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    I want to thank everyone and anyone who has been following the saga I am writing now, My Kingdom Hearts Story. I hope anyone who has been reading has been enjoying it. If you have any feedback or any complements or whatever, don't be afraid to tell me through PM or chat. I like hearing it and I will not dismiss it.


Today marks the 9th birthday of KH13.com! We are publishing this special feature to celebrate almost a decade of the impact KH13.com has had in the Kingdom Hearts community since its creation on October 9, 2008! KH13.com is now one of the best Kingdom Hearts fansites for news and media.

KH13.com originally started in 2008 by KH13 Webmaster DChiuch, with the help of Co-Webmaster Aaron. The website started out as a simple project between friends, however, soon became a full-fledged website for Kingdom Hearts news, media and discussion. At the time, high quality videos and media were hard to come by, so KH13 initially established itself by providing high quality trailer and cutscene downloads.

The name "KH13" was eventually settled on in a brainstorming session, after it was discovered that KH1.com through KH12.com were all taken – it seemed fitting that the first available domain would match up with Organization XIII. Around this time, KH13.com began to report Kingdom Hearts news, with the first article on Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.

In January, 2009, KH13 decided to do the first major redesign, which was then released on January 14th, 2009. You can check out the design below.

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(Does this bring back any memories?)

Since then we have updated the website designs a couple of times; the current design is the 3rd update!

Skipping ahead to 2011, KH13 had become more well known, allowing us to start sending representatives to E3 as part of the press. sqexgal (now from SQEX.INFO) was our first representative, and former KH13 News Team member Oishii, Kingdom Hearts community veteran Churro, KH13 staff member (and former News Team Leader) Toominator, and Kingdom Hearts χ Team and News Team member Raxaimus have all been part of the experience since.

One important feature that has been prominent throughout KH13 is our gallery & video archives. Former KH13 Archives Team Leader and News Team member Sora96 has brought the video archives and gallery to what it is today, featuring over 29,000 images and hundreds of videos from the Kingdom Hearts series. Thanks also goes to Everglow, our partner, for recording thousands of cutscenes and playthrough videos for KH13's archives. Our wide selection of videos and images has brought in many visitors for KH13.

This past year has saw much excitement in the Kingdom Hearts Community. In November of 2016, the opening cinematics of Kingdom Hearts 0.2 -A fragmentary passage- was revealed at Paris Game Week. In January 2017, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue was released in Japan on the 12th and worldwide on the 24th. In March, the first performance of the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - began in Tokyo, Japan.

The tour had many stops around the world, which included London, Singapore, Los Angeles, and New York. During the tour, KH13 held three successful fan meetups. Social Media Team Leader Andrew Hankinson and News Team Leader Aquaberry hosted the first #KH13MeetUp in London in March 2017. The second one in Los Angeles was hosted by the dedicated Raxaimus. The third one was in New York, hosted by Toominator and Kingdom Hearts χ Team member Exilra. We gave out exclusive KH13 stickers to the lucky attendees, and had a card in each location for Yoko Shimomura, which fans at the meetup decorated with heartfelt thank you messages for the series composer.

We've made a montage for of each meetup with the help of our team members and Project Destati. You can watch them below!




In June 2017, during the World Tour concerts in Los Angeles, Tetsuya Nomura made a guest appearance where he revealed a new Kingdom Hearts III trailer. This trailer included gameplay of Olympus Coliseum and a cutscene from Twilight Town. At the end of the trailer, an announcement of an extended trailer was shown, giving the date of its release as July 15, 2017, at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California.

As promised, this new extended Kingdom Hearts III trailer was revealed during the Level Up! segment of D23. This trailer revealed a new KH3 world: the world of Toy Story. The trailer showed off some gameplay along with a long cutscene of Sora, Donald, and Goofy meeting Woody, Buzz, and a few other toys in Andy’s room. At the end of the trailer was the most awaited news by the Kingdom Hearts community for more than a decade: a release year for Kingdom Hearts III, set for 2018!

All throughout this time, there have been exciting developments in KHUχ; in March 2017, the update from Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ to Kingdom Hearts Union χ was announced. The story has developed greatly to include a new (and old?) set of characters and plot twists that are but making players and non-players alike excited for how they will play out in the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III! For the sake of avoiding spoilers, we won't say any more, but you can check out the videos of KHUχ gameplay and story updates on Everglow's channel, the most recent being the product of hard work of KH13 translators Mio-chan and Lady Aleister.

