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Coverage: Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - in London

24 March 2017 - 11:30 AM

Today is March 24th 2017, meaning the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - is taking place in the Central Hall Westminster in London! Welcome to KH13's coverage for the concert, which will include music from all titles throughout the series, and will serve as a 15th anniversary celebration since the first game, Kingdom Hearts, was released.

Some of the KH13 team members (including Andrew Hankinson and Fàtima Kàiyum) will be attending; they have planned a KH13 meet-up in London for you to come visit and/or attend the concert with us! We'll be collecting fan messages in a special "Thank You" booklet for Yoko Shimomura, as well as distributing exclusive KH13 stickers! You can RSVP to the event and get updates on our #KH13MeetUp on our Facebook event page.

There were quite a few reveals for the concerts in Japan and Paris, such as Union χ[Cross]'s reveal and the exclusive canon backstory from Kingdom Hearts III with Kairi and Xion's Japanese voice actress, Risa Uchida, and Aqua's Japanese voice actress, Megumi Toyoguchi. Tetsuya Nomura also stated that there is a possibility for new information regarding Kingdom Hearts III to be displayed at one of the concerts taking place this year.

Stay tuned to KH13.com for full live coverage of the event and don't forget to also stay tuned to our social media accounts for instant live updates!

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Updates
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Day 0
(March 23, 2017 - 10:30 AM GMT) Series composer Yoko Shimomura has already arrived in London and has posted a picture of the orchestra rehearsing for the concert!

Day 1
(March 24, 2017 - 2:45 PM GMT) The Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - in London will still occur as scheduled, though additional security will be enforced around the area.
(March 24, 2017 - 5:02 PM GMT) Zanda (@Door2Darkness_) is arriving to the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - in London!
(March 24, 2017 - 6:01 PM GMT) The KH13 Meet-up has begun. Andrew Hankinson and Aquaberry have arrived and have taken a group photo with everyone there!
(March 24, 2017 - 6:41 PM GMT) Zanda (@Door2Darkness_) shows us the pricing for some of the merchandise available at the concert!
(March 24, 2017 - 6:43 PM GMT) Yoko Shimomura gives us some shots from inside Central Hall Westminster.
(March 24, 2017 - 7:10 PM GMT) The doors are opening. Andrew and Aquaberry are heading in to take their seats for the performance.
(March 24, 2017 - 7:15 PM GMT) Zanda (@Door2Darkness_) gives us a fantastic view of the stage.
(March 24, 2017 - 7:35 PM GMT) Kai (@Kai_Drawings) has a closer view on the stage.
(March 24, 2017 - 7:48 PM GMT) A selfie of Andrew and Aquaberry has been added as they're about to enter the concert in five minutes!
(March 24, 2017 - 8:05 PM GMT) Aquaberry has meet up with Square Enix community manager Dan Seto!
(March 24, 2017 - 8:07 PM GMT) The concert is about to begin!
(March 24, 2017 - 8:30 PM GMT) The concert was delayed due to extra security in Westminster. The concert will begin shortly.
(March 24, 2017 - 8:44 PM GMT) The orchestra has now begun!
(March 24, 2017 - 9:03 PM GMT) Katie Gray (@hownottodraw) managed to get a photo of the orchestra on stage!
(March 24, 2017 - 9:50 PM GMT) The first half of the concert is over! The songs played were Hikari, Dearly Beloved (KH2 ver.), Destati, Organization XIII, Twinkle Twinkle Holidays, World of KINGDOM HEARTS, and Threats of the Land.
(March 24, 2017 - 9:54 PM GMT) Harry Milner (@SkyminHAZBOZ) shared his experiences leading up to the intermission, including text from Andrew's booklet!
(March 24, 2017 - 10:20 PM GMT) During the performance of many of the concert's songs, fans were treated to Japanese recordings of several characters' voices, including Xion, Kairi, and Aqua!
(March 24, 2017 - 11:00 PM GMT) The second half of the concert is over! The songs played were Heroes and Heroines, Lazy Afternoons/At Dusk I'll Think of You, Vector to the Heavens, Wave of Darkness, Daybreak Town -The Heart of χ-, The Other Promise, Let Darkness Assemble, and Passion. At the end of the concert, Yoko Shimomura went on stage and played piano for the final piece, Fantasia alla Marcia!
(March 24, 2017 - 11:30 PM GMT) Fans are waiting in queue for Yoko Shimomura's autograph!
(March 25, 2017 - 1:44 AM GMT) The event is over. Thanks to Aquaberry and Andrew Hankinson for helping put together the Meet Up and thanks to the people the showed up to help sign Yoko's card! Wishing another amazing experience to everyone attending tomorrow's concert!

Concert Gallery
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KH13 Meet-up Gallery
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Interview from Famitsu with Tetsuya Nomura discussing Kingdom Hearts III, Kingdom Heart...

