Why Kingdom Hearts Marked a Clear Turning Point for Both Disney and Square Enix

Why Kingdom Hearts Marked a Clear Turning Point for Both Disney and Square Enix

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Kat, Nadia, and Caty examine the legacy of Kingdom Hearts and how it marks a turning point for both Square Enix and Disney.

Our guest fell through for this week, so the Top 25 RPG countdown is temporarily on hold. But now is a good time to look back on the legacy of Kingdom Hearts, which will soon be wrapping up its long-running Xehanort saga [download link here]!

It's easy to goof on Kingdom Hearts for bringing out Square Enix's worst tendencies as a publisher, but it nevertheless occupies a significant corner of both gaming and animation history. The original game is a time capsule of Disney at the tail end of its 90s golden age, and it also marks a significant turning point for Disney itself. We examine all of this and more as well look back on nearly 20 years of Kingdom Hearts history.

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Kat and Nadia are joined by Kingdom Hearts fan Caty McCarthy to look back on the history of the series up until now. How does it reflect animation history, and what the heck is up with that story? We answer these questions and more as we reflect on Tetsuya Nomura's masterpiece (?) til now.

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Kat Bailey is a former freelance writer and contributor to publications including 1UP, IGN, GameSpot, GamesRadar, and EGM. Her fondest memories as a journalist are at GamePro, where she hosted RolePlayer's Realm and had legal access to the term "Protip." She is USgamer's resident mecha enthusiast, Pokemon Master, and Minnesota Vikings nut (skol).

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