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Introduction




Hey all! Welcome to the Kingdom Hearts thread, a thread about how good the original Kingdom Hearts is and how awful the sequels became! To put it short, the original Kingdom Hearts is a crazy fun action RPG that mixes together Disney's sense of whimsy and Squaresoft's sense of...highly improbable weaponry? Either way, it's a fun game about bashing the physical embodiments of the darkness in peoples' hearts with a gigantic key. What more could you ask for?

Wikipedia posted:

Kingdom Hearts (Kingudamu Hatsu?) is an action role-playing game developed and published by Square Soft in 2002 for the PlayStation 2 video game console. The first game in the Kingdom Hearts series, it is the result of a collaboration between Square Enix and The Walt Disney Company. The game combines characters and settings from Disney animated features with those from Square's Final Fantasy series. The story follows a young boy, Sora, as he is thrown into an epic battle against the forces of darkness. He is joined by Donald Duck and Goofy, classic Disney characters who help him on his quest.

Kingdom Hearts was a departure from Square's standard role-playing games, introducing a substantial action-adventure element to the gameplay. In addition, it has an all-star voice cast which includes many of the Disney characters' official voice actors. Kingdom Hearts was longtime Square character designer Tetsuya Nomura's first time in a directorial position.

VIDEOS


Intro (VIDDLER ONLY)
Part 1: Awakening (BLIP) Starring Roosevelt, Nick, & Kite (VIDDLER)
Part 2: 3 Days on the Destiny Islands (BLIP) Starring Gene, Roosevelt, Evan, & Kite (VIDDLER)



Part 3: Traverse Town (BLIP) Starring Pork Lift, Snake In A Box, and Kite (VIDDLER)


Part 4: Olympus Coliseum starring Clever Spambot, KungFuJesus, and Kite (BLIP ONLY)

[INSERT PICTURE FOR DEEP JUNGLE HERE]
Part 5: Deep Jungle 1 (Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP ONLY) Starring Aces High, Hbombgerguy, and Evan
Part 5: Deep Jungle 1 (No Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP ONLY) Starring Aces High, Hbombgerguy, and Evan
Part 6 Deep Jungle 2 (Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP ONLY) Starring Aces High, Hbomberguy, Evan, and Kite
Part 6 Deep Jungle 2 (No Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP ONLY) Starring Aces High, Hbomberguy, Evan, and Kite


Part 7: Wonderland (Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring TurboFlamingChicken, OrganicRobot, Nidoking, and Kite (VIDDLER)
Part 7: Wonderland (No Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring TurboFlamingChicken, OrganicRobot, Nidoking, and Kite (VIDDLER)

AGAIN
Part 8: Traverse Town Revisited (Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring Miz Kriss, TurboFlamingChicken, Evan, and Kite (VIDDLER)
Part 8: Traverse Town Revisited (No Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring Miz Kriss, TurboFlamingChicken, Evan, and Kite (VIDDLER)

AGAIN
Part 9: The Phil Cup (Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring Aces High, Miz Kriss, and Kite (VIDDLER)
Part 9: The Phil Cup (No Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring Aces High, Miz Kriss, and Kite (VIDDLER)


Part 10: Agrabah (Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring Psycho Serum, Evan, and Kite (VIDDLER)
Part 10: Agrabah (No Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring Psycho Serum, Evan, and Kite (VIDDLER)
Part 11: Cave of Wonders and Tetsuya Nomura Rants (Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring Organic Robot, Psycho Serum, and Kite (VIDDLER)
Part 11: Cave of Wonders and Tetsuya Nomura Rants (No Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring Organic Robot, Psycho Serum, and Kite (VIDDLER)


Part 12: Monstro & Riku Ranting (Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring TurboFlamingChicken, Evan, and Kite (VIDDLER)
Part 12: Monstro & Riku Ranting (No Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring TurboFlamingChicken, Evan, and Kite (VIDDLER)


