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By Pedro "Pap" Hernandez

 

September 17, 2019  (originally published August 14, 2012)

Pap the Disney Gamer Presents a Year Long Celebration

Ten Years of Hearts, Keyblades and Disney Magic: A Kingdom Hearts 10thAnniversary Celebration

Last time on the Kingdom Hearts Retrospective

'Disney villains! Good versus evil! Redemption! Light versus Darkness!'

And now...

Part 8: The Journey Begins in a Brand New World

Every journey has a first step... So famously said the first teaser trailer for 1999's Star Wars: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. In the Kingdom Hearts universe, that first step happened a long time ago, long before Sora responded the call to action, long before Master Xenahort decided to destroy the lives of so many in his pursuit of power, hundreds enjoyed the light's warmth.

This is a story that was told by Kairi's grandmother just as the first chapter of Kingdom Hearts is nearing its end. Yet, in order for us to fully understand the reason why the whole Kingdom Hearts universe works the way it does, it is best for us to learn that story.

The story goes as follows:

Long ago, people lived in peace, bathed in the warmth of light. Everyone loved the light. Then people began to fight over it. They wanted the light for themselves. And darkness was born in their hearts. The darkness spread, swallowing the light and many people's hearts. It covered everything, and the world disappeared. But small fragments of the light survived... in the hearts of children. With these fragments of light, children rebuilt the lost world. It's the world we live in now. But the true light sleeps, deep within the darkness. That's why the worlds are still scattered, divided from each other. But someday, a door to the innermost darkness will open. And the true light will return. So, listen, child. Even in the deepest darkness, there will always be light to guide you. Believe in the light, and the darkness will never defeat you. Your heart will shine with its power and push the darkness away.

This simple story sums up the reason of being for many of the characters and places in the Kingdom Hearts mythology. It dives into the belief that all of us are naturally bathed in light from a supernatural force looking over us, and that we all desire to be part of that force. Yet, if we allow greed into our hearts, we become separated from that power and from each other. Only true innocence and pureness of heart can lead us back to that power. As stated in the previous chapter of our retrospective, the theme of light versus darkness is one of the most commonly seen in fiction so it is clear why Square Enix chose it as part of the Kingdom Hearts narrative: not only is it a very family fantasy trop it inspires our beliefs that we exist for a reason, whether it be to be servants of light or servants of darkness.

The worlds Kairi's grandmother is talking about are the Disney worlds that have been so prominently featured throughout the series. A fun fact about this piece of the mythology is that it turns out it is a perfect excuse to explain why the Disney characters can't interact with each other. When Square Enix was in talks with Disney Interactive to develop the game, Disney clearly stated that the Disney characters wouldn't leave their worlds and interact with each other. Sure, Disney shows like House of Mouse would state otherwise, but let us remember that this Disney story is working with an universe that is different from everything else Disney has established for many years.


Many of the artwork pieces created for the series features both subtle and literal representations of light and darkness. In this piece, Sora is floating

These Disney worlds (and the original worlds seen throughout the series) are the remnants of the light world that was vanquished by darkness, then saved by the purity of children's hearts. As you can probably guess, the pure of heart were those Disney heroes and their friends who were able to keep the worlds alive, and the dark hearts belong to the Disney villains that wish to obtain the power for themselves.

The separation of the worlds from light also explain one major plot element in Kingdom Hearts: all worlds have hearts ruled by both light and darkness. If these hearts are attacked by forces of evil, its existence is put into jeopardy. If the villains take control of the worlds, they are closer to obtaining the ultimate source of light: Kingdom Hearts. One thing to do in order to prevent disaster is to lock the keyhole that lead to the heart of the world.


The keyholes seen throughout the Kingdom Hearts series are a way to get to the world's heart, its source of light and darkness

To sum it all up: All worlds used to be united as one world by the power of light, but were destroyed and separated by the darkness in the hearts of its people, ultimately saved by the pure light in the hearts of the innocent. In all these worlds, there lies a heart that keeps everything alive and is one of the few connections to the original world of light. If darkness invade it or villains try to harvest its power and shower it with darkness, all life on that world is over.

And this is just a small sample of what the whole Kingdom Hearts saga has to offer. The story has become so expansive that it has become its own weakness as new characters come in and add a side to the story that makes things more complicated. Even with that, though, players can't help but be engrossed by its themes and desire to see a chapter be completed.