The KH13.com community has also been growing on social media. Our Twitter (@KH13.com) has almost 25,000 followers. Our Facebook page (KH13.com, for Kingdom Hearts) has hit the 20,000 likes mark. We also have a new Playstation community page!

As we enter our 9th year, we would like to thank our current leaders of our various teams, which includes Aquaberry, WakelessDream, faemarch, and Andrew Hankinson; our vice leaders Leamax, Exilra and Wan_Pisu; and our LoL (Leader of Leaders): HarLea Quinn. We would also like to thank Toominator, Jake, and the current and past members of our various teams for their contributions to the page.

We'd like to also give the most important thanks of all to you, our readers, and the Kingdom Hearts community. Thanks to everyone here on KH13 for sticking with us for these 9 years. We hope to be around for many more, and to continue to provide the latest Kingdom Hearts news and media!

What has your favorite moment been in the KH13 community in the past 9 years? Let us know in the comments below!

Yoko Shimomura, who's known for composing songs for Kingdom Hearts, Mario & Luigi RPG, and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, as well as Kumi Tanoika, who's known for composing songs for Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles and Final Fantasy XI, will both be attending the Step Up Concert, Anime x Game x Vocaloid Festival in Ōyodo-chō, Nara in Japan on November 12th, 2017, as a part of the 32nd annual National Cultural Festival.

They both will also be performing on piano at this concert, which will feature game music as part of the festival. The two of them will perform for 90 minutes. This will be during the second part of the festival. During the first part of the festival, participants will be showcasing their favorite anime, video games, and Vocaloid songs from 11 o'clock.

There will be no entrance fee.

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What do you think about this concert? Will you be attending the Step Up Concert or the National Cultural Festival as a whole? Let us know down in the comments below!

Kingdom Hearts Sora, Donald Duck, and Goofy Funko Pop! Vinyl figures based off of their variations from the in-game Tron world "Space Paranoids" are now available to purchase as a part of a "Funko Kingdom Hearts Box" that's exclusive to GameStop. The Funko Kingdom Hearts Box includes the Tron (Space Paranoids) Sora, Donald, and Goofy Funko Pop! Vinyl 3-pack, as well as two Kingdom Hearts Mystery Mini blind boxes that are chosen at random. You can purchase the Funko Kingdom Hearts Box for $29.99 USD on the official GameStop website here.

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There's a 1 in 4 chance that you'll get a special glow chase 3-pack of the Space Paranoids Sora, Donald, and Goofy instead.

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This is following the recent news of Funko's Series 2 of the Kingdom Hearts Pop! Vinyls, which include Sora, Riku, Kairi, Final Form Sora, Valor Form Sora, a Shadow Heartless, and a glow chase Shadow Heartless. You can check those out here. Also, before this, Kingdom Hearts Funko Mystery Minis were revealed and announced to be coming in December 2017, and Kingdom Hearts Halloween Town Donald and Goofy Funko Pop! Vinyls were announced to be sold at New York Comic Con 2017 as exclusives, as well as at Hot Topic stores during the time of the convention. You can check out the Halloween Town Sora Pop! plushie here, and the Halloween Town Donald and Goofy Pop! Vinyls here.

Thanks to KHInsider for the tip!

Square Enix Café Osaka will be holding a Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary Commemorative Campaign Preview Night for its grand opening in Japan. It's grand opening will be on October 14th, 2017, and the Preview Night will be on October 13th, 2017 (Friday) from 18:00 - 21:00 JST. The meeting place will be Osaka Umeda Yodobashi 1st Basement.

There will be no entry fee. Instead, 40 Square Enix Japan members will be selected by lottery to be invited. The application deadline is October 9th, 2017 (Monday) at 23:59 PM JST. The announcement of the winners will be on October 10th, 2017 (Tuesday). You can check out the application form here.

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Also, Square Enix Café Osaka, as well as ARTNIA and Square Enix Café Tokyo, will be holding a collective campaign to celebrate the Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary. ARTNIA will be holding it from October 14th, 2017 to December 14th, 2017, and both Square Enix Café Osaka and Square Enix Café Tokyo will be holding it from October 14th, 2017 to November 10th, 2017. Tickets will be made available for purchase starting October 6th, 2017.

Kingdom Hearts-themed coasters and placemats will be available during this collective campaign. The coasters feature the iconic stained glass designs. Check out images of the coasters and placemats in the gallery below:

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UPDATE 1: A new Kingdom Hearts food and drinks menu has been announced to be served at Square Enix Café Osaka, Square Enix Café Tokyo, and ARTNIA during the Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary joint campaign period. There will also be exclusive new merchandise available to purchase by the guests, including notebooks, postcard sets, and badges.

