15:00 JST and another part of the concert begins at 19:00 JST, and on March 6th at 13:00 JST. More details on tickets can be located here.

    • Dec 27 2015 08:37 PM
    • by Jake
  15. Tetsuya Nomura answers fan questions about Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], and Kingdom Hearts III

    After the release of the new trailer featuring Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts III, many fans had questions circling around in their heads. The folks over at KHInsider had the incredible opportunity to formally relay fan questions to Tetsuya Nomura himself. His answers to some of the questions can be read below, and you can read the blog post in its entirety here.

    1. Since you were at the Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Launch Event in Burbank, how did it feel to finally have the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater in Japan?

    Nomura: What sets KINGDOM HEARTS apart from other titles is that this is a title in which we have been sharing a connection with our fans for many years. So rather than being a one-time relationship like a festival, it does feel like we are partners or friends that have spent a long time together, but I do cherish these kinds of events as there aren’t very many opportunities like this where we can interact with our fans. Japanese fans are more shy than fans overseas but I was very happy that I was able to feel that the Japanese fans were having fun this time too.

    2. The Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event was very well received in Japan. If the opportunity for future events is presented, would they follow a similar format? If not, what would you like to do differently?

    Nomura: The content of the event would change depending on the location and timing, so the format would most likely depend on those two factors. Also, as for D23, location becomes restricted as there are rules set by the host. Since we had more applicants than the amount of participants that we could accommodate this time, if we did have another opportunity to hold an event like this one, I think I will first consider the capacity of the venue instead of the format of the event.

    3. The newest update to Kingdom Hearts X [chi] introduces a new world, Beast’s Castle. Why was this world chosen to be added to the game?

    Nomura: We are prioritizing the worlds of the seven princess’s based on the “fairy tale era” concept in KINGDOM HEARTS χ[chi].

    4. Is there any significance in the timing of Beast’s Castle’s introduction to Kingdom Hearts X [chi]? After so many main story updates, it was surprising to travel to a new world rather than continuing to investigate Ephemera and the Foretellers.

    Nomura: There is no significance to the timing. We had already made a decision on which worlds to select a while ago, but because new world additions are the most time consuming, we were finally able to implement it this time.

    5. In one of the recent updates of Kingdom Hearts X [chi], the term “unchained” was officially introduced and has caused quite a bit of speculation among the fans. Does this play a role in how you previously said that X [chi] and Unchained X were not exactly the same game?

    Nomura: I cannot explain this without any spoilers but there is a connection between the two. Who is trying to do what will be depicted in KINGDOM HEARTS χ[chi] or KINDGOM HEARTS Unchainedχ, and the reason behind it would be told in KHχ Back Cover (included in 2.8).

    6. In 0.2, Yen Sid tells Riku and Kairi that it is imperative to rescue Aqua, Terra and Ventus, prompting Mickey to tell them of his recent visit to the Realm of Darkness. Is he referring to the time in the first Kingdom Hearts when he ventured in to find the Kingdom Key D?

    Nomura: It is an episode that I was waiting for a long time to tell. Please wait for KH0.2 for that answer.

    7. Did Mickey meet Aqua during his time in the Realm of Darkness? If so, why did he refrain from speaking of such an important matter until this moment?

    Nomura: This will also be told in KH0.2 so please wait for it.

    8. The conversation between Young Xehanort and Eraqus, first shown at E3, is the opening scene of Kingdom Hearts 3. Since then, more and more of the scene has been revealed through the trailers and at D23, we were able to view it in its entirety. Why was the decision made to show the scene in this manner?

    Nomura: There are many reasons for this, but one of them is that we are prioritizing the creation of new worlds in KH3, and we would have to consider the reveal timing of those worlds, making sure that we discuss with Disney. That opening scene is very versatile, since it doesn’t involve those new worlds, plus it’s a great asset to use as a prologue to build up excitement towards KH3.

    Also, the scenes that we have currently have released is not the final product so please look forward to any changes that we may make in the future as well.

    9. We learn from Xehanort and Eraqus’s conversation that Eraqus is under consideration for masterhood, but what about Xehanort at this time?

