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  1. If a Kingdom Hearts character were to be made into a POP UP PARADE figure, who would you want to be made first? (Also, if you actual want to see these be made, make sure to tell Good Smile Company that here)
  2. 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+.
  3. 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+. View full article
  4. What system do you think Kingdom Hearts IV will be on? (Also keep in mind that Unreal Engine 5 supports last gen systems as well)
  5. Gilbert Gottfried a comedian and actor known for his crude humor, political incorrectness and shrill voice and providing the voice of Iago the Parrot from Disney's 1992 animated film Aladdin and in the Kingdom Hearts games, has passed away today following a battle of a long illness at the age of 67. His publicist told the Washington Post that he died of myotonic dystrophy type 2, a form of muscular dystrophy. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Feb. 28, 1955, and started performing stand-up comedy at just 15. Gottfried had a short, 12-episode stint on “Saturday Night Live” during Season 6 in 1980, and he reunited with his “SNL” colleague Eddie Murphy on “Beverly Hills Cop II". In the ’90s, Gottfried landed roles in films like the “Problem Child” movies, “Highway to Hell” and “Looks Who’s Talking Too,” before landing his most recognizable voice role as Iago the parrot in Disney's 1992 film, Aladdin and reprised the role as Iago in various media including the direct-to-video sequels The Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves, Aladdin the Animated Series, House Of Mouse, Disney Park attractions and the Kingdom Hearts series of games including Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories and the Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded cutscenes from the Kingdom Hearts HD II.5 ReMix collection. His other major voice roles included Digit from the PBS Kids series Cyberchase, Kraang Subprime in the 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, Mr. Mxyzptlk in Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League Action, Dr. Bender and his son Wendell in The Fairly OddParents and was the former voice of the Aflace Duck in commercials for the insurance company until 2011. Gottfried is survived by his wife, Dara Kravitz, and two children, Lily and Max. Rest in peace Gilbert Gottfried and thank you for providing the voice of Everyone's favorite loud mouth Parrot.
  6. 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. View full article
  7. 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.
  8. Japanese luxury fashion brand, Samantha Thavasa has announced a collaboration with Kingdom Hearts for the franchise's 20-year anniversary. You can view the tweet announcing this collab below. More details will be shared in the future: "Announcing a collaboration with Kingdom Hearts and Samantha Thavasa (Japanese luxury fashion brand) to celebrate the 20th anniversary! More details will be disclosed soon, so keep an eye out on our Instagram and Twitter pages!"
  9. Japanese luxury fashion brand, Samantha Thavasa has announced a collaboration with Kingdom Hearts for the franchise's 20-year anniversary. You can view the tweet announcing this collab below. More details will be shared in the future: "Announcing a collaboration with Kingdom Hearts and Samantha Thavasa (Japanese luxury fashion brand) to celebrate the 20th anniversary! More details will be disclosed soon, so keep an eye out on our Instagram and Twitter pages!" View full article
  10. Square Enix has revealed a brand new trailer for the series' 20th anniversary, highlighting several upcoming titles. Firstly, Kingdom Hearts Dark Road has been delayed again to August 2022. A new mobile game called Kingdom Hearts Missing - Link was announced, with a closed beta test arriving later this year. Lastly, Kingdom Hearts IV was announced. You can view the new trailer housing these 3 announcements below: Tetsuya Nomura has provided a new message following these announcements: The Kingdom Hearts Missing - Link logo was revealed alongside the logo: Official Kingdom Hearts IV screenshots have been provided, viewable below: Official new Kingdom Hearts Dark Road screenshots have been provided, viewable below: Yoko Shimomura provided a new comment regarding these recent announcements, viewable below alongside a translation: UPDATE (4/11/2022): The Japanese websites for Kingdom Hearts IV and Kingdom Hearts Missing - Link are now up. For now, they simply link to their respective trailers and have no new information. It is worth noting that the press release for Kingdom Hearts IV provides the following false statement: Strelitzia's actual debut was in Kingdom Hearts Union χ. Square Enix Blog's article on the announcements yesterday clarifies the aforementioned point. View full article
  11. Square Enix has revealed a brand new trailer for the series' 20th anniversary, highlighting several upcoming titles. Firstly, Kingdom Hearts Dark Road has been delayed again to August 2022. A new mobile game called Kingdom Hearts Missing - Link was announced, with a closed beta test arriving later this year. Lastly, Kingdom Hearts IV was announced. You can view the new trailer housing these 3 announcements below: Tetsuya Nomura has provided a new message following these announcements: The Kingdom Hearts Missing - Link logo was revealed alongside the logo: Official Kingdom Hearts IV screenshots have been provided, viewable below: Official new Kingdom Hearts Dark Road screenshots have been provided, viewable below: Yoko Shimomura provided a new comment regarding these recent announcements, viewable below alongside a translation: UPDATE (4/11/2022): The Japanese websites for Kingdom Hearts IV and Kingdom Hearts Missing - Link are now up. For now, they simply link to their respective trailers and have no new information. It is worth noting that the press release for Kingdom Hearts IV provides the following false statement: Strelitzia's actual debut was in Kingdom Hearts Union χ. Square Enix Blog's article on the announcements yesterday clarifies the aforementioned point.
