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  1. Good evening. Long time no see. The KH-related announcement video is scheduled to be released at midnight tomorrow, and it is being written for rave reviews. Since it was originally scheduled to be announced in April, it is a prior notice because it is a prelude and a late time that it is irrelevant to some of the topic that came from the other side of the sea and some who were a while ago. The hint is a lottery ticket! @Nomura Translation There may be an mistake
  2. 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! View full article
  3. In case you've forgotten through the midst of all the recent Kingdom Hearts news, the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event is being held on November 3rd, 2015, which is just over two weeks away (as of October 15th, 2015)! We are expecting new information (most likely a new trailer according to the name "premium theater") regarding Kingdom Hearts III, in addition to possible news about Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ. We are assuming the event will be private, with heavy restrictions on recording devices and flash photography. That being said, we will be livetweeting information as it comes on our KH13.com Twitter account. Of course, we will be updating the site with an article as quickly as possible as we receive, interpret, and understand information we are given. In order to commemorate the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event, we will be counting down days until the event on our social media accounts by revisiting news we've received about Kingdom Hearts III for the past few years. Please be sure to follow us on social media to receive instant Kingdom Hearts news and to receive reminders about the upcoming Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event! OUR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES KH13 Facebook KH13.com Twitter KH13 Community Twitter KH13 Chi Twitter KH13 Tumblr KH13 YouTube KH13 Google Plus What do you expect or want to see from the Kingdom Hearts Premium Theater event? Let us know in the comments! Click here to view the article
  4. 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 View full article
  5. 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
  6. 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!
  7. 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! View full article
  8. 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!
  9. Hi everyone. I figured I would come back and say hello. I found the video below from a guy on YouTube named Chris Connor. Some of you might have heard of him, but he made this over a year ago and I thought you’d like to see it. Anyway, hope you all are well. https://youtu.be/GW7HBrKbiwc
  10. The Kingdom Hearts Series Character Files has finally been released in Japan! Featuring over 200 characters from Kingdom Hearts to Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind over 224 pages, and a short story by Tomoco Kanemaki (the writer of the Kingdom Hearts light novels), it is a collection of information of great interest to hardcore fans of the series! Keep an eye on KH13 for translations of the most interesting excerpts and scans from the book! Find below the translations of Xion's story from the book. Translations have been provided by aitaikimochi! You can also find translations of two pages of Xigbar's story here! You can purchase the book ¥3,080 (approx. $28.03) from the Square Enix e-Store directly or from AitaiKuji, who deliver official and exclusive Japanese pop culture products worldwide! We have covered translations for: Xion's Story Saix's Story Namine's Story Riku Story Riku-Replica's Story Roxas' Story' Larxene's Story Marluxia's Story Daybreak Town's Story Sora's Story Kairi's Story The translations for Xion's Story are below. You can view Xion's character page below View full article
  11. The Kingdom Hearts Series Character Files has finally been released in Japan! Featuring over 200 characters from Kingdom Hearts to Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind over 224 pages, and a short story by Tomoco Kanemaki (the writer of the Kingdom Hearts light novels), it is a collection of information of great interest to hardcore fans of the series! Keep an eye on KH13 for translations of the most interesting excerpts and scans from the book! Find below the translations of Xion's story from the book. Translations have been provided by aitaikimochi! You can also find translations of two pages of Xigbar's story here! You can purchase the book ¥3,080 (approx. $28.03) from the Square Enix e-Store directly or from AitaiKuji, who deliver official and exclusive Japanese pop culture products worldwide! We have covered translations for: Xion's Story Saix's Story Namine's Story Riku Story Riku-Replica's Story Roxas' Story' Larxene's Story Marluxia's Story Daybreak Town's Story Sora's Story Kairi's Story The translations for Xion's Story are below. You can view Xion's character page below
