Do you want more Kingdom Hearts references? Then, you will get more Kingdom Hearts references! In the latest trailer for Chip'N Dale: Rescue Rangers, at the 1:21 mark, there is a shot of a collection filled with items from various characters. Right in the middle is the Kingdom Key, the iconic icon to the Kingdom Hearts series.
This is the 3rd reference to the Kingdom Hearts series in the past few months, along with the Proud Family: Louder and Prouder and The Wonderful Spring of Mickey Mouse.
Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers will premirere on May 20th exclusivly on Disney+.
The upcoming Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary Famitsu interview with Tetsuya Nomura arriving tomorrow has shared preview images with information being shared by prominent leaker Ryokutya.
A summation of the provided information has been translated by our team's Ryuji, viewable below:
The latest trailer was shown in Unreal Engine 4, but by the next time we see KH4 make an appearance, we will certainly see it in Unreal Engine 5.
The girl who knows Quadratum [possibly the Nameless Star’s identity] is still a secret. It is unknown whether she’ll appear in KH4 or not, but Nomura does suggest she is a Verum Rex character.
The “Lost Masters” refers to an opposition group, similar to Organization XIII.
The 5 masters aside from Luxu have completely vanished. It is unknown if they’ll make an appearance in Kingdom Hearts IV. They each have different purposes and newfound purposes for this saga.
The scenario for this arc will be written by Nomura, Oka Masaru, and Akiko Ishibashi.
The scenario for Missing Link will be written by Ruiko Fukazawa (writer for Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward).
The Dark Road finale is being animated by 2 female animators, who are hard at work.
There are no plans to release any KH4 information in the near future.
Japanese publication Famitsu has shared new preview scans for the upcoming Weekly Famitsu providing Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary coverage, including a full interview with series director Tetsuya Nomura. Understandably, it's next to impossible to make out the text within these scans fully. Still, we can tell that the Master of Masters and the Foretellers, the Anniversary event concert, and Kingdom Hearts IV will be receiving dedicated pages.
As a reminder, this full Weekly Famitsu issue will be released on April 28th, 2022. We covered translations for a preview that was released earlier this month.
You can view the preview scans for this upcoming edition of Weekly Famitsu via our gallery below:
Are you excited for the full Tetsuya Nomura interview releasing soon? Let us know in the comments below!
Japanese merchandise retailer Aitai Kuji has announced that the recently revealed Kingdom Hearts postcards drawn by Tetsuya Nomura are available for pre-order via their digital storefront. Further, the postcards are divided into 3 sets, each containing 7, which cost ¥3,500 and ship in August 2022.
The Aitai Kuji store pages for these postcard sets are listed below. We will update this article with additional store pages once they are available:
Postcard Set A
Postcard Set B
Postcard Set C
The Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary postcard sets are now available for pre-order via Square Enix Japan's digital storefront (¥1,650 each) and they will all ship on June 24th, 2022.
Store links for the products via the aforementioned digital storefront are listed below:
Postcard Set A
Postcard Set B
Postcard Set C
The items are now available for pre-order via AmiAmi. They each cost ¥1,320 and ship in June 2022.
Postcard Set A
Postcard Set B
Postcard Set C
The postcards are now available to pre-order via Square Enix North America. Each set costs $19.99 and they ship in October 2022.
Postcard Set A
Postcard Set B
Postcard Set C
Do you see yourself purchasing any or all of these magnificent postcard sets? Let us know in the comments below!
Japanese merchandise retailer Amnibus has announced that they are selling Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary hoodies containing iconic imagery from the series. The hoodie has men's and women's variants, with both types costing ¥ 6,578 (tax included) and shipping from the end of August 2022. Prospective purchasers can also choose from various sizes.
You can view the officially provided images of the Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary Amnibus hoodie via our gallery below. In addition, store page hyperlinks are also listed below:
Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary Amnibus Hoodie - Men
Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary Amnibus Hoodie - Women
If you're curious about other Kingdom Hearts 20th Annviersary merchandise, check out our Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary event recap article listing each newly announced product!
Aitai Kuji now has both items available for pre-order, viewable below:
Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary Amnibus Hoodie - Men - ¥6,500 - August 2022 shipment window
Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary Amnibus Hoodie - Women - ¥6,500 - August 2022 shipment window
Do you see yourself purchasing this stylish hoodie? Let us know in the comments below!
Kingdom Hearts V-Cast is a game that only a few members of the community are aware of. It's a humorously obscure title that was released for the V-Cast in Japan on October 1st, 2004, and in the United States on February 4th, 2005, via a service hosted by Verizon Wireless. Before sharing this newly revealed footage, let's give some context for what this game even is.
