Long ago, in the "age of fairy tales," the world's light is protected by seven individuals who reside in Daybreak Town and wield unique weapons called "Keyblades": the Master of Masters and his six apprentices. A devastating conflict has been foreseen, and the world's end is imminent. In order to heal it, the Master of Masters gives his disciples unique roles and instructs them to form Unions comprised of other Keyblade wielders. Soon afterwards, the Master vanishes.
A special movie released with Kingdom Hearts 2.8 collection. It was rendered with Unreal Engine 4. Unlike previous Kingdom Hearts films, which were comprised of collected video game cutscenes, Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover is a side story to the game Kingdom Hearts χ comprised of unique footage.
There's no review for this movie? Why you might ask, well maybe because you as a Kingdom Hearts fan, and I especially, was not expecting this to even be on MAL.
But well lets dive in.
You won't probably like this if you're not a Kingdom Hearts fan. Even if you're just a casual Kingdom Hearts fan, you probably won't find this as interesting until more installments come out for the series. It just doesn't hold a large amount of substance to it.
Story wise, this story takes place before the keyblade war, and leading up to the keyblade war which is important in the
main Kingdom Hearts universe, and is ever growing more important after kingdom hearts 3. The way it's told through this movie is well. . . it's not boring, but even as a strong kingdom hearts fan, I think the mobile game is doing a better job with the Back Cover story elements.
But this does introduce you to forces, and will help explain basic elements of the mobile game if you don't want to do your research.
Each characters getting their separate arc as it leads up to a reveal at the end.
Art, is like a cutscene from Kingdom Hearts 3, maybe a little less on quality. 3D, and like a video game.
Sound involves the KH soundtrack, with tones fans should be familiar with. Nothing really new.
Now character wise I do think the movie stands out, as it introduces you to key players of the Union Cross universe, the lore, and also the characters as well. Most of the main cast is a bit generic, but their are some key stand outs with Ava, Luxu and the Master of Masters especially.
The story of how they try and devise who the traitor is, is in fact actually quite interesting as you piece together your own thoughts. But again, I think this is only interesting if you have a backing in the Kingdom Hearts universe already.
Overall I enjoyed it though as a mobile game player! It doesn't really give you the major plot heavy details of the mobile game, but it does introduce you to the foretellers, and the Master of Master-- all who will play key roles in the series moving forward.
If you're looking for an anime movie though, this isn't it.