  12. During the currently ongoing Kingdom Hearts 20th anniversary event, merchandise retailer Super Groupies has announced that they will be launching 45 wearable accessories in Summer 2022. Event participants have shared images of the advertisements, viewable below:
  13. During the currently ongoing Kingdom Hearts 20th anniversary event, merchandise retailer Super Groupies has announced that they will be launching 45 wearable accessories in Summer 2022. Event participants have shared images of the advertisements, viewable below: View full article
  14. With the event starting tonight in our standard time I would like to ask what your final predictions for the 20th Anniversary event are. Here's Mine: Kingdom Hearts IV/Verum Rex: 99%. even if it's just a teaser. A New KH Mobile game: 95% KH merchandising: 95% KH HD III.5 collection (KH3+ReMind, MoM and Union χ movie): 90% A KH bridge game released before KHIV: 90% Next chapters/Episodes for KH Dark Road: 88% KH TV series for Disney+: 80% Re: Union χ as either movie or full Console remake: 70% KH1 to KH MoM re-release for PS5/XBOX series X: 50%
  15. Just a few days ahead of the 20th Anniversary event, another show on Disney+ has placed in a subtle Kingdom Hearts reference in one of their episodes. This time it's a nod to the games themselves in the latest episode of The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder. In episode 8 titled "Home School", when Penny calls her friend KG asking for a favor to find her cell phone, we see him playing a version of the 1st Kingdom Hearts game where Sora was in Dive to the Heart. It is also shown on his gaming setup that the other two screens have backgroud depicting the paopu trees on the Destiny Islands. The reference can be seen around the 4:00 mark. You can check out screenshots from the episode in the gallery below. UPDATE: The Production Coorinator of The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder Breana Williams (@breanimator) has given some insight about this easter egg on their Twitter. In a series of tweets, they said that when the idea for the episode was being drafted, the director of the show Tara Nicole asked them about which video game(s) should the character KG be playing and Breana replied with Kingdom Hearts. This is the second show that references Kingdom Hearts in the past two weeks. The first one was the Kingdom Key D appearing in the Mickey Mouse special The Wonderful Spring of Mickey Mouse. Which show/movie do you think will reference Kingdom Hearts next? Let's know in the comments below!
