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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 Sleepbased 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.

Plot synopsis

Naga Saga

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.

Xehanort Saga

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

Main Heroes

Ultimate Avengers/Champions

Avengers/Supervisors

Main Villains 

Doom Beings/Organization XIII

Cast

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.

Japanese

Voice Actor Character
Tasuku Hatanaka Sora
Mayu Obata Kairi
Tsuyoshi Hayashi Riku, Riku Replica, Drak Riku
Takashi Aoyagi Mickey Mouse
Kōichi Yamadera Donald Duck
Yū Shimaka Goofy
Ryōhei Kimura Marcus Simpson
Keiji Fujiwara Dragonoid (Drago), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Kurama
Shota Sometani Thomas "Tom" Weasley
Chiharu Suzuka Skyress
Yumi Kakazu  Yumi Aizawa
Kenichi Suzumura Theodore Detweiler, Demyx
Yasunori Matsumoto Vince LaSalle
Arisa Ogasawara Ashley "Ash" Spinelli, Bridget Verdant
Ryoko Shiraishi Tigrerra
Yuka Hirasawa Gretchen Grundler
Hiroki Yasumoto Gorem
Kenji Fukuda Gustav "Gus" Griswald
Yūsuke Kuwahata Wade
Eiji Miyashita Preyas 
Takayuki Kondō Angelo Preyas
Shintarō Ōhata Diablo Preyas
Rie Kugimiya Celia Yamamoto
Akira Kito Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan)
Misato Fukuen Jenny Nocturne
Mayumi Asano Shahra
Aoi Miyazaki Ren Takachiho
Yūichi Iguchi Keith Lo
Akio Suyama Dexter Riley

Ventus

Toshihiko Seki Axel/Lea
Kōki Uchiyama Roxas
Mikako Komatsu Joey Lee
Jizodo Takedai Spider-Man (Miles Morales)
Kozo Tachioka Sam Alexander
Yukari Tamura Viv
Masakazu Morita Amadeus Cho (Brawn)
Romi Park Jordan
Nao Takamori Wavern
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
Junko Noda Zadavia
Hiroe Oka Pepper Potts
Tetsu Inada Commander Folsom
Atsushi Gotō Merlin
Atsushi Ii Stan Lee
Kaho Kōda Aqua
Hiroaki Iwanaga Terra
Akio Ōtsuka Master Xehanort
Takanori Okuda  Young Xehanort
Shinya Owada Ansem, Seeker of Darkness, Xemnas, Terra-Xehanort
Hōchū Ōtsuka Xigbar
Masato Hagiwara Saïx
Haruhiko Jō Luxord
Hideyuki Tanaka Marluxia
Hitomi Nabatame Larxene
Noriaki Sugiyama Vanitas, Wiseman
Hideyuki Umezu  Naga, Nomad Mechtogans
Masami Kikuchi Kurata Akihiro
Sōichirō Hoshi Masquerade
Izō Oikawa Hydranoid
Toshiko Sawada Maleficent
Katsuhiro Kitagawa Pete
Tesshō Genda, Masaki Aizawa, Hiroki Yasumoto, Hiroshi Iwasaki, Shigenori Sōya The Nonets

English

Voice Actor Character

Gage Knox

Sora

Shannon Perreault

Kairi

David Reale

Riku
Bret Iwan Mickey Mouse
Tony Anselmo Donald Duck
Bill Farmer Goofy
Bryton James Marcus Simpson
Jason Deline Dragonoid (Drago), Kurama

Johnny Yong Bosch

Thomas "Tom" Weasley
Barbara Budd Skyress
Jessica Calvello Yumi Aizawa
Jason Spisak Theodore Detweiler
Rickey D'Shon Collins Vince LaSalle

Stephanie Lemelin

Ashley "Ash" Spinelli
Stevie Vallance  Tigrerra
Danica McKellar Gretchen Grundler
Stephen R. Hart Gorem
Courtland Mead Gustav "Gus" Griswald
Corey Padnos Wade
Shaun Meunier Preyas, Angelo/Diablo Preyas
Tia Ballard Celia Yamamoto
Kathreen Khavari Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan)
Brina Palencia Jenny Nocturne
Jessica Straus Shahra
Luci Christian Ren Takachiho
Daniel DeSanto Keith Lo
Cricket Leigh Aqua
Joshua Seth Dexter Riley, Ventus
Kyle McCarley Axel/Lea
Jesse McCartney Roxas
Bella Hudson Bridget Verdant
Greg Ayres Joey Lee
Deann Degruijter Wavern
Greg Cipes Kevin Bishop, Wiseman
Nadji Jeter Spider-Man (Miles Morales)
Logan Miller Sam Alexander
Taissa Farmiga Viv
Eric Bauza Amadeus Cho (Brawn)
Ursula Taherian Jordan
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
Rob Rackstraw Merlin
Debi Mae West Zadavia
Himself Stan Lee

Jason Douglas

Master Xehanort
Benjamin Diskin Young Xehanort
Dorian Harewood Ansem, Seeker of Darkness, Xemnas, Terra-Xehanort
James Patrick Stuart Xigbar
Vic Mignogna Kurata Akihiro

Vexen

Crispin Freeman Saïx
Ryan O'Donohue Demyx
Robin Atkin Downes Luxord
Keith Ferguson Marluxia
Brittney Karbowski Larxene
Yuri Lowenthal Vanitas
Michael Sinterniklaas Riku Replica
John Stocker  Naga
Ron Pardo Hal-G
Lyon Smith Masquerade
Craig Marshall  Hydranoid

Susanne Blakeslee

Maleficent
Jim Cummings Pete
Tyrone Savage, Andrew Jackson, Ron Rubin, Hadley Kay Nomad Mechtogans
Rob Tinkler, Brad Adamson, Carman Melville, Andrew Jackson, Ron Rubin, Donald Burda The Nonets

Episodes

Main article: List of Kingdom Hearts episodes

Music

Japanese Opening Themes

# Title Performer Episodes Length
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 Butterfly effect (バタフライエフェクト, Batafuraiefekuto) "SID" 112-131 4:02
4 My HERO "04 Limited Sazabys" 132-137 2:33
5 0 "Lie and a Chameleon" 138-166 3:45

Japanese Ending Themes

# Title Performer Episodes Length
1 Hikari "Bentley Jones" 1-28 5:03
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
5 Unchanging Feelings (変わらぬ想い, Kawaranu Omoi) "Miwa with Scott & Rivers" 112-131 4:25
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
8 Amaryllis "Streeter" 154-166 3:26

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.

Trivia

  • 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.
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