Sora is a young energetic boy looking forward to exploring the world with his friends, Riku and Kairi. The threesome is working hard on completing a raft that will allow them to leave their island but one day a mysterious force causes Sora to gain a special weapon known as the Keyblade. He fights some weird monsters and gets transported to a strange town. Meanwhile, Donald and Goofy leave their castle to search for the king and the chosen one who holds the "key" to saving the world. Sora is attacked again by creatures known as Heartless but is helped out by an old man named Cid and a warrior named Leon. He eventually meets up with Donald and Goofy and they join forces to go search for his friends and the King.
Kingdom Hearts is based on Square's Playstation 2 video game of the same title. The series was reprinted in three volumes as Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix with additional chapters.
The series was first published in English by Tokyopop from October 11, 2005 to July 11, 2006. Yen Press re-published the series as Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix in two omnibus volumes based on the three volume reprint on May 28, 2013.
"Alright, Our next project is the Kingdom Hearts manga, now most of you should be familiar with this great game. Now how do we proceed? What parts of Kindgom Hearts made it such a great game? I have some ideas as to how we proceed.
1. For the story: We use the beginning and ending videos from each world and pretend like there's a coherant plot going when really all we're doing is rushing a plot that really shouldn't be rushed.
2. The videogame has alot of action and RPG elements in it. Let's keep the ridiculous spells like "Freeze" and "Cure" and
make them say it but eliminate Sora using the Keyblade for anything other than locking a keyhole."
3. Let's use a RIDICULOUS amount of chibis, like if we have less than 10 per chapter the chapter will have to be completely redrawn.
4. Let's eliminate the single most fun world: Halloween Town, so that we can focus on other exciting worlds like.......WONDERLAND!"
That was, in my mind at least, how things went down. They probably have better reasons, such as they would need Tim Burton's permission for using Halloween Town, and they wanted to tone down the violence for a more kid-friendly audience. But there is a point to where kiddifying something robs it of all value.
Story: If you watch the beginning and end of the cutscenes of the world you'll understand EVERYTHING that goes on in this manga. To me there was nothing in here that I couldn't see or extrapolate from a cutscene, except for a couple bits that were put in for failed humor. The Fourth Wall is broken once...and it's horribly done. I was disapointed with the story, they chose to make this 4 volumes worth, but in total it's about 500-600 pages long. They don't spend alot of time on each world, which is a real gip. If they had fleshed out the storyline, made it 5 proper volumes with 1000 pages...then things would be ALOT different.
Art: Chibis......INCREDIBLY annoying Chibis are EVERYWHERE. I have nothing against that form of expression but the sheer amount of them and the other childish forms of expression in this manga are really annoying. They eliminate all depth from the manga, and scenes where feeling can be shared and character developed they choose to use for a chibi shot. The backrounds in most cases are ok. There was never a single time the art struck me as great, it was just "ok." The adaption of Disney characters is quite astonishingly good. Some feel alot like disney characters, but most of the princesses feel incredibly comfortable in their manga role. I for one found Malificent to be quite hot....in a creepy way.
Character: There is no character development in this manga. In the game, most of the character development is DURING the action of the worlds or between them, and since the story essentially takes the beginning and end of each world it skips out on any development that could take place.
Enjoyment: I was so disappointed by this manga...but then again I was expecting something great...this is Kingdom Hearts after all. The format is also flipped...so it read Left to Right instead of the more amazing way of Right to Left. It came in a box-set though...so at least that made me a little happy.
Well being a extreme Kingdom Hearts fan of course I had to read the manga. For those of you who don't know Kingdom Hearts is a manga based on the Video game so of course I'm going to compare it to the game. It's starts off in Destiny Islands where Sora, Riku and Kairi are attempting to escape their island by building a raft. Of course the night before they leave there's a big storm, (who didn't see that coming?) and next thing you know everyone's seperated and Sora has a giant key which can some how defeat the shadowy bug like Heartless.
the manga did a good job of covering what happens in the game, of course its not as fun as acutally beating up the Heartless yourself but thats kinda of hard to do when your reading a book. I thought the story was a little too rushed and there wasn't as much character developement as in the game, but once again I can't help but love the combination of Final Fantasy and Disney. I think this manga is good if you like either or the two or you like the game. I think if you don't know anything about Kingdom Hearts you might get a little confused, but I can't tell you for sure as I already knew all of the story when I read this. If you're a die hard fan you might be a little disappointed but they can't do everything exactly like they did in the game so just enjoy what you've got!
