Frozen II

I wish that Frozen 2 was about Arendelle going to war with Atlantica. Frozen vs. The Little Mermaid… wouldn’t that be fun to watch?

Maybe they are going to The Kingdom of Corona to see Rapunzel, but who knows? I personally think that there is going to be some sort of lore where there are 4 seasonal beings with Elsa being in charge of Winter, while they go off to see someone who is in charge of Fall… and they have some sort of altercation… but that’s just me.

Yes… Rapunzel would be in charge of Spring… that just goes without saying.

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Kingdom Hearts I-III is the story of us growing up

Kingdom_Hearts_II-coverartEvery time a Kingdom Hearts game has come out, I have been in a drastically different point in my life. When I finally played Kingdom Hearts 2 in High School, it was not brand new… but neither was I. I was 17 or 18 at the time, and a friend had let me borrow their strategy guides for it as well as Final Fantasy X. The game came out in 2002 and whenever I did pick it up, I was very new to Playstation 2 as I had previously had a Gamecube. The game was fun, let you be a merman, and really sold itself as a mash up of Disney meets Final Fantasy. Things were simple KH cloud.pngthen.

My girlfriend played Chain of Memories on the GBA, which I did not own at the time, and I dismissed it as a side game that I was going to skip.

Then Kingdom Hearts 2 came out on 2005

Out of my teens and into my 20’s I started going to Anime conventions as I attempted college. People cosplayed Cloud from both FFVII and the Vincent-ly dressed version of Cloud from Kingdom Hearts. Lots of women dressed up as Sora as well as Riku as they acted very attracted to each other.

Then Kingdom Hearts 2 came out on 2005. I played fighting games such as Guilty Gear X2 and Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 on my PS2 at the college on their big screen old school HD TV EVERY DAY, and that was an amazing time.

I worked at GameStop as both a GA and an SGA and I was there when we launched the game. We did not do a midnight release for it, but I was dressed extra nice as I sold it. I was so *into* the idea of Kingdom Hearts that I did next to nothing else but play that game for 2 days as I beat it. I then beat it a second time on proud mode, which was not that hard, and then… I got that special ending. How would the world know that we would have to wait until 2019 to play Kingdom Hearts III?

KH2 jack and soraI skipped every single handheld game that was a ‘spin off’ of Kingdom Hearts. We never got the final mixes on PS2, but we did get KH Re-Chain of memory which in Japan was bundled with Final Mix… which was upsetting. My attention from Kingdom Hearts really started to waver, but anytime there was something of interest, I’d pop my head back over… similar to how I kept up with Power Rangers, I suppose.

Cosplayers would come on stage claiming to be the Kingdom Hearts III version of Rinoa and Squall, each carrying a Keyblade, and there used to just be so much excitement for III. Then we waited the full 16 years, and in the meantime watched almost every single movie in phase 1-3 of The Marvel Cinematic Universe. WTF?!

Apparently I was supposed to play all of the side games… but once again, I stayed console pure as I dislike handheld experiences. I missed Hunchback and 3 Mouseketeers apparently, but oh well… they would re-hash them in KH3 like 2 did with The Little Mermaid, right? We had the final mixes finally come out, but by then I was not interested enough to even finish the two collections all the way through.

kingdomheartsiiiKingdom Hearts I-III is the story about me growing up. I do not play as many games as I once did. My circle of friends has grown and shrunk, and no one is the same for this video game journey. The idea of love and friendship winning out over anything is just… not as appealing as it once was. I don’t even watch every Disney movie, skipping all Toy Story sequels as well as Big Hero 6 just to name a few. It’s depressing and convoluted as I desperately try to cling to the things and people from my past.

Disney once held so much love in my heart, and now I realize what they are. Also, the Final Fantasy characters are almost all MIA and I’m trapped with the convoluted mess of a story that is Kingdom Hearts… that I largely passed on because all I wanted was a new numbered console game that was a Disney x Final Fantasy cross over.

20090605141132!Axel_Days_2I will eventually beat Kingdom Hearts, but I keep breaking because I do not want to do this that or the other as I watch so SO SOOOOOOOO many cutscenes that I end up having to take breaks between them.

