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Kingdom Hearts II
/ March 28, 2006
September 29, 2006
September 28, 2006
"The story is not over."
Kingdom Hearts II is the third title in the Kingdom Hearts series, and the direct sequel to Kingdom Hearts. It follows the journey of Sora, Donald Duck, and Goofy as they search for King Mickey and Riku, one year after the events of the first title.
Kingdom Hearts II was first announced at the 2003 Tokyo Game Show alongside Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories on September 26, 2003. It was released on December 22, 2005 in Japan, with international releases throughout the following year.
Story[edit | edit source]
Roxas is a young man who lives in Twilight Town, and regularly spends his day with his friends Hayner, Pence, and Olette. He has also recently begun to have dreams about a boy with brown spiky hair. Over the last week of their summer vacation, Roxas, Hayner, Pence, and Olette begin to witness several mysterious events. First, various white creatures begin to attack him, and he suddenly summons a large key-shaped weapon to defend himself, which he learns from the dreams is called the Keyblade. He later runs into a man in a black hood who steals from him munny his friends had earned to go to the beach. On the third day of the strange events, Roxas meets a girl in a white dress, who identifies herself as Naminé and asks him about his true name. Meanwhile, in a computer room elsewhere, a mysterious man in red observes the events in Twilight Town along with the dark-hooded character.
The next day, during Twilight Town's Struggle Tournament, his fight suddenly freezes, and he is confronted by another man in a black hood who introduces himself as Axel and tries to take Roxas somewhere, but the man in red appears and intervenes. Roxas’s subsequent calls for his friends suddenly result in everything playing out around him normally, both people now gone. That afternoon, after winning the tournament, while on the Station Tower, Roxas seemingly slips and falls off. During his fall, his heart tries to contact Naminé and instead contacts Kairi’s, which he identifies only as "that girl he likes" from the dreams. When pushed for a name, another voice responds, hinting to Kairi that his name starts with an "S". Roxas then awakens from it all in his room the next day, unsure how much of it was real. He continues to witness strange events the next day, culminating in a vision with Naminé where she explains that he wasn’t meant to exist. Meanwhile, the mysterious man reveals he intends to use Sora to get revenge, and the man in the black hood reveals himself as Ansem.
On the sixth day of these events, the last day of summer vacation, Roxas arrives to his friends at the Usual Spot only to find they don't see or hear him, and that he seemingly has been cut out of the town. He tries to investigate but finds Axel again. As he attempts to attack him, however, Axel is suddenly frozen, and Roxas hears a voice telling him to go to the mansion. There, he learns he will disappear, and later fights and defeats Axel before finally confronting the red-masked man in the Pod Room in the basement. After trying to fight him, Roxas accepts his fate in returning to Sora, who sleeps within the pod in the center of the room.
Sora awakens at the sound of Donald and Goofy's calling. Rejoicing that they’re together again, they find they don't know where they are or how they fell asleep, and decide to look around to find out. They group finds Hayner, Pence, and Olette, and while Hayner is more dismissive of the group, Pence and Olette reveal to them that someone in a black hood with big ears is looking for them at the train station. Suspecting it to be the King, Sora and company head over to the Station. There, they're confronted by mysterious new beings in white and are almost defeated when the King suddenly appears and defeats the mysterious figures. He then gives the trio a pouch of munny and tells them to take a train before leaving. Before they get on the train, Hayner, Pence, and Olette arrive and see them off, and the group promises to return soon.
The train takes them to a mysterious tower where someone suspiciously peeks through an open door. The unknown person turns out to be Pete, whom the King had banished long ago. Pete reveals that he’s working with Maleficent and that the tower he had sent Heartless into belongs to Master Yen Sid. The trio quickly goes inside, leaving Pete behind. When they reach the top, they find Master Yen Sid, who begins to fill the group in on what has happened since they were gone. He reveals that not only are the Heartless still around, but that new beings, called Nobodies, were also threatening the worlds, as well as a group of Nobodies called Organization XIII. After receiving new clothes from Flora, Fauna, and Merrywether, the trio sets off on a new journey to find Riku and stop the Organization. Shortly after they leave, a raven appears with Maleficent's cloak, and with the fearful memories of the fairies returning, brings to life once more Maleficent.
