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    I don't know why people think "Blaine" was a fan mistranslation. If anything, "Brain" was an SENA mistranslation. The "l" is replace with "r" in Japanese-spoken English words because that's the style. If the original was "Bu-rain-u" or something like that, then it would be natural that the English translation was "Blaine". Again, "Brain" was probably another SENA translation error (right Roxas).

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Analysis of the Kingdom Hearts III – D23 2017 Toy Story Trailer

July 15th, 2017 was probably one of the biggest days for Kingdom Hearts fans and the Kingdom Hearts community, if not the biggest day, due to the Kingdom Hearts III – D23 2017 Toy Story Trailer revealed in D23 Expo 2017's Level Up! The Walt Disney Company's Video Game Showcase panel held at 1:00 PM PDT.

The trailer begins with various clips of gameplay from Olympus Coliseum and Twilight Town with text of the quote "Don't assume your dreams are just fantasy. If you can imagine a world, believe in it...and dive in," which was seen in the Kingdom Hearts III Orchestra Trailer, sliding across the screen. The Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - version of Destati is playing. The first clip shows Sora using Flowmotion to slide on a rail in the clouds of Olympus Coliseum. The HUD changes to only three options while he's on the rail: Blaster, Superslide, and Jump. He also has an aiming target while he's on the rail that he uses to target Heartless that appear in the sky. He shoots various blue blasts at the Heartless, which would presumably be the Blaster attack. The Heartless are the Yellow Opera-looking Heartless we've seen in the Jump Festa 2016 trailer. Hercules is in the party, as well as Donald and Goofy.

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The next clip shows Sora using Shotlock to target and lock onto various broken segmented building pieces in the sky. The HUD for the Shotlock displays the options Unleash and Flowchain, which was also shown in the Orchestra trailer. After he locks on to several of them, he quickly dashes and jumps off of each one, which is presumably the Flowchain move. Doing this, he makes his way up to the gates that lead to Olympus where we can see a save point.

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The clip after this shows off Sora fighting Neoshadow Heartless and Dusk Nobodies in the grassy area in front of the Old Mansion in Twilight Town. Sora activates a Situation Command titled "Double Arrowguns" where his clothes change blue (presumably a new Drive Form) and his Keyblade transforms into the gun-type Keyblade transformation we've been seeing in previous Kingdom Hearts III trailers. This Drive Form appears to be tied to the Double Arrowguns Keyblade transformation, just like how the other Drive Forms and Keyblade transformations have been appearing to be. He continues to shoot blasts from the Double Arrowguns at various Neoshadows and Dusks.

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Sora then further transforms his Keyblade using a Situation Command titled "Magic Launcher" where he transforms his Double Arrowguns into the big cannon-type Keyblade transformation we saw in the E3 2015 trailer. He hits the Neoshadows and Dusks with the cannon as well as shoots a massive blast from it that rains down.

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The following clip shows Sora fighting the big Heartless, that was previously revealed in a screenshot, in the city of Thebes in Olympus Coliseum. The city appears to be burning down. Sora hits the giant Heartless with various attacks and magic, even knocking it down, but strangely, it doesn't take any damage. The Situation Commands Counter Shield and Firaza appear. This clip ends with the Heartless using its weapon to smash down, knocking Sora away.

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The quote "Don't assume your dreams are just fantasy. If you can imagine a world, believe in it...and dive in" then comes together the middle of the screen and transitions smoothly by disappearing towards the screen. That concludes the beginning segment of the trailer. This segment was also uploaded to YouTube by the official Kingdom Hearts channel without the quote played over the clips, so you can see the gameplay in all it's glory.

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It then transitions to the first person perspective of Sora walking out from under the bed in Andy's room in the Toy Story world and looking up at everything. Sora wonders where they are and realizes Donald, Goofy, and him are way smaller than normal and their appearances have changed. They now have the appearance of plastic blocky action figures with several joints. Donald explains it's to protect the world order. If you recall, in previous Kingdom Hearts games, Donald would use his magic to change the appearance of Sora, Goofy, and himself in some worlds to make them fit in better and to not disturb the world order. Donald and Goofy appear to have new outfits as well as being toy figures. It's unknown whether these are new outfits in general or are just new outfits specifically for their toy forms. The music changes to the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX version of Working Together.