You can view pictures and descriptions of the menu items below:

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*Taxes are included in each dish and drink

Dishes

Sea Salt Popsicle ¥650 (~$5,8)

Those ice bars are handmade, created one by one with sea salt in it.
It’s even more refreshing if you eat it while drinking a Candy Soda or a Ramune (drink included in this dish).

The Dragon Witch’s Soup ¥800 (~$7,1)

It’s a minestrone soup with a strong herb fragrance. Dragon fruits’s smell is also accented.

The Promised Sandwich ¥1,080 (~$9,6)

A cute star shaped sandwich. It’s made of bacon, tomatoes, avocados, lettuce, cheese, grated carrots, and eggs.

Sun Sets Red Omurice ¥1,080 (~$9,6)

It’s a fluffy omelette with eggs and chicken covered by a curry rice sauce ♪

Noodles from the Unvisited Beach ¥860 (~$7,6)

It’s yakisoba noodles with sea food and a slice of watermelon, a dish that will remind you of summer.

The Round Table that Never Was ¥980 (~$8,7)

You can enjoy this salad made of various ingredients, gathered around a special sauce (Caesar dressing style).
※ The content of some ingredients may change depending of the food stock.

Drinks

Destiny Sea ¥750 (~$6,7)

It’s a non alcoholic drink based on Blue Curaçao with lemon, coconut, and pine juice.

Twilight Promise ¥750 (~$6,7)

It’s a non alcoholic drink based on Blood orange with coke and dry ginger ale.

Princess Lagoon ¥750 (~$6,7)

It’s a non alcoholic drink with two beautiful layers of colors. It contains kiwis, clapis and Blue Curaçao.

Dark Sea ¥750 (~$6,7)

It’s a non alcoholic soda with mainly blueberry syrup and coke.


You can view pictures and descriptions of the exclusive merchandise below:

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Kingdom Hearts Metallic Notebook <Monochrome> with 15th logo and KH symbols

1.620¥ taxes included (~$14,4)

Material: paper, iron
Size: A5, 50 pages

Kingdom Hearts Metallic Notebook <Heartless> with a shadow and the heartless symbol

1.620¥ taxes included (~$14,4)

Material: paper, iron
Size: A5, 50 pages

Kingdom Hearts Premium Postcards set A (KH1, KH COM, KH1 Final Mix, KH 358/2 days and KH Dream Drop Distance artworks)

1.296¥ taxes included (~$11,5)

Material: paper
Size: 148 x 100mm

Kingdom Hearts Premium Postcards set B (KH2, KH COM, KH Re:Coded, KH Birth By Sleep Final Mix, KH1 artworks)

1.296¥ taxes included (~$11,5)

Material: paper
Size: 148 x 100mm

Kingdom Hearts Hologram Button Badges Collection

300¥ taxes included (~$2,7)

Material: tinplate, paper
Size: diameter about 40mm


Thanks to KH13 staff member @mio-chan for the translations!

What do you think about the Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary Commemorative Campaign Preview Night for Square Enix Café Osaka's grand opening? Are you planning on going to Square Enix Café Osaka, Square Enix Café Tokyo, or ARTNIA for the Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary collective campaign? Let us know down in the comments below!

UPDATE 2: The Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary Commemorative Campaign Preview Night at Square Enix Café Osaka has happened! You can check out the full article for it here.

UPDATE 3: The Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary collective campaign at Square Enix Café Osaka, Square Enix Café Tokyo, and ARTNIA has begun! You can check out the full article for it here.

During a chat with Famitsu, Tetsuya Nomura, Kingdom Hearts series director, and Kim Hyung-Tae, director of smartphone game Destiny Child, were asked about their future projects. Here are the excerpts from the interview involving Nomura's works, including Kingdom Hearts III with translations thanks to KH13 staff member @mio-chan.

Famitsu: Mr Kim, what interests you from Mr Nomura’s work?

Kim: I’m intrigued by Kingdom Hearts III, but what makes me more interested is Final Fantasy VII Remake.

There are things a producer would agree with, but also things that you would personally want to do. I would want to know which next work I would handle, other than the title that has been already announced.

Famitsu: Mr. Nomura, what about the progress of the games?

Nomura: I won’t tell. I will be scolded if I tell (laugh). The rules about giving information on both works are strictly decided. Now I feel like carrying a heavy burden. Once things settle down, I would like to release information in a peaceful manner.

