Japan Expo is an event taking place in Paris, France, this year between July 5 and July 8, 2012. Kingdom Hearts has made an appearance at the event, with Shinji Hashimoto, executive producer, and Yoko Shimomura, composer of the series, appearing in person. Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] also appeared with a playable demo. KHDestiny attended the event, and thanks to them, you can see some photos below.
Some highlights of the photos:
- Photo #5 shows KH3D being played on the Nintendo 3DS XL, with the E3 2012 trailer playing in the background.
- Photo #7 is official artwork by Tetsuya Nomura, the director of the series!
- Photo #10 shows Hashimoto and Shimomura at the event.
Update: And lastly, the complete Kingdom Hearts presentation, again recorded by KHDestiny. MisguidedBliss from KH13 has translated this talk from French into English, and this translation can be read below the video.
You should know that KH is a project born ten years ago between Square Enix and Disney and we were wondering how we could work together and make new games.
So, we don't have much time, unfortunately but we'll try to use that time efficiently since we're going to look back on the past ten years of KH's history and a surprise guest might join us.
*KH appears on screen*
Hashimoto-san: So, here's the first game of the saga. I remember, at the time, I was working with Tetsuya Nomura, who was the game director, and together we spent a very, very long time what kind of game it could be and we thought a lot about how the game was going to unfold and how we would make it.
*CoM appears on screen*
Hashimoto-san: So, in May 2005, we released the second game of the KH saga, and back then, you might remember, the GBA ruled the world the handheld systems market so that's why we decided to develop KH:CoM on this system.
*KH2 appears on screen*
Hashimoto-san: I think you all know that game. It's KH2, released on PS2. I guess you heard about it?
Hashimoto-san: I guess you all went and bought it when it was released in August 2006.
*Days appears on screen*
Hashimoto-san: Then comes the first game on Nintendo DS, with a rather difficult name to say: KH 358/2 Days, that we simply call KH D Days. It ws released in October 2009, I think you remember.
*BbS appears, people are cheering*
Hashimoto-san: So, here is KH:BbS that you seem to know. I even see a young lady in the front row who knows it very well (she was cosplaying Aqua). KH:BbS is the first game of the saga released on PSP and chronogically, it's also the first game of the saga. It was released in September 2010. Not so long ago.
*re:Coded appears on screen*
Hashimoto-san: Finally, the second game released on Nintendo DS, KH:recoded, in January 2011.
So, here are the 10 years of KH quickly summed up for you and now I'd like to share these 10 years with someone else I'm going to call on stage: KH music composer, Yoko Shimomura!
*Shimomura-san appears, beautiful as always, people are cheering, le me nearly crying in the audience because she radiates awesomeness*
Translator guy: Yoko Shimomura, bonjour!
Translator guy: Maybe we could all say konnichiwa?
Translator guy: Shimomura-san I think you want to Streetpass with our friends?
Shimomura-san: So, I didn't really know how I could please you, give you back all that love that you're giving me, liking my compositions
I don't know if some of you brought their 3DS today...
*People raise their 3DS*
Shimomura-san: I hope there'll be a large amount of you who'll be able to StreetPass so I'll be able to visit your 3DS and we'll become friends via our 3DS.
Translator guy: Shimomura-san, I think the audience here is really happy to see you.
*People are cheering*
Translator guy: How could you describe your experience with KH during these past 10 years?
Shimomura-san: Working for 10 years on the same series gives a lot of memories and there's hard times too because the development is complicated.
We've been through nerve-racking times and this saga is really important in my life and in my career so they're really good memories for me.
Little funny anecdote, in this new KH game on 3D, released soon, you'll hear a music with a voice. When you hear that voice, you'd like that voice to be the voice of a pretty young lady but in the beginning, I wanted to use the voice of an old man and Tetsuya Nomura-san told me: "No, absolutely not! We need an elegant voice, a beautiful voice, etc." So I got a little chided an I had to change it because the one I chose wasn't fitting.