  12. Prior to the release of Kingdom Hearts III, Disney had announced that their Disney Ambassador Hotel in Japan would be promoting the game with a Kingdom Hearts Special Room for a limited time. Now, a brand new Kingdom Hearts Special Re Mind Room has been announced, along with a new menu! Check it out in the album below. The Kingdom Hearts Special ReMind room and the Special Room will open for reservations on November 14, 2019. You can book each room on the following days: ReMind Room: any day between January 10, 2020 to April 13, 2020; Special Room: any day between January 11, 2020 to April 14, 2020. The reservation price starts at ¥50,400 (approx. $460) per night. Both rooms are equipped with a double bed and two single beds and Kingdom Hearts decor throughout. While the original Special Room comes with a room key designed after the Kingdom Key, the Special Re Mind Room key is designed after Mickey's Kingdom Key D. Guests will also be provided with boxes of two additional keys to take home; these will be either the Kingdom Key or Kingdom Key D, depending on which room they have booked. Each room will also have three paper bags that guests can also come home; these feature an original Kingdom Hearts design reminiscent of the design on the Kingdom Hearts III Limited Edition PlayStation 4 Pro. There are also two new postcard designs; guests will receive three copies per room. The Kingdom Hearts themed menu will feature three new desserts: Special Cake Set - ¥2000 (approx. $18.40) This is a special set that comes with a coffee-flavored Crème brûlée, a hazelnut biscuit, and a jelly drink using seasalt-colored jelly and purple lavender syrup. A stained glass coaster comes with the drink. The offer time for this dessert set is from 3pm to 8pm. The number of offers per day is limited. This item is available only via reservation. Information on how to reserve this item will be available on November 21 at noon (implying that a link for reserving this item might appear on the website). Special Drink - ¥1300 (approx. $12) This is a special chocolate drink inspired by the Paopu fruit. It contains raspberry syrup, passion fruit syrup, and cocoa-based chocolate syrup. It will come with a coaster with an original design (more details on this coming soon). The offer time for this dessert set is from 3pm to 8pm. The number of original coaster up for grabs is limited. Special Parfait - ¥1200 (approx. $11) (More details on this coming soon.) Translations are courtesy of KH13 Staff @RyujiBlades. We will provide more updates as they come, so keep an eye on this space! For more information on the original Kingdom Hearts Special Room and desserts menu, read our article on it and check out the album below. View full article
  13. A new video has been uploaded on the late XXXTENTACION's YouTube channel featuring "Nocturne", a track composed by Kingdom Hearts composer Yoko Shimomura in memory of the late musician Jahseh Onfroy, who was a big fan of Kingdom Hearts. Here, Shimomura is seen playing the piano for the track; at the end of the video, Yoko responds to an question on why she decided to name the track "Nocturne", while a video of Onfroy listening to her music on repeat on a boat plays in the background. The video also features tweets that Onfroy had made about his love for Kingdom Hearts. "Nocturne" is featured on the Deluxe edition of XXXTentacion's second studio album "?", which released today. Shimomura said on Twitter that she composed the track while thinking about what Onfroy was thinking in the very last moments before his death, and that she would be happy if fans would listen to it. She also wrote that Onfroy loved her music so much that he listened to her songs before going to bed every night. She added that when she was shown the video of Onfroy on the boat listening to Kingdom Hearts music (more specifically, the track "Vector to the Heavens" from Shimomura's album "memória!"), it brought her to tears. You can watch the video and listen to "Nocturne" below. The description of the video is as follows. Translations for this article were provided by KH13 Staff @Mio-chan. View full article
  14. U-TREASURE has recently revealed three new Kingdom Hearts themed silver Wayfinder earrings. The earrings come in the colors orange, blue and green, each representing the characters Terra, Aqua, and Ventus, and can be pre-ordered starting January 25, 2020, for the price of ¥17,600($160.07) for one earring, or ¥35,200($320.07) for a pair. You can view and pre-order each of the earrings below Kingdom Hearts Aqua Silver Wayfinder Earring Kingdom Hearts Terra Silver Wayfinder Earring Kingdom Hearts Ventus Silver Wayfinder Earring U-TREASURE have previously revealed matching Wayfinder bracelets and necklaces along with other Kingdom Hearts themed jewelry sets. Will you be pre-ordering these beautiful earrings? Let us know in the comments below! View full article
  15. U-TREASURE has recently revealed three new Kingdom Hearts themed silver Wayfinder earrings. The earrings come in the colors orange, blue and green, each representing the characters Terra, Aqua, and Ventus, and can be pre-ordered starting January 25, 2020, for the price of ¥17,600($160.07) for one earring, or ¥35,200($320.07) for a pair. You can view and pre-order each of the earrings below Kingdom Hearts Aqua Silver Wayfinder Earring Kingdom Hearts Terra Silver Wayfinder Earring Kingdom Hearts Ventus Silver Wayfinder Earring U-TREASURE have previously revealed matching Wayfinder bracelets and necklaces along with other Kingdom Hearts themed jewelry sets. Will you be pre-ordering these beautiful earrings? Let us know in the comments below!