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They then spot some Heartless, summon their weapons, and run after them. The Heartless are new and appear to have goggles, jetpacks, and blasters. Also, the Keyblade Sora summons has a new Keychain equipped. It's changed the Keyblade's appearance to look like a cactus with a cowboy hat and bandanna on it, as well as a lasso wrapped around it and a sheriff badge for the teeth of the blade, obviously to represent Woody. The hilt has a Buzz Lightyear theme to it with little wings. The actual Keychain itself is a tiny one of the green aliens, connected to the Keyblade with a claw in reference to the claw machine the green aliens come from in Pizza Planet. It then changes to gameplay of Sora, Donald, and Goofy battling these Heartless. He uses Flowmotion to grind on the trail left behind by his Blizzard spell and performs a slamming attack which appears to be a new version of Shock Dive. The Situation Commands "Hyper Hammer" and "Blizzaza" appear.

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It then transitions back to a cutscene where Sora, Donald, and Goofy hear a voice and turn around. Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Hamm, and Rex walk out and ask if they're Andy's new toys. They discuss the Heartless and that they had materialized after their friends had vanished. The toy soldiers and the green aliens from Toy Story can be seen in the cutscene now as well. Buzz explained that after Andy and the others went missing, the intruders didn't come alone. They arrived with a guy wearing a hood, and dressed in black, just like Sora is. Sora, Donald, and Goofy conclude that he must be talking about Organization XIII. Sora says he has a hunch on what's causing this, and asks them if it'd be alright if they handled it. Woody refuses and says he and the other toys need to help to because since it's their friends that are missing, it's their problem as well. He says they gotta work together and him and Sora proceed to shake hands. Sora asks where they can find them, then Woody asks Sarge about it. Sarge says that the latest recon reports place him in Galaxy Toys. He then points up at a poster on Andy's bulletin board for Galaxy Toys. It appears to be a toy store in town.

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Woody tells Sora and the gang to follow him out the window and onto the roof. It transitions to gameplay once more. Sora's running on the roof of Andy's house. Donald, Goofy, Woody, and Buzz are all in the party at once. The Yellow Opera-looking Heartless are shown again as well as the similar-looking pink Heartless that was also shown off in the Jump Festa 2016 trailer. Sora jumps off the roof and spreads out his arms and legs and glides down and slams to the ground. This is the same thing we saw him do in Olympus Coliseum in the Orchestra trailer. Large Bodies and the aforementioned new Heartless seen in Andy's room are on the driveway and front lawn of Andy's house. Sora then activates the Situation Command "Hyper Hammer" where his clothes change red (presumably the Power Form Drive Form we saw in a screenshot that was released a while back, but in his Toy Story form) and the Toy Story Keyblade then transforms into a big hammer that Sora uses to smash the ground and enemies with. This hammer was also seen in that previously seen screenshot, but it was blurred out in order to not spoil the Toy Story world announcement. He also casts a Fire spell that acts differently while he's using the Hyper Hammer. It acts as more of an AOE instead of the regular Fire spell that aims for one target. The Situation Commands "Firaza" and "Drill Punch" appear. Then, Sora uses the hammer to smash the ground with much more impact than the previous smashes. You can also get a glimpse of a pink trampoline next to the house that could maybe allow you to easily bounce back up to the roof of the house.

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Next, Sora activates the Situation Command "Drill Punch". The Hyper Hammer transforms into a big drill that Sora uses to hit enemies with and dig into the ground with. He slams the drill into the ground and various other drills pop up out of the ground after. Then, he casts a Wind spell, and after, does a spinning dash through the air with the drill. The Drill Punch transforms into a claw attacked to a long glowing rope that Sora uses to grab a large body and swing and slam around.

