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  1. Super Groupies have announced several Kingdom Hearts III Herbariums based on Sora, Riku, Roxas, Axel, and Kairi! These items are interior decorations filled with mixes of dried and artificial flowers and unique oils. Each of these specific Herbariums is also outfitted with the iconic Kingdom Hearts crown. The Herbariums are delivered in custom packages and are recommended as gifts for those close to the buyer, such as friends and loved ones. All of these Herbariums are priced at ¥7,480 ($68.71) and are only available for pre-order from now until May 10. Mid-September is the current delivery window for these products. You can view each of the Herbariums via our gallery below: In addition to these products being listed on their store page for purchase, there is also a video uploaded by the official Super Groupies Youtube channel that briefly showcases each of the Herbariums! You can view this video below: Do you have any intention of purchasing these unique products as either ornate wonders or as gifts for those close to you? What are your thought on each of the designs? Let us know in the comments below!
  2. Super Groupies have announced several Kingdom Hearts III Herbariums based on Sora, Riku, Roxas, Axel, and Kairi! These items are interior decorations filled with mixes of dried and artificial flowers and unique oils. Each of these specific Herbariums is also outfitted with the iconic Kingdom Hearts crown. The Herbariums are delivered in custom packages and are recommended as gifts for those close to the buyer, such as friends and loved ones. All of these Herbariums are priced at ¥7,480 ($68.71) and are only available for pre-order from now until May 10. Mid-September is the current delivery window for these products. You can view each of the Herbariums via our gallery below: In addition to these products being listed on their store page for purchase, there is also a video uploaded by the official Super Groupies Youtube channel that briefly showcases each of the Herbariums! You can view this video below: Do you have any intention of purchasing these unique products as either ornate wonders or as gifts for those close to you? What are your thought on each of the designs? Let us know in the comments below! View full article
  3. Hi, I've been thinking about how Quadratum (Yozora's World) fits into KH. And I have finally made this "bad diagram" to try to put the ideas in order.im not too centered on time, but on "space". Could this be accurate? I would appreciate corrections. Thanks. PD:crossed Keyblades represents Keyblade wars on KHuX and KHIII. And Riku Journey is beforethe last scene on Melody of Memory.
  4. Here’s an alternate Sora with the original artstyle from Normura !
  5. Here's the final of the side games for my final battle series! Though I do have one more secret one planned that I'll start on soon! Hope you all like it! Speed Paint: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7I8roTGVwGc&t=2s Twitter: Arcanekeyblade5
  6. (I will have reverse/rebirth uploaded after I finish the game hopefully by the 21st. Stay tuned!) --- So......I have mixed feelings about this title. I remember my mom got us the ps2 version of re:chain of memories. Because I was confused with the battle system at the time, I kinda gave up on it. It was only until I finally got back to kingdom Hearts in late 2015 after learning how important many of the games were in the narrative. So, I worked up the courage to try it out, and managed to play all the way through. This game, in case you don't know, has a card system (in order to swing a Keyblade or set some heartless on fire, you need cards). The gameplay is a mixed bag for many, it just really depends on who you are. Do you hate that it gets repetitive? Do you enjoy the fact that it makes you think on how you customize cards? I'll leave it up to you guys. I am somewhat in the middle myself. While I enjoy the gameplay just fine, it is not a system I would want to go back to in awhile. The biggest issues I had with the game is mostly the boss fights. What annoys me the most about the bosses is that a couple I fight I have to several times throughout the game (seriously, whenever I play this, I was never looking forward to fighting them). However, if there is one I actually enjoy is the final boss. I will leave it at that, but I'll say it is mainly because the design and aesthetics are just neat. As for what I liked about it, it was the story honestly. I think, out of the side games, this one is the most simple. Is it still convoluted in it's own way? Of course it is. However, this shows Sora being at his most emotional out of all of the games in the series. I also felt the goal of the story is straight forward. Especially the fact it takes place in one location that has multiple floors. I even enjoy the villains residing in the castle. They are just incredibly entertaining to watch (at least a good handful while I the other half are just really annoying LOL). That being said, those are my thoughts on, at least, re:chain of memories. I like to point out, I only discovered this game after learning it was a direct sequel to KH1 when I played KH2. I did hear the chain of memories on the gameboy advance is a lot better, aesthetics and gameplay at least. However, that has yet to be seen when, one day, I'll be able to experience this myself. Till then, it's a B- for me.