In this title, Sora, Donald, and Goofy find themselves dozing off while the Gummi Ship is on autopilot. However, while this collective nap occurs, a bizarre creature enters Sora's dreams. Afterward, Sora seemingly wakes and finds himself alone on an unfamiliar land known as Swashbuckler's Island. Obviously intending on reuniting with his friends, Sora builds a raft and goes on his way.
Maleficent is the primary antagonist of this title, and there are Disney worlds, namely Wonderland and Agrabah. Still, Kingdom Hearts V-Cast is considered entirely non-canon, and no direct mention of it has been made by Nomura or staff in the years since its inception.
Only some of this game has been archived with footage online alongside screenshots. In fact, our gallery even houses some.
Recently though, a Youtuber named Negative Space uploaded a video on Youtube showcasing the final stage of Kingdom Hearts V-Cast. It's quite a spectacle to behold, and you can view it below:
In addition, the following galleries hold a few images of this long-lost game:
What are your thoughts on this genuinely unexpected discovery and development? Let us know in the comments below!
Gangan Online have posted Chapter 24 for the Kingdom Hearts III manga. You can check out the previews for the chapter in our gallery below. You can read the full chapter on their site by clicking here or on their online app.
UPDATE (June 1, 2022): Chapter 24-2 is now available on Gangan Online. This is the final part of Toy Box. You can check out the chapter of their site here. You can also check out the preview shots in our gallery!
Chapter 25 will be available on July 7th.
You can also check out the articles for the previous chapters by clicking on the links below!
Chapter 0 Prologue Japanese English
Chapter 1 A New Journey Japanese English
Chapter 2 Olympus Coliseum Japanese English
Chapter 3 Olympus Coliseum Japanese English
Chapter 4 Olympus Coliseum Japanese English
Chapter 5 Olympus Coliseum Japanese English
Chapter 6 Olympus Coliseum Japanese English
Chapter 7 Olympus Coliseum Japanese English
Chapter 8 Olympus Coliseum Japanese English
Chapter 9 World of Darkness Japanese English
Chapter 10 Connected Japanese English
Chapter 11 The Self inside the Mirror Japanese English
Chapter 12 Reunion Japanese English
Chapter 13 Warmth Japanese English
Chapter 14 Destiny Island Japanese English
Chapter 15 Remaining Light Japanese English
Chapter 16 Tracking the Bond Japanese English
Chapter 17 Following the Heart's Guidance Japanese English
Chapter 18 Twilight Town  Japanese English
Chapter 19 Twilight Town  Japanese English
Chapter 20 Toy Box  Japanese English
Chapter 21 Toy Box  Japanese English
Chapter 22 Toy Box  Japanese English
Chapter 23 Toy Box  Japanese English
In addition, Volume 2 of the manga is now available for Japan. The English version is schedule to release on May 3rd.
The official Twitter account for the Square Enix cafe has unveiled new Kingdom Hearts postcards drawn by Tetsuya Nomura! Several of these illustrations are iconic to the series, with some more obscure pieces being present. Further, there are 7 postcards across 3 sets, totalling 21!
If these items become available to purchase via digital storefronts, we will update this article to include those pages.
You can view the newly revealed Kingdom Hearts postcards via our gallery below:
During Coachella 2022, a widely known music and arts festival, Utada Hikaru sang "Simple and Clean" and "Face My Fears" from the Kingdom Hearts series! The former is the full version of the track which players will identify from the first game's ending, while the latter is Kingdom Hearts III's opening theme!
Hikaru also sang "First Love" and "Automatic!"
You can view the live stream where Hikaru's performances occured below. This is a live stream, so a timestamp can not be linked. However, if a VOD is saved, we'll update this posted link with a timestamp of when Hikaru's performances begin.
During the Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary trailer for the reveal of Kingdom Hearts IV, there are five shots of a forest reminiscent of California's Redwood National Park. What looks to be just a regular forest at first shows a small glimpse of what seems to be the foot of a vehicle from Star Wars.
Seven years ago, Gamesbeat interviewed Tetsuya Nomura about the possibility of a Star Wars world in Kingdom Hearts III, and after some time, Nomura was allowed to discuss the topic. Nomura went on to say that both companies (Disney Interactive and Square Enix) would have to contact both Disney and Lucasfilm to request permission to use any of the characters and locations. While it seemed impossible at the time, it appears that a deal might have indeed been agreed upon with this small tease.
The second shot of the forest clips shows a small set of three waterfalls. While these waterfalls were not featured in Star Wars Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, they are featured in the video games Star Wars Battlefront (2015) and Star Wars Battlefront II (2017)
Below are some comparison shots of the recent Kingdom Hearts IV reveal trailer and Star Wars Battlefront (2015):
While not precisely the same, they are similar enough. At this point, you're probably thinking, "Well, two separate properties ARE allowed to use the Redwood National Park's likeness, you know." And while you may be right, this following point is where things get interesting.
