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KHUX app split screen fuctionallity?

11 August 2017 - 03:47 AM

Kinda weird question but does KHUX support split screen/multitasking functionality on iOS devices that support this functionality? (iPad Pro, iPad (5th generation), iPad Air 2, or iPad mini 4). I'm wondering because I like multitasking on my iPad but it is too old to support this feature. I tried googling it but nothing came up :/ Asking out of curiosity and wondering where to invest in a future tablet

Yoko Shimomura and Kaoru Wada discuss the Kingdom Hearts Concert - First Breath - tours...

04 August 2017 - 02:52 AM

The Japanese music store Mora, recently sat down with Kingdom Hearts music composer Yoko Shimomura and arranger Kaoru Wada and discussed the Kingdom Hearts Concert - First Breath - tours in 2016 They also share their experiences of rearranging Kingdom Hearts music for brass and wind orchestras. Thanks to KH13 news team members Aquaberry, Mio-chan, Dengojin, Ryxekoh and Lady Aleister for their translations.

Comic panel translation:

Since there’s a whole world of feeling in Ms. Shimomura’s music, we can feel the same excitement through the brass band!

Shimomura: Whatever the song the brass band played they sure knew how to honored it with the arrangement. I was so surprised!

Shimomura: And because we were recording in the hall in high resolution we could feel the atmosphere and precision coming out of it.

Wada: I wish middle and high-schoolers doing brass band listen to good sound.

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Mora: Today I would like to talk about various thing related to the release of Kingdom Hearts Concert - First Breath -. What do you think of the wind instruments solo concerts composition of the first Kingdom Hearts game that was released last year?

Shimomura: It's a first time with wind instruments so it was fresh.

Mora: Indeed, because usually the orchestrals are made first.

Shimomura: I'm not really good at it, but I was filled with emotion because the first one we did was in Osaka, my home town.

Wada: It's true, we both were experienced with wind instruments but the fact of doing it first with wind instrument was a little surprising and fresh. (Laughs)

Shimomura: I'm sorry. (Laughs)

Wada: There are also some pressure on me as an arranger, but I was a beginner at wind instruments too so I was pleased and excited at the idea of getting close to people playing wind instruments.

Mora: We can feel that the music goes really well with wind instruments. How did the arrangement go?

Wada: Before we already did arrangement of music from Kingdom Hearts so I already understood her view of the world, so I wanted to reproduce that as much as I could. Anyhow, in Kingdom Hearts there are music with chorus and piano. But it was made so that the wind instruments had great impact and pressure even if there also was piano in the music to meet the musical view of Kingdom Hearts.

Shimomura: I remember the question Wada asked me, "What is harder? An orchestral arrangement or a wind instruments arrangement?" And I replied immediately that it was wind instruments. (Laughs)

Wada: In the case of orchestral arrangement, at first we imagined orchestral compositions, and we also recorded a lot of them. So I think that in comparison, the ones listening will directly understand the meaning of the reproduction. But while listening to wind instruments arrangements, at first the ones listening wonder, "There is no chorus and no string instruments, what happened to that song? So I had to make them enter the musical world without it being uncomfortable, so it was a lot of pressure.

Shimomura: Really? You didn't look under pressure at all! (Laughs)

Mora: Is there a music from the concert that left you a great impression? Like one that did justice to wind instruments?

Shimomura: To me it was "Destati", because it was based on chorus so I was thinking about what it would sound without chorus. It was also the first of the concert, so I was still at ease, but it did justice to wind instruments and was brilliant. It's weird to say that such a dark song was brilliant but it was strong, even without chorus, it was still "Destati", and it went so well with wind instruments that I was astonished.

Wada: The original was wonderful.

Shimomura: Jeez. What are you saying? (Laughs)

Wada: There wasn't so many song whose original carried that view. But on the contrary, it was difficult world of the song and voice into wind instruments. So I tried to link the feeling that the song had at his root, this feeling of solemnity and vigor, which was obviously conveyed through the chorus, to the wind instruments. We made the arrangement so that we put the power of wind instruments in the center. Were you pleased with it?

Shimomura: It was wonderful. Thank you.

