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Kingdom Hearts: Volume 1 Paperback – October 11, 2005

4.6 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
Book 1 of 8 in the Kingdom Hearts Series

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 135 pages
  • Publisher: TokyoPop; 4th printing edition (October 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598162179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598162172
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This is the first in the four part Kingdom Hearts manga, which retells the video game's story in manga form.

Kingdom Hearts is the story of Sora, a young boy who lives on an island with his friends and dreams of traveling to other worlds. One night, his wish comes true in a way he never imagined when his island is invaded by fiends, the Heartless, and he is swept away to a strange new place. In this new city, Traverse Town, he meets Donald and Goofy, who are searching for the missing King Mickey, as well as some of the characters from the Final Fantasy series. In hopes of finding his own missing friends, Sora joins Donald and Goofy as they prepare to travel to other worlds in search of clues. Part one concludes with the end of their adventure in the first world they visit, Wonderland.

I really loved the Kingdom Hearts game so I was looking forward to reading the manga when I learned about it. The art is very cute and it's a fun way to go through the story again without replaying a 30 hour game, especially with the Kingdom Hearts II game coming out soon. I'd recommend the manga to all Kingdom Hearts fans and I look forward to reading the other three volumes.
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By Eddie on November 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
It is great. All the adventure of kingdom hearts in this series. I enjoyed the first volume. The characters are beautifully drawn, it has good dialogue, and it matches nicely with the game. The only two bad things

1. I read graphic novels which are usually around 200 pages, this is only 135 pages. But it is a book and not a graphic novel so i guess it works out.

2. Only one volume every 3 months. Thats 3 months you can finish one in 2 hours. Number 2 isnt coming out until january and number three in april.

I reccomend this book to anybody who loves kingdom hearts or doesnt want to play the game. And it is a lot cheaper only 5.99 that is cheap compared to 7.99-9.99 for viz. I love viz and that is a great price too but for 5.99 i can afford it without a second thought!!! Buy it if you are looking for a good story or if you like the game.
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I have seen some of my friends play this game and I ended up buying it for myself. I played a bit of the game and stopped because I didn't have the time to go through another long RPG. I figured that if I read the manga, I would get the basic story of the game without having to play through 60+ hours. After reading the first two volumes I realized that it is a very basic rehashing of the story with little detail. It just goes over pieces of main plot elements thus making it rather choppy/jumpy.

I would have liked to see a little bit more action, suspense, scenery, and character development. Instead I'm shown with the picture of a bad guy on one page, Sora and friends exclaim that they are going to kill it, and he is dead on the next page. Kinda boring if you ask me. I would also like to point out the fact that each chapter (called episodes in the book) is very short. In fact, each volume (there are 4 total) is only about 130 pages compared to most mangas which are about 200. I think they could have fleshed out the chapters a little more and made it a more interesting read. I don't understand how they thought they could cram a long RPG into only 4 volumes.

In conclusion, I would much rather spend the 60+ hours playing the actual game and experiencing the storytelling via the wonderful in game scenery, music, and cgi. At least I would be getting the whole story they way it was meant to be told. However, I am sure this would be a great gift for people who have already played the game and like to collect anything related to it.
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This book is awesome! I have been a fan of Kingdom Hearts since the game first came out and as soon as I heard a manga for it was coming out in America, I was excited. It follows the games basic story line from building the raft, to fighting the heartless in Wonderland. The quality of the art work is good and I found a few of the faces that Sora makes are quite funny. If you liked the Kingdom Hearts game, I am certain that you will like this book. I recommened it to all Kingdom Hearts fans.
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I had heard of this video game from my cousin. He told me he played it and it was good. Lo and Be hold, when he and I were inb a book store , we saw volume one of this graphic novel series

This combination of Japanese Anime charcter with Donal and Goofy was a strange mix. The art work seem rough and not up to other manga work I seen. The drawing of the disney characters seem edgy for Dianey fan like myself

The story seem interesting at best, BUT I am unsure if I want to get further volumes (there are 4 in all) But I placed the complete saga (in one volume) on my want list which I hope will be available soon

Since I dont know the video game well at all, i would say get the first volume and see what you think. It was interesting to me and I am not an ANIME fan, but I ama DISNEY fan

Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
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A Kid's Review on January 15, 2006
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You've played the video games, you've heard Utada Hikaru's famous song Simple & Clean, & you really wanted that $80 life-size keyblade off of ebay...Well, at least I did! I found out that this book came out just yesterday & I bought it at my local book store. I absolutely LOVE THIS BOOK!!! I read it in a couple of hours & I thought it was the best manga I've ever read, but then again I've only read 3 manga series. I've been a Kingdom Hearts fan for only a little over a year now, & a couple months ago I completed Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. So I haven't known it for long, but I'm a really big fan. So if you like mystery, comedy, drama, disney stories all messed up & a really hot boy(in my opinon) Kingdom Hearts is for you!
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