  16. It is currently 11 pm and I wanna talk about this COnTrOvErSiAl topic I hate that the mere act of talking about FF representation in KH is now a dumpster fire waiting to happen. It's incredibly stupid, that people have tried so hard to dismiss this topic, yet it remains to be the one problem that even some ardent KH3 fans will admit to sharing and that really pisses some allegedly "positive" people off. How dare fans enjoy something that has been a fairly large part of the main games! I should probably make clear, I do include TWEWY as this, I suppose a better catch all term is SE characters. In my opinion, there's limitless potential for FF characters to appear in KH games, both previous and upcoming. Not only would some characters tie in brilliantly with Disney worlds (I can't really get over how well Zidane would fit in a King of Thieves Agrabah), but more of them can tie in even better to the main plot. And even if they don't tie into the main plot, KH2 has given sufficient setup for future games to take advantage of the FF crowd currently already in the series and give them their own sub plots. Pretty neat huh. I've touched vaguely in plenty of other posts going back years now on this topic, almost all of which are along the lines of "Vaan in Treasure Planet!!!!!" however I recently played FF8 to the end for the first time, and there was something that really intrigued me. It wasn't Rinoa and her tease in the KH2 credits, but it was actually Squall's adoptive older sister Ellone. In case you haven't played the game, let me give you a very brief and quite likely incorrect briefing on Ellone: She was made an orphan at a very young age, raised by Squall's parents whom she referred to as uncle and auntie, kidnapped by oppressive forces who wanted to use her powers for their own ends, eventually sent to an orphanage along with Squall, said orphanage could not protect her for all that long and thus she was put on a ship for her own safety, with no way to contact her brother, and very little stability in her life at all. Did I also mention, her powers are of the "affects memory" kind? Now who does that remind you of? Why it can only be: Not only are the parallels between the two characters pretty great, but as Ellone is someone who's about a decade (well seeing as Namine's like 2 years old maybe two) older she could offer a lot to Namine in the way of mentorship, advice, or perhaps even just being a cute cameo if that's all it amounts to, but personally I believe there's a lot of depth here for a fleshed out relationship to be achieved. What FF/SE character would you like to implement and how would it even work? Or would it just be a SQUEEE AURON type cameo? Both would be A okay with me, but there's one that I definitely prefer.
  17. Two new Kingdom Hearts pins from the Disney Parks Collection are now available to buy at Disneyland Parks for $12.95 each! You can see them in the pictures below. Fans tifachu13 and disneypinlover28 report finding these pins at the Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. Churro has reported that these can be bought at the Main Street Pin Shop inside the park.
  18. Two new Kingdom Hearts pins from the Disney Parks Collection are now available to buy at Disneyland Parks for $12.95 each! You can see them in the pictures below. Fans tifachu13 and disneypinlover28 report finding these pins at the Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. Churro has reported that these can be bought at the Main Street Pin Shop inside the park. View full article
  19. Square Enix E-Store has listed a new book detailing the characters of the Kingdom Hearts Series. Kingdom Hearts Series Character Files will feature over 200 characters from Kingdom Hearts to Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind over 224 pages. The price is set at ¥3,080 (about $28.00) and will be available on February 20th, 2020. You can pre-order the book here. The book is also available for pre-order on AitaiKuji! Thanks to @churroz for the tip! UPDATE: A translation of Xigbar's Story from the book's preview page has been provided by Twitter user @lunesacree! You can view an image of this page below the translated text! Will you be buying one? Let us know in the comments below! UPDATE [January 16th, 2020]: It has been revealed by the official Square Enix store Twitter account that for a limited time, one original poster will be presented per book purchase. Once again, according to the store page, these posters are very limited in quantity and will not be permanently available for every subsequent purchase until release. With that being the case, if you were intending on purchasing this already and have not done so, now is the ideal time to do it to obtain some exclusive merchandise! View full article
  20. Square Enix E-Store has listed a new book detailing the characters of the Kingdom Hearts Series. Kingdom Hearts Series Character Files will feature over 200 characters from Kingdom Hearts to Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind over 224 pages. The price is set at ¥3,080 (about $28.00) and will be available on February 20th, 2020. You can pre-order the book here. The book is also available for pre-order on AitaiKuji! Thanks to @churroz for the tip! UPDATE: A translation of Xigbar's Story from the book's preview page has been provided by Twitter user @lunesacree! You can view an image of this page below the translated text! Will you be buying one? Let us know in the comments below! UPDATE [January 16th, 2020]: It has been revealed by the official Square Enix store Twitter account that for a limited time, one original poster will be presented per book purchase. Once again, according to the store page, these posters are very limited in quantity and will not be permanently available for every subsequent purchase until release. With that being the case, if you were intending on purchasing this already and have not done so, now is the ideal time to do it to obtain some exclusive merchandise!