  7. And the next in the series I have going is the final battle for Chain of Memories! This time with a twist! Hope you all like it!
  8. TrinityXaos#

    Sora at the Beach

    Based on the title screens from the numbered games. Medium: Traditional pencils then Krita. Also on: DeviantArt, Reddit and Twitter.
  9. Nendoroids of both Kingdom Hearts III Sora and Kingdom Hearts III Riku are available to pre-order from Good Smile Company! Both of these Nendoroids are releasing on July 2021, and are priced at ¥6,200 ($59.88). The Riku Nendoroid includes the Braveheart Keyblade and a clear plate featuring King Mickey. The Sora Nendorid includes the Kingdom Key, Crystal Snow, Wheel of Fate and Favorite Deputy Keyblades. You can view the Kingdom Hearts III Sora Nendoroid via our gallery below: You can view the Kingdom Hearts III Riku Nendoroid via our galley below: Additionally, Good Smile Company also states that more Kingdom Hearts III Nendoroids are in the works and will be announced soon! In July of last year, there was footage of Good Smile Company working on what looked like a Kingdom Hearts III Sora Nendoroid, and this final product fits the bill. Are you intending on purchasing either, or both of these Nendoroids to add to your Kingdom Hearts collection? Let us know in the comments below! UPDATE: (2/15/2021) Both the Kingdom Hearts III Sora Nendoroid and Riku Nendoroid are available for pre-order from Amazon for $99.99. Additionally, both are scheduled for an October 27th, 2021 release.
  10. People often ask why Kingdom Hearts uses terms like "hurt" instead of "pain" or "unreality" instead of "alternate dimension." Or why they use the terms "light" and "darkness" so much. The in-universe explanation for this is that the Kingdom Hearts World works very differently than our universe and has its own set of labels and rules for many things. The real world meta explanation for this though is that Tetsuya Nomura seems to like Kingdom Hearts to sort of establish its own labels and rules for things. And there's a reason why. For example, they're now calling the other side of the World that Yozora comes from "unreality" and "fiction" rather than just saying its another dimension or something. Getting used to these terms and the way they're used can be odd and jarring at times, however that's kind of the point as these unique terms sort of make you think and wonder more about these concepts. Something more mainstream such as Marvel uses more common terms such as other "dimensions" and the "multiverse" to bring characters and worlds together that usually wouldn't make much sense to bring together to make it make more sense and easy to understand for the audience so they can just focus on the characters and worlds that are being brought together instead of focusing on how weird and incomprehensible the concepts of other realities and universes really are. Kingdom Hearts likes to use words such as "unreality" and "fictional worlds" to put more focus on what these concepts actually mean and how weird and incomprehensible these concepts truly are. Instead of shying away from how philosophically weird and trippy some concepts are in order to make things easier for the audience to understand, Kingdom Hearts fully leans into it. So, if they were to just use the term "pain" instead of "hurt," you would think you understand what they're talking about completely and not take a closer look at the concept being talked about, while using the term "hurt" makes you take a closer look and examine what the concept of pain/hurt truly means and makes you wonder if you even do understand what it really means. There are concepts in life that we take for granted and think we know what they truly mean just because we've heard the words and the definitions of the words our entire lives, so we don't really take the moment to really think about it philosophically. If they used the word "pain" it would've just become another sentence that passes by and gets replaced by the next sentence without you taking a deeper look into what's being said. I remember as a young kid playing Kingdom Hearts and some of these odd terms would really make me think more about the underlying philosophy and existentialism of it all rather than just focusing on the more generic aspects that overlie it all. People often make fun of Kingdom Hearts for these odd terms and how often some terms like light or darkness are used, but I really do think there's a point to it. The way these terms are used might seem silly in a conventional way, but Kingdom Hearts has never been about thinking conventionally and has always been about establishing and following its own rules. The stuff with Yozora and Quadratum has made me the most interested in the series' future than I have been in a while. The mystique and intrigue of it is on par with after I saw KH1's secret ending for the first time. It's got the same vibes of what got me so hooked on the series so much as a