    Nomura: I’m sure that you can sense that there is some kind of thought behind Xehanort’s expression and tone of voice at the end. Xehanort’s interest is something other than a title of honor.

    10. It was surprising to see the return of Nobodies in the recent Kingdom Hearts 3 footage. What sort of role will they play in the game? Can we expect to see any more enemy types besides Nobodies and Heartless?

    Nomura: I want to make it so that you can tell who had come to that world by the enemies that appear there. I am thinking of the enemy types as a part of the total production this time.

    11. The new Kingdom Hearts III trailer featured a new Nobody design with a scythe and flower petals, is this particular Nobody alluding to a certain former Organization member?

    Nomura: I think that it’s easy to imagine but I do believe that it will appear in promotional materials sooner or later so please wait for that.

    12. Mickey was seen at the Premium Theater wearing his Kingdom Hearts 2 clothing holding the Kingdom Key D Keyblade, is there a chance we can see this Mickey at Disney Parks?

    Nomura: As far as I know, there are no plans right now, but I think it would be really neat if they did one day!


    What intrigues you most about this surprise interview? Let us know in the comments below, and have a wonderful holiday season!

  16. Kingdom Hearts music to appear at the Symphonic Fantasies concert in London, UK (October, 2016)

    In a post made by the London Symphony Orchestra, and a quick post made by the official Kingdom Hearts Facebook page, they confirm that Kingdom Hearts music is set to appear at the Symphonic Fantasies concert, which is going to debut in the UK for the first time. The concert starts on October 6, 2016 from 8:00 PM GMT to 10:00 PM GMT in the Barbican Hall in London. Yoko Shimomura, composer of the Kingdom Hearts series, will be performing. You can read all the details below.

    SYMPHONIC FANTASIES LONDON
    MUSIC FROM SQUARE ENIX®

    Music from Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Secret of Mana and Chrono Trigger/Chrono Cross:

    JONNE VALTONEN - Fanfare Overture
    YOKO SHIMOMURA - ARR VALTONEN - Fantasy I: Kingdom Hearts
    HIROKI KIKUTA - ARR VALTONEN - Fantasy II: Secret of Mana
    YASUNORI MITSUDA - ARR WANAMO - Fantasy III: Chrono Trigger / Chrono Cross
    NOBUO UEMATSU - ARR VALTONEN - Fantasy IV: Final Fantasy

    Eckehard Stier - conductor
    Slava Sidorenko - piano
    Rony Barrak - darbouka
    Yoko Shimomura - composer
    Hiroki Kikuta - composer
    Yasunori Mitsuda - composer
    Nobuo Uematsu - composer
    Jonne Valtonen - arranger
    Roger Wanamo - arranger
    London Symphony - Orchestra
    London Symphony - Chorus

    Featuring symphonic arrangements from some of Square Enix’s most cherished role-playing franchises, including Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Secret of Mana and Chrono Trigger/Chrono Cross, the critically acclaimed and officially licensed Symphonic Fantasies London is a tour de force of orchestral composition and performance. Conducted by Eckehard Stier, with arrangements by Merregnon Studios’ Jonne Valtonen and Roger Wanamo, Symphonic Fantasies London is the ultimate concert experience for fans of Japanese RPGs.

    Accompanying the London Symphony Orchestra on stage will be the London Symphony Chorus, along with talented soloists Slava Sidorenko and Rony Barrak. This will be the LSO’s seventh live video game concert performance, following sell-out Final Symphony II concerts earlier this year in both London and Japan, as well as recording the chart-topping Final Symphony album at Abbey Road Studios.



    It has also been revealed on the event's Facebook page, that Yoko Shimomura will be having an event before the concert at 6:15 PM GMT. She will talk about her musical career (especially with Kingdom Hearts) and her influences with LSO Principal Flute Gareth Davies and answer questions from the audience. This event will be an additional £10 to concert ticket and will be an hour long. You can read the official paragraph below:

    Also joining fans, as special guest for the night, is Kingdom Hearts composer Yoko Shimomura, who’ll appear on stage for a special ticketed, pre-concert talk. Here she’ll talk about her long and highly successful career in video game music, as well as take questions from the audience in what will be an entertaining and informative evening.