  21. The Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World of Tres - tour stopped at Osaka, Japan, on November 30th and brought forward many updates about the Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind DLC (releasing on January 23rd for PS4 and February 25th for Xbox One). A new December trailer was also teased at the concert, which leaked ahead of the official announcement of the DLC's release date and pre-order commencement during PlayStation's State of Play livestream. Most of the new information about Re Mind was announced by director Tetsuya Nomura at the evening performance, accompanied by a video shown on the screen. Due to the exclusive nature of the news, this article is a retelling of different reports from a number of the members of the audience and journalists, namely Famitsu, kyo0607_KH, sonzaisinaimono, wotan_ivalicese, finekh_ephemera, mel_lifluous3, and 0408mark58. Credits for translations go to KH13 Staff @Mio-chan and Ryuji, and Keytotruth. Guest Appearances: Yoko Shimomura, Takeharu Ishimoto & Tsuyoshi Sekito Following the established setlist for the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World of Tres - concerts, the evening performance showcased music from the series in the first part of the show, and music from Kingdom Hearts III in the second part. Composer Yoko Shimomura made her usual and clamored appearance as well. In the beginning of the second half, composers Takeharu Ishimoto (who composed music from The Carribean and San Fransokyo and several battle songs) and Tsuyoshi Sekito (who was in charge of Gummi Ship themes and world mini-games' music such as the Little Chef's Bistro and the Kingdom of Corona's festival dance) came on stage. Ishimoto has been involved in the series since working as a synthesizer operator on Kingdom Hearts II (2005), while Sekito worked on the music arrangement in Birth by Sleep (2010). Ishimoto, who usually sits in front of the computer when writing a song, expressed his appreciation at holding a concert for fans to listen to the music as it is played live. Sekito, who listened to the rehearsals and daytime performance, praised the Osaka Symphony Orchestra for their wonderful performance and was happy that the show was taking place in his hometown. Guest Appearances: Miyu Irino, Tetsuya Nomura and Ichiro Hazama After playing the piano for the song 'Rhapsody in Tres for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra', Shimomura welcomed Sora's Japanese voice actor Miyu Irino to the stage. Irino made a notable entrance by saying once of his most famous lines, "My friends are my power!" in Japanese. Shimomura mentioned Irino singing 'Under the Sea' in Kingdom Hearts II as a memorable scene. "For some reason, Sora has a part where he sings "Darling". It was something decided during production, but why would Sora, who is male, say "Darling" in his singing part?!" said Shimomura with confusion. "But then, when I heard Irino sing that part, my heart skipped a beat," she laughed. Irino talked about how he was just in middle school when he was introduced to Kingdom Hearts. He saw it in an introductory article in the Weekly Shōnen Magazine. "At that time, I thought 'I have to buy this game when it releases'," he laughed, "And by the time I noticed, I had already spent half of my life playing Sora." Shimomura then interrupted, "I want to continue talking more, but more guests are coming." This is when director Tetsuya Nomura and executive producer Ichiro Hazama were greeted to the stage with a great round of applause. With the upcoming releases of the Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind DLC this winter and Final Fantasy VII Remake on March 3, 2020, Nomura has been very busy. "I think everyone is wondering why we came," he said, laughing, "I really didn't plan on coming to the Osaka performance, but I decided to come because of Irino-kun!" Irino said, "Thank you!" And the venue erupted with laughter at their seemingly student-master relationship. Irino, who was a middle school student when first recording for Kingdom Hearts, said he had "only fun memories" and that Nomura saw him as an "innocent child". He said recording for Re:coded (2010) was the most difficult thing. Re:coded was released after Kingdom Hearts II, but shows a different version of Sora that is more similar to the one in Kingdom Hearts (2002). “I didn't think much when I played Sora in Kingdom Hearts, but after Kingdom Hearts II, there were times when it was difficult to become [the younger and data version of] Sora,” he said. Therefore, Nomura kept referring back to the sound sources from the first game all the time, like a "ritual". However, thanks to such 'rituals', Irino said that the inner "engine" that enables him to become Sora is now more efficient. He was consequently able to individualize his various versions of Sora. Kōki Uchiyama, who plays Roxas and Ventus, is also able to go back and forth between the characters as he also performed these 'rituals' of going back to the source audio frequently. Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind DLC reveals After the various talks, it was time to reveal more information about Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind. Nomura announced that the new trailer for the DLC is complete and will be released in December along with a release date. (This was subsequently leaked and then officially released during PlayStation's State of Play livestream.) While the trailer could not be shown at the venue at the time, Nomura had a video ready to show to the audience. Nomura warned against filming the video during the event. "Don’t film. There are people that shoot and spread the information even when we say to not to." "No one should shoot! Otherwise Nomura-san won’t give you the trailer!" Irino added. "I don’t know much about overseas, but in Japan, at the KHO concerts you’re not allowed to shoot during the event even when the orchestra is not playing!" Following the warning, Nomura played the video while talking about the new features present in the upcoming Re Mind DLC. Data Greeting (or Photo Mode, as reported by many attendees) - An extended version of the camera mode. This can be accessed directly from the Main Menu and includes a Photo Album option; upon accessing this mode, the player is instantly greeted by a scene of Sora facing the sea in Destiny Islands. In this mode, characters, props, effects, locations and camera orientations can be set up freely for shooting. Multiple characters, including enemies, can be set in one photo, and poses and facial expressions can be customized. In the video shown, this mode was used to recreate scenes from past games using Kingdom Hearts III graphics, eg. the scene of Axel confronting Xion in Twilight Town (from 358/2 Days). A photo of Xehanort with Meow Wow was also shown, to which Irino commented, "Wow! That's unique!" One of the photos seemed to include the new Organizations XIII in a line with Sora in the middle. One of the photos shown reportedly included a photo of Sora, Kairi and Riku excitedly looking at a giant pancake in Destiny Islands. Attendee sonzaisinaimono drew the following sketch of the photo; we have edited it to add translations from the original sketch. Props included a Frog Prince Dream Eater and props related to bosses defeated when rescuing the Seven Princesses. A sketch of this has been provided by 0408mark58. Slideshow - A function that displayes the player's photos in a slideshow while a set music plays in the background. Premium Menu - This enables the player to adjust several difficulty settings in 'Fast Pass' and 'Black Code'. Fast Pass includes adjustments to make the game easier, such as the ability to defeat enemies with a single blow and grand magic and Attractions appearing more frequently (to the point that there can be about 6-7 spells and Attractions stacked up above the Command Menu, as shown in the video). Black Code, on the other hand, uses player-imposed restrictions to crank the difficulty up to ludicrous levels, with options such as choosing how much health you can have and restricting the use of Cure and items. ("Banning Cure?! It will be a challenge just to think about how to clear the game..." Irino commented.) In the video shown, the example battle to show these setting was against Marshmallow in Arendelle. The demo player had to constantly block Marshmallow's swiping attacks and had no way to heal (although he did use a Kupo Coin). The video also showed a setting where Sora’s MP and HP would go down gradually during battle. Irino commented, “Why would you do that?!” to which Nomura responded with a laugh. Unlike the usual difficulty modes, these settings are customizable during the game. However, these setting must meet certain conditions such as clearing certain missions. Irino added, “In Kingdom Hearts III there are several battle voices for grunts like 'ha', 'yah', and 'hyaa' with different variations, so I hope you enjoy those." It was said that these new features will not be showcased in the upcoming trailer (and they weren't). When the talk about the new Re Mind features ended, Shimomura remained on stage and expressed her gratitude for the concert tour, and the last, encore song 'Chikai -KINGDOM Orchestra Instrumental Version-' was performed. Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres- has now toured all over the world! The two last perfomances will be held in Yokohama, Japan, on December 26th and 27th. Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World of Tres - Osaka Concert Photo Album Read our original report of the Osaka concert reveals here. You can read our report of the Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind State of Play trailer here.