Part 13: Honey trivia (Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring OrganicRobot, Evan, and Kite (VIDDLER)
Part 13: Honey trivia (No Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring OrganicRobot, Evan, and Kite (VIDDLER)



Part 14: Finny fun? (Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring Psycho Serum, TurboFlamingChicken, and Kite (Viddler)
Part 14: Finny fun? (No Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring Psycho Serum, TurboFlamingChicken, and Kite (Viddler)
Part 15: What the hell is wrong with their face icons (Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring TurboFlamingChicken, Psycho Serum, and Kite (VIDDLER))
Part 15: What the hell is wrong with their face icons (No Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring TurboFlamingChicken, Psycho Serum, and Kite (VIDDLER))
Part 16: Lookin for treasure (BLIP) Starring Pork Lift and Kite (VIDDLER)


Part 17: Wight Nighting Kingdom Hearts (Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring Hbomberguy, Blister, and Kite (VIDDLER)
Part 17: Wight Nighting Kingdom Hearts (No Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring Hbomberguy, Blister, and Kite (VIDDLER)
Part 18: Let's make a boss fight all about platforming (Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring Evan, Snake in a Box, and Kite (VIDDLER)
Part 18: Let's make a boss fight all about platforming (No Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring Evan, Snake in a Box, and Kite (VIDDLER)

AGAIN
Part 19: Silly Old Bear (Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring Evan, TurboFlamingChicken, Pork Lift, and Kite (VIDDLER)
Part 19: Silly Old Bear (No Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring Evan, TurboFlamingChicken, Pork Lift, and Kite (VIDDLER)


Part 20: Riku is still a dumbass (Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring TurboFlamingChicken, Psycho Serum, and Kite (VIDDLER)
Part 20: Riku is still a dumbass (No Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring TurboFlamingChicken, Psycho Serum, and Kite (VIDDLER)
Part 21: James Hook IS Neverland (Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring TurboFlamingChicken, Psycho Serum, and Kite (VIDDLER)
Part 21: James Hook IS Neverland (No Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring TurboFlamingChicken, Psycho Serum, and Kite (VIDDLER)

YET AGAIN
Part 22: Barrel! (BLIP) Starring Miz Kriss, MiniatureMoose, and Kite (VIDDLER)


Part 23: A Return to Form at Hollow Bastion (Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring TurboFlamingChicken, Evan, and Kite (VIDDLER)
Part 23: A Return to Form at Hollow Bastion (No Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring TurboFlamingChicken, Evan, and Kite (VIDDLER)
Part 24: Let's just chill out a bit, okay? (Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring Evan, TurboFlamingChicken, and Kite (VIDDLER)
Part 24: Let's just chill out a bit, okay? (No Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring Evan, TurboFlamingChicken, and Kite (VIDDLER)
Part 25: In which I show off ars arcanum a lot (COMMENTARY OVER CUTSCENES) (BLIP) Starring TurboFlamingChicken, Evan, and Kite (VIDDLER)
Part 25: In which I show off ars arcanum a lot (NO COMMENTARY OVER CUTSCENES) (BLIP) Starring TurboFlamingChicken, Evan, and Kite (VIDDLER)

AGAIN
Part 26: Let's finish up Monstro! (Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring Wateyad, Psycho Serum, and Kite (VIDDLER)
Part 26: Let's finish up Monstro! (No Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring Wateyad, Psycho Serum, and Kite (VIDDLER)

AGAIN
Part 27: The Return to Hollow Bastion (Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring ScurvyKip, Psycho Serum, and Kite (VIDDLER)
Part 27: The Return to Hollow Bastion (No Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring ScurvyKip, Psycho Serum, and Kite (VIDDLER)