The third shot of the forest's clips pans up to reveal a metallic-looking object in the top right corner. Now, this blew past many heads because it blends in perfectly with the ground around it, but it's just clear enough to identify!
For those who aren't familiar with Star Wars technology, this foot belongs to the Galactic Empire's All Terrain Scout Transport, or AT-ST for short. It's a two-man, lightweight, bipedal walker used by ground forces within their military. At first, this just sounds ridiculous until you put both of them side by side.
Below are comparisons of the metallic object in the trailer and the foot of an Imperial AT-ST from an official plastic model based on the vehicle.
Right away, you can tell they're the exact same. The backplate that allows the foot to bend, the half circles on either side, and the pieces that come out on either side of the foot are just about identical.
While Square Enix hasn't officially confirmed Star Wars is in Kingdom Hearts IV, by the small tease of this foot, we can tell that Tetsuya Nomura has likely gotten permission from Disney and Lucasfilm to use their property.
Do you believe these assumptions to be true, or is it just a mountain over a molehill? Let us know in the comments!
Famitsu recently published an early look at an interview they conducted with Tetsuya Nomura regarding Kingdom Hearts IV and Kingdom Hearts Missing - Link. Prominent community translator, Audrey, translated significant information from this interview pertaining to Kingdom Hearts IV, so immense credit to her.
We will be updating this article when the information surrounding Missing - Link is translated, and when the full interview releases on April 28th, 2022. For now, the summations of Audrey's work are listed below:
Quadratum is entirely unrelated to the Shibuya found in The World Ends with You. There are no connections to speak of. Further, this is a new world unrelated to any we've seen before.
Sora's apartment is located in Aoyama, Tokyo, and it will act as the base/hub for the game's early stages.
The Reaction Command mechanic from Kingdom Hearts II will be returning.
The fourth option of the command menu says "Build," relating to the concept of the "Scrap and Rebuild system" that will be discussed more at a later date. Translator Xenosaga states this to be the concept of destruction and reconstruction.
One of the central story ideas will be exploring how Sora's home realm is fictitious to Quadratum natives and vice versa.
The message Nomura left at the Anniversary Event venue containing the "x" symbol has not been fully deciphered yet.
Our team's Ryuji has translated the currently available Kingdom Hearts Missing - Link segment of the Famitsu interview, viewable below:
UPDATE: The anniversary message riddle has been solved by user @kh_skrvat and several other Japanese fans.
Our translator, Ryuji, provided the following image for visualization.
This means that the narrator for the Kingdom Hearts IV and Kingdom Hearts Missing - Link trailers is Sigurd, a character introduced in the epilogue of Kingdom Hearts Union χ.
The explanation for how this was solved is below, via our team's Ryuji.
Gilbert Gottfried, the English voice actor for Iago in the Kingdom Hearts series, has passed away on April 12th, 2022 in Manhatten due to complications with Type 2 myotonic dystrophy. He was 67 years old when he passed.
Gilbert Jeremy Gottfried was born on February 28th, 1955 in Brooklyn, New York. He started his acting career in the early 1980's when he appeared in the 6th season of Saturday Night Live. In 1992, he took the role of Jafar's bird servant Iago in Aladdin, and continued to voice him in sequels, media, and video games until his passing. Gottfried voiced Iago in both Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II and had archived lines for Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories as well as Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMIX.
Surviving are his wife Dara and 2 children, Max and Lily. He was preceded to death by his parents and a sister Arlene.
Rest in Peace, Mr. Gottfried. Thank you for all the laughs (and saving Al in Kingdom Hearts II) and May your Heart Be your Guiding Key.
Square Enix has announced that Kingdom Hearts Art Can Badges depicting Sora, Riku, Roxas, Axel, and Aqua are available to pre-order from their digital Japan storefront. Each product is ¥990 and they ship on April 28th, 2022.
You can view official images of each Art Can Badge via our galleries below alongside respective store links:
Square Enix has announced that previous Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary cafe exclusive merchandise, a postcard set, is now available to pre-order via their digital Japan storefront for ¥1,650 ahead of a provided April 28th, 2022 release date. Additionally, an Aitai Kuji store link is available at this article's conclusion.
You can view official images of the Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary postcard set via our gallery below:
Square Enix has announced that previous Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary cafe exclusive merchandise, a Pin Badge Set depicting Sora and Kairi atop their thrones, is available for pre-order via the Square Enix North American ($17.99) and Japan (¥1,650) stores. The product is releasing for the former storefront in November 2022, while the latter is shipping it on April 28th, 2022.
You can view the Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary Pin Badge Set via our gallery below: