A video of the event's opening, including what is possibly the opening of Kingdom Hearts 3D!
153 photos of the event!
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Our coverage of the "Kingdom Hearts 10th Anniversary Premiere Event" has begun. This event, occurring on March 3, 2012 in Japan, will focus on both Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] and the 10th anniversary of the Kingdom Hearts series. This article will remain pinned at the top and contains links to all news from the event. Please discuss any news on our forum.
Post event coverage
5:37AM EST: V Jump have published a set of 18 photos of the event. Thanks to ArikaMiz for the tip.
12:41PM EST: A low quality video showing the opening of the event (and containing the opening of Kingdom Hearts 3D!) has surfaced online. You can watch it below, thanks to KH Destiny for the find. Click here to see a list of videos from the event.
10:46 AM EST: The official Kingdom Hearts Twitter page has tweeted a new photo from the event.
10:24AM EST: ReBirth Wings have posted various photos from the event.
8:55AM EST: Kingdom Hearts Destiny have provided an impressions of the event, as well as various photos
But back in to Kingdom Hearts. The event was held at the Venus Fort shopping center designed as an Italian city. The place itself is gorgeous, with a beautiful fountain and magnificent architecture. Held there in prime time in the Winter Illuminations, plunging the center in a magical atmosphere, but the pictures make it more difficult.
The event was not easy to find. Not really said, I had to move randomly in the huge mall before seeing, not without great excitement, the famous statue of Sora, Mickey, Donald and Goofy, who had already been used at Disneyland Tokyo. It's been a while since I was looking for information on the current location of this statue so you can see it, so I literally ran up to her to see it.
So I blithely strafed like all Japanese at 100m around, before I look at my surroundings. Before me stood all the posters advertising the various games Kingdom Hearts, and a TV broadcast images of each game, as well as videos on Dream Drop Distance. Everything was grouped in a fairly narrow scope of the center hallway leading to the stage where the main event would take place.
I then struggled to understand how it worked for a place. The Japanese still speaking little English, and I always as bad Japanese, I had to cope virtually alone. Luckily, I managed to find the line that led to divine ticket granting you a place for the main stage. It was a miracle, we can say, as the queue was incredibly located near the scene of the event, and especially it was not mentioned at all. I was ass enough to hear lined with a Japanese noodle ask the staff of the center where he was to date info on severe obtain a ticket, which allowed me to follow. Without that, I'd probably miss the event. Thank you, anonymous Japanese lost. It was roughly 14h when I got back in the queue, which was not very big: a little less than fifty people in front of me. The first session began half an hour, so I thought to queue for the second. Patient, I pulled out my 3DS to play a little to 358/2 Days, just to stay in the theme of the day. Barely time to do a mission that the tail was already advancing. So I could get my ticket, announcing the number 47. I was amazed by against I had to get a place for the session is the last ... 5:30 p.m.! Good god it's not gone away! I admit I was naive enough at the time. So here I am with 3 hours to wait! No problem seeing how the Venus Fort is great. And I also noticed the train coming they had installed a gundam GEANT to a neighboring building.
3 hours later, after a little shopping and sightseeing, I headed for the place indicated by the ticket. Wholesale tourist, I showed up right on time required, while others elected were all brought back before long. I have been allowed to queue up like a big VIP to my place, the 47. You should know that this file was in a stairwell, about 200 meters from the main stage. Therefore, once the received signal, the whole line began to be advanced in the center next to the stage. It was very strange, one would really say a procession heading to the Messiah, probably represented by the famous giant statue of Sora. Despite being the 47th person to return, I could get a good seat in the house thanks to the large width of the stage, and especially with my size, always useful in a variety of Japanese. I actually had some rot session behind me and I am so sorry.
There the devils we do with the new wait Dearly Beloved. The atmosphere is laid. Suddenly, a "Mamonaku! Evento sutaruto desu! "(Warning, the event begins!) Sounds in the room, and the impressive scene of a church glows with the colors of the classic symbols of the series: heart, crowns, keyblades, heads of Mickey ...
Presenter coated clothing Kingdom Hearts sold Square Enix Shop in Tokyo then appears on the scene. Unfortunately, because of its micro and very high flow of words, I have not been able to understand much about the speech she gave in 5 minutes. I still grasped it explained the synopsis of DDD and had the game
Following this, she called to him Shinji Hashimoto, vice president and producer at Square Enix. One, very comfortable on stage, do not hesitate to call the crowd, ask questions and make jokes.
He quickly announced that the video, the main attraction of the event, will now be released, and he and presenter withdraws from the scene.
The video is broadcast in two parts. One half is on the ceiling, and one on the facade of the church. For the most part, these are the same images as the trailer for the Jump Festa. Also note that the video is short, I would say 2 minutes. The beginning of the video is a frieze with vertical scrolling cover art for each game and their release dates. Then begins a rapid sequence of pictures in the series, again with some new pictures.
