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SPOILER WARNING! Within the following article Stuart discusses some reasonably whopping spoilers as he takes us on an emotional and tearful Kingdom Hearts whisk. Whereas you agree with now now not conducted the video games and it’s most likely you’ll perhaps even be gleaming to spoilers, we recommend coming wait on in a twelve months or so after you agree with conducted the lot. In every other case, be warned that obvious uncomfortable occasions are mentioned in detail.

For positive, whenever you agree with now now not conducted the video games, none of it goes to make a lick of sense anyway, nonetheless it’s most likely you’ll perhaps also were warned!


Ogle, I’m nicely conscious that a feature equivalent to right here’s systematically destroying my unless-now unassailable credibility within the video games writing dwelling. But there comes a time, my chums. There comes a time!

I bloody admire Kingdom Hearts, me. The series is as daft as a brush, nonetheless the set would we be with out brushes? Fences could be unpainted, hair could be unkempt, mascara haphazardly utilized!…

I’m now now not certain the set I’m going with this. The purpose is, my emotional attachment to Square-Enix’s deliriously Disney-demented series of motion-RPGs is aesthetic darn sturdy and there were conditions the set I confess I could also fair agree with come terminate to shedding a fling or two. K, fleshy-on grotesque crying. Streaming mucous and tears, even perhaps quite of blood. I did train it turned into grotesque.

With the announcement of the Change getting cloud versions of the Kingdom Hearts series main to a spate of grotesque crying in itself – why now now not port the PS3 versions?! – this appears to be love as ethical a time as any to show screen this frankly embarrassing listing of eight occasions a Kingdom Hearts sport made me weep love quite of tiny one at a provoking wedding.

Kingdom Hearts (2002): Sora’s Heartless

Properly, for positive I needed to open with this. With the closing Keyhole in Hole Bastion peaceable incomplete and Kairi in a borderline-comatose notify, her coronary heart having been transferred in Sora himself, the spikey-haired protagonist naturally makes employ of Ansem’s keyblade to STAB HIMSELF IN THE HEART, thereby freeing Kairi’s agree with and bringing her wait on to consciousness while at the same time transforming him into conception to be one of many admittedly cutesy tiny Heartless creatures.

A selfless sacrifice and while, yes, or now now not it’s reasonably rapid reversed, or now now not it’s peaceable a highly effective moment in a series stacked with them.

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This guy (Image: Square Enix / Disney / Nintendo)

Kingdom Hearts (2002): The chief of the club makes an appearance

Ogle! It’s ‘im! Correct form at the very quit of the fashioned Kingdom Hearts, after your onerous-fought fight against Ansem, who need to peaceable make an inaugural appearance nonetheless Walt Disney’s beloved vermin, Michael Mouse.

Rising from fair appropriate light in silhouette love the company God that he if truth be told is, the debut of King Mickey (for it’s he) is a landmark moment within the series, conjuring up fond gaming memories of the likes of Castle of Illusion, Magical Quest and – for positive – Tiny one Klown in Evening Mayor World (search it up).

Cynicism aside, the best, magical hegemony of Walt Disney’s Masterpiece Mickey Mouse is, rather if truth be told, a reasonably nice moment in a sport that appears to be to be made from stardust, bon-bons and aesthetic girls’ kisses. Joyous mouse-based victory.

Kingdom Hearts II (2005): The fate of Roxas

Oh, this one stings. Oh, it’s injurious. And, at free up, it turned into fully lacking in context – the game that explains (practically) all the pieces, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, didn’t seem unless four years later, fully reframing the previously largely-pilloried Twilight Town prologue of Kingdom Hearts 2 as absolutely the solid-brass brutal tragedy that it if truth be told is.

The unimaginative destruction of Roxas’ falsified existence, the shift from borderline-utopia to grisly limbo, and – in some map – the discovery of Sora that ends in his Nobody’s heartbreaking proclamation that his “summer season shuttle” is over. In which he map his existence. SOB.

Kingdom Hearts II (2005): Goofy fg dies

At the moment sooner than the most yarn mass fight in Kingdom Hearts II, Goofy – yes, Disney’s humorous blundering lank – will get hit within the head with a rock and dies.

