Friday, March 16, 2012

Kingdom Hearts 2 Volume 1 Review

Today where shaking things up a bit, and looking at a Manga. For those who don't know what Manga is, it's essentially a Japanese Comic book. This one in particular is based off the infamous Kingdom Hearts games. It mostly infamous due to the fact it's the peculiar crossover of Final Fantasy and Disney movies. If this is your first time hearing about it your probably thinking the same thing most thought of when they heard this, why. Why such a weird crossover. However it's not a bad as you'd think. They are pretty good games. So let's take a look.

Since I'm reviewing a whole volume I can't go into much detail since it's almost 200 pages long, and I don't want to be here forever. The story is about Roxas, a seemingly normal boy with normal friends. However Roxas has been trouble by various dreams about a boy named Sora (the main character of the first game) and his adventures to other world. Besides this weird things have been happening around town like people freezing in time and ghost like monster attacking him.

The art is very detailed even for Manga. It's very nice to look at, and unlike most comics almost every panel has a detailed background. The story is good, all though a bit confusing if you haven't played the games. Also this is manga so most American comic readers might find this weird. 

The characters are good and developed. The Final Fantasy characters that make cameo's stay true to there character with the exception of Setzer from Final Fantasy 6 who act the exact opposite of his character. It sucks that he's the only Final Fantasy character from FF 1-6 to appear in the games, and they completely screwed him up.

There isn't a lot of Disney in this, Donald and Goofy only show up twice during flashbacks to the first game. This isn't a problem, but it is a Disney crossover so you'd expect more. Overall it's not bad, and I'd check it out if your a fan of the games but if your not use to reading manga this might not be your cup of tea.

Rating: 3/5

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