Yoko Shimomura, known for her work as the composer for the Kingdom Hearts series, recently shared another musical performance video. This video consists of Benyamin Nuss, pianist of both the "Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World Tour-" and "Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres-", performing a medley comprised of the "Dearly Beloved", "Kairi" and "Musique pour la Tristesse de Xion" musical tracks. You can view this performance on Shimomura's Youtube channel below.
She shared a performance video of pianist Ivan Linn a week ago as well.
What is your opinion on this stellar and magical performance by Benyamin Nuss? Let us know in the comments below!
GAME NOVELS Kingdom Hearts III Vol. 3 Remind Me Again is now available for purchase on Amazon Japan and the Square Enix E-Store. The novel will cost ¥1,320 (about $12.00). You can view the cover from our gallery below.
The western localization of Vol. 3 has yet to be announced. Kingdom Hearts III Vol. 2 is available now in Japan and will be available on July 21st for the west.
Yen Press have revealed the cover art for Kingdom Hearts III: The Novel Vol. 2: New Seven Hearts. You can view it in our gallery below.
Vol.2 will be available on July 20th as a paperback or digital. You can pre-order a paperback copy on AAA Anime, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Indigo, Indiebound, or RightStuf for $14.00/$18.50 CAN or as a digital copy from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple IBooks, or Kobo for $7.99/$9.99 CAN.
The novel has already been released on Square Enix's E-Store back in July 2019. Vol. 3: Re:Mind Me Again is now available on Amazon Japan and on the E-Store for ¥1,320 (about $12.00). The western localization of Vol. 3 has yet to be announced.
Will you be adding this to your light novel collection? Let us know in the comments below
Multiple individual journalists have been claiming to have inside information about a Kingdom Hearts animated series being in the works for Disney+, Disney's subscription video on-demand streaming service.
While a Kingdom Hearts TV show has been rumored to be in production multiple times in the past, with one even being canceled in the series's early years, this is the first time multiple reporters from a handful of popular Disney news sites are claiming this to be true at the same time.
Jeremy Conrad, founder and editor-in-chief at MCU Cosmic, DCEU Mythic, and Star War Unity, with previous work history with IGN and in supporting roles in video games production, hinted at this earlier today with a cryptic tweet. Daniel Richtman, known as a Disney news insider, had also made a strange Kingdom Hearts tweet earlier, which he retweeted for emphasis.
Emre Kaya, a film and TV reporter at The Cinema Spot and former writer for Geeks WorldWide (GWW), followed with a short Twitter thread, claiming that they have inside information about the matter.
Skyler Shuler, editor-in-chief at The DisInsider, then reported that Jeremy's post was "true".
Shuler also tweeted that the alleged new Kingdom Hearts series would not be live action.
We will be keeping an eye on this rumour and provide relevant updates as it develops.
What do you guys think – is there any truth to this rumor? Do you think we will be seeing a Kingdom Hearts (CG) animated series at last? Let us know in the comments!
The Japanese retailer Marimo Craft has revealed two new Kingdom Hearts themed moisturizing creams available for pre-order starting June 1st, set to release in August 2020. The cream is available in two Kingdom Hearts themed tins, one based on the stained glass Station of Awakening, and another containing notable symbols seen throughout the Kingdom Hearts series.
Each tin contains 75g of cream and can be purchased for ¥2,000(plus tax) (approx. $18.55 USD).
You can take a closer look at the product in the gallery below.
What do you think of this new line of Kingdom Hearts themed cream? Let us know in the comments below!
[UPDATE June 3, 2020] The Kingdom Hearts moisturizing creams are now available for pre-order from Aitai Kuji for ¥2,500 (approx. $22.75 USD) and Ami Ami Japan for ¥2,200 (approx. $20.18 USD). You can check out the pre-order links below!
Kingdom Hearts Moisturizing Cream Sora Stained Glass Design - Aitai Kuji
Kingdom Hearts Moisturizing Cream Symbols Design - Aitai Kuji
Kingdom Hearts Moisturizing Cream Sora Stained Glass Design - Ami Ami Japan
Kingdom Hearts Moisturizing Cream Symbols Design - Ami Ami Japan
The official Scholastic Kingdom Hearts: The Official Handbook that we reported on back in August 2019 has finally revealed its cover art!
This Character Handbook, written by Conor Lloyd consists of Sora talking about the characters of the series from his point of view. It also comes with a fold-out poster! Additionally, is currently slated for a September 1st release from online retailers. You can pre-order this book from the respective retailers below:
Amazon Barnes & Noble Walmart Target IndieBound Books-A-Million
Are you intending on purchasing this book this September? Let us know in the comments below!
Yoko Shimomura, known for her work as the composer for the Kingdom Hearts series, recently shared a performance video of the Concert Paraphrase on "Dearly Beloved". Ivan Linn, who is stated by her to have "a good relationship with recordings and concerts" performed this piece and it can be viewed on below on Shimomura's official Youtube channel.
Additionally, you can listen to the original recording here.
What do you think of this impressive performance by Ivan Linn? Let us know in the comments below!
Recently, both the Japanese Twitter and the English Twitter accounts have tweeted out a sudden notice concerning the development of KINGDOM HEARTS: Dark Road. According to both accounts, development has been delayed due to the recent world events.
