“Dear sixth guns,
There are a lot of you that feel trapped, plenty of you whose depression is so indescribable that when someone asks you what’s wrong, you can’t explain it so you just say you’re fine. There are times where you feel like there’s only one way out, but before you even consider the possibility of taking the next step, just know this: you are not alone. Even though oceans may seperate us, we’re still here for you. We make this music for you, write these lyrics for you. All of you made us who we are, and we have a bond with each and every one of you. Even though you feel like we’re thousand miles away, we’re still apart of you just like you’re apart of us. We share one sky, one moon, the same stars. We love you and no matter what happens, we’ll continue on with our passion for music to touch your hearts, and we’ll always let you know that you’re not alone in this. We’re all heretics, we’re in this together. Please, stay strong and never hesitate to send us fanmail because even though we can’t respond to every single letter, we read them and we love hearing from you. All of us worry about each one of you and we want nothing more than happiness for you. Every single sixth gun out there is what keeps us going, and we’ll continue to keep you going as well. We love you, never forget that.
Tomorrow does not disappear.
No matter how far the distance between us, we are connected by a million starry hosts.
We share the same sky.
The same moon streams light into our darkness.
When I’m feeling lonely, I blow kisses to the stars knowing they’ll pass them on to you as you gaze at the same sky thinking of me.
Two years ago today, at 22 years old, Krinxler beat Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix for the first time.
He’d never played a KH game before, and after poking and prodding for actual years, I was able to pick up Kingdom Hearts 1.5 ReMIX on Playstation 3 and slide the controller into his hand.
Some people start their journey of heart later than others. The beauty of this series is in its ability to connect so many disparate hearts.
The new generation of kids holding their copy of 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX on PS4 beaming up at their parents at Gamestop as they get ready to meet Sora, Riku, and Kairi for the very first time. Fifteen years gone by and they still capture us on that beautiful island.
People who are now adults, popping a PS2 disc into an old brick of a console and hearing that nostalgic melody pour over the title screen and into their hearts, filling them with memories of their fifteen-year journey.
Someone holding a side game in their hands, smiling down at the case as they wonder what else this series holds. They didn’t start at the beginning, but their heart is still connected. They are still one of us.
Just as the person behind a screen, scrolling on a mouse or phone. Filling their hearts with lets-plays and theory videos and fanworks and Wiki pages. Connected, part of us, they are one with our community.
Our hearts are connected by a chain of memories.
Memories of button presses and music and Views on a video ticker. Memories of characters we could almost reach out and touch for how real they felt to us. Memories of connecting with others, or watching others connect, over what this series means to them. Memories of being shiny and new to the franchise, memories of being a veteran theorizing and making timelines for the newcomers.
Have created Kingdom Hearts.
All our hearts are connected. Connected to each other. Connected to these games. Connected to these characters. Connected to this story and universe and the fandom that reaches beyond Tetsuya Nomura’s own wildest fever dreams.
And after fifteen years we are here.
A part of Sora.
A part of each other.
A part of our own Kingdom Hearts.
When Kingdom Hearts 3 releases, our hearts will come together one last time. A journey will come to an end, and a new one will begin. And when it does, the light of our hearts will never fade. Hearts touched by this series will never lose their light, even in the greatest darkness. Even hearts moved on will never be truly lost.
There are countless people from vastly different places, incredibly different walks of life, that are part of us. We share this bond in our hearts. The light that keeps us together.
And the Light of hearts that have been lost will be a beacon in the Darkness. A lighthouse guiding us through. And when we fade, our Light joins them. We guide those walking the path. We hold on to those who are close. We share the same sky, and will never truly fade.
“One sky, one destiny.”
We are Kingdom Hearts.