But few new images will bring the cheering crowd and make me vibrate. Already, we see a HD remake of one of the many famous scenes from 358/2 Days, with Roxas, Axel and Xion eating an ice on the roof of the Twilight Town train station, snatching a few cries impressed the crowd. The same will happen to the scene while kinematics representing the final fight of KH2, between Riku and Sora Xenmas. The following is a presentation of DDD, with images of new worlds in particular, but it's very very short. And already we arrive at the central point of the video, and the main interest of this event . Begins a scene where Sora and Riku finds himself in what appears to be the Necropolis Keyblade. Xehanort is facing them. Sora's Keyblade then activates and unlocks a lock. Mickey appears, carrying a large spellbook. Gradually, as he leafed through, standing out of the pages to finally reveal ... Roxas, Aqua, Terra and Ven! Good and as Donald and Goofy. The front nine are so Xehanort all together, and the picture ended up on what appears to be a big combined attack. This last point remains to be confirmed, it was quick. Note that Sora and Riku are their clothes DDD in this scene, leaving much to assume that this scene takes place in the game This is too much for the crowd, which is delirious from the beginning of this scene. In the end, it was a real sound and light show projected onto the facade of the church, for a truly impressive record. But already the video ends. Hashimoto's announcement, it seems to me, it will be the opening movie of DDD. The rest of the event will be reserved for Square Enix Members with special tickets. These tickets granted them the right to sit up front on chairs. But also to wield a keyblade size!
Indeed, Hashimoto soon to exhibit the precious artefact and shake under the nose of the crowd.
The result will be a bit long sequence where each SE Members try the Keyblade, acting as a giant wiimote on the facade of the church, prompting streaks of light in its path when the privileged agitated. Background to the effigy of a series of games appeared randomly for each person, and a photo was taken with the projection of the person alongside figures in the background. A very very nice souvenir for elected officials.
These lucky will also be entitled to another privilege in the wake, suddenly appear as dozens of Dream Eater on the facade of the church. This time it's a giant EyeToy device that will allow members to touch and move the Dream Eater on the facade of the church. The experience must have been impressive.
On this last animation that the event ends. Each person then spring the main stage, recovering in passing its collector card bearing the image of DDD.
In conclusion: a very short event, and not as grand as could be expected with the video preparation. Finally, there was that video games and posters at the entrance of the hall ... The giant statue is a bit level and gives visibility to the event. Despite the fact that in the end it there was not much to be put on the tooth, I think I speak on behalf of all the fans in attendance by saying that the scene where Roxas, Terra, Aqua and Ven appear alongside Sora and Riku will be enough to make the day magic. So many emotions! The best is that in 26 days, the game will be available, as well as its console collector and his special box. Definitely one month under the sign of Kingdom Hearts."
7:55AM EST: 4Gamer.net have posted various photos from the event.
3:45AM EST: Twitter user @Noir_plus has uploaded a new photo from the event.
2:25AM EST: Famitsu.com have uploaded 16 photos from the event. They also announced that on March 29, 2012, a special edition of Famitsu Weekly magazine would be released for the 10th Anniversary of the Kingdom Hearts series.
2:11AM EST: Gamer have uploaded 18 photos from the event!
Live event coverage (All from aibo_ac7, Noir_plus, and translated by Oishii from KH13)
1:17AM EST: New photo: Poster for event
1:15AM EST: New photo: Close-up of Sora statue
1:08AM EST: New photo: Projection of Cloud and Sephiroth
12:58AM EST: New photo: Projection of Sora and Riku in The Grid
12:19AM EST: New photo: Boxart poster with pop-out characters
12:15AM EST: New photo: Teddy bear with Sora's costume
12:10AM EST: New photo: Commemorative postcard artwork shown
12:05AM EST: New photo: Floating Wonder Meows
12:03AM EST: New photo: Projector display
11:48PM EST: Mr. Hashimoto has a Keyblade and is using it to control the display
11:47PM EST: They are allowing people from the public to play the KH3D demo
11:46PM EST: Terra, Aqua and Ventus are shown in the Keyblade Graveyard
11:44PM EST: Axel, Xion and Roxas are shown eating ice cream
11:42PM EST: Next, the opening of the game is played on the ceiling
11:41PM EST: First, Mickey's Fantasia animation is played on the ceiling
11:40PM EST: There is about to be a movie, but no recording is allowed
11:40PM EST: The Nintendo 3DS bundle and 10th Anniversary Box are shown
11:38PM EST: Tetsuya Nomura was there earlier, but had to leave for work
11:35PM EST: Shinji Hashimoto, a producer from Square Enix, is at the event as a guest
Pre event coverage
10:08PM EST: The KH3D version of Dearly Beloved can be heard playing from inside (Source: ArikaMiz)
9:33PM EST: Another photo of the statue from Square Enix
9:29PM EST: A photo of the ground outside the event (Source: ArikaMiz)
9:20PM EST: A photo of a poster for the event (Source: aibo_ac7)
8:38PM EST: Square Enix have uploaded a second photo of the statue to their Facebook
5:55PM EST: Square Enix uploads a photo of the setup, including a Kingdom Hearts Re:coded statue
1:06AM EST: Square Enix uploads a teaser video for the event