Kingdom Hearts (キングダムハーツ Kingudamu Hātsu) is a Japanese-American anime television series and sequel of Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, based on the video game series of the same name by Square Enix. It was animated and produced by Madhouse and Marvel Animation with the partnership of Square Enix.
It was first broadcasted in the U.S. on September 20, 2015, by Disney Channel. Official English dubbed episodes can be found on Hulu though only available within the United States thus far.
The series took on more radical changes for the character designs ditching the style animation always used previously in favor of more traditional animation similar to Marvel Anime: Iron Man or Heroman.
Also, according to this series' composer, Adam Berry, this series was to take in a wider age group and was aimed to also appeal to early teens and late teens aged 13 to 19 years. This is why the characters are much older (ranging from teenagers to young adult), the story is much darker.
In the year 2003, it is the last day of school before the summer break, Sora and his two best friends, Riku and Kairi seek to leave their homes to explore new worlds and have prepared a raft for this purpose. One night, the islands are attacked by darkness and shadow creatures.
Sora seeks out his friends, finding Riku first; Riku disappears into darkness, curious about what it contains. Soon after, Sora obtains a mysterious weapon, the Keyblade, to defend himself. Using it to fend off the creatures, he heads for a secret cave, where he finds Kairi near a door. She turns to him, saying his name as the door behind her blows open. The ensuing blast of darkness sends Sora and Kairi both out of the cave. The islands are soon destroyed, and Sora is left adrift, Riku and Kairi's whereabouts unknown.
Meanwhile, King Mickey has left his world to deal with the increasing power of darkness and left instructions for mage Donald Duck and knight Goofy to find the "key". Donald and Goofy use a Gummi Ship to travel to a parallel universe, where it happens Sora has also drifted to. Sora encounters the creatures again in Shibuya, Tokyo, and eventually meets Leon, a mysterious swordsman who explains they are Heartless, creatures that consume hearts, and that the Keyblade is the only weapon capable of defeating them and Tony Stark aka Iron Man, a CEO of Stark Industries who also explains a team called the Ultimate Avengers about a rogue dragon called Naga was tempted and decided to take the red and blue core and 6 Infinity Stones to rule of both Vestroia and the Earth alongside with Hal-G and Kurata Akihiro.
The king of Leon's homeworld, a man named Ansem, is said to have studied the Heartless. Donald and Goofy are approached by Tony's assistant, Pepper Potts, who also tells them what they may be looking for. Soon after, Sora meets the Avengers, Donald, and Goofy rather hastily, and they take down a large Heartless, members of A.I.M. and Dr. Drakken but he got away. From there, they decide to work together: the Ultimate Avengers to find the Infinity Stones and the blue core in order to defeat Kurata and Naga, Donald and Goofy to find Mickey, and Sora to find Kairi and Riku.
Thirteen Seekers of Darkness Saga
Three years later; Sora, Donald, and Goofy have been asleep in order to regain their memories. When Sora awakens, he eventually arrives in Twilight Town, the place where a mysterious boy, Roxas, lived before he suddenly left.
Gaining new clothes and powers, Sora continues his quest by unlocking paths to new worlds, learning of Nobodies and fighting the Heartless, as well as facing the remaining members of the mysterious Organization XIII. Meanwhile, the mysterious disappearance of Falcon makes a 17-year old Theodore Detweiler restore his powers, as well as forcing him to search and locate Falcon. At the same time, he must enlist the help of the Inhuman kids and repel attacks from a new enemy, the Highbreed.
Mark of Mastery Saga
Following the destruction of Ansem and Xemnas at the hands of Sora and Riku, Xehanort is revived. In response, Yen Sid puts Sora and Riku through a Mark of Mastery exam in order for them to become full-fledged Keyblade Masters and counter the coming return of Master Xehanort. As part of this trial, the two are separated from each other and sent to worlds previously destroyed by Naga that has since been restored, though now in a state of "deep sleep" which disconnects them from the other worlds.
In an effort to undermine Xehanort’s plot, Sora, Donald and Goofy search for seven guardians of light and the “Key to Return Hearts,” while King Mickey and Riku search for previous Keyblade wielders. Not only that, but some creep called Wiseman has appeared with ancient Bakugan called the Nonets.
