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Aquaberry

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The Walt Disney Company makes $52.4 billion deal to acquire 21st Century Fox, Inc.

Today, 12:00 AM

On Thursday, December 15, 2017, the Walt Disney Company announced a definitive deal to secure assets from 21st Century Fox, Inc. for $52.4 billion. Disney hope this acquisition will allow them to "create more appealing content, build more direct relationships with consumers around the world and deliver a more compelling entertainment experience to consumers wherever and however they choose."

The deal was signed by Disney's chief executive Robert A. Iger, a veteran in guiding the company to become a Hollywood leader through a series of acquisitions such as Lucasfilm, Marvel, and Pixar.

Disney will be acquiring the film and television studios of 21st Century Fox, which includes 20th Century Fox Film studios and movie blockbusters such as Avatar, Titanic, The Sound of Music, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Hidden Figures, Gone Girl, The Shape of Water, The Martian, and Anastasia. The deal will also allow Disney to bring the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool into their Marvel Cinematic Universe if they so pleased.

The acquisition also includes 20th Century Television studios, which have 36 series currently in production, including The Simpsons, Homeland, This is Us, and Modern Family.

Furthermore, Disney will be acquiring 21st Century Fox's cable and international TV businesses such as FX and National Geographic. Disney will also be obtaining Fox's 30% stakes in Hulu and 39% current stakes in Sky (along with their planned complete takeover by June 30, 2018).

Earlier this year, Disney announced the end of their distribution agreement with Netflix, planning to pull their movies from the streaming service to one of their own new direct-to-consumer streaming service launching in 2019. The deal to acquire 21st Century Fox marks another step in Disney's direct-to-consumer strategy to become a "more viable competitor" to the tech giants in the entertainment business by adapting to the increasing demand of streaming and other digital services.

The acquisition does not include Fox Broadcasting network and stations, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FS1, FS2 and Big Ten Network; these will be listed under a new, separate company called New Fox.

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What do you make of this takeover by Disney, including many of 21st Century Fox's remarkable IPs? How do you think this could affect the future content of the Kingdom Hearts series? Let us know in the comments!

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Petition to include German, Spanish, and French dubbing in Kingdom Hearts III

09 December 2017 - 04:25 PM

We have been recently contacted by our friends Jorge and Matthias from Disney Central regarding a petition to bring German, Spanish, and French dubbing in the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III. While this petition has existed for quite some time, Disney Central aim to close this by the end of 2017 (prior to the release of the game in 2018), and send the fans' signatures and comments to Square Enix Europe for consideration.

You can read the petition letter below:

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We at KH13.com believe this is a fantastic cause, especially for bringing together fans of different backgrounds in the Kingdom Hearts community! We are committed to promote this petition, and urge all our fans to sign it!

You can sign the petition here. It only takes 30 seconds!

Disney Central have already been receiving statements from the Square Enix team in Germany, indicating interest in the petition.

The following is the initial response from Square Enix:

Unfortunately, we can’t make this decision alone and are bound to coordinate with other territories and economic parameters. […] We will also try to realize all our customers’ wishes and requests for Kingdom Hearts III, including a German dubbing. Of course, I can’t make any promises right now as it is still too early. But I think that things aren’t looking too bad.

(2013)

Another response followed after a year of campaigning for the cause:

As for the petition, we hesitate to forward information of this type to our team in Japan, of course. KINGDOM HEARTS 2.5 appears, as you know, without German language edition. But that does not mean that it is managed for future titles. We are eager to pass on the feedback from the community directly, so it is not unheard of.

(2014)

As you may already know, Square Enix have been conducting online surveys and questionnaires asking for fan feedback, including regarding Kingdom Hearts. Disney Central and the European fan community have been voicing the need for dubbing in their respective languages through these surveys as well.

We believe it's high time the English-speaking Kingdom Hearts community joins as well!

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Visit the petition website here.
Visit the petition Facebook page here.


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Secret Honey announces Kingdom Hearts Organization XIII coat (¥34,000) and Organization...

29 November 2017 - 12:43 AM

Japanese retailer Secret Honey, a brand for fashionable women's clothing, has announced two new licensed Kingdom Hearts-inspired items for its Disney Collection:
  • Organization XIII Mickey short coat, selling at 34,000 yen (approximately $306) before tax
  • Organization XIII long coat, selling at 42,000 yen (approximately $378) before tax.
The coats will be available to purchase at the Secret Honey shops on December 2, 2017.

You can see pictures of the coats below:

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Description of the items are as follow:

① Organization XIII coat · short (Kingdom Hearts · Mickey ver.)