young kid in the first place. It even brings back the same KH1 opening quote, bringing it back to the roots of what made the series so interesting and stand out. The theme of existential confusion that underlies the whole series. "I've been having these weird thoughts lately, like is any of this for real, or not?" "None of this... makes sense to me." Nomura has even said that the KH1 opening quote is what got KH approved in the first place. Q9: What can you say about the secret boss & episode? Nomura: "The secrets contain my thoughts about the future of the series, but with the information out at present I don't think you'll be able to guess any of it. Some parts of the battle ended up very different from what I requested. But it surprised me in a good way, so take it as it is." Q10: Why did lines from KH1 appear in the final trailer? Nomura: "Those were lines I'd long wanted to put together if I ever got the chance. You may not understand, but the inclusion of those lines is what got the world of Kingdom Hearts approved. There is no mystery to solve this time, they stand at the doorway." While many aspects of the story weren't planned by Nomura in advance, I definitely believe there has always been underlying themes and meanings that Nomura has rooted in the series and stayed consistent with and has had plans for ever since the first game. And now that the main story that has been going on with Xehanort is finally complete, it seems like he will finally bring out those underlying themes and meanings in full force and bring them to the forefront rather than in the background. Things are going to start getting really existential, meta, and trippy going forward. And I think this is what Nomura has planned for, hoped for, and always wanted to do since the first game. And I think those quotes of his prove that. The ongoing story has concluded. The ongoing mysteries have now been concluded. The time has come for the underlying themes of existential confusion, hearts, fake worlds, data worlds, dreams, other versions of yourself, not knowing what is real, etc. that have been built up and built up to finally explode and to get what Kingdom Hearts has always truly been about. "There is no mystery to solve this time, they stand at the doorway."
  11. As you know, the name "Sora" translates as "sky", the name "Yozora" as "Night sky", and regarding "Roxas", I heard somewhere that in Spanish there is a name similar to" Roxas",. and translates as" Red sky " (Red sky ,usually always associated with twilight.) Also interesting is the place where the heroes live Sora lives in a place where it is almost always day, sunny and light "Desteny Islands", Roxas lives in a Twilight town, in a world where it is always twilight. And Yozora resides in Quadratrum ,a world where it is mostly night. And it's also related to the nature of the characters. Sora is a completely positive hero who fights for the light, Roxas has been on both sides for his existence. Yes, and his clothes have a black and white motif, even Nomura himself said that it should associate light and darkness. And Roxas itself is quite volatile. Regarding Yozora, there is little that can be said about him at the moment, but he seems to be on the dark side at the moment, or at least, more correctly, someone is manipulating him. Well, by nature, Yozora is more antagonistic and hostile from what we see. Maybe it's just a small thing. But I found it interesting and I hope in the future that it will somehow beat.
  12. The Square Enix E-store has revealed Version 2 Bring Arts Figures for both Kingdom Hearts III Sora and Riku! Both figures are priced at ¥8,580 (approximately $80) and are available to pre-order right now! The Sora Bring Arts Version 2 figure is scheduled for a January 30th, 2021 release, while the Riku Bring Arts Version 2 figure is scheduled for a February 6th, 2021 release! Both the Sora and Riku figure are available at a discounted price on amiami for ¥7,310! (approximately $69) View these figures via our galleries below: Will you be pre-ordering these beautiful Bring Arts figures right away, or will you be waiting for them to be available for purchase on the regional stores? Let us know in the comments below! [UPDATED] September 12, 2020: The Kingdom Hearts III Bring Arts Sora Version 2 and Kingdom Hearts III Bring Arts Riku Version 2 figures are now available for pre-order from the Square Enix North America store. You can currently purchase them for a discounted $76.49 each. [UPDATED] January 26, 2021: Both figures have been delayed on the Square Enix E-store. The Kingdom Hearts III Sora Bring Arts Version 2 figure is now currently scheduled for a May 15, 2021 release, while the Kingdom Hearts III Riku Bring Arts Version 2 figure is currently scheduled for an April 17, 2021 release.
  13. And the final (Maybe) in the series of pieces showing off the final battle of the mainline Kingdom Hearts games, we have Kingdom Hearts 3! Hope you all like it!
  14. Nendoroids of both Kingdom Hearts III Sora and Kingdom Hearts III Riku are available to pre-order from Good Smile Company! Both of these Nendoroids are releasing on July 2021, and are priced at ¥6,200 ($59.88). The Riku Nendoroid includes the Braveheart Keyblade and a clear plate featuring King Mickey. The Sora Nendorid includes the Kingdom Key, Crystal Snow, Wheel of Fate and Favorite Deputy Keyblades. You can view the Kingdom Hearts III Sora Nendoroid via our gallery below: You can view the Kingdom Hearts III Riku Nendoroid via our galley below: Additionally, Good Smile Company also states that more Kingdom Hearts III Nendoroids are in the works and will be announced soon! In July of last year, there was footage of Good Smile Company working on what looked like a Kingdom Hearts III Sora Nendoroid, and this final product fits the bill. Are you intending on purchasing either, or both of these Nendoroids to add to your Kingdom Hearts collection? Let us know in the comments below! UPDATE: (2/15/2021) Both the Kingdom Hearts III Sora Nendoroid and Riku Nendoroid are available for pre-order from Amazon for $99.99. Additionally, both are scheduled for an October 27th, 2021 release. View full article
  15. Wasn't sure if I had posted this here or not, but I don't believe I have. So here a piece I did of the Destiny Island trio!
  16. Kingdom Hearts: A World Without Sky Artist(s) commissioned: Ai-noHikari www.deviantart.com/ai-nohikari ozkh www.deviantart.com/ozkh AlpacaCarlesi https://www.deviantart.com/alpacacarlesi Story by: laika6 / laika665 After Sora's disappearance at the end of Kingdom Hearts 3, Kairi (feeling responsible for Sora's fate & driven by her love for him) sets out on a journey to - hopefully - bring him home. The events of this comic occur between the Ending and Secret Ending of Kingdom Hearts 3. Cover α (art commissioned from https://www.deviantart.com/ozkh) Page 1 (artist commissioned: https://www.deviantart.com/ai-nohikari) Kairi's Skills: Fire, Cure (Music: Destiny Islands – Kingdom Hearts II) Page 2 (artist commissioned: https://www.deviantart.com/ai-nohikari) Kairi's Skills: Fire, Cure, Blizzard, Water, Thunder, Reflect (Music: Destiny Islands – Kingdom Hearts II Lazy Afternoons - Kingdom Hearts II Blast Away! Gummi Ship 1 - Kingdom Hearts) Page 3 (artist commissioned: https://www.deviantart.com/ai-nohikari) Kairi's Skills: Fire, Cure, Blizzard, Water, Thunder, Reflect (Music: The Dark Crystals – Final Fantasy III Dearly Beloved – Kingdom Hearts) Page 4 (artist commissioned: https://www.deviantart.com/ai-nohikari) Kairi's Skills: Fire, Cure, Blizzard, Water, Thunder, Reflect (Music: The Launch – Treasure Planet) Page 5 (artist commissioned: https://www.deviantart.com/ai-nohikari) Kairi's Skills: Fire, Cure, Blizzard, Water, Thunder, Reflect (Music: The Launch – Treasure Planet Silver – Treasure Planet) Page 6 (artist commissioned: https://www.deviantart.com/ai-nohikari) Kairi's Skills: Fire, Cure, Blizzard, Water, Thunder, Reflect (Music: Silver – Treasure Planet) Page 7 (artist commissioned: https://www.deviantart.com/ai-nohikari) Kairi's Skills: Fire, Cure, Blizzard, Water, Thunder, Reflect (Music: The Launch – Treasure Planet)
  17. Not too long ago I happened to stumble across this little fanfitcion on the Sorkai ship. The name of it is "Angel" and it has been posted on a site other than your normal fanfiction site. It seems that a new chapter is posted every Friday and from what I've read so far it seems pretty good. The reason I've decided to share this is because I've noticed it doesn't seem to grab anyone's attention. Now if this story was posted on some normal fanfiction reading site it would probably get more love due to where it's been posted but since it's posted on this POP Cult HQ site no one seems to find it. It makes me quite sad to be honest. So, here I am helping this story get some love. (The image connected to this post is the image seen in the fanfiction) Angel – Part 1 – PopCultHQ
  18. Kingdom Hearts X (Chi) and SALIGIA: the Key to an Allegory By Jesus C. Deytiquez Disclaimer: The following (except those validated or founded facts in the Kingdom Hearts series) are my own speculations based with research and knowledge. And sorry for the grammatical errors if there is/are. Reincarnation Theory I know that there is a theory spreading among the fans of Kingdom Hearts like me that proposes the idea that the foretellers and their master, the Master of Masters, will die and then be reincarnated into the several characters that we are very familiar with (e.g. Sora being the reincarnation of Gula). I really cannot say that I am one hundred percent certain with the accuracy of what I will be going to show in this article, but, maybe, just maybe, my speculations will help my fellow fans to reconsider or rethink the aforementioned theory. My Story I am a writer and I like reading and writing allegories, or stories that hide deeper meanings in them through symbolism or imagery, with the goal (although somewhat paradoxical) that by masking such meanings, the meanings will be