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The trailer changes to gameplay of Sora, Donald, Goofy, Woody, and Buzz inside of Galaxy Toys running towards various mechs called Gigas and the aforementioned new Heartless. The song changes to the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - version of Wave of Darkness. They begin battling the Gigas and Heartless and the Situation Command "Thundaza" appears.

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Sora enters the cockpit of one of the Gigas and begins controlling it. The red one specifically. The HUD changes and now has the options: Tackle, Blaster, Punch, Booster, Danger Dash, and Eject. There's also transparent dials and radars around the screen to give the illusion of being in a mech suit. Sora uses the mech to shoot blasts at, punch, and ram into other Gigas and Heartless. He then jumps out and dashes towards another mech. The Situation Command "Ride" appears and Sora jumps into one of the other Gigas' cockpit. Instead of Tackle, this mech, the blue one, appears to have the command Exploder. It jumps up and uses that command and several blasts shoot out and fall to the ground. Sora jumps out of that mech glides down and slams into the ground and into a mech. He, again, gets into the cockpit of another mech. The purple on. And instead of Tackle or Exploder, this mech has the command called Cannon. It then uses Cannon and shoots two big blasts out of cannons on its shoulders. During this battle, you can see one of the toy display stands get destroyed and tumble down when Sora shoots some blasts at it, confirming destructible environments in the game.

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Lastly, it transitions back into a cutscene. Young Xehanort is shown speaking to Sora. He explains how one heart's shadows fills the emptiness of another, and that like Heartless and Nobodies, they fit together. It's unknown what or who Young Xehanort is referring to. Sora dismisses what Young Xehanort said and asked why he's doing this. Young Xehanort then explains that there's a darkness they're missing and they must reclaim it, and that the way hearts connect in that world could provide a clue.

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The Kingdom Hearts III logo appears on screen, and fades away, and "Coming 2018" appears, confirming the game to be releasing in 2018.

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Speaking completely subjectively, I felt like this was definitely the best Kingdom Hearts III trailer yet. I felt like it was the first time we saw a trailer and everything looks complete and finished with pretty much zero issues with graphics or animation or anything. Also, the Toy Story world and character models look pretty much on-par with the CGI of the Toy Story films. The only difference is slightly less detailed lighting, but it's at the point where you don't notice any differences from the game and the movie without directly comparing them. The gameplay also looks very flashy and fun. I'm still not sure how I feel about Drive Forms being tied to the Keyblade Transformations, but there's no knowing how it'll truly and truly play like be until the game releases. Overall, a very solid trailer, and a very solid release year as well. I personally believe just revealing a year like they did, instead of a complete release date, was the best decision, so they don't feel rushed to complete the game in a specific amount of time and possibly end up delaying the game.

What was your favorite part of the trailer? Did you notice anything we missed in our analysis? Let us know in the comments below!

I think the line "One heart's shadows fill the emptiness of another" is just the Nomura way of saying how Woody and friends come to life when Andy's not around, and vice-versa. Also, neither the Yellow Opera-like Heartless nor the pink Heartless appeared in the E3 2015 trailer.
Or maybe YX was talking about xion

I think the line "One heart's shadows fill the emptiness of another" is just the Nomura way of saying how Woody and friends come to life when Andy's not around, and vice-versa. Also, neither the Yellow Opera-like Heartless nor the pink Heartless appeared in the E3 2015 trailer.
There's a couple things I have to say about your analysis, which for the most part was amazing. First, the green aliens didn't first appear in Toy Story 2, they first appeared in the original Toy Story, in the Claw Machine of Pizza Planet. And it's not tied to the string, it's held on with the Claw.

Secondly, you neglected to mention that Sora changes to the previously seen Power form when he uses Hyper Hammer, you can tell because his black clothes turn red. And if you remember back to the pic where we first saw Power form, they hid the hammer behind a flash of light, to hide the fact it was the Hyper Hammer, which would have revealed the Toy Story world too soon.

Great analysis, but you forgot to mention how Young Xehanort is regular sized, and may be the person who was clashing against Sora.