Famitsu: Any message for the fans?

Kim: Destiny Child is more dynamic than any smartphone game you have encountered so far. Please look forward to it.

Nomura: About the titles I’m working on, there were no new announcements other than Dissidia Final Fantasy NT at TGS but, there are so many things in store, so please wait for a proper announcement.


What do you think about Nomura's comments regarding information release of his works? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

Hot Topic announced in their HT Nerdette Collectibles Preview for October 2017, that a Kingdom Hearts Halloween Town Sora Funko Pop! Vinyl figure will be coming out as a Hot Topic exclusive. The release date is still to be determined.

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Thanks to @sw_up_wir20 for the full preview image!

This is following the recent news of Funko's Series 2 of the Kingdom Hearts Pop! Vinyls, which include Sora, Riku, Kairi, Final Form Sora, Valor Form Sora, a Shadow Heartless, and a glow chase Shadow Heartless. You can check those out here. Also, before this, a Funko Pop! plushie of Halloween Town Sora was made available for pre-order at Hot Topic, and Kingdom Hearts Halloween Town Donald and Goofy Funko Pop! Vinyls were announced to be sold at New York Comic Con 2017 as exclusives, as well as at Hot Topic stores during the time of the convention. You can check out the Halloween Town Sora Pop! plushie here, and the Halloween Town Donald and Goofy Pop! Vinyls here.

Are you planning on picking this Hot Topic exclusive Halloween Town Sora Funko Pop! Vinyl figure when it released? Let us know down in the comments!

UPDATE: An Organization XIII Mickey Mouse Funko Pop! Vinyl figure can be seen on the back of the Halloween Town Sora Funko Pop! Vinyl box.

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Thanks to @spoiled.zen on Instagram for the tip!

Could an Organization XIII Mickey Funko Pop! Vinyl be coming in the future? Let us know your thoughts on this in the comments below!

A new couple of Kingdom Hearts-themed items have been announced to be available at Itemsugoi shops in Japan starting December 2017. The deadline to order is October 9th, although bank transfer is not available as a purchase option. The merchandise are the following:
  • Print socks: 3,219 yen ($28.58 USD)
  • Acrylic holders: 3,322 yen ($29.50 USD)
  • Boxers briefs: 3,832 yen ($34.03 USD)
  • Metal pencil cases: 3,407 yen ($30.25 USD)
​You can view images of the merchandise below. Thanks to KH13 staff member @mio-chan for the translations!

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A new set of Kingdom Hearts-themed long-sleeved t-shirts has been announced to be available to purchase at Avail shops in Japan. They come with a free Kingdom Key necklace with every purchase.

The t-shirts are available for 1,980 yen ($17.56 USD) and come in the sizes M, L, and LL. You can view images of the t-shirts and necklace below:

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Thanks to KH13 staff member @mio-chan for the translations!

What do you think of these Kingdom Hearts-themed shirts? Let us know down in the comments!

The Japanese online store Gain Garage has announced a new range of smartphone cases based on the Kingdom Hearts series. These cases are made with TPU, resistant to shocks and with high transparency, and are available for the following smartphones with their following prices:
  • iPhone 7/6/6S/5/5S/SE: 2,180 yen ($19.34 USD)
  • iPhone X/7 Plus, Xperia XZ/Xperia X Compact/Xperia X Performance: 2,462 yen ($21.84 USD)
  • iPhone X: 3,481 yen ($30.88 USD)
  • iPhone 6S Plus/6 Plus/7 Plus/8 Plus: 3,681 yen ($32.66 USD)
You can view images of the cases below.

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Thanks to KH13 staff member @mio-chan for the translations!

Various Kingdom Hearts-styled accessories have been recently made available to pre-order for limited availability on the "geek merchandise" shopping site, Merchoid. These items include a sidekick bag, a zip purse, a necklace and earring gift box, bracelets, and socks. These items are currently planned to release in October 2017, but dates can change due to delays in manufacturing.

You can pre-order the Sora Cosplay Sidekick Bag for $42.99 USD here, the Sora Cosplay Zip Purse for $35.99 USD here, the Necklace and Earring Gift Box for $15.99 USD here, the Arm Party (bracelets) for $16.99 USD here, and the Sora Sublimated Socks for $13.99 USD here.

Check out images of all the merchandise here:

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What do you think of these items and accessories Will you be picking up any of them up? Let us know down in the comments!