understood by the reader in a way that a normal presentation cannot do. I like the allegories of C.S. Lewis, Dante Alighieri, John Bunyan, and other Christian writers; they all utilize their character’s name and personality to present several ideas to their reader. One common thing also about them is that they always introduce to their readers the seven deadly sins, namely, pride, avarice, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth by creating characters of their own, based on the sins with related names and suitable personalities—the seven antagonists in the anime Full Metal Alchemist will be the contemporary example of this allegorical style. And these characters representing the seven deadly sins will be the characters that the protagonist will need to encounter and overcome during his or her journey. And I, moved by the beauty of their stories and that particular style, tried to write my own. My Research, Discovery, the Seven Deadly Sins, and the Master of Masters’ Name During my attempt to create my own allegory, of course, I also done some further research to aid me in my endeavor. Ex nihilo nihil fit. From nothing comes nothing. I need to receive first before I can give. Then I discovered along the way that the seven deadly sins, when translated to Latin, will have these names: Superbia, Avaritia, Luxuria, Invidia, Gula, Ira, and Acedia (SALIGIA). By the time I discovered this, mysteriously, I also discovered that there is an android game of my all-time-favorite game, Kingdom Hearts, which is Kingdom Hearts X (Chi) or which now called as Kingdom Hearts Union Cross. (This happened way back late 2016.) I hastily installed the app, and you can imagine my surprise when I learned the name of the foretellers who were the leaders of the five unions. The five foretellers possess names from the seven deadly sins! Master Ava is avaritia. Master Invi is invidia. Master Aced is acedia, and so forth. In other words, the Master of Master’s name, which is still unrevealed last time I checked, is almost sure to be Superbia or some shortened version of that Latin word for pride. I know that it is really fitting for the Master of Masters’ name to be a name for pride because, according to the Christian faith from which the concept of the seven deadly sins originated, pride is the father or master of all remaining deadly sins. Furthermore, all other sins still have some love for others in them or they really on other persons to exist (e.g. you can get mad or be wrathful to a person because you still have, no matter how imperfect or perverted, some care or love for that person, you can envy a person because you perceive him to be better than you etc.). But pride only focuses on itself. Remember the keyblades of the foretellers. All have hearts in them except for the keyblade of the Master of Masters. In support of this, remember how the Master of Masters seemed to be apathetic to what is to befall. But, you might, of course, object that that particular keyblade will be passed on later to Luxu and then to Xehanort. Yes, it was passed on later to several persons, but such objection can be answered easily through analysis of the personalities of the successors and the sins themselves. Lust can easily become more like its father when it is, ultimately, already about satisfying the pleasure of the self alone. And, remember also how Xehanort used Terra and his friends for his own “selfish” reason. The Seven Lights or Virtues Now we will return to the reincarnation theory. I think that if there are seven deadly sins or vices, then there will be also seven virtues that the Christian faith also enumerated, namely, Humility or Humilitas, Charity or Caritas, Chastity or Castitas, Kindness or Humanitas, Temperance or Temperantia, Patience or Patientia, and Diligence or Industria. I believe that these virtues, being contrary to them, are what the foretellers lacked or even repelled respectively, and such lacking and repulsion of those virtues became the reason for their own downfall (I can still remember a clip showing Ira lacking patience during the crisis, being wrath). Sora, Kairi, Riku, Ventus, Aqua, and Terra are the six of those seven virtues or guardians of the light while King Mickey will be the leader. And you can see, dear reader, how very suitable it is for King Mickey to be Humilitas because a mouse is commonly seen as lowly or humble. In other words, the two leaders of warring factions are King Mickey and Superbia. Humility and Pride. Thirteen Seekers of Darkness and Twelve Seekers of Light But of course there are also a dark group called the Thirteen Seekers of Darkness, and currently such group only has six members namely Master Xehanort, Young Xehanort, Terra-Xehanort (heartless), Terra-Xehanort (nobody), Xigbar, and Saïx. How can such a group be completed? One very probable answer is: by adding the fallen seven deadly sins or foretellers. Thus, maybe, just maybe, the foretellers did not really die and got reincarnated to become our seven guardians of the light just as what the reincarnation theory says, but only became