    Do those of you in the UK plan on going to this event? Would you attend if you could? Let us know in the comments!

    • Aug 22 2016 05:56 AM
    • by Jake
  17. Extra Kingdom Hearts III footage from D23 Expo Japan 2015 surfaces online

    During a televised recap of the D23 Expo Japan 2015 event, which was held from November 6th through the 8th (or November 3rd for the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater), snippets from the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event were shown. These snippets include footage from the Kingdom Hearts III trailer shown at D23 Expo Japan. Aside from extra Kingdom Hearts III footage, footage from the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater in general was shown and can be seen below thanks to YouTube user I Love DCS JP who originally captured the footage.


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  18. Square Enix Third Business Division are hiring again for Kingdom Hearts III

    Square Enix's Third Business Division are continuing to hire employees to help complete Kingdom Hearts III. Square Enix were looking for suitable candidates at the beginning of January and are needing further assistance yet again as we head into the new year. Business Division 3 includes a team that is responsible for the majority of the Kingdom Hearts titles, including Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 and 2.5 ReMIX, and the upcoming Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts III, while other teams within the division have worked on other projects. The eleven occupations listed below are the majority of the same jobs Square Enix advertised in January and have been open to apply for all year. The addition to this list is a 'scenario planner' role that is currently being advertised.

    Business Division 3 Positions


    KINGDOM HEARTS III

    No. 3BD / Cutscene Designer

    No. 3BD / Scenario Planner (KH Series)

    No. 3BD / Menu Designer (Osaka)

    No. 3BD / Character Model Designer

    No. 3BD / 3D Graphics Programmer

    No. 3BD / Technical Artist (Osaka)

    No. 3BD / Battle Planner (Osaka)

    No. 3BD / Level Planner (Osaka)

    No. 3BD / 3D CG Designer (BG, Osaka)

    No. 3BD / Art Designer (Osaka)

    No. 3BD / Game Programmer (Osaka)


    Thanks to @Tokyofog for translating the job description for the new Scenario Planner position:

    Scenario Planner Position Description: "The Scenario Planner will create scenarios and text for the KINGDOM HEARTS series. Main responsibility includes creating messages for people in cities, additional story-based text, and scenario support duties."


    What are your thoughts on the new Scenario Planner role and the pace of Kingdom Hearts III development cycle so far? Feel free to leave your opinions in the comment section and let us know!

  19. [Updated] Utada Hikaru may resume music career in Spring 2016

    Update: According to an update to Utada Hikaru's official website, the news reported by Yahoo! Japan was false. The update claims that, although Hikaru's new album is continuing production, a release date has not been set. You can read the full message below thanks to News Team member Kayla Copeland (nichiei.translations@gmail.com).

    The other day, the media released information that Utada would be releasing an album in the spring, but that is false information.
    She is continuing production, but she is not yet ready to decide a release date.
    When that time does come, we will let everyone know via the official web page, as per usual.
    We wanted to share the above information from an official view.

    Universal music inc.
    Okita Hidenori


    The original article follows:

    Japanese vocal/recording artist Utada Hikaru, known to most Kingdom Hearts fans as the performer of the songs "Simple and Clean" and "Sanctuary", has been taking time off from her music career since July to raise a newborn baby and to, essentially, prioritize. However, according to Yahoo! News Japan, it seems as though she may be set to return to her music career in Spring of 2016 with the release of a new album.

    You can read a translation of the article below, thanks to News Team member Katie Armstrong:

    Singer-songwriter Utada Hikaru (32) said on the 7th that she is set to resume music activities next spring for the first time in almost six years, reports Sports Hochi. In August 2010, she announced an indefinite hiatus, stating “I want to focus on everyday human stuff”. Following the death of her mother, singer Keiko Fuji (62), she married an Italian man, and though the day-to-day activities following the birth of her child have been eventful, she has decided to return. A large tie-in campaign is set to accompany her spectacular re-launch.