I don't think he was the one fighting Sora, since Sora was struggling, and YMX seemed to just be standing there watching on, as if he sent out a Heartless or Nobody for Sora to fight against.

Or maybe YX was talking about xion

I think he was talking about Vanitas.

The hearts shadows=Vanitas.

I loved this trailer, but im a little worried. It kinda looks like they nerfed combos again. However im trying to remain optimistic and telling myself that they just did it for the trailer to drag out gameplay.

Great analysis, but you forgot to mention how Young Xehanort is regular sized, and may be the person who was clashing against Sora.


I don't think he's regular sized, I think he's standing up on a platform above Sora.

There's a couple things I have to say about your analysis, which for the most part was amazing. First, the green aliens didn't first appear in Toy Story 2, they first appeared in the original Toy Story, in the Claw Machine of Pizza Planet. And it's not tied to the string, it's held on with the Claw.

Secondly, you neglected to mention that Sora changes to the previously seen Power form when he uses Hyper Hammer, you can tell because his black clothes turn red. And if you remember back to the pic where we first saw Power form, they hid the hammer behind a flash of light, to hide the fact it was the Hyper Hammer, which would have revealed the Toy Story world too soon.


Thank you! Changed and fixed the stuff you mentioned.

I don't think he's regular sized, I think he's standing up on a platform above Sora.


Thank you! Changed and fixed the stuff you mentioned.

There's also a typo with the date. It's suppose to say July 15th, 2017 (which just so happened to be my 23rd birthday xD), not June 15th, 2017.

There's also a typo with the date. It's suppose to say July 15th, 2017 (which just so happened to be my 23rd birthday xD), not June 15th, 2017.


Oh whoops lol. Fixed.

I don't think he's regular sized, I think he's standing up on a platform above Sora.


Thank you! Changed and fixed the stuff you mentioned.


You're welcome! Always happy to help

I'm taking this trailer as Square Enix fully kicking off promotion for KH3. This is their next big release and from now on they're going to do their best to hype it up. Its actually surprising considering that i really though FF7R would release before KH3 however i guess KH3 is farther along in development than FF7R since its releasing next year. Just like with FFXV its going to feel amazing once the release date is actually here and we have the game in our hands ready to go into our consoles. Hopefully it doesn't get delayed like FFXV did 

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Is it me or do these mech-like enemies have the unversed symbol on them.

 

Also, one thing you forgot to mention is when Sora and co. are falling towards the driveway, we see around the left corner of the screen a pink trampoline. This could mean you could use it to jump back to the roof at any time.  

As much as I am stoked for Toy Story (and I am, that was so awesome), my hope for some internal consistency has died with the return of Young Xehanort. I hope there's a really good explanation for why he's back when previously established rules say that he shouldn't be here. This has been a Broken Record Production.

As much as I am stoked for Toy Story (and I am, that was so awesome), my hope for some internal consistency has died with the return of Young Xehanort. I hope there's a really good explanation for why he's back when previously established rules say that he shouldn't be here. This has been a Broken Record Production.

What exactly was stated that she shouldn't be here? DDD established that he was one of the 13 Seekers of Darkness, as he is seen in one of the seats, and him returning is easily the result of time travel. Yes, it was stated that once he returned to his own time, he would forget the events that happened, but that doesn't automatically mean he can't time travel again.

 

We obviously don't know the exact details and just because something isn't explained yet doesn't mean it's inconsistent.

What exactly was stated that she shouldn't be here? DDD established that he was one of the 13 Seekers of Darkness, as he is seen in one of the seats, and him returning is easily the result of time travel. Yes, it was stated that once he returned to his own time, he would forget the events that happened, but that doesn't automatically mean he can't time travel again.

 

We obviously don't know the exact details and just because something isn't explained yet doesn't mean it's inconsistent.