fallens and just wandered somewhere and somehow, only to be gathered by the liar and schemer, Superbia to join his student (probably), Xehanort, for a later battle against the denizens of the light. If the aforementioned is true, then the seven guardians of the lights are clearly outnumbered. But let us also remember that thirteen, which is considered as an evil number, also have a positive counterpart: number twelve. Remember that in the Judeo-Christian tradition, the number twelve, along with one, three, five, and seven, is a number for perfection. Furthermore, the Catholic tradition listed twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit: Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Generosity, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Modesty, Self-Control, and Chastity. Christ, on the other hand, enumerated thirteen things on Mark 7:21-22 that defile and arise in the heart: wicked thoughts; acts of immorality, of theft, of murder, of adultery, of greed, of maliciousness, deceit, immoderate conduct, an Evil Eye (remember the eye in the keyblade of the Master of Master’s?), blasphemy, arrogance, and lack of good sense.1 Therefore, there must really be twelve seekers of light! Now, aside from Master Yen Sid, Lea is an additional keyblade wielder in the series, and there is also an official video showing Xion and Roxas joining the fight with Sora and his pals. If they really are the additional four seekers, then there are already eleven seekers of light. I wonder who will complete the group? Maybe one or several of the characters in KHUX will be the one(s) to complete the missing spot/s or replace any or even all of the probable four: Ephemer, Strelitzia, Skuld, our character in KHUX, Blaine (though very unlikely and suspicious), and Lauriam (also very unlikely and suspicious). Though still outnumbered by one it is better than only seven, and let us recall also that in the Christian faith, it is the disadvantaged or the weak or the poor that emerges at the end. In Short… Here are the two theories I harbor for the mystery introduced by the age of the foretellers and the Master of Master’s: Superbia or the Master of Masters is the ultimate villain and Invi was the traitor. What is Invi’s mask? A snake. We all know that in Judeo-Christian faith, it is out of envy that Cain betrayed and killed his brother, Abel. Does this mean Invi, a snake, is the one who betrayed them? It is kind of obvious. But the again, is there really any traitor? As what I have said earlier, the devil (known as the father of all lies and as pride which is the father of all sins) is symbolized in Kingdom Hearts, in my own opinion, as the Master of Masters. He might just have lied to all in order for them to kill one another to try to form Kingdom Hearts or the X-blade at the expense of their souls or hearts. He might have just instructed Ava to save some special keyblade wielders or dandelions in order for them to be his backup guinea pigs in case the keyblade war failed to bring his selfish desire fruition; of course, erasing their memories, as what he ordered to Ava, will be very helpful and safe for his plan if ever. (Remember the connection of Ventus as a Dandelion in KHUX and as a boy with no memories in Birth by Sleep.) Kingdom Hearts as a Christian Allegory Now, as an extra, let us ponder on this question: is Kingdom Hearts a Christian allegory? Before I say my opinion about the key or the main theme of Kingdom Hearts series, I would like to warn the reader that if he or she does not like religious matters or hate them, especially those concerning Christianity, he or she is free to read some other article. Now, for those who still willed to accompany me up until the end, I will say that, in my own opinion, Kingdom Hearts’ theme, the very key that connects all worlds in it, is ultimately, very Christian. Of course, the stained glasses are very much related to Christianity, but these particular beauty in the game are only one part (that started it all) of the many things that convinced me to believe and propose such opinion. Consider one of the most crucial points in Kingdom Hearts: Sora’s sacrifice. Like Christ, he sacrificed his life for his beloved. He, in a sense died, in order for Kairi to live. Sora is a Christ-like figure in the Kingdom Hearts. He is the one to mend all the hurting. And since we talked about Sora’s sacrifice and remembered how he became a heartless and a nobody, we might as well talk about the keyblade, the heartless and the nobodies. There are three forces in the world of Kingdom Hearts: the keyblade, the heartless, and the nobodies (as what Roxas drawing shown us in KHII). I believe that the keyblade symbolizes the goodness of God; the heartless symbolizes the people who were consumed by the sin in their hearts; the nobodies are those who are in between or those who are in a state very akin with being in limbo. Of course the people in Kingdom Heart’s world will also symbolize normal human beings like us, and we can all chose which side we will be: the keyblade’s or in God’s side where