14 March 2017 - 08:30 AM

Famitsu has posted an article that has an interview with the Kingdom Hearts series' Director Tetsuya Nomura discussing the recent Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour -, Kingdom Hearts III information, and Kingdom Hearts Union χ. You can read the interview below, translated by goldpanner.

KH3 news somewhere along the World Tour...
On March 10th 2017, the Kingdom Hearts (hereon KH) orchestra concert tour Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World Tour- kicked off at the Tokyo International Forum. After the very first show in Tokyo, we were able to get a little time with director of the KH series, Tetsuya Nomura. Here is a mini-interview with him where we asked about interesting parts of the concert and things to come.
—Did you have any orders regarding the choice of music for the concert?
Nomura: (Ms Yoko) Shimomura was the one who made the setlist for the show this time. I might have tweaked some things, but the setlist stayed basically the same. I had the order of some things changed based on the performances by the voice actors and such, that was about it. The setlists for both the wind concert last summer and this concert were made at the same time, and we treated them both like two halves of one whole, so I thought about how their structure should match. The way both the last concert ended with and this one began with Hikari was one way it was structured to reflect that.
—So, on the whole, you were mainly in charge of the videos and the dramatic readings, right?
Nomura: Yes. We only just barely got it ready on time, but we made it (dry laughter). For the acting guidance of the dramatic readings, we asked external sound supervisor Mr (Yoji) Shimizu, just like with the games. This concert counts as one of the works in the series, after all. Overseas, we will play recordings of Ms Toyoguchi and Ms Uchida's voices, with subtitles on the videos.
—Our interest was piqued by how the video that played during Kairi's reading was the only one done in live-action.
Nomura: Kairi is speaking pretty specifically about events happening during KH3, so we didn't have any cinematics that really worked. So, we matched it to a live-action video that fit the vibe. There are pieces of imagery that link to the content of what she is saying, for example, how it shows a scene of a sunset at the part where she says, "He stares at my face."
—On the first day, we were surprised when you came on between performances and blessed us with your talk. During the trailer that played, the hall went pretty wild when Ventus came on screen.
Nomura: Well, the first day is special (laughs). It was perfect timing with the announcement planned at an event overseas, so I decided to have it debut at the concert that was happening a few hours earlier. Of the five new Union Leaders, the remaining two will be revealed from April on. I've finished writing the story for the 4th and am about to start on stuff for the 5th, so please look forward to it.
There was also an announcement that information about KH3 would be revealed during the world tour.
Nomura: We announced that KH Unchained χ will become KH Union Cross right after the release of KH -HD 1.5+2.5 -ReMix-, so we have touched a little on KH3. Please wait for more information on this.


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Images from Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - Official Guide in Tokyo; possible n...

10 March 2017 - 08:14 AM

The opening show of Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - took place today in Tokyo.

Thanks to Twitter users @bKvEBVAvUq and @jsjunshen, we have some images from the official guide for the concert. We also have a song list from the concert, courtesy of @luce10wa. Kingdom Hearts composer Yoko Shimomura also tweeted some photos from the concert, thanking those who were in attendance and saying she can't wait for the shows tomorrow. You can take a look at all these pictures below:

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Furthermore, the guide states series director Tetsuya Nomura saying that new Kingdom Hearts III information in one of the future concerts is possible, and suggests to keep an eye for future updates.

The previously seen canon conversation between Naminé and Terra from the Kingdom Hearts Concert - First Breath - has now been fully and officially transcribed in the guide, available in both Japanese and translated in English. You can read the the full conversation in the image above provided by @jsjunshen, as well as below:

Naminé: Don't worry. You might forget about me . . . but with our promise I can come back. Yes. One day the light--it will be ours, and it will bring us together. And then--I'll be in your heart.

Sora: Right. Forgotten--but not lost.

Lingering Will: Aqua . . . . Ven . . . .
A Keyblade? Who are you?
I know you. We've met before, way back when. No, that wasn't you. You're not the one I chose. Where is he? Xe . . .ha . . .nort . . . . Is that you? Xeha . . . nort . . . . Xehanort!

Lingering Will: That's it. your Power
That's what I felt within you.
The power that conects to Aqua.
And to Ven's heart.

Terra: Where am I . . . ?

Naminé: In your memories. Traces of you were lost, so I found you through memories belonging to those you've met in the past.

Terra: Who are you?

Naminé: I'm Naminé. It's nice to meet you.
I'm a witch who can control peoples' memories.

Terra: A witch?

Naminé: Right now you're bound to two memories. One belongs to you, the other belongs to an unspeakable darkness--

Terra: . . . Master Xehanort.

Naminé: Your heart will soon encounter a familiar light. You must make sure she isn't lost to the darkness. You must guide her.