The group arrives in Hollow Bastion, where they meet up again with Yuffie, Leon, Aerith, Cid, and Merlin. They reveal that everyone had somehow forgotten about them until recently, and that there was still a large amount of Heartless gathered beyond the town gates. While Sora and the group explain what they learned from Master Yen Sid to Leon, the group suddenly hears a voice. The voice is revealed to come from several hooded people high above the Bailey, who the group learns are members of Organization XIII. Though they taunt Sora and the others, they eventually leave, and Sora, Donald, and Goofy set off to find them and the Heartless.
As Sora, Donald, and Goofy visit various worlds, they continually run into members of the Organization, whose true intentions remain unknown. They also find a revived Maleficent trying to take over Disney Castle as well as Pete trying to recruit more people to Maleficent’s cause across various worlds.
In the meantime, Kairi, who has recovered her memories of Sora, wonders whether she should continue to wait for Sora when she suddenly hears a voice tell her to act. The voice reveals himself to be Axel, introducing himself as an acquaintance of Sora’s, and offers to take her to him. Pluto suddenly appears, and Kairi chooses to instead follow the dog through a corridor of darkness than Axel. She finds herself in an unknown abyss and sees a hooded man in the distance before a bright light closes around her. When she awakens, Kairi finds herself in the Usual Spot in Twilight Town, surrounded by Hayner, Pence, and Olette. When Sora, Donald, and Goofy return to Twilight Town, they are soon taunted by a member of the Organization who warns them of Axel before hinting knowing what has become of Riku and disappearing. Soon afterwards, Pence tells them that Kairi has arrived in Twilight Town, but the gang finds out after meeting up with Hayner and Olette that Kairi was kidnapped by Axel. Disappointed, Sora determines to find Kairi.
Sora, Donald, and Goofy return to Hollow Bastion, where they find more Heartless. They soon learn that Merlin, Leon, and the others have found Ansem’s computer, and make their way to the castle to examine it. There, they are taken captive by the computer’s Master Control Program, but are able to team up with a program named Tron to make their way out. After restoring access to the computer's database, and with the help of King Mickey, the trio learns that the Ansem they fought the year prior was the Heartless of an imposter, the apprentice of the real ruler of Hollow Bastion, Ansem the Wise, and the Nobody of that apprentice, named Xehanort, is the leader of Organization XIII. After a long battle in Hollow Bastion, they finally confront that leader, Xemnas, who only claims that King Mickey knows what's become of Riku, despite having told Sora the opposite, before disappearing, with the King close behind. They then face Axel, who explains that the Organization is after the hearts released by the Keyblade when Sora defeats the Heartless. Before being able to apologize for kidnapping Kairi, however, he disappears as another member of the Organization, Saïx appears and surrounds the group with Heartless. Realizing the paradox of fighting the Heartless, Sora hesitates defeating them before the three are engulfed in a pool of darkness. In that darkness, they find a box with a picture of the gang from Twilight Town and some ice cream.
Encouraged by Donald and Goofy, Sora continues to fight the Heartless to save people. When they return to Twilight Town, they find Hayner, Pence, and Olette have been attacked by the Nobodies outside the Old Mansion. The three explain that they believe there's another Twilight Town because of some duplicate items that there's supposed to be only one of, namely the pouch the King gave the trio at the start of their journey, and a blue orb inside from a Struggle Trophy. The King then appears to help them find the alternate Twilight Town, believing it to contain a path to the Organization's stronghold. They work together to find and access Ansem the Wise's computer in the basement lab of the mansion, and access a portal to the Simulated Twilight Town where Roxas had lived before Sora's awakening. There, they find a portal to the Realm Between. While in the realm, they are attacked by Nobodies, but Axel shows up to help defeat them all. When many more appear, Axel puts his whole being into an attack, which consequently ends his own life. As he fades away, Axel explains to Sora that he had kidnapped Kairi hoping to find someone who had made him feel like he had a heart, and tells Sora that Kairi is in the castle dungeon before opening a portal to the Organization's world.