  22. The Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World of Tres - tour stopped at Osaka, Japan, on November 30th and brought forward many updates about the Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind DLC (releasing on January 23rd for PS4 and February 25th for Xbox One). A new December trailer was also teased at the concert, which leaked ahead of the official announcement of the DLC's release date and pre-order commencement during PlayStation's State of Play livestream. Most of the new information about Re Mind was announced by director Tetsuya Nomura at the evening performance, accompanied by a video shown on the screen. Due to the exclusive nature of the news, this article is a retelling of different reports from a number of the members of the audience and journalists, namely Famitsu, kyo0607_KH, sonzaisinaimono, wotan_ivalicese, finekh_ephemera, mel_lifluous3, and 0408mark58. Credits for translations go to KH13 Staff @Mio-chan and Ryuji, and Keytotruth. Guest Appearances: Yoko Shimomura, Takeharu Ishimoto & Tsuyoshi Sekito Following the established setlist for the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World of Tres - concerts, the evening performance showcased music from the series in the first part of the show, and music from Kingdom Hearts III in the second part. Composer Yoko Shimomura made her usual and clamored appearance as well. In the beginning of the second half, composers Takeharu Ishimoto (who composed music from The Carribean and San Fransokyo and several battle songs) and Tsuyoshi Sekito (who was in charge of Gummi Ship themes and world mini-games' music such as the Little Chef's Bistro and the Kingdom of Corona's festival dance) came on stage. Ishimoto has been involved in the series since working as a synthesizer operator on Kingdom Hearts II (2005), while Sekito worked on the music arrangement in Birth by Sleep (2010). Ishimoto, who usually sits in front of the computer when writing a song, expressed his appreciation at holding a concert for fans to listen to the music as it is played live. Sekito, who listened to the rehearsals and daytime performance, praised the Osaka Symphony Orchestra for their wonderful performance and was happy that the show was taking place in his hometown. Guest Appearances: Miyu Irino, Tetsuya Nomura and Ichiro Hazama After playing the piano for the song 'Rhapsody in Tres for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra', Shimomura welcomed Sora's Japanese voice actor Miyu Irino to the stage. Irino made a notable entrance by saying once of his most famous lines, "My friends are my power!" in Japanese. Shimomura mentioned Irino singing 'Under the Sea' in Kingdom Hearts II as a memorable scene. "For some reason, Sora has a part where he sings "Darling". It was something decided during production, but why would Sora, who is male, say "Darling" in his singing part?!" said Shimomura with confusion. "But then, when I heard Irino sing that part, my heart skipped a beat," she laughed. Irino talked about how he was just in middle school when he was introduced to Kingdom Hearts. He saw it in an introductory article in the Weekly Shōnen Magazine. "At that time, I thought 'I have to buy this game when it releases'," he laughed, "And by the time I noticed, I had already spent half of my life playing Sora." Shimomura then interrupted, "I want to continue talking more, but more guests are coming." This is when director Tetsuya Nomura and executive producer Ichiro Hazama were greeted to the stage with a great round of applause. With the upcoming releases of the Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind DLC this winter and Final Fantasy VII Remake on March 3, 2020, Nomura has been very busy. "I think everyone is wondering why we came," he said, laughing, "I really didn't plan on coming to the Osaka performance, but I decided to come because of Irino-kun!" Irino said, "Thank you!" And the venue erupted with laughter at their seemingly student-master relationship. Irino, who was a middle school student when first recording for Kingdom Hearts, said he had "only fun memories" and that Nomura saw him as an "innocent child". He said recording for Re:coded (2010) was the most difficult thing. Re:coded was released after Kingdom Hearts II, but shows a different version of Sora that is more similar to the one in Kingdom Hearts (2002). “I didn't think much when I played Sora in Kingdom Hearts, but after Kingdom Hearts II, there were times when it was difficult to become [the younger and data version of] Sora,” he said. Therefore, Nomura kept referring back to the sound sources from the first game all the time, like a "ritual". However, thanks to such 'rituals', Irino said that the inner "engine" that enables him to become Sora is now more efficient. He was consequently able to individualize his various versions of Sora. Kōki Uchiyama, who plays Roxas and Ventus, is also able to go back and forth between the characters as he also performed these 'rituals' of going back to the source audio frequently. Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind DLC reveals After the various talks, it was time to reveal more information about Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind. Nomura announced that the new trailer for the DLC is complete and will be released in December along with a release date. (This was subsequently leaked and then officially released during PlayStation's State of Play livestream.) While the trailer could not be shown at the venue at the time, Nomura had a video ready to show to the audience. Nomura warned against filming the video during the event. "Don’t film. There are people that shoot and spread the information even when we say to not to." "No one should shoot! Otherwise Nomura-san won’t give you the trailer!" Irino added. "I don’t know much about overseas, but in Japan, at the KHO concerts you’re not allowed to shoot during the event even when the orchestra is not playing!" Following the warning, Nomura played the video while talking about the new features present in the upcoming Re Mind DLC. Data Greeting (or Photo Mode, as reported by many attendees) - An extended version of the camera mode. This can be accessed directly from the Main Menu and includes a Photo Album option; upon accessing this mode, the player is instantly greeted by a scene of Sora facing the sea in Destiny Islands. In this mode, characters, props, effects, locations and camera orientations can be set up freely for shooting. Multiple characters, including enemies, can be set in one photo, and poses and facial expressions can be customized. In the video shown, this mode was used to recreate scenes from past games using Kingdom Hearts III graphics, eg. the scene of Axel confronting Xion in Twilight Town (from 358/2 Days). A photo of Xehanort with Meow Wow was also shown, to which Irino commented, "Wow! That's unique!" One of the photos seemed to include the new Organizations XIII in a line with Sora in the middle. One of the photos shown reportedly included a photo of Sora, Kairi and Riku excitedly looking at a giant pancake in Destiny Islands. Attendee sonzaisinaimono drew the following sketch of the photo; we have edited it to add translations from the original sketch. Props included a Frog Prince Dream Eater and props related to bosses defeated when rescuing the Seven Princesses. A sketch of this has been provided by 0408mark58. Slideshow - A function that displayes the player's photos in a slideshow while a set music plays in the background. Premium Menu - This enables the player to adjust several difficulty settings in 'Fast Pass' and 'Black Code'. Fast Pass includes adjustments to make the game easier, such as the ability to defeat enemies with a single blow and grand magic and Attractions appearing more frequently (to the point that there can be about 6-7 spells and Attractions stacked up above the Command Menu, as shown in the video). Black Code, on the other hand, uses player-imposed restrictions to crank the difficulty up to ludicrous levels, with options such as choosing how much health you can have and restricting the use of Cure and items. ("Banning Cure?! It will be a challenge just to think about how to clear the game..." Irino commented.) In the video shown, the example battle to show these setting was against Marshmallow in Arendelle. The demo player had to constantly block Marshmallow's swiping attacks and had no way to heal (although he did use a Kupo Coin). The video also showed a setting where Sora’s MP and HP would go down gradually during battle. Irino commented, “Why would you do that?!” to which Nomura responded with a laugh. Unlike the usual difficulty modes, these settings are customizable during the game. However, these setting must meet certain conditions such as clearing certain missions. Irino added, “In Kingdom Hearts III there are several battle voices for grunts like 'ha', 'yah', and 'hyaa' with different variations, so I hope you enjoy those." It was said that these new features will not be showcased in the upcoming trailer (and they weren't). When the talk about the new Re Mind features ended, Shimomura remained on stage and expressed her gratitude for the concert tour, and the last, encore song 'Chikai -KINGDOM Orchestra Instrumental Version-' was performed. Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres- has now toured all over the world! The two last perfomances will be held in Yokohama, Japan, on December 26th and 27th. Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World of Tres - Osaka Concert Photo Album Read our original report of the Osaka concert reveals here. You can read our report of the Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind State of Play trailer here. View full article
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