Kingdom Hearts the Manga is Based on Kingdom Hearts 1 for PlayStation 2. The series is my most favourite video game ever, this manga started in October 2003 and ended in January 2005, and it's 4 volumes long. But unlike other mangas, it reads like a normal comic, left to right instead of right to left, which is so very very sad. Just so you know, the other Kingdom Hearts manga's based on the other games read right to left, only this one is different.
There are some things left out, that was in the games and not in the manga, but the story's the
same, it's about Sora, Riku and Kairi, who live on Destiny Islands. They build a raft but Heartless come, they are creatures that go after the darkness in people's hearts, Sora gets a magical weapon called a Keyblade, that can open any door. Sora fights the Heartless, then he gets away. Meanwhile Donald Duck and Goofy go on a mission to find the Key Blade wielder, together Sora, Donald and Goofy go to different Disney worlds to battle the Heartless, what's sad is some things are left out, but it's still the exact same as the game. [color=green]The ending is very rewarding and offers a sweet moment between the characters.[/color]
Donald Duck and Goofy are so very funny, I love them. The manga has the Little Mermade, Pinocchio, Hercules, Alice in wonderland, Squall Leon Heart, Sid, Aerith, Aladdin, Yuffie, and lots more. Sora is so very nice, Kairi is sweet and I so love her. [color=green]She is kind and adorable.[/color] Riku is my most favourite character, I so love Riku, he's so very cool. [color=green]He is neither good nor bad, but rather in between: you can like him as a hero or a villain.[/color] This is Disney mixed with Final Fantasy, of course it's going to be amazing.It's great to see all these famous characters we love gathered together in a single story. The only bad thing is, Mickey Mouse is only on here in the very end, it's so not fair, the main character of Disney does not appear until the end. I won't say what happens, but it does make sense, it would have been confusing if Mickey appeared before, but he is only at the end of Kingdom Hearts , but Donald Duck and Goofy are so here all the time, I love it.
The art looks so very good, the drawings look good, if you like the games then I promise the art is true to the games.
The only regrettable thing is Mickey Mouse only at the end and some things left out that were in the video game, otherwise it's perfect.
I'm a huge fan of Kingdom Hearts, as many of you who will be reading this review (i presume). I read the manga for some time and at that moment i thought: "I should write a review on this!" ... but i never had the courage; until now. I made it short, so here it goes:
Kingdom Hearts, the manga, is a disappointment to all hardcore and "softcore" fans of the series. The story is confusing and hard to follow. The dialog fails and the art is not that astonishing.
Like in the game, you follow the story and adventures of Sora, a young boy that
holds an incredible power and his two companions Donald and Goofy.With his keyblade, Sora and co. travel from world to world killing heartless and closing "doors".
The story is much the same as that from the game, disregarding just some places such as the Halloween Town, preferring others that can be seen as less interesting (like the "little mermaid")
As for the structure and overall story, i have a great critic i would like to present to you. And this is: the development of the story.
While reading the book, you'll find yourself jumping from world to world, from scene to scene, never really understanding what's going on.The story simply develops never explaining what really is happening, leaving you to discover it for yourself.If you played the game, you will not have many problems knowing whats happening, but if you never played game or even heard of it you'll have a though time following the story.
Besides this major fluke, the dialogs (Tokyopop version) are very poor, leaving few interest in keep reading the book to the end. Regarding the art, there are some cute images but in general they're not surprising.
As for my conclusion:
If you're a hardcore fan of the series, and you played all the games, you'll enjoy reading the book. You'll definitely rouse some great memories, you'll remember some exciting parts of the game and maybe, you will even have your own time of nostalgia. But if you never played the game and you just picked this manga randomly, or you just heard of it from a friend, or any other reason; read it at you own risk.
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