Sora, Donald, Goofy, and King Mickey arrive in the The World That Never Was, and begin to make their way to the castle. Before a large skyscraper, however, Sora is stopped and confronts a hooded being who, after battling, claims Sora makes "a good other" and disappears. Confused, Sora, Donald, and Goofy keep going forward, and eventually infiltrate the castle. Meanwhile, Kairi and Pluto are able to escape from the castle dungeon with help from Naminé but are soon caught by Saïx. He offers to take Kairi to Sora, but she refuses with him around. Then, another being in a hood appears and attacks Saïx, who is surprised to see him, believing Roxas had defeated the mysterious figure. Saïx escapes, but both Pluto and Kairi stop they unknown being, whom Naminé identified as Riku. When Kairi removes his hood, however, she sees the face of Ansem, the seeker of Darkness.
Sora, Donald, and Goofy make their way through the castle. About halfway up, they face Saïx again, who explains that the moon in the sky, Kingdom Hearts, is nearly complete, and sends more Heartless for Sora to release hearts from. Unwilling to help the Organization, Sora is overtaken by the Heartless. High above the floor, Kairi and Riku see Sora and try to go down to help. Getting one level down, Kairi soon is attacked by the Heartless, but is rescued by Riku, who gives Kairi her own Keyblade. Determined to fight, Kairi begins to attack the Heartless with Riku. Meanwhile, Sora, Donald, and Goofy face and defeat Xigbar, and begin to make their way up to Kairi and Riku. At the same time, King Mickey, who had gone ahead, finds Ansem the Wise, who explains that after his apprentices had stolen his identity and pride, he sought revenge on them. Mickey reveals that after he and Riku had left Castle Oblivion, Riku went off on his own because Xehanort’s Heartless still troubled his heart. Ansem then explains that he had sent Riku to retrieve Roxas in order to awaken Sora, and that he took on the appearance of Xehanort’s Heartless in order to fight in the realm of darkness. Resolving to make things right for Riku and his friends, Ansem the Wise continues up the castle.
Sora, Donald, and Goofy finally reach Kairi and the hooded man they believe to be Xehanort’s Heartless. After an emotional reunion with Kairi, Sora thanks the hooded being before he leaves, but Kairi stops him, identifying him as Riku. Shocked, Sora walks over and, listening to Kairi, realizes that it is in fact Riku. Goofy then realizes that the clues they kept finding were from Riku, despite Riku not wanting to be found in his condition. The group determines to finish the Organization off in order to help Riku recover his true appearance. They face off and defeat both Luxord and Saïx, who both refer to Sora as Roxas. Riku then explains that Roxas is Sora’s Nobody, created when he became a Heartless when he rescued Kairi in Hollow Bastion the year before. After explaining how he defeated Roxas, Riku wonders aloud if Roxas left the Organization because he wanted to meet Sora.
Meanwhile, the King and Ansem the Wise use a device that is designed to reclaim Kingdom Hearts and encode it as data. Shortly thereafter, however, the device begins to malfunction. Ansem realizes the foolishness in his endeavor to encode Kingdom Hearts, explaining to King Mickey that it is impossible because hearts are more than any system. The machine begins to spark just as Sora and company arrive, and Ansem tells Mickey to run as Xemnas then arrives to confront the group. Xemnas explains that all is a result of Ansem’s research, and that he intends to build a new world. Ansem, however, dismisses his efforts as only proof of their ignorance, and condemns Xemnas’s creation to failure. Ansem then bids King Mickey and the others farewell as the machine explodes, damaging Xemnas’s Kingdom Hearts and causing Riku to regain his own appearance.
The group moves further up the castle to confront Xemnas, who is absorbed into Kingdom Hearts, claiming hearts to be the source of all power. The worlds then provide a door into Kingdom Hearts, where Sora, Donald, Goofy, and the others face and defeat Xemnas. After a short celebration, however, they try to find a way to leave when Naminé opens a dark corridor, though she’s unseen by Mickey, Donald, or Goofy. They pass through quickly with Pluto, after which Naminé appears, whom Kairi thanks. Naminé then begins to talk to Roxas through Sora. Roxas explains that he and Naminé will be together so long as Kairi and Sora are, which Kairi commits to do everyday. Naminé and Roxas then return to their original selves.