    According to multiple sources, Utada is recording a new song for children being raised abroad. Though work was suspended for the birth of her baby, she has resumed in earnest, and a new album is expected next spring.


    To be clear, this does not confirm Utada's involvement with Kingdom Hearts III, but it does raise a few eyebrows. Could Utada's return to music this Spring signify that she is ready to work on the next Kingdom Hearts theme? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

  20. Shiro Amano states that the Kingdom Hearts manga series is over

    The writer and artist of the Kingdom Hearts manga, Shiro Amano, has informed us today via an official statement on Twitter, that the manga series has come to a close. Shiro Amano confirmed he will no longer be creating any further manga's based on the Kingdom Hearts video game franchise. A translation of Amano's tweet can be read below thanks to Katie Armstrong (karmstrong0932@gmail.com):

    So sad. Because the Kingdom Hearts manga has ended, tweets related to [KH] will probably also end. Feel free to unfollow me because of this. Thank you all so much.



    The Kingdom Hearts manga began twelve years ago in 2003 and told the stories of Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days and Kingdom Hearts II. The final manga and tenth volume of Kingdom Hearts II was released in Japan in August. The manga is well known for its humor, additional story elements, and slight alterations in plot to the franchises' original games. The manga that have yet to be released in English will still be published by Yen Press in the US.

    What are your thoughts on the Kingdom Hearts manga ending? Do you have a favorite section with in the manga you would like to share? Let us know in the comments section below!

  21. Summary of the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event

    On November 3rd, Square Enix & Disney held an event dedicated to the Kingdom Hearts series called the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater. Throughout the event, new footage relating to the Kingdom Hearts series was shown to everyone who attended the event, along with a few extra surprises. While those who couldn't attend the event cannot view any of the footage from the event, Square Enix released a few screenshots from the new footage, along with fans sharing their impressions on all the events that took place at the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater.

    Below you can check out all articles, screenshots, and fan impressions from the event.


    Articles

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    - New images featuring attraction flow for Kingdom Hearts III, Riku and Kairi in Kingdom Hearts 2.8, and Beast's Castle in Kingdom Hearts χ
    - New Kingdom Hearts III trailer shown at D23 Expo Japan 2015
    - New Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer shown at D23 Expo Japan 2015
    - Beast's Castle Confirmed for Kingdom Hearts χ[chi], and "Mickey Code Together" Event for Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ
    - Famitsu: Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater summary


    Screenshots

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    Square Enix officially released screenshots from the new footage shown at the event, which can be seen below.

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    Fan Impressions

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    Thanks to @kh_primavera, and translations by News Team member Rin, you can check out fan impressions on the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater.

    KH Theater - General Outline:
    Opening (CM videos of products that have been released)
    Greetings from Disney Japan, Justin Scarpone
    Greetings from Executive Producer Shinji Hashimoto
    Piano performance by Yoko Shimomura and Hiroyuki Nakayama
    Live performance of: [Dearly] Beloved, The Other Promise, Musique pour la tristesse de Xion
    Short talk by Shimomura and Nakayama
    Tetsuya Nomura presenting the latest information
    KH HD 2.8 new information: Ven, Aqua, and Terra’s voice actors appear in a guest movie
    KH3 new information: Sora, Kairi, and Riku’s voice actors appear in a guest movie
    New KH3 trailer presented (mainly battle scenes)
    Limited KH3 making video presented
    King Mickey in KH attire appears as a special guest
    Mr. Justin, Mr. Hashimoto, Ms. Shimomura, Mr. Nomura, and King Mickey photo session
    Ending (video with each character’s lines and Hikaru Utada’s “Hikari” BGM)

    Latest Information
    KHx - new world,“Beast Castle (from 11/5)
    KHUx - new stronger medals and avatars (from 11/3 18:00)
    KH HD 2.8 - latest trailer. King Mickey, Riku, Kairi, and Yen Sid must find Ven, Terra, and Aqua in order to gather the 7 Guardians of Light. From there, King Mickey says he met Aqua in the Ream of Darkness when he was there. Afterwards, battle scene with Aqua was presented.
    KH3 - latest trailer. Starts with the conversation between young Xehanort and young Eraqus previously released. There’s more to the convo this time than before (I feel like there were things I’d never heard before, like creating Kingdom Hearts out of competing lights…)

    After that, Sora’s battle scenes began to run. Worlds presented: Tangled, Twilight Town, Mysterious Tower, etc. Sora used BBS’s action system (shotlock command) and KH3D’s action system (free-flow action).