Come back next month as we finally celebrate Kingdom Hearts's tenth anniversary by looking at how the journey truly begins... with a dive into the heart.


Past Gamer Tuesday

Animated film based games
Aladdin
Aladdin (SEGA)
Alice in Wonderland
Alice's Paint Adventure
Beauty and the Beast Board Game

Beauty and the Beast - two games
Beauty and the Beast: A Board Game Adventure
Beauty and the Beast Computer Game 
A Bug's Life
Cars: The Video Game

Cars Game Reviews
Cinderella's Midnight Dash
Disney Friends
Disney Friends - The Friends of Disney Friends
Finding Nemo Games
Hercules

Jungle Book, The
Lion King, The
The Little Mermaid
Little Mermaid II: Pinball Frenzy
Pinocchio

Pocahontas
Tangled, the Video Game
Tarzan
Tigger's Honey Hunt
Toy Story

Live Action film based games
102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue
Disney's A Christmas Carol
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
Muppets
Muppets Cruise Party

My Muppets Show
Prince of Persia
Roger Rabbit

Mickey and Friends
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse HD Remake
Disney Golf
Disney Magicboard Online
Disney Sports Soccer

Disney Super Speedway
Donald Duck
Donald Duck: Goin' Quakers
Epic Mickey
Epic Mickey 2: Power of 2

Goofy's Hysterical History Tour
Lucky Dime Caper, The
Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse
Magical Tetris Challenge
Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow

Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mousecapade
Mickey Mouse Magic Wands
Mickey's 123's: The Big Surprise Party
Mickey's Dangerous Chase
Mickey's Great Adventure in Tokyo Disneyland

Mickey's Speedway USA
Quackshot
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Where's My Mickey?

The Kingdom Hearts Retrospective
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9
Part 10

Part 11
Part 12

Fun Finds
Diddy Kong Racing
Rayman 3
Sonic Colors

Miscellaneous
101  Dalmatians in Kingdom Hearts
2013 recap
Some of the Bravest Disney Characters
Carousel of Gaming Progress
Christmas list
The D Show
Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Grooves

Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Mix
Darkwing Duck: Remastered
Disney DVD games
Disney Fighting Game that was never made
Disney Infinity

Disney Infinity: Frozen
Disney Infinity: Holiday Guide
Disney Infinity: Play Set Wish List
Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life

Disney Princess
Disney Villains Revenge
Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure
Disney's Game and Watch
Disney's Sing It Family Hits

Disney's Th!nk Fast
Easter Egg in Kinect Disneyland Adventure
Epcot's Innoventions
Fantasia: Music Evolved
Future of Star Wars Gaming and LucasArts

Game Guide for 2012
Guilty Party
Hidden Levels of Mickey's Speedway USA
How the Pap saved Christmas
Just Dance Disney Party

Kingdom Hearts III announcement
Kingdom Hearts III Dream Summons Predictions
Kingdom Hearts III prediction
Kingdom Hearts III live action predictions
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
Lady and the Tramp appearance
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Love Scenes in Video Games

Marvel Super Heroes (Arcade Game)
Mickey Mouse games released during Presidential terms
Monsters, Inc. Scream Arena Introduction
Nightmare Before Christmas Appearances
NintendoLand
Pico Games

Pop Century's History of Video Games
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Fighting Game from Runaway Brain
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
Steamboat Willie through the years
Summer Games

Tiger Handheld Games
Video Game References found within the parks
Where's My Water?
Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road
Wreck-It-Ralph Trailer Analysis
Wreck-It Ralph Trailer Analysis Part 2

Wreck-It Ralph Meet and Greet queue
Wreck-It Ralph's appearance in All-Stars Racing Transformed

Park themed games
Adventures at the Magic Kingdom
Adventures at the Magic Kingdom clarification
Adventure of Tokyo DisneySea
Disneyland Explorer
DisneyQuest

Disney Fireworks
Disney TokyoSea snack appearance
Finding Fantasyland
Kinect Disneyland Adventures
Magic Kingdom Board Game

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom: Tortuga Tavern
Toontown Online
Toy Story Mania!
Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour
Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour - Looking back after a year

Pap's Picks
E3 Highlights
The Marvel Connection
Top 5 Weird Games
Top Marvel and Disney super hero games

Television Based Games
Bonkers
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers
Darkwing Duck
DuckTales

DuckTales: Remastered
Goof Troop

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