True, it is not explicitly stated, but the timeline of events combined with other rules imply it. When Ansem goes back in time, he passes his time powers to Young Xehanort and proceeds to go on his excellent adventure. From there, it is most likely that Ansem went into hiding on Destiny Islands for fifty odd years until the beginning of Kingdom Hearts 1. You are correct that Young Xehanort gets shunted back into his proper time slot and loses his memories in the process but with Ansem gone, there's no one to explain things again so he can't go onto his bogus journey, not to mention that he has to go back so that he can grow up into his (first) old fart form. I know that I bring this up a lot (and I'm surprised that I haven't been banned for it yet) but Kingdom Hearts has always been fairly consistent with most of its mechanics and seeing one with so many hard rules get broken like tissue paper bugs the ever loving crap out of me.

True, it is not explicitly stated, but the timeline of events combined with other rules imply it. When Ansem goes back in time, he passes his time powers to Young Xehanort and proceeds to go on his excellent adventure. From there, it is most likely that Ansem went into hiding on Destiny Islands for fifty odd years until the beginning of Kingdom Hearts 1. You are correct that Young Xehanort gets shunted back into his proper time slot and loses his memories in the process but with Ansem gone, there's no one to explain things again so he can't go onto his bogus journey, not to mention that he has to go back so that he can grow up into his (first) old fart form. I know that I bring this up a lot (and I'm surprised that I haven't been banned for it yet) but Kingdom Hearts has always been fairly consistent with most of its mechanics and seeing one with so many hard rules get broken like tissue paper bugs the ever loving crap out of me.


Excellent Adventure? Bogus Journey? Someone's a Bill and Ted fan *airguitars*

Anywho, we don't fully know everything about time travel in the KH universe yet, also I don't think the YMX of DDD went back to his own time yet, since he's the one with the time travel powers, and went through his own timeline to pick up the other members. So it's entirely possible for him to still be able to travel through time and pick them back up again, because even though you say it breaks the rules of time travel, we don't know that for sure because we don't know anything. I think it'd be far worse if he, and the other Xehanort forms that are gone (Ansem SoD, Xemnas) didn't come back, because they've already been established as part of the 13 Darkness, they wouldn't have them as apart of it, and then not bring them back. That would be stupid.

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Is it me or do these mech-like enemies have the unversed symbol on them.
 
Also, one thing you forgot to mention is when Sora and co. are falling towards the driveway, we see around the left corner of the screen a pink trampoline. This could mean you could use it to jump back to the roof at any time.


If you compare the symbol to an Unversed symbol, you can see they're different. Most likely just a design for the Gigas that doesn't mean anything significant.

And thanks for pointing out that trampoline, I'll add it to the analysis!

Excellent Adventure? Bogus Journey? Someone's a Bill and Ted fan *airguitars*

Anywho, we don't fully know everything about time travel in the KH universe yet, also I don't think the YMX of DDD went back to his own time yet, since he's the one with the time travel powers, and went through his own timeline to pick up the other members. So it's entirely possible for him to still be able to travel through time and pick them back up again, because even though you say it breaks the rules of time travel, we don't know that for sure because we don't know anything. I think it'd be far worse if he, and the other Xehanort forms that are gone (Ansem SoD, Xemnas) didn't come back, because they've already been established as part of the 13 Darkness, they wouldn't have them as apart of it, and then not bring them back. That would be stupid.

That was just the first reference that popped into my head.

 

True, creating a brand new character and bringing back old fan favorites for just a one shot would be a very poor move. But just like everyone else, I can only work with the information that is so far available that information tells me that this should not be possible. Dream Drop Distance showed that all of the 'Norts must return to their own times to meet their original fates with no memory of the events that will eventually transpire. If Young Xehanort has lost his memories then how is he supposed to know that he has time travel powers at all and is supposed to pick up his older selves for a second time? As I speculated, Ansem is gone by this point and will only resurface when Destiny Islands goes kaboom, at which point he has taken over Riku and is picked up for the future trip. Did Xehanort send another version of himself back because he knew Ansem would be gone and someone would have to get his younger self back up to speed? I'm kind of a stickler for the rules of a given setting and when one of those rules gets broken, there had better be a damn good reason.