It does follow the Video Game closely, just doesn't include all that 'X' button pressing!
It’s is somewhat obvious that I am a big fan of the Kingdom Hearts
video games (I mean just look at my user name!); it is in fact my favorite video game. One of the biggest things I love about it is the creative storytelling that includes Disney
characters and Final Fantasy
-like characters into one universe. It’s a story about the battle between good and evil which means that it’s not always a heartfelt story about morals, there is in fact some sort of seriousness to the game. This book attempts at adapting my favorite video game into a manga…
Does Shiro Amano succeed in doing this? The Good
This is Volume one out of four based on just the first game of the series, and this book covers about the first 7 or 8 hours of gameplay. The story is not told in a slow pace neither in a fast pace, and it succeeds in introducing all the aspects, characters and story in this introductory book very well. The story is not too different form the original in the video game, in fact everything important was included, and nothing dropped, the only changes made are comedic moments added here and there throughout the story.
The art was okay, but my favorite part about it was the “cover art” before every episode (chapter), especially that of Kairi
on Episode 5.
If you played the game then you know there are a few mysteries that are not resolved until later in the game about Kairi, well Amano translated it in a way that the mysteries were aligned in chronological order so most of what happened to Kairi is revealed at the beginning of the book. I thought this was a good change of pace. It was like putting the confusing parts of Lost in chronological order; so it made more sense that way.
Like in the game Donald and Goofy find Sora in the most unfortunate way!
Like I said the art was okay, not my favorite when it comes to anime/manga styles so I didn’t mind it too much. What did bother me about it was the exaggerated art style in unnecessary parts of the story. Although this is not a brooding dark story there is some seriousness that plays into the story, as I was explaining before, so some jokes seemed unnecessary and a little bit too over the top. Sora
is a boy in search of his friends so he's bound to feel sad, but sometimes sadness is overlooked in this book. The Verdict – 3.5 out of 5
It was not bad, but the adaptation of this book was made into an unnecessary comedy, even as Goofy
were there, surprisingly. I still think that if you have enjoyed playing Kingdom Hearts in the past and is a fan of the game then you will enjoy this book and the rest. Just be sure to play the game before reading this! Don’t try and get into the KH franchise by the manga, the video games are extremely better.
Since I’ve read the rest I can tell you from right now that after this one, they just keep getting better and better though