Mora: I think there are several hundred music in the Kingdom Hearts series but how did you chose which one to arrange?

Shimomura: There was a vote at the time of the album for the 10th anniversary of Kingdom Hearts so we knew which ones were the most popular. So that's how we did our first choices. Then we chose depending on which song would sound good or bad with wind instruments and ones that would be used for a battle medley and for the world medley we chose those that were the closest to their world.

Mora: Indeed, there are a lot of popular songs.

Shimomura: For example, I thought the melody of "The Other Promise" couldn't be without string instruments but thinking about it with wind instruments actually sounded fresh and beautiful. Concerts with only wind instruments are also called Brass Bands and they are usually know for starting with a bang, gorgeous and gaudy song. I thought of this but I feel like brass band convey all kind of feeling such as tenderness and expressivity. We didn't just decided that it wouldn't fit right at the beginning, we did a lot of trial to have good result in which song to pick.

Wada: It was kind of like a pipe-organ.

Shimomura: Yes, exactly.

Wada: With songs such as "The Other Promise", we used that kind of image. With string instruments it held a different feeling, and was more solemn. With wind instruments the hardest part is with weak instruments. With string instruments you can hear weak sounds but with wind ones you can't. So to say the opposite, instead of going for the pipe-organ approach, we used a different approach, we thought that we couldn't do it if used the same vector for each song.

Shimomura: Piano concerto are quite different compared to brass bands.

Wada: Yes indeed.

Shimomura: Although there are a few brass band that include piano.

Wada: There aren't a lot of songs that have piano as the main instruments accompanied with wind instruments. (Laughs)

Shimomura: Sorry (Laughs)

Wada: Don't worry (Laugh). It feels like developing a new repertory.

Mora: It's difficult to balance the volume of the music.

Wada: Yes indeed. Wind instruments are specialize in loud sounds. So the piano end up being covered by that sound. But these arrangement didn't feel uncomfortable when listened from the stage. Thanks to the effort of the Osaka Shion Wind Orchestra at Osaka and Nagoya and the Sienna Wind Orchestra in Tokyo, we managed to have a good balance. So we made so that there was a good reverberation to allow the piano to stand out.

Mora: You already arranged Shimomura's music but while doing arrangement and concert of her songs again tell us frankly what makes the charm of her music?

Wada: You ask me that in from of her. (Laughs) After we decided to make brass band concerts, we already did orchestral ones but I think it's obviously the power and the depth of that power of expression that the melody holds. I think that's what makes the most of its charm. Even if we switched from orchestral to wind instruments, other than that, for example, with chorus ensemble and piano solo, Shimomura’s view of the world she has is well established and doesn't change. Even in simple composition there are complex parts. We did a lot of arrangement for recording or concerts but I was still thinking what would be the best part. So during these years I was conjecturing which way was the best way to go to make the best of her songs. The original view of Shimomura on Kingdom Hearts is wonderful, so no matter which song I had to work on, it was worth it.

Shimomura: Thank you, it’s an honor. Being praised makes me feel like a little kid being encouraged.

Wada: As for classic arrangement, unlike string instruments, we die if we can't take a breath. Because Shimomura's music are sometimes making the performers work too much.

Shimomura: Sorry, that's how game music is. (Laughs)

Wada: String instruments are still okay. I did so much musical performance that my arms hurt. But with wind instruments I would be dead. (Laughs) It's hard to take this into consideration, we do this while we are on stage: at the end everyone is only saying, "Let's hold on! It's almost over. Keep going!" I too composed to my limits, I think it's that meaning, that power of life and death that is conveyed by wind instruments.

Shimomura: Though the brass band concert will be called BRA★BRA FF (Final Fantasy Series’ Brass Band Concert known as the “BRA BRA FINAL FANTASY BRASS de BRAVO”), in the middle of the wooden pipe ensemble and the saxophone performance, the brass pipe player can take a break, which basically will not run like that this time. Regardless we have to go through until the end of the set list. Topics such as the impossibleness of keep on continuing ‘the boss medley’ in the end has been discussed before as well.

Wada: Is it okay if we put in a small talk before this song? (laughs).

