Release Date: April 20th, 2014
Genre: Graphic Novel - Middle Grade
Source: I own a copy via paperback
Description from Amazon: After a terrible storm shatters the peace of his tropical island home, a young boy named Sora is set adrift from his world and his friends, Riku and Kairi. Meanwhile, Disney Castle is in an uproar when it is discovered that King Mickey has gone missing, leaving it up to Court Wizard Donald and Captain Goofy to find him! When Sora, in search of his friends, and Donald and Goofy, in search of their king, cross paths, their fateful encounter will change the destiny of the universe forever!
Review: I think it is no secret that Kingdom Hearts is my ultimate favorite video game series (Sorry, Metroid and Pokemon). Even my book moniker, Heartless Lyn, is a homage to the series. I poked around the graphic novels for a bit, but I never really read them until now.
I always find myself a bit miffed at any video game/literacy crossover. I do like the art, and the storyline keeps the same flow, but I found some minor issues that just didn't sit well with me.
The art is lovely. Some of the action becomes lost in the smaller frames, but I enjoyed the larger layout.
For those who are not into playing a game, then this is a good introduction to the storyline. It does follow the basic overall arc of the video game.
I like the flow and the voice of the characters. Riku's tone was different from Sora. The villains kept to their original Disney movie counterparts. Kudos.
This is better than collecting the smaller, first edition volumes.
What Made Me Sad
Final Mix, in Kingdom Hearts speak, means "to go all out." The manga did not hit this mark. If you are going to add those words on a KH product, then make it worth my while. I am disappointed that the opening scenes were not in color, like the original manga.
Kingdom Hearts is a good balance of serious and silly, but there was just a tad too much goofiness(ahahahaha!) of the characters.
The quality was lacking. I suppose it reflects more on the company, but, to me, they Yen Press could have tried a little harder! Like I said: FINAL MIX.
Even though I find myself disappointed by some of the issues, I did find that this is a great manga to own for video game lovers and manga readers. It is well worth it if you want something fluffy and sweet that doesn't fear venturing into something much darker.
Purchase the manga from Amazon!