Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Kingdom Hearts Primer: Kingdom Hearts 1: Episode 5: Plain Jane

Today, we monkey around in the Deep Jungle.

If you've been following the stories of each individual worlds in Kingdom Hearts 1, you'll notice that none of them thus far have been straight copies of the movies. While each of them do use the same characters and set-pieces from those movies, they are remixing them in a way that re-contextualizes them to make more sense in the context of Kingdom Hearts.

This game is also better at inserting Sora, Donald, and Goofy into these worlds without it feeling superficial or out-of-place. The personal drama and overall plot of our heroes also gets tied into each world.

Deep Jungle is important not just because it's where the party comes together and forms a whole unit, but it's also a demonstration of how The Heartless can be drawn to a world. Until the darkness in Clayton's heart beckoned them, Deep Jungle was a peaceful place.

Clayton man. He's a bad dude...

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