  16. Just a few days ahead of the 20th Anniversary event, another show on Disney+ has placed in a subtle Kingdom Hearts reference in one of their episodes. This time it's a nod to the games themselves in the latest episode of The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder. In episode 8 titled "Home School", when Penny calls her friend KG asking for a favor to find her cell phone, we see him playing a version of the 1st Kingdom Hearts game where Sora was in Dive to the Heart. It is also shown on his gaming setup that the other two screens have backgroud depicting the paopu trees on the Destiny Islands. The reference can be seen around the 4:00 mark. You can check out screenshots from the episode in the gallery below. UPDATE: The Production Coorinator of The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder Breana Williams (@breanimator) has given some insight about this easter egg on their Twitter. In a series of tweets, they said that when the idea for the episode was being drafted, the director of the show Tara Nicole asked them about which video game(s) should the character KG be playing and Breana replied with Kingdom Hearts. This is the second show that references Kingdom Hearts in the past two weeks. The first one was the Kingdom Key D appearing in the Mickey Mouse special The Wonderful Spring of Mickey Mouse. Which show/movie do you think will reference Kingdom Hearts next? Let's know in the comments below! View full article
  17. A Kingdom Hearts reference has appeared in the latest "The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse" spring special on Disney+. At the 17:43 mark, Kingdom Key D, the keyblade that Mickey uses for the majority of the Kingdom Hearts series can be spotted in the bag that Minnie is holding. You can also see Master Yen Sid's hat referencing Sorcerer Mickey from "Fantasia" as well as Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance. UPDATE: Twitter user @mbrleigh tweeted that she was one of the artists that help worked on the special and has posted two photos of pre-visuals detailing the Kingdom Key D in Minnie's bag when she was answering the door. She also said that these shots were done in November 2020. You can check them out in the gallery below. "The Wonderful Spring of Mickey Mouse" is now available to watch on Disney+. What do you think of this nice nod to Kingdom Hearts? Let us know in the comments below! View full article
  18. A Kingdom Hearts reference has appeared in the latest "The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse" spring special on Disney+. At the 17:43 mark, Kingdom Key D, the keyblade that Mickey uses for the majority of the Kingdom Hearts series can be spotted in the bag that Minnie is holding. You can also see Master Yen Sid's hat referencing Sorcerer Mickey from "Fantasia" as well as Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance. UPDATE: Twitter user @mbrleigh tweeted that she was one of the artists that help worked on the special and has posted two photos of pre-visuals detailing the Kingdom Key D in Minnie's bag when she was answering the door. She also said that these shots were done in November 2020. You can check them out in the gallery below. "The Wonderful Spring of Mickey Mouse" is now available to watch on Disney+. What do you think of this nice nod to Kingdom Hearts? Let us know in the comments below!
  19. Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary Fan Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3sCHksyojQ what do you think ?
  20. UPDATE: May 24th, 2022: The Ichiban Kuji has been delayed to July 16th, 2022, due to global distribution disruption and shipping delays. Square Enix has revealed the release date, price point, and locations of launch for the items present in the Kingdom Hearts ~20th Anniversary~ Ichiban Kuji lottery. The contents of the new lottery information has been translated by our team's Ryuji: ・Release date: To be released sequentially from July 16th, 2022 (Saturday) ・MSRP: 750 yen per purchase (10% tax already accounted for) ・Stores handling the product: 7-11 stores, Ito-Yokado stores ※ The product distribution will end as soon as stock runs out. ※ Images are merely illustrative and may differ from the final product. ※ Content is subject to change without notice. Prize A: Sora Statue Prize B: Kairi Statue Prize C Design Clock Prize D Plushie Mascot Prize E: Canvas Board Prize F: Hand towel Prize G: Glass Prize H: Keyblade Charm Collection Last One Prize: Sora Statue - Last One ver. Double Chance Campaign: Sora Statue - Last One ver. UPDATE 7/8/2022: Bandai has shared a promotional video highlighting the lottery items, viewable below: View full article