    About the new attraction flow: some of it is my own impression, but it kinda looked like it was based on Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blaster.

    There was one scene that showed the detailed motions of feet being soaked in a river.

    Sora, Donald, and Goofy’s new abilities were also shown (footage of the 3 of them sitting on Goofy’s shield and attacking was presented).

    Limited making movie - Olympus Coliseum (in production) was shown. In KH2 it was a world of spirits, in KH3, I’m not super positive, but it’s probably going to be made with heaven as the main. (Olympus Coliseum’s appearance in KH3 is unknown to begin with.)

    Also, a 3D Daybreak Town (in production) was shown. (Whether this world will be in KH3 or not is unknown.)

    The new Nobody’s bottom half looked like flower petals, and it used to a sickle to attack. (I remember Nomura said that people who have played KH will know who this Nobody is.)

    Some Heartless that look like advanced forms of Yellow Opera were also shown.


    Thanks to KH13 News Team member Kayla Copeland (nichiei.translations@gmail.com), you can read fan impressions from FF-Reunion.net.

    KH: [D23EJ] Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater Report!

    Today from Maihama Ikspiari, we have a report of the [Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater]. The event programs are as follows:

    -Greetings from the higher-ups at Disney, Justin Scarpone and Mr. Hashimoto
    -Yoko Shimomura and Hiroyuki Nakayama held a piano performance (Songs: Dearly Beloved, The Other Promise, Musique pour la tristesse de Xion)
    -Comments from the voice actors: Megumi Toyoguchi, Ryotaro Okiayu, Koki Uchiyama, Miyu Irino, Risa Uchida, and Mamoru Miyano
    -New trailers for KH0.2BbS, KhxBackCover, and KH3, no new worlds shown. New heartless appeared, KH3 creation process opened to public.

    [KH Premuim Theater Opening]

    -After entering the theater, we were given wristbands. Mr. Hashimoto was also at the theater entrance. Inside the KH Premium Theater before the event began, the screen had the [KINGDOM HEARTS Premium Theater] logo!

    -There was a keyblade in front of the screen. Then there was an announcement. No recording the trailers, taking any video, or any photography was allowed during the event. According to the event's twitter, this was all in order not to ruin things for the second round of guests, and the ban would be lifted at 17:00.

    -First, Tetsuya Nomura opened, and Nakamura said, “I'll speak while looking at the cue cards.” It was revealed that on 11/5, Beast's Castle would be a new world for KHx, and that from 18:00, the “Mickey Coordinate” event would start, with a KH2 Mickey present on 11/4 at 4:00!

    -[Below are excerpts from the voice actor's comments about the PV]

    Toyoguchi: Aqua's last line “we're connected” did not go well, and we had to do a lot of takes for it. My heart was starting to break. Recording for 2.8 isn't finished yet, but I'm looking forward to it.

    Okiayu: The first time I met Uchiyama, I met him with the same way Terra felt: “He's Ven!” The line that left a lasting impression on me was what I said to Otsuka, “What did you do to his heart?!”

    Uchiyama: In regards to Roxas, despite not being able to feel that my own world was real, I felt at that time (as a middle school student) that just like me, Roxas was real. In regards to Ven, I went on to give out such cheerfulness that I don't really have. At first, recording felt more like playing around than work.

