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Kingdom Hearts 10th Anniversary

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This year marks the ten year anniversary of the Kingdom Hearts video game series. First created by Tetsuya Nomura in 2002, the series has released the latest chapter of the saga in Japan: Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. The game will be out soon in North America and everywhere else later on. In the meantime, fans are replaying the old games and reminiscing.

When Kingdom Hearts first came out with the original game, I thought it was just a kiddie Disney thing. However, one day in 2006 I was surprised to receive Kingdom Hearts II as a gift. Before I opened the game, I was happy and excited for some reason. Maybe some part of me knew how much I would enjoy the game.

As I progressed through it, I realized that the Disney, Final Fantasy, and original characters created by the creator were a part of a big story involving heart, friendship, love, light, and darkness. I was hooked on the storyline because I connected to some of the characters. Also, I had fun kicking bad guy butt with cool abilities.

After a while, I beat the game. However, I wanted more and so ended up borrowing a CD of the video game’s soundtrack. Eventually, this would lead me to reading Kingdom Hearts fan fiction, purchasing some of the Japanese manga adaptations, and trying out the original game. Although I haven’t been able to play every game, I will always be a fan of the series.

And now, for those who are fans or just curious, I present the special opening for Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. Not only is it a proper homage and celebration of the series’ anniversary, it is awesome for being shown on a building wall in Japan!

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Written by Serena Zola

April 7, 2012 at 8:39 PM

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