Translator guy: Now Shimomura-san, I'd like to ask you -you composed a lot of musics during these years- do you have one favourite music?
Shimomura-san: It's really hard for me to choose one because my compositions are like my children but I think the most emblematic is the first one, it best represents the series. Now we're going to listen to it.
*Dearly Beloved is playing, people are cheering, le me nearly crying in the audience*
Translator guy: Do you agree with Shimomura-san's choice?
Translator guy: In any case, thank you for sharing your music and anecdotes Shimomura-san.
Shimomura-san: Thank you!
Translator guy: Shimomura-san, you're going to stay with us a little bit longer because we're going to talk about KH3D.
Hashimoto-san, there's a question I'm dying to ask. When will the game be released in France? (useless question imo)
Hashimoto-san: Sorry to have kept you waiting but the game we'll be released very soon on 07/20 and I hope you'll be present.Just two weeks to go!
Translator guy: Now,Hashimoto-san is going to talk about KH3D a little, in details so that you'll want to discover it.
Hashimoto-san: Raise your hand if you know Sora and Riku and if you're happy they're back!
*people raise their hands*
Hashimoto-san: Who likes Riku?
*people raise their hands*
Hashimoto-san: You'll be able to discover the game on the Nintendo booth and Square Enix booth because there are demo versions but
we're going to talk about the game's specificities. First of all the new characters : the Dream Eaters who are enemies and allies as well; there's two kinds of Dream Eaters: the Spirits and the Nightmares. You can see them on the right of the screen. How do you think they look? Do you think they're kawaii or nice?
Hashimoto-san: Thank you very much! Now we're going to discover some of the new worlds you're going to see in KH3D. The first one I'm going to show you -I hope you, French people, are going to enjoy it- is Notre-Dâme's world (La Cité des Cloches).
Now is the world you're very familiar with! Do you know these characters?
Hashimoto-san: Well, I'm pleased to sat that TWEWY characters are going to be in KH3D.
Another very popular world that I'm sure you know is Pinocchio's world where you'll be able to see Gepetto, and the annoying Jiminy Cricket. I hope you enjoy it.
Here's a bunch of extremely famous characters in the Country of the Musketeers where Mickey, Donald and Goofy will have to save Princess Minnie. Now, we're going to talk about the battle system, if you want to.
Hashimoto-san: So, as I said earlier, Sora and Riku are coming back and you'll be able to play with them both, alternatively.
For that game, there's a new battle system, it's called Flow-motion. You'll be able to interact with your surrondings. You can bounce on the wall, slide on the rails and do all kind of incredible actions.
depending on where you are. So, different actions depending on the world. So, the Dream-Eaters we were talking about earlier can be enemies but they can join you and be your allies too to help you while you're fighting.
Moreover, you'll be able to raise them and pet them, a little bit like in Nintendogs, right?
Tetsuya Nomura-san would've love to come here but unfortunately, it wasn't possible because he's working on different projects. We can't say anything about them, of course. But you should know he's really sorry he's not here today to celebrate with us KH's 10th anniversary and he knows how much you love that game. He can't wait for you to try it.
However, he has a little something to cheer you up.He drew an original artwork just for you here at Japan Expo. He gave it to me and I brought it here myself and we're going to show it to you right now.
*artwork appears on screen, people are cheering*
Hashimoto-san: Nomura-san is not someone who usually draws original artworks and such so, it's really for you and I hope you enjoy it.
Hashimoto-san: Can you see it?
*walks through the audience with the artwork so everyone can see it for real*
Translator guy thanks them, then thanks us.
Shimomura-san: I'm really happy I met you all, thank you very much!
Translator guy says all the OSTs are on sale on Squeenix booth and that they'll be at the Nintendo booth at 4:30 PM to sign stuff.
Hashimoto-san: We're waiting for you on KH3D!