    -A new trailer for [KH0.2BbS]! The King, Riku, and Kairi stand before YenSid. He says, “The fight with Xehanort is near. We must assemble the seven wielders of light to protect the seven hearts of pure light. In order to do that, it is indispensable that we call back the three keyblade wielders who were lost to the tragedies of long ago: Ventus, Terra, and Aqua.” Then, the King says to Riku and Kairi, “I met (?) in the Realm of Darkness.” (Picture: Aqua from behind in the Realm of Darkness)

    -The [KhxBackCover] trailer was the team's logos on stained glass with voices only. A man said, “Lost (?? couldn't hear the dialogue) piece missing from the Foretellers will enter.” A woman said, “Someone has the full story of the Foretellers, and the person who has that is the traitor?” A second man said, “The darkness is indeed on the move. I can't think that there is a traitor among us.” A second woman said, “We're not for sure that there's a traitor among us, right?” The first man says, “The missing piece of the story tell us of the traitor.”

    -[KHDDD] trailer came next. It was the scene where Xehanort explains things in the dream world. The King and Riku take hands and the trailer said, “Someday, with your strength...” There was the scene with Tron falling, and the scene with Riku confronting Ansem (“Ansem! You've become a part of my heart...”). There was also the scene where Sora takes Namine's hand, only to have her face turn into Xion, as well as Riku fighting the person in the black coat. It showed Sora fighting Braig (“Our hearts are connected--that's my strength!”). The modeling for KHDDD was really pretty! It seems just like a remake, perhaps because it was taken from the 3DS to the PS4 in HD.

    -There was a new trailer for [KH3]. It was the full scene from the beginning of KH3 with young Eraqus and Xehanort! [The music was a piano version of [The 13th Side].)

    X: Do you know about the Keyblade war?
    E: Of course.
    X: Long ago, when keyblade wielders tried to steal away the light.
    E: I've heard it again and again from the Master.
    X: I wonder what they wanted to do, using the light they stole to summon Kingdom Hearts.
    E: Who knows...I can't understand the reason why the fight happened in the first place.
    X: Have you heard of the Lost Masters? They started the Keyblade war.
    E: Never heard of it, where did you hear that from?
    X: No, was it for their sake, I wonder...
    E: I don't get it.
    X: You know the truth, right?
    E: About what?
    X: That at that time, light was defeated by the darkness. I guess you as a candidate for Master wouldn't know.
    E: I guess.
    X: You can see it with your own eyes. It's already decided, the end of the world.
    E: It'd be boring if the end was already decided. If the darkness is supposed to win, I'll rewrite the ending.
    X: You're pretty confident. But aren't you at a disadvantage?
    E: Light is different from darkness, because it's not just something you can see. We won't know until the end.
    X: I'm looking forward to it.

    -There was a KH3 trailer (music: Rage Awakened). Sora, Donald and Goofy battled Heartless that looked like dandelions in front of Rapunzel's tower, then it cut to a new part with new Nobodies that look like flowers with about eight legs?, that would separate and lift into the air while spinning (I saw this during the making video, but the keyblade looked like Marluxia). Nomura said this about the new Nobodies: “These nobodies will make you imagine someone specific. People with good intuition might get it.” It showed a new weapon for Sora. In an area that looked like a valley, Sora was able to lock on to about 10 Heartless (the lock on speed is very fast, about 1.5 seconds!) and teleport around while attacking. It was really cool!

    -There was a new attraction flow for [KH3]! It showed a vehicle kind of like a space ship?, where all three had a launching pad. It was called “Shooting ride.” After invoking AF, it turns into FPS mode and you can attack the enemies! (When it turns to FPS mode, the outline of goggles appears on the screen, giving you the image of playing a FPS game with goggles on)

    -While fighting Heartless in [KH3], there were points where Sora would fall into the river and scream as he slid down. The river looked really pretty! It seems the Heartless can also chase you down the river. When attacking the Heartless that resemble bells (the ones well known in the KH series), they can affect the environment around you, and they can attack that way.

    -There was a [KH2 Making] video presentation by Nomura! He said, “We're developing each of the worlds. Since the developers are still working, we can't show you any new worlds, but I was able to bring this in-production (making) video here today.” When the new Nobodies (shaped like flowers? They resemble Marluxia) attack, they rain down red flower petals. (The drawing below is simplified, but this is the basic idea)

    -What Nomura showed us next in the [KH3 making] video was a 3D version of Daybreak Town that hasn't been used in KH so far, but they might use it in KH3 or something. I understand that the movement of light makes the buildings move.

