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"Stories Connecting to Kingdom Hearts III" Memorial leaflets and ring notebooks to be distributed via lottery

During the "KH3に 繋がる 物語たち" ("Stories Connecting to Kingdom Hearts III") promotional campaign taking place between June 25 and July 1, 2018 at Shinjuku Station in Japan, special Memorial leaflets were being distributed to fans at specific times of the day. However, due to congestion and the safety issues that entailed, this distribution has been discontinued for the remainder of the campaign. The picture books and special board showcase will continue as planned.

Square Enix have announced that the Memorial leaflets will be redistributed to 50 winners of a Preliminary Lottery; the winners can collect them at the Square Enix Café (Tokyo and Osaka) and at ARTNIA. To apply to take part in this lottery, membership to the web service “Square Enix Members” is necessary. (Member registration is free).

50 sets of five ring notebooks (each with a chapter cover design from the Kingdom Hearts recap series) can also be won in the lottery.

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For more information on how to participate, you can visit the official website for the campaign.

(Translations were provided by KH13 Staff Mio-chan.)

There are 15 Memorial leaflets altogether, 3 from each chapter from the Kingdom Hearts recap video series. There are five chapters, namely Departures, Memories, Twilight, Dawn, and Darkness; they were displayed at Shinjuku Station as "picture books"from which fans could pull out a page (in the form of a Memorial leaflet).

Below is a collection of all the pages.

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Besides illustrations and quotes from prominent events in the Kingdom Hearts series, each leaflet also had a special quote on the back hinting towards the story of Kingdom Hearts III.

We have compiled an album of all the leaflets and the picture book they came from, which you can can view below. These include the front, content, and back of each leaflet. All leaflets are in order.

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Goldpanner has translated the messages at the back of each leaflet; these are provided below with permission. Translations are in the order of how they appear.

Departures

"I think you had that heartache precisely because you have a bond. The pain of the heart is what bonds are."

"Jeez! Sora's useless without us."

"Follow the connection of your hearts."

Memories

"If Roxas can come back, then so can Naminé, right?"

"Hey there clueless, leave things be. You clearly don't understand the female heart."

"You really do sleep a lot, don't you."

Twilight

"The marks under your eyes disappeared, didn't they?"

"I wish I'd bought ice cream."

"Please don’t hold back, Lea."

Dawn

"That must mean Riku's obtained the strength to protect those who are dear to him, right?"

"Now our journey ends too, yours and mine…"

"The feeling of wanting to help someone comes before your own emotions. Until you have no room for stuff like anxiety or loneliness."

Darkness

"Take it, the ultimate key, the X-blade!"

"Who's to say I can't change it and maybe light will prevail."

“To strike down Xehanort, we need the individuals King Mickey spoke of in his letter. We must lead them out of sorrow and slumber.”


It is interesting how each of these quotes somehow connect to the scenario depicted in the leaflet they came from? What do you make of these quotes? Who could be the characters saying them? What do you think they could mean to the story of the end of the Dark Seeker Saga? Let us know in the comments!

This is my guess so far:

 

Departures

Mickey: "I think you had that heartache precisely because you have a bond. The pain of the heart is what bonds are."

Donald (for sure):"Jeez! Sora's useless without us."

Yen Sid: "Follow the connection of your hearts."

Memories

Sora: "If Roxas can come back, then so can Naminé, right?"

Lea: "Hey there clueless, leave things be. You clearly don't understand the female heart."

Terra or Aqua (to Ven): "You really do sleep a lot, don't you."

Twilight

Roxas: "The marks under your eyes disappeared, didn't they?"

Lea: "I wish I'd bought ice cream."

Kairi or Xion (revived): "Please don’t hold back, Lea."

Dawn

Mickey: "That must mean Riku's obtained the strength to protect those who are dear to him, right?"

Riku to Repliku: "Now our journey ends too, yours and mine…"

Aquanort to Riku and Mickey: "The feeling of wanting to help someone comes before your own emotions. Until you have no room for stuff like anxiety or loneliness."

Darkness

Xehanort to ?: "Take it, the ultimate key, the X-blade!"

Young Eraqus: "Who's to say I can't change it and maybe light will prevail."

Yen Sid: “To strike down Xehanort, we need the individuals King Mickey spoke of in his letter. We must lead them out of sorrow and slumber.”

Thanks for showing this to us, Aquaberry!

 

Dang, these are all amazing leaflets and ring notebooks! I love how the campaigning and promoting for Kingdom Hearts III is going, it's pretty dang insane! I'm really digging it! It sucks that all this aggressive marketing is more towards the Japanese side of the fandom as opposed to the rest of the world! :

I hope we get to see Namine, Roxas, Xion, Ventus, Terra and Aqua return, as well, as both Ansem the Wise and Master Eraqus.

I hope we get to see Namine, Roxas, Xion, Ventus, Terra and Aqua return, as well, as both Ansem the Wise and Master Eraqus.

so as a tl;dr

Why are these cool events always only halpening in Japan

This is my guess so far:

 

Departures

Mickey: "I think you had that heartache precisely because you have a bond. The pain of the heart is what bonds are."

Donald (for sure):"Jeez! Sora's useless without us."

Yen Sid: "Follow the connection of your hearts."

Memories

Sora: "If Roxas can come back, then so can Naminé, right?"

Lea: "Hey there clueless, leave things be. You clearly don't understand the female heart."

Terra or Aqua (to Ven): "You really do sleep a lot, don't you."

Twilight

Roxas: "The marks under your eyes disappeared, didn't they?"

Lea: "I wish I'd bought ice cream."

Kairi or Xion (revived): "Please don’t hold back, Lea."

Dawn

Mickey: "That must mean Riku's obtained the strength to protect those who are dear to him, right?"

Riku to Repliku: "Now our journey ends too, yours and mine…"

Aquanort to Riku and Mickey: "The feeling of wanting to help someone comes before your own emotions. Until you have no room for stuff like anxiety or loneliness."

Darkness

Xehanort to ?: "Take it, the ultimate key, the X-blade!"

Young Eraqus: "Who's to say I can't change it and maybe light will prevail."

Yen Sid: “To strike down Xehanort, we need the individuals King Mickey spoke of in his letter. We must lead them out of sorrow and slumber.”

 

I mostly agree with these ones BUT I want to change something:

 

"If Roxas can come back, then so can Naminé, right?"  might be said by Kairi before she leaves from Yen Sid's tower, when she discovers that Sora is trying to bring Roxas back

 

"The marks under your eyes disappeared, didn't they?" it could really be Roxas once he returns but, if the quotes are in chronological order, this is way too ealy for him to come back. So I can think to Kairi who has seen Axel as a nobody before

 

"Please don’t hold back, Lea." this one is almost obviously Xion, it's a reference to a quote Xion herself said in 358/2 days. So maybe they have just spoiled us Xion's return?

 

Aquanort to Riku and Mickey: "The feeling of wanting to help someone comes before your own emotions. Until you have no room for stuff like anxiety or loneliness." I think this is said by Aqua AFTER they rescue her as it is in chronological order, so maybe she says this when she is explaining why she fell to darkness

 

"Take it, the ultimate key, the X-blade!"  well this could mean that either Aquanort brings Ventus to Xehanort (and he merges him with Vanitas) or this is a quote of the final clash of the GoL vs the Sod