Zip-up coat with Mickey's ears with a short length.
[Interior pattern includes] Kingdom Hearts world icons · King Mickey · [Kingdom Key] Keyblade, with full pattern print
Large zipper and silver bracket points, with hood covering like Mickey ♥
Metal fitting can be removed with a hook.
Price ¥34,000 + tax

② Organization XIII coat · long (Kingdom Hearts ver.)

A long-length zip-up coat resembling the Organization XIII coat.
It features the same lining and silver metal fittings as the short-length coat.
Large half zipper is decorated in the lower half, and it is nice that you can look like a member when you wear your coat.
It's possible to remove the metal fitting with a hook.
Price ¥42,000 + tax

[Please be sure to check the following notes]
※ Models wearing images and actual things have some modifications and may be different. Please purchase after confirming this.
* The design of Disney Collection of Secret Honey is anofficial licensed item under the formal supervision of Walt Disney Japan Co., Ltd.

© Disney

Thanks to @aibo_ac7 for the tip!

UPDATE [Dec. 4, 2017]: Secret Honey has listed the Organization XIII Mickey short coat and the Organization XIII long coat on Rakuten. The coats are now available for purchase on the Japanese site. Click here for the short coat or click here for the long coat.

The global site has the Organization XIII Mickey short coat selling for ¥36,720 (approx. $325 USD) and the Organization XIII long coat will cost ¥45,360 (approx. $400 USD). Pre-orders for both these coats will begin on December 5th at 6:00 PM JST (4:00 AM EST) and will be shipped in February 2018.

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Kingdom Hearts Sora, Kairi, and Riku Funko Pop! Vinyl figures now available at Hot...

23 November 2017 - 07:00 AM

After many miscommunications and misunderstandings surrounding the release dates of the Sora, Riku, and Kairi Funko Pop! Vinyl figures, Hot Topic finally resolved the issue by stating that the figures will be releasing on Thanksgiving on November 23, 2017.

As stated, they are out today! They are available to purchase for $12.50 USD each, or you can order all three for $25.00 USD.

You can view pictures of the Sora Pop! Vinyl below. You can order it here.

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You can view pictures of the Riku Pop! Vinyl below. You can order it here.

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You can view pictures of the Kairi Pop! Vinyl below. You can order it here.

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Along with these figures, Hot Topic has also added two new Funko Kingdom Hearts t-shirts to their listing.

UPDATE [Nov. 28, 2017]: The Sora, Riku, and Kairi Funko Pop! Vinyls are now available to purchase at BoxLunch for $10.90 each; currently, the price has been discounted to $9.00 each.

Funko has released other Kingdom Hearts products previously, including a Shadow Funko Pop! Vinyl, a Halloween Town Sora plushie, Halloween Town Donald and Goofy Pop! Vinyls, a Halloween Town Sora Pop! Vinyl, Kingdom Hearts Pocket Pop!, Mickey, Donald, and Goofy plushies, and a Pete Pop! Vinyl.

Funko also has many other Kingdom Hearts releases planned, including an Organization XIII Mickey Pop! Vinyl, a Final Form Sora pop! Vinyl, and Kingdom Hearts Mystery Minis.

Let us know if you'll be purchasing these figures, and don't forget to show us you Kingdom Hearts Funko collection!

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Funko Kingdom Hearts t-shirts now available at Hot Topic; original retail price from...

23 November 2017 - 06:33 AM

You can now purchase Kingdom Hearts Funko t-shirts at Hot Topic that come with two new designs featuring Kingdom Hearts Funko Pop! Vinyl characters! The shirts are originally priced between $20.90 USD to $24.90 USD. However, you can buy them now for $10.00 USD each during the current Black Friday sale!

You can view pictures of the Kingdom Hearts Group Pop! t-shirt below. You can order it here.

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You can view pictures of the Kingdom Hearts Comic Pop! t-shirt below. You can order it here.

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The Sora, Riku, Kairi Funko Pop! Vinyl figures have also released today at Hot Topic and other retailers.

Funko has released other Kingdom Hearts products previously, including a Shadow Funko Pop! Vinyl, a Halloween Town Sora plushie, Halloween Town Donald and Goofy Pop! Vinyls, a Halloween Town Sora Pop! Vinyl, Kingdom Hearts Pocket Pop! keychains, Mickey, Donald, and Goofy plushies, and a Pete Pop! Vinyl.

Funko also has many other Kingdom Hearts releases planned, including an Organization XIII Mickey Pop! Vinyl, a Final Form Sora pop! Vinyl, and Kingdom Hearts Mystery Minis.

Let us know if you'll be purchasing any of these shirts!

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