Terra: Her? You mean Aqua? I'm not sure what I can do to help, not like this.

Naminé: You must fight, Terra, like the others. You mustn't let your heart melt into darkness; follow your true memories, and you'll reach the light. She's headed there, too--to the same place. You must believe in promise, just as she continues to believe in you.

Terra: Aqua. Ven. One day I'll--I've never forgotten our promise. Never. I will keep fighting.


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My E3 2017 predictions

09 March 2017 - 04:17 AM

It is that time of the year, when people such as me start anticipating E3 eagerly. Here are my predictions for each company:
Bethesda: Shows teaser for Elder Scrolls VI, announces The Evil Within sequel for 2018. Fallout VR shown, Quake Champions release date revealed, Doom sequel announced, Wolfenstein game announced releasing this fall, and last but not least, Fallout Shelter coming to PS4 and Switch.
Microsoft: Project Scorpio shown with fall release, State of Decay 2, Crackdown 3, Forza Motorsport 7 and Sea of Thives announced to be releasing this year. Halo 6 (2018) and Onimusha reboot announced. Cuphead, Vampyr and We Happy Few shown, coming Fall 2017. Farcry 5 trailer shown. Hololens possibilities shown, and Oculus confirmed to work with Scorpio. Lots of VR and Augmented Reality games shown. Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer shown, releasing 2018, better visuals and performance on Scorpio. Middle-Earth: Shadows of War gameplay on Scorpio shown. Closes with Cyberpunk 2077, coming only to Scorpio, not Xbox One.
EA: Star Wars Battlefront 2 (releasing fall 2017), sports games, Plants vs Zombies 3, Star Wars from Visceral Games (RPG game) and indie titles. Shows off new Bioware game, revealed to be a new franchise inspired by Star Wars.
Ubisoft: South Park 2 (pushed to fall 2017), Assassin's Creed Empire (Egypt), Farcry 5, Just Dance 2018 focused. New Splinter Cell revealed to be a massively big open world game. The Division expansions shown.
Square-Enix: Extended gameplay from Microsoft conference for Kingdom Hearts. Demo available to be playable at their booth. Nier remaster in the works. World of Versus/Omen expansion for FFXV revealed. FF6, 8, 9 coming to PS4 as 30th anniversary celebration. FFVII trailer shown. Lightning Trilogy announced for PS4 and Xbox One. Avengers project shown. Dissidia for PS4 and Xbox One also shown.
Sony: opens with The Last of Us 2 gameplay, releasing 2018, followed by Sucker Punch new IP, a new open-world game which shows us Apocalypse in our times (with environmental disasters and war). Uncharted The Lost Legacy shown, Q1 2018 release. Assassins Creed DLC exclusivity revealed with trailer. Destiny 2 shown. Shenmue 3 trailer shown, with Shenmue HD collection in the works. Both releasing 2018. Street Fighter V DLC shown. New characters for Marvel vs Capcom revealed. Call of Duty 2017 (Vietnam) and Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay shown. WILD (Michel Ancel) trailer shown, releasing 2018. Sly Cooper movie re-announced with a game, Ratchet and Clank-style. Will be a soft reboot developed by Sanzaru Games, coming 2018. New remasters for Medievil 1 and 2 announced. New AAA PSVR game shown. Death Stranding shown. Detroit releasing this year. Days Gone releasing 2018. Closes with God of War, flagship title for 2017.
Nintendo: Mario Oddyssey, Smash Bros for WiiU/3DS, Mario Maker and Pokken Tournament, on Switch this year. New Metroid and Animal Crossing for Switch shown. Xenoblade 2 and Fire Emblem shown, Xenoblade coming in December with a Xenoblade X port. FFVII port confirmed for Switch (original, not Remake). Lady Layton (3DS) and Pikmin 3DS shown. Luigi's Mansion 3, Skyward Sword HD announced for Switch. Virtual console announced for Switch, with Gamecube as their flagship new inclusion. Mario Sunshine, Smash Melee, MGS: Twin Snakes, Luigi's Mansion and Animal Crossing all coming to it. Mother 3 on VC also announced to be localised. Mario X Rabbids game announced. Animal Crossing Mobile shown. Beyond Good and Evil HD and 2 coming to Switch, the latter being exclusive. Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 ported to Switch. Closes with new mainline Pokemon game coming early 2018 with GSC Virtual console releases this fall, all on Switch.
So there you have my predictions. What do you think? Let's discuss in the comment section below.

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX to be featured in the March 9th Famitsu issue

07 March 2017 - 07:58 AM

The Japanese magazine Famitsu has posted an article focusing on Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX, which will be featured in the March 9th issue of the magazine. You can take a look at the images below.

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We'll bring translations and the full article as soon as we get them, so keep an eye on the website.

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