ONCE MORE
Part 28: Pegasus Cup (Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring Wateyad, Psycho Serum, and Kite (VIDDLER)
Part 28: Pegasus Cup (No Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring Wateyad, Psycho Serum, and Kite (VIDDLER)
Part 29: The Hades Cup I (BLIP) Starring ScurvyKip, Wateyad, TurboFlamingChicken, and Kite (VIDDLER)
Part 30: Hades Cup Part 2 Starring TurboFlamingChicken, Psycho Serum, ScurvyKip, Wateyad, and Kite


Part 31: End of the World Part 1 Starring Mr Squishy, Psycho Serum, Pork Lift, and Kite
Part 32: End of the World Part 2 Starring Mr Squishy, Psycho Serum, Pork Lift, and Kite


Part 33: Finishing stuff up in Traverse Town Starring Clever Spambot, Psycho Serum, Pork Lift, and Kite

AGAIN
Part 34: Phantom Starring Clever Spambot, Psycho Serum, Pork Lift, and Kite

AGAIN
Part 35: Kurt Zisa Starring Clever Spambot, TurboFlamingChicken, Pork Lift, and Kite

FOR THE LAST TIME
Part 36: Ice Titan Starring Clever Spambot, TurboFlamingChicken, Pork Lift, and Kite
Part 37: Sephiroth Starring Clever Spambot and Kite


Part 38: The Final Rest (BLIP) Starring Organic Robot, Hbomberguy, TurboFlamingChicken, and Kite (VIDDLER)
Part 39: The Final Video (Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring Organic Robot, Psycho Serum, and Kite (VIDDLER)
Part 39: The Final Video (No Commentary Over Cutscenes) (BLIP) Starring Organic Robot, Psycho Serum, and Kite (VIDDLER)

ANSEM REPORTS

Ansem Report 1 posted:

Much of my life has been dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge. That knowledge has guarded this world well. Not a soul doubts that. I am blessed with people's smiles and respect. But though I am called a sage, there are things I do not understand. I believe darkness sleeps in every heart, no matter how pure. Given the chance, the smallest drop can spread and swallow the heart. I have witnessed it many times. Darkness...Darkness of the heart. How is it born? How does it come to affect us so? As ruler of this world, I must find the answers. I must find them before the world is lost to those taken by the darkness.

Ansem Report 2 posted:

It is my duty to expose what this darkness really is. I shall conduct the following experiments:

* Extract the darkness from a person's heart.
* Cultivate darkness in a pure heart.
* Both suppress and amplify the darkness within.

The experiments caused the test subject's heart to collapse, including those of the most stalwart. How fragile our hearts are! My treatment produced no signs of recovery. I confined those who had completely lost their hearts beneath the castle. Some time later, I went below and was greeted by the strangest sight. Creatures that seemed born of darkness...What are they? Are they truly sentient beings? Could they be the shadows of those who lost their hearts in my experiments?

Ansem Report 3 posted:

The shadows that crawl beneath the castle... Are they the people who lost their hearts, or incarnations of darkness? Or something entirely beyond my imagination? All my knowledge has provided no answer. One thing I am sure of is that they are entirely devoid of emotion. Perhaps further study will unlock the mysteries of the heart. Fortunately, there is no shortage of test samples. They are multiplying underground even as I write this report. They still need a name. Those who lack hearts... I will call them the Heartless.

Ansem Report 4 posted:

The Heartless appear in groups, and are multiplying rapidly. I've provided them both living and nonliving samples. They've responded only to the living. They seem to multiply after absorbing something from the living creatures. Their prey vanishes without a trace. I believe the Heartless are taking hearts. They are born from those who've lost their hearts, and thrive on hearts seized from others. The hearts taken by the Heartless become Heartless themselves. Though I lack proof, I am confident in this hypothesis. I must also study their behavioral principles. Though they lack emotions, they do seem to have some intelligence. How to communicate with them? It's just occurred to me: Could they be the darkness in people's hearts?