    -Next in the [KH3 making] video was a making of [Olympus]. Olympus is set up in the heavens, and it looks very divine, with the buildings reflected on the floor it was very pretty! There were buildings in the clouds, and between the clouds were the buildings of Olympus hidden away, making it a very mysterious location! Perhaps because of the use of light, the shading makes it look very three-dimensional!

    -The other parts of the [KH3 making] were shots of different Heartless with no backgrounds (Heartless with hats, bell-shaped Heartless' effects) showing their movements, etc. Nomura said, “There will be other Heartless, but they are spoilers so I can't show them. Just by looking at them you'll be able to figure out the worlds.”

    -There was a [0.2BbS] making video. It was a great display of running around in the darkness and Aqua fighting off Heartless!

    -In [KH3], Sora, Donald, and Goofy can ride Goofy's shield. Riding the shield like that lets you fly! Also, there's going to be a large snake-like enemy to fight.

    -At the end, there was a special PV they showed us called “King Mickey Scene Mash-Up]! Just when I was thinking how it was cool just to hear the music full of the King...King Mickey came out on stage, as well as Nomura and Shimomura, and they walked around the theater greeting guests! They were shaking hands and giving hi-fives!

    -Everyone involved got on stage: King Mickey, Nomura, Shimomura, and Hashimoto looked full of energy!


    -The last PV was a mash-up of scenes from each game. Sora, Roxas, Namine, Xion, Riku, Axel, Kairi, Aqua, Terra, Ven...and so on were in the last scene and climax, showing their goodbyes, reunions, and connections in their hearts... Everything was connected in fragments, and it was beautiful and left an impression. It made my heart feel warm...and I cried.

    -It was a wonderful KH event! There were a lot of clips, and I'm surprised at the quality! It seems some of the trailers were ones only shown at this theater, but I hope they release the other trailers soon!


    Lastly, you can check out tweets from the event, thanks to KH13 News Team member Kayla Copeland (nichiei.translations@gmail.com) for the translations, and thanks to @aibo_ac7 for the original tweets.

    Spoiler


    With the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater passing by, as well as all of the D23 Expo Japan event, there are 2 major events left of 2015: Jump Festa 2016 and PlayStation Experience 2015. While Kingdom Hearts has not been confirmed for any of these events yet, there is a small chance of Kingdom Hearts appearing at these events. If any Kingdom Hearts news appears as these events are starting, we will let you know!

    • Nov 15 2015 07:28 PM
    • by Jake
  22. [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.


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    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:

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    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
  23. Countdown to the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event has begun

    In case you've forgotten through the midst of all the recent Kingdom Hearts news, the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event is being held on November 3rd, 2015, which is just over two weeks away (as of October 15th, 2015)! We are expecting new information (most likely a new trailer according to the name "premium theater") regarding Kingdom Hearts III, in addition to possible news about Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ.

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    We are assuming the event will be private, with heavy restrictions on recording devices and flash photography. That being said, we will be livetweeting information as it comes on our KH13.com Twitter account. Of course, we will be updating the site with an article as quickly as possible as we receive, interpret, and understand information we are given.

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    In order to commemorate the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event, we will be counting down days until the event on our social media accounts by revisiting news we've received about Kingdom Hearts III for the past few years. Please be sure to follow us on social media to receive instant Kingdom Hearts news and to receive reminders about the upcoming Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event!

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    What do you expect or want to see from the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event? Let us know in the comments!

  24. New Tetsuya Nomura artwork commemorating the Kingdom Hearts series revealed in the 600th issue of Dengeki PlayStation

    A new Kingdom Hearts illustration by Tetsuya Nomura has been revealed today via the 600th issue of Dengeki PlayStation magazine. The drawing by the Kingdom Hearts series director appears on the cover of the issue, and commemorates this milestone together with a special Kingdom Hearts series feature. Check out the new artwork below, released on the official Dengeki website:

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    The issue releases on October 8, 2015 (October 7, 2015 in the U.S.) and will contain information about both Kingdom Hearts III and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. We will keep you updated as more information appears – look forward to both scans and full translations!

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  25. 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