Kingdom Hearts 3 – A Bizarre Nostalgia Trip

Kingdom Hearts 3 - A Bizarre Nostalgia Trip

I recently started playing Kingdom Hearts 3, the most recent sequel to one of my favorite childhood games.

The Kingdom Hearts series features a cast of characters from popular Disney films.

But it also features characters from the long-running Final Fantasy video game series from Japan.

The main character, Sora, is designed to fit in with the Final Fantasy characters, more so than with the Disney characters.

In the game, Sora travels around in a spaceship with Goofy and Donald Duck.

They travel from world to world, battling the evil forces of The Heartless wherever they find them.

Most of these worlds are game-levels based on different movies owned by The Walt Disney Company.

Kingdom Hearts 3 started off in a world based on the animated Hercules film from 1997. I have since visited worlds based on both Toy Story (1995) and Tangled (2010).

The story in these Disney-movie worlds are often just the plot from the movies.

But since Sora, Goofy and Donald are there, they’ve had to been shoved in to the movie’s plot as well.

This works better for some worlds than others.

When the story touches upon friendship and camaraderie, Sora and the gang fit in quite well.

But when the story focuses on sadness and loss, it is really weird to have Goofy and Donald Duck hanging around in the periphery.

There is something objectively funny about seeing Donald, Goofy, and a spiky-haired anime boy in the background of a sad death scene.

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  1. I used to be a huge kingdom hearts fan and for the longest I waited for part three to drop but at some point I just lost interest.

    1. Yeah, they spent way too long making handheld spinoff games instead of making proper sequels.

      That being said, KH3 is pretty fun 🙂

  2. I can’t say I’ve ever played, nor know much about Kingdom Hearts but this has me intrigued. The idea of Goofy and Donald Duck as background figures in a death scene amused me too.

    1. There are hd re-releases of Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2 for the PS4, so you should definitely give them a go 🙂

  3. Kingdom Hearts is a great series, I was so happy to finally see a proper continuation of the first two games. Also so glad to know I’m not the only one who found it bizarre to have an anime style character inserted into all of this Disney stuff. I can never seem to bring it up around other fans lol!

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