we will experience everlasting joy in the end, or the forever darkness or hell or eternal suffering because of unappeasable or unquenchable hunger or thirst caused by the hole in one’s chest, or in limbo where we will be in a state of not really suffering nor joyful. In the end it is the keyblade or the goodness or grace of God that will save us from both of the latter and undesirable ends. In support of the aforementioned, normal people like wielders in the Kingdom Hearts world can feel all kind of emotions, the heartless only the unappeasable hunger or thirst to fill the hole in their chest, and the nobodies does not really feel anything. (Special and good nobodies like Roxas might be considered as those who are in purgatory, or a place in hell where souls suffer for a while to become cleansed and later on be in heaven or become “truly real”.) Consider the possessors of the keyblade with no heart: the Master of Masters, Luxu, and Xehanort. They symbolize the demonic side. Aside from the facts or premises already stated earlier, consider this: the sign of the devil looks like what? A goat’s head. What animal did Christ use as a symbol for those who rejected Him until the end? Goat. What animal design does that particular keyblade that the Master of Masters, Luxu, and Xehanort possess/ed? A goat’s head. Since we are on the subject, I think the masks or animal representations of the foretellers are also very fitting for them. A bear hibernates thus can be considered as lazy. A unicorn, as described in mythologies, have a short-temper and can fly into a very bloodthirsty rage, and thus can be considered wrathful. A fox is considered as cunning. A snake, a traitor. A jaguar, a hasty and deadly animal. Trinity is also always being subtly emphasized in KH. Sora, Kairi, and Riku. Ventus, Aqua, and Terra. Roxas, Xion, and Axel. Hayner, Pence, and Olette. The keyblade, heartless, and nobodies. Mickey, Donald, and Goofy—speaking of Mickey, Mickey Mouse’s head is (this one added as a kind of a joke) composed of three circles. The wielder, the keyblade, and the spirit. The wielder can be seen as the Father. The keyblade can be seen as the instrument for salvation or the Son. The Chirity is the guide or the Holy Spirit. Chi is for cross right? Which can mean Christian. Chirity sounds like a mix of the words Chi, trinity and spirit, right? So, the introduction of the Chirity might be pointing to us the symbolism of the Holy Trinity which is the very cornerstone of Christianity, through the interconnection of the wielder, the keyblade, and the spirit. Of course, the Master of Masters may have also lied that he was the one who created them (the chirities). And of course there is the reverse side too. There are the corrupt wielders, the keyblades of darkness, and the nightmare chirities. There is the devil, evil persons or his angels, and the spirit of the antichrist. The devil, as what many saints describe him, likes to turn good and beautiful things into evil and ugly things. For an example look at the reversed cross. The true cross is where the justice and mercy of God kissed, for the salvation of humankind, and the original reversed cross is a sign of St. Peter’s martyrdom and love for Christ. Yet look at the symbol of the antichrist: a reversed cross. And also look at the hour of Christ’s death or the hour of divine mercy which is considered as three in the afternoon, then remember what is always considered to be the most ungodly hour or the devil’s hour (as popularized by the enemy’s agenda I am sure of it): three in the morning. And there is also the black coat that characters use to safely pass through the corridor of darkness and resist its corruption. Veteran readers of Christian mysticism and theology will be quickly triggered by the mention of these two—especially those who read St. John of the Cross, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, and St. Teresa of Calcutta; they all have written about that dark night of the soul where there is a darkness that will engulf the soul and enable her (the soul) to pass through a path, unnoticed, and finally meet her Beloved, who is God. The corridor of darkness might be a symbol for a path of suffering or spiritual dryness that the saints usually goes through, and the black coat is the night that will embrace the saint’s soul in order for her to be safely united with the Beloved. But in the end, there is also a hint of Manichaeism or Dualism in KH; Riku’s statement in KH II that light and darkness are eternal pretty much sums up those two beliefs. But of course, maybe he was just fooled by the earlier speech of Xehanort (nobody). But whether KH really endorse the aforementioned two or not, it will not change the fact that the good must be prior to evil and the two are not coeternal with one another; evil is just a perversion the good just as a spoiled food is an edible meal before as what C.S. Lewis once said.2 It is the desire to be powerful and own exclusively the light that made the Master of Masters be like who he is (Xehanort too!). It is because of the desire