Mora: It seems like regarding the set list it’s consistently performed with full composition.

Shimomura: I think it’s enough.

Wada: Lastly, to follow up……

Shimomura: I’m thinking of doing the best as I talked to Wada-san earlier.

Wada: Shion (Osaka Shion Wind Orchestra) and Siena (Siena Wind Orchestra) have many young members, including a lot of people who like the game that is actually being played, and because I actually like what I am doing, no matter how hard it is I feel like doing my best with a sense of solidarity towards my team.

Shimomura: While relaxing in the dressing room, I got asked “Is it okay if i ask for a signature and a picture?” (laughs). I feel honored.

Mora: Seems like it’s one of the fans (laughs)

Wada: The fact that composers like Shimomura-san to come to the orchestra and the brass concert is a rare occasion. In classical music there are a lot of people who have already died. Shimomura-san who performed in the encore is also presence with the composers, which can become an encouragement and a fortune for the performers since things like that are not quite common thing to witness.

Mora: Does Shimomura-san also play piano on CDs?

Shimomura: I don’t really play on CDs. There’s basically no time to put in the songs I play on concert’s encore to the CD. At some point, this encore song will be performed somewhere else, so please look forward to it. It would be a good thing if at that time my piano skills are better (laughs).

Mora: I will be looking forward to it!

Mora: Though this time’s high resolution is distributed, please tell me about your position on hearing a brass band in high resolution.

Shimomura: I am recording at the Hall this time, I think that this sound space and the feeling in the air makes the music more rich. If you listen to high resolution songs and songs that are not so, the high resolution songs seem so much more precise. It seems that the atmosphere will greatly affect the feeling of the music. I think that the music sounds fine in a rich place.

Wada: Many junior high, high school, and university students playing music, along with many of those in their teens and 20's do not buy CDs, but many people do listen to the songs they want to on their smartphone by downloading them. In that sense, I think that it would be nice if the teenagers and those practicing instruments listen to music with good sound quality and this is where good sound quality will spread for young people as well.

Mora: I’ll change the topic for a bit, because the previous released CD “Piano Collections Kingdom Hearts and Piano Collections Kingdom Hearts/Battle & Field is also distributed by Mora, I’m hoping more to talk about the creating of piano collection again.

Shimomura: I would like to do the concert again. If you don’t say something like “I want to put out the third piece” it’s not going to come true. (laughs)

Mora: Piano is not really a thing for concerts too right?

Shimomura: That’s right. Though I did a something like a promotional mini concert, I have not yet had a proper held concert. Because the piano collection’s score sheet was also being sold there’s a lot of people playing the songs, since there’s also people who has fully comprehended the song sheet, I am very grateful that those people spend so much time on it. since I am happy about you guys listening, and playing to the songs, it would be great, if I had the chance that is, I would like to create a concert regarding the third piece first, since I started the distribution with great effort, I think it would be great if people who had not heard to my piece could come.

Mora: The score sheet seems fairly difficult though.

Shimomura: It is quite difficult. Kameoka-san’s (the arranger, Natsuhi Kameoka) arrangement is also quite difficult, but it is way more difficult in those days. (laughs) Also I would like to mention that the pianist of the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour -, Benny (Benyamin Nus) surprised me with his smooth fingers in the Ōsaka performance.

Mora: I think that both the brass band and the orchestra tour were a great success, but are there any plans for any future performances?

Shimomura: I can’t really say specifically, new songs would be added if there’s another chance. I think it would be great when I can when I can announce Kingdom Hearts III’s song to a certain extent. Since they also play videos in the orchestra, it would be difficult; I would like to try an orchestra in a venue with only using plain sounds without using any PAs. Since it was really great with only sounds in the brass band tour. Also, since the piano collection is out, I also want to do a piano concert. Other things I want to do is to make a music box arrangements. Because Kingdom Hearts is unlikely to tend to head towards the grand entrance, I'd like to do a compact arrangement of music boxes and piano trio as well.

The Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - First Breath - concerts were only in Japan and played in Tokyo and Osaka in 2016. Yoko Shimomura recently confirmed that music production for Kingdom Hearts III will begin after the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - concerts end.