List of Characters
- Ace (Sora)
- Donald Duck
- Shadow (Riku)
- King Mickey
- Osmosis Jones (Marcus Simpson)
- Dragonoid (Drago)
- Kiba (Thomas "Tom" Weasley)
- Tomoe (Corina Hikaru)
- Dranzer (Theodore "T.J." Detweiler)
- Vincenzo (Vincent "Vince" LaSalle)
- Madame Fist (Ashley "Ash" Spinelli)
- Rescue (Gretchen Grundler)
- Nebulator (Gustav "Gus" Griswald)
- Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan)
- Snow Girl (Celia Yamamoto)
- Sparrow (Jenny Nocturne)
- Homura (Shahra)
- Daichi (Ren Takachiho)
- Iron Fist (Keith Lo)
- Mai Chen
- Dexter Riley
- Bridget Verdant
- Joey Lee
- Spider-Man (Miles Morales)
- Sam Alexander
- Amadeus Cho (Brawn)
- Capitan America (Steve Rogers)
- Iron Man (Tony Stark)
- Hawkeye (Clint Barton)
- Hulk (Bruce Banner)
- Thor Odinson
- Falcon (Samuel Wilson)
- Black Widow (Natasha Romanova)
- Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers)
- Yen Sid
- The Kingdom Rangers
- Stan Lee
Doom Beings/Organization XIII
- Kurata Akihiro
- Masquerade (formerly)
- Hydranoid (formerly)
- The Highbreed
- Nomad Mechtogans
- The Nonets
Some members from the original cast of Square Enix, Disney and Marvel Anime returned to reprise their roles; a name in italics indicates a returning actor.
|Tsuyoshi Hayashi||Riku, Riku Replica, Drak Riku|
|Takashi Aoyagi||Mickey Mouse|
|Kōichi Yamadera||Donald Duck|
|Ryōhei Kimura||Marcus Simpson|
|Keiji Fujiwara||Dragonoid (Drago), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Kurama|
|Shota Sometani||Thomas "Tom" Weasley|
|Yumi Kakazu||Corina Hikaru|
|Kenichi Suzumura||Theodore Detweiler, Demyx|
|Yasunori Matsumoto||Vince LaSalle|
|Arisa Ogasawara||Ashley "Ash" Spinelli, Bridget Verdant|
|Yuka Hirasawa||Gretchen Grundler|
|Kenji Fukuda||Gustav "Gus" Griswald|
|Takayuki Kondō||Angelo Preyas|
|Shintarō Ōhata||Diablo Preyas|
|Rie Kugimiya||Celia Yamamoto|
|Akira Kito||Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan)|
|Misato Fukuen||Jenny Nocturne|
|Aoi Miyazaki||Ren Takachiho|
|Yūichi Iguchi||Keith Lo|
|Akio Suyama||Dexter Riley
|Mikako Komatsu||Joey Lee|
|Jizodo Takedai||Spider-Man (Miles Morales)|
|Kozo Tachioka||Sam Alexander|
|Masakazu Morita||Amadeus Cho (Brawn)|
|Daisuke Namikawa||Kevin Bishop|
|Miyuki Sawashiro||Mai Chen|
|Kazuhiro Nakaya||Capitan America (Steve Rogers)|
|Miyuki Sawashiro||Black Widow (Natasha Romanova)|
|Kenichirou Matsuda||Hulk (Bruce Banner)|
|Katsunuma Noriyoshi||Hawkeye (Clint Barton)|
|Takuya Eguchi||Falcon (Samuel Wilson)|
|Eriko Hirata||Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers)|
|Kase Yasuyuki||Thor Odinson|
|Hiroe Oka||Pepper Potts|
|Tetsu Inada||Commander Folsom|
|Atsushi Ii||Stan Lee|
|Akio Ōtsuka||Master Xehanort|
|Takanori Okuda||Young Xehanort|
|Shinya Owada||Ansem, Seeker of Darkness, Xemnas, Terra-Xehanort|
|Noriaki Sugiyama||Vanitas, Wiseman|
|Hideyuki Umezu||Naga, Nomad Mechtogans|
|Masami Kikuchi||Kurata Akihiro|
|Tesshō Genda, Masaki Aizawa, Hiroki Yasumoto, Hiroshi Iwasaki, Shigenori Sōya||The Nonets|
|Bret Iwan||Mickey Mouse|
|Tony Anselmo||Donald Duck|
|Bryton James||Marcus Simpson|
|Jason Deline||Dragonoid (Drago), Kurama|
Johnny Yong Bosch
|Thomas "Tom" Weasley|
|Jessica Calvello||Corina Hikaru|
|Jason Spisak||Theodore Detweiler|
|Rickey D'Shon Collins||Vince LaSalle|
|Ashley "Ash" Spinelli|
|Danica McKellar||Gretchen Grundler|
|Stephen R. Hart||Gorem|
|Courtland Mead||Gustav "Gus" Griswald|
|Shaun Meunier||Preyas, Angelo/Diablo Preyas|
|Tia Ballard||Celia Yamamoto|
|Kathreen Khavari||Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan)|