  21. UPDATE: May 24th, 2022: The Ichiban Kuji has been delayed to July 16th, 2022, due to global distribution disruption and shipping delays. Square Enix has revealed the release date, price point, and locations of launch for the items present in the Kingdom Hearts ~20th Anniversary~ Ichiban Kuji lottery. The contents of the new lottery information has been translated by our team's Ryuji: ・Release date: To be released sequentially from July 16th, 2022 (Saturday) ・MSRP: 750 yen per purchase (10% tax already accounted for) ・Stores handling the product: 7-11 stores, Ito-Yokado stores ※ The product distribution will end as soon as stock runs out. ※ Images are merely illustrative and may differ from the final product. ※ Content is subject to change without notice. Prize A: Sora Statue Prize B: Kairi Statue Prize C Design Clock Prize D Plushie Mascot Prize E: Canvas Board Prize F: Hand towel Prize G: Glass Prize H: Keyblade Charm Collection Last One Prize: Sora Statue - Last One ver. Double Chance Campaign: Sora Statue - Last One ver. UPDATE 7/8/2022: Bandai has shared a promotional video highlighting the lottery items, viewable below:
  22. It is with the greatest pleasure that I announce Simple & Clean: Unlocking Kingdom Hearts will release March 3rd 2022. 👑 ❤️ The book will recap and assess the entire Dark Seeker Saga. eBook pre-orders are now live, and will also be available in paperback and hardcover from 03/03/2022. Relive the magic of the entire Kingdom Hearts series to date with a full chronological plot summary, evaluation of character relationships and lore, critique of storytelling technique and narrative devices, and much, much more. Contents: Opening Foreword Introduction The Story So Far: ‘The Dark Seeker Saga’ A Short History WTF is ‘Kingdom Hearts’? The Time Line: A Chronological Summary Square Mouse Ears Who Is The Audience Here, and How Has It Changed? Disney Characters Square Enix Characters Symbolism & Usage Composition: The Evolution of Story, Structure and Style Evolution of the Gameplay Experience Music & Style Pacing & Division of Plot Powers of 3: Trios Stakes Critical Mode: Smudges on the Rose-Tinted Glasses Darkness of the Unknown Hope & Despair Body-Snatching & Puppeteering Identity Crises Riku as the Fallen Hero: An Arc of Grief and Trauma Atonement Isn’t This Bromantic? Boys, Boys, Boys Sora & Riku Axel & Roxas Lea & Isa Terra & Ventus KLAXON: The Feminine Situation Kairi, Larxene, Aqua, Xion, Olette and Naminé (KLAXON) The Bechdel Test Expectations vs. Outcomes The Many Faces of Master Xehanort A Man With A Plan The Author: Nomura as Xehanort Organization XIII X: The Recusant’s Sigil The Pay-Off Hearts Lineage of ‘The Chosen’ The Human Heart Hurt Re:Completion Afterword Secret Report Acknowledgements Recommended Resources Pre-orders for the eBook edition are open via Amazon worldwide - several links are included below: UK: https://amzn.to/3oRZGp9 US: https://amzn.to/3uTMMuH ES: https://amzn.to/3gTx9LD DE: https://amzn.to/3JyQs9l IT: https://amzn.to/3uXXDUG CA: https://amzn.to/3GQto4g I hope that this might be something to fill the time while we wait for news on April 10th. For those interested in physical editions, be warned the book is BIG - the hardcover making an excellent collectors item and companion text. Whether new to the series or a 20 years veteran, Simple & Clean captures the essence of Kingdom Hearts magic and explores many concepts within its own foundations - some of which the games themselves have yet to explore. As before, with Melodies of Life, this is part retrospect, part analysis and is written as a demonstration of applying critical theory and literary criticism to the video game medium in the hopes that one day there will be many, many more books about interactive storytelling and our favourite video games. Thanks for your attention - stay safe, everyone, and may your heart be your guiding key! - JLC
  23. What is Cloud gaming? Cloud gaming, (not to be confused with subscription-based gaming), is the use of powerful centralized servers to render the game remotely rather than on the player's physical console and is currently being pushed by video game publishers as the new way to play video games. The technology allows for things like better graphics, higher FPS-rates, better lighting, all with minimal hardware requirements for the client. You could play the most recent, most graphics heavy game at 4K 60fps from your two-year-old iPhone. At least that's the idea. The problem is... It's still way too early for this to be technologically viable. And the recent release of the Kingdom Hearts Cloud versions prove it. Square Enix and Nintendo decided to go against what most professionals have already said about cloud gaming, and published a cloud version the Kingdom Hearts series at nearly full price on a console designed to be used on the go with limited or no internet connection. Which is actually pretty disappointing as a fan of both the Kingdom Hearts series and Square Enix themselves. The Problem I think the best way to describe the problem is to compare it to traditional video streaming. When you watch a movie on Netflix, the movie is already rendered and ready to go on Netflix's servers, and will be downloaded in real time as you watch, with a few seconds of buffer to give you the most seamless experience. What is a buffer? In streaming, buffering means the platform gives itself a small head start. It starts downloading the content a few seconds (or less) before