What do you think of Yoko Shimomura’s and Kaoru Wada’s thoughts on the concerts? Did you guys go to Japan for the live experience or simply imported the album? Let us know in the comments below.

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Tetsuya Nomura reveals new Kingdom Hearts III details in Dengeki Online interview; disc...

21 July 2017 - 09:23 AM

In a recent interview with Dengeki Online, Kingdom Hearts III director Tetsuya Nomura has revealed more details about the upcoming game. We are currently in the process of translating the article, but in the meantime, here are some translated highlights from the article:
  • Nomura has confirmed that he and the development team are taking a new direction in worlds that won’t have Sora and co. visiting worlds multiple times.
  • Twilight Town is set to be the game’s tutorial stage and will be visited early in the game.
  • Each toy robot in Galaxy Toys will have different mechanics from other toy robots.
  • Nomura also discusses Kingdom Hearts Union x[Cross] but this information has been announced before.
When more of the article is translated, we will update when possible. In the meantime, if you would like to look at the untranslated page, check it out here.

Kingdom Hearts III was recently revealed to be coming in 2018.

Do any of these new details excite you? Let us know in the comments below.

UPDATE: Translations are now available. You can read the interview below.

Dengeki: There was a lot of info in the video that was showed a few days ago. But the most impressive was the announcement of the release of the game in 2018.
Nomura: Because we became really careful about announcing release date, we announced it as a way to show that the game was on its way, even if we only know the year of release.

You also announced the toy story world that makes its first appearance.
We wanted to have a toy story world since KH II. Although it was really hard, we managed to add it because during the discussions we couldn't think of a KH III without the Toy Story World. As for the timeline, it's happening after the second movie and will be an original story.

If you think about Toy Story you think of a toy as the main character, in KH III which character will appear ?
There will be Woody and Buzz among others, the ones you can see in the video are going to be main characters. The plot is that the other toys have been forced to go with Andy and you have to look for them.

In order for Sora and his friends to blend in the world they turned into toys isn't it ?
Getting to that appearance was quite long. We tried to make them look like figurines, or like pixelized characters made into 3D and other varied forms.

During battle, Woody and Buzz joined Sora, Donald and Goofy. Does that mean that you can have a party of five characters ?
In the movie you can see all five of them fight together at one point. Depending on the world you can have more than four party characters fighting. You can also link attacks with them but the information about the party composition system will come later.

While fighting outside of the house, Sora and the others fight at the size of toys and we can really feel the difference in size.
That size difference is amazing, I wonder until where can we push it? (Laugh) The main objective of the Toy Story world is to reach the Toy Shop. The "Galaxy Toys" shop we can see in the trailer is quite big.

There are situations where Sora can fight on a robot.
The idea to have Sora fight while riding a robot was early in the development process. Different robots have different ways of fighting. And different floors will have different gimmicks as well.

In Olympus there is a battle with a brutal Rock Titan, there seems to be more variation in each element of each world than before.
We created them while bearing that in mind. In KH 0.2 Birth By Sleep -Fragmentary Passage, it was the same. Every map was built while keeping in mind the three dimensional aspect and the heights. I think it looks like a big city. Compared to KH II, KH III there are less Disney worlds, but we took more time designing them.

In KH II, once you had completed each world you had to back in each world again. Will it be the same in KH III ?
Some people liked this and other didn't. It will be different in KH III.

In the video we can see Sora falling from high heights spread-eagled, is this some kind of special action ?
It was a way to make the fall more realistic. Depending on what you do at the time, it will do a different move. The weapon change and the outfit will vary based on the keyblade.

The shapeshift of the keyblade is one of the special features of KH III, This time we could see it change into a drill and a hammer.
The keyblade can change to a lot of forms, but indeed the drill is ambitious (Laugh).

The drill and hammer can only be used in the toy story world ?
It's not limited to that world but it's linked to the keyblade you can obtain from the toy story world. Basically, each keyblade can change into different things. The one from Toy Story can change into a drill or a hammer. Also in KH III, the form system is linked to the keyblade too.

What do you mean?
In KH II you changed form during battle, but this time you will change form depending on the keyblade.