to be equal to God that Lucifer became a fallen angel. The foolish gods and goddesses of the myth that fought for the possession of the apple of self did not know that it is by sharing that a soul or two is blessed.3 Again it is pride or selfishness that introduced darkness into KH’s world and ours. It is only by Humility or love that the light will return much brighter than before. Ending Remarks There are many other premises and theories that I can include but this article of mine is already too long. Perhaps I will enumerate them in a future article. I am currently busy so I guess I will write that one in a distant future. Let’s meet again somewhere, sometime, and somehow! _________ 1. Elliot, J. (2016). Beware the Evil Eye (Vol. 3). Eugene: Wipf and Stock Publishers. 2. Lewis, C.S. (1952) Mere Christianity. Great Britain: G. Bles. Bibliography: Black Coat. (2017). Kingdom Hearts Wiki. Retrieved 30 November 2017, from http://kingdom hearts.wikia.com/wiki/Black_Coat Bunyan, J. (1967). The Pilgrim’s Progress. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Pub. House. Elliot, J. (2016). Beware the Evil Eye (Vol. 3). Eugene: Wipf and Stock Publishers. Fruit of the Holy Spirit. (2017). En.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 30 November 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fruit_of_the_Holy_Spirit Lewis, C.S. (1961). An Experiment in Criticism. London: Cambridge University Press. Lewis, C.S. (1952) Mere Christianity. Great Britain: G. Bles. Lewis, C.S. (1933). The Pilgrim’s Regress: An Allegorical Apology for Christianity, Reason, and Romanticism. London: J.M. Dent and Sons. Real Organization XIII-Kingdom Hearts Wiki, the Kingdom Hearts encyclopedia. (2017). Khwiki.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017, from https://www.khwiki.com/Real_Organization_XIII Seven deadly sins. (2017). En.m.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 30 November 2017, from https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_deadly_sins The Seven Lights. (2017). Kingdom Hearts Wiki. Retrieved 30 November 2017, from http://kingdomhearts.wikia.com/wiki/ The_Seven_Lights This post can be also seen in: https://thesparrowsnestweb.wordpress.com/2017/12/01/kingdom-hearts-x-chi-and-saligia-the-key-to-an-allegory/
  19. A minimal illustration I made on my personal account https://www.instagram.com/p/6ALYFzAx7Q/

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  20. The Square Enix E-store has revealed Version 2 Bring Arts Figures for both Kingdom Hearts III Sora and Riku! Both figures are priced at ¥8,580 (approximately $80) and are available to pre-order right now! The Sora Bring Arts Version 2 figure is scheduled for a January 30th, 2021 release, while the Riku Bring Arts Version 2 figure is scheduled for a February 6th, 2021 release! Both the Sora and Riku figure are available at a discounted price on amiami for ¥7,310! (approximately $69) View these figures via our galleries below: Will you be pre-ordering these beautiful Bring Arts figures right away, or will you be waiting for them to be available for purchase on the regional stores? Let us know in the comments below! [UPDATED] September 12, 2020: The Kingdom Hearts III Bring Arts Sora Version 2 and Kingdom Hearts III Bring Arts Riku Version 2 figures are now available for pre-order from the Square Enix North America store. You can currently purchase them for a discounted $76.49 each. [UPDATED] January 26, 2021: Both figures have been delayed on the Square Enix E-store. The Kingdom Hearts III Sora Bring Arts Version 2 figure is now currently scheduled for a May 15, 2021 release, while the Kingdom Hearts III Riku Bring Arts Version 2 figure is currently scheduled for an April 17, 2021 release. View full article
  21. SuperGroupies has announced a new line of Kingdom Hearts III-inspired shoes based on Sora, Riku, Kairi, Roxas, and Axel. The shoes range from ¥16,800 to ¥18,800 (about $160-$180). The pre-order period runs until September 12th at 12:00 AM Japan Time and will be limited. Aitai Kuji has started accepting pre-orders for all 5 shoes. We have updated our gallery with promotional picture of each item. You can check them out below. Which one(s) would you want for your collection? Let us know in the comments below!
  22. SuperGroupies has announced a new line of Kingdom Hearts III-inspired shoes based on Sora, Riku, Kairi, Roxas, and Axel. The shoes range from ¥16,800 to ¥18,800 (about $160-$180). The pre-order period runs until September 12th at 12:00 AM Japan Time and will be limited. Aitai Kuji has started accepting pre-orders for all 5 shoes. We have updated our gallery with promotional picture of each item. You can check them out below. Which one(s) would you want for your collection? Let us know in the comments below! View full article
  23. Which hero do you think could become a good villain in a future Kingdom Hearts title?
  24. Inspired by Team Four Star's character art in their Final Fantasy VII Machinabridged series. Also on my DeviantArt account.
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