Ansem Report 5 posted:

To study the Heartless behavior, I picked one out for observation. It wiggled its antennae and, as if sensing a target, headed deep into the castle. In the deepest part of the castle, its antennae began vibrating, as if searching for something. Suddenly, a strange door appeared. I'd never known of its existence. It had a large keyhole, but didn't seem to be locked. So I opened the door. What I saw on the other side mystified me. What was that powerful mass of energy? That night I observed a great meteor shower in the sky. Could it be related to the door that I have opened?

Ansem Report 6 posted:

A massive core of energy lay beyond the door sought by the Heartless. It may be the ultimate goal of the Heartless. But what is that energy? I have devised a hypothesis, based upon my observations of the Heartless. The Heartless feed on other's hearts, and they yearn for that energy core. That thing beyond the door must be a heart, too--the heart of this world. There is no proof, but, having felt that immense energy, I am certain. That was the heart of the world. The Heartless are trying to take hearts not only from all living creatures, but from the planet itself. But what do they mean to do with the heart of the world?

Ansem Report 7 posted:

I am studying material from the meteors that rained down that fateful night. What a find! The material is foreign to our world. It is elastic to the touch, and when two pieces are combined, they bond easily. None of the records even mention such a substance. Was it introduced to this world when I opened the door? I wonder how many other such materials drift through the atmosphere of this tiny world... I wish I could soar off and find out! Could there be uncharted worlds up there? My curiosity never ceases to grow. But I should stop speaking of such unrealistic dreams. For now, there is no way to venture outside this world. My people and I are all but prisoners of this tiny place.

Ansem Report 8 posted:

There is no doubt that the Heartless are deeply connected to the people's hearts. Further study may unravel both their motivations and the mysteries shrouding the heart. As a start, I have built a device that artificially creates Heartless. By recreating the conditions that spawn the Heartless naturally, I should be able to produce them artificially. This device is the culmination of all my research thus far. The machine's test run successfully created a Heartless. This may be a step toward creating a heart from nothing. The artificially and naturally created Heartless showed nearly identical traits. But the two types remain distinct for the purpose of the experiment. So, I will mark the ones that are created artificially.

Ansem Report 9 posted:

Simply astonishing! Today I had a guest from another world. He is a king, and his vessel is built of the material that composed the meteors. He called the pieces "gummi blocks". It seemed that my opening the door has opened a path to interworld travel. We talked for countless hours, but one story in particular caught my interest: that of a key called the "Keyblade". The Keyblade is said to hold phenomenal power. One legend says its wielder saved the world, while another says that he wrought chaos and ruin upon it. I must know what this Keyblade is. A key opens doors. It must be connected to the door I have opened.

Ansem Report 10 posted:

Just as people have hearts, so do worlds. The same can be said of stars in the night sky. And deep within each world lies a door to its heart. The Heartless desire those hearts. Born out of darkness in people's hearts, they seek to return to a greater heart. Yes that's it. The Heartless come from people's hearts, as does the darkness. Is the core of the world's heart the world of the Heartless? I will pursue the answer there and become all knowing. My path is set. I shall seek out the wielder of the Keyblade, and the princesses. My body is too frail for such a journey, but I must do this. I will cast it off and plunge into the depths of darkness.

The Heartless
Shadow
Soldier
Large Body
Red Nocturne
Blue Rhapsody
Yellow Opera
Green Requiem
Powerwild
Bouncywild
Air Soldier
Bandit
Fat Bandit
Pot Spider
Barrel Spider
Search Ghost
Sea Neon
Sheltering Zone
Screwdiver
Aquatank
Wight Night
Gargoyle
Pirate
Air Pirate
Battleship
White Mushroom
Black Fungus
Rare Truffle
Darkside
Guard Armor
Opposite Armor
Trickmaster
Stealth Sneak
Pot Centipede

FANART

JG Beagle decided to try and make Sora as black as Black JC Denton.


Zueda was kind enough to give us a taste of what a world based on Enchanted would be like.

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