|Brina Palencia||Jenny Nocturne|
|Luci Christian||Ren Takachiho|
|Daniel DeSanto||Keith Lo|
|Joshua Seth||Dexter Riley, Ventus|
|Bella Hudson||Bridget Verdant|
|Greg Ayres||Joey Lee|
|Greg Cipes||Kevin Bishop, Wiseman|
|Nadji Jeter||Spider-Man (Miles Morales)|
|Logan Miller||Sam Alexander|
|Eric Bauza||Amadeus Cho (Brawn)|
|Taylor Hannah||Mai Chen|
|Roger Craig Smith||Capitan America (Steve Rogers)|
|Mick Wingert||Iron Man (Tony Stark)|
|Fred Tatasciore||Hulk (Bruce Banner)|
|Laura Bailey||Black Widow (Natasha Romanova)|
|Troy Baker||Hawkeye (Clint Barton)|
|Travis Willingham||Thor Odinson|
|Bumper Robinson||Falcon (Samuel Wilson)|
|Grey DeLisle||Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers)|
|Kate Higgins||Pepper Potts|
|John Tui||Commander Folsom|
|Debi Mae West||Zadavia|
|Benjamin Diskin||Young Xehanort|
|Dorian Harewood||Ansem, Seeker of Darkness, Xemnas, Terra-Xehanort|
|James Patrick Stuart||Xigbar|
|Robin Atkin Downes||Luxord|
|Michael Sinterniklaas||Riku Replica|
|Brian Palermo||Kurata Akihiro|
|Tyrone Savage, Andrew Jackson, Ron Rubin, Hadley Kay||Nomad Mechtogans|
|Rob Tinkler, Brad Adamson, Carman Melville, Andrew Jackson, Ron Rubin, Donald Burda||The Nonets|
Main article: List of Kingdom Hearts episodes
Japanese Opening Themes
|1||Run on the plate !!!! (皿に走れ!!!!, Sara ni hashire! ! ! !)||"DISH//"||1-56||4:22|
|2||Scandalous Prayer (百鬼夜行, Hyakki Yakou)||"Hello Sleepwalkers"||57-111||4:05|
|3||Missing You||"MY FIRST STORY"||112-131||4:20|
|4||My HERO||"04 Limited Sazabys"||132-137||2:33|
|5||Do (する, Suru)||"The Peggies"||138-166||4:00|
Japanese Ending Themes
|2||Good (いいの, Īno)||"Anly"||29-56||4:22|
|3||Stars in the rain||"Aimer"||57-82||5:02|
|4||If you become your lover (君の恋人になったら, Kimino Koibitoni Nattara)||"Back Number"||83-111||4:04|
|6||Unrequited love. (カタオモイ。, Kataomoi.)||"Hazzie"||132-137||4:41|
|7||Film in the Head (頭の中のフィルム, Atama no Naka no Firumu)||"BOYS AND MEN"||138-153||4:23|
English Opening Themes
- "Unstoppable" theme music composer by Iain Cook: episodes 1-38
- Episode 39 onwards same as the Japanese version
English Ending Themes
- Simple and Clean performed by Bentley Jones: episodes 1-38
- Same as the Japanese version
- Sanctuary performed by Bentley Jones (episode 131)
- Face My Fears performed by Bentley Jones (episode 166)
Changes in the American version
The English staffs had made changes to the episodes when it was aired internationally. The following are:
- Localization of names such as Masaru Shinpuson to Marcus Simpson and Phoenix to Skyress, among others so International Viewers can understand the Story.
- Replacing Japanese BGM (composed by Takayuki Negishi) with the English version
- When the dubbed episodes 1-131 aired on Sundays, on Disney Channel, they were edited and censored for blood, language, violence, and references to death are removed until the airing on Hulu.
- The show has been moved to Hulu after the 131st episode.
- The English version episode 132 onwards now stream uncut on Hulu.
- This will be the second Anime collaboration between Square-Enix, Disney, and Marvel.
- Like the game series, most US Disney voices have reprised their roles.
- Most non-Disney characters have reprised for their roles with some exceptions (for example being both Miyu Irino and Haley Joel Osment due to their busy schedules).
- These series are rated: TV-PG; later TV-14
- The show's animation is the same as Viper's Creed and Heroman.
- On January 1, 2020, Disney+ began airing Kingdom Hearts from the beginning.