The English Twitter stated:
Kingdom Hearts Dark Road was announced back in February.
AmiAmi have revealed two new Kingdom Hearts jigsaw puzzles that are scheduled for a release of mid-July this year! These two jigsaw puzzles are 16.5 x 21.5 cm and are both comprised of 300 pieces. Additionally, both jigsaw puzzles are currently on sale for ¥1,140 each!
The first of these portraits consists of the art for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix.
The second of these portraits consists of the art for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix.
Are you planning on purchasing either, or both of these delightful jigsaw puzzles? Let us know in the comments below!
Thanks to Twitter user @aibo_ac7 for the tip!
The Japanese Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts Dark Road Twitter accounts have released six new digital wallpaper backgrounds for use in web conferences and video calls. You can view the collection of wallpapers in the gallery below.
Which background will you try on your next video call? Let us know in the comments below!
The Kingdom Hearts III Sora and Kairi plushes that were previously available at only North American and Japanese retailers, are now available at Square Enix Europe and its respective regional stores!
The respective store links for the various regions available for pre-order from Europe are below:
Sora Plush - Square Enix Europe(€35.09) Kairi Plush - Square Enix Europe(€35.09)
Sora Plush - Square Enix United Kingdom(£30.59) Kairi Plush - Square Enix United Kingdom(£30.59)
Sora Plush - Square Enix Germany(35,09 €) Kairi Plush - Square Enix Germany(35,09 €)
Sora Plush - Square Enix France(35,09 €) Kairi Plush - Square Enix France(35,09 €)
Are these plushes hot on your radar now with them being available in Europe? Let us know in the comments below!
U-Treasure have unveiled two brand new pieces of Kingdom Hearts jewelry that are slated for a mid August 2020 release! Both of these double ring necklaces feature a duo of iconic quotes with combinations from Sora, Riku and Kairi. Additionally, the combination of these included quotes is entirely up to your choosing!
These two upcoming items also have a select reservation period that is open until May 26th, 2020, so be sure to reserve your order by then if you intend on purchasing either or both of these products!
The Double Ring Pendant Silver is listed for ¥16,500.
The Double Ring Pendant K10 Yellow Gold is listed for ¥38,500.
Are these new pieces of jewelry now hot on your radar? Let us know how you feel about these new, elegant items in the comments below!
Thanks to Churroz for the tip!
Square Enix have officially listed plushes for both Sora and Kairi in their Kingdom Hearts III attire! Both the Sora plush and Kairi plush are slated for a September 2020 release and are also both discounted at $35.99!
You can pre-order the Sora plush from the Square Enix E-store here.
You can pre-order the Kairi plush from the Square Enix E-store here.
Are you planning on purchasing these adorable plushes? Let us know in the comments below!
Thanks to Twitter user @UnchainedStar for the tip!
UPDATE (4/27/20): The Kingdom Hearts III Sora and Kairi plushes listed above are now available on Aitai Kuji, Ami Ami and the Japanese Square-Enix Store! Their respective store links are below:
Sora Plush - Aitai Kuji Kairi Plush - Aitai Kuji
Sora Plush - Ami Ami Kairi Plush - Ami Ami
Sora Plush - Japanese Square-Enix Store Kairi Plush - Japanese Square-Enix Store
Chapter 9 for the Kingdom Hearts III manga is now available in English from Yen Press. World of Darkness can be bought as a digital download from Amazon, Book Walker, ComiXology, Google Play, iBooks, and Kobo. The issue's price varies from $1.99 for the United States to $2.99 in Canada.
Chapter 9 was released in Japanese on Gangan Online back on April 16th. Chapter 10 is planned to release on Gangan Online in early June.
You can also check out the articles for the previous chapters by clicking on the links below!
Chapter 0 Prologue (Japanese)
Chapter 0 Prologue (English)
Chapter 1 A New Journey (Japanese)
Chapter 1 A New Journey (English)
Chapter 2 Olympus Coliseum  (Japanese)
Chapter 2 Olympus Coliseum  (English)
Chapter 3 Olympus Coliseum  (Japanese)
Chapter 3 Olympus Coliseum  (English)
Chapter 4 Olympus Coliseum  (Japanese)
Chapter 4 Olympus Coliseum  (English)
Chapter 5 Olympus Coliseum  (Japanese)
Chapter 5 Olympus Coliseum  (English)
Chapter 6 Olympus Coliseum [5[ (Japanese)
Chapter 6 Olympus Coliseum [5[ (English)
Chapter 7 Olympus Coliseum  (Japanese)
Chapter 7 Olympus Coliseum [6[ (English)
Chapter 8 Olympus Coliseum  (Japanese)
Chapter 8 Olympus Coliseum [7[ (English)
Chapter 9 World of Darkness  (Japanese)
Square Enix have officially announced the Kairi Wall Sticker Promise artwork! You can pre-order this piece of merchandise for ¥1980 in anticipation of its June 20th, 2020 release!
Additionally, this piece accompanies the Sora Wall Sticker Promise artwork that you can also pre-order right now! We covered the Sora Wall Sticker Promise piece during November of last year as well.
Are you planning to purchase either of these Wall Stickers for yourself or another fan you know? Let us know in the comments below!
Thanks to Churroz for the tip!