You mean that there are as many forms as there are keyblades ?
No, each keyblade have its own type influencing it's offensive and defensive potency, and the form will change depending on what type of keyblade you use. Also the Kingdom Key from KH II will make its return and change Sora into his "second form" (Temporary name) that has the same colors as KH II. This form is limited to the Kingdom Key and while the keyblade won't shapeshift, the battle skills you can use will change. There are different forms like that limited to only one keyblade.

It's quite fun to fight while the keyblade shapeshifts.
We focused a lot of battle actions. As I said it before, each keyblade can only turn into different shapes. The Olympus Keyblade can turn into a shield or a chariot. Also the Arrow and Bazooka that you can see in the beginning of the video are a set combination too. You can use the kind of actions you saw in the trailer as soon as you get your hand on the keyblade.

We can see Sora having a new form in the battle scene of the toy story world, what about it?
Forms adapt to the changes of entering worlds such as Toy Story. So when Sora was using the drill and the hammer in that world, you can see the form even in this world. You will have to wait for the next dump of information to learn more about the forms.

In the trailer shown before the E3, we could see a scene in the twilight town, as expected this world will have a great importance in the game isn't it ?
This time the Twilight town will serve as a tutorial area and will be visited early in the game.

In the ending of the trailer from before the E3, there is a really important line related to Roxas, the development seems unusual.
There are too many characters, the story reaches a critical part. There are a lot of characters that appeared until now, there will be lots of characters appearing in different forms.
There was a lot of problems going on but how are they going to be settled as we reach the end of the story... ?

Will KH III settle the fate of special characters and answer remaining mysteries ?
This is the end of the Dark Seeker arc, so it will take some form of conclusion

What are the meaning of the words from both the last trailer and the one from before E3 ?
You mean “Don't assume your dreams are just fantasy. If you can imagine a world, believe in it... and dive in”? (Litteral translation of the japanese is« Don't let your dreams end in a fantasy. Dive into the worlds of this imagination ») ?
This is a catch phrase for the trailer, there is no connection to the actual plot of KH III. The first video started by showing Sora diving, so we wanted to keep on with that message.

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Utada Hikaru releases new song “Oozora de Dakishimete” and announces release date for...

10 July 2017 - 08:50 PM

Utada Hikaru has released a new single today called “Oozora de Dakishimete (Hug Me in the Sky)” and announced that her next single “Forevermore” will be released on July 28, 2017.

“Oozora de Dakishimete” is a part Utada’s involvement in the advertisement for Suntory Natural Mineral Water and currently holds the #1 spot on iTunes in Japan. Additionally, “Forevermore” has been featured in Gomen, Aishiteru (I’m Sorry, I Love You), a drama series from TBS’s Nichiyou Gekijou.

Utada “Oozora de Dakishimete”Utada "Forevermore

Fans who are interested in the US can find “Oozora de Dakishimete” on iTunes or the Google Play Store. The song is available worldwide. Also, you can check out her website for more information.

These singles follow a string of news over the last year involving Utada’s comeback such as her 2016 album Fantôme and her manager/father’s comments on her involvement in Kingdom Hearts III which were retracted and changed. Also, earlier this year, Utada released the Ray of Hope Mix for both “Simple and Clean” and “Hikari” for the opening of Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage-. Currently, there hasn't been any official announcement of her involvement for Kingdom Hearts III.

So what do you guys think? Are you excited for these songs? Are you going to buy them? Do you like “Oozora de Dakishimete”? Let us know in the comments.

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Kingdom Hearts Sora, Riku, Kairi, and Heartless Funko Pop! Vinyl figures rumored fo...

12 June 2017 - 11:02 PM

According to Instagram user funkofinderz, Funko is releasing Kingdom Hearts Pop! Vinyl figures for Sora, Riku, Kairi, and an unnamed Heartless. There is no release date for the figures yet but the Instagram post mentions it is coming soon.

This rumor follows the recent releases of the Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Pete, and Chip & Dale Funko Pop! Vinyl figures.


What do you guys think of this news? Are you going to buy these new figures to add to your collection? Let us know in the comments below

Thanks to @Churro on Twitter for the tip! Also, you can check out the original Instagram post here.

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