actually playing it. If the buffer runs out while watching, you might experience a short pause, a temporary drop in resolution, or both. I think anyone that actively watched Youtube 10 years ago are all too familiar with this. As ISP's infrastructure gets better, the need for a buffer decreases, but it's still there in some capacity, and is likely to still be there for the foreseeable future. However in cloud gaming, buffering isn't possible in any capacity. Since your console has to record your input, pass it on to the server, render the gameplay, then send it back to you all within a few milliseconds. There is no room for buffering, at all. Even just half a second of buffering means you'd be playing the game with a ping of 500ms. And I think most people would agree that isn't a great experience, especially when it comes to fast-paced games like Kingdom Hearts. Credit: Screenshot taken from HMK's video about the same topic Conclusion If the Cloud game you're playing has servers within a hundred mile radius, and you have a good internet connection with low latency, you might be able to play it somewhat smoothly. But anyone outside of the most central parts in the most populated regions are out of luck. If video game publishers keep pushing this technology too early, they risk taking huge hits to their image from their intended audience. I hope this outrage turns out to be a learning experience for Square Enix and for other publishers witnessing the outrage. Maybe one day in the future, we'll have fast enough connections that most of the world will be able to experience and enjoy cloud gaming as it's intended, without having to live right next to the data center. But we're not quite there yet.
  24. What is Cloud gaming? Cloud gaming, (not to be confused with subscription-based gaming), is the use of powerful centralized servers to render the game remotely rather than on the player's physical console and is currently being pushed by video game publishers as the new way to play video games. The technology allows for things like better graphics, higher FPS-rates, better lighting, all with minimal hardware requirements for the client. You could play the most recent, most graphics heavy game at 4K 60fps from your two-year-old iPhone. At least that's the idea. The problem is... It's still way too early for this to be technologically viable. And the recent release of the Kingdom Hearts Cloud versions prove it. Square Enix and Nintendo decided to go against what most professionals have already said about cloud gaming, and published a cloud version the Kingdom Hearts series at nearly full price on a console designed to be used on the go with limited or no internet connection. Which is actually pretty disappointing as a fan of both the Kingdom Hearts series and Square Enix themselves. The Problem I think the best way to describe the problem is to compare it to traditional video streaming. When you watch a movie on Netflix, the movie is already rendered and ready to go on Netflix's servers, and will be downloaded in real time as you watch, with a few seconds of buffer to give you the most seamless experience. What is a buffer? In streaming, buffering means the platform gives itself a small head start. It starts downloading the content a few seconds (or less) before actually playing it. If the buffer runs out while watching, you might experience a short pause, a temporary drop in resolution, or both. I think anyone that actively watched Youtube 10 years ago are all too familiar with this. As ISP's infrastructure gets better, the need for a buffer decreases, but it's still there in some capacity, and is likely to still be there for the foreseeable future. However in cloud gaming, buffering isn't possible in any capacity. Since your console has to record your input, pass it on to the server, render the gameplay, then send it back to you all within a few milliseconds. There is no room for buffering, at all. Even just half a second of buffering means you'd be playing the game with a ping of 500ms. And I think most people would agree that isn't a great experience, especially when it comes to fast-paced games like Kingdom Hearts. Credit: Screenshot taken from HMK's video about the same topic Conclusion If the Cloud game you're playing has servers within a hundred mile radius, and you have a good internet connection with low latency, you might be able to play it somewhat smoothly. But anyone outside of the most central parts in the most populated regions are out of luck. If video game publishers keep pushing this technology too early, they risk taking huge hits to their image from their intended audience. I hope this outrage turns out to be a learning experience for Square Enix and for other publishers witnessing the outrage. Maybe one day in the future, we'll have fast enough connections that most of the world will be able to experience and enjoy cloud gaming as it's intended, without having to live right next to the data center. But we're not quite there yet. View full article
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