I get it. Organization XIII is up to no good. Can I please get back to the Disney World that I don’t care about from Disney’s new, anti-2D but pro 3D, renaissance? Please?

Kingdom Hearts III: So Far

So… Kingdom Hearts III is out, and I’ve been both waiting for it, playing it, trying to play it, and yeah… I’m at Toy Story world, and I’ve been wanting to talk about it, so here are my thoughts.

1-30-2019_3-12-37_pm-3cyfudssProud mode is way too easy, at least before the latest patch. Not sure if that has changed or not. There are way too many cut scenes that go on too long, and you end up going to multiple locations/worlds one after the number, at first, without the luxury of saving first. I could have maybe saved at the Gummi Ship map, but it wasn’t apparent from the get-go, so this complaint is still some-what valid.

The gameplay is frantic, sort of confusing, and some of Sora’s abilities take away from combat in a “Jesus take the wheel” kind of way. You summon attractions all of the time, and change your form when prompted to… because why wouldn’t you? It sucks… but it’s tactical. Worst case scenario, it gives Donald Duck time to revive, and cast Cure onto you.

1-30-2019_3-13-55_pm-kokft43iApparently, Square Enix really wanted everyone to care about the Kingdom Hearts games that are NOT the numbered Kingdom Hearts games. I lost interest in the PS3 collections, I never played the KH games that were on GBA, DS, 3DS, PSP, and PS4. I’m including the PS4 because they had a collection called 2.8 which included a short story that was included inside of the Kingdom Hearts 3 engine, that many people called a ‘Demo.’

1-30-2019_3-14-19_pm-iovb4iumEven if you bought a PS3, missing out on the small game they included in Kingdom Hearts 2.8 that was exclusive to PS4, fans would have missed SOMETHING if their only current gen console is The Xbox One.

Aqua, Terra, Ventus… Lea? One guy in this game was only in a dream? Re: coded was apparently important as well. What is going on? Apparently there was also a Japan only browser game? *sigh* Kingdom Hearts 2’s opening covered almost everything you needed to know about the GBA game, but in KHIII… that’s just not the case.

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Ariel in Kingdom Hearts II

The original Kingdom Hearts games came out in 2002. Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories came out in 2008 but Kingdom Hearts 2 came out before that one in December 2005. I mention the PS2 games while leaving out the GBA original of Chain of Memories, because PS2 was where the series started, and the previous game Kingdom Hearts 2, lived.

I’m sorry, but this direct sequel took too long, 14 years, with too many games that were not Kingdom Hearts III in-between. Also, I am a different person than I was when KHI and KHII came out. I haven’t even seen every Disney Movie in-between… so yay to spoiling myself on Big Hero 6?

1-30-2019_3-15-51_pm-1xm4uazvI should also note that I had the game since it launched at 11pm the night before after playing much Resident Evil 2 remake. One of the reasons I previously said that I said ‘trying’ to play KHII was because on X-Box One, I had that whole ‘If your X-Box One is online it looks like your system doesn’t work anymore’ problems yesterday. I was playing an annoying mini-game when I did get the game to finally boot only for my roommate to plug the router back in, and mid-dancing/sighing at a mandatory mini-game, BAM! no more playing Kingdom Hearts.

Expect more thoughts on Kingdom Hearts III in the days to come.

Movies

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse lands today, and I made a spoiler-free review for it!

In sadder news, I saw Once Upon a Deadpool as well, and… yeah… I got emotional near the end, because… well… spoilers? There was a Stan Lee cameo in Deadpool 2. I know I’m late to the party here, but here is me talking about Stan Lee.

The Little Mermaid 2 is about to be 18?!

On September 19th, 2000, Disney released The Little Mermaid 2.

That means that that later this month, the mermaid who began the Disney Renaissance on November 17, 1989… her daughter who was voiced by Tara Strong… that movie will be old enough to vote for The mid-term elections!

All of this is to say… *sigh* we are getting older.

Country singer Chely Wright recorded a new cover of Part of Your World for the US release’s credits, but some parts of the world received a cover from Ann Marie Boskovich

Expect more posts about The Little Mermaid as well as The Little Mermaid 2 in the upcoming weeks.