Yes, he is killed. He suffers big cerebral trauma and is snuffed out all of a sudden. Sora and Donald are sent into paroxysms of guilt and peril over this most pointless of slayings, whereas the show screen King Mickey merely clenches his fist and announces “They’ll pay for this.”

Yes, it’s hilarious, nonetheless fetch of it this form – who goes to lift the info to Max? Roxanne squeezing his hand as he sorrowfully intones “Gawrsh”

No, no, I’m fine. Nowt tainted with me. (sniff)

Kingdom Hearts II (2005): Sora leaves Twilight Town

Ogle… Kingdom Hearts II is de facto heartbreaking, ok? Or now now not it is the crux of the total series, usually. Loads of video games pivot around its yarn, and it pays off so many emotional pathways begun in — confusingly ample — titles that came out later.

Again, the fleshy impression of this scene would now not hit you unless you agree with conducted (or watched) 358/2 Days, nonetheless a neatly-identified of nostalgia peaceable hits you as you rush away this town. Sora feels it too – feels something he would now not but know is Roxas’ unknown, unwitnessed agony at his uncomplicated wont to exist, which wells up internal Sora and manifests as a single, unexplained fling.

Roxas’ chums Hayner, Pence and Olette gape the practice pull out of the plight, eliminating the closing remnant of their forgotten buddy. And they lengthy for something, nonetheless they are going to never know what.

WAAAAAAAAAAA. (Blows noise with comedic honking sound)

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (2009): Sea salt ice cream

The most underrated sport within the series, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days is a tragic story of futility and delusion, a protagonist convinced he’s something he’s now now not, and convinced he isn’t something he a good deal is.

Instructed that he’s incapable of emotions – irrespective of clearly showing them during the whisk – Roxas is a Nobody, the mere shadow of a proper hero. But he’s a lot extra than that, and the mundanity of his existence and the extent to which he’s a sufferer of abuse and gaslighting make his relationship with fellow Organisation XIII members Axel and Xion the total extra indispensable.

The closest reveal he has to primitive friendship is his afternoons sat atop Twilight Town’s clock tower drinking sea salt ice cream. And when his buddy Xion in some map turns out to be every other ruse — every other cruel twist — he’s pressured to combat her. In a a lot-mocked scene usually taken out of context, he laments his fallen buddy with a perplexed, broken “Who will I if truth be told agree with ice cream with!?” Silly on the bottom, nonetheless after 30 hours with this dynamic, it’s the becoming frame of reference he has for “friendship”. And boy oh boy, does it anxiety.

Kingdom Hearts: Starting up by Sleep (2010): “Attach aside an quit to me.”

Torn between the inevitability of his future and his desire to provide protection to chums Terra and Aqua, candy, naïve young Ventus shrugs off the comforts and platitudes of his chums and straight up announces his desire to die. “I’m asking you, as a chum. Correct form set an quit to me.”

There are a grisly choice of suicidal themes within the Kingdom Hearts series, nonetheless never are they brought to the forefront as straight away as right here, on this unassuming PSP prequel. Or now now not it’s quite of a depth-tag and easily the most unsettling moment within the series’ historical past.

Kingdom Hearts III (2019): When it bought announced

God, how lengthy had it been since Kingdom Hearts 2? Launched in 2013 — eight years after its train predecessor — it took every other six years for Kingdom Hearts III to if truth be told explore free up. And, while your mileage could also fair vary, it did now not disappoint, offering a if truth be told yarn novel brace of Disney worlds, beautifully coronary heart-on-sleeve emotive yarn hooks, lengthy-time-coming pay-offs and redemptions and, naturally, the initiating of something even crazier within the subsequent step of the Kingdom Hearts series — a series that’s usually made fun of for having a ridiculous, convoluted storyline.

And it does. And I need to peaceable now now not agree with it every other manner. Obtained it memorised?


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Image: Square Enix / Disney

All of these moments and extra will be Change homeowners’ to revel in as soon as the controversial cloud model of the mainline video games open on Change soon. Allow us to seize which of these moments had you blubbing into your controller below, and which of them it’s most